Raritan Valley Road Runners Online Newsletter

December 1999
Volume 7 Issue 10

Another Mile in the President's Black, Brass Buckled Boots

Trink Poynter

If I keep eating the way I have been so far this holiday season, I'll soon fill out the red suit as well. Hope we're all enjoying the parties, and giving ourselves plenty of motivation to keep running.

In November, we had two group runs at Holmdel Park, organized by Roger Price. His efforts paid off, as he and Rich Myers (finishing overall first and second, respectively) led our Men's 50s Masters Team to win the 1999 USATF National Masters 5K XC Championship Race. Congratulations!

December is a busy month for our club. On December 11, we will have our Holiday Party at Ken Vercammen's castle in New Brunswick. Information about the event is in this newsletter. Bring a dessert to share!

Earlier that day, our club has been invited to a Hash Run at the Watchung Reservation. Ken Ellis has written directions in this newsletter and made up a flyer available on the Wednesday runs for anyone who is interested. A hash run is for the truly adventurous trail runner, at any level! I believe I've heard them described as "drinkers with a running problem!"

Speaking of trail running, our Saturday towpath run, led by Ray Petit, is becoming more and more popular. We have been averaging nine runners each week, with a lot of new faces. We start running at 9 a.m. at Grove 5 in Johnson Park. It's a great way to start your Saturday!

On December 15 our club will hold its final membership meeting of the year. We will have officer elections, and will accept additional nominations at that time. Free pizza and soda will be served at the Youth/Senior Center, with the meeting starting at 8 p.m. Please plan to attend and vote.

On December 22 we will have our Jingle Bell Run. After a short Wednesday run for those so inclined, we will meet at Pizza Hut, where we will don bells, Santa caps, reindeer horns, (anything foolish is acceptable) and after a short practice carol, run from bar to bar singing and begging for beer. Our repertoire is extremely short, (two carols, tops, including Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, sheet music provided). I, for one, appreciate anyone who comes who can actually sing, and I especially encourage tall people to attend, so I can stand behind them.

Just a reminder to get a reflective vest for running, if you haven't done so yet. I try to pack an extra baggy white shirt in my car trunk, just in case I forget the vest. We encourage safe running.

Now that 1999 is drawing to a close, I'd like to thank everyone who has made my year as President so easy, I mean, pleasant. I tried to do all the work myself, but people wrestled jobs from me. And you all know how much I hate that.

Anyway, thank you! Happy New Year!

You can go now.

Sandy Hookers Triathlon Series

Ken Vercammen

In the summer of 1999 I was making my recovery from foot surgery and looking to stay in shape. I was fortunate to have joined the Sandy Hookers Triathlon Club. Their summer series features sprint triathlons. Participants are required to do a half-mile open ocean swim starting at the Sea Bright Municipal Building. Thereafter, they bike from Sea Bright to the end of Sandy Hook and back. Lastly, there is a three-mile run.

The swimming and biking provided a great workout and took pressure off of my heels. The fee for members is only $5 and for non-members $12. This is certainly a bargain. The Sandy Hooker's Tri Club also works out on Tuesday nights. For more information call 732-842-4317 or visit Metro Race Forum's website: www.raceforum.com.

RVRRers - National Champions!

Roger Price and the RVRR Masters 50s team won the national USATF 5K X-C Title! The RVRR Masters 50s Team won the USATF National Championship 5K cross-country race at Holmdel Park on Sunday 11/21/99! Roger led most of the race, winning it in 17:21; Rich Myers was second in 17:32. They were supported by the outstanding performances of J.L. Seymour, Doug Brown, Hugh Sweeny, Jorge Rivera, Pat Cosgrove and Gary Rosenberg. Wow! RVRR rules!

Newsletter Deadline

The February 2000 newsletter deadline is Friday, January 21, 2000. Send to ironmac_4@hotmail.com. Please submit in Microsoft Word, rich text or text only format! Use "bin hex" document encoding if possible. The December and January issues will be combined, so there will be no January 2000 newsletter. Also, please note that I am using a new e-mail address at Hotmail.

Baby Jogger for Sale

Low mileage - $75. All proceeds to benefit RVRR. Contact Paul Grassie at grassie@att.net.

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