Text Box: Pictures by Vickie Meader

Josh Whitehead - 2013 Rocket City Marathon Winner

Third HTC Member in 37 Rocket City Marathons as Overall Male Winner







Text Box: Huntsville, Alabama


Issue #213

Jan./Feb., 2014



 2013 RCM Start (208 of 317)










 2013 RCM Start (229 of 317)














 2013 RCM Start (270 of 317)














 2013 RCM Mile 7 (596 of 691)



















Pictures by Gregg Gelmis, We Run Huntsville


HTC NEWS Editors, Harold and Louise Tinsley


►► Deadline for inputs to next HTC NEWS is March 10, 2014 ◄◄

1--Front Cover Picture - Josh Whitehead

2--2013 Rocket City Marathon Pictures

3--In This Issue (This Page)

4--HTC Contact Information

5--2014 HTC Race Schedule

6--Welcome New Members & Scholarship Fund

7--Ad - Scholarship Fund Run 8K - Tab Barnett

8--Future Races - Louise Tinsley

10--Ad - Bicycle Cove - Chris Leven

11--Ad - Youngren Running and Coaching

11--Ad - Cookie Dash 5K - Regena Moore

12--About This Issue, Other Issues and

HTC Members - Harold Tinsley

(14 Topics about running and the HTC

We welcome your inputs for this topic)

20--Ad - Cotton Row Run 2014 - Suzanne Taylor

21--President's Address - Eric Fritz

22--Staying Motivated - Christy Scott

23--30th HTC Grand Prix Interim Results

24--Ad - Bridge Street Town Center Half Marathon

25--2013 HTC Annual Award Winners

41--Ad - RacePin - Joachim Thoenes

42--Ad - 1st Place Athletics - What We Offer

43--Running Past Obstacles - W. Craig Osborn

45--Ad - Rainbow Racing System - Walter Egger

45--Ad - Sports Massage - Gail Whelan

46--Brachial Newritis - Dr. Dan Batchelor

47--Running With Large Breasts - Dr. Batchelor

48--Ad - Fleet Feet - Diva Night - Suzanne Taylor

49--2013 Rocket City Marathon Feedback

51--Dizzy Fifties Trail Run Results

51--Rocket City Marathon HTC Member Results

53--Recover From The Holidays 50K Results

54--Alabama State Age Records - Buck Jones

54--Female 1Mile Age Records

55--Male 1 Mile Age Records

55--Female 10K Age Records

56--Male 10K Age Records

57--HTC Membership Form

58--HTC NEWS Advertising Information

59--HTC Awards Banquet Pictures

60--HTC Awards Banquet Pictures


██████████████ INFORMATION ██████████████


All HTC mail, including HTC NEWS, is sent via a third-class non-profit mailing permit and will not be forwarded to you by the post office. Send change of address or other membership status changes to the Editor (see next paragraph).

Unless stated otherwise, all opinions are those of the Editors or the Author as noted below the article title. Your letters, e-mail and comments are welcome. The Editors will print those that are of value to the readership unless you make a request not to be quoted. The Editors especially solicit articles, pictures, race information and results. The Editors can be contacted at 256-881-9077, or by e-mail at harold.tinsley@gte.net, or by mail to Huntsville Track Club, 8811 Edgehill Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802.

Information contained in the HTC NEWS may be reprinted with credit given to the source and author. We would appreciate a copy of your publication if it contains information reprinted from the HTC NEWS. We request those representing other clubs who receive a copy of the HTC NEWS make the information available to other club members. Please notify your members of all HTC events.

The HTC NEWS is published six times a year. Subscriptions, advertising and all correspondence should be mailed to the address at the bottom of this page. Single copy price is $2.00 plus $1.00 S&H. Yearly rates are on the membership form in this issue. Advertising rates are in this issue. Contact the VP-Races & Equipment (see next page for contact information) for equipment rental information. Consult the HTC Handbook for the Constitution, By-Laws and Policies, including Annual Awards, Scholarship, Grand Prix, Worker Coupons, Race Policies, etc. See up-to-date HTC Handbook on the website.




Huntsville Track Club, Inc. (HTC), founded in 1971, is a non-profit, tax exempt [IRS Code 501(c)(3)], all-volunteer, family oriented, membership organization. The HTC NEWS is the bi-monthly publication of the Huntsville Track Club, 8811 Edgehill Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802 or harold.tinsley@gte.net. The club website is: http://www.huntsvilletrackclub.org


All Phone Numbers are Area Code: 256 unless otherwise noted

HTC Mailing Address: Huntsville Track Club, 8811 Edgehill Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802

HTC Web Site: http://www.huntsvilletrackclub.org - The Huntsville Track Club is a member of:

RRCA, Club #40 - USATF, Club #09-0105 - The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama

Alabama State Records Web Site: http://www.staterunningrecords.com/index.html



President Eric Fritz 763-0070 huntsvilletrackclub@gmail.com

VP-Programs Karen Gelmis 763-0481 mamagee321@gmail.com

VP-Races/Equipment Dink Taylor 650-7063 dink@fleetfeethuntsville.com

VP-Communications Harold Tinsley 881-9077 harold.tinsley@gte.net

Treasurer Kathy Youngren 565-2926 kathyyoungren@gmail.com

Secretary Joey Butler 617-9646 ultrajoe517@gmail.com

Marathon Director Suzanne & Dink Taylor 650-7063 suzanne@fleetfeethuntsville.com

Cotton Row Director Dink & Suzanne Taylor 650-7063 dink@fleetfeethuntsville.com

Appointed Member Jim Oaks 536-1603 jaaoaks@aol.com



New Years Fun Runs Randy McFarland 534-5509 mcbikeboy@yahoo.com

Mtn. Mist 50K Trail Run Dink & Suzanne Taylor 650-7063 dink@fleetfeethuntsville.com

Winter Winds Races Linda Scavarda 679-1582 runlinda83@gmail.com

UAH Spring Race Ronnie Nelson 656-3989 ronaldearlnelson@aol.com

Rocket Run 10 Mile Race Valerie Connaughton 337-0417 connavx@yahoo.com

McKay Hollow Trail Run Blake Thompson 213-8076 btcruiser14@hotmail.com

Scholarship Fund 8K Tab Barnett 883-5124 tab@knology.net

Cookie Dash 5K Regena Moore 656-3904 cookiedash5k@gmail.com

Cotton Row Run Dink & Suzanne Taylor 650-7063 suzanne@fleetfeethuntsville.com

Summer XC Runs Steve & Jennifer Carter 650-7063 carter@fleetfeethuntsville.com

Eurocross 5K & 8K Keith & Tracy Roberts 880-1862 keithroberts@knology.net

Alabama A&M Race James Falcon 656-7199 jmfalcon@aol.com

All Comers Track Meet Marty Clarke 852-5723 mclarkeruns@comcast.net

HTC Twilight 5K (WDF) Ashley & David Cain 651-0546 algcain22@gmail.com

Monte Sano Races Beth Benefield 658-1162 msrr@knology.net

Autumn Chase Races Greg Reynolds 489-7280 gregory.reynolds@gmail.com

Monte Sano 15K Mike O樽elia 361-3633 montesano15k@comcast.net

Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 5K Courtney McCool 265-8077 courtney.mccool@hhsys.org

Huntsville Half Marathon Marty & Carol Eaton 882-3706 huntsvillehalf@comcast.net

Dizzy Fifties Trail Run Don Alan Hankins 694-8187 dahankins2000@yahoo.com

Rocket City Marathon Suzanne & Dink Taylor 650-7063 suzanne@fleetfeethuntsville.com

Recover fm Holidays 50K Christy & Tony Scott 508-1925 fitnessonthemove@gmail.com



HTC Membership Louise Tinsley 881-9077 harold.tinsley@gte.net

HTC NEWS Editors Harold & Louise Tinsley 881-9077 harold.tinsley@gte.net

HTC Grand Prix DeWayne Satterfield 551-0922 dewayne.satterfield@us.army.mil

HTC Equipment Dink Taylor 650-7063 dink@fleetfeethuntsville.com

HTC Adopt-A-Mile Jean Grotophorst 650-0031 grotophorstj@yahoo.com

HTC Adopt-A-Trail DeWayne Satterfield 551-0922 dewayne.satterfield@us.army.mil

HTC Programs/Meetings Karen Gelmis 886-2483 karen.e.gelmis@nasa.gov

HTC Volunteer Database Carl Smith 698-8211 carls28@knology.net

HTC Website/Webmaster Jim Oaks 536-1603 jaaoaks@aol.com

USATF/RRTC Alabama John DeHaye 881-9326 jdehaye@comcast.net

Course Certifier Road Running Technical Council (certification) web site: www.rrtc.net

USATF Alabama State Buck Jones 539-1922 buckjonesvols@comcast.net

Record Keeper web site: http://www.staterunningrecords.com/index.html



Tom Bolt: 1972-1979 Ray Roberts: 1980 Norm Harris: 1981-1989 Lawrence Hillis: 1990-1993

Randall Roland: 1994-1995 Steve Rice: 1996-1997 David Purinton: 1998-2011



Harold Tinsley 1980 Steve Johnson 1980 Tom Bolt 1982 Norm Harris 2002

Earl Jacoby 2004 Jim Oaks 2007 Lawrence Hillis 2008 Wayne & Joyce Smith 2011



Randy McFarland - 534-5509, mcbikeboy@yahoo.com Huntsville Jaycee Building Old Airport


JAN 25 - SAT 7:30AM - * MOUNTAIN MIST 50K TRAIL RUN - 50K (31 Miles) @

Dink & Suzanne Taylor, 650-7063, dink@fleetfeethuntsville.com Monte Sano State Park Lodge


FEB 9 - SUN - 2PM - * WINTER WINDS ROAD RACES - 2 & 4 Miles & Fun Run

Linda Scavarda, 679-1582, runlinda83@gmail.com Grissom High School



Ronnie Nelson, 656-3989, ronaldearlnelson@aol.com UAH Fitness Center



Valerie Connaughton, 337-0417, connavx@yahoo.com Mooresville



Blake Thompson, 213-8076, btcruiser14@hotmail.com Monte Sano State Park Limited to 200 runners



Tab Barnett, 883-5124, tab@knology.net Huntsville Middle School Downtown Huntsville


APR 19 - SAT - 8AM - * COOKIE DASH 5K Race - Hampton Cove School @

Regena Moore, 656-3904, cookiedash5k@gmail.com Limited to 600 runners



Marty Clarke, 852-5723, mclarkeruns@comcast.net Milton Frank Stadium



Dink & Suzanne Taylor, 650-7063, dink@fleetfeethuntsville.com & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk


JUN 7 - SAT - 8AM - EUROCROSS 5K & 8K Races - European Cross Country

Keith & Tracy Roberts, 880-1862, keithroberts@knology.net UAH Campus, South Loop Road



AUG 12 Steve & Jennifer Carter, 650-7063, carter@fleetfeethuntsville.com - Hsv Running Pk - 1, 2, 3 Mi. XC Runs



James Falcon, 656-7199, jmfalcon@aol.com Alabama A&M University, Old Gym


JUL 19 - SAT - 7PM - * HTC TWILIGHT 5K Race - for Women & Men

Ashley & David Cain, 651-0546, algcain22@gmail.com UAH Spragins Hall Also 1 Mile Kids Fun Run


AUG 30 - SAT - 8AM - * MONTE SANO ROAD RACES - 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Beth Benefield, 658-1162, msrr@knology.net Monte Sano State Park Lodge



Greg Reynolds, 489-7280, gregory.reynolds@gmail.com Huntsville Jaycee Building Old Airport



Mike OMelia, 361-3633, montesano15k@comcast.net Monte Sano State Park


OCT 18 - SAT 8AM - * LIZ HURLEY RIBBON RUN - 5K for Men & Women

Courtney McCool, 265-8077, courtney.mccool@hhsys.org - Huntsville Middle School Downtown Hsv. @


NOV 8 - SAT - 8AM - * HUNTSVILLE HALF MARATHON Limited to 1000 runners @

Marty & Carol Eaton, 882-3706, huntsvillehalf@comcast.net Hillwood Baptist Church


NOV 15 - SAT - 6:30AM - DIZZY FIFTIES TRAIL RUN - 50K, 40 Miles & 50 Miles

Don Alan Hankins, 694-8187, dahankins2000@yahoo.com Monte Sano State Park Limited entries


DEC 13 - SAT - 8AM - *# ROCKET CITY MARATHON Limited to 1700 runners @

Dink & Suzanne Taylor, 650-7063, suzanne@fleetfeethuntsville.com - Holiday Inn Downtown Huntsville



Christy & Tony Scott, 508-1925, fitnessonthemove@gmail.com Huntsville Running Pk - Limited entries


* HTC Grand Prix Race # Running Journal Grand Prix Race @ No Race Day Registration All Area Code: 256


New Members from 11/10/13 through 1/10/14


Alex Allen David Dixon Christopher Hershey Paul Robichaux

William Angotta Julie Dixon Sterling Hershey Tom Robichaux

David Bains Zoe Dixon Andrea Johnson Erin Ross

Emily Bains Benjamin Eason Kyle Johnson Jason Sledge

Rose Betts Cecilia Eason Holly Keeton Tammy Sledge

Claudia Bloom Flora Eason Bronson Lee Matthew Spencer

Lori Bloom Jayden Eason Julie Mason Lauren Stiles

Wyatt Bloom Greg Ennis Hailey McCarthy Rena Strange

Adam Cantrell Debbie Gerrity Stephanie McCarthy Mitch Tiffany

Rachel Cochran Nancy Hallmark Chris Montgomery Tony Tingle

Christopher Coomer Adele Hanes Lee Nast Eric Vanderslice

David Coomer Ron Hanes Greg New Austin Ward

Mary Coomer Addison Hankins Sue New Beth Ward

Roger Coomer Jon Daniel Hankins Evan Osborn Jaiden Ward

Theresa Coomer Mark Hankins Jason Osborn Robert Ward, Jr.

