Many of us know Charlene Groet as Char, the race director of the Wooden Shoe Race. As founder of the Rotary Ramble 5K in 1981, Char has been the race director for the past 37 years. She announced her retirement from that position prior to last month's race (8/12/2017), but has assured us the race will continue with a new director.
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) awards championship events through a competitive bidding process at the National, Regional, and State level to RRCA member clubs and events to promote the sport of distance running. The Rotary Ramble has been chosen as the RRCA Indiana State 5K Championship Race multiple times and as the RRCA Central Region 5K Championship Race twice. The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to shine a spotlight on well-run events. We agree the Rotary Ramble certainly deserves that distinction.
Here are some interesting facts about Char many of you may not know. She began running in 1978 at the age of 31 and was running 85 miles per week for many years from 1979-1995. Throughout her running career she also: