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Bold in the cold 2004 Record attendance at 6th annual event

Upcoming Events

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March 27, Wine Chaser, 2:00 pm, RAW Clubhouse April 3, Joey Cushman 5k benefiting Special Olympics (RAW donation) April 7, Chase Corporate Challenge April 17, Garage Sale April 24, Hound Dog Hustle 5k and 1 mile April 30, Relay for Life

Saturday Night Live

It was still dark on the morning of January 17th when the many faithful volunteers arrived to set up for the Bold In the Cold 5K and 15K. The last few BITC’s have been icy cold, but this year we were worried about rain. Fortunately, most of the rain fell on Friday, and we had a perfect morning. By 7:30, we had a line or people stretching from the clubhouse to the street, waiting to register for the runs. I looked out and saw a long line of cars streaming down Dove Loop. By 8:00, we had registered over 335 participants, 200 for the 5K and 135 for the 15K!

This year’s winners are: 15K Males - Terry Goodspeed from Indianola, MS. Time 53:17. Pace 5:42. 15K Master Males – Agostie Ortiz from Ft Worth. Time 57:23. Pace 6:09. 15K Females - Kristen Jett from Coppell. Time 1:01:30. Pace 6:35. 15K Master Females – Kim Dennis. Time 1:12:55. Pace 7:48. 5K Males - Kevin Ondrasek from North Richland Hills. Time 15:53. Pace 5:06. 5K Master Males - Bob Smeby. Time 17:22. Pace 5:35.

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April 3—Weinberger’s Deli, Grapevine May 1—Big Bowl Asian Kitchen, Southlake June 5—Scott’s Landing, Lake Grapevine

Renewals Your membership expiration date is shown on your Footprint mailing label. When it’s time to renew, fill out the membership application in the newsletter and mail it back to RAW along with your check. “Polar Bear” Jon Korte clocks RAW Member Clay Cox’s 15K finish at 1:08:17

Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers Club P.O. Box 2982 Grapevine, Texas 76099

5K Females - Joy Burson from San Marcos. Time 18:47. Pace 6:02. 5K Master Females - Frances McKissick from Irving. Time 20:27. Pace 6:34. Two course records were set. Kevin Ondrasek set the 5K overall male record with a 15:53. This is the first sub-16:00 5K ever run at Bold In the Cold. He bettered the old record by 26 seconds. Joy Burson set the 5K overall course record with a 18:47, beating the old record by 8 seconds. This year’s Bold in the Cold could not have taken place without the help of the many volunteers (48 to be exact) who got out of their warm dry beds to put this race together. Many thanks to each and every one of you. We even had cheerleaders at the first water stop. Thanks to Amy Berryhill and the girls for cheering on the runners!

RAW Board and Committees President Kelly Richards First Vice President Terry Marcott

I would also like to thank our sponsors who provided the refreshments for after the race. Krispy Kreme provided the doughnuts, Breadhaus donated bread and rolls, Albertson’s sent fruit, Frito Lay donated many bags of chips and HMS Hosts from Grapevine Mills Mall provided the coffee. Thanks to all who helped to make this a success. I hope to see you all again next year. —John Bush BITC Race Director

Second Vice President Rick Sanford Chief Information Officer Jack Hase Treasurer Craig Minyard Officers At Large Rick Fogle J.W. Keeling Tia Metzger

Mark Sparks, “Dr. Chuck” Kennard (who ran a great race!), Tom Byno, Gabe Pugliese and Kathy Loewen enjoy the after-race festivities

Stacie Sauber Curtis Woodard Courtney Noell Footprint Editor Susan Barnett

Don’t Forget To “Spring Forward”

Beginning Saturday, April 3 Our weekend workouts will begin at 7:00 a.m.


In step with … Hector Lora

K2 to you From Kelly Richards, RAW President

How long have you been a RAW member? About two years. How long have you been running? I have been running on and off for about 20 years. It’s only been in the last 3 years that I have started running routinely. Why running? Running is my escape from reality. That is why I like running by myself. Once I go out running, I forget about everything that is happening around me. Complete this sentence: My most embarrassing running moment was…. You know... those times that I have to go behind the bushes when the trails are full of people. What has been your fondest running memory? My fondest running memory was when I was standing in the starting line of my first marathon. I never dreamt of running a marathon in my life. I was very proud of myself for committing to the marathon training. Where is the most unique or unusual place you've run? I have the opportunity to run on the most beautiful roads in the mountains of Puerto Rico. The fresh breeze and the deep green colors everywhere relax you so much that you forget that the running is uphill. What do you consider your biggest running achievement? I consider finishing my marathons to be great achievements. I cannot point out my biggest running achievement because I’m still getting stronger with my running every day. I believe many PRs are waiting for me in the future. What about your non-running life would most surprise club members? I flew twice in the back seat of a F-16 aircraft during my Air Force career. Anything else you'd like to add? I would like to thank the club for all the running motivation I am able to find there. The club helps me discover that running is also a social event. I enjoy the company of all the members.


With each passing season (yes, “that” was winter), I’m impressed with how this club seems to step it up another level. I’m particularly proud of how involved in the community RAW has become. Naturally we support running, walking and fitness, yet we’ve reached well beyond our sport as well. Since we adopted Horseshoe Trails under Major Mike’s and Guy’s leadership, we have participated in trail and park cleanup days that have resulted in over two tons of trash being hauled out of the woods, creeks and trails. I’ve noticed how members seek out trash and pick it up wherever it is, even if it means carrying it a mile to the next garbage can or driving back in their car to get it. That’s a commitment to keeping Grapevine Beautiful! Our (park) interests are well represented by RAW members Ray Harris and Roy Robertson, who are on the Park and Recreation Board. If you have questions about the City of Grapevine’s current or future plans for the lake and its surrounding parks, these gentlemen are “in the know” and would be happy to answer your questions. There are two community events coming up that are extra special. RAW will present a $1,000 check to the Texas Special Olympics at The Joey Cushman 5k race on April 3rd. I urge everyone to participate in this event. This donation comes from the general fund; no particular race or fund-raiser was used to generate this money. Next is the Relay for Life, a twelve-hour relay to raise money for cancer research. All money raised will stay local. This year’s event is especially important as we have a member courageously fighting cancer (leukemia) right now. She’s going to win this battle. Your support and efforts will help make it possible.