Tommy Darnell Debbie Heckler Marsha Osborn Ada Whitehead

Domenico DeCeglia Elizabeth Helland Jay Robertson Cathy Willoughby

Caroline Dixon Kian Hernandez Matt Robichaux Mike Willoughby



Details on the "Harold and Louise Tinsley Scholarship Fund" are published in the HTC HANDBOOK and available on the HTC website: www.huntsvilletrackclub.org. If you do not have the details and would like a copy write to the club address and note "Request HTC Scholarship Fund Details". This is a separate HTC account and is tax deductible under our IRS 501(c)(3) group exemption via the RRCA. Please note to potential donors that this is a tax deductible contribution to a very worthy cause. Please spread the word to businesses and corporations the existence of the Scholarship Fund. Donors will be listed in the HTC NEWS.




Dr. Mel Adams James Cutting Kevin Jose Lisa Quinlin

Craig Adkins John & Linda Tom Junjulas James Randolph, Jr.

Elaine Alspach DeHaye Terry & Mary Beth Joe Rist

Steven Baty Willburn Douglass Koelbl Donald Rizzardi

Susan Beucher Alison Doyle Keith Kosan Pat & Ray Roberts

David Bier Meyer Dworsky Jane Lenning Homer Rosenblum

Christopher Bloom David Eason Marla Lenox Stephen Seniuk

Joe Bogle Grady Edwards Tom Loughead Jason Shattuck

Carlos Bowden Aaron Ellis Morgan & Carolyn Lucas Sieb

Bud Bowen Ed Elmore Looney Elaine Sillivant

Steven Buckley Andrew Evans Jack MacPherson Susan & Steve

Eddy Burks Neta Ezer Terry Manecke Solomon

N. Scott Butler Steve Fisher Stephen Mateskon Steve Spanogle

Betty Byrne Joseph Fuqua Jay McNeill Ben Stevens

Donna Cancel Graham Gallemore Vickie Meader & Melinda Still

Rick Chambers Lisa Hardy Duane Ridenhour Steve Swindell

Roger Chassay Bob Hawkins Barry Meadows Andrew Tiemann

Don Coffman Frank Hayes, III Gwen Murphy Richard Titus

Amanda Cole Mark Henley David Nast Brian Toland

Ken Cole Steve Hill Jim & Ann Oaks Cheryl Webster

David Collins Ben & Fran Hollis R. Foster Perry Ezio Wheeler

Ruth Conrad David Howell Robert Perry Shanna Wootten

Don Craft Thomas Jewart Janos Poleretzky Wilton Wright

Kevin Crawford Ned Jones Petra Price

Compiled by Louise Tinsley


Races in Alabama and surrounding states can have your race listed here FREE by sending the following information to harold.tinsley@gte.net or calling 256-881-9077.


Race Name Date & Time Race Location City & State Website Address

Contact Information including Name, Phone Number, and Email Address.




257:30AM柚OUNTAIN MIST 50K TRAIL RUN (31 Miles)

Dink & Suzanne Taylor 256-650-7063 dink@fleetfeethuntsville.com

Monte Sano State Park Lodge Huntsville, AL



D Johnson 770-565-5208 www.callawaygardens.com Pine Mountain,GA




18:00AM宥REAT XC RACE & FUN DAY John Hunt Park, Huntsville, AL

Rob Warren 205-541-2537 rob.warren@fantasyplayhouse.com


Info: 334-446-0247 millie.armstrong@sacfinfo.org

19:00AM佑ANCER FREEZE 5K Florala, Al

Karen Johnson 850-951-5385 alligatortrot@yahoo.com


tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com www.tallahasseemarathon.com

88:00AM由ACE FOR TOP DOG 5K, FR Huntsville, AL

Info: amayfield@hsvbg.org


Lynda de Paulis 615-390-6977 lntdp@earthlink.net

88:00AM裕ICK RIDGE TREK 25K/10K TRAIL RUN Southern Tennessee

Tony Osani tickridgetrek@gmail.com


Bear Foot Sports843-757-8520 bfs@hargray.com

810:00AMTUPELO MUDDY 5K & 1 MILE Tupelo, MS

Lynn Holland 662-322-2188 lynnrunfast@yahoo.com Preparatory School



Linda Scavarda 256-679-1582 runlinda83@gmail.com

Grissom High School Huntsville, AL



50K, 25K, 50K RELAY, 5 MILE Bankkhead Forest near Moulton, AL

157:30AM祐EA TURTLE HALF MARATHON &5K 傍he Hangout, Gulf Shores

Walt Graham 205-966-4366 sweetheartrun@run42k.com

159:00AM唯ATTLE OF MOBILE BAY 5K Dauphin Island, AL

Port City Pacers 251-473-7223 portcitypacers@bellsouth.net


Info: 843-293-7223 www.mbmarathon.com Myrtle Beach, SC

157:00AM幽OT CHOCOLATE 15K & 5K - Nashville, TN

Info: Nashville@hotchocolate15k.com


Jill Edwards 205-870-7771 www.mercedesmarathon.com Birmingham, AL


Sherilyn Johnson 423-842-6265 www.sceniccityhalfmarathon.com

228:00AM裕HE GATOR CHASE 5K, 1 MILE FR Spanish Fort, AL

Sandy Cook 251-510-1669 sfeefdirector@gmail.com

227:45AM由USSELL FOREST 10K, 5K Alexander City, AL

Robert Gunn 256-397-1019 rgunn@russelllands.com

22???由ESTORE THE MISSION XC 5K & FR Huntsville, AL

Info: schome3@att.net John Hunt Park





Info: Angel Rollins balc97@yahoo.com


Andi Stewart jlmorgancounty@gmail.com Downtown Decatur, AL


Annah Morgan amorgan@hospicemc.org Snead State Community College


22:00PMUAH SPRING ROAD RACE 10K Huntsville, AL

Ronnie Nelson 256-656-3989 ronaldearlnelson@aol.com UAH Fitness Ctr



Dean Barten 256-682-4582 deanobarten@gmail.com Middle School


Info: dkslifka@knology.net


Charles Tiller 205-469-2184 tuscaloosahalfmarathon@gmail.com


Peter Pressman 615-293-8862 www.tomkingclassic.com


158:00AM由OCKET RUN 10 MILE RACE Mooresville, AL

Valerie Connaughton 256-337-0417 connavx@yahoo.com



Info: 901-274-2202 s2finfo@s2fevents.com



Blake Thompson 256-213-8076 btcruiser14@hotmail.com Monte Sano


227:30AM輸ZALEA TRAIL RUN 10K, 5K, 2K Mobile, AL

Margaret Olive 251-401-8039 azaleatrailrun@bellsouth.net

227:00AM祐PECIAL KIDS RACE Murfreesboro, TN

Kaitlin Gay 615893-4565 kgay@specialkidstn.com


Tomas de Paulis 615-390-6977 lntdp@earthlink.net

299:00AM友OR LIFE 5K & FR Huntsville, AL

Amanda Boozer aboozer12@gmail.com Blossomwood



59:00AM祐CHOLARSHIP 8K RACE & FR downtown Huntsville, AL

Tab Barnett 256-883-5124 tab@knology.net Huntsville Middle School


85:30PM優OUBLE HELIX DASH 5K & 1 MILE Huntsville, AL

Hudson Alpha-McMillian Park 砲arter Wells cwells@hudsonalpha.org

128:00AM祐PRING ZING 5K Huntsville, AL

Info: Tinsley Shedd 256-881-3790 tinsley@montessorihuntsvile.org

128:00AM祐UPERHEROES 5K/1M, FR Huntsville, AL

Nikki Dill 256-327-3783 ndill@nationalcac.org- Advocacy Center


Matthew Kyle 256-233-8900 01826@chick-fil-a.com

128:00AM5K BY THE BAY info@pcpacers.org Mobile, AL


Suzanne Taylor 256-650-7063 Bridge Street Town Center


Debbie Heard dheard@hospiceofthevalley.net


198:00AM佑OOKIE DASH 5K Hampton Cove School

Regena Moore 256-656-3904 cookiedash5k@gmail.com


268:00AM祐WAMPERS 5K & 1 MILE Muscle Shoals, AL

Josh Aycock runnerdude413@aol.com


Please verify all information before traveling to a race as cutoff dates, cancellations, errors in time, place, and location may have caused this list to be inaccurate.




































































Saturday, April 19th, 2014 8:00 am Hampton Cove


Registration opens Saturday, MARCH 1ST, 2014 on Active.com

5K limited to 600 runners


For more information, contact Regena Moore, Race Director:




Presented By Title Sponsor





By the Editors and HTC Members and Non-Members as Noted


HTC NEWS Editors, Harold & Louise Tinsley


This issue of the newsletter is being published prior to the January club election meeting. For those who have not heard I will not be running for office for the 2014/15 elections. Thank you to those who have voted for me in the prior 19 club elections that I ran for office.

I am a charter member of the Huntsville Track Club and was elected Secretary/Treasurer at the first club elections to serve for the 1972/73 term. Over the 42 years of the HTC I have been a Board member for 41 of those years an elected officer 38 years and an appointed member 3 years.

It has been my name as the elected official, but in actuality Louise and I have performed the office functions together as a team, and that includes being co-director of the marathon for 20 years and performing a number of club functions that were not specified for the office which I held at any given time. We continued to perform the same volunteer functions the one year that I was not a Board member.

We are both 77 now and not as physically active as we once were. It is best that we transfer our job functions while we are still capable of assisting the new person.

How the transfer of our current jobs occurs will be up to the 2014/15 HTC Executive Committee (HTC Board) elected at the January HTC Business Meeting.

The following is what we have proposed for the transition of the jobs we have been performing to the newly elected officers:


     We will continue to process membership renewals until that task is completed at the end of June when members that have not renewed are dropped from the database and an updated membership listing is provided to the RRCA. It would be difficult to make a mailing address change during the renewal process. Membership activity is at a minimum from July to December and the transfer would be the easiest at that time. We propose the membership and associated tasks be performed by the new club secretary as stated in the HTC Bylaws. There are some tasks associated with the membership that can be transferred earlier and we would do that in a timely manner.

     The HTC Bylaws specifies that the address of the VP-Communications serve as the organizations address. Currently most all club postal mail is associated with new and renewal memberships. Thus we propose the club mailing address be the address of the Secretary.

     We have proposed that we continue as editors of the HTC NEWS until the 2016 elections. That will allow the new VP-Communications to spend his/her time bringing the club痴 digital media up-to-date. There have been discussions for years that the website needs to be updated and the webmaster needs to keep website information current on a daily basis as well as make social media a daily function.

     We will continue to mail the newsletter to the membership and associated organizations until it痴 convenient to transfer it to the officer that will assume the non-profit mailing function. Other club mailings can and should be transferred on or before the June membership transfer date.

     We propose that the HTC Treasurer assume the club痴 liaison with the RRCA since the primary function is to pay renewal dues and list club races for insurance coverage. The treasurer can request the secretary email the membership listing to the RRCA at club renewal time and following non-renewing members being dropped in June.

