Our Mission The mission of the Kalamazoo Area Runners is to promote a healthy lifestyle through the sport of running while enhancing the quality of life in the community. Our Vision The vision of Kalamazoo Area Runners is to welcome runners of all abilities. To enable us to further our mission, we may engage in the following activities: - Facilitate, promote, and/or conduct races - Facilitate, promote, and /or conduct training programs and group runs - Conduct lectures, educational activities, demonstrations, clinics - Host fun runs and social events - Print/publish books, magazines, and newsletters - Present awards; and do other things as may be conducive to the encouragement of running - Engage in community activities and publicize the benefits of running as a means of physical fitness and cooperate with other organizations with a similar goal and purpose - As we strive to carry out our mission and realize our vision, it is important that we have strong values to guide us in our actions and represent our organization in a positive manner. Respect We value and honor each individual touching our organization for their unique abilities, contributions and achievements, and strive to treat each person with the utmost dignity and respect. Integrity We uphold honesty and high ethical standards in our relationship with our members, participants and community partners. Leadership We are dedicated to developing volunteer leadership within our organization and the community. Diversity We embrace all differences and understand diversity helps build a welcoming and strong organization. Community We recognize the importance of community collaboration and work together with other organizations to not only foster wellness through the sport of running but enhance the overall quality of life in our community. Teamwork We work together to achieve our goals and celebrate the successes of our members and all those we impact. Adaptability We respond to emerging trends in running and the evolving needs of members. Value We are committed to offering exceptional value and connecting our community through offering quality events and programs at low cost.