Candidate Statement: Bob Gaylord

    I love running and I love runners. That’s why I love    the    VHTRC community and all that I believe it stands for and values. Whether a person is a competitive athlete, veteran trail runner, newbie, front-runner, middle of the packer, or back of the packer…VHTRC welcomes them all. The diversity and inclusiveness of the VHTRC is its hallmark…its strength. We need to keep it that way.

People run for many reasons. I run because I believe it is adult play. It’s cathartic. It’s transcendent. It provides a common ground for friendships to form…for community to take root and flourish. People join VHTRC to be a part of that community. We should always be grateful for, and to, those who started that community many years ago, and those who continue to serve today…board members, race directors, trail work leaders, and volunteers, all who are leading and serving without any thought of compensation or personal gain. They do it for the community. They are giving back. 

That’s why I’m running for the Board…to give back to the community I love so much. We all enjoy the races, runs and camaraderie. But VHTRC also is a business that must be appropriately led and managed as a business with stakeholders and members. At the end of the day, we are a member-based nonprofit deriving revenue from membership and services (our signature races). We owe it to our members to be transparent and appropriately governed by a consensus-driven board of directors charged with managing the affairs of VHTRC. I believe my background in the military and running non-profit and private-sector companies, and sitting on plethora non-profit boards, equips me well to help govern on a collaborative, consensus-driven board of directors.

I intend to help continue the legacy built by so many giving board directors in the past, and take VHTRC to the next level as our trail running community shifts and transforms in many dimensions. We need to listen internally to our members, and externally to the winds of change. And we need to embrace change as our community changes…or risk irrelevance.