     I have also offered to continue serving as the club historian since I have been in the club from its beginning and have tried to retain a copy of important club documents and a fairly large collection of pictures.


The name and functions of the club officers has changed over time going from and initial 4 members of the Executive Committee to the current 9 members. The following are the offices I have held:

1972 1973: Secretary/Treasurer

1974 1981: Executive Secretary

1982 1993: VP-Communications

1994 1996: Marathon Appointed

1998 2013: VP-Communications

Except for years 1982/83 we have maintained the club membership, which actually began in late 1971 before there were personal computers. It wasn稚 until 1979 that personal computers became available at a cost the club could afford and were purchased with marathon funds which had a critical need for database management, word processing and printing mailing labels in zip code order as required for the clubs non-profit bulk mail permit.

In December, 1973 President Tom Bolt requested that I write a Secretary Report for the year and mail it to the membership. There was a lot of positive feedback and it was suggested that I produce a club newsletter on a somewhat regular basis. The first issue of the HTC NEWS was published in January, 1974 and we have published approximately 6 issues per year since that time.

So we were using a typewriter to keep the membership listing and to generate the newsletter until 1979. Until that date we were hand addressing all club mail including the marathon information and results books in 1977 and 1978 which had 980 entrants.

So we have been publishing the HTC NEWS since January, 1974 and to my knowledge there is no editor/publisher of a running publication that began before us that is still active. The last one I am aware of was Russ Niemi who began editing the Mid-America Running Association publication Master Pieces in 1974, but he retired as editor and moved from Kansas City to North Carolina a couple of years ago. There have been quite a few national and regional running publications that began publication and have gone out of existence while we have been publishing the HTC NEWS and there were few when we began.

Over the 40 years we have edited the newsletter I have written thousands of articles with many of those being about club members. For 25 years we also published the Marathon Information and Results Books and published the Cotton Row Run Results Book until the current director decided to discontinue it a few years back. I also researched, wrote and published the 134 page 滴untsville Track Club: The First 15 Years (1971 - 1986). During the 3 years I was president of the RRCA we published a quarterly President痴 Newsletter and wrote the President痴 column for the RRCA publication 擢ootnotes and converted all the RRCA publications to digital including the annual RRCA Club Directory which I continued to do for a number of years following my years as president. I have also written articles for a number of running magazines and was a regular contributor to 迭oad Race Management. The article 典raining for the Marathon was first published in the magazine 迭unning (a technical running publication no longer in existence) and republished in numerous other publications including in two foreign countries that I am aware of. Louise has been the proof reader of the contents of all 213 newsletters and more than a hundred other publications as well as the many articles I致e written for publication in other newsletters and magazines.

There have been too many over too many years to begin individually thanking everyone who have supported us. Obviously we have enjoyed our service to the club to have stayed with it for this long. But more than anything else it has been working with club members and meeting so many over those years that means the most to us. There was a bumper sticker that stated, 迭unners Make Fast Friends. Our experience has been that runners make the best friends.

We have been slowly scaling back our club volunteer involvement since stepping down as directors of the Rocket City Marathon in 1996. This however is a major reduction and we are trying to phase out over a period of time and have generated a detailed document for the next membership coordinator. So if it is the desire of the HTC Executive Committee we will continue publishing the HTC NEWS until 2016 and see where we go from there at that time.

Deadline for inputs to next HTC NEWS is March 10, 2014

Email inputs to harold.tinsley@gte.net


A special thank you to the following

who contributed inputs to this issue:


Dr. Daniel Batchelor

Eric Charette

Eric Fritz

Karen Gelmis

Buck Jones

Jim Oaks

W. Craig Osborn

DeWayne Satterfield

Christy Scott

Dink Taylor


A special thank you to those

providing pictures in this issue:


Vickie Meader (Front Cover)

Gregg Gelmis (Inside Front Cover)

Jim Oaks (Inside Back Cover)

Jim Oaks (Back Cover)

Regena Moore (RCM Feedback Article)


Also a special thank you to our

advertisers in this issue:


1st Place Athletics - Mike Allen

Bicycle Cove - Chris Leven

Diva Night - Suzanne Taylor

RacePin - Joachim Thoenes

Rainbow Racing System - Walt Egger

Sports Massage - Gail Whelan

Youngren Running and Coaching


Race announcements in this issue:


Cookie Dash 5K - Regena Moore

Cotton Row Run - Suzanne Taylor

Bridge Street T. C. Half Marathon

Scholarship Fund Run - Tab Barnett


This is your newsletter and we welcome your inputs. The deadline for inputs to go in the next issue of the newsletter is March 10. Your input can be handwritten, typed, provided on diskette or emailed to harold.tinsley@gte.net. Your input can be supplied as a Microsoft Word (.doc) or text (.txt) file. We are also interested in receiving photographs. If you have a lot of pictures please mail us a CD so that we can select the ones we would like to use. If you have a question or comment about the newsletter let us hear from you. We are especially interested in receiving information about club members to report in this section. If you are sending a Microsoft Word document please save it as a .doc file or text (.txt) file or put it in the body of the email. We prefer .doc Microsoft Word files.

Membership Growth: We welcome 72 new members in this issue (see page 6). We very much appreciate your support. Thank you for joining and we hope you found the material in the new member packet you were mailed to be helpful and that you will be an active participant and volunteer in your organization. The Huntsville Track Club, Inc., founded in 1971, is a non-profit, tax exempt [IRS Code 501(c)(3)], all-volunteer, family oriented, membership organization.


Please either mail, phone, or email us your CHANGE OF ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER when you move.


Current Membership: As of January 10 the club has 1469 members in 776 households. That is 365 general members, 37 subscriber members, 33 supporter members, 8 honorary members, 333 head-of-household members (family memberships) and 693 dependent members.

Address Change: Please remember that most HTC mail is via a non-profit third-class permit that is not forwarded to you. That means that those who have moved and did not inform us of your new address have not been getting your track club mail. The post office now requires us to include on all mailing pieces 迭ETURN SERVICE REQUESTED. That means any mail that is not deliverable is returned to us and we have to pay first class postage whether or not the post office provides us a corrected address. Please notify us when you have a change of address. Our address, phone number, and email address are in a number of places in the newsletter.

As of January 10 we have email addresses for 750 of our 776 households for 96.7%. These email addresses are used for club purposes only.

Email Address Changes: Each time we email to HTC members a large number of emails are returned. When those fail the second time we delete the email addresses that do not deliver as being invalid because you have changed your provider and did not notify us. If you have not been receiving emails from the club, we do not have your email address in the database, so please email your email address to harold.tinsley@gte.net. Please put this email address in you address book so you can notify us when your email address changes.


If you have not sent us your email address, or if it CHANGES, please send it to harold.tinsley@gte.net.


HTC Email Policy: All official Huntsville Track Club email messages sent from the HTC database will be sent by me from email address: harold.tinsley@gte.net. This is being done for administrative reasons because we maintain the HTC database and to provide database security. We will give individual email addresses to other club members when there is a valid reason for them to contact you. This is the same policy we use with phone numbers and postal addresses.

The HTC database email addresses will not be given, loaned, swapped or sold to any third party. If you receive a bulk mailed email from an address other than from harold.tinsley@gte.net it did not come from the HTC database. Note that many of you have your email adュdress listed on the HTC web site "Members On-line" listing that can be obtained by anyone having access to the internet. Also, if you filed a HTC Volunteer Form with Volunteer Coordinator, Carl Smith, you may receive an email from the Volunteer Database via Carl, race direcュtor or other club official.

Posting Your Email Address Website: Should you desire to be contacted by other runners, and those who visit the HTC website, you should also send your email address to Webmaster, Jim Oaks, jaaoaks@aol.com. Your name and email address will be posted on the "HTC Members Online" webpage. While the webpage provides the following notice (please, no commercial use or mass emailings club related or personal contact use only) the club cannot stop others from using the emails that have been posted on the website. Once posted they are in the public domain and are thus public.

Courtney McCool, who was on the cover of our last issue, was selected the 添oung Professional of the Year at the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce痴 2013 Small Business Awards. McCool is the Director of Special Events for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation and the race director of the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 5K Race. For more about McCool read Jim Oaks presentation of the HTC痴 Appreciation Award in this issue.

Warmer conditions were welcomed by the 90 or so runners who did the fun runs at John Hunt Park this year. An abundance of baked goods was again graciously provided by Publix Super Markets this year. Thanks also to Fleet Feet and the volunteers who helped put on the run. Glad many of you were able to get your new year off to a running start.

Randy McFarland, Race Director

Every year, Competitor magazine and Running Insight trade magazine identify the 50 Best Running Stores in America. The only store on the list in Alabama was Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville.

The World Health Organization is currently thinking about halving the daily recommended sugar limit. The new guidelines would advise adults to consume just five teaspoons of sugar a day, rather than 10. This is bad news for the average American, who eats approximately 40 teaspoons of the stuff daily.

If the WHO does change the recommended limit, many food companies might have to lower the sugar content in their products.

典here is overwhelming evidence coming out about sugar-sweetened beverages and other sugar consumption links to obesity, diabetes, and even cardiovascular disease, Srinath Reddy, a cardiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, told the Daily Mail.

The above information was reported on December 30, 2013 by outsideonline.com.

For the ninth year Running USA Ryan Lamppa has published 典he 10 Best Moments for U.S. Distance Running in 2013.

#10: ING New York City Marathon's Record Field

#9: Molly Huddle Sets 12K World Road Record [Huddle's time (37:50) set 5 road records (count 'em): World, U.S. All-Comers, U.S. Open, U.S. Women-Only and USA Championship.]

#8: Wesley Frazier's Fabulous Triple at New Balance Nationals Outdoor [Wesley Frazier, a North Carolina high school senior, completed an impressive distance trifecta by winning the mile, 2 mile and 5000m titles in less than 72 hours.]

#7: World & U.S. Ultra Records Fall at Desert Solstice Invitational 100 Mile

#6: Three Americans Sub-13:03 at Brussels [Bernard Lagat (12:58.99), Galen Rupp (13:01.37), Evan Jager (13:02.40)]

#5: Team USA Medal Haul: Individual Gold & Two Silvers plus Team Gold痴 at World 24-Hour Championships

#4: Mary Cain Crushes High School 3000m & 2 Mile Records

#3: Galen Rupp Sets U.S. 3000m Indoor Record [7:30.16]

#2: Alexa Efraimson Wins Epic Nike Cross Nationals [Alexa Efraimson (WA) defeated Elise Cranny (CO) and two-time defending champion Sarah Baxter (CA), all broke 17 minutes over the challenging 5K turf course. A high school cross country race that was, in a word, epic.]

#1: Team USA Men Shining Silver at World XC; Ben True 6th & Chris Derrick 10th [Editor痴 Note: We covered this extensively in issue #209 of the HTC NEWS. Three of the 10 釘est Moments were by 5 high school girl distance runners a bright future for U.S. women distance runners.]

Since I致e been covering the exploits of Mary Cain in previous issues I値l include the details of Lamppa痴 information here for his #4 Best Moment:

At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on February 2, Ethiopia's triple Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba won the 2 mile in 9:13.17, but Mary Cain, 16, from Bronxville, NY made history not by finishing third overall, but by her 9:38.68 that smashed the nearly 22-year-old U.S. high school indoor record of 9:55.92 by Melody Fairchild. Cain's en route 3000 meter split of 9:04.51 also set a national record. During the year, the teen phenom, like Usain Bolt, was one of the few track athletes to trend on Twitter.

On January 12, Mary Cain produced a sterling 9:02.10 for 3000 meters indoors in Seattle. Her time is the fastest by a U.S. girl for the distance, but it is not an official record because the track was oversized (greater than 200 meters). The U.S. indoor HS record is 9:17.7 by Melody Fairchild in 1991. Cain's time was also well under the best girls outdoor time of 9:08.6, run by Lynn Bjorklund in 1975.

Mary Cain's 4:32.78 indoor mile at the New Balance Games in NYC on January 26 broke Debbie Heald's national high school indoor mile record of 4:38.5 set 40-plus years ago (the oldest U.S. high school girls' track & field record, indoors or outdoors). Cain also shattered the overall girls HS record of 4:35.24 by Polly Plumer outdoors at UCLA in Westwood, CA (05/16/82). Also, en route she broke the 35-year-old HS national indoor 1500m record with her 4:16.11. [Editor痴 Note: Cain had at least five 1500m times faster than the time given here with the fastest being 4:05.21 in her World Championship Semifinal and a 4:05.62 in qualifying for the WC.]

