2012 Club Award Winners

The following club members were recognized for their achievements over the past year.
Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Christensen
In Memorian Don Monagle
Member of the Year Jim Steele
Outstanding Achievement Award Beth Howlett
Outstanding Achievement Award Jim Durkin
Outstanding Achievement Award Sarah Rusk
Outstanding Achievement Award John Schultz
Outstanding Achievement Award Dan Simmons
Outstanding Achievement award Tricia Szymanski
Runner of the Year Hugh Campbell
USATF Team 2012 2012 Mid-Atlanic USATF Series Team
Volunteer of the Year Tom Steenkamer

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee
Ray Christensen

Ray Christensen started running in 2002 at the age of 40 after joining the Arthritis Foundation’s training program to run the Dublin Marathon. The following year, he learned the PCVRC was gathering novice runners for weekly group runs. This group later turned into the Rebel Runners and Ray has continued to invite people to participate in weekly Thursday group runs at the Delcastle Recreational Area for over 10 years.

“Running has been great for my fitness & self-confidence, but training with a group adds so much more fun and motivation”, added Ray. He encourages others to join the club to experience the comradery that makes achieving goals easier and more enjoyable. Ray ran 3 marathons before his first 5K, and has always been better at longer distances.

Through year end 2012, Ray has completed 22 marathons and over 40 half marathons, including 11 consecutive Caesar Rodney Half Marathons. Ray first qualified for Boston in 2005, remains qualified, and has run it 3 times. Ray’s marathon PR is 3:13:12 at New Jersey in 2008.

However, what makes Ray eligible for the PCVRC Hall of Fame, is his six years on the Board, including being President for the past 3 years. Ray has helped the club grow, brought new sponsorships to the club, and has provided invaluable leadership and continuity. Ray created the club’s Facebook page and is the designer and webmaster of www.pcvrc.com, which received recognition from the Road Runners Club of America for a “top small club website”.

Ray has assisted in updating the club Bylaws, creating new coordinator positions, and tirelessly working to increase the involvement of club members and board members. Ray also established and maintains a lead role in the club’s “Charity Partner” program.

Ray has been the Race Director of the Nun Run 5k for the past 3 years and is the co-race-director of the Delaware Distance Classic 15K & 5K race, the club’s largest event. He is also the RRCA Delaware State Rep since 2011.

Ray has written 2 eBooks: “Run With Me: How To Start, Improve, or Join a Running Club”, and “A Better Race Website”. Ray has also designed the following websites: www.RebelRunners.com, www.RunningMyRaces.com (a nationwide race directory), and his personal site, www.RunMarathonMan.com.

It is with great pride that we induct Ray into the PCVRC Hall of Fame!

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2012 In Memorian: Don Monagle

Had Don survived, he would have been receiving an Award. In the past year, he became the first male in 80-84 age-group to complete various road race distances as a Delaware resident. He set four state records, three of which have been broken by John Schultz. He won the 80-84 age-group in the USATF Grand Prix series.

The following is reprinted from the Mid-Atlantic Quarterly:
Last October and November, while his myeloma was in relapse, 82-year-old Don-ald Monagle ran the final four races of the 2013 Grand Prix Circuit, representing his Pike Creek Valley Running Club and rack-ing up enough points to win the 80-84 age-group competition.

On Jan. 1, Mr. Monagle died at his home in Wil-mington, DE. Only then did some of his fellow club members learn that he had been confronting multiple myeloma for 10 years. The disease involves tumors in the bone marrow.
During that time, he had continued to run, setting four Delaware records in the 70-74 age group and then three state records in the 80-84 age group while the disease was in remission earlier last fall.
“He continued to run because he was a competitor and loved it,” his obituary said. “His determination to complete this series was an inspiration to us all. He also teased the family by telling us that for running these races, he would receive a free year’s member-ship to the Running Club.”
Mr. Monagle began his running career in his late 40s. Since then, he had run seven marathons, includ-ing two Bostons Marathons, the last one when he was 65. He joined the Pike Creek Running Club in 1984 and was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2002. A story in the News Journal of Wilmington described Mr. Monagle as one of Delaware’s “most accomplished and well-liked masters runners.” The story traced his history of setting state age-group records to Mr. Monagle’s early 50s, including a 32:36 time in a 5-mile race in 1984 that was a record for the 50-54 age group.
He set M55-59 marks in the 5 km (19:23) and 10 miles (1:08:24), and remained among Delaware’s top runners as he climbed through the age classes, set-ting 70-79 marks in 2000 in the 5 km (22:34), 10 km (47:47) and half-marathon (1:47:12), the story said. Last October and November, Mr. Monagle ran in the Delaware Distance Classic 15 km, the Penn Medi-cine at Radnor Run 5-Mile Run, the 10 km Cooper-Norcross Bridge Challenge and the Rothman Institute 8K (4.97 miles).
“The strength and determination he needed to complete this series is unimaginable,” his daughter, Donna Wilmoth, told the Wilmington paper.

