Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers | June 2014 Dear Lake Grapevine, Dads, grads, and summer sun... it's that time of year again! Things are heating up in Grapevine, literally! Be sure to take steps to keep yourself safe on the run as the temperatures climb. Everyone knows of the need to hydrate and use sunscreen, but don't forget to pay extra attention to the roadways around our courses as boaters, swimmers, and sunbathers increase the traffic to the lake. Summer also marks the season of change at RAW. The annual 4th of July Barbecue is Election Day for the club's board. You are qualified to run if you are a current member, so be sure to read below for details on how to run for an open position. You'll also find the details about the barbecue itself, and about nominating a member for the club's highest honors: the Best Foot Forward award. You won't want to miss these opportunities. Welcome to summer, folks! We'll see you on the course!
Newbie Sunday Sunday, June 1 7:00AM Clubhouse Run On! Nike Shoe Demo Saturday, June 7 6:30AM Clubhouse SNL Saturday, June 7 5:00PM Asian Top Restaurant 2100 W Northwest Hwy #221 Grapevine Wounded Warrior Aid Station Sunday, June 8 Board Meeting Monday, June 9 7:00PM Clubhouse Lunch Bunch Tuesday, June 17 NOON Red Dog Right 3311 W. SH 114, Southlake SAVE THE DATE! Jul 4 Annual Meeting, Picnic and Election Jul 6 Newbie Sunday Jul 14 Board Meeting
RAW'S ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY BARBECUE AND ELECTIONS
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WHEN: JULY 4TH TIME: 5:00 P.M. PLACE: CLUBHOUSE Make plans to join us for our annual barbecue and elections. RAW has the best seats in town for the city's spectacular fireworks show, but before it starts, we'll hold elections, present the annual Best Foot Forward award, and have some family-friendly fun. Master Griller Bob Ferguson will be barbecuing finger-licking good meat, while salads, side dishes and desserts will be provided by members as follows: Ages 20 - 35 - Desserts Ages 36- 45 - Salads Ages 46 and over - Side Dish
Dallas Athletes Racing 15% discount on all 2014 races/triathlons. Coupon code: Raw15 Luke's Locker 10% off most purchases with your membership. Sunstone Yoga (First Sunday of the month) FREE Yoga classes at ALL DFW area Sunstone Yoga locations. Print this newsletter as proof of your membership. Running Warehouse enter LGRWD at checkout (exclusions apply).
FOOTPRINT submissions We are always looking for content to include in the FOOTPRINT. If you have a running/walking
Jul 15 Lunch Bunch Red Dog Right Oct 25 Double Trouble Dec 6 Christmas Party Cross Timbers Winery Dec 14 Metro PCS Dallas Marathon Aid Station Jan 10, 2015 Bold in the Cold
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related story or photo you'd like to share with the club, consider submitting it for the FOOTPRINT. Click here for submission guidelines. Deadline for the July Issue is June 15th.
Want to give a shout out to your running buddy in the footnotes section? Send your buddy's name and a note to PR@lgraw.com by June 15 to be included in the July FOOTPRINT. You can send congratulations, get well or speedy recovery wishes, or wishes for good luck.
footnotes Speedy Recovery To Crisann Becker To Robin Pearson To Marty Metzger To Spareribs LaMothe Condolences To Gloria Bush, on the passing of her mother. Thank you A debt of gratitude is owed to Brad Liles and Gary Howsam for cleaning and organizing the storage shed. Please help keep it clean and neat! Lost & Found Left something at the clubhouse? Check to see if we found it. All unclaimed items are in the clear tote along the north wall of the clubhouse (just outside the bathroom). Membership Renewals Update your contact information or renew your membership by clicking here.
By Troy Pruett
Do you have ideas that could improve the club? Skills that would benefit the membership? RAW need YOU! The following four positions will be up for election this year: Vice President Treasurer Membership Director Footprint Coordinator/PR Co-Director Elections will be held at the annual July 4th Picnic. For more information about what is involved and/or how to run, contact RAW president Joe Luccioni.
did you know? RAW is an all-volunteer organization. If you are new, you may not know that no one is appointed to put out water and Gatorade every weekend. As the temperature outside increases, so does the need for water duty volunteers! It's not difficult. See the water duty instruction link in this newsletter, or simply ask around at the clubhouse. It's usually not hard to find someone to help teach you the steps.
ANNOUNCING: NEW RACE DIRECTORS!
A BIG finish
RAW is pleased to announce the selection of Race Directors for our upcoming races. Chris Morris will make his debut as race director for the Double Trouble on Oct 25, 2014. Sakina Vidacak and Julie Latvatalo Smith will return to direct the Bold in the Cold on Jan 10, 2015. The directors will be seeking sponsors and volunteers as their races draw closer, so get ready to help them put on two successful events!
Anne Barnwell, Jessica Barnwell, and Victor Woods celebrate finishing the Autism 5K on May 17. The race was Victor's first 5K, and he finished strong!
