Annual Awards

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Most outstanding runner Journalistic Service
Multi sport/ultra Club Spirit (Sunshine Award)
Comeback of the year Outstanding Club Member
Volunteer Award Allen Paul Award
President’s Citation Lew Gibb Award
Most Improved Runner Miscellaneous

Criteria for Club Awards

History: The first annual award presented by the club was the Outstanding Club Member Award in 1991. That year an award was also presented to Lew Gibb for his myriad of contributions to our sport. The concept of this latter award led to the Lew Gibb Award. At that time it was also felt that there should be various awards presented by our club to recognize both club members and others involved in the sport for their contributions and/or achievements.

Criteria: Listed below are the criteria that have been developed for the various awards. In order to retain the integrity and prominence of these awards, we should utilize the criteria developed and avoid politics and personal prejudices.

The Awards Selection Committee shall be formed of the Banquet Director(s), President of RVRR and the Team Captains. Membership will nominate individuals for consideration through an open poll. The Awards Selection Committee will select award winners with upmost regard for the award criteria. There is no requirement that an award be given every year.

It is recommended that recognition order is as follows: Board Recognition, Newsletter/Web Master recognition, Race Directors recognition, Team Captains and Award recognition and then individual recognition

Most Outstanding Runner Award (club member)


Recognizes a club member who has shown or maintained great success in running competitions over a number of years.

2003 – Greg Mullins 2005 – Roger Price 2006 – Rich Myers
2008 – Mike Dixon 2009 – Imme Dyson 2010 – Mike Dixon
2011 – Doug Brown 2012 – Kavitha Manley & Michael Anis 2013 – Elaine Acosta
2014 – Jo Ann Coffee 2015 – Kathy Rocker 2016 – Ken Ellis
2017 – Drew Pennyfeather

Multi-Sport/Ultra Award (club member)


Recognizes a club member for marked success or contributions to competition outside long-distance running, including but not limited to triathalons, duathalons, and ultramarathons.

2001 – Mike Czech 2002 – Bob Townley 2003 – Kathy Rocker
2004 – Amy Rappaport 2005 – Jen Davis 2006 – Herm Richards
2008 – Sherrie Felton 2009 – Kristin Althausen 2010 – Rosemarie Strawn; David Allara
2011 – Jay Kolb; Mike Dixon 2012 – Laura Swift (ultra); Tom
Yakawenko (multi)
2013 – Peter Priolo
2014 – Gail Komm (multi);
David Allara (ultra)
2015 – Elaine Acosta 2016 – Lorraine McPhillips
(multi); Ron Russo (ultra)
2017 Lauren Santonastasso

Comeback of the Year Award (club member)


Recognizes a club member for success and dedication to the sport of running despite recent setbacks, obstacles, or hardship.

2001 – Ken Vercammen 2002 – Doug Brown 2003 – Mark Zamek
2005 – Chris Lehman 2006 – Patricia O’Hanlon 2007 – Annette Johnson
2008 – Tara Zimlicki 2009 – Roger Price 2010 – Kathy Rocker
2011 – Lesley Wassef 2012 – Mike Carr 2014 – Eric Saurer
2015 -Marcia Hodulik 2016 – Alex Clark 2017 – Marcia Hodulik

Volunteer Award (club member)


You can count on this club member to do any task. Special consideration will go to those who organize a major event and additional individuals who show exemplary participation and enthusiasm. Will exclude all current board members.

1992 – Allen Paul & Doug Brown 1993 – Bruce Nadler & Janice Reid 1994 – John McGillivray
1995 – Steve Kornstein 1996 – Peter Fama &
John Pretzell
1996 – Doug Brown, Dave
Hoch, & Roger Price
1997 – Jim Bethea 1998 – Sam Bianca 1999 – Judi Cox & Pete Priolo
2001 – Bob Townley 2002 – Ray Petit 2003 – Doug Brown, Janice Reid, Ed Levy, Ray Petit, Pete Priolo, Cheryl Scher
2007 – Ken Mangin, Stacey Kaplan, Kathy Rocker, John Reickhoff, Ray Petit, Rose Hopkins, Cheryl Scher 2008 – Rosemarie Strawn & Joel
Simpson
2009 – Annette Johnson
2010 – Dennis McGale 2011 – Joel Simpson, Kelly DiGian 2012 – Anne McCarthy
2013 – Lester Helfman 2014 – Kay Hallenbeck 2015 – Barney Ward
2016 – Tim Morgan 2017 – Rick Siemon

President’s Citation Award (club member)

