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From The Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers Club

The Footprint September 2001 In This Issue •

Fourth of July BBQ and Elections • Midweek Runs • In Step With...Curtis Woodard • Running in Egypt • Andrew Ball • News From the President _____________________________ Upcoming Events September 22: “Duct Tape Duet” Run and Potluck Breakfast 8 am October 13: Double Trouble 5K and 10K October 28th: Weekend run is in costume! Followed by breakfast at Los Amigos Mix Master “Saturday Night Live” (formerly “First Friday Nite Out”) 5:00 pm (note earlier time!) •

September 1st, at Cozymel’s by Grapevine Mills • October 6th, at Little Pete’s Marina, Flower Mound side of Lake Grapevine • November 3rd, at Trail Dust by Grapevine Mills Mall (wear your dancin’ boots!) ____________________________ Renewals Your membership expiration date is shown on your Footprint mailing label. When it’s time to renew, just fill out the membership application in the newsletter, and mail it back to RAW along with your check.

RAW Celebrates the Fourth of July With a Bang If you weren’t at the clubhouse for the Reyher brought one of his award4th of July barbecue and baseball winning briskets which was great game, then you picked the wrong when paired with fresh tomatoes from event to miss. It was spectacular! We Guy McCracken's garden. Salads, started the evening with a baseball corn and potato gratins, baked beans, game (oops, I keep getting corrected watermelon, fresh bread, and some — it was softball!) I don't know which team won, but we sure worked up a sweat! Blessedly, there were no i n j u r i e s , although Kent Doucet gave us a scare as he crossed first base. Did Tim Brenner miss any balls hit within 15 feet RAW Prepares to Vote as Eileen Fontaine gives instructions of him at shortstop? Thanks to the Grapevine Parks and fantastic desserts completed the menu. Recreation Department for not only I can guarantee you that no one left allowing us use of the ball field, but hungry! also for putting down the base lines With over 100 adults and children and supplying the bases. eating, drinking, and talking, it was By 7 pm we were back at the difficult to get everyone's attention for clubhouse, cooling off under the elm the business that needed to be tree. The grills were started, and huge conducted — the election of officers. (Continued on page 2) quantities of food appeared. Chris


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

RAW Board and Committees President Ray Harris First Vice President John Bush

Major Mike's whistle was used numerous times to quiet the crowd. We introduced the slate of candidates, passed out ballots, cast our votes, and John Bush and Marty Metzger retired to the back picnic table to tally the results. While they were at work, Kat Loewen gave her last recap as Treasurer on the financial health of the club. Not only were we able to pay the 1st six months rent on the clubhouse and distribute $2300 to the rescue groups that participated in the Hound Dog Hustle, but we still have a positive cash flow! I then took a few moments to thank everyone for the past two years, but my voice was giving out so I cut it short and introduced Ray Harris, RAW’s new

was VERY difficult to select from the list of outstanding candidates. But, everyone made their selections, and the new board is: President.........……. 1st Vice President… 2nd Vice President... Secretary.........……. Treasurer.........…….

Ray Harris John Bush Tony Dominiec Gloria Bush Craig Minyard

At-Large Board Members ..................... David Ball ..................... Mike Eccleston ..................... Jack Hase ..................... Terry Marcott ..................... Kelly Richards ..................... Rick Sanford

Congratulations to everyone!

Second Vice President Tony Dominiec Secretary Gloria Bush Treasurer Craig Minyard Officers At Large David Ball Mike Eccleston Jack Hase Terry Marcott Kelly Richards Rick Sanford WebMaster Jack Hase Footprint Editor Susan Barnett

RAW doing what we do best...enjoying one another’s company!

president. There’s no doubt that we can look forward to RAW continuing to grow and mature under his tenure. Just before the fireworks started, we announced the results of the election. Before I give you the results, I want to thank all of those members who agreed to serve on RAW's board. It

The fireworks that followed were awesome, especially when accompanied by the patriotic songs coming from the radio. The most fitting was Louis Armstrong singing “What A Wonderful Word.” It just doesn’t get any better than this. –Eileen Fontaine

“If you find a path with no obstacles it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~Frank A. Clark 2

