Paint and Sip night

SPECIAL EVENT-MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

RVRR Paint Night- Thursday, June 9- 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Runners can be creative too! Come to “Make Me Take Me” in Highland Park in the Paint and Sip studio this Thursday 7-9pm. Enjoy a 2 hour private painting class with other RVRR members or anyone you would like to introduce to the club. “Make Me Take Me” is a BYOB Paint and Sip- You bring the food, snacks and wine, beer or cocktails and they provide everything else (wine glasses, ice, plates, silverware and all art materials)!

We will paint a specialized running picture that was designed just for us. Please arrive by 6:45pm to get set-up and to have your first glass of wine!  The studio is located a block from the Reform Church Parking Lot off of 3rd ave. (246-248 Raritan Ave). The cost of the event per painter is $35.

Please pay in advance on the following linkhttp://makemetakeme.com/calendar.html – click on the calendar on the June 9th, RVRR group painting.  RSVP to Lauren Clark at laurenclark@gmail.com if you plan on attending.

Google Doc- Sign-up for snacks/drinks to share with others   

paint night

Everything you need to know about running for the teams

As a member of RVRR, hopefully you have heard about running for the teams. If you haven’t been receiving emails from your team captain, get in touch with the board to make sure you get on the appropriate email list (or check your spam folder for your captain’s name just in case)

There are no speed requirements for running for our teams, but there are some other requirements – so, what are they?

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.

Highland Park 5k

The club is once again a sponsor of the Highland Park 5k!

For those of you not running the NJ marathon on Sunday May 1, this is a great local option finishing right at our own HP track where we will have a table to let other runners know about our great club and events. The race directors are club members, the proceeds support the municipality where we run, and there’s a fantastic street fair afterwards. They are also looking for some volunteers, if you are interested, please sign up at http://runinthepark.org/

Run for the team!

Clinton Country Run 15k is on Saturday, April 30– All Divisions (Open and Masters Men and Women)

Even if you’ve never run for our team (or any team) we need you! From the slowest to the fastest – pace is not important!

The Clinton 15k is an Open and Masters, Men and Women event, so everybody counts (Masters runners, those 40 and over, count twice)

All you need to be is an RVRR member and a USATF member.

ClintonCountry 15k has a beautiful course that is a combination of country streets, soft surface greenway, and some rolling hills.

This is your chance to try out a unique distance and get some awesome training in for your spring Marathon and/or trail racing. Let’s show those other teams what we are about!

Warning: team support can make you run faster.

If you can’t make this race, please look ahead at the rest of the races this year – listed at the bottom of this page. It’s often cheaper to sign up earlier (don’t forget there’s a USATF discount for all these races too).

Please contact your captains if you are interested in running.

Open Women-Lauren Clark – laurenclark@gmail.com

Masters Women-Christine PR chrispr3@verizon.net 

Open Men– Drew Pennyfeather – dp55@njit.edu

40s Men- Neil Hume – neil.hume@gmail.com

50s Men- Bob Tona – ggcfsafe@comcast.net

60s Men- Roger Price – rogerprice5k@verizon.net

Registration: http://www.active.com/clinton-township-nj/running/distance-running-races/clinton-township-country-run-15k-5k-and-im-2016

Event Info: http://www.countryrun.us/Information/Description.html

 

Date Event Division
April 30 Clinton Country Run 15k All
May 14 Newport 10k Open Men and Women
June 4 College Ave Mile Open Men and Women
June 18 New Milford 5k Masters Men and Women
June 26 Lager Run Open Men
August 21 Midland Mile Masters Men and Women
August 28 X-Country 5k All
September 18 Newport Liberty Half Marathon All
October 2 Little Silver 5k Open Women
October 23 X-Country 8k All
November 13 Giralda Farms 10k All
November 24 Ashenfelter 8k All

Saturday Spring Ahead 2016

On Saturday, April 23rd the club run will move to 8am at Grove #5 and we will celebrate this annual time/location change by having a potluck breakfast at a nearby club members house. Mark your calendars, a potluck signup will be available soon. The location of the club members house will be available just before the run.