Mr. Monagle graduated from Wilmington High School in 1948 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return, he married his sweet-heart, Alice Schofield. He worked for 43 years at Hercules, which later became Himont. He is survived by his wife, seven children, 19 grandchildren and a sister and brother.

2012 Member of the Year
Jim Steele

Jim is a great example of someone who recognizes the benefits of running, while “paying it forward” so that others can also enjoy it’s rewards. Running probably helped him deal with the stress of house-hunting throughout much of the past year. Besides several local races, a personal highlight of 2012 was finishing the Las Vegas marathon, his first 26.2 since Philadelphia Marathon in 2008. After a few injuries, and ramping up training, that accomplishment was very gratifying to him.

As Membership Coordinator for PCVRC, Jim participated in board meetings, led our member renewal drive, made improvements to our spreadsheet and helped recruit new members. He enjoys running from Panera with other club members, participating in any distance run and most importantly sharing a beer with friends after a race.

Over the past few years, Jim has been race director of the Old New Castle 5 mile run, which benefits a scholarship fund for a hometown hero, Elizabeth A. Loncki, who lost her life in Iraq in 2007. Managing race events involves a good deal of time and dedication, so the club appreciates his involvement on the Delaware Distance Classic committee for the past 2 years. For 2012’s addition of a DDC 5K besides the traditional 15K, he played a critical role in finding water station volunteers, course set up and clean up, and providing input during planning meetings.

Jim was also instrumental in recruiting a major sponsor for DDC, the SceneTap B+ Foundation Race Team. Having Scott Carter’s race car prominently on display at the event added to the festive atmosphere for our great turnout of over 400 runners. Jim notes that he “felt a great sense of accomplishment” in helping forge a partnership between the club and The Andrew McDonough B + Foundation. Our goal is for the groups to publicize and support each other. B+ received a major portion of the $2,500 donated to charities from DDC race proceeds. (See the B+ page at pcvrc.com for more details)

For 2013, Jim plans on “CR half, DE marathon [which he’s running to further benefit B+ Foundation], Olympic Tri and something in the fall to keep me going”. We appreciate having him with us to keep the club going as well.

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award
Beth Howlett

Beth Howlett has been a high-performing runner for many years in the Delaware Valley, but it was only this past year that she joined PCVRC. The Garnet Valley, PA native ran for the club in six of the MA-USATF Grand Prix events and was one of the top five club members in three of them. She also ran in the Ugly Mudder Off-Road event. She had the second highest average Age Grade among female club members with 76.55.

Individually, Beth became the first PCVRC women to be recognized for individual season age-graded competition at tenth overall and was the first female club member to do so since Theresa Kaufman in 2008. She also was second in her MA-USATF age-group. She won her age-group in the Delaware Distance Classic, the Media Fiver Miler, and the Ugly Mudder and Chilly Cheeks Off-Road races. Additionally, she was second in her age-group at the Valley Forge Five Miler and the Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon and third at the Ben Franklin Bridge Run 10K,

All in all Beth is versatile in running events from five miles to half-marathon, both on and off roads.

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award
Jim Durkin

Ardmore, PA native Jim Durkin apparently started running in races at about the age of 62. Living near to Delaware, Jim has run numerous races in the area and has become friends with many of the local runners. A few years ago Jim joined Pike Creek Valley Running Club.

