There are enough hands to go around. Yourselves and them covered the last two days. Today I’m looking for a hand for us. Who is us? Run Guru Elite, Inc. 501 (c)(3) not for profit set up to advocate for athletes serious about continuing their development with an eye towards local, regional, and national competitiveness. Tax ID #47-4966239 All donations are tax deductible.
But who is Run Guru Elite, Inc?
Grant Wintheiser. 23 years old. Former DIII XC National Champion. Fastest runner to represent any Nebraska club since Mike Morgan 15 years ago. His 1:06:15 at 2017 Garry Bjorklund Half erasing any doubt. Grant’s 50:51 at the 2017 State Farm 10 Mile in Lincoln the fastest in 20 years. He’s a medical student studying as hard as he races. A once in a generation talent. He deserves a hand.
Jay Welp. 25 years old. Former GPAC XC Champion. Outkicked LRC Racing (Johnny Rutford) and Team Nebraska’s (Colin Morrissey) very best at the State Farm 5K, surprising everyone but me. Racing often over the next 5 months with an unblemished record. High school teacher that works as hard as he races. He deserves a hand.
Nicole Norris. Nothing but personal bests this year. An 8 minute improvement (1:25) on her half marathon personal best. Marathon debut of 3:13 at 2017 Grandma’s on her 36th birthday. Mother of two delightful children. A stay at home mom that works as hard raising her family as she races. She deserves a hand.
Elizabeth Starbuck. 22 years old. The fastest female to run for me since Gina Morgan 10 years ago. Goals of sub 17 for the 5K. She trains as hard as she races. She deserves a hand.
Abby Schlater. 26 years old. Two time Iowa state champ. Pure miler. Looking towards the 2018 indoor season. She deserves a hand.
Mark Abrams. 25 years old. Former GPAC 10000 Champ. The only fella I’ve met that has promised to beat Jay. Great fit for that alone! He dreams as hard as he trains and races. He deserves a hand.
Jeremy Morris. The baddest trail runner from Nebraska. And by bad I mean the best. More miles and races than anyone else I know. He deserves a hand.
Angee Henry. One of the most decorated female track and field athletes in Nebraska history. She deserves a hand.
Jackie Freeman. Mother of two, full time job. Half and full personal bests this year. She deserves a hand.
Amber Sargent. Full time job. Sub 3 hour marathoner. She deserves a hand.
Sean Skillern. Nick Knowles. Tristan Nelson. Ashley Schurman. Stacy Mangers Shaw. David Frost. Kray Zeller. Michel Davy. Craig Halverson. All solid. All working their butts off. They deserve a hand.
I’m asking for a hand for these athletes. They need uniforms. They need entry fees reimbursed. They need travel and hotel assistance. They need continued opportunities.
Donations should be made out to Run Guru Elite, Inc. and mailed to 304 South 259th St., Waterloo, Nebraska 68069.
I’m asking you.
Give us a hand.