Executive Board Meeting – 11 September 2008
Present: David Purinton (President),
Ashley Cain (VP-Programs), Anne Park (Secretary), Suzanne Taylor (Appointed
Member—Co-Rocket City Marathon Director), Harold Tinsley (VP-Communications), Eric
Charette (VP-Races & Equipment)
Board Members Absent:
The HTC Executive Board met in the Library of Southwood
Presbyterian Church in
There was a brief discussion regarding the upcoming High
School Cross Country Meet on September 30.
Both Fleet Feet and First Place have given donations for this event, and
it was requested that the Track Club have a bigger presence than in past years. It was suggested that we set up a table with
Track Club information and also help with water, cups and a tent.
David presented the 2009 Huntsville Track Club Race Schedule
and pointed out a few changes from the 2008 calendar. There are a couple of changes in race
directors--Blake Thompson will become the new director for the McKay Hollow
Half Marathon to replace Tom Possert, and Clare Purinton will take the reins
with the ReCreation Run, with Marty and Carol Eaton as co-directors. The 2009 schedule was voted upon, and
received unanimous approval. Harold
brought to mind a previous discussion wherein we felt that each race should
have an assistant director, but since such a desirable situation wasn’t easy to
implement, maybe we should consider trying to achieve this whenever a new race is
presented to the board.
The Board discussed the Recover From
the Holidays 50k, which Dink Taylor has directed for years. Dink has requested that we make this a
Huntsville Track Club Race. Kathy moved
and Eric seconded the motion that this be done, and
the motion passed.
The next topic of discussion was the headphone issue. USATF has declared a ban on headphones and
other listening devices being used during any sanctioned races, and for at
least a year the HTC has requested runners to comply with this ban during our
races. It was finally decided that for
safety reasons we should begin to firmly implement this ban regarding all HTC
races. Beginning with the Sprint
Triathlon and then with the Monte Sano Road Races it was made very clear in the
registration brochure, race packet and announcements, that anyone wearing a
listening device would be disqualified from the race and their finish time
would not be displayed. Two people were
spotted in the Triathlon and one in the Monte Sano 5K, and they were
disqualified and their finish times were not posted. In general there were very few complaints. The Board agreed to continue this policy with
all future HTC races for at least a year and we will review this issue from
time to time.
In review of our agreement with the Liz Hurley Foundation
regarding the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run, each year the Liz Hurley Foundation
presents the HTC a check for $5,000 for our contribution in aid for this race,
and since we provide only minimal, though critical, help, the HTC has each year
returned to the Liz Hurley Foundation the amount of $2,500 as a goodwill
gesture, knowing that our contribution remains in the community to help with this
excellent cause. The Board briefly
discussed the race and agreed that each “runner” should receive a number for
safety identification per the HTC policies even if they are not interested
in being scored in the results using the chip.
The chips will now be on the bibs rather than on the shoes, and Suzanne
will contact Michelle Savage to make sure that chip and finish times will be
understood. Harold moved and David
seconded the motion that we continue to return $2,500 back to the Liz Hurley
Foundation with the upcoming race, and the motion passed unanimously.
Recently David was contacted by a member of the community
who wanted to schedule a 10k race on an afternoon when we already had a 5k HTC
race scheduled in the morning. This
brought up the need to have a policy regarding whether or not we will support such
a race including advertising the race or renting our equipment, since such a
race would almost always detract from our HTC function. We already had an unwritten policy along these
lines, but the Board decided we need something on paper that we can refer and
hold to as these situations come up.
David agreed to write up a statement, and Harold suggested that with the
Board’s approval it might be good to put it in the HTC Handbook.
The track club has
three smaller races that don’t draw a lot of participation and there was a
discussion as to whether these races are appreciated for their particular
flavor, and/or whether we should open them up as free (by pre-registration
only) to anyone who is a track club member.
This might increase participation and perhaps encourage more runners to
join the track club. Of course this
would only be considered if the three race directors are agreeable. David made a motion that with the race
directors’ approval we give this a try in 2009.
Eric seconded the motion and the motion carried. The races under consideration are the Rocket
Run 10 Miler, the Harry Williams Track Meet, and the A&M 10K. (note: after the
meeting the race directors of these events were contacted and agreeable to the
proposal so for 2009 these events will be free to HTC members who register
during the pre-registration period)
New ideas were presented that might give us a bigger turnout
at the Annual HTC Business Meeting in January.
It was suggested that we have it at the Lodge with a free dinner
beforehand, and maybe some sort of program.
This discussion then led to a discussion of some of the problems we’ve
had in the past concerning reserving the Lodge and Pavilion on Monte Sano. It is at yet undecided which direction to go regarding the Annual Meeting, and member suggestions are
always welcomed. For 2009 we will plan
have a dinner that is free of charge to club members and hold it at the Lodge
if the facilities are available.
David has set up a Huntsville Track Club group on Facebook.
At present this group is only open to HTC members and among other things we can
discuss races, upcoming events, and post messages. This could become a very interesting venue if
members become involved.
Eric informed the Board that he is drawing up a proposal for
the purchase of replacement items for some of our antiquated equipment, some of
which is at least 30 or more years old.
Many needed items are very reasonably priced, and he can make
much-needed improvements to our equipment for less than $5,000. The Board welcomed his efforts and will
discuss his proposal at a future meeting when he gets it all together. Equipment under consideration includes new
race stanchions, new mile markers and new hand held timers.
The next item on the agenda was the 2008 HTC Award
recipients. The Board discussed each
award, and after determining the desired qualifications for each category,
recipients were proposed and voted on.
The Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, from
6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Monte Sano Lodge.
Since there was no further business, the meeting was
adjourned at 9:35 p.m.