The Prez Says…. As the new club President, I thought it would be a good idea to deliver some kind of “State of the Club” message through the Footprint. I can only hope that my writing is better than my running…. In the past two years, LGRAW has enjoyed tremendous success. The Board, led by Eileen Fontaine, has done a remarkable job of bringing about growth and stability. We now have three annual races in which the club can take great pride. The Hound Dog Hustle has the potential to become not only our signature event, but also one that is a “must do” for area runners. None of this could have been accomplished without the dedication and hard work of club members who are too numerous to mention. But, there is more that needs to be done. And that is going to require getting more of the membership involved. Too much of the work in the past has been undertaken by a relatively small, core group of people. We need to get more of the general membership involved in the operation of the club, as well as in our races--whether in the planning stages, as volunteers on race day, or competing in the race itself. If you don’t think you have any skills that would contribute to the betterment of the club, look to me as your role model. I have no skills whatsoever, but you still elected me to lead this club! If I can pull this off, then anything is possible for you. My goals for the next year are simple but important: • Continue to operate a club that is financially stable and viable • Increase the involvement of club members in the operations of the club • Improve our three annual races • Cultivate additional sponsors for our races in order to provide more for the charities that we support • Continue to work closely with the Parks & Recreation Department and expand that to other city agencies • Ensure that we are member friendly. This last point is one that really concerns me right now. As I look at the membership list, I see that there are a large number of members that are past due with their annual dues. If you are one of these, I have to assume that the club isn’t meeting your needs, or you would have renewed your membership. In order to have a strong, viable running club, we need to have a solid membership base. I would like to hear from any and all of you about your thoughts concerning the club. What are your ideas for making LGRAW the premiere running club in the metroplex? You can e-mail me at Thank you for giving me this opportunity to work for you as club president. I’m excited about the possibilities for RAW, and I look forward to building on our past success. I’ll be waiting to hear from you!


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Congratulations….. ….to the LGRAW members who participated in the Trophy Club Independence Day Run. Jack Hase is the race director for this event, and the kudos for his organizational skills were unanimous! Good job, Jack! LGRAW participants included: Don Nelson (masters winner), Andrew Ball (1st place age 9-11), Stan Ujka (1st place age 30-34), “Uncle Sam” Byron Benoit (2nd place age 30-34), Rick Sanford (3rd place age 30-34). Duncan Stewart (1st place age 35-39), Mike Doud (2nd place age 50-54), Guy McCracken (1st place age 70+), Scott Decker (new RAW member!). Dr. Mary Beth Crane (1st place age 3034), Stacie Johnson (2nd place age 3539), Debbie Hellmen (1st place age 4044), Eileen Fontaine (1st place age 5054), Suzi Cope (3rd place age 50-54).

In Step With...Curtis Woodard Note: This is the first in a series of future articles that will highlight LGRAW members. If you have a suggestion for someone you’d like to see in the spotlight, e-mail Kelly Richards at Thanks, Curtis, for agreeing to be our guinea pig!

CW: Breaking 20 minutes in the 5K.

K2 (Kelly Richards): How long have you been running? CW (Curtis Woodard): About 3 years.

K2: What do you do when you're not running? CW: I do my best to help my wife Katie raise our two children, Joe and Tessa. I also travel WAY too much selling Biotech products.

K2: How long have you been a RAW member? CW: Since April 2000. K2: What’s your favorite race? CW: The Bolder Boulder 10K.

K2: Where is the most unique or unusual place you've ever run? CW: Through the red light district in Amsterdam.

K2: What about your non-running life would surprise the Club members? CW: I used to be a member of Mensa.

K2: What’s your favorite running memory? CW: At mile 25 of the 2000 White Rock Marathon, two of Dallas' less fortunate citizens (bums) were having the time of their life cheering for all of us runners. It lifted my spirits and made me smile as I passed by their corner and heard them say "get your ass moving."

K2: What else would you like to add... CW: I want to thank the club for making me a more disciplined runner. Before joining RAW, I dabbled in running. I would run 15 - 20 miles a week for a month or two, then take two months off. I never really enjoyed running but it was the best way for me to keep the pounds off. Since joining RAW, I have come to enjoy running and I look forward to K2: What do you consider to be your every weekend I spend at the biggest running accomplishment? clubhouse.

Curtis looking strong in the 2000 White Rock Marathon

So you think you’re a real runner? Take this self-assessment to find out for sure! You know you’re a REAL runner when… You get up at 4:30 am for a run to beat the heat. You know the nickname of every local runner, but have no clue as to their last name. You don’t recognize the people you run with every weekend when they “have their clothes on”. You forget your mother’s birthday, but you know the dates of the Chicago, NY, and Boston Marathons off the top of your head. Your travel with more running outfits than real ones. You notice someone’s new running shoes, but you didn’t notice their new hair color. You have more cold compresses in the freezer than ice cubes. You buy ibuprofen in the super-economy size bottle. You receive a Christmas gift from your podiatrist.


Test Your Exercise and Nutrition IQ ! The following is provided to clear up any confusion regarding the role of nutrition and exercise in a healthy lifestyle.

is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: At the gym, a guy asked me to "spot" for him while he did the bench press. What did he mean? A: "Spotting" for someone means you stand over him while he blows air up your shorts. It's an accepted practice at health clubs; though if you find that it becomes the ONLY reason why you're going in, you probably ought to re-evaluate your exercise program.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables? A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetables.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Sorry, can't think of a single one. My philosophy is: No Pain — Good.

Q: Is beer or wine bad for me? A: Look, it goes to the earlier point about fruits and vegetables. As we all know, scientists divide everything in the world into three categories: animal, mineral, and vegetable. We all know that beer and wine are not animal, and they are not on the periodic table of elements; so that only leaves one thing, right? My advice: have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.

Q: What's the secret to healthy eating? A: Thicker gravy.

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have a body, and you have body fat, your ratio

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? A: You're not listening. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach. I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had.