Wounded Warrior Aid Station
Lost Lake 50K is a TOUGHIE! Troy explains why in his latest blog post. Click below to experience the ups and down with him. http://troyscrazysideofrunning.blogspot.com/
RAW is pleased to offer our congratulations to each of the following 2014 graduates: Sarah Ball, daughter of David & Elizabeth Ball, graduate of Houston's Lone Star Fire Academy.
Last call for the Wounded Warrior 10K and Half Marathon on June 8! Many RAW runners
Justin Bosworth, son of Marcel & Karen Bosworth, graduate of University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Whitney Bosworth Blazek, daughter of Marcel & Karen Bosworth, graduate of Duke University School of Law. Bailey Schumm, daughter of Zach & Carol Schumm, graduate of Carroll Senior High School. Sean Byrne, son of Monica Waite, graduate of Carroll Senior High School. Kim Dalrymple, daughter of Ros & Rich Dalrymple, graduate of Belmont University. Julia Greuner, daughter of Laura Greuner, graduate (Dec 2013) of University of Texas at Austin. Justin Salonia, son of Tanya Bubash & Phillip Salonia, graduate of Grapevine High School. Kenzi Truhn, daughter of Pamela Truhn, graduate of Fort Worth Christian School. Tory Warner, daughter of Devin & Belynda Warner, graduate of University of North Texas. ...and to any graduates we may have missed, hats off to you! We are proud of all our RAW-some grads, and wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
Run On! Newton Visit By Chris Morris
Representatives from Run On! Southlake, Newton Running, and Nuun Active Hydration visited the RAW clubhouse Saturday, May 10, to demonstrate their products. Many RAW members took Newton shoes for a test run out on the course and sampled Nuun's electrolyte replacement drink. Be sure to join us on Saturday, June 7, for another shoe demo hosted by Run On! You'll be able to run test select Nike shoes and enjoy post-run refreshments courtesy of Run On! In conjunction with the shoe demo, Run On! Southlake is pleased to offer RAW members a 15% discount for one week following the June 7 demo. Discount valid 6/7 - 6/13.
Best Foot Forward Nomination Deadline Approaching! - Act Now! Do you know a fellow club member who exemplifies the spirit of RAW? Someone who is friendly, welcoming, fun, helpful, inclusive of everyone, dependable, active and volunteers their time and talents? Nominations are being accepted now through June 5. Keep in mind, current board members are not eligible and previous winners are not eligible until two years have passed from the year for which they were awarded the Best Foot Forward. Visit lgraw.com for the nomination form, or pick up a copy at the club house. Your nomination may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to LGRAW, PO Box 2982, Grapevine TX 76099; or handed to any board member by June 5.
In Step With ISW | In Step With...
compete in the annual race in Los Colinas, and even more volunteer at the RAW aid station. If you aren't running, plan to join Joe Luccioni and the crew to support a few thousand runners. Sign up on the sign-up sheet on the refrigerator at the Clubhouse, or email Joe to let him know you will be there and to get time and location details. (Note: If you are running but haven't registered, see the discount section to save on your entry fee!)
What's the history of your running "habit" - when did you start? How did you progress? I was running very casually as exercise around 2000-2002, but when I had a seizure and brain surgery following... everything changed. I wanted to run a race with my dad to "prove" I was healed after my surgery. I chose the Half Marathon at Disney World... my dad talked me into the Marathon (he liked the Mickey medal more than the Donald medal). We trained by reading a book! Ha! Disney's 2003 Marathon was my first race... ever... and I've been hooked ever since! What does running do for you now? Now running is my identity, my stress relief, my "feel-good" time, my social life. So much of my life is connected with running... maybe I'm addicted? I guess there could be worse things? What's your favorite place to run - local? - anywhere? I've run in some pretty cool places since now most of my vacations revolve around running... Canada, Alaska, Chattanooga, Boston.... But really, the best place to run is around Grapevine Lake and my RAW family. I like the trails a bit more these days, but home is where I love to run! What day in your running career would you like to live over again? If I could live another day over, it would be the 2006 Austin "Freeze Scale" race. I qualified for Boston on that bitterly cold day, but I felt like that was my easiest run to date. Nothing was difficult. Everything fell into place. I wish every race could feel as good as it did that day. There were many training runs leading up to that day that were so much fun, and the post race party was a blast! Even the day I ran Boston in 2007 wasn't even as perfect as that day! What's your best advice for a newbie, or any runner for that matter? I really don't have much advice to a newbie. I don't know much! I love to run, so I would tell someone run because you want to, not because your friend wants you to, not to lose weight, not because your doctor told you get off the couch, and certainly not to get faster! Running should be fun, something you look forward to. If it's a chore, it's not for you. Would you like to nominate someone to be featured for Giving Back or In Step With? Send us an email!
RAW Around Town
Eileen Pontaoe was on top of the world after finishing five consecutive days of marathons at the New England Marathons series May 12-16! Fellow marathon finisher celebrated his marathon by offering up a sacrifice (Eileen) to the running gods.