With over a decade of running under his belt, Jim has dealt with a few injuries, but when he’s running his best, he has barely slowed down from the times he was posting years ago. Although Jim has done a handful of races of distances from 10K to 10 miles, he mainly specializes in doing races of 5K to 5 miles, but also competes in a number of shorter events at track meets. In 2012 Jim competed in 43 road races and four cross-country events. In total he won his age group 24 times, came in second 13 times and placed third twice. Some of these awards are for 60+ where he has placed among men up to 14 years younger than he. His fastest time in a 5K was 25:06, which age-grades to over 74 for a 74 year-old male.

In addition to the races, Jim competed in five indoor meets, seven outdoor meets and four outdoor special events, competing in multiple distances at most of them. Highlights include four first place medals at the University of Delaware Indoor Masters Meet and three first place and two second place medals at the Widener University Outdoor Meet. . In September he ran in the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, clocking a 7:32 for an age-grade of 71.23.

After his last race in November Jim had to shut down for six weeks with plantar fasciitis. So he volunteered to a race instead. Jim says he’s back at about 90% now and is ready to run more races and meets.

Those of us who have gotten to know Jim are always struck by his pleasant greetings at races and his ability to be accepting of whatever circumstances he has to deal with in running.

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award

Sarah Rusk
2012 was a break out year for Sarah. She was the overall female winner in nine races and set personal records in six distances, with only a rare heat wave in Boston preventing her from setting a PR in the marathon.

Sarah began the year with a win on Pike Creek’s hilly New Year’s Resolution course in 20:32 and finished the year by winning the Newtown Charity 5K in 19:48 after running ten miles before the race!

Sarah was in position to have a good Boston Marathon race in 2012. In her training buildup, she ran a PR at the Houston Half Marathon in 1:26:24, followed by a PR and second place finish in New Jersey’s Miles for Music 20K in 1:21:29. Unfortunately, the 90 degree heat wave struck on Boston marathon day. Sarah gutted out a 3:28:38. On not so fresh legs, four weeks later she ran the Delaware Marathon in 3:17:02.

Sarah spent the summer working on increasing her speed and it paid off with an excellent fall racing season. She set her 15K PR at the Delaware Distance Classic in 1:01:27, her 10K PR of 39:22 at the Run the Bridge 10K, and her 8K (5 mile) PR of 30:40 at the Rothman Institute 8K in Philadelphia. It all culminated when she got that elusive sub 19:00 and won the Running with the Reindeer 5K with a PR of 18:57.

Sarah was also running for the club in USATF competition. She finished 17th among all women, despite having run only five events, won her age group in three events and won her age-group in the season’s competition.

In 2013, Sarah has her sights set on the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, NY and the Boston Marathon, where she hopes to run sub three hours and set the 30-34 Delaware Age Group state record. Sarah’s dedication and discipline will lead her to future success in 2013 and beyond.

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2012 Outstanding Achievement Award

John Schultz
Since celebrating his 80th birthday June 22, 2012, John Schultz has set five 80 -84 state of Delaware age group records: 5K- 33:30; 5 mile – 60.07; 10K- 1:15:56; 10 mile- 2:26:53; and Marathon- 6:44:17. All but the 10 mile record (Jan., 2013) were in 2012.

Most people don’t know that John didn’t start running until he retired from DuPont in 1991 at the age of 59. He has continued working part time in the job as a contractor in Regulatory Affairs making sure we register chemicals with the EPA. Having trained full time employees to take over, he plans to retire completely March 31st of this year.

John competes in a wide variety of events, including developmental track meets with students, the WAWA 53 story stair climb (1019 steps to glory), the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, marathons, and the Brandywine trail End-to-End Hike which is 36 miles. John ran 106 races last year (the most was 133 in 2003) including four marathons. Showing no signs of cutting back. he’s already registered for the same four marathons this year. His favorite event is the Labor Pain 12 hour endurance trail run in Reading, PA. in which he covered 35 miles last year.

John’s other interests include singing in the St.Helena’s Church Choir and gardening for other people. He is also an assistant Scoutmaster with a Boy Scout troop in New York state where he visits twice a year.

In 22 years of running John has completed more than 1500 races including 54 marathons and 4 ultras.

His injury history is amazingly highlighted by breaking the same toe twice at the same race, The Double Trouble 15K/30K Trail race at French Creek, PA. This past year John fell twice in two different races leaving his face covered in blood and once requiring three stitches. He delayed medical treatment until he crossed the finish line proclaiming “Quitting is not an option!”

John will probably be at your next race. Look for him, frequently shirtless and wearing red shorts the only color he owns.