On June 8 at the Portland Track Festival, Mary Cain broke the U.S. high school 5000m record, clocking 15:45.46; her 10th record of the year.

In Track & Field News annual rankings Mary Cain ranked 3rd U.S. female in the 1500 meters and 7th in the 800 meters. (Note: that痴 not high school, that痴 all females including professional female athletes.)

A runner in the London Marathon died one mile from the finish line. The death was due to heart failure and was linked to the energy drink Jack3D which contains DMAA, an amphetamine derivative posing as a natural supplement. Although Jack3D is no longer available to consumers, multiple other drinks contain DMAA and/or additional dangerous ingredients, stated Dr. Pieter Cohen of the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School.

The above information is from a December 18, 2013 article by Susan Lacke in triathlon.competitor.com. [This is not the first report in this newsletter concerning energy drinks.]

The article stated Americans spend $12.5 billion on energy drinks each year.

鉄o little is known about these ingredients that we don稚 know for certain what the effects are in humans, says Cohen. 滴owever, because of similar action to other stimulants and case reports in the medical literature, I am very concerned they may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes in some people even healthy, active individuals.

鼎ohen痴 concerns are valid. According to new research presented at the 2013 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, healthy individuals who consume energy drinks can experience rapid heart contractions and increased strain on the heart. These can lead to serious or life-threatening injuries such as convulsions and a heart attack, and death.

釘etween 2009 and 2012, the FDA received 13 reports of deaths linked to 5-Hour Energy and five deaths mentioned in connection with Monster Energy. Multiple adverse events, including myocardial infarction, renal failure, and spontaneous abortion, were also cited in the FDA Adverse Event Reports on energy drinks.

鼎affeine is the most common ingredient found in most energy drinks. Strong evidence has shown caffeine may increase endurance performance, time to exhaustion and alertness, while decreasing perceived exertion, says Dr. Christine Karpinski, Director of Sports Dietetics USA for the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group. 填nfortunately, many energy drinks contain other ingredients, such as stimulants, herbals, and amino acids that may pose a danger to athletes.

The supplement industry is not tightly regulated, so there is always a risk when taking a dietary supplement. They are not going to sell billions of dollars putting caffeine in a can so they include 都pecial ingredients to market the product.

展hen taking caffeine, the recommended dosage for the enhancement of sports performance while minimizing side effects is 3-6 milligrams per kilogram of body weight one hour before exercise, Karpinski says.

Another article, 摘nergy Drinks Said to Alter Heart Function, in a December Runner痴 World Newswire by Scott Douglas provided additional information from studies of energy drinks. The article noted that, 摘mergency-room visits related to energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011.

滴ealthy adults who consumed energy drinks high in caffeine and taurine had significantly increased heart contraction rates one hour later, according to a study presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

I won稚 get into the details of the study here but following quote gets us back to our title, 鄭re They What They Say They Are.

Setting aside potential health risks, research published last year called into question whether most of the substances commonly added to energy drinks work as claim. As we reported last December, that research found "an overwhelming lack of evidence to substantiate claims that components of energy drinks [often including taurine, various vitamins, and yerba mate], other than caffeine, contribute to the enhancement of physical or cognitive performance."

An article by Scott Douglas in a December Runner痴 World Newswire reported on a study about the effects of heat on older athletes.

Heat affects athletic performance and the study noted that it is not the same for all ages.

鄭ccording to new research, the decline in ability to handle the heat can start as early as age 40, and gets more significant with age.

The tests subjects exercised in 95 degrees and 20% relative humidity. I would like to see a similar study about the effects of humidity. My experience as I got older was that high humidity had a greater effect than heat. There is definitely a major difference when exercising in dry heat and when the humidity is high. I know that as I got older it has become more significant. We know that high humidity limits sweat evaporation and thus less cooling of the body. Humidity has another effect on the body and that is the lungs ability to extract oxygen from the air we breathe due to the fluid buildup. The result from that is the muscles receive less oxygen and your legs begin to feel like you are trying to lift lead weights. As we age the lungs become less efficient in performing their function and it is only logical that high humidity would be more significant in the older athlete.

In early December there was an article in the Wall Street Journal by Angela Chen titled, 擢or These Runners, a Marathon Is a Warm-Up. It asked the question, 展ith more people than ever lacing up running sneakers and crossing the 26.2-mile finish line, how can a dedicated athlete stand out from the crowd? And made the statement, 鉄ome runners want not just longer distances, but quirky style challenges.

The article noted that, 鏑ast year, 63,530 people crossed the finish line in ultramarathon races in the U.S., more than double the number from 2008, says Ryan Lamppa, a spokesman for Running USA, an industry-funded research group.

However the article was not primarily about running distances greater than 26.2 miles, which is what in the past lies beyond the marathon distance for many of those who no longer find the marathon a challenge. For years many other of those runners have become members of the 50 States Marathon Club, where the goal is to run a marathon in every state. Membership in the club is now about 3,300 runners according to the article.

Both ultramarathoning and the 50 States Marathon Club have become well established challenges and accepted by the running public and no longer considered quirky. I might add that many runners turned to the triathlon for their next challenge back in the late 1970s and early 1980s and it has become a sport all unto itself. Yes, many hardcore road runners considered doing a triathlon back then to be quirky.

The article focused on several other challenges that are gaining interest for runners looking for something beyond the marathon and ultramarathons.

One was the 鼎enter of the Nation Series of marathons which is running five marathons in five days in five different states a marathon in North Dakota on Monday, South Dakota on Tuesday, Wyoming on Wednesday, Montana on Thursday and Nebraska on Friday. Not only is this a significant challenge, but it is of interest to those seeking to run a marathon in all 50 states. The five states are adjacent and with one trip to the area you get to strike off five of the 50 states assuming you survive all five. A participant who is graphic designer from Brooklyn, N.Y. who had previously run an ultramarathon and two marathons back-to-back, stated, "I wanted to move the goal posts". The article noted that the inaugural Center of the Nation Series of marathons drew 209 participants, of whom 99 finished all five races. Any takers in the club for that one? If you do we would like an article for the HTC NEWS.

Another noted in the article was the Tahoe Triple, a three-marathons-in-three-days event near California's Lake Tahoe.

For a club the size of the HTC we have a relatively large number of members who run untramarathons. The first club member I am aware of to run an ultra was Pete Sulyma. The following is from the book Huntsville Track Club: The First 15 Years (1971 - 1986)

徹ne of the first ultra races in this area and the first in Tennessee was the Strollin' Jim 40. It was advertised as 41 miles more or less. Pete Sulyma had run his first marathon at the age of 19 somewhere under three hours, which was something unusual at that time for anyone, much less a 19 year old. When the HTC was formed it gave Pete a reason to run again, but he progressed rather slowly. Somewhere along the way the running bug hit, he lost 30 pounds, trained harder and his times began to drop. In the 1978 Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon he ran 2:37:36. He had run 40 miles on the track, just for fun, with the 24-Hour Relay runners. Knowing Pete it was only natural that he would be one of those to enter the first Strollin' Jim. Not only did he enter and run, but Pete Sulyma won. He completed the 41 miles more or less in 5:08 going through the marathon in 3:09. The HTC's first ultra runner a winner in a quality performance. Pete had jumped the gun in the first Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon and took a lot of ribbing from the rest of us. Would you believe, he also jumped the gun at Strollin' Jim! Sulyma ran the first 笛im in 1979 went on to run and win many ultramarathons in the early 1980s.

Another club member who inspired many in our club was the late-legendary Phillip Parker, who set and still holds the Alabama State Record for 50 miles. Parker set the record of 5:43:32 in 1984 at the age of 46. Next year that record will have lasted 30 years! He still holds 9 Alabama State 50 mile records all set from 1983 (age 45) through 1995 (age 57). Since then there have been many remarkable club ultra runners. You have read amazing and inspiring articles in this newsletter by DeWayne Satterfield and Rob and Kathy Youngren. And, David Riddle running 6:45:19 to place 5th and the first American in the IAU 100K World Championships in Seregno, Italy a few years back.

Dink Taylor has been running ultras since he was 19 (his first of 27 consecutive Strollin Jim痴). Dink is 48 now and still going strong having run most of the major ultras around the country. He has not only been an inspiration to many club members through his ultra running, but he is responsible for most of you having the opportunity to run your first ultra right here in Huntsville. Dink founded the Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run in 1995, which he still directs, and the Recover from the Holidays 50K a year later.

With so many ultra runners in the club you may find the following, interesting if not a challenge, from the WSJ article.

溺s. Fingar, the running coach in Sacramento, has twice won another ultramarathon, the Headlands 100-miler in Marin County, Calif. "The Headlands race has 20,000 feet of elevation change, but what makes this one my most extreme mental challenge is that it's four 25-mile loops," she says. Runners go one direction, then reverse, in what are known as "washing machine loops." "You go downhill, now you're going to go uphill on the reverse. Your mind definitely gets spun," Ms. Fingar says.

The closing paragraph from the WSJ article also provides an excellent conclusion to this article.

敵oing extreme distances is a chance for runners to explore their limits, says sports psychologist Michael Sachs, a professor of kinesiology at Temple University. "For most, it's not really about fitness. There's a saying: 'In running, the first half-hour is for the body, the second half-hour is for the mind, the third half-hour is for the soul," Dr. Sachs says. "And I think that's why people are doing it: to see what they're made of and test their potential."

A Runner痴 World Newswire article by Scott Douglas states that IOC has put a 2000 participant limit on track and field athletes for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. That would be 231 fewer than competed in the London games.

典he reduced number of track competitors coincides with track no longer being in its own category when it comes to the Games' revenue-sharing plan. The IAAF, track and field's international governing body, got about $45 million from the 2012 Games, the most of any sport's governing body, Inside The Games reports. Starting in 2016, gymnastics and aquatics will have the same revenue-sharing agreement as track and field, and the IAAF will get less than it did in 2012.

















































Registration Now Open



Eric Fritz, HTC President

Another year has wrapped up and it was a busy one. Again we have accomplished much and come far yet we still have a few misses. Most notably is the web site. I had really hoped to get that moving along this past year however for many reasons that did not happen. For that, all I can do is apologize and push harder to get that done. But I guess I shouldn't get too far ahead of myself just yet. As I'm writing this we still have the upcoming election and although at this point it seems I may be running unopposed, you never know. I am however very excited at the promise of several new faces to join the board of directors. No matter how things work out with the election, I'm sure it will be good for the club to have some new ideas and energy to spark them. By the time your reading this that should all be said and done.

As for me, running unopposed is probably the result of one of two options, either: A. I did a good job and you would like me to continue or B. No one else is dumb enough to volunteer for this position. Personally, I tend towards B. but I can hope that there is a bit of A. in there as well. It has been a challenging year for many reasons but the club continues to move forward and shine despite the obstacles in our way. The running community in Huntsville is one of the best I've seen anywhere in the country and as stewards of that community, all HTC members should be proud. So what have we been doing all year? Well just in case you missed it, here's a bit of a review of some of the things we've done for our community:

     As always, our great Race Directors have managed, directed and generally excelled in our 22 official events but in addition, this year we added the Pinhoti 100 Aid Station as a formally supported track club event.

     Welcomed in Karen Gelmis as our new VP of Programs.

     Welcomed Ronnie Nelson in as our newest Race Director to work with and take over for Conrad Meyer at the UAH 10K.

     Hosted both Troy University and UAHuntsville coaches Jeff Jenkins and David Cain for our first ever Collegiate Running seminar. As an outreach to help our local high school runners find their future in running, this was a great success that we hope to repeat annually.

     Held the first combined race directors meeting in several years to share ideas and work together better as a club.

     Held several General Meetings for our membership including an exciting evening featuring our own Mayor, Tommy Battle.

     Purchased and trained on enough ChronoTrack Chip Timing equipment to time all but our largest races to better serve our members.

     Donations, donations, donations. They say money makes the world go round and we've done our part to help move that around a bit more. Although some of these are still in process, we donated over $27,000.00 to charity this year to help our community and those in need. Here's a list of the organizations we've impacted:

     Alzheimer's Association

     American Heart Association

     Habitat for Humanity

     Harold and Louise Tinsley Scholarship Fund

     Huntsville City Track Meet

     Huntsville Dialysis Center

     Huntsville Fallen Officers Memorial Fund

     Huntsville Hospital Foundation

     Land Trust of North Alabama

     Metro Cross Country Meet

     National Children's Advocacy Center

     National MS Society

     Still Serving Veterans

     Team RWB (Red/White/Blue)

     UAH Cross Country

     Supported 4 collegiate runners through the Harold and Louise Tinsley Scholarship Fund

     Worked an agreement with Active.com to reduce fees for our events that use their services.

