UVRC Response to COVID-19
[Updated 29 March, 2021]
More than a year later it is very exciting to see that definitive progress is being made on the vaccination front! Beginning April 2nd (just a few days away!), residents of NH older than 16 will be eligible to register for vaccination and hopefully Vermont will be following suit soon. However, while there is a light at the end of the tunnel we are certainly not out of the woods yet so we as a club will continue to prioritize the safety of our members and social events will remain postponed until further notice. But know that much like yourselves we are eager to get back to more social running and are actively making preparations to do so when it is safe!
We will be closely following the progress of the vaccinations as they are distributed to more members of the community and will be looking to CDC guidelines before we can deem it safe to resume our scheduled social activities (likely at a reduced capacity at first). But if all keeps going according to plan we are hoping that this summer we will all be able to run together again! Meanwhile I encourage you all to continue to keep yourselves and your community safe by wearing masks in public, practicing good hygiene with frequent hand washing, and socially distancing. And remember that a limited number of customized UVRC face masks are available and will be distributed to new and renewing UVRC members (after you pay your membership fee :) ).
As the weather begins to warm up I highly encourage you all to take care of both your physical and mental health by staying active and running when and where it is safe to do so! I think I speak for all of the Board when I say we miss our lovely running community and cannot wait to lace up with you all soon!
(RJ) Robert Jones, UVRC Vice President
Tuesday Night Track (TNT)
We all still need to run! With races cancelled and postponed the emphasis is on maintenance of condition. There are also some grassroots efforts for small group workouts that members have developed. While we can't wait to get back on the track regularly we do not have formal plans at this moment to bring back our regular Tuesday workouts in person.
Workouts are still emailed to all club members each week. They are also posted on:
Lone Runner Challenge
Much like the rest of the world, the club went into lockdown in March 2020. To encourage our runners to get out and explore the world around them we put together challenges which could be completed by anyone and from anywhere. Challenges were posted to UVRC's Club Strava Page on or around Thursday of each week. The idea is to go out there and do something new, different and fun. While we haven't been releasing new challenges, all past challenges can still be done whenever you want. Afterwards harriers post their runs and photos on Strava, and check in the club forum to tell us about it.
- Lone Runner Challenge FAQ (How to read/post/etc.)
Past Challenges have included
- Find White Water (May 28)
- Mile Up (May 21)
- Find that Treasure (May 14)
- Cross that Bridge (May 7)
- Around the Lake (April 30)
- Looking Glass Loop (April 23)
- Follow the Flow (April 16)
- Dirt Road (April 9)
- Negative Mileage (April 2)
- The Great Hill Challenge (March 26)
- Road Less Run (March 19)
Warning: For a runner, “fun” may include a lot of sweat and mud!
UVRC Café – Saturday Morning
During better times the UVRC hosts Saturday morning runs in downtown Lebanon. Going to Lucky's afterwards is a common past time but unfortunately the group runs as well as the café gatherings are on hold.
UVRC has continued to offer their popular Couch-to-5k program, albeit very differently. In Spring 2020 we had a virtual program hosted through Zoom and Fall 2020 are exploring a small scale, in-person program. While the program isn't as large or accessible as it has been in the past, we will continue to find creative and safe ways to provide it.
Zoom Pub Nights
Once a month UVRC likes to get out to socialize. There's usually running beforehand but some show up just for the beer. Like many of our activities, pub nights have been put on hold.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tuesday Night Track
- Do I have to post something?
No you don’t need to post anything. But I know that runners like to share their aches, and pains as well as triumphs. So feel free to comment, “I felt good until the 4th interval”, or “every lap just got better and better!”
Lone Runner Challenge
- I don’t have a Strava account. Do I need one?
The Basic Strava account is free, and simple. But if you don’t want to deal with that, you can still do the challenge, and then share any way you want. You can describe it on FaceBook, send long emails to your friends, or write it on parchment, stuff it in a bottle and float it down the Connecticut River to your friends in the flatlands.But the important thing is to do the run and then share it with the rest of us.
- How do I post my run so others see it?
Do your run and upload it like normal. Edit your description (create that funny story or write that poem) add the photos.To share, copy the URL of that page, it will look like: https://www.strava.com/activities/(123somelongnumber789). Then go to the original challenge and create a comment there by clicking on the squarish speech bubble. Write some words and paste in the link.
- How do I comment on someone else’s run?
Follow the link they posted back to their original activity, and add your comment there.
UVRC Cafe & Pub Nights – Zoom sessions
- How do I connect to the Cafe / Zoom Session?
You will receive an email with a link in it. Just click on that link and your browser will open. If you have never used Zoom, the website will ask you if you would like to download and install the Zoom-app. You do need it. It is free. As it connects it ask you about using your computer’s camera, microphone. Say yes to those questions and you will soon be in our zoom session.
- Who Pays for Zoom? The App is free, the company “Zoom” makes its money of connecting the app session. They offer free versions of the connection. But UVRC also has a license which allows a few other features.
- I am not a member of UVRC. Can I see what it is like? Yes you can. Just email me and I’ll send you the link.
- Tim Smith – Couch UVRC