December Member events

December is a busy month for club events.

12/2: Three Races One Day including the Big Chill 5k – Team RVRR and Friends will be at the Big Chill once again, find us before and after the race in the upper right section of the gym when you walk in the main doors.

12/9: RVRR Holiday Potluck Party – see the member weekly email for details – Join now to get the emails – new memberships will be valid until the end of 2018.

12/13: Q4 GMM and 2018 Board Elections after the club run at the Reformed Church.

12/17: NYC Holiday Run hosted by Tom O’Reilly, 945am Madison Square Garden 7th Ave.

12/20: Holiday Pub Crawl, after the club run, in New Brunswick.

Saturday runs now at 9am

From Saturday October 14 the Saturday run time is 9am from Grove 2 in Johnson Park.

After the run on the 14th, head over to COPT – see the Facebook event for more details and to indicate if you will be attending.

Comprehensive Orthopedic Physical Therapy (COPT) will be conducting a runner’s clinic for RVRR following the saturday group run. They will be allowing us to use the Anti-Gravity treadmill, teaching us about prevention and treatment of common running injuries, and will offer complimentary Functional Movement screening.


Run location changes for September 2017

We move run locations for our Wednesday and Saturday runs in September.

THIS SATURDAY we move to GROVE 2, still at 8am

WEDNESDAY 9/6 we move to the Reformed Church of Highland Park for a month of the transition course through Johnson Park! In October we will begin the winter course.

Wednesday, September 6th will be our annual appreciation and team night at Pinos.


Mike Roche Towpath Plaque

Mike Roche at the 1978 Falmouth Road Race where he finished 2nd (wearing the USA singlet)

Mike Roche trained almost daily on the towpath. In 1976 he made the US Olympic team. His entry in the RU hall of fame is here.

His teammate Larry Erickson recollects the origin of the plaque, “He ran on the tow-path almost every day and one day after being ribbed about it, he found a stick, bent over and wrote Mike Roche Highway; right after the Landing Lane spillway, and the legend began!”

A plaque has been in place on a tree in that area, and club member Chris Lehman noticed that the tree was not looking healthy. Given that several other trees have been cut down in that area recently, he wanted to be sure that the plaque was preserved. It is now located on a nearby healthy tree.


The plaque is on an oak tree close to the tow path and not far from the landing lane spillway.

Looking from the plaque to the Landing Lane spillway

The tree with the Rutgers stadium in the distance

The plaque


Who can run for RVRR teams?

Here is a simple rundown of what it means to run for RVRR teams.

  1. Am I too slow to run for the team?
    • NOBODY IS TOO SLOW!!! Just being there, even if you’re walking, can benefit the teams. The more people we have, the more teams we can enter, and the more points the club gets.
  2. What do I do to get on a team?
    • NOT MUCH AT ALL!!! You’re already a member of RVRR, so all you need to do is also be a member of USATF
    • USATF membership gives you discounts to lots of races, between $3 and $5 per race, so the cost can quickly be cancelled out over the year if you race enough).
    • You will also need to prove your age to USATF-NJ. All the details are below.
    • Once you’re an age-verified USATF member, all you do is sign up for championship races, and let your team captain know which ones you will be running (email the board if you don’t know who your captain is).
  3. What benefits are there to running for the team?
    • Aside from USATF discounts for lots of different races, not just team ones, at the team races you can count on:
      • Team support to push you to do better than you ever thought you could.
      • You’ll see the same people from other teams at each race which will give you plenty of options for who to try to beat every time.
      • Car pools to races so you won’t have to drive yourself every time.
      • Team members will usually socialize after the race.
      • Teams are allocated club funds to help promote running for the teams. These can be used in a variety of ways so keep an eye out for what your team is doing by making sure you are on your team captain’s email list.

Here are more details:

Before racing for RVRR in a USATF designated LDR Championship Event:

  1. You must be a member of RVRR
  2. You must be a member of USATF*
  3. You must be age-verified by USATF NJ
  4. Let your team captain know which championship races you intend to run – the current year list of races can be found on our “teams page” – each race is designated by division – for Masters races only runners age 40 and over can be entered on a team. Anyone can run in an Open division race, and for All Divisions races team captains will assign you to appropriate teams (runners 40 and over can be used on 2 teams!)

*When you join USATF it will ask for your club number – the RVRR club number is 202. If you happen to live outside NJ, you will be registered in the state where you reside. You will have to request to transfer your membership to USATF NJ manually to be eligible to run for RVRR.