Congratulations John on your running achievements in your 80th year. Best of luck in the future years as you pursue more records.

Fellow runner and friend Allen Thompson recently remarked, “If John gets up in the morning, it’s a state record”

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2012 Outstanding Achievement Award
Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons was a race walker for many years before he decided to start running in order to be competitive in duathlons. His first “running” race was the Mayor’s 5K in 2002 at age 54. Since then, Dan has battled injuries and the sands of time to continue to excel at road racing. And excel he has, as a prolific racer. In 2012, Dan ran in 59 races including 10 duathlons and ran all but one of the USATF road races for the club. Races2run shows Dan placing in his age group in all 22 recorded races in 2012, first in age in 17 of them!

In his normal life, “our Dan” is Dr. Daniel Simmons, Ph.D. professor at the University of Delaware’s Department of Biological Sciences. He’s seldom seen without his super-fun wife Sue, a race walker sometimes runner. He and Sue are world-travelers, just returning from a trip “down under.”

Pondering his transition to 65 in mid-2012 last year, Dan began to consider the possibility of assailing some of the state records for the 65-69 age-group. The 5K seemed unachievable, the 10Ks and longer seemed possible. He tried for a state record at the DDC 15K but missed by 30-40 seconds and he tried again without success at the MS 10K. He realized it would have to be the half-marathon – Rehoboth. Great running weather for Rehoboth! Dan started off comfortably but, looking around him, realized he was a little faster than planned. No matter. Sue says she checked him out at the five-mile point in town and he looked good. Dan ran strong onto the Junction Breakwater Trail and was still feeling good at the turn-around. Those last three miles were grueling! Dan held on to set the Delaware state record time in the 65-69 age-group for the half-marathon, 1:36:43, beating the old time by over a minute. This fine accomplishment has earned Dan a PCVRC Outstanding Achievement award for 2012.

Dan and Sue are hoping to retire in a couple of years (from work, not running) to a place with good wine, good weather, good parks and, of course, good running.

2012 Outstanding Achievement award

Tricia Szymanski

This all started back in 2008 when Tricia and a group of her girlfriends decided that they would try something different and do St. Andrew’s Sprint Triathlon. Some of them loved it; some of them hated it. Tricia really loved it! She loved the sport of triathlon so much that she jumped up to the half ironman distance for her next race- Eagleman in 2009. With only three long rides and one open water swim for training, she still managed to finish this race in a respectable seven hours. Throughout the course of the race, she was stung on the face by a jellyfish, pushed against a nasty headwind on the bike and endured a hot and humid 86°F day for the run. Despite these adversities, she was hooked on the longer distance triathlons.

A year after Eagleman, Tricia completed Mountaineer 70.3 in Morgantown, WV (really it was 72.8) and then the half-iron distance aquavelo at Shoreman in 2011. She was forced into this event because she was recovering from a knee injury and was unable to run. Watching everyone go out on the run was hard and it fueled her desire for a bigger challenge- a full ironman. She approached Darlise about doing a 140.6 and she was all for it. They picked Beach 2 Battleship as the “big race” and, for the next six months, trained together with Andy J. Throughout this time, Tricia had to balance a grueling work schedule, time with her family and a demanding training schedule. It was challenging enough, but with her travel schedule, it sounded nearly impossible. She sought out the help of a trainer to supplement what she could not do on the bike and run while traveling. On the weekends, she pushed herself on the long workouts. She got stronger by the week and it all paid off. On October 20, 2013, Tricia crossed the finish line in 12:59:59 and became an ironman!

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2012 Runner of the Year

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell, 88, got his start in running much later in life than almost anyone in the world. Using a phrase that Hugh apparently coined himself, at age 86, he says “I got a bug in my sod” about running and decided to enter some local 5Ks. On his first effort in June 2011, he ran 30:09, under a 10 minute per mile pace and set a state record in the newly created 85-89 age-group. He ran several more races that summer and fall, coming close to his original time, but not lowering the mark.

During the fall and winter, Hugh did a few training runs a week. The following spring on a Thursday morning this writer came upon Hugh and his son Doug at Delcastle Recreation Area just as he was finishing a run. He looked at his watch and said “Thirty minutes”. I asked him how far he had just run and he said “Three miles”. Then he said he was going to run a 5K on Saturday. I was astounded. “You just ran three miles in 30 minutes and you are going to run a 5K two days from now?”

