On September 25, we held our second AREC board meeting. If you would like very precise details about what went on at the meeting, there is a copy of the meeting available from Emmett or Karine. If you REALLY want to know what went on, it might behoove you to attend. Here is a brief summary:
As we were handing out flyers for the meeting, some people were upset about having the meeting on a Monday evening. If you have a better idea, or would like to offer a location, please let us know. The decision was based on who showed up the prior two Wednesdays.
In reality, I’m talking about shirts. We found a printer who has cotton tees and tank tops, but no Coolmax. The colors selected were navy blue and white (2 styles: blue with white logo, white with blue logo). The logo is the one atop the newsletter. All current paying team members will receive a T-shirt/tank of your choice. We are ordering some extras, and we’ll let you know later about the cost.
Work in progress. RRCA (the other logo) requires that the Board make the budget available to all members. We will have an operating budget for 2001, once the Treasurer transition is transacted. RRCA.
Road Runner Club of America is the group we registered with. We have an insurance policy through them, which covers our Sunday and Wednesday fun runs, and any events we might put on. They also provide us wiht help in producing our own races and flyers, posters, etc., that hail the greatness of running. I have these, if you have an interest. Also, if you have an idea for a club race or other Fundraising idea, contact our Fundraising Coordinators, Todd Byers and Laura Chaides.
This was our second Annual Award ceremony. Last month’s newsletter had the names of the winners in the Grand Prix, Most Improved, etc. The final award presented was the Runner of the Year. Fifteen (of the 24) members voted, and each nominee was picked on at least 5 ballots. The voting was VERY close. Here are the nominees in each category and the results:
Male Runner of the Year
Todd Byers - Todd had a great year, including an insane number of marathons and races. He always provides great advice, and wears interesting T-shirts (well, at least in the winter). Todd got Century Club membership (441 miles), and won Most Prolific Runner.
Tim Hickok - Tim had a different kind of year. He did very well in races, especially baby buggy division. I think soon the littlest Hickok will supplant Karin as the youngest club member! Tim also introduced many members to triathlons, which are excellent for cross training! Tim also won membership to Century Club (103 miles).
Emmett Rahl - What can I say about myself (without sounding snooty)? I also ran an insane number of races, but only 2 marathons. I have written an insane number of newsletters all by myself (including this one), though I would prefer to EDIT the newsletter. I helped re-start the club, and sold copious amounts of the barely legal steroid “lovetorunolone.” Also won Most Inspirational Runner, my second Grand Prix trophy, and Most Prolific Runner.
Edward Villalobos - Ed was fairly new to the club this year, but we all watched him improve in triathlons, and pick up a few age group awards in smaller races. We looked forward to seeing him at the ends of races, and also his beloved...beer cooler.
Winner: Emmett Rahl
Female Runner of the Year
Karine Brooks - Karine went from a slow, tequila drinkin’ walker to an actual runner. She was a bit of a late bloomer, at (can you believe it?) 50 years old! We see her almost every week, and she knows the secret of winning LOTS of awards: Pick races so small that you’re the only one in your age group. Won this year’s Best Age Group Finisher Award.
Laura Chaides - Last year’s winner. She did even more this year. She broke her marathon PR by over 50 minutes, and then duplicated that time or better 3 times this year, including a Boston-qualifying time in the pouring rain of L.A.
Marlaigne Hudnall - I don’t know where she came from, but Marlaigne has done some incredible running this year. In her SECOND half marathon, she ran a Personal Best, even though her first half was all downhill and this second half was in Palos Verdes! Marlaigne won Most Improved Runner and Most Inspirational Runner this year.
Tracey Johanson - Tracey joined us rather late in our running season, but in April, became really involved with AREC. In addition to our Wednesday runs, she joined me and TRH for 4 months of hill training. She is really coming back to the form we’ve heard so much about (that is, teenage form), especially after her PR on her 4th of July run!
Winner: Laura Chaides