Giving back to the sport The fun thing about writing this regular feature is hearing about the many ways that our members support one another and support our sport. There are lots of good running clubs, but there’s something truly unique about this one. The camaraderie and genuine caring is obvious over and over again.

But when it came right down to it, Byron Benoit takes the prize. To show his support for Scott Eppelman’s attempt to set a world record, he actually had “Go Scott” shaved into his hair! The club was behind Scott in many ways, showing up to show their support in the wee hours of the morning and making signs to encourage him, but This time around there were (again) really…. Who besides Byron would many worthy candidates. How about have gone to those lengths to let Scott the 48 volunteers for Bold In the Cold? know how solidly we were behind him? Or John Bush, who once again did a The picture to the right shows the “art,” yeoman’s job as race director? It’s hard but what we really need is a picture of to top Tia, K1 and K2 who popped up Scott’s face when he saw it! Suffice it to on the Motorola Marathon course say, it had the desired effect. about five times, screaming at the top of their lungs. At one point, a total To nominate someone for the “Giving Back to stranger asked them to cheer for her the Sport” award, send an email to Marty husband because they were so Metzger at enthusiastic (of course, they did!)

It's my park! RAW adopts a trail

Guy McCracken and Major Mike Eccleston, architects of the RAW Adopt-a-Trail initiative, celebrate their birthdays at the March Saturday Night Live.

Anyone who has ever picked up trash along the trails has done so because they value the park as their own. And you know what? It is! Our club feels the same way and the City of Grapevine has been very appreciative of our efforts. As a result they have allowed us to adopt a portion of the trail (from the clubhouse to the first water stop). A sign with our club name is at both ends of the trail, representing our commitment to give back to the community. Several times a year we'll sponsor an official pick-up day, but in the mean time, thanks for doing your part by pitching in (the trash can) when you're on a run. A few others celebrated too.


(Thanks to Major Mike and Guy McCracken for working to make this happen!)

Rules for group running and walking (R/W) By Joe Luccioni

Webster’s definition of a group: A comparatively small assemblage of individuals. There are certain rules that one must adhere to while Running and/or Walking (R/W) in a group. Rule 1: Three or more individuals R/W together is considered a group. Rule 2: There are different groups. For example: all female, all male, specific ages, R/W pace, or any combination thereof. Rule 3: To be R/W in a group, you must stay within four feet of each other. Rule 4: If you are R/W in a group and members of the group begin R/W faster or slower, resulting in the group falling to two or less, then you are no longer group R/W. Then you revert to DUO R/W, which has its own set of rules.

Rule 5: In order to R/W with the ELITE group of John Bush, Alan Engisch and Joe Luccioni, you must be invited. Exceptions to this rule are Tony Dominiec because of his stature as a senior R/W, Courtney Noell in case of a medical emergency—even though she is an ear specialist— because she knows what to do (dial 911) and Michaelann because she doesn’t talk much. Rule 6: Talking is to be kept to a minimum. Invited guests cannot talk more than the ELITE three; otherwise you will not be allowed to R/W with the ELITE three for a period of a least six months, or until the offending party buys donuts or any other goodies. Rule 7: When stopping to drink water, the ELITE three drink first. Not because of their age, but because they hate to wait and they probably need the water.

Snowy day at RAW On February 14, Grapevine was blessed with one of those beautiful fluffy snowfalls rarely seen in Texas. Thanks to Dave Aungst and Terry Marcott for capturing these images of that unique day.


Rule 8: The ELITE group is politically incorrect, so if you offend easily, don’t ask to R/W with the ELITE three. Also, if you are not in the ELITE group, you are fair game for criticism and ridicule. An exception to this rule: you must always say nice things about Byron Benoit (if you can find anything nice to say about the short one.) Rule 9: If faster R/W are passing the group, they must pass gingerly so as not to create a turbulence that might distract the conversation of the group. Also, the faster R/W must acknowledge the group by saying, “Good morning. You guys/gals look great!” Lying is permitted. Rule 10: The benefit of R/W in a group is that you log the total miles R/W by the group. E.g., if four members R/W four miles each, each group members logs 16 miles in their log. It’s great for marathon training— your weekly mileage adds up quickly without the added time and pain.

LGRAW 2003 financial report Club reports success in all areas

To the Membership of the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers:

compared to a little over $11,000 in $11,700 during the year and was over 2002. Overall race fees and donations $8,900 at the end of 2003. The Board were down about $2,000, and race should be commended for this expenses were down a like amount. performance. A well managed Donations to beneficiary organizations organization provides the financial The operating statement shown below were about the same. flexibility to do many things. details the 2003 financial review for LGRAW, including a year over year Administrative expenses increased to We are off to a tremendous start in comparison. about $3,500 in 2003 from $2,400 in 2004 as well. If you have any questions 2002, primarily due to the IRS related to our financial status, please Quite simply, LGRAW had a very application fee for 501(c)3 status and do not hesitate to email me strong year financially. Net income was sales tax on RAW Wear. ( about $2800 compared to net income of almost Most importantly, LGRAW's cash Craig Minyard, $3,800 in 2002. balance increased once again to over LGRAW Treasurer Once again, LGRAW donated over $16,000 to the “Once again, race beneficiary LGRAW donated organizations! over $16,000 to our Financial Review This is Operating Statement race beneficiary outstanding Year to Date December 31, 2003 and truly shows organizations.” the tremendous value LGRAW 2003 2002 brings to the community. Proceeds Last year, membership dues increased about 12% compared to 2001. In 2003, we blew that away as membership dues were almost $5,000, compared to $3,700 in 2002. This represents an increase of 34%! RAW wear sales increased from just over $1,000 in 2002 to over $5,000 in 2003. We almost broke even and still have inventory on hand. That is a terrific amount of “free” advertising and promotion for the Club. Grocery store receipts at $350 for 2003 were about the same as 2002. We encourage you to use the matching cards at Kroger and Tom Thumb stores. We have reviewed the financial results of each race at Board meetings throughout 2003. All Board meetings are open to the membership. At a high level, Club races generated just over $11,200 of net proceeds in 2003