Who needs a shade tree when you have a pergola? RAW volunteers were busy Memorial Day weekend building this shade structure behind the RAW clubhouse. Come check out their handiwork, enjoy the shade and thank the handymen (and woman). Thanks Dubrokov Vidacak, Jeff Garber, Michael Bassano, Chris Morris, Randy Wolf, Joe Luccioni and Beth Brueggen.
Jay Jones takes first in the Grand Masters Division, while son Jared Jones takes first in his age group at the Disco 5K on May 18.
Whispering Pines 10 Miler
Staci Rivero, Jeff Barnhart, Karen Bosworth, John Studebaker, Laura Pruett, Sheri Rasnake, and Belynda Warner wait to start the Whispering Pines 10 Mile race on May 17.
FWRC Michelob 5K
Laura Nelson wins Masters at the FWRC Michelob 5K on May 18 and brings home the coveted beer trophy.
RRCA Runnings Kelly "K2" Richards, RRCA Director-at-Large The 56th Annual Road Runners Club of America National Convention held in Spokane was a smashing success in every sense. There was fantastic running weather and routes, entertaining speakers, increased attendance (it was rumored that more attendees came from Texas than any other state) a sold-out certified coaching course, record-high fundraising through the silent and live auctions, the debut of RRCA Wear at Bloomsday, the RRCA National Championship, and exciting news for the Lone Star State . The Dallas Running Club was awarded the 58 th annual convention, which will be held in March 2016. It will be the first time north Texas is host of an RRCA Convention. The Houston Striders hosted the 2006 convention. Also announced, Detroit will be the 2017 host city. The next convention will be in Des Moines, IA April 22-26, 2015, in conjunction with the Drake Relays. Save a much sooner date: September 19, 2014, the Road Runners Club of America will promote the 9th Annual RUN@WORK Day and the 3rd Annual RUN@School Day, nationwide fitness efforts. The goal of RUN@WORK Day and RUN@School Day is to encourage adults and children to get 30 minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either before work/school, during lunch, or immediately following work/school. It's not too early to start planning and promoting these efforts with your company, employer or local school. I'm excited at the opportunity to participate in my third RRCA National Championship in 2014. For this race, RRCA North Texas State Rep Kathryn Gleghorn and I will be headed to Michigan for the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, the RRCA National Half-Marathon Championship on June 1. If you're looking for a championship race a little closer to home the next Texas State Championship is The San Angelo Road Lizard'sRun in the Sun 8K, Texas' longest running 8K, on June 7. Connect with the RRCA on Facebook and Twitter.
On May 15, RAW showed appreciation to the many volunteers who step up time and again to support the club. In addition to a pizza dinner and gifts for the volunteers, attendees participated in a walking-only 5K. No running was allowed, which proved to be a challenge for some! In the end, Chris Morris, Beth Brueggen, and Tia Metzger proved victorious in the race. Volunteers, once again, thanks for going the EXTRA mile!
RAW President Joe Luccioni and Directors Diane Ferguson and Stan Pollard hosted the event.
RAW volunteers take off at the start of the Walking-only 5K.
DBall Runs Japanese Half Marathon
By David Ball "Gahn bahreh! Dahrasu! Gahn bahreh!" I heard this cheer throughout my running of the Sendai, Japan International Half Marathon on Sunday, May 11th. "Gahn bahreh" is an expression that means "Go for it; be strong!" in Japanese. "Dahrasu" is roughly how they pronounce "Dallas", written in Japanese on my race shirt. Still hard for me to believe I was actually there, running THIS Half in my mother's home town which became internationally known by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. City officials allowed me to run the race even though the deadline had passed weeks before. Their kindness stems from my tsunami-relief fundraising campaign prior to the Boston Marathon 2011. You can only imagine my excitement when a dozen members of my Japanese family and my dad came out to cheer me on. To my Takahashi family, I am this freaky American relative who runs distance races and were thrilled to see run. Race Day was sunny, mid-60 degrees and windy at 10 a.m. start. I was in C corral (went all the way to F corral) but had to weave a lot in Miles1 & 2. The course was hilly, but had pockets of shade under giant trees in the downtown avenues ("Sendai" is known as the 'City of Holy Trees'). Japan sporting events are quite formal. Elaborate starting line ceremony; National Anthem by military band; long moment of silence. Along the race course were traditional Japanese kimono dancers and ancient Taiko drummers wearing big Gahn bahreh headbands! Dramatic finish is in Sendai Stadium; sprinting on the oval track! Exhausted, I dash the final meters with my arms raised, yelling "Takahashi!" to show respect for my family who are cheering wildly with handmade American flags, "Dehbeed! Dehbeed!" (David!) So overcome with pride, I walk to the edge of the track; wave to them; then give the traditional Japanese bow. Unforgettable moment. That night, I am an honored guest at the International Sister Cities post race party where Dallas and several other sister cities celebrate, sing, dance, eat, drink 'beeru' and exchange gifts. My Japanese relatives got to come, and it was a wonderful night.
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