     More changes to and meetings on the Rocket City Marathon than I could ever list.

     And yes, we did define our requirements for a new website and have begun soliciting bids.

For me, most of my year has been consumed planning for both this past year痴 changes as well as the upcoming changes to the 2014 Rocket City Marathon. With road changes and the Holiday Inn closing it became necessary that we change our course and venue. We made many changes in 2013 to make the event more exciting for our participants and plan on even more with a new course and host venue next year. We have worked extensively with the City of Huntsville, the Huntsville Police Department, the Mayors office, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sports Commission and many local attractions to try and make this race attractive to both those looking for a flat fast course as well as those looking for a destination race. This year we added a Kids Marathon directed by Jill Hadley that was a great suc-

cess and should become a regular feature at the marathon. Working closely with Suzanne and Dink Taylor we believe we have a great plan to make the marathon in 2014 and beyond a premiere event for our running community.

So yes, once again, I'm probably getting ahead of myself and should wait for these elections to be done but it really doesn't matter. Whether I'm your president or not, I am very excited about the direction the HTC is going and will always be a part of it. I look forward to sharing that future with you, in a race, working a finish line, at a packet pickup, a general meeting or any number or other HTC occasions. Huntsville is a great place to be a runner and the HTC is a big part of that. I thank every one of you for making it that way.


By Christy Scott, Fitness on the Move, LLC, HTC Member

With the New Year upon us, many people decide that it痴 the perfect time to set new goals for their fitness. This might include getting back into a regular running schedule, hitting the gym 5 times a week, changing your eating habits, or adding in a new fitness activity. No matter what your goals, there are some there are ways to increase your chances of being successful.


     Set goals. Think about both short term and long term goals. What do you want to accomplish in the next 3 months? How about over the next year?

     Be specific about your goals. Don稚 say 的 want to exercise more. Instead, set a specific goal, like 的 will go to the gym 4 days per week, no excuses.

     Make your goals measurable. How will you know if you are successful if your goals aren稚 measurable? That is one of the great things about running. You can measure your progress. For instance, if your best time in a 5k is 30 minutes, you can set a goal to go for a sub-30 minute 5k and test yourself on a regular basis to see if you are able to hit that goal.

     Write your goals down and share them with others. There is a lot to be said about keeping a journal. You can start a new one at the beginning of the year and write your goals down in the front of it. Write down the specifics of when you want to meet those goals and how you will measure your success. Tell your spouse, your kids, your friends, etc. what your goals are. Ask them to keep you accountable. If you have someone else in your corner, cheering you along, you will be much more likely to stick with it.

     Along with the idea of sharing your goals with a friend, try to talk someone into joining you! Find a friend that has common interests and ask them to be your workout/running buddy. If you have a regularly scheduled meeting time, you are less likely to cancel. Make an agreement that if one of you tries to cancel, the other has to keep them from doing so. Better yet, if you need a little more accountability and motivation, hire a qualified trainer or join a training group to help you reach your goals!

     If you find yourself slipping, don稚 beat yourself up. Acknowledge what you have done and move on. Figure out why you slipped up and what you can do to prevent it from happening again. If your weakness is sweets, the answer is easy. Don稚 keep them in your house. Try to eliminate or lessen the opportunities to sabotage yourself.


If you need some help in reaching your goals, contact me at fitnessonthemove@ gmail.com. You can also visit my website at www.fitnessonthemovellc.com.


Christy Scott has a B.A. in Exercise Science, ACE Personal Trainer, RRCA Running Coach, Yoga Instructor


Scored by DeWayne Satterfield



1 Andrew Hodges 330 Neta Ezer 300 Tim Vinson 200 Rebecca Byers 200

2 Josh Whitehead 300 Aleisha Chaffin 225 Michael DeHaye 195 Christy Scott 170

3 Erik Debolt 160 Kylie Lemon 185 Agapito Hernandez 130 Loren Traylor 160

4 Keith Henry 130 Kathy Youngren 165 David Rawlings 130 Sheryl Dummer 160

5 Brandon York 100 Julia Clark 150 Barry Meadows 125 Patti Holmes 140

6 Paul Lemon 100 Ashley Ayres 110 Don Dobbs 120 Alison Doyle 120

7 James Andrew Durr 95 Dara Lindsey Shady 105 James Giles 120 Laura DeHaye 120

8 Eric Charette 80 Lisa Quinlan 90 James Falcon 110 Amy Tanner 110

9 Jonathan Kline 70 Jill Hadley 85 Jason Shattuck 100 Carolyn Derting 105

10 Timothy Pitt 70 Rachel Jones 75 John (Jay) McNeill 100 Roberta Hauck 100

11 Domenico De Ceglia 65 Amy Carter 70 DeWayne Satterfield 85 Susan Adkins 100

12 Kevin Betts 65 Chia-Chi Kuo 65 Eric Patterson 85 Wendy Tyler 90

13 Robert Youngren 65 Laura Perry 65 Jon Elmore 75 Angel Chambers 65

14 Greg Reynolds 55 Dana Overton 55 Kris Strope 65 Stacy Cantrell 65

15 Philip Wiles 55 Angel Sillivant 45 Daryl Thaxton 55 Tien Pham 60

16 Blake Thompson 45 Makaria Coley 45 Patrick Tom 55 Michele Jones 45

17 Thomas Jewart 45 Shannon Allen 40 Will Higdon 50 Lara Fiscus 40

18 Antonio Spina 35 Ester Wissel 35 Chuck May 40 Karen Stumb 35

19 Rick Maehlmann 35 Kristi Holland 25 David Saalwaechter 40 Suzanne Erickson 35

20 Brian Jones 25 Michelle Head 25 Ezio Wheeler 35 Karen Potter 25

21 Kevin Mack 25 Rebecca Reynolds 25 Anthony Hester 30 Kathryn Wilson 25

22 Mark Freeman 25 Deanna Whitehead 15 Carter Wells 25 Jennifer Mouser 15

23 Brad Atkinson 15 S. Catherine Bell 15 Christian Boyer 25 Karen White 15

24 Samuel Lasseter 15 Sage Betts 5 Gregory Musso 15 Casey Fritz 5

Races scored

through the

Rocket City Marathon

25 Drew Lawrimore 5 Don Alan Hankins 5 Gia Schuetz 5

26 Patrick Buckley 5 Douglas Schuetz 5 Jennifer Carter 5

27 Thatcher Taylor 5 Robin Pruitt 5




MALE FEMALE MALE (Continued) FEMALE (Continued)

1 Craig Osborn 275 Lisa Hall 250 14 Harold Zappe 60 Vickie Montgomery 65

2 Wayne Heckler 235 Melissa Wood 145 15 Barry Ege 55 Mona Parker 60

3 Ed Johnson 210 Sonya Zaremba 130 16 Andrew Tiemann 45 Cathy Atchley 55

4 Jeff Rhea 145 Cheryl Webster 125 17 Steve Fisher 35 Elaine Sillivant 55

5 Kevin Plank 130 Karen Gelmis 120 18 Dean Bentley 25 Maureen Angotta 55

6 Randy McFarland 120 Gwen Murphy 115 19 Ken Jessee 25 Jeanie Collins 45

7 Duane Ricketts 100 Kathy Elliott 110 20 Dean Barten 15 Robin Brasher 45

8 Marty Clarke 100 Erin McGuire 90 21 Jon Albritton 15 Kathleen Anderson 40

9 Robert Whitaker 100 Joy Chang 85 22 Mike Yates 15 Norma Jean Merriweatherther 25

10 Andy Brown 85 Sarah Green 85 23 Jeffery Symmes 10 Karen Bachmeyer 15

11 George DeWitt 85 Julianne Lucas 75 24 David Nast 5 Vicki Lefevre 15

12 Joseph Olson 65 Angela Thaxton 65 25 Ronald Woodall 5 Cindy Scott 5

13 Carlos Bowden 60 Donna Palumbo 65


























































RRCA Outstanding Volunteer in the Nation Award Nominee Carl Smith

Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA Award Nominee Louise Tinsley

Norman Harris Achievement Award Marty & Carol Eaton

Tom Bolt (President's) Award Jim Oaks

Admiration Award Rob Youngren

Dedication Award Forrest Callicutt

Comeback Award Dink Taylor

Media Award Bob Labbe

Appreciation Award Courtney McCool

Service Award Holiday Inn

Outstanding Male & Female Performance Awards

Josh Whitehead & Kylie Lemon

29th Annual Huntsville Track Club Grand Prix Winners

Open Eric Charette & Kathy Youngren

Masters DeWayne Satterfield & Sheryl Dummer

Grand Masters Robert Whitaker (tie) Wayne Heckler & Lisa Hall


Presented by Eric Fritz

The RRCA Rod Steele Memorial Award is a national award presented by the Road Runners Club of America at its annual convention to the Most Outstanding Club Worker in the Nation. Each of the more than a thousand RRCA chapter clubs can nominate one of its members, other than the current club president, for this award from which the finalist is selected by the RRCA Rod Steele Memorial Award Selection Committee. The HTC has had eight of its nominees selected as the national winner. Past HTC nominees for this award are listed below with the seven national winners noted with an *.

1975 - Harold Tinsley *

1982 - Louise Tinsley

1983 - Louise Tinsley

1984 - John Hickey *

1985 - Louise Tinsley

1986 - Louise Tinsley *

1987 - Jack Ward

1988 - Jack Ward

1989 - John Dennison

1990 - John Dennison

1991 - John Dennison

1992 - Norm Harris

1993 - John Roberts

1994 - Lawrence Hillis *

1995 - Beth Edwards

1996 - Beth Edwards

1997 - Beth Benefield *

1998 - Keith Young

1999 - Jim Oaks *

2000 - Kris & Randy Whorton

2001 - Beth Edwards *

2002 - Carl Smith

2005 - Suzanne Taylor

2006 - Earl Jacoby

2007 - Carl Smith

2008 - Dink Taylor

2009 - Dink Taylor

2010 - Dink Taylor *

2011 - Carl Smith

2012 - Carl Smith

The following are the contents of the letter to the Nomination Committee:


Dear Nomination Committee,


This award is named in memory of Rod Steele, who was the DC Road Runner Club President in 1974 when a plane crash took his life. This award is in memorial to his contributions to the sport of running as a volunteer and supporter of the RRCA. This award is given to recognize the outstanding volunteer (excluding the president) of a local club. A general selection criterion includes someone that is a dedicated volunteer to the local running club and someone that stands out amongst the other volunteers in the club. This year we have nominated Carl Smith to the RRCA for the Rod Steele Memorial Award. I知 sure there is no one here that would question Carl痴 contributions to our club. No one person is more relied on to make our events run smoothly and everyone happy, especially when they can see their results shortly after the completion of the race. I can frankly state that I知 not sure what we would do without Carl. In honoring Carl as such, we are hoping that this will put Carl amongst an elite group of HTC members that have received this award at the national level. These include:

1975 Harold Tinsley

1984 John Hickey

1986 Louise Tinsley

1994 Lawrence Hillis

1997 Beth Benefield

1999 Jim Oaks

2001 Beth Edwards

2010 Dink Taylor

Everyone knows what Carl does for our club. We see him work tirelessly at almost every race we put on. That is why we would like to nominate Carl to for the Rod Steel Memorial Award. Although Carl has received recognition by the club, it doesn稚 come close to expressing the appreciation for all he has done for the running community. This year we add the name of Carl Smith to a long and distinguished list of people who have given time and talent to the Huntsville Track Club and the Madison County running community.

Carl is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, who found his way east to Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned an engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1985. After graduation and a 6 month stint with a company in Panama City, Florida, Carl moved to Los Angeles where he worked for the next five years. While there he met his wife MerriュLynn, whom he married in 1990.

Carl is an accomplished runner with a marathon PR of 3:06 and 10K of 36:20. This occurred after many training runs with the "noon runners" from the old downtown YMCA Bill McDowell, Ken Moultrie, Joe Ritch and Marty Smith.

Marty Clarke, an outstanding local runner and now a high school coach, gives Carl credit for inspiring him to be more serious and regular training with this same group.

