The Raptors began as a small group of friends who got together to train. After a while we thought it might be fun to attend some youth meets. These meets were enjoyable, and we discovered that our group was competitive. We also noticed that many competitors belonged to clubs. Hmmm, this looked cool. So, we said, "Why not start a club?" And we did. The Raptors! That was eight years ago. We probably all expected the club to last perhaps a few months but people kept joining. Young runners came along to replace our aging original members and here we are, heading into our ninth year. Who would've guessed!
The cornerstone of our club is communication. It's taken a long time for us to become halfway adept at communicating with runners (esp. younger ones), but it also is what allows us to help others build relationships with their runners and learn how to speak their language.
(this is pretty much bunk--anyone have an idea for this space?)
Isa at Junior Olympic trials, 2015