This past weekend, I volunteered to become the president of the board of the Steveston Athletic Association. I’m excited about this role for several reasons. First, I think sport has enormous power to build communities. Second, I’m proud of the SAA because I believe in the values of the club. I ran my first (by itself running*) marathon because Linda asked me, “What are you training for? We’re doing this. Do you want to do it too?” A supportive training group can be so empowering.
In my youth, I was a competitive racewalker* and we started a club to support community around our sport. Racewalk West is still going strong… and even though I’m not connected anymore, I still enjoy following these athletes. It seems a lifetime ago and yet here I go again. I’m a tiny bit concerned that I may have bitten off more than I can chew. But I find energy for these things because it’s worth putting a bit of yourself into these communities.
*My first marathon was the Honolulu marathon, I competed in the racewalk division.