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Red Raider Road Race (West Texas Running Club)
Sat, Sep 10, 2016
5K (Age 13+) - Individual Age group/open
10K (Age 13+) - Individual Age group/open
5K (Kid's Age 10-12) - Individual Kid's Age 10-12
About This Activity
Originally established in 1972 in Brownfield, TX – the West Texas Running Club is now located primarily in Lubbock. With a current roster of over 250 members, the WTRC puts on a total of thirteen races a year, all within an hour’s drive of Lubbock. Races are generally held the second Saturday of each month, with a few exceptions. The club relies on a volunteer board, on members who serve as volunteers at races, on generous sponsors, and on the community.
The RRRR was the brainchild of Jim Douglass, Associate Director of TTU’s Alumni Association and self-described “half-fast runner”. In July of 1982, Jim ran the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta, Georgia. Looking at the tremendous crowds and the helicopters overhead, Jim decided to host a 10K race to showcase the beauty of Tech’s campus; the RRRR was born. The first year, Jim awarded runners a short-sleeve T-shirt, but by year two, had moved to long-sleeve shirts with an image of Raider Red in running shorts on the front. The number on the running bib of Dirk West’s famous cartoon indicates the year of the race.
After a few years of running the race on his own, Jim turned it over to the West Texas Running Club. Today, this race is one of our most popular with well over 600 participants each year. Our race organizers continue to find it rewarding seeing alumni return each year to run. Another rewarding feature of the Red Raider Road Race is that profits go to support scholarships at Texas Tech.
Event details and schedule
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 @ 8 a.m. Texas Tech – Student Rec Center 10K and 5K Distance Options