Community partnerships are the bedrock of service organizations like North East Running Club and Deepwood Special Olympics. We have forged a powerful bond through the years with our athletes and the dedicated members of NERC. The commitment of the North East Running Club to the success and development of our Special Olympic athletes is not only inspiring, but also transformative. They have been solely responsible for sending hundreds of athletes to compete at Summer Games through their monetary contributions and have raised awareness for our organization through their many community events. We are grateful to have an amazing relationship with all the members and are fortunate to have their unwavering support.Christopher Bundy, Lake County Special Olympics Coordinator
In April of 1982, a group of runners got together at Red Lobster in Mentor and decided to form a running club. From that small group of about 25 people we have grown and shrunk to our present day membership of nearly 500 runners and walkers. Our abilities run the gamut from the elite to the very back of the back of the packers.
We try to be a social group as well as a running group, getting together for impromptu dinners or going on a road trip for an out of town race. We have guest speakers at our regularly scheduled meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, except for July when the meeting is a picnic and August when we have our Cross Country Series. We get together for Group Runs, some on a regular basis, others just emailing people to let them know where and when they are running.
We also have a Grand Prix Series for members only with awards given at our annual banquet. Each year we award money for scholarships to area high school seniors. Last, but certainly not least, we do have organized races that are open to the public.
Benefits of Joining
- Organized group runs/walks
- NERC organized races, track speed workouts, fun runs, and trail runs
- Road trips to out of town/state races
- Membership only Grand Prix Series
- Social events, picnics and outings
- High School scholarships
- Monthly meetings and guest speakers
- Presidents newsletter and eBlasts
- Members only Facebook group
- Annual winter party