Membership Dues Donations Grocery Store RAW Wear Sales RAW Wear Purchases & Taxes Net Raw Wear Margin

Race Fees & Donations Race Expenses Proceeds Donations (see below) Net Race Proceeds

$ 4,945.00 510.00 353.91 5,104.00 5,248.44

$ 3,695.00 740.00 350.34 1,043.00 199.62


36,400.98 14,539.79 16,270.00


38,356.00 16,560.68 16,350.00 5,591.19




Operating & Administrative Expenses Rent Administrative (see below) National Conference Expense USTAF Membership Dues & Insurance

4,200.00 3,534.10 325.00 375.00

4,200.00 2,368.95 751.31

Total Operating & Administrative Expenses



$ 2,821.56

$ 3,753.78

Total Net Proceeds

Net Income (Loss)

Note: Administrative expenses include club supplies, newsletter printing, postage office expenses and depreciation. It includes the 501(c)3 IRS application fee as well.


Scott is number 1 in our world Stomach cramps thwart world record attempt On Saturday, January 31, 2004, Scott Eppelman attempted to reclaim his place in the Guinness Book of Records for the most miles in 24 hours on a treadmill. In typical Scott fashion, he made this event not just about him, but about helping kids in the community through Town North Optimist Foundation

aspect—Scott’s determination in the face of what became an obvious battle between his body and his mind.

Those who were witness consistently spoke of the same

Scott, we couldn’t be more proud!

After the event, Scott said, “Part of me feels like I let people down, but I did the best I could under the circumstances. The good news is over $3000 was raised for Town North Optimist Foundation, and Scott began his efforts at 8:00 a.m. every penny of this will fund their at 24 Hour Fitness in Dallas, Texas. charitable programs for children.” He was cruising through the 14 hour mark, but with an unsettled The response was overwhelming: stomach. This led to insufficient Scott didn’t let anyone down! He calorie intake and the inevitable set a PR, taught all of us an bonk. Scott gave it his best shot everlasting lesson in perseverance, but came up short of the record, and helped out a group of kids completing just under 130 miles. who dearly needed it. Scott takes one of his short scheduled breaks

From the RAW bulletin board….. It's about putting it ALL out there, total soul, total self, with no guarantees of victory.

When 8 o'clock struck this morning, there were quite a few red eyes.

The courage and determination to keep going when others would have quit says more than any of us could put into words. This was a success from the first step on the treadmill. With the planning of the event, the training, rigorous diet, sponsorship, admiration of family and friends, money for charity; success was achieved, and the world record now matters only as a tiny sidebar on something truly great.

I've been to the Olympics, a playoff football game, a playoff hockey game, & other high profile sporting events. For me this had ALL the electricity those did. Except in this case I got to stand next to the WORLD CLASS athlete. 7

That is what separates great athletes from true champions. Only a true champion would take the risk and go for it.

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." ~Teddy Roosevelt~

Marathon madness and more White Rock Marathon December 14, 2003 Dallas, Texas

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RAW Results: Hector Lora 4:15:12 Rita Law 4:55:13 (1st marathon) Roy Lange 5:58:22 (1st marathon) Letha Cruthirds 4:22:28 Doug Noell 3:54:32 (PR) Alan Noell 5:23:36 Julie Sheridan 3:58:29 (PR) Al Blackmon 3:44:43 Rick Sanford & brother Mike 4:22:37 Dee Stephens 5:39:50 (1st marathon) Dan Cole 3:31:52 Marty Metzger 6:02:45 Mustafa Varol 4:29:37 Ryan Burns 4:48:23 (1st marathon) Mike Eccleston 3:42:42 Dana Bullard 2:59:07 (4th women overall) Todd Storch 3:57:12 Matt Glover 4:32:52 Heather Wallace 3:47:02 (PR) Allison Gray 3:30:35 (7th in her age group & in the top 100 women) Ross Darrow 5:13:21 Stephen Buksh 3:35:01 (PR)

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That the actual marathon is not the event – the “Training” is the event. That our bodies, minds and spirits are amazing, and that we limit them on a daily basis. We do not yet know the full capacity of what our Creator would have us achieve, if we would only allow ourselves to do so. That the best miles were those that went by while I was finding reasons to be thankful, and saying them out loud. That no words can describe the sheer joy and anticipation of finding the happy, smiley, warm, encouraging faces of loved ones and supporters amongst the crowds. That there is nothing to beat the taste of undiluted Gatorade. That you really can “chew” your GU. That there are simple, personal messages all along the way for us to draw from, if we just take the time to notice them. That there was delightful, unexpected humor along the way, like the sign that read “In my mind I am a Kenyan.”

RAW Relay Results:

That the credit goes not only to the finisher, but to those people who are dedicated and committed to their success along the way.

And for those of you reading this, you KNOW who you are; you KNOW what you did, and I THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart. I could not have done it without you.

My First Marathon By Rita Law I decided to run the 2003 White Rock Marathon while watching my niece run her first at the 2002 White Rock. I was going to turn 40 years old two days before the 2003 race and although I’ve been running for 28 years, I had never run a marathon. Now was the time. After building my base (from a 9 mile per week start!), I religiously followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Marathon training program. (Thanks to LGRAW and especially Tom Goodwin for the company during the long runs.) I hoped I was ready for the marathon.

RAW Pioneers 2:56:07 (4th in their category): Jack Hase, Mike Dunkel, Jim Uhleski, Henry Galpin

I drank too much wine at my birthday party Friday night and woke up with deep black circles under my eyes on Saturday. I hydrated, hydrated, hydrated all day Saturday, took a nap in the afternoon, and by the evening I didn’t quite look so bad.

Daryl Laney also participated in the relay.

What I learned from my first Marathon By Dee Stephens

I dropped in at Marty and Tia’s Saturday night, had dinner at home, and was in bed by 9:30. No sleep,

I learned.. ◊

That if you really want to do something…all you have to do is “start.”

Mike and Rick Sanford cruising to a great finish! 8

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10:00, 10:30, 11:30… finally some sleep with frequent wake-ups to check the clock…alarm at 5:00am. I had picked up a 5-hour pace band at the expo and had told my family where to find me at what time. I didn’t know what to expect, and warned everyone that I would probably finish later than I hoped. I met the gang from LGRAW at the carpool at 6:00am. It was good to have friends to hang with before the race. Courtney Noell and I ran together until the half marathon split off. As Courtney can confirm, I had two big concerns during the early miles of the race - the first was that my blisteringly sub-11:00 min pace was too fast and that I was going to crash and burn at the end. I forced myself to slow down. The second concern was the long lines at the porta-potties! I had figured I might need to make a pit stop, but I didn’t think I’d have to wait in line!!! Luckily the need never hit. I saw some really good friends just before the 9-mile mark. Then came the LGRAW water stop. I was yelling “LGRAW! L-GRAW!” – a few of you spotted me, and then I heard my name over the loudspeaker. It was GREAT even if I did make a fool of myself. I explained to my fellow runners that THIS WAS MY CLUB! I saw my husband and children just before the half and from that point on, my extended family were leap-frogging each other so that I had support every mile or so. At the half I was almost 5 minutes ahead of my 5:00 target.

As long as you believe what you’re doing is meaningful, you can cut through fear and exhaustion and take the next step. —Arlene Blum, mountain climber

Arizona Rock N’ Roll Marathon January 11, 2004 Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe RAW Results:

Tom Ruyle 3:52:13 Staci Rivero 4:06:04 “just a walk in the park.” I was in a Steve Bryant 4:15:00 groove and the miles were just churning Debbie Bryant 5:19:11 out at this point. Tony Dominiec 5:33:02 The hills at miles 20-21 weren’t much fun; I walked a bit and took it easy. My sister-in-law appeared just at the right time with a Gu and some encouragement.At mile 22, I saw my sister and told her that it was starting to hurt. But by then I knew I could probably finish under 5:00 and I just had to keep going. One step at a time, looking for those mile markers. Finally mile 26 – just around the corner to the end.... I could see the finish banners. To the left, I saw Doug Noell sitting on a bench. Near the finish I heard my name and there was Susan B and Michaelann! As I crossed the finish, I saw my family right there.

1/2 Marathon Stephanie Ruyle 2:40:49

Walt Disney World Marathon January 11, 2004 Orlando, Florida RAW Results: Mustafa Varol 4:41:54 Amy Hopkins 6:09:29 (First Marathon ) Mark Sparks 3:34 (PR)

I was so happy, I cried.

The Half Rock December 14, 2003 Dallas, Texas RAW Results:

Courtney Noell 2:23:51 Polar Bear Jon Korte 1:22:58 (5th in age group & PR) There were a lot of first timers at my Lesley Bruce 1:55:53 speed and I fell in with a group of Tina Covington 1:52:14 (PR) people from all over who were all trying Noel Widdowson 2:07:50 for 5 hours. At an 11:26 pace, you have Debi Evans 2:05:07 a lot of time for socializing! I was Tom Ruyle 1:31:19 running with a real talker from Austin Daniel Banse 2:09:40 when I saw Marty at about mile 15.I was Yolanda Hopping 1:30:10 (6th overall, coming off the lake at mile 18 and saw 1st masters) my Dad – I remember saying to him 9

Mark Sparks on his way to a huge PR

Marathon madness and more Motorola Marathon February 15, 2004 Austin, Texas RAW Results (Marathon): Lee Miller 3:09:15 David Ball 3:17:24 (PR & first time to Boston qualify!) Scott Decker 3:25:25 (PR) Dan Cole 3:26:05 Al Walker 3:39:45 Daryl 3:40:58 (First non-tri marathon) Karen Hagner-Robertson 3:56 (First Marathon) Rick Sanford 3:57:26 (HUGE PR!) Jack Green 4:15:54 (First marathon) Hélène Walker 4:19:19 Mustafa Varol 4:19:42 Susan Barnett 4:34:39 (PR) Debi Evans 5:01:30 Marty Metzger 5:09:56

My Tweener Report By Scott Decker I somehow managed to combine Lee/ David's great results with Daryl's agony of defeat to produce a “tweener” result. Not quite what I had hoped for, but a PR and progress nonetheless. My final taper including several excellent snow angels and romping through a good 5-6" of snow in the yard with the dogs as the DFW metroplex got its biggest snowfall in the last 28 years on Saturday morning. Thankfully the day warmed up a bit and it was only moderately insane to try to get on the roads and make the 3 hour drive down to Austin. My wife, daughter, and I arrived around 3:00, completed the usual signup routine and met my wife's sister and parents for an early Valentine’s Day pasta dinner.

goal time, using really well thought out logic, became 3:15. Why, you might ask? Because that is my Boston qualifying time, of course. In reality, the last few weeks I kept vacillating between going for the solid 3:20 or pushing the envelope and going for the 3:15. The closer we got to race day, the more I vacillated. At the start line I still had not made up my mind on pace. The gun went off, I went, and my mind/body finally decided for the 3:15 pacer sign ran past me during mile 1. That darn little yellow 3:15 sign somehow attached a string to my forehead and for the next 2 hours dragged me along, always about 20 yards behind the pace group. Downhill and uphill, around corners, over the river and through the woods, I just kept moving along behind the sign.

The pace felt okay, but I was definitely working. I had a little bit of an eye opener as we hit the 1/2 Marathon sign Race morning dawned with a perfect 35 right at 1:37. That was a 1/2 PR for me Half-Marathon: degrees, sunny, and no wind. I once by 6 minutes. Hmm...maybe it isn't a again stayed at the Marriott that is great idea to have a 1/2 PR in the literally next to the start line. I left my Mark Alexander 1:46:44 middle of a marathon. room at 6:50 a.m., snuck up to the front Kevin Wessels 1:46:44 of the pack, and was crossing the start Michaelann Agoranos 2:20:22 The body, especially the calves, started line 20 seconds after the gun sounded at Doug Shanahan 2:00:10 tightening up as we charged up a pretty 7:00, with 11,000 people chasing me. good hill right after the half. Mile 14 was mostly downhill and went by ok. Then My overall training volume things started to get tougher. 15 slowed this winter had been much down a bit. 16 got even rougher. And higher then the past few then on mile 17, the little yellow 3:15 years but had focused on sign and Boston qualifying went bye-bye triathlon rather than and things started to get “dark.” I’m not specifically a marathon. My sure if it was just too fast a pace or a weight and body comp tactical error of not bringing my own were at an all time best, I Fuel/GU, but things melted down in a felt fairly fit, but in fact I hurry. had only been running 3 days a week. They were The next 10 miles became a very painful good running days, and I battle of mind over matter. At first had been biking and things just hurt, then they hurt a lot, and swimming, but still the run from there it got worse. Unfortunately, I frequency was lacking. could tell there wasn't any serious damage occurring, so I couldn't justify My PR of 3:28 occurred quitting, but man did I want to. So I just last year at Austin. This kept plugging along spending more time Mustafa, Debi and Marty...ready to run! year all the training was at each mile aid station. pointing at a very good (Continued on page 7) shot of going 3:20. So the 10

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Somewhere around mile 23, I de-numbed my brain enough to realize that unless I just bailed out and walked a few miles, I was still “running” at a good enough pace to PR. So more pain it was. I might not have done this justice yet...MY WHOLE BODY HURT BAD and I wanted to stop. I honestly don't understand what makes you keep running in this situation but I did—past a skinny Kenyan at 24 miles—and I thought I was having a bad day! I battled it home wanting to quit every step of the way, crossed the line, and as fast as I could I waddled off and found a place to lie down. I managed a final time of 3:25 which was a PR by 3 minutes, but given the pain I endured, I really didn't feel good about it. So...just stupid for going out too fast? Or underfueled? I was definitely pushing the envelop trying to land a 3:15, so I guess if you take the chance you are going to pay the price on occasion. Being a tad on the stubborn side, I would probably choose the exact same strategy given the same data points next time. I am pretty sure I would be harder on myself if I came in easily at 3:20 or 3:25 and still wondering if I could have gone 3:15...the sick world of the endurance junkie.

through my worst days and was there to keep me going. What can you say about a man who will train 6 days a week with you through summer and winter while telling the worst bald jokes? The author of my past 2-year training program is Terry Marcott—one who lives, breathes and exhibits excellence and settles for nothing less than giving your best every day in running and in life. He believed in my ability to qualify 2 years before I did. There aren't enough words to express my gratitude for his diligence, patience and belief in me. Stacie, Daryl, Alan, and Jack have also been a part of many dreadfully early morning training runs, always at the ready with a “quit your whining” remark whenever I needed it (sometimes when I didn’t).

The race itself was run months before the starting gun in my dreams and sometimes in my nightmares. Having run Austin four times, I am very familiar with the trouble spots. Oh, very familiar. Passing landmarks (still on pace) where you’ve blown up in the past is a cautiously gratifying feeling. I made sure I was right on the starting line this year to prevent walking at the start like last year. The race began and it instantly became “all business.” When attempting to run your fastest time, you are constantly on the threshold of your pain and fatigue A PRetty day indeed tolerance. I went out a little too fast, but there was some comfort in being a little ahead of my time need— but would it By David Ball cost me at the end of the race with an ugly agonizing blowup? Pushing the ol’ body I am supremely honored to be counted among those who have ever qualified for to its absolute threshold is scary because there’s no room for error. COULD I run the Boston Marathon. “Astounded” is another word I could add describing how even faster than my 6-minute PR in 2003? overwhelmed I am right now. Training for (time- 3:24). Terry’s voice echoed in my the Austin Marathon to gain that coveted head about how much more training I put in for this race than any other. Since 3 hour, 20 minute qualifying time took there’s no arguing with the man, I just everything that I am as a runner and student of the sport. I think perhaps that kept going hard. The water stations were is why I cherish this marathon medal the scary when people got their drinks and most… my 9th try. All of you, my RAW practically stopped right in front of me. I friends have been pulling for me from the hit some of them smack in the back spilling their drinks or blasting their drinks start of my first marathon in 1999. My up their nose when I couldn't avoid them. training partner, Lee Miller, has seen me 11

David ran the Motorola Marathon as a fund-raiser for the kids of Camp I-Thonka-Chi "Sorry ‘bout dat," I'd call out. So, yeah, I tried to keep relaxed, but wasn't as successful as I would've liked. I saw Lee ahead of me in the out and back section around mile 16 running that familiar highclopping step. He looked strong, determined, and ready to cuss somebody out. I never saw Daryl, figuring he was ahead of me the whole way. My old mentor Dan Cole gave me an encouraging thumbs up as I was ahead of him by just a few minutes. The crowds were inspirational, especially seeing and hearing the cheering RAW mob. By the last few miles, I knew I just had to gut it out and push myself even harder; drawing mostly on my faith for strength. I have a short prayer I say aloud in the last 3 or 4 miles of marathon. It keeps me focused and strengthens me unbelievably. By the last half mile, you’ll find me screaming His name. Many fans will cheer along with me; it’s incredible. When I crossed the finish line, all those applauding faces flashed through my quickly fading consciousness—my wife and kids, Terry, RAW friends, the kids of Burn Camp. My (Continued on page 8)

Marathon madness and more (Continued from page 4)

3:17 was seven years in the making. The last two years training solid through the heat of summer, the bitter cold of winter, rain, wind, cramps, dehydration, oozing blisters, black toe nails, aching ankles, bleeding chaffing, a nagging Achilles, and bad jokes, all rolled into a very aggressive training schedule in preparation for that one day for a chance at that “goal time.” Was it worth it? You bet. Accomplishments that don’t cost you much don’t mean that much to you. However, this goal required more work, commitment and dedication beyond anything I’ve ever attempted in sports; its effects lasting a lifetime. Strange, eh? Is it too early to brush up on my Baaastan accent? See ya in ’05.

Cowtown Marathon February 28, 2004 Fort Worth, Texas

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RAW Results (Marathon): Duncan Stewart 03:05:05 Lee Rebodos 03:15:34 Yolanda Hopping 03:30:44 Michael Eccleston 03:43:58 Scott Eppelman 03:52:36 John St John 04:34:13 (PR) Debbie Bryant 05:42:58

RAW Volunteers staffed two aid stations at the Cowtown Marathon—with water AND Gatorade—for which we were thanked profusely.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of inspirational athletes, let us throw RAW Relay off everything that hinders… and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”. Results: Mardi Gras Marathon Hebrews 12:1 54 RAW 4:38:05: Michaelann Agoranos, February 29, 2004 New Orleans, Louisiana Paul Agoranos, Evelyn Luccioni The Three Musketeers 3:15:35 (10th overall): Steve Stamos, Rob Crane, Steve Buksh The Running Cyclists 3:30:24: Tom Zack and two friends from work

RAW also had numerous members competing in the 5K and 10K races.

Duncan Stewart approaches the RAW Aid Station at the Cowtown Marathon

Ryan Burns 4:29:31 (PR)

Napa Valley Marathon March 7, 2004 Calistoga to Napa, California “Dr. Chuck” Kennard 3:42:27

Thanks to K2, Major Mike, JW and so many others for being an inspiration to me and for being so supportive. 5K Overall Male Winner: To say that the race course was beautiful would not give it its due. It was Coby Bullard 16:00 unseasonably warm, but this did not affect me very much until near the end. 10K Overall Female No ill effects, save the expected quad Winner: distress. Preparation and execution were Dana Bullard 38:19 just right and I hit my goal. 12

Water duty? Your club needs you! Forty-one volunteered in 2003 One of the most common reasons given for why our members enjoy running with the club is that we always have water and sports drink on the course. Despite appearances, it isn’t put there by the magic water fairy. In fact, it is our own members who volunteer to get up a little early to put the water on the course. In 2003, forty-one members took a turn, some many times.

Thanks to the following people who took their turn at water duty during 2003. Those in bold print volunteered at least three times.

Michaelann Agoranos Dave Aungst Susan Barnett (5 times) Tim Brenner (5 times) Tanya Bubash & Cathy McCawley John Bush (4 times) Tom Byno (5 times) Please consider volunteering. It isn’t Elsa Camara hard, and there is always someone who Dan Cole will help you the first time to show you Clay Cox the ropes. There are now written Tony Dominiec & Marty Metzger instructions at the clubhouse telling (8 times) you exactly what to do. Mike Eccleston (8 times) Alan & Tosca Engisch To take your turn, sign up on the Scott Eppelman poster at the clubhouse. Rick Fogel

Eileen Fontaine Chuck Franklin (4 times) Ray Harris Jack Hase (7 times) J.W. Keeling (6 times) If all members Jon Korte Evelyn& Joe Luccioni were to volunteer, Lee Miller we could go Alan & Lisa Noell nearly six years Doug Noell Ray Paschal before your turn Gabe Pugliese came again. Kelly Richards Tom Ruyle Rick Sanford Julie Sheridan Duncan Stewart Mustafa Varol Alan & Helene Walker Kevin Wessels

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A snapshot of LGRAW

January 4, and they’re already out eating ice cream! Someone’s having fun on New Year’s Eve (Courtney, Diane and Dr. Chuck)

RAW celebrated New Year’s in all different ways— This motley crew went to the Murder Mystery at the Grapevine Convention Center

An atypical January day at the clubhouse!

Don’t miss these regularly scheduled events: ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒

Weekend runs/walks 7:00 a.m. at the RAW clubhouse Wednesday trail runs 7:00 a.m. at the RAW clubhouse Tuesday dinner 6:30 p.m. (Check the bulletin board for location and to confirm the time) Saturday Night Live (dinner) First Saturday of the month 5:00 p.m. (Check the bulletin board or Footprint for location) Monthly Board meeting Third Thursday of the month 6:30 p.m. (Check the bulletin board to confirm the date, place and time)

And remember: If you want to start early, run long, meet someone, etc., use the bulletin board at 14

RAW becomes a member of AARC Joey Cushman 5k April 3, 2004 Benefiting Texas Special Olympics LGRAW was fortunate to have had a great year financially in 2003. Our club is making a special $1,000 donation to the Texas Special Olympics, which will be formally presented at this race. To register to win a free entry, contact K2 or sign up at the clubhouse. Everyone should be proud of this donation. Please consider attending this race, and supporting Special Olympics.

RAW changes affiliation for insurance Last year the Road Runner's Club of America (RRCA) was experiencing financial difficulties and had raised rates for insurance. For those reasons, RAW switched our affiliation from RRCA to USA Track and Field (USATF) for insurance. However, USATF is not really structured to support a running club such as ours, and it wasn't significantly less expensive than AARC. As a result, the Board has voted to change again this year to the American Association of Running Clubs (AARC). AARC was formed last year in response to the problems at RRCA, and as a way for clubs to obtain more economical insurance. There are ongoing discussion to merge the two entities, so next year may find us changing insurance

again to the potential combined RRCA/AARC. The two entities charge an identical amount for insurance. However, RRCA charges an additional $2.25 per member for overhead and a quarterly magazine. (RRCA does have some additional services.) AARC charges an additional $.80 per member for overhead and no magazine. Be looking for the AARC logo on our membership and race entry forms. The AARC website can be viewed at http://www.runningclubs. org/index.htm. Thanks to Jack Hase for researching our options and presenting them.

Haltom city wipe-out By Duncan Stewart The 18th annual Haltom Stampede 5K and 10K were run February 14, 2004 – Valentines Day. It’s one of my favorite races because it’s well organized, the shirts are nice, and the buffalo trophies are pretty cool. Of course, other people like them, too, so the race usually has good competition.

The mayor fired the starter’s pistol for the 5K and off we went! It was quite a bit more chaotic than usual because everyone was trying to run in the relatively clear tire tracks. Slush was splashing all over the place, and elbows were being traded. During the jockeying that accompanies the first mile, I had just passed two guys and had my sights Well, Mother Nature decided to add a set on Chris, when I went around a little something to the mix this year – corner and wiped out, landing very namely, 4 inches of snow! The drive solidly on my right knee. Ouch. No, there required very careful attention, as it make that OUCH! was snowing and slippery, and several vehicles went off the road. The road I also went splashing down into a pile of conditions in Haltom City were a mess slush and completely soaked my gloves of snow, slush and water. The weather and tights. As I struggled up after a brief conditions didn’t faze the hard-core moment, one of the guys I passed asked runners though, as several of my usual if I was alright (that was a nice gesture!) competitors were also there, like Bradley I grunted something, then started to run Gardner, Bob Smeby, Stan Ujka, Chris again, slowly. Something didn’t feel Stewart and Lee Rebodos. My hopes for quite right, but this was a race and I a masters win went out the window didn’t want to drop out. I soldiered on when I saw Bradley (5K) and Bob (10K). to the finish, eventually passing both 15

those guys again (one returned the favor in the last 100 meters – darn!), but I wasn’t able to catch Chris. I staggered to my truck, cranked up the heater, and held my frozen fingers and toes to the vent. I felt faint, dizzy, and in pain. What – the 10K starts in 15 minutes?! Fortunately I had brought an extra pair of shoes, socks and gloves, so I put these on, guzzled some sports drink and trudged up to the start. Ugh. Too soon for my taste, the 10K gun went off. I was much more careful going around the corners in this race, and did not have any more mishaps. My times for both races were slow, slow, slow. It was an experience I will remember for a long time, as at times the driving snow was so intense I could barely see. I may have a permanent reminder, if the road gash on my knee leaves a scar!

Relay for Life April 30 – May 1 7:30 p.m. Colleyville Heritage High School Track An all-night party and fund-raiser benefiting the American Cancer Society ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

One team member is on the track at all times You may walk, run, stroll or crawl; it doesn’t matter! We will have a camp area set up with tents, grills, games, and chairs Events for kids all night long: face painting, bounce house, games Special first lap for cancer survivors!

The idea for this event is that each team member raises $100. We are having a garage sale in April, and all proceeds will go the fund our team. No one should have to raise any money separately. Sign up at the clubhouse, or contact Stephanie Ruyle: 817-421-9825 or

Come help honor the RAW members who are fighting/have survived this disease!


Chase Corporate Challenge

Saturday, April 17, 7:00 a.m. 19 Timberline Drive Trophy Club (Jack Hase’s house)

Wednesday, April 7

(Same day as the Trophy Club neighborhood garage sale)

We Need Your Stuff!

Each year, LGRAW volunteers at this event. It takes place in the early evening in downtown Dallas.

It’s a fun time! Contact JW Keeling to volunteer. Contact Stephanie Ruyle for more info. 16

Need inspiration to get off the couch this spring? By Marty Metzger There are a lot of ways this club has inspired me to stretch beyond my perceived limits and to continue stretching for new goals, but there was one that was more significant, more exciting than any other. It inspired me to set goals that just a few months before, I was convinced were way beyond me. Ironically, I thought I was doing something for others, but ended up getting a personal reward I never expected, and one I am just beginning to appreciate. Back in late 1998, when I had first joined the club and was increasing my long run from 3 miles to 8, I was working a water station out near Lakeview Park for one of our longer RAW races, a half marathon. At first, it was nothing special to me, as I watched the runners pass by doing something I was sure I could not. And then the magic happened – as the last few runners came through, I noticed that these folks didn’t look like runners. They looked more . . . like me, and look at them GO! Hey if they can do this, I can surely do it too! A couple of months later, I did.

of them taking the time to drain 2 or 3 cups of water. LOOK at these folks! They’re just average Joe’s and Jane’s. Even a retired couple marched hurriedly past with small backpacks – God bless them! A year later, I did it too, but this accomplishment was such a mental shock to me that my running stagnated during the following two years. Can you guess what inspired me to not only step out of this slump, but to take another step into what I had previously thought was beyond my reach? As powerful as the inspiration can be, it took a quintuple dose to break the chains attached to my slump. In the process, I was launched on a ride that has yet to end. May 2001 and 2002 - Grapevine Paddle, Peddle and Pound the Pavement Triathlon – the last few folks to get started in the pool, can’t even swim! They were walking the distance in the water as fast as they could. I had to do this in 2003 after begging swim lessons, borrowing Hélène’s bike, and stealing some inspiration from Dee Stephens.

folks doing the extraordinary trudging through the mud, on their hands and knees up some of the steeper hills, trying to make it 50 miles. Hand them a paper towel, wipe off their water bottle, and they thank you as if you just handed them a winning Lotto ticket. Then off they went, running/walking into the mud and rain. Fortunately for me, it didn’t rain the following year when I returned to become a 50-mile ultra runner. November 2001 and 2002 – Addison, TX Ultracentric 48 hour Challenge – 2001 was so good, that Tia and I had to volunteer again in 2002, and that was it . . . hooked again. I would have attempted it last November, but the facility renovations caused the event to be cancelled. Now a brand new track awaits Mustafa and me, and I hear there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities this November.

On March 20, 2004, I’m prepared to single-handedly man the first ever RAW aid station at the Grasslands run. This offers an ideal, front row seat out on the white loop, (mile 28 or so) to see a few of RAW’s finest (Hélène, Flash forward a few months to White Alan, Rick Sanford, K2, Mustafa and Rock ’99. Back then, the RAW Zone March 2002 – LBJ Grasslands Mel) as they expand their limits by was at mile 16 or so. The first 2/3’s of National Park. Tia and I were out on attempting their first 50 mile run. If the runners went rushing by and my the trail under a pop-up canopy, and you’d like to join me in enjoying our focus was on getting as much water the rain was coming down in buckets. favorite beverages out in the woods out as fast as possible. As the stream No need to hand out water; all they while watching some truly inspiring of runners started to thin out, we had had to do was look up and open their efforts, give me a shout, but beware – more time to check out each runner as mouth. We were sitting there as dry as it’ll inspire you right off the couch just they walked through our station, many can be, watching more average-looking in time for Spring.

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Events! Saturday, March 27: Wine Chaser, 2:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse Bring a snack to share and your favorite vino! (You can even run if you want to!) Saturday, April 4: Applied Kinesiology for the Runner, presented by Allan Lindsley After our weekend run, at approximately 8:30


5k Race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk PLUS

Dog Adopt-a-thon

& Expo Benefiting local dog rescue groups

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Oak Grove Park, Grapevine

Race Day Itinerary 6:30 - 8:00 a.m. 7:00 - 11:00 am 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:00 - 11:00 am

Registration Dog and Vendor Expo 1-mile fun run/walk 5K run Award Ceremony and Door Prizes!

• Rainforest Cafe • Emile Spenser Foundation • House of Paws • Tony’s Wine Warehouse • P∑ et Gazette • Animal America • Advanced Animal Fencing

Fabulous door prizes! • F∑ ree groom from Pet Love •W ∑ ag the Dog Daycare • P∑ etco Gift Certificates • G∑ reenies •W ∑ ine tasting party for 35

Awards •M ∑ edals for all child and dog finishers • A∑ wards for top three male and female finishers 5K Race: • C∑ ool prizes for the overall male & female finishers •M ∑ asters, this is the race for you! Wine tasting party for 35


Gift Certificate •∑ V∑ isor for your dog

•∑ B∑ ox of Pet Mitts

All Things Dogs! •∑ ‘∑ Ask the Vet’ booth • G∑ rapevine Police Department K-9 Unit •∑ C∑ anine Companions for Independence • U∑ SDA Beagle Brigade • G∑ rapevine Animal Control • M ∑ cGruff, The Crime Dog • P∑ aws for a Cause∑ therapy • H∑ umane Society of the US Spay Neuter Clinic

people from Tony's Wine Warehouse to masters male and female winners • A∑ wards for top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups: 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over


Hound Dog Hustle Entry Form- Sat, April 24, 2004


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Belinda and Dan Allender Brad Anderson Sharon Ballard Reba Becker Debbie Carpenter Barbara Bowen Penny Brown Madeline Burgess Janet and Dennis Dixon Patrick Finney Lynn Keeler-Green Kyle Keifer Joseph Naebers Timothy Naejele Pat Noell Susan Ramsbottom Todd Roper Laura Russo Stanley Shanks Steve Stamos Al Walker Debra and Albert Woolum Cindy Yandell

Fatima Abu-Obeid Ron Alvey Al Angell Richard and Susan Brooker Tanya Bubash John and Gloria Bush Donna Case Lori Cerami Walter and Janice Delashmit Alan and Tosca Engisch Paul Gerba Thomas Goodwin David Harrison David Hart Jack Hase JW and Susie Keeling Kandy Kobar Don and Mary Kay Krell Andrea Lorden Joe and Evelyn Luccioni Ann and David McCarley Jessie and Edna Miller Mark Miller Mike Pettay Alison Repass Family Chris Reyher Rianne Rhead Kelly Richards Karen and Roy Robertson Gary Scott Mark Sparks James and Nancy Uhelski Alan and Hélène Walker Tom Zack 19

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Congratulations to Chris Reyher and Joe Luccioni on their December retirements. Good luck to Dennis Shanahan, who is moving to Shanghai, China, for a twoyear work project. He leaves in April. Marybeth Crane is recovering from hand surgery (for the 2nd time!) Andrea Lorden was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia the day before Thanksgiving. She is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Andrea, you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Congratulations to Joe and Evelyn Luccioni on the December birth of their grandson Justin. Jill Smith is back running after a long recovery from a stress fracture. Kelly Brittain is also back after recovering from broken ribs (something about a horse…) Curtis and Katie Woodard have moved to Denver to be near Katie’s family as she prepares for her kidney transplant. Congratulations to Terry Marcott (Army Reserves) on his promotion to Sergeant Major. Less than 3% of the enlisted corps ever achieve this rank.

Lake Grapevine Grapevine Runners Runnersand andWalkers Walkers P.O. Box P.O. Box2982 2982 TX 76099 Grapevine, TX 76099

Hound Dog Hustle 5k/1 Mile

PRSRT STD PRSRT STD AA U.S.Postage Postage Paid Paid U.S. Grapevine, TX Grapevine, TX PermitNo. No.243 243 Permit

April 24

7:00-11:00 am

Oak Grove Park

LGRAW-Club or Infection? By John St. John Epidemiologists map diseases using mathematical models that show how a single bacterium can move into one person, incubate and grow, and eventually infect a large population. I’ve often wondered if someone could get a Nobel Prize in economics doing a simple mathematical model of a complex organization like the New York Stock Exchange as a disease: it starts off small, feeds on trades, and grows bigger and bigger by infecting new hosts. From a much more significant perspective, this disease model could easily be extrapolated to LGRAW: the club started off with a small number of early hosts, it gets nutrients from long runs, and grows bigger and stronger by infecting non-runners, turning them into mile-pounding junkies. LGRAW started out with a group who were already carriers, and could be considered hopeless, terminal patients. The club already had them and could get a steady supply of long runs as food

from their weekly activities. But like any disease, it had the potential to either remain static, enjoying these runners for years as they moved into Masters category, or it could grow, capturing other runners with more and more long runs every weekend. The choice was simple for LGRAW and we now have an ever-expanding epidemic with no apparent cure. It helps in mapping most diseases to understand the vector: see how the disease actually infects a new host and propagates. Almost everyone has a latent form of running disease hidden in his or her cells and it usually manifests itself initially as a fitness goal like a 5K fun run. At this type of race LGRAW finds new hosts by sending smiling emissaries who do something which seems ludicrous to the potential victim: they run 5-10 miles before the fun run, then race, and the entire time seem to have a wonderful experience. The victim sees the lack of logic in this, but 20

the LGRAW hosts seem to have such a wonderful time that long runs begin to make sense. Before long the symptoms of the LGRAW disease are fully presented: the victim gets up before dawn to meet with other carriers in all weather conditions, they plan ever increasing long runs with more frequency, consume massive quantities of food and beverage to counter the wasting effects of the disease on their fat tissues, and all the while remain convinced of the pleasure and enjoyment of having LGRAW. The new victim is then fully contagious and continues the cycle providing more long runs and infecting new hosts. As this disease becomes better understood, I am certain that though incurable, we will find support and mechanisms to cope with being a LGRAW patient. -It could explain a lot, couldn’t it?

Feb 2004  

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