Gadsden Runners Club
The Gadsden Runners Club was started from a newly formed Facebook Group page created after a ladies group run at Noccalula Falls. The Facebook page was created for people interested in running in the Gadsden Area and to see if anyone was interested in forming a small running club. Immediately, excited runners called for a group meeting to discuss forming an area club. The first meeting was held at the YMCA meeting room on September 30, 2012 with over 30 attendees. An organizing committee was formed to discuss the merits of forming our own club. The committee met weekly for over 2 months and by the end of the year, the Facebook Group had turned into Gadsden Runners Club, Inc. GRC quickly adopted bylaws, nominated a Board of Directors and joined the Road Runners Club of America. Also, within those first months, GRC had its first membership drive at Mocs on the Rocks, participated in the Gadsden Christmas Parade, developed a logo for apparel, started selling apparel, created a website, and sponsored the first 5K called Etowah Heroes which was highly successful. By the beginning of 2013, Gadsden Runners Club had over 170 members and was an official non-profit organization through an affiliation with RRCA. While our club is named Gadsden Runners Club after the largest city in our area, we strive to improve running conditions and promote running activities throughout Etowah County.