1991 – Lew Gibb 1996 – Rick Boyle 1997 – Gene Gugliotta
1998 – Gene Gugliotta & Chris
Lehman
1999 – Sam Bianca, Ed Levy, &
Mary Chervenak
2001 – Bob Townley
2002 – Gene Gugliotta 2003 – Peter Onufryk & Peter Priolo 2007 – Ray Petit
2008 – Bill Hulbert 2009 – Erin D’heron Varga & Robert Tona 2012 – Alberto Artasanchez
2013 – Heather Buonocore 2014 – Jayson Kolb 2015 – Christine
Prorock-Rogers
2016 – Bonnie Brunish & Wendy Reed 2017 – Jack Livesey

Most Improved Runner (club member)


Recognizes an individual club member’s improvement in the current year over the previous year.

1992 – Marty Dolphin 1993 – Louise Narciso Fama 1994 – Tom Crochunis
1995 – Julian Zammit, Andrea Orlando 1996 – Bob Price, Stacey Graham, Jen Stachula, Russ Lazarek 1997 – Spook Handy
1998 – Rolf Arands 1999 – Myrna Rosel 2001 – Ken Ellis
2002 – Bob Townley, Jill Knorr 2003 – Ken Ellis 2005 – Sergio P. Cano
2006 – Lesley Wassef 2007 – Jody Stevens 2008 – Cheryl Scher
2009 – Laura Swift 2010 – Bob Jorrisen 2011 – Michael Carr
2012 – Lou Piffer 2013 – Bonnie Brunish 2014 – Alex Clark
2015 – Marvin Pilande 2016 – Drew Pennyfeather 2017 – Carol Richiusa

Outstanding Journalistic Service to the Sport of Running (any person)


This is not intended to be an annual award. Rather, it is intended to recognize a public journalist who has consistently covered and publicized the sport of running in our area for several years in a manner beneficial to the sport and our club. Therefore, it should only be given out when there is an individual who has fulfilled the spirit of the award.

1991 – Frank Bourke (The News Tribune) 1994 – Paul Fiorilla (The News Tribune) 1995 – Madeline Bost (Freelance)
2006 – Vera Stek (Home News Tribune) 2009 – Gina Kolata 2010 – Amby Burfoot
2017 – Dave Schatz

Club Spirit Recognition a.k.a. Sunshine Award (club member)


This is intended to recognize a member who has shown a great dedication to improving the morale and spirit of the club, whose efforts have helped make the club more enjoyable for the members who otherwise have not received recognition directly from the club for his/her contributions. It does not have to be an annual award and should be given only when it is truly merited and the individual has not otherwise received a major club award for their efforts. This award is totally at the President’s discretion.

1992 – Mark Zamek 1994 – Steve Kornstein 1995 – Dave & Vivian Hoch
1996 – John Sanzone 1997 – Janice Reid 1999 – Ray Petit
2001 – Pam Huggins 2002 – Patricia O’Hanlon 2003 – Paul Krentar
2005 – John Greico 2006 – Cheryl Scher 2007 – Mike Anis
2008 – Lesley Wassef 2009 – Dennis McGale 2010 – Lianne Price
2011 – Shannon Sweeney 2012 – Bob Tona 2013 – Drew Pennyfeather
2014 – Lauren Clark 2015 – Ray Petit 2016 – Lauren Merenda
2017 – Jennifer Montemurro

Outstanding Club Member (club member)


This award is to recognize a club member who has been a consistent and dedicated volunteer to our club and who has had a significant impact on the success of the club. The recipient should be someone who is both currently involved and has been contributing for several years prior and continues to serve a valuable role in the club. In summary, the award is neither intended to solely recognize past achievements nor to recognize a
new comer who has been highly visible.

1990 – Doug Brown 1991 – Bruce Nadler & Janice Reid 1992 – Louise Fama
1993 – Paul Grassie 1994 – John Pretzell 1995 – Marty Dolphin
1996 – Steve Kornstein 1997 – Yevette Hendler 1998 – Janice Reid, Doug Brown
2002 – Roger Price 2005 – Cheryl Scher 2006 – Ray Petit
2007 – Chris Lehman 2008 – Ken Mangin 2009 – Ed Levy
2010 – Mike Anis 2011 – Bill Hulbert 2012 – Lianne Price
2013 – Eric Sauer 2014 – Gene Gugliotta 2015 – John Kane
2016 – Neil Hume 2017 – Christine Prorock-Rogers

Allen Paul Award (club/board member)


This award would recognize one board member each year for his/her outstanding contributions to the club as a member of the Board of Directors. It should take into account the level of dedication, commitment, altruism and integrity of the member in furthering the mission and goals of the club. Important aspects of the award would include implementation of new programs that help the club pursue our mission, and promoting an environment conducive to unity and growth of the club. Naming the award after our most worthy founding President and one of our most outstanding past board members is a fitting tribute to a person having the vision, courage and determination to be most responsible for the establishment of the Raritan Valley Road
Runners.

