HTC Executive Board
Members Present: David Purinton
(President), Eric Charette (VP – Races and Equipment), Harold Tinsley (VP –
Communications), Ashley Cain (VP – Programs), Kathy Youngren (Treasurer), Joey
Butler (Secretary), Suzanne Taylor (Appointed Member – Co- Rocket City Marathon
Director), Dink Taylor (Appointed Member – Co-Cotton Row Director), Craig
Armstrong (Appointed Member – Past Board Member).
present: Dick and Wanda Franklin, Carl
Smith, Mike O’Melia
Huntsville Track Club met on November 17, 2009 in the Jones Valley Huntsville
Hospital Wellness Center. David opened
the meeting at 7:00.
first topic tonight dealt with the Huntsville Half Marathon. Dick and Wanda, race directors for the Half Marathon,
presented the board a summary of the half marathon and 5K race. In the half, there were 977 people registered
with 826 finishers. In the 5K, there
were 430 people registered with 368 finishers.
This is a significant increase from last year. There was concern that the half marathon may
have outgrown the current course. It was
noted that even with the large number of runners, it only took 32 seconds for
all runners to cross the start line. It
was also noted that once the runners left the church parking lot, the field was
able to spread out rapidly and congestion did not seem to be a major
issue. The police reported no problems
on the course. The big problem was parking. The race was delayed 15 minutes due to
parking problems. Dick stated that in his opinion, the church facility
(including parking area) was capable of handling a race of around 1000
people. The board discussed the
possibility of cancelling the 5K. This
would significantly help the parking issue.
It was also noted that the Wounded Warriors have their own 5K the week
preceding the half marathon. Craig
motioned and Harold seconded a motion to cancel the 5K for 2010. The motion passed unanimously.
and Wanda expressed to the board their desire to step down as race directors
for the Half Marathon. A potential
successor was named in the meeting, but the board did not take action at this
time to vote on a successor.
Board discussed with the race director the various problems that occurred at
this year’s Monte Sano 15K race and the Board’s concern that they must not
occur again next year. The race director
was asked to give his input on how and why he thought the problems
occurred. Together the Board and race
director discussed how to solve the problems and how we could assure that would
bring next year’s race back up to HTC race standards. The race director was directed to provide the
Board a plan based on the input at the meeting for conducting the race next
year. That plan will be discussed at a
future Board meeting.
was no more business and David adjourned the meeting.
next scheduled meeting is the annual business meeting on January 12, 2010 at
the Lodge at Monte Sano State Park.