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Run number one of 2015 is in the books for runners all over Oregon and for most of us, the weather was amazing for a New Year's Day jog. For 47 Central Oregonians, today marked the RORK Resolution Run; a day to meet at a coffee shop and run or walk anywhere from 2 to 7+ miles as a part of the Redmond Oregon Running Klub (RORK), organized by Dan Edwards.
RORK head, Dan Edwards
The RORK Resolution Run, in its 3rd year, is a free fun run and continues to be well attended given the weather (today it was 22 degrees at the 1pm start). Coffee, hot-chocolate (provided by a local Starbucks) and water are free following the event and a good conversation is always guaranteed. The event is a semi-organized opportunity to join the club for a 2 mile route, then enjoy company, coffee and camaraderie.
With snow covering much of the roads and trails, the conditions were not perfect but everyone seemed pleased to be outside making the most of the sunshine. Dan noted that it was if there were no strangers, people carrying on and having a good time. Dan also mentioned that he expects the unexpected, never knowing how many new faces will appear each time. However, Dan also points out that RORK is a “grassroots approach to establishing a community of movement in motion no matter the pace or distance.”
All ages and paces are encouraged at RORK and as Dan says, “just keep on keepin’ on!” In talking with Dan following the run, people who follow the group come from as far away as St. Helens each year to take part in the Resolution Run. Today, the youngest runner out was 12 and the oldest was 71, truly making this an event for all ages.
For more information on RORK and the Resolution Run, check out their Facebook page.