Waco had the honor of hosting multiple unique first-time events this past month. The Spartan Stadion 5K race brought 3,500 athletes from all over the country which led to a $1.8 million economic impact. But it also allowed 270 local athletes to compete in their hometown. It was an exciting morning with the sun rising on a cool morning, seeing McLane Stadium and Touchdown Alley get activated with so many first-time Spartan Warriors. The entire GWSC staff competed alongside the TEAM Waco athletes from both years and even one of our board members. To see kids compete and carry their medals afterward with proud smiles alongside their parents was genuinely endearing and inspiring.
Throughout the rest of the month we had tennis tournaments, baseball games, the Baylor Green & Gold Game, and most recently The Waco Rowing Center hosted the first regatta (boat race), Texas State Rowing Championships, on Tradinghouse Lake. If you were one of the thousands there on Saturday enjoying the sun, sandy beach, cool breeze, and festive atmosphere I think you’d agree it was extraordinary. This Waco community has embraced the sport of rowing, and there is a bright horizon for the sport and the doors of opportunity it can create for all ages.
None of these events would have been possible without the support and participation of our dedicated volunteers, sponsors, and community members. Your commitment and enthusiasm have truly made these events a success, and we are immensely grateful for your continued support.
As we look forward to the coming months, we invite you to join us in our endeavors, whether through volunteering, sponsoring, or participating in our upcoming events. Once again, thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we can continue to make the Greater Waco community a vibrant and thriving sports community.
– Mike Vogelaar