"Note to self: it’s always worth the time to send a thank you note. Time, energy, and effort are so valuable, when someone spends any on me, or my ideas, I’m always blown away and full of gratitude."
- Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Champion. 2xUS Olympian.
When was the last time you thanked someone? Really thanked them... with the power and personal touch of a handwritten note?
We all have someone in our lives who has selflessly given us their time, support, and encouragement. If you've run a CTC race or taken part in a CTC training program, show Mark Lorenzoni your gratitude by taking out a pen and paper to write him a special letter or to send a thank you card. I know whenever I get something in the mail from Mark showing his appreciation for me it means the world.
I worked for over 22 years for a company that teaches kids handwriting. It's amazing the difference proper instruction makes to the lives of children who can express their thoughts and ideas more easily. I think we'd all benefit from writing by hand a bit more. I know I feel a unique connection to the words when they are written rather than typed.
I recently asked Mark to write me a recommendation for the volunteer work I've done with him for the Charlottesville Track Club as I look for my next job. I was blown away by what he sent me:
“Leah Connor is in so many ways the driving force in bringing people together in our running community. Her tireless efforts, in helping to market and organize hundreds of races, running events and training programs, have helped to entertain tens of thousands of runners and, in the process, raise immeasurable funds for countless charitable causes. Simply put, thanks to her selfless dedication in volunteering her time and sharing her talents, creativity and passions, Leah is the flag bearer in bringing running to life in Central Virginia!”
Everything Mark wrote about me applies even more so to him as well as many other volunteers that are no longer with us. The CTC wouldn't be what it is today without the contributions of people like Dave Murphy, Carol Finch, Skip Kinnier, and Bruce Barnes.
Please take the time to learn more about these Charlottesville running legends and remember to thank every volunteer.
I know it's time I write a special note to Ryan Looney, who is the only person who's helped me with every Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon, is a past CTC Board member, and one of only 12 C-VILLE-athon Streakers!
CTC is organized to provide a structured organization for the purpose of promoting running as a sport and healthy lifestyle within our community. CTC’s support of non-profit running events helps raise funds in the local community.