Saturday the 15th of August marks the 2nd Annual 100th Meridian 10K Road Race. Our community (and runners from across Nebraska) will gather to celebrate a great man while raising money for a local scholarship that carries his name.
Claude Berreckman Sr., known for his proclamation Be There!, touched the lives of many during his tenure on earth. As his mantra denotes, Claude believed in living life to the fullest, engaging in his community on a deep level with a steadfast devotion to philanthropy.
Claude took the time to care – the genuineness of his personality made him an inherent “people builder” inspiring those around him to think outside of the box in order to achieve greatness. Claude loved his community and worked avidly to achieve sustainability for our little corner of rural America.
Perhaps what endeared him most to me was his sense of natural optimism and honest interest which captivated the young people that he made it a priority to mentor. A staunch and universal supporter of Cozad’s “next generation”, Claude touched the lives of countless students as they traveled the journey of adolescence searching for their niche in the world.
The annual road race and scholarship, created by his family, reminds me each year that it is both my pleasure and my responsibility to be there: for myself, for my community, and for all those that I have the ability to positively influence. Claude loved running and held a life-long dedication to fitness. He continually inspired me both as an athlete and a coach/mentor.
The Feed Yard Foodie family will be there on Saturday to run in his honor. We unite in support because we share his love of community and appreciate the positive culture that he worked so hard to build.
It is a momentous event for my favorite farmer to participate in a road race (a far cry from his preferred sprint performances on the track). There are likely very view people that can inspire Matt to run a race that is measured in miles – Claude was one of a select few.
It is my hope that Claude’s spirit will continue to inspire a be there culture – To motivate individuals to give selflessly in the name of community sustainability.
Will you Be There?