David and Karen Griner spent months working out the Suncoast Strider philosophy, foundation and principles during a 4 month period Oct 2001 through Jan 2002. They created the logo design, drummed up YMCA support and sent out a lot of marketing notices to build awareness of the group.
The first official Strider outing included the famed post run Social Hour and was on Saturday Feb 22, 2002. 28 people showed up and laid out routes of 2 and 4 miles. There was a near mutiny over the long distance routes, but a year later almost everyone had completed a half marathon. Good times in the early era!
Along the way, David started publishing a paper copy of The Strider Weekly Newsletter. It ran for 12 years ending in 2014 as the Facebook Group news feed took its place.