2012 Pace Series Award Winners

By Don Denham, Pace Series race director

 

We made it - all 16 pace runs have now been completed.

 Sometimes Race Directors need to make adjustments along the way.  And I made one earlier today.  I have increased the number of trophies that will be presented next week at the Grab Bag Run from 15 to 16.

We started out the Pace Series on June 6 by celebrating National Running Day.  (I know everyone has forgotten about it.)  But the purpose of National Running Day was to promote running and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  I want to finish out the Pace Series on the same note.

 The rules that we established require that people complete at least 12 pace runs and volunteer at least once in order to be eligible for a trophy.  You have to show up 13 of 16 weeks.  It doesn't leave much room for business trips, vacation, injuries, etc.

Of course at the beginning of the season, you don't know how many people will come and what the weather will be like.  The summer of 2012 in St. Louis was hot.  July was the hottest month ever recorded in St. Louis.  The National Weather Service said the average temperature during the summer months of June, July, and August was the hottest since the 1930's.

We ended up with 824 entries over the 16-week series, an average of 51 per week.  This is a slight increase over last year when we had 822 entries.  I have the names of 218 different people in my file who participated in at least one pace run as a runner, walker, or volunteer.  Of these, only 16 made it to enough pace runs to be eligible for a trophy.

The 16th place trophy will be awarded to Leonard Busen.  He is 82-years old and has been a member of the Track Club for a long time.  He shows up week after week for the early start at 6pm for walkers and slow runners and puts forth his best effort.  His commitment, dedication and perseverance are obvious.  His presence provides a positive example of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

The 1st place trophy will be awarded to Mark Geldmeier.  He moved up to win by running the 4.2 mile course last night with zero seconds difference.

 

 

2012 Pace Series Wrap-up

By Don Denham, Pace Series race director

 

We ended up with 824 entries over the 16-week series, an average of 51 per week.  This is a slight increase over last year when we had 822 entries.  I have the names of 218 different people in my file who participated in at least one pace run as a runner, walker, or volunteer.

 Of course, we wouldn't be able to put on the Pace Series without volunteers.  We had 119 volunteers over the 16-week series, an average of 7 per week.  However, there was a core group of volunteers who helped week after week. 

The core group of volunteers includes: Oz Harper, Paul McGee, Donna Springer and Dottie Gray.  Even though he ran enough Pace Runs to win a trophy, Dick Jaworski came early every week and helped with the setup for registration. Dick was the Acting Race Director for two weeks while I was on vacation.

(With the $1 entry fee) we bought ice and snacks every week. We also purchased trophies, ribbons, etc.  However, at the end of the season we used the money that was left over to buy food for the Grab Bag Run.

We had the Grab Bag Run last night, October 3, on a beautiful evening.  We began with a 2-mile run, had a party, presented the awards, and had a Grab Bag exchange.  The food that was served included roast beef, pizza, salad, bread, chips, bananas, grapes, and cake for desert.  The beverages served included beer and soda.