Hall of Fame induction: 1993
The Pike Creek Valley Running Club welcomes Susan Thompson-White as an inductee into the PCVRC Hall of Fame. Susan has been a club member since 1984 and leads all club members with the most years of service as an officer in the club, five years as Secretary (1985-1989) and ne year as President (1990). Susan also acts as a somewhat unofficial club archivist. She possess the most complete record of the clubs history including newsletters, banquet programs, newspaper clippings, and Delaware Distance Classic results. She is extremely knowledgeable in all matters concerning this running club.
In addition to her official duties as a club officer, Susan has been a very active club member. She has participated in club activities, has gone on club sponsored trips, donated items for bake sales, and has volunteered her time to many club projects including being the Timing Chairperson for the Distance Classic for four years. She has been an ardent supporter of the PCVRC.
Susan has also distinguished herself on the roads as well, where she is routinely spotted in the club colors. She began running in April of 1981 for fitness and quickly caught racing fever. When selected as the December 1987 Runner of the Month, Susan stated that she didn’t know why she had stuck with running for so long, but that she would continue in the sport under one condition: “It has to remain fun.” She further stated: “There are so many things in life that you have to do that running should be something to enjoy.” Although Susan seemed perfectly content to run for fun and didn’t appear to be categorized as a jogger, she quickly fell prey to running advise and training schedules of her husband, coach, and training partner, Doug in 987. After setting 8 PR’s in 1988 followed by 7 PR’s in 1989 she was selected as the club’s 1988 & 1989 Sub Master Female runner of the Year. During this period Susan routinely placed in her age category in almost ever race.
Since the birth of her daughter Caroline in 1991, Susan is back to running primarily for fitness, yet her level of club involvement continues to be strong. Susan has coordinated the awards scoring for the Delaware Distance Classic for the last three years (1990, 1991, 1992) and has helped at numerous races at which the club was receiving a donation in exchange for her volunteer services. In addition, to her own time and effort in support of PCVRC, she has also gotten her parents actively involved with club related running events.