Friday, February 22, 2008

Steers Nation, Unite!

There are two relevant definitions for "steer".

The verb:

direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
be a guiding or motivating source or drive

The noun:

castrated bull

I'll let you, the reader, pick your favorite definition.

You've probably seen the Steers logo pop up on a few blogs, namely here and here, in addition to mine. But what is it? What does it mean?

Well, I'm a second generation Steer. I was not there at the founding fathers creation. I do not know all the ins and outs of how the group came to be. (I have an idea but will leave that story for someone truly in the know). Rest assured, the Steers are not steeped in secrecy like the Freemasons or as mysterious as the druids.

The name has stuck through many Gus Macker basketball tournaments and other events where a team name is required. There have been several members that have gone to war under the Steers banner at one time or another. It has become a loose affiliation of friends and allies working together for a common goal. Yes, basically, the Steers kick ass. *

The group has slowly transitioned from basketball to running over the years. Now, the Steers Long Distance Project has come to being. We expect to challenge the Brooks-Hanson team, another cross state running group, for supremacy within a few years. **

It appears there will be at least 3, possibly 4, Steers present at the Bayshore races in May. We expect a wave of new enrollees shortly thereafter.

We are but a seedling, being cultivated and nurtured before the blossom.

Run with the Steers! Or get the horns.

* As much as one can with a lifetime near .500 record in basketball tournaments
** Only if all of their members join us. We offer no compensation of any kind.

Last night, 6 2/3 miles @ 7:20 pace. Each mile was progressively faster starting at 7:29 and ending at 7:09. Each week I'm trying to mix in at least one outdoor faster paced run.

Note: I have recently become aware that anonymous commenting was not supported on my blog. I have now enabled this feature. So, you Steers out there without a google account, make yourselves known!


Non-Runner Nancy said...

HA HA HA, I'm still laughing about your coffee cup with the logo comment and then I read this. Hilarious. Do the steers have any sort of rewards or incentive program? I mean, more than a coffee cup? :D

Anonymous said...

The Steers will be represented at the Five Points of Life(Gainesville, FL) Half Marathon on Sunday.

I am shooting to run about at about a 7:45 pace on minimal training.

A 3" Steers logo will be on the back of my siglet.


Nitmos said...

An original Steer stops by. Tange!

Run well this Sunday. Report results back. Good luck!

L*I*S*A said...

Tee hee...I'm proud to be a Steers member. We are gonna rock the Bayshore fo sho!!!