If you are attending the post-run breakfast, please sign up to bring something by clicking here

2016 Spring speed workouts

Speed workouts have started but there are a few spots still available – email the board (board@rvrr.org) if you’d like to join these sessions.

Coach Pete’s speed-work for RVRR members will start on Tuesday March 22

PURPOSE

All runners get faster if they train in purposeful workouts that follow precepts established by experience and experiment. If you want to get faster, speed-work works.

RVRR Support

Since Spring 2014, Coach Pete Priolo has trained RVRR members at Donaldson Park and at the Highland Park High School track. The workouts have been partially supported by the club. At the GMM meeting March 9, the club again voted to partially fund the speed training. This support allows the individual cost for the entire 14 session program to be just $50. The speed-work sessions are on Tuesday evenings from late March to early July. Coach Pete sets the starting time for the sessions. In past years this typically has been 6 to 6:30 PM.

Sign-Up

Registration is limited because large numbers become too difficult to keep track of. Therefore, it is a good idea to sign up ASAP if you are keen to add speed-work to your running program. Registration is first-come, first-served. Use this link:

REGISTER
Registration goes live Monday, March 14, at 5 pm

If you have any difficulty with the registration, contact the Board:  board@rvrr.org

Details

After registration, Coach Pete will have your email address and will contact everyone about each week’s workout plan. There are several plans (usually 3 or 4) designed for runners of all speeds

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners

Outstanding Runner: Kathy Rocker 

Ultra Runner: Elaine Acosta 

Comeback of the Year: Marcia Hodulik 

Volunteer of the Year: Barney Ward 
You can count on this person to do any task. a) Any individual organizing a major event (i.e. Youth Series, EBRR, Train Run) b) 1-3 additional individuals based on participation and enthusiasm c) Board members excluded from all above categories

Most Improved: Marvin Pilande 
This award is judged upon the individual’s improvement in the current year over the previous year.

Sunshine Award: Ray Petit 
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.

Outstanding Club Member: John Kane 
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.

President’s Citation: Christine Prorock-Rogers

Incredible Feet: Lauren Santonastaso
Incredible feat with incredible feet

Allen Paul Award: Neil Hume 
This award recognizes 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.

Lew Gibb Award: Tom O’Reilly 
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.

Join us for the 5th Annual Miles for Music 20k, 5k, and 1 mile event

Sunday March 20, 2016

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Register to Run or Volunteer

The Raritan Valley Road Runners are proud to be the host running club of Miles for Music, organized by club members Anne and Joel Simpson to raise money for school music programs. Their hard work as race directors has made this race a huge success for the running community and for local schools.

The 20k is the first USATF Team Championship race in 2016, for all divisions, as it has been since the very first Miles for Music 20k in 2011. This means we need to have as many people as possible running for RVRR because, as the home team, we want to field as many teams in as many categories as possible – find out more about running for our teams by clicking here. There you can find out about what you need to do to be able to run on our teams, and find out who your team captain is if you have any questions.

Volunteers are important to the success at any of our events, so if you are unable to run, please consider helping on race day – click here to find out about volunteering at Miles for Music. Volunteering at events is valuable to the club in terms of promoting membership, and often races will donate to the club, all of which means we can keep our membership rates low.

We will post information about course preview runs closer to the date, so check back here and look out for information on social media and in the weekly club eblast.

 

Awards Banquet Feb 6

The 2015 RVRR awards banquet will be on Saturday, February 6th from 6pm at the New Brunswick Elks Club.

 

Registration is now open and is $30 for all members in good standing (you must RENEW FIRST as the registration process will check your membership status) and $35 for non-members until 11:59pm on Saturday, January 30th to help the committee plan. It will be $40 for everyone thereafter and at the door. NO exceptions. To register CLICK HERE.

 

To nominate a club member for an award CLICK HERE.
See below for previous winners.