Travis Latchaw II (2014-17)
I got this wristband right after my first Mrun fall mass meeting during my sophomore year when I joined the club, and I have not taken it off since. At first it was simply because I liked having it on, but after awhile I kept it on to show my pride for the club and team that I was a part of. My entire college experience became intertwined with Mrun practices, events, and most importantly, people.
With the exception of maybe 2 or 3 people, I made all of my friends in Mrun, and in a relatively short time as well. I met people who were welcoming, funny, and much like myself, enjoyed running for some reason. And that is what really kept me coming back. I did like getting faster and working to break my PRs. Seeing that progress over time was very motivating, but I came for the people. And as I moved from Mrun novice to veteran and unofficial sprint training chair I really tried to exhibit the same qualities of welcomeness and humor that drew me into the club.
If I were to give advice to new Mrunners, I would say to keep at it. There are gonna be those days where, much like the M on my wristband, your motivation will fade and you won't really want to go to practice for one of any number of reasons, and there are gonna be days where you don't run as well as you would like to, but persistence pays off. And if all else fails, and you just have an absolutely terrible practice, or performance at a meet, take solace in the fact that the entirety of Mrun is cheering for you still. No matter if you are a distance runner or sprinter (#SPRINTERS FOR LIFE), fast or slow, the team wants you to succeed, and eventually you will fall into that as well and you will find yourself cheering for your friends and even other Mrunners you haven't met with "an enthusiasm unknown to mankind".
Mrun is the one of the best clubs on campus, and I envy anyone who gets to spend all four years of their college experience with its members.