Robert Powers is the president of the Anniston Runners Club. The club is hosting the 38th Annual Woodstock 5K, as well as the Kidstock 1K, on Aug. 4. The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 1K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of Anniston High School, 1301 Woodstock Ave.
What is your background with running?
I was not much of an athlete in school. I was in the band. The only time I ever ran was if I was in trouble in gym class or something like that. I have only been running for about eight or nine years.
Why did you start running?
My daughter-in-law started doing the Couch To 5K program and told me I should do it, too. I started doing that, and I enjoyed it. I started really getting into it and signing up for races. I started running three or four days a week.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about people — especially about people who have goals they are trying to achieve — and helping them get to those goals. I know where I came from in running, for instance. I never would have thought that I could accomplish some of the things that I have been able to accomplish, and it is from the support of the other people in the club and family and friends. The people in the Anniston Runners Club are so encouraging. It is always more fun to do a run or a race as a group, whether it is a group of two or 20 people. I am also passionate about my family and their wellbeing.
What is the Anniston Runners Club?
The club is a 501c3 nonprofit that was organized in 1980. Our mission is to promote, encourage and foster the love of running, promote the healthy benefits of running, mentor new runners, provide runners with opportunities to train and improve individual running results. We strive to promote running by planning and sponsoring quality running events, such as the Woodstock 5K, which is coming up on Aug. 4.
Why did you join the Anniston Runners Club?
Members are so supportive of each other. Some members set certain goals, like mileage or distance or time, and it keeps you accountable to what you are trying to attain with your goals. Members of Anniston Runners Club receive special perks like discounts on some races, as well as at some local restaurants, and it is always good to be a member of a group that does the same thing you do.
Tell us about the Woodstock 5K.
This year is the 38th annual Woodstock 5K. It was originally called the Midsummer’s Morn 5K, then they changed it to “Woodstock” because it was held at Anniston High School on Woodstock Avenue. It has grown so much, from a couple hundred to several hundred participants. One year we had as many as 1,600 participants. The Anniston Runners Club is sanctioned by the Road Runners Club of America, and this year’s Woodstock 5K has been designated their national championship 5K. We have been the state and regional championship 5K before. The Woodstock 5K has a great following and reputation as far as RRCA goes, so hopefully this year we will have a huge number of participants again.
How much does it cost to participate?
The registration now for the Woodstock 5K is $35, and the registration for Kidstock 1K is $20. Members of corporate and non-corporate teams may register for the Woodstock 5K for $30; the team deadline is tonight at 11:59 p.m. The deadline to sign up (as a single participant) is Aug. 2 at noon. (For more information, including how to register online, visit www.woodstock5k.com.)
Faith Dorn is a freelance writer in Anniston. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.