Later I e-mailed Rich Szymanski and wrote that I had just met Hugh Campbell. I predicted he was going to break his state record on Saturday. Sure enough, Hugh ran 28:54. 1:15 faster than his previous mark. The next week Rich contacted Hugh and we went to talk to him, to ask him to join the club and our USATF team. Hugh was eager to pick our brains and decided the competition sounded like fun.

In June Hugh ran his first USATF event, the Moorestown 8K. He was the highest age-graded male runner in the field, running the course in 48:24. He implied that Rich, who was running along, was distracting him by talking. In early November he was the second highest age-graded male at the Ben Franklin Bridge Challenge 10K, behind only the Kenyan winner. By the time of the Rothman 8K the USATF folks were ready and had extra officials present to certify his 47:40 time as a national age-group record. The week before the Bridge Run 10K, Hugh ran the E-racing the Blues 10K for “practice” and set a state record of 62:24.

In September Hugh had broken his 5K record for a second time with a 27:18 at Miles for Melanoma, taking 1:36 off his previous mark. But that was just part of his training for the National Masters Championship 5K in Syracuse, N.Y. two weeks later. There Hugh ran 26:45, an 8:40 pace and set a new age-group world record with an age grade over 101.

What is the secret to Hugh’s success? Apparently it’s that for decades he has played golf most days of the week, never riding in a cart and always carrying his clubs.

Hugh doesn’t let this success go to his head. He’s happy to run. But Hugh may be showing what is possible through many years of living a healthy, vigorous lifestyle.

“It is true that speed kills. In distance running it kills anyone who does not have it.” –Brooks Johnson

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2012 Mid-Atlanic USATF Series Team

PCVRC took 3rd place in the Off-Road series club competition and 4th place in the more populated Grand Prix series. This demonstrates the diverse and versatile running abilities of our members. None of the top three teams in the Grand Prix series made any serious competitive effort in the Off-Road series. This showing continues our club’s long-standing ability to compete in both.

Once again, Rich Szymanski & Tom Steenkamer coordinated our efforts, ensuring that we were competitive, while enjoying the events. Individual age group recognition included:
Chris Steenkamer, 2nd 15-19 Grand Prix
Sarah Rusk, 1st 30-34 Grand Prix
Lynn Knothe, 1st 35-39 Grand Prix
Jay Coughenhour, 2nd 45-49 Grand Prix
Greg Cauller, 2nd 50-55 Grand Prix
Beth Howlett, 2nd 55-59 Grand Prix
Epi Camacho, 2nd 55-59 Grand Prix
Dan Simmons, 3rd 60-65 Grand Prix
John Schultz, 1st 75-79 Grand Prix
Don Monagle, 1st 80-84 Grand Prix
Hugh Campbell, 1st 85-89 Grand Prix

Lisa Jalot, 3rd Masters Off-Road
Rich Szymanski, 2nd Masters Off-Road
Tom Steenkamer, 3rd Grandmasters Off-Road

Other participants in at least 4 events:
Jerry Herman, Beth Howlett, Sheri Herrmann, Tom Steenkamer, Lee Kauffman, Dirk Sweigart, John Costello, Carole Feole, Rich Szymanski, Lisa Jalot, Bob Kleszics, Carol Giampietro, Josh Loren, Austin Gee, Chris James, Ray Christensen, Lorri Fencer, Dave McCorquodale

Participants in 3 events:
Andrea Rubinoff, Elena Kupchik, Hugh Campbell, Mike Digennaro, Dave Baca, Ralph McKinney, Andy Jacubowitch, Enos Benbow

Participants in 1-2 events:
Matt Cutrona, Claire Neilan, Deborah Compton, Keith Crispin, Fred Shufflebarger, Mike Piorkowski, Jim Durkin, Katrina Steenkamer, Dan Suher, Vic Zwolak, David James

2012 Volunteer of the Year
Tom Steenkamer

In 2010 Rich Szymanski recruited Tom Steenkamer into Pike Creek Valley Running Club to participate in the USATF events, mainly the Off-Road events. Tom did so well that year that the club gave him the Rookie of the Year award, although he was hardly a rookie.