Congratulations to Lee Miller and Eva Chin! Derick William Miller arrived August 5th, 2001 at 4:45 am 6 pounds, 19.5”

New Members Mary Jane and Jim Bemis The Flaherty Family Craig Peden Susan Barnett

Renewals Roy Lange Mary Anne Rogers Stephanie and Tom Ruyle Roxanne and Tim Schroeder Melissa Shaw Cindy and Rich Ziober Derick’s First Photo

The Family 5

RAW Around the World ...K2 in Egypt Egypt! At last I was in Egypt. Getting here involved getting lost and/or creating a commotion. I have run more than just surviving the 16 hours of flights (plus in a foreign country where people literally ran out of layovers) and eight time zone changes. This was their houses to see a tall, white female running by! I actually the second trip I had planned to Egypt, but also nearly got myself killed by looking the wrong it was well worth the way for traffic and eighteen month stepping out in front delay. The thing is, o f a when the society, speeding car. So...I architecture and had my reasons for artifacts are 5,000 being cautious. years old, not much changes in 18 While running months. Much to my through the streets it brother's horror the seemed I was the first night after only one awake, the arriving in Cairo, I traffic was very requested a 6:00 am minimal, the streets wake-up call. His were vacant of definition of pedestrians, and the obsession is morning was still someone who a) quiet. I was just purposely wakes up thinking that my run early to run, and b) w a s r a t h e r purposely wakes up uneventful, which Kelly and brother Mark travel in style early to run while on was fine with me. But vacation. it had a spectacular ending: my last half mile or so I found myself running with the Great Pyramids of First I ran through the beautiful grounds of the hotel. Giza directly in front of me. The sheer size of the I had to work up the nerve to leave the hotel pyramids is overwhelming. Then the realization set premises because the streets of Cairo are among in that these things are 5,000 years old! Suddenly the deadliest in the world (due to car accidents, not the uneventful run I was enjoying became an event I crime). Even though the thought of getting flattened will remember for a lifetime. -Kelly Richards (K2) crossed my mind, my real concerns were with

Looking For a Mid-Week Workout? Sometimes there’s no better motivation to get yourself moving than to know that there are others waiting for you to show up. If you’re looking for just that type of motivation, we have three options for you to join in with other RAW members for a weekday run. For you early risers, you can join a group who runs at Solana at 5:15 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They usually run 8 miles on Monday, 10 on Wednesday, and 6 on Friday, at a 7:00 to 8:00 pace. The meeting place is the Solana Club parking lot: ⇒ Take 114 west toward Roanoke ⇒ Take the Kirkwood exit and turn left

⇒ Take the second left onto Sam School Carroll, turn right onto Carroll, and continue 2-3 miles till you see the school Road and stadium on your left. ⇒ Take the first right into the Solana Club parking lot. The third option is for those of you looking to run the trails around Lake For more information, contact: Grapevine. (This one is for you slightlyLee Miller (, later-sleepers.) The group runs 4-6 miles Stacie Johnson (, at a 8:30 to 9:30 pace. The group will Jack Hase (, or either be meeting at the Clubhouse or at Dirk Hayes the trail head on the north side of the lake. ( To find out, check the bulletin board, or contact one of the following people: If you’re looking for a speed workout, Eileen Fontaine join Stacie, Jack, Allan and Dirk on Tuesday mornings at 5:15. They meet at (, Marty Metzger (, the Carroll Middle School in Southlake, or Gabe Pugliese which is at the corner of Carroll and Dove. From Grapevine, take 114 west to (


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It Runs In the Family

Andrew showing great running form (and looking pretty cool too!)

Andrew Ball represents a new generation of RAW. He is David Ball’s nineyear-old son who announced one day that he’d “like to run like Dad”. After joining the Grapevine Gazelles, a city summer track club for kids/teens, Andrew worked on his technique in the 800 and 1600 meters, and improved enough to qualify for State track meets in San Antonio and Houston. He topped off the summer with a Dad helps with those tremendous 5K victory at pesky safety pins the Trophy Club 4th of July Race, with a time of 23:10. Not only did this put him first in the 9-11 age group, but it also would have been good enough for first in the 12-14 age group! Congratulations, Andrew! 7

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

Duct Tape Duet

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

September 22

8 am

RAW Clubhouse

One needs only two things in life; WD-40 to make things go, and Duct Tape to make them stop.

The Duct Tape Duet Two on a team – One walks a 5K and the other runs a 10K Adults – Children – All Welcome Sign-up list at the Club House

September 22, 2001

8 a.m.

Pot luck breakfast to follow! For more information, call 817.545.8183 (Don’t miss this event; it was one of our most popular last year!)

Duct Tape can hold anything together. If it doesn't, you didn't use it right, or you didn't use enough! 8

September 2001  

The FOOTPRINT is Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers club newsletter. Each issue features articles showcasing members' adventures, fitness ti...

September 2001  

The FOOTPRINT is Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers club newsletter. Each issue features articles showcasing members' adventures, fitness ti...