Creating Balance During the Holidays
If you ask Alexis Batausa, Tug Valley Road Runners Club President, the holidays can bring a lot of stress. “When the holiday season hits, there is a lot of chaos and stress, such as prepping for the holidays. The holidays can put you in a good mood, or you have the holiday blues,” he says. “I think we need to remember the importance of each holiday, and create balance for ourselves by being healthy and active in-between.” This is why the TVRRC put together the Holiday Running series, a series of free group runs for people in the community.
The Holiday Series includes:
November 25th- Thanksgiving Day: Earn it Before You Eat It beginning around 6:50am on 1st Avenue in Williamson.
December 19th-Christmas Eve Eve Run at 2pm at the Williamson Field House.
December 31st- Run Into the New Year at 11:45pm at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College-Williamson Campus.
January 1st-The Hangover at 2pm at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College-Williamson Campus
The idea for this series started back in 2018, after board member Jackie Cole created the Thanksgiving Run. This run inspired the TVRRC to start more holiday-themed runs. All of the runs are open to the public, and anyone can participate, either by walking or running. All participants can also purchase a commemorative holiday-themed shirt.
They’ve had some fun moments on these runs through the years. One year, Alexis says, he ran the Christmas race in a special outfit. “I once wore and ran in the bunny suit from ‘A Christmas Story’!” His favorite thing is seeing everyone come out and celebrate the holidays together, he says. “Seeing people from all communities coming together and having fun (is my favorite thing)”
Want to learn more about TVRRC and the Holiday Running Series? Check out their Facebook group!