At Western, there are a lot of clubs and organizations. One category had yet to be filled though, so Kristin Hall and Morgan Goodrick made it happen. The newly chartered running club here at Western is looking to get the ball rolling and hit the ground running as they approach their first meeting February 27. [caption id="attachment_15835" align="alignleft" width="150"] Morgan Goderick | Submitted[/caption] Hall and Goodrick, both freshmen at Western and longtime runners, decided to try and put together a club where runners like themselves could meet, share experiences and run as a team. Goodrick said that they started working on the club over Christmas break and then went to an SGA meeting where it was voted upon and passed unanimously. “We thought that it would be fun to start a running club, so we could meet other people who like to run and hopefully get other people interested," Hall said. But they couldn't start the club without faculty sponsors, one of whom is Bill Church, an English and creative writing professor at Missouri Western. Along with being the sponsor, Church is also a 16-year veteran of the running scene and at one time, he was even Goodrick's trainer. “The fact that I’ve been running so long is why people come to me for guidance,” Church said. “Morgan is a family friend and she’d asked me what it was like to get a running club started. I told them there was a process to getting a club chartered here on campus and they took it all on themselves. They did it all.” Hall and Goodrick have been running together since they were twelve years old and it's the love of the sport that pushed them to start up the running club at Western. “We did a miniature kids triathlon when we were really young,” Goodrick said. Their competitive spirits didn't fade out. They have both progressed and achieved impressive personal goals. Goodrick qualified for state her freshman and senior years of high school, where she was the only female runner to qualify from Central High. But her success has not stopped there. “I’ve ran a lot of 5K’s,” Goodrick said. “That’s pretty much what I do.” She says that she hopes to go on to run a half marathon and possibly even a marathon someday. Hall had her own set of accomplishments in the sport, despite being home-schooled. She managed to run cross country, something that increased her love of running even more. “I ran with a homeschool group in Kansas City and we were able to run against other high schools,” Hall said. When asked what they like most about running, they said that it relieves stress and is a good way to get your mind off of school. Now as co-presidents of the new running club, more stress may be put on them as they plan to organize meetings and events on campus. In March, alumni Dennis Adkins, who is a blind runner, will be running in a 5k at Western and the running club wants to be involved in that by running with him as he completes the race. Some other goals the club would like to achieve are to increase membership, promote safe running habits and run races in the St. Joseph area, as well as invite a speaker from Performance Plus Rehabilitation Center to come speak about injury prevention and strength training. With 15 members already, even before their first meeting has taken place, they should be able to get off to a running start very soon. The first meeting is to be held in Eder 216 on February 27 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to anyone who loves to run and wants to join the club or anyone who wants to hear about where the running club is taking off to next.