The Virgil Simpson Winston-Salem Roadrunners track club was reestablished in October 2012 after being dormant for many years. It was the promise that 3 young men made to their coach, Virgil Simpson, one of the original founders of the club. Coach Simpson made such a huge impact and contribution into their lives that they felt the only way to honor his memory was to resurrect the club, so that they too could impact the youth in our community. Our mission is to promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition, to cultivate a competitive spirit through track & field, and to encourage education and higher learning in order to build the youth of today into leaders of tomorrow. We currently serve 75 athletes, boys and girls, ages 5 to 18.
The Roadrunners are a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), which is a multi-sport organization that is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. We are also a member of USA Track & Field (USATF) organization, which is the governing body for the sports of track and field, cross country running, road running and race-walking in the United States.
Our primary focus is not only competition, but with the overall health and fitness of our athletes. Our goal is to give them the tools that they need to carry into their adult lives that will allow them to lead long, healthy and productive lives. With a number of healthcare professionals on the coaching staff and Board of Directors, including an Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor who holds a license by the Health Sciences Academy, the club is able to capitalize on this knowledge and provide support to our athletes in managing their health and nutrition. Tools such as videos, web links, and articles are readily available for all parents and athletes to view on the club's website that highlight the proper items to eat before, during and after a track meet, and the importance of hydration to ready the body for competition.
In addition to our focus on health and nutrition, we also focus on the science of proper exercise and training for our athletes. Our volunteer coaches spend countless hours researching workouts and drills in order to tailor training to the varying groups of athletes on the team. We also ensure that athletes and parents understand how to prevent and treat injuries related to training and competition. With this focus, the Roadrunners have produced 29 All-American athletes in national competitions for AAU and USATF in the past 3 years. Among those are 7 National Champions in the Shot Put, 100 meter dash, and the 4x100 meter relay.
The overall impact that the Winston-Salem Roadrunners has on the community and its members is tremendous. Through the numerous fundraising and outreach events throughout the year, the community knows who the organization is and what we stand for, which is excellence for our athletes today in order for them to be successful and live long, healthy lives.