Carl joined the HTC in 1992 shortly after moving to Huntsville. He is not only active with our club but is active with his club at work, the Boeing Runners Club. He is an accomplished runner, having run numerous marathons, including our own Rocket City Marathon 5 times and has set his PR of 3:06 while running the Los Angeles marathon while he lived in that area.

Carl has been very active in volunteering for the Huntsville Track Club since at least 1996 when current HTC President, Steve Rice asked Carl to take on the role of volunteer database coordinator for the club. Carl can personally be thanked by each of the race directors of our 22 yearly events for coming up with a straight forward yet effective way of categorizing volunteers and allowing them to match their individual talents with the race directors needs. Over the years, Carl has continued in the role of volunteer database coordinator and expanded those duties in many directions.

When Carl was forced to face injuries that impacted his running he only gave more of his time to help with race organization rather than pulling back as so many of us have been tempted to do. Carl has served as Race Operations manager for the Cotton Row 10K and has overseen the results processing for the Rocket City Marathon, two of the club痴 biggest races. In addition, Carl can be seen many weekends scoring not only our club痴 events, but events all over our region, lending his knowledge to organizations and other clubs who don稚 have the resources to score their own events. Of the 22 events our club puts on Carl helps with or is responsible for timing and scoring at least 16 of them each year. In addition he helps 28-30 other races in our community with timing and scoring.

Over the past fifteen years, Carl has been at the forefront of the learning the club痴 timing system, RunScore, as well as learning and managing interaction between RunScore and various chip timing systems. He has spent countless mornings entering data at races and processing results for the HTC. This year the HTC made a decision to purchase enough chip timing equipment to time some of our larger events. Carl did research to determine the appropriate system and once the decision was made, traveled to the timing company's headquarters for training, then practiced with the system at a number of club races and concluded with a successful timing of the start and finish of our Half Marathon this November. It is with pleasure that in recognition of his seventeen years of volunteer service to the Huntsville Track Club that we present Carl Smith to the RRCA in nomination for the 2014 Rod Steel Memorial Award.




Eric Fritz

President - Huntsville Track Club


Presented by Eric Fritz

The Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA Award, which began in 1999, is a national award presented by the Road Runners Club of America at its annual convention. The award honors an individual who is an unsung hero in their club. This award is named in honor of Browning Ross who founded the RRCA in 1958. Each of the more than a thousand RRCA chapter clubs can nominate one of its members for this award from which the finalist is selected by the RRCA Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA Award Selection Committee, chaired by the RRCA President.

The past HTC nominees for this award are listed below with the national winner noted with an *:

1999 - Beth Edwards

2000 - Beth Edwards

2001 - Saundra Baker

2002 - Harold Tinsley

2005 - Harold Tinsley

2006 - Harold Tinsley *

2007 - Jeff Kyser

2008 - Ann Oaks

2009 - James Hurley

2010 - Jim Oaks

2011 - Rick Doke

2012 - Wanda Franklin

The following are the contents of the letter to the Nomination Committee:


Dear Nomination Committee,


The Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA Award was created to honor the memory of the RRCA痴 founding member, Browning Ross, who died unexpectedly in April 1998. This award honors an individual who is an unsung hero. These are the people who champion the RRCA tirelessly and enthusiastically, but prefer to stay in the background, letting others bask in the spotlight. This award recognizes lifetime volunteer service over a period of many years to the running community. Nominees should have a considerable track record of volunteering for their local club or event as well as being an active promoter of the RRCA.

So, who fits this description? Who has been tirelessly working behind the scenes for our club and the RRCA longer than anyone else?

How about for 42 years!?

It is with great pleasure that this year we will nominate Louise Tinsley to the RRCA for the award of the Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA.

I have a confession to make. I don't know Louise Tinsley. I mean I know who she is, but I don't really know her. I am embarrassed to say it but I don't think I've ever really spoken with her at any length. But her contributions to the club are beyond comprehension.

42 years... Think about that for a minute. She's been helping this club for 42 years. Heck I was practically still in diapers when she started. And she did not pick the easy jobs either.

     Handling most of the clubs correspondence, Louise is an expert in the area of non-profit mailing.

     Managing the club痴 membership roster.

     Co-director of the Rocket City Marathon for 20 years.

     Managing the Future Races Calendar for all the races in the surrounding areas.

     212 Issues of the HTC News and still going.

Think of all the mailing labels, the folding of fliers, the bundling, the trips to the post office, the typing!!! You know back in the 70s they didn't have word processors. The HTC News was hand typed and guess who did that? Louise of course.

And through it all Louise has never held an elected title in the HTC.

To her HTC is simply a lifestyle.

Some things that most of us newer club members may not know. Harold was the RRCA president from 1983-86 and who was there by his side? Louise. She was the volunteer RRCA secretary for these years. At that time the RRCA national office was in the home of the president and together they were the administration for the 400+ RRCA clubs. This was before the internet and email, so all correspondence

was via postal mail and phone.

But while the HTC runs through her blood that is not all she does.

She was born in Blythewood, South Carolina, where she attended high school before going to Winthrop College in Rock Hill. While there she and Harold met on a blind date in 1956. They married in 1958 and later had two children, Debbie and Harold, Jr.

She started running almost in secret back in the 70s running on the track behind Grissom HS. In her words, "someone might see me and it was not a thing many women did back then."

She has a marathon PR of 3:35:21 which she ran at Rocket City as a Master. Her 10K PR is 44:22 run at Cotton Row Run.

Louise fits this award as if it was made for her. She has done all these things for all these years and you would never even notice until its not being done of course. Then everything would fall apart.

I saw a quote from Norm Harris when he was president some 20 years back and it still fits perfectly today, "Where do you begin when you are tasked with honoring Louise? She's never been an officer of the club.she's never been the official director of a race.and yet, she has put more of herself into this club than anyone I can think of."

Louise we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!




Eric Fritz

President - Huntsville Track Club


Presented by Karen Gelmis

The Huntsville Track Club "Outstanding" Achievement Award has been presented to a member, or some years, members, every year dating back to 1984.

Although there were some earlier awards presented by the club, it was with this award that the club, under then President, Norm Harris, began the annual recognition of club members for their contributions to the success of the Huntsville Track Club.

In 2002 this award was renamed the 哲orman Harris Achievement Award in his honor for his exceptional leadership for so many years. This award is given to recognize extraordinary volunteerism in regard to not only the HTC, but running in general.

The recipients of this award are:

1984 - Bill Edwards

1985 - Jim Oaks & Wayne Smith

1986 - Denny Coyle

1987 - Ray & Nancy Sheppard

1988 - John & Rosemary Gregg

1989 - John DeHaye

1990 - George Franklin

1991 - Jack MacPherson

1992 - Louise Tinsley

1993 - Beth Edwards

1994 - Beth Benefield

1995 - Malcolm Gillis

1996 - Carl & Lynda Senkbeil

1997 - Jim Oaks

1998 - Ray Sheppard

1999 - Lawrence Hillis

2000 - Carl Smith

2001 - Dan Bond

2002 - Joyce Smith

2003 - Mark & Sheryl Dummer

2004 - Dink & Suzanne Taylor

2005 - Tab Barnett

2006 - John DeHaye

2007 - David Purinton

2008 - David & Ashley Cain

2009 - Rob & Kathy Youngren

2010 - George DeWitt

2011 - Wanda Franklin

2012 - Joe Francica

This year痴 recipients of the Norm Harris Outstanding Achievement Award are a 菟ower couple in the HTC and the local running community. This couple has provided countless hours mentoring new runners for everything ranging from 5K痴 to the Rocket City Marathon through the Fleet Feet training programs. Their mentorship and encouragement have helped many new runners start, and stick with, the sport of running.

They have served on numerous HTC race committees, including the Cotton Row and Rocket City Marathon, and for the past several years, have been the race directors of the Huntsville Half Marathon.

They are also members of the local Team RWB, which helps to support the mission of getting veterans active through running.

Oh and they participate in races, too with everything local from 5K fun runs to Mountain Mist and even some not-so-local 50 and 100-milers. And, this year, they致e also added triathlon to their repertoire.

Their love for this sport, and their support of this club is long and deep. And tonight, we are honored and pleased to announce this year痴 recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award to Marty and Carol Eaton.


Presented by Eric Fritz

This award was originally named the President's Award. In 1994 the Executive Board approved a change to rename the award the Tom Bolt Award in honor of the founding President of the Huntsville Track Club who served as President for the first four terms of office (eight years). The purpose of this award is to allow the President to recognize a person, group, or organization that has made a significant contribution to the Club or proved especially helpful in the conduct of club business. The President selects the recipient for the award without restriction, which includes consideration of the board members.

Previous winners of the award:

1986 - Linda Harris

1987 - Harold Tinsley

1988 - John Roberts

1989 - Louise Tinsley

1990 - Norm Harris

1991 - Ray and Nancy Sheppard

1992 - Bobby Johnson

1993 - Richard Doke

1994 - Jeff Weitenbeck

1995 - Dan Bond

1996 - Mike Allen

1997 - Lawrence Hillis

1998 - Andy Leonard

1999 - Ken and Ovella Jessee

2000 - Ray and Alice Moses

2001 - Clare Purinton

2002 - Cheryl and Shahin Hadian

2003 - Malcolm Gillis

2004 - Beth Benefield

2005 - Craig Armstrong

2006 - Wayne and Joyce Smith

2007 - Marty Clarke

2008 - Michele Savage

2009 - Dick & Wanda Franklin

2010 - Brent Smith

2011 - Eric Fritz

2012 - Craig Armstrong

Each year the Tom Bolt Award is selected specifically by the HTC President to recognize someone who has personally helped him perform his job. This help can come in any capacity whether it be volunteering at races, handling tough situations, mentoring and providing guidance or simply providing emotional support.

What to say. I think everyone here knows how valuable Jim has been to the Club over the past 30+ years. Whether it is being a fast guy back in the '80s (yes I saw that cover of the HTC News a little while back), Being the Cotton Row Run race director and making that a preeminent run in the southeast, or more recently serving on the HTC Board as both VP of Programs and as the Presidents Appointed Member. We all know Jim has been a great asset to the club. I think he's won just about every award we offer... Think about this, he's won:




     He's even won the GRAND PRIX (twice)

     and yes, we have deservedly made him a HONORARY LIFETIME CLUB MEMBER

And at the National / Regional Level:



     RRCA ROD STEELE MEMORIAL AWARD (Outstanding Club Volunteer in the Nation)

But I'm sure his most proud achievement must be - 2 time winner of the:


In all seriousness though, what we know Jim best for is timing our races. Not a weekend goes by that Jim is not out there somewhere timing a race here in town or perhaps even off in Tennessee somewhere. Just look for that grey El Camino parked by the finish line. I honestly believe Jim could time a race in his sleep. And of course he would still get the results posted online before the runners get home as well. Jim has spoiled us. If you go anywhere else in the country, you will be challenged to find results posted as quick and as accurate as Jim (and Carl) do.

But this is the Presidents Award. This is my award to give out to whomever I want to, for whatever reason I want to. It's one of the few real presidential privileges. So when it came time for me to sit down and think who I wanted to give it to, the task was easy. And I don't even have to justify why. I don't even have to mention all those behind the scenes things that he does. You all know why. Jim has been a great asset to the club and it is with great honor that I am able to bestow the Tom Bolt Presidents Award to him.

Thank you Jim, for all you do!


Presented by DeWayne Satterfield

To be honored with the HTC Admiration Award requires that the person be admired by a significant segment of the club membership.

In the past our admiration has been bestowed on the following members:

1988 - Cele Coyle

1996 - Grady Edwards

1997 - Kelly Allen

1998 - Graham Gallemore

1999 - Betty Harris

2000 - Earl Jacoby

2001 - Lou Hovatter

2002 - Ernest Ray "ER" Ritch

2003 - Brent Smith

2004 - DeWayne Satterfield

2005 - Cindy Hallman

2006 - Grady Edwards

2007 - Loyd Doering

2008 - Alice Moses

2009 - Laura Charette

2010 - Eric Charette

2011 - Christy Scott

2012 - Regena Moore

Admiration comes for a myriad of reasons but mostly all stemming from the person helping, providing a service, giving advice, or just being there. As it goes with most people who deserve admiration, this person does a great deal behind the scenes just because they need to be doneand he does these things never seeking recognition; he does them just because they need to be done. And I for one admire that.

I have had the privilege of knowing this guy since he moved to Huntsville, actually even before he moved to Huntsville. I was impressed not only by his running ability, but his laid back attitude, his willingness to help, and his intellect. I was so impressed by him that I pushed my company to hire himeven though he is often one wheel short of a full bicycle. RobKa is like a wheel.