Board members receive so little recognition in comparison to the great efforts that most directors give to the club. This would hopefully give the general member a better insight and appreciation to the importance of dedicated board members. In order to maintain objectivity and assure that a truly worthy recipient is chosen, this award would best be administered by the Nominations Committee, with a polling of the current board
for their preference.

1995 – Mark Rogalski 1996 – Mark Rogalski 1998 – Ray Petit
1999 – Allen Paul 2000 – Gene Gugliotta 2001 – Dave Hoch
2002 – Gene Gugliotta 2003 – Dana Gross 2005 – Lois Brown-Klein
2006 – Ed Levy 2007 – Mark Strawn 2008 – Gene Gugliotta
2009 – Bill Hulbert 2010 – Laura Swift 2011 – Tom O’Reilly
2012 – Shannon Sweeney 2013 – Angela Hynek 2014 – Mike Carr
2015 – Neil Hume 2016 – Eric Saurer 2017 – Wendy Reed

Lew Gibb Award (any person)


This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and dedicated contribution to the sport of running in New Jersey in the spirit of Lew Gibb. An independent committee selects this award.

Criteria (developed Jan 25, 2004):

  1. Geographic scope
    1. Nominees should be a “member of the New Jersey running community”.
    2. The merits of a nominee should be judged based on their impact on RVRR and its membership,
      regardless of the nominee’s place of residence.
  2. Qualifications
    We agreed that nominees should be judged based on the following qualifications (in addition to those listed under 1. Geographic Scope):

    1. Nominees can be judged based on contributions to any aspect of running, but preference should be given to contributions to long distance running.
    2. Nominees should have made contributions continuously for several years.
    3. A nominee should not be disqualified due to a financial interest in the sport (i.e. if they make a living from the sport)
  3. Process
    The award shall be presented yearly, according to the following process:

    1. A committee shall be appointed by the board at the November board meeting. The committee shall consist of at least 5 members, and after appointment by the board may enlarge itself according to the following rules:
      • A majority of its members shall consist of members of the previous year’s Lew Gibb committee.
      • It may consist of former awardees, former and current board members, prominent members of the running community, and whomever else the committee sees fit to include.
    2. Nominations for the award may be submitted by anyone, and shall be accompanied by a description of their qualifications (e.g. a paragraph).
    3. A short list of nominees shall be constructed, based on a simple majority vote to approve each of the nominees.
    4. At this point, if appropriate, the ability of the short list nominees to attend the banquet may be determined.
    5. A recipient of the award shall be chosen, based on a majority vote, with the hope that the entire committee will stand behind the recipient.
    6. The recipient must be able to attend the banquet, and shall be notified in advance. Their ability to attend should be determined before they are told they will receive the award – i.e. they should not be told they have won the award, and subsequently asked if they are able to receive it.
    7. Skipping the award, although possible in rare circumstances, should be avoided.
1992 – Dean Shonts 1993 – Jeff Decker 1994 – Harry Brown
1995 – John Pretzell 1996 – John Haulenbeek 1997 – Madeline Bost
1998 – Roger Price 1999 – Dave Siconolfi 2000 – Janice Reid
2001 – Dan Brannen 2003 – Larry Baldasari 2004 – Mark Zenobia
2005 – Andy Boyajian 2006 – Amby Burfoot 2008 – Pam Fales
2009 – Ray Petit 2011 – Gene Gugliotta 2014 – Bob Tona
2015 – Tom O’Reilly 2016 – Jane Parks 2017 – Dan Murphy

Miscellaneous Awards:

Silver Sneaker Award

1998 – Ray Petit
2008 – Jorge Rivera

Golden Penguin Award

1998 – Julian Zammit

Short-Shorts Award

2001 – Graeme Ackland

Outstanding Achievement Award

2008 – Doug Brown, Jorge Rivera
2009 – Patricia O’Hanlon

Philippedes Award

2014 – Marvin Pilande, Christine Appel

Plain Pizza Award

2014 – Drew Pennyfeather

Incredible Feet

2015 – Lauren Santonastaso

Rookie of the Year

2017 – Ann Siglam

Back on the Road

2017 – Chris Lehman