At an event:

  1. If you pre-registered, and you let your team captain know that you are running, you will already be on a team. If you are registering on the day, make sure your team captain has your bib number at least 45 minutes before the start. Team captains have until 30 minutes prior to the start of the race to complete their team submissions, so if you are registering on the day, please allow plenty of time.
  2. You do not have to wear a team singlet but club members at the race to support will find it easier to spot you and cheer you on if you are wearing one (National events require matching singlets – if your team is involved in a national event, the team captain will coordinate this). RVRR singlets are usually available at Runner’s High in Metuchen, but it may be worth calling ahead to check on stock. Let the board know if there is no stock.
  3. Most importantly – USATF prohibits the use of headphones or any portable listening device. As a USATF member, you should receive a pre-race email which includes the following: “Any USATF New Jersey athlete that is competing at a championship race as an individual or on a team cannot wear headphones or any other portable listening device. Championship competitors wearing headphones during the race will not be eligible for USATFNew Jersey Championship individual or team scoring or awards.  Please leave your headphones in the car or at home!”


After the event:

Teams will score points based on the top 3 or 5 finishers in the team (depending on division/age/gender). The teams accumulates points during the year for each of the team groupings and for the club as a whole. So, the more people that run, the more points the club accumulates and increases our chances of placing in the championship.

It is also worth noting that there is an individual Grand Prix competition in addition to the team competition. Team Championship races are 700 point races in that competition. There will be a follow up post explaining the individual championship, but information can be found at this link if you are not familiar with it.

In summary:

  1. Make sure you are a
    • current RVRR member
    • current USATF member
    • age-verified with USATF
  2. Let your captain know you will be at a race.
  3. If you are registering on the day, get your bib number to the captain at least 45 minutes before the start.
  4. Don’t wear headphones during the race, or use any other listening device.

Awards Banquet

The awards banquet will be held on Saturday January 28, 2017, at the New Brunswick Elks Lodge #324

Ticket prices are $32 online for members, $37 online for non-members, and $40 (cash/check only) for anyone paying at the door and include dinner, dancing and beer/wine/soda.

Register here – note that you must renew your RVRR membership to be able to register at the $32 rate, so do that first! Click here to renew.

The Banquet committee will meet in early January to discuss award recipients, nominations are due by January 6. We rely in part on member recommendations to select award recipients, so PLEASE fill out this form and share your thoughts.

You can see the previous award winners below.

December 2016

There’s a lot going on in December – look out for details on all of these in the weekly member email.

Saturday December 3 – The Big Chill

RVRR will be represented as team “RVRR and Friends” at the Rutgers Big Chill – find us up on the balcony (as you enter the gym look up and to the right, head to the right hand side far corner and head up the stairs)

Do the triple – thrree 5k races in 1 day – see the weekly email for details

Sunday December 4 – Imme’s birthday run

Wednesday December 7 – GMM with 2017 Board elections

Saturday December 10 – Holiday party

Wednesday December 14 – Holiday Pub Crawl 

Sunday December 18 – NYC Holiday Run – meet at 9:45am at WTC


Run location changes – September 2016

On Wednesday September 7th, 2016 the Wednesday night run will move to the Reformed Church of Highland Park – for details visit the Wednesday night run page.

The run on the evening of the 7th will be followed by Member Appreciation Night at Pino’s – see the weekly member email for details.

On Saturday September 10th, 2016 the Saturday morning right will move to Grove 2 in Johnson Park (by the zoo) – for details visit the Saturday morning run page.

The run on the morning of the 10th will be followed by a tailgate breakfast and Jen Miller will be joining us to talk about her book, Running: A Love Story

The “Train”ing Run is a top 10 Northeast marathon

RVRR’s own “Train”ing Run, at the marathon distance has been  named a top 10 marathon in the Northeast by Healthline Media Inc. alongside big names such as the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon.

Healthline Media indicated that their editorial staff made their determinations for the list based on the “uniqueness and beauty of the marathon”. Ray Petit, one of the founders of the Train-ing Run, got in touch with Healthline Media when he heard the news to make sure that they knew it was a non-competitive event. Their response was “Non-competitive is ok.  It’s about the run not the win.”. I don’t think there is anyone who has ever run the Train-ing Run who could possibly disagree with that sentiment.

Congratulations to Ray Petit for his years of work on this event, and thanks to all the volunteers who help make this a great success every year.