Rob Youngren to me is a dichotomyhe went to VMI (Virginia Military Institute getting his undergraduate in physics and served in the strenuous Navy Dive Program afterward), yet he has that California free spirit that seems opposite of the rigid military. He seems quiet and reserved, yet gets up and sings Nine Inch Nails songs at the Christmas Party! I appreciate his intellectual humor. He gave me one of the best laughs I have ever had. One day from work (which by the way he is incredible, brilliant, about to receive his PhD, etc. etc.), we are headed to a meeting and he offered to drive. I needed to put my badge away and without thinking opened up the glove compartment and BOOM, tons of gloves fall out into my lap, spilling into the floor. Confused, I looked at him and he casually says 展hat? It痴 a glove compartment isn稚 it? He said he had patiently waited for over a year for someone to open it to reveal the joke. What a guy!

Behind the scenes he is involved in pretty much everything. Recently he was very involved in the design of the new marathon course; over the years he has helped with coning the course, and with the hardest pacing job there is at the marathonthe 6 hour group. He keeps up with the stats for Mountain Mist, the design of the course, and has marked and remarked the course every year; helps Blake with the McKay shirt design, course marking, finish line, etc; works numerous races and finish lines; AND he is known for his ability to be the lead unicycle. The list goes on and onbut I am not Harold Tinsley and do not have the patience to list them all. Just know that without Rob痴 澱ehind the scenes work, you would notice a big decline in the smooth workings of the track club.

Rob is a renaissance man with many talents that I appreciate wildly. Even though he is 10 years my junior, I can honestly say that I learn from him and appreciate his unique abilities. Hear me now Rob as I tell them: He is what I call a true Gunslingernot many will know that meaning, but I guarantee he knows what a compliment that is and I do not give it lightly. The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed.

Rob please accept our warmest appreciation and admiration for your many efforts with the Huntsville Track Club.


Presented by Dink Taylor

One definition of dedication is defined in the dictionary as devotion to or the act of giving wholly or earnestly. Each of the previous winners more than met this criteria and it surely fits this year's winner. There are many HTC members who fit this definition and the other award winners each year have surely demonstrated a dedication to the club and to their many achievements. The Dedication Award has traditionally been awarded to a club member, who for many years has silently and unassumingly contributed considerable time, effort and talent to our club that has been a significant benefit to the membership.

Previous winners of this award have been:

1987 - Beth Edwards

1989 - Lynda Senkbeil

1990 - Buck Jones

1991 - Graham Gallemore

1992 - Jim Randolph

1993 - Cele Coyle

1994 - Dink Taylor

1995 - Paul Goode

1996 - Earl Jacoby

1997 - Keith Young

1998 - John DeHaye

1999 - Ron and Alice Clements

2000 - Vickie Meader

2001 - Rick Doke

2002 - Joe Francica

2003 - Gene Simonson

2004 - Valerie Connaughton

2005 - Diann Tolbert

2006 - Jim Oaks

2007 - Randy McFarland

2008 - Steve Rice

2009 - Susanna Litkenhous

2010 - Steve & Jennifer Carter

2011 - Linda Scavarda

2012 - Louise Tinsley

I first got to know Forrest about 10 years ago when we first opened up Fleet Feet Sports. He was a customer who frequently came in the store. In the beginning, Fleet Feet was very small and Forrest asks to come in after we closed for one night a week to present a little program he was doing with his church. Of course I said yes. I can barely remember this but I do remember Forrest showing up each week to present the program, dedicated to each week.

Over the years I have gotten to know Forrest. He became a regular at the marathon distances and also began to run races like Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run. He is an ultrarunner and we all know running long distances requires dedication. Forrest is a real outdoorsman and enjoys the trails as much as anyone.

Our Half marathon has been run from the Hillwood Baptist Church in SE Huntsville for quite some time. If I am not mistaken, Forrest is a member of this church and was the contact for the club. This location for the Half has been a great venue and we are thankful for the use of the property. This is one of the clubs bigger races and Forrest played a key role in the relationship with the church.

Where I have noticed Forrest痴 most dedication to the HTC has been with Rocket City Marathon. He has been on the committee for several years now. The marathon is a big event and requires top notch committee members. Forrest has been in charge of recruiting volunteers for all the aid stations. This requires more volunteers than any other aspect of the race. I have loaded many volunteer shirts with Forrest. He requires the most shirts and it is a lot of sizes to keep up with. We have 12 or 13 aid stations and some of the aid stations have as many as 50 volunteers.

Forrest works at Boeing. He has been seen volunteering his time building houses for the less fortunate. He is active in the community and church while being a dedicated husband and father. He is a great role model. Forrest is a very busy man and he still manages to be a dedicated member of the HTC.

We are thankful for the years of dedication to the HTC and for this we would like to present Forrest Callicutt with the 2013 HTC Dedication Award.


Presented by Harold Tinsley

The Comeback award has only been presented six times prior to this year. As you can tell this award doesn't get around very often. I'm also sure memュbers aren't sitting around contemplating how to win this award. There are three prerequisites for receiving this award. The second prerequisite is why no one would seriously seek this award.

The first perquisite is that you must have been someュwhere to "comeback" from. In our case it is running.

Second you must have lost the capability to run for some period. Wendy Skinner lost hers when she was run over by a car in 1986. Mark Dummer痴 in 1993 was the result of a comeback to finish the Double Ironman after an initial failure due to illness near the end. Carl Nicholson痴 in 1996 was as a result of a heart attack. David Purinton痴 was a broken foot that wouldn稚 heal requiring an operation and long recovery in 2001. Grady Edwards fell from a ladder at the age of 76 helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity resulting in fractures and a host of other bodily damage in 2005, and in 2011 Mac McCrady fell riding a bicycle and broke his hip, not a good thing to do when you池e 79 years old.

I think we can all agree that those aren't something we are going to sit around and contemplate - at least not seriously.

Now if you have achieved the second prerequisite, who would wish that on anybody, much less themselves, then you may very well contemplate the third prerequisite.

The third prerequisite is the "comeュback" for the injured runner that is the all is well in the world again prerequisite.

Our spouses can attest to how irritaュble and grouchy we runners get when injured. For most there comes that point during a major injury where you want to dismiss running and everything to do with it - and quite often the club just lost another member but that痴 not the case with tonight痴 comeback award winner. I have never known him to be grouchy; he is one of those when facing adversity that is ready from the start to dig in and go to battle. Of all those who have been through this, tonight痴 comeback winner seems to have had the greatest comeback.

The recipient of the Comeback Award tonight is Dink Taylor. Dink is 48 years old, has been running since 1979 when he lived in Gadsden, and he joined the HTC in October, 1984 when he was still a teenager.

Dink is an ultra marathoner who began running ultras long before they were popular. In fact back then most runners, much less non-runners, thought they were weird but not anymore. Dink liked ultras so much that he decided the HTC should have one and founded the Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run way back in 1995, and it has become one of the biggest and most popular ultras in the South.

And if that wasn稚 enough he started the Recover from the Holidays 50K at the Huntsville Running Park in 1996. It went by a different name back then and there were a number of similar low key no frills 50K痴 ultras started around the country at that time.

Dink first ran the Strolling Jim 40 Mile in 1987 at the age of 21 and he hasn稚 missed running 典he Jim in all of the 27 years since. He has run the Western States 100 a number of times, the JFK 50, the Pinhoti 100 Mile and many, many more. Dink doesn稚 just run to finish, he competes, and still competes, winning the Strolling Jim 40 at age 40.

Without going into more detail, there is no question that Dink has met prerequisite number one.

While out on a run on August 30, 2012, Dink felt a very sharp head pain that also blurred his vision and he decided to return home. When he got home, things began to get worse. By now his head was aching pretty bad, so he took a couple of Aleve and tried to lie down and rest, but his condition worsened and he soon was having difficulty just functioning and having a hard time keeping his eyes open.

To make a long story short, he was admitted to the ER and after various tests the neurosurgeon informed him that he had a lot of blood on the brain and that this was very dangerous. He ended up in the ICU for 4 days still in a lot of pain even with the medication and was so serious that he could only have family visitors for 30 minutes at a time. He was in the hospital for 10 days and remarked later that he didn稚 know if he was going to be able to live through the pain in his head that痴 from a person who has endure the pain for hours on end of some of the toughest ultras.

There were no warning signs and he was not a good candidate for this to occur. The doctors later informed him that about a third die, a third end up paralyzed and a third get ok. Thankfully Dink was one of the third that get ok.

Slowly the pounding in his head decreased. He described it this way, 的t sounded like someone was driving a big steel pin in my head with a sledge hammer.

After being in bed for 10 days he said his legs felt horrible, but as soon as they let him start walking things got a lot better.

I don稚 think there is any question that Dink has met perquisite number 2.

Now for prerequisite number 3, the comeback.

Under doctor痴 orders, for 2 months he couldn稚 do anything that would raise his blood pressure and that included no running. When they let him finally start walking he went at that like a runner training for a marathon. He was soon walking 3 miles averaging 17:30 per mile. Eventually the walking changed to running and the running changed to a lot of running.

Since Dink got back to running he has run the JFK 50 Mile, the Recover from the Holidays 50K, the Mt. Cheaha 50K, McKay Hollow Madness 25K, Strolling Jim 40 Mile and the Pinhoti 100 Mile.

Along with those Dink has taken up another sport triathlons.

Dink doesn稚 remember much during those 4 days in the ICU. He doesn稚 remember this, but it seems he told his doctor that he was going to get out of the hospital bed and do an ironman triathlon. Kind of odd since swimming wasn稚 something Dink had done since he was a kid and didn稚 even own a road bike.

Never one to turn down a challenge Dink began triathlon training. He went to Bicycle Cove and bought a road bike. Having strong legs from running the bike training went well but the swimming was a struggle.

He had no triathlon training experience so he joined Team Rocket Triathlon Club to be around some triathletes to learn more about the sport. He also joined the Fleet Feet Tri 102 training class. He also contacted a triathlete friend in Ohio who provided him his 6 month training program.

In June he did this first triathlon, a relatively short one that had an open water 0.6 mile swim. The swim didn稚 go well and he was questioning being able to swim the 1.2 miles for the half ironman he had already entered.

He began swimming in Lake Guntersville to acclimate to open water swimming. In mid July he met some friends in Scottsboro for an open water swim. They pointed to a boat house a mile away and said that痴 where we are swimming to. Dink assumed they would swim there and walk back, but no when they got to the boat house they informed him they were swimming another mile back. He made it back, dead last in 1 hour and 23 minutes, but he had made the 2 miles. He was ecstatic and swimming the 2.4 miles for an ironman now seemed possible. He had also found that swimming in a wetsuit was easier and faster.

He did a number of triathlons moving up in distance to the half ironman and then began looking for a full ironman. The problem was they were either all filled up or on a conflicting date. He had to settle on the Great Floridian Triathlon in Clermont, Florida. There痴 a reason it was not filled up.

During September he trained every day doing 63 workouts averaging 18 hours per week.

One might expect it to be hot in Florida but not 90 degrees this time of year and definitely no hills, plus there are alligators in many Florida lakes. The water temperature was 81 degrees which was well above the limit for using wetsuits and the course had more than 3000 feet of hill climb. The course and conditions were awful for just completing a 140.6 mile ironman. That痴 a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. He realized that plans to 途ace had to be changed to 都urvive and finish. And that is exactly what he did. With a heat index over 100 during the run, his time was slow, but so was everyone else痴. It took over 12 hours but he had finished 9th overall and won the 45-49 age group.

Challenge met.

Dink Taylor, with that the HTC Board considers you have met prerequisite number three, and tonight we honor your recovery with the HTC Comeback Award. Congratulations, and I hope we don稚 have to give you this award a second time!! None of the others have and please don稚 take that as a challenge.


Presented by Jim Oaks

This award has only been presented when the HTC Executive Board felt there was a member of the media, media organization, or other media related individual making a dedicated effort and worthy contribution to the sport of running and the ideals which the club strives to achieve.

In 1984 the Huntsville Track Club held its first Awards Banquet, and in 1986 introduced the first Media Award.

