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  Our Mission

Sandhills Striders seeks to promote running and create a vibrant running community in Moore County and surrounding areas.

We are a non-profit running club founded in March 2007 with assistance from the FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness.  

From beginner runners/walkers to elite, competitive athletes, the club is open to individuals of all ages and abilities. Whether

you are running for fun, friendship, fitness or finishing times, Sandhills Striders is a club for you. The club coordinates

group runs, along with social, educational and service events. Volunteers are also being recruited to assist with club leadership,

communications, events and activity coordination. Members are looking forward to meeting anyone interested in running and

would love to hear ideas and suggestions for club development.




Contact us at


President- Brian Povish      

Vice President- Annette Barnett

Treasurer- Judy Wimmer

Secretary- Kelly McCall


Road Runners Club of America running safety tips

*        Don't wear headphones. Use your ears to be aware of your
surroundings. Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss
during evening or early morning runs.
*        Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
By facing on-coming traffic, you may be able to react quicker than if it
is behind you.
*        Look both ways before crossing. Be sure the driver of a car
acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle.
Obey traffic signals.
*        Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood
type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical
*        Always stay alert and aware of what's going on around you. The
more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
*        Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call. Know the
locations of public phones along your regular route.
*        Trust your intuition about a person or an area. React on your
intuition and avoid a person or situation if you're unsure. If something
tells you a situation is not "right", it isn't.
*        Alter or vary your running route pattern; run in familiar areas
if possible. In unfamiliar areas, such as while traveling, contact a
local RRCA club or running store. Know where open businesses or stores
are located in case of emergency.
*        Run with a partner. Run with a dog.
*        Write down or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell
friends and family of your favorite running routes.
*        Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails.
Avoid unlit areas, especially at night. Run clear of parked cars or
*        Ignore verbal harassment and do not verbally harass others. Use
discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be
observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
*        Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after
dark. Avoid running on the street when it is dark.
*        Practice memorizing license tags or identifying characteristics
of strangers.
*        Carry a noisemaker. Get training in self-defense.
*        When using multi-use trails, follow the rules of the road. If
you alter your direction, look over your should before crossing the
trail to avoid a potential collision with an oncoming cyclist or passing
*        Call police immediately if something happens to you or someone
else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. It is important to
report incidents immediately.


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