I've reached a finish line.
Today marks the end of my career in a newsroom, one that has totaled 44 years and a week cumulatively.
I resigned several days ago as sports editor of the News & Record and Winston-Salem Journal. On Monday, I'll get set on a new starting line and go to work, remotely, as a marketing content specialist for FieldRoutes, a cloud software company.
While I'm on the move in one sense, readers of Running Shorts should be reassured that I'm also not going anywhere and that I look forward to continuing to tell your stories and to run with you here in the Triad. What began as a blog on the News & Record's site in 2009 shifted to become my own private venture in spring 2021, and I look forward to continuing to build RunningShorts.org in my free time.
These 44 years have given me so much for which to be grateful: For the people who helped foster my interest in writing and editing (including my parents, for sending me to college), for professors and editors who showed me the right way, for team leaders for taking a chance on me, for Hall of Fame teammates at every stop and, of course, for readers and customers.
And most certainly for my wife, Valerie, and sons Will and Joe, for tolerating night and weekend work that sometimes bled into vacations, for late dinners and for, too many times, me being there but not being there.
While the sports fan achieved one goal professionally, becoming a sports editor in this state, it's the career twist that will continue to provide the most special connections and moments. Running Shorts evolved from a push by my editor, John Robinson, for News & Record staff members to blog about a topic about which they were passionate. I'm not sure how many people in town knew I was sports editor, but I've heard numerous times, "Oh yeah, you're the running guy" or "You do that running … thing" or even "Running Shorts."
And the beauty of all of that crystallized even in these final couple of days, when the sports fan and sports editor interviewed Des Linden and the running writer shared Lizzie Windsor's inspiring story of becoming an Ironman.
This was a good week.
To all of you reading and to the many who had a hand, thank you!
P.S. I’ll leave you with a few career photos, first from yellowed clips ...
... and now some of my extraordinary teammates.