Whether it's through our social media, this blog, the Argus or any number of different televisions outlets, you might have heard about Karl (see left) and the 605 Running Co. race chair. While Karl's journey is amazing in and of itself, today I wanted to share with the 605 community a little bit about the 605 Running Club.
There have been variations of running activities related to the 605 Running Company that have all operated independently up to this point. Those activities include a 605 Racing team with time goal standards, the 605 Running Club (a group that gets together for social and philanthropic purposes...all related to running) and then the fundraising offshoot of that is led by Ryan Wanless (pictured above) to raise funds for race chairs. As of this week, all of these activities will now be organized under the 605 Running Club entity.
Separate from the 605 Running Company and operating independently of the store, the 605 Running Club will be a 501c3 (application pending), meaning that any contributions made (i.e., to raise money for additional race chairs) is tax-deductible. Board members for the 605 Running Club are currently Ryan Wanless, Nichole Townsend, Karen Scaletta, Jacqui Meadors, Jeri Light, and Sara Lefebvre.
We hope this is just another step to seeing additional race chairs out on the streets and in races, allowing for individuals who may not be able to participate in race otherwise, to enjoy the sport that we all might take for granted.
The mission of the 605 Running Club is to develop opportunities in the running community throughout the state of South Dakota, and we hope you will partner with us through one of our options to make this a reality!