In the ensuing couple of years Tom became more and more involved in helping the coordination of runners for the Grand Prix and Off-Road series. When Rich had to step away to deal with his health issues, Tom took over most of the necessary work. The proof is in the pudding as the club has fielded complete teams for every event in both series this year. In fact PCVRC, which has a smaller membership than some of the other MA-USATF participating clubs, is the only club to achieve such a feat. For a few years now, the club has earned enough winnings between the two series to give a free club membership to any club member who joins USATF and participates in four events.

Tom also led by example, participating in seven of the eight off-road events and being the top scorer for the club. He also ran six of the Grand Prix events and was the fourth overall male in the individual competition and again scored for the club in every race he did. So that’s thirteen USATF races Tom ran for the club. That’s taking volunteering to the next level! He is maintaining a database of participant results and his knowledge of other club members who participated in the USATF events helped to determine our awards this year.

The Club can count itself lucky to have a volunteer like Tom Steenkamer!

2012 Notable Achievers

Carla Anderson – Ran her first half marathon (2:22:22) in Rehoboth Beach in December.
David Baca – Highlights from the many events he did include R&R Marathon DC in 3:26:46, a Boston Qualifier; winner (50+ of Trail Dawgs Triple Crown (Half + 10K + 5K); Broad Street Ten (1:08:47) and age-group winner in four events in the DE Senior Olympics.
Denise Boyle – Ran the Broad Street Run 10 miler (1:30:28), a PR by 11 mins, and PR’d in the Cherry Blossom 5K in May (24:55) and completed her first sprint triathlon in Dewey Beach (2:20:28) in September
Epi Camacho – Scored for the club in all five of the MA-USATF Off-Road races he ran.
John Costello – Scored for the club in 4 out 5 road races, 5th highest avg.
Jay Coughenour – Scored for the club in every race (5 road) 4th highest avg AG 82.04.
Mark Denio – In addition to walking numerous 5Ks and 10Ks, Mark completed the Delaware Distance Classic 15K (2:49:08).
Carol Feole – highest avg AG for the season, 76.72, scored for the club in 3 out of 4 Grand Prix races, and in the only trail race she ran.
Jordan Fridman – Completed first half-ironman (6:08:44) in N. Carolina in October and PR’d at the Philadelphia Half-Marathon (1:44:44) in November.
Carol Giampietro – Scored for the club in 3 out 4 trail races, highest avg AG for the club in the trail series and only female club member to score over 80% in any race – 80.287 in the DDC.
Meggan Hain – Improved her time in her second half-ironman triathlon (5:39:46) in North Carolina in October by almost 51 minutes.
Jerry Herman – Ran eight Grand Prix events in 2012; when he isn’t running, he’s a frequent volunteer at races.
Sheri Herrmann – Incredibly, ran the 86 degree 2012 Boston Marathon (3:45:39) only 15 seconds slower than the previous year; an active participant in the USATF events.
Andy Jacubowitch – Completed his second full ironman triathlon (10:23:26) and finished 6th out of 54 in his age-group.
Kelly Jones – PR’d in 5K (22:48) and 10K (48:54), Half-Marathon (1:45:53) and PR’d in half ironman (6:14:54) in North Carolina in October.
Lisa Jalot – Scored for the club in 5 out 7 trail races, 2nd highest avg AG for the club in the trail series. Cornerstone of our Female trail runners!
Lee Kauffman – Active USATF participant; 25 year streak doing the Boston Marathon; overcame injuries to continue running at a high level.
Bob Klezsics – Scored for the club in 4 out 5 trail races he ran.
Lynn Knothe- Scored for the club in the last trail race of the year and won her AG competition in the Grand Prix series.
Andrea Ladany – PR’d in half ironman (5:26:53) in North Carolina in October and took 3rd in her age group.
Josh Loren – Qualified for and competed in the Xterra Triathlon US Championship (3:10:38) in Utah.
Don Ropp – Completed his first sprint triathlon in 2:04:05.
Stacey Schiller – Completed her first marathon at Marine Corps (5:01:39) in October and set PRs in distances from 5K to half-marathon.
Dirk Sweigart – Active participant in USATF Gran Prix series; set PRs in 8K (32:46), 10K (42:32) and 15K (1:03:58).
Lenora Wagner – along with her children, Lenora completed her first marathon (4:54:34) at Niagara Falls in October.