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Samish Runs

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What: Lake Samish Runs

When: 10 am Sun., Jan. 7

Where: Lake Samish Park

Cost: $5-$35

Info: http://www.gbrc.net

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Larry Lober isn’t really the type of guy to make New Year’s resolutions. The longtime member and current president of the Greater Bellingham Running Club says he’s more likely to simply pick a course that works for him, and then stay on it.

“It’s like running a marathon,” he says. “You have this goal out there to finish and you just stay focused on the task at hand until you finish.”

Like many of its more than 600 members, Lober joined the GBRC in 2009 in part to foster his love of running, but also to meet new people. What he found was that putting one foot in front of the other at weekly group runs and annual events open to the public was just part of the appeal of being a member.

“GBRC is not totally about running,” Lober says of the volunteer-driven club that’s been active in Whatcom County since 1976. “We are about bringing people of all ages and abilities together to have fun and to share. Our events cater to youth as well as seniors. We have serious runners, casual runners, walkers and everything in between.

“We also offer scholarships for high school and college athletes, shoe vouchers for high school athletes in need and make contributions to the Bellingham Food Bank with proceeds from our Turkey Trot. We are proud of what we do and grateful to be able to contribute to this wonderful community we live in.”

It’s likely you’ll see Lober at the 42nd annual Lake Samish Runs starting and finishing Sun., Jan. 7 at Lake Samish Park. He’ll be among the slew of volunteers and coordinators making sure everything involved in the chip-timed 6.5-mile and 13.1-mile races goes smoothly. It’s a big task with a lot of moving parts—including 300 athletes who have as many as three hours to complete the scenic run—but something the group has been pulling off for more than four decades.

If you’re not already a Greater Bellingham Running Club member, meeting people like Lober at the Lake Samish Runs might nudge you closer to joining the ever-growing group with a mission focused on connecting runners, building community and giving back.

When asked what his favorite variable of that mission is, Lober says he doesn’t really look at it in parts.

“It’s all about people,” he furthers. “I love helping people either one on one or as whole. It’s just the helping and giving part for me that’s rewarding.

“The common tie that binds GBRC members obviously starts with running, but it does go deeper. I think our members enjoy the social aspect of getting together through running as much they do running itself.”

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