Sunday, December 19, 2010

2010 Fleet Feet Racing Team Volunteer of the Year

The Nike Fleet Feet Racing Team of Huntsville is far more than just stellar athletes dominating in races. It is also a set of individuals that exemplify good upstanding people, who give unselfishly of themselves in volunteer work and are true ambassadors to the sport.
It was my honor last night at the Team/Staff Christmas Party to award Josh Kennedy with the distinction of being the Volunteer of the Year. Josh had a few set backs this season with injuries, but he kept a positive attitude toward running and was involved in so many things with the Huntsville Track Club, Fleet Feet and running in general. In May, Josh sacrificed a week of his personal time to help two crazy ultra athletes realize a dream during the 335 mile Pinhoti Adventure Run. This was so much more than a week spent in the woods of Central Alabama, but months of preparation, planning and execution. Josh was also a heavily in involved in coaching other runners through Fleet Feet with the No Boundaries program that ended with the Jingle Bell Run in November. Some of the other things Josh was involved in include a high level role with aid stations at Rocket City Marathon, working the 7 mile aid station at McKay Hollow Madness, staffing the 5.5 mile aid station at the Xterra Monte Sano 15km and also providing an aid station during the Fleet Feet sponsored Pinhoti 100 mile race. These are just a few things that Josh was in during the season. While so many of our team members volunteered countless hours of their time this year, Josh was selected as the one who best represented what the non-racing side of the team is all about with providing support for our running community.