Members of LRC, meet The End. We’ve come a long way in these two years but it’s time that we bid adieu with one last article paying homage to The End of the LRC.
“It’s just time to end on a note, any note will do” said Mike Brunette – founder and organizer of the Libertyville Running Church. “I see the future of running clubs evolving and I’m not an innovator. I’m tired and your membership dues just haven’t afforded me the lifestyle of similar church leaders like that Joel Olsteen guy. I’m happy to have been a part of this but it’s time for other clubs to take over from here.”
And take over they will. Age-old area clubs like the OTESD – Open Track Enthusiasts of Short Distance – are looking forward to getting their members back. All duties will be transferred over to these more fun running clubs because, and let’s be honest, the LRC only cherry-picked from the best ideas anyway. From Bill Bowerman’s famous chicken wing & watermelon track workouts, to Jimmy Kimmel’s aid station antics, to Lover’s Lanes’ Wednesday night hookup runs, the LRC was merely reinventing the wheel.
When asked about the demise of the LRC, Bee Hintson, 35-year resident of neighboring Lake Zurich, simply questioned, “Who’s the LRC? If I haven’t heard of them, then they clearly weren’t that special.”
Pastor Zed Wardklay from the Des Plains River Community Church had this to say: “who do they think they are, calling themselves a church?! Meeting weekly and running among nature as they do is nothing like attending Mass in one of God’s beautiful indoor amphitheater creations, like He intended. And to call himself the head of a church is sacrilegious; Mike is only an ordained minister online. ANYONE CAN DO THAT; IT’S FREE AND TAKES TWO MINUTES!”
Bill from Chili-U had kinder words when asked about the Club disbanding, “we’re really going to miss hosting the LRC on those Wednesday night hookup runs. Boy, those runners can eat and drink! We used to just put out a chili trough and let them go to town. What a great boost to our local economy they were.”
Finally, The Deacon – LRC’s second-in-command – was quoted as saying, “Meh, I figured he didn’t have it in him to keep this up. Times are changing and people only want to run on single track trails now. The LRC just couldn’t adapt. If only he would have followed the Deacon’s Way, The End would have never happened!”