Winners of this award have been:

1986 - Chris Welch

1990 - Bob Labbe

1991 - Steve Johnson

1992 - Ronnie White

1994 - Jim Oaks

1995 - P. M. Black

1996 - Harold Bugg

1997 - Gus Hergert

1998 - The Huntsville Times

1999 - Harold and Louise Tinsley

2000 - Samuel 鉄kip Vaughn

2002 - Joe Distelheim

2004 - Bruce McLellan

2006 - Mark Hunter, Star 99 FM

2007 - Scott Theisen

2010 - Chris Welch

2011 - Erin Dacy, WAAY TV

2012 - Chris Welch

Some will recognize our 2013 Media Award winner as the friendly television spokesman for Top Line Tires. Others will say, 的 know him from his introductions of entertainers at Jim Parker痴 Songwriters Series once a month at the VBC Playhouse. But even more will identify with him as the longtime host of WLRH Public Radio痴 weekly Friday night program called Reelin In The Years.

Thirteen years ago, in November, 1990, I was privileged to present the Huntsville Track Club痴 Media Award to Bob Labbe, then the Sports Director at television station WAAY Channel 31. Tonight I am happy to make a repeat presentation. Tonight we again honor Bob Labbe with the club痴 Media Award for 2013.

When Bob was honored in 1990 we commented on how for the past 10 years, first as an assistant in Channel 31痴 sports division and then as the sports anchor, he had gone out of his way to cover both the Rocket City Marathon and the Cotton Row Run. Also at that time, his station often covered the club痴 smaller races.

In 1990, as we do now, we recognized that part of Bob痴 reason for his attention to the club痴 events was a sense of local pride for what the Huntsville Track Club gives to the community. Unlike some sports casters and writers who over the years moved in and out of positions and the city, Bob grew up in Huntsville and stayed to live and work here for his entire career. He is a graduate of Butler High School in Huntsville and when he graduated in 1972 it was the largest high school in Alabama. He began working in radio soon after high school and this past September celebrated his 41st year working in some capacity in local media.

After leaving Channel 31 he began working in print media, writing for the Huntsville Times Madison Spirit in 1995 and continuing with sports and human interest columns until the paper closed its daily publication in 2012. In addition he began writing for the Madison Weekly News in 2010 and continues working for them today. This year in Associated Press competition, Bob won four first place awards and two second place awards for his writing.

With the exception of a few years in the early 90s, Bob has covered the HTC痴 Rocket City Marathon each year since 1979 and the Cotton Row Run since it began in 1980, lately with emphasis on the results of Madison runners. For each of these races, Bob usually write a pre and post event column, usually including results of the Madison finishers.

If the HTC gave an entertainment award, Bob Labbe would surely be a recipient. This month he finished his 23rd year as the host of his weekly 4-hour radio program, Reelin In The Years, on Huntsville痴 Public Radio station WLRH. On the show, Bob plays his personal vinyl 45 rpm records from a collection he started in his teens. He also plays taped interviews he has conducted over the years, many while the entertainers were visiting Huntsville for Big Spring Jam while others are made by phone interviews. As with many shows on public radio, Bob receives no pay for this program, but simply volunteers his time to play music that he loves. This willingness to volunteer his time and knowledge to his community in this way reflects the same spirit of volunteerism that is the life blood of the Huntsville Track Club.

Therefore it is an honor to present the HTC痴 2013 Media Award to Bob Labbe, recognizing more than four decades of media work in Huntsville and his continued promotion of the endeavors of the Huntsville Track Club through that media.

Presented by Jim Oaks

The Huntsville Track Club began the Appreciation Award in 1989. This award is made to an individual, company, municipal or civic organization for outstanding contributions to the club and sport over an extended number of years.

The Appreciation Award is most often presented to our major race sponsors or product sponsors for contributions which save the HTC money allowing us to conduct a first class race and pass the savings on to those who enter our events.

Past winners of this award have been:

1989 - Mayor Steve Hettinger

1990 - NIKE

1991 - The Mill Bakery and Eatery

1992 - WZYP Radio

1993 - Huntsville Hospital

1994 - Monte Sano State Park

1995 - City of Huntsville Rec. Services

1996 - Buffalo Rock - Pepsi Cola

1997 - Papa John's Pizza

1998 - Great Harvest Bread Co. Chris Lang

1999 - Huntsville Lung Associates

2000 - Dr. J. Will Baker

2001 - Huntsville Police Department

2002 - Custom Graphics - Bob Resta

2003 - Bill Dunnavant

2004 - Southwood Presbyterian Church

2005 - University Of Alabama Huntsville

2006 - Sgt. Mark Shahan, HPD

2007 - Lou Hovatter

2008 - Monte Sano State Park

2009 - Brent Wren

2010 - Holiday Inn, Patricia Hurston

2011 - Kim Balzer

2012 - Gregg Gelmis

In October, 2013, the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run reached its 10-year-anniversary with a record number of entries: 6500. The director of this race, the largest on the Huntsville Track Club痴 schedule, is a friendly young lady named Courtney McCool and this year the HTC would like to recognize her effort with the club痴 Appreciation Award.

This was the third year that Courtney has served as race director of this event and each year the race has reached its maximum capacity before the weekend of the race. In 2011 the race closed at its 5500 maximum and in 2012 the race closed at 6000. As the numbers indicate, Courtney has managed a 500 increase in the race each year she has directed.

Courtney and her husband Joey moved to Huntsville in 2008 about two weeks after they married when Courtney took a job with Business Interiors as a sales representative. She continued in that job until July, 2011 when she was hired by the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Her primary responsibilities at the Foundation are to serve as race director of the Ribbon Run and to manage another major fund raiser, the Huntsville Classic Golf Tournament, a multi-day event that includes a concert (this year the Commodores), a wine & cheese reception, and a golf tournament.

Courtney is a graduate of Clay-Chalkville High School in Pinson, Alabama where she served in various leadership positions including class president. She majored in interior design at the University of Alabama, where she graduated in 2004.

的 did some recreational running in high school and college, but my first road race was the Vulcan 10K in Birmingham in 2005, Courtney said. 擢rom that point I continued to run in organized events, but my first real exposure to race directing came 2011 when I took the job at the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

With the help of other Foundation workers who had experienced the buildup to the race in past years and with support from Huntsville Track Club members, Courtney successfully led the team in 2011 to a smooth finish and each year since has managed both growth and change admirably.

In 2012 the individual packet pickup for the race moved from Huntsville Middle School to a large tent in the Jones Valley Shopping Center, a considerable logistical challenge. With both financial and logistical help from Fleet Feet Sports, this challenge was met. From lessons learned in 2012, Courtney moved the team packet pickup from the Huntsville Hospital Foundation office to the tent site in 2013 and continued individual pickup there on the two days before the race. This change of locations has proved beneficial for both workers and for race entrants. It particularly alleviated a former parking problem.

A major change that Courtney implemented in 2013 was to discontinue separate races for men and women. This year, to accommodate those men who wanted to run with their wives and to allow all team members to accompany the person for whom they were running, all runners were combined into one race. This change allowed for a single combined opening ceremony, simplified the timing of the event and allowed the morning activities to end earlier. This change was welcomed by all.

The Huntsville Track Club looks forward to seeing Courtney McCool continue directing this outstanding race that over its 10-year-history has raised $1.4 million for the Breast Centers at Huntsville and Madison Hospitals. And as the award title indicates, the club deeply appreciates her work.


Presented by Suzanne Taylor

The Huntsville Track Club began the Service Award in 1989. This award is made to a club member, civic organization or supporter for outstanding service contributions to the club and sport over an extended number of years.

Past winners of this award have been:

1989 - Huntsville Police Department

1990 - Huntsville Emergency Medical

Services Incorporated (HEMSI)

1991 - Boy Scouts of America

1992 - Huntsville Amateur Radio Club

1993 - Alabama A&M University

1994 - Girl Scouts of North Alabama

1995 - Chapter 74 of the Vietnam

Veterans of America.

1996 - Dr. Mike Linder

1997 - City of Huntsville,

Mayor Loretta Spencer

1998 - Lee High School ROTC,

Major Harold Chafin

1999 - The Rack Cafe, John Bzdell

2000 - Hilton Huntsville

2001 - Computer Renaissance,

Melinda and Chris Ponder

2002 - HiWAAY Huntsville Sprint

Triathlon, M. D. Smith

2003 - HEMSI HART Team, Ed Nicholas

2004 - Papa John's Pizza,

Tom Van Landingham

2005 - Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville,

Dink and Suzanne Taylor

2006 - Nesin Therapy,

Janine and Michelle Nesin

2007 - Coca Cola, Mike Sokol

2008 - Purity Dairies

2009 - Dr. Darla Cowart

2010 - Domino痴 Pizza, Tony Osani

2011 - Bruegger痴, Maynard Mitchell

2012 - Eric Enchelmayer

The Huntsville Track Club began the Service Award in 1989. This award is made to a club member, civic organization or supporter for outstanding service contributions to the club and sport over an extended number of years.


Presented by Dink Taylor

The Outstanding Male Performance Award is given to recognize the performance aspect of running. It is one of the few awards set aside to recognize the runner's ability and not his years of service, etc. This year's recipient joins a long list of runners who have at one time or another exhibited extraordinary talent in the field of running.

Past winners of the Outstanding Male Performance Award have been:

1985 - Jeff Harwell

1986 - Ralph Summerlin

1987 - Jeff Weitenbeck

1988 - Carl Nicholson

1989 - Dink Taylor

1991 - Lawrence Hillis

1992 - Malcolm Gillis

1993 - David Mayo

1994 - Phillip Parker

1995 - Steve Rice

1996 - DeWayne Satterfield

1997 - John Collins

1998 - Joe Francica

1999 - David Purinton

2000 - DeWayne Satterfield

2001 - Marty Clarke

2002 - Lance Winders

2003 - Donald Bowman

2004 - James Howell

2005 - Dink Taylor

2006 - George DeWitt

2007 - George DeWitt

2008 - Eric Charette

2009 - David Riddle

2010 - Josh Whitehead

2011 - Donald Bowman

2012 - Robert Whitaker

When you think of Huntsville and outstanding performance, one name always seem to come to mind, Josh Whitehead. No one runner in the area has dominated the local race scene the way Josh has over the last several years. If Josh shows up at one of the HTC races, it is usually a one man show.

Back in February, I was down at the Mercedes Half Marathon. I had just finished the Half myself and I found Josh. His eyes were glazed over and he had a big smile on his face. He was much more excited about his run than usual. He had just finished 4th overall in a very competitive race. His time of 1:06:37 was 5:05 per mile on a very hilly course. What he was really fired up about was his 10K split. Now we all know Birmingham is notorious for having their mile markers in the wrong places (you should run Talledega Half) but Josh痴 split of 29:39, sounded really fast. Who knows, maybe it was correct? Regardless, he was only 15 seconds behind the eventual race winner, Fernando Cabada at the 10K point. Josh was right in the mix. I knew Josh had just taken his running to another level, it was an exciting day.

Josh runs and races a lot. It might take all day to go over all of his races and training. I can tell you that Josh regularly runs 100 to 140 miles per week despite working full time as an engineer and supporting a wife and two kids. It is no wonder he races so well, he puts in the training.

This year at the Chicago Marathon, Josh took the pace out hard as usual. He went through the half marathon split in 1:10:07 and although he faded a little bit the second half, he still finished in a PR time of 2:25:36. This was good enough for 47th overall in a world class field and 3rd in his age division. I will predict that Josh is going to run some faster marathons in the future watch and see.

Recently at the Huntsville Half Marathon, Josh ran 1:06:36. This was only 1 second faster than his Mercedes Half time back in February. What made this run so special was he was completely alone. Second place was over 8 minutes back. Crazy. 5:05 per mile, alone.

This award is about performance and Josh takes performance very serious.

Congratulations to Josh Whitehead, 2013 HTC Outstanding Male Performance Award.


Presented by Eric Charette

The Outstanding Female Performance Award is one of the HTC's oldest and most prestigious awards. The list of previous winners reads like a role-call of local running legends.

Past winners of this award have been:

1986 - Alene Park

1988 - Janice DeHaye

1989 - Katye Pfitzer

1990 - Margaret Robinson

1991 - Lori Byrd

1992 - Natalie Fahey

1993 - Meshelle Pate

1994 - Cathy Tooker

1995 - Laurie Mauldin

1996 - Sandra Berg

1997 - Barbara Saunders

1998 - Barbara Holcomb

1999 - Barbara Meyer

2000 - Kathy Youngren

2001 - Valerie Connaughton

2002 - Anne Park

2003 - Brooke McDaniel

2004 - Katie Maehlmann

2005 - Candace Jacobs

2006 - Gail Whelan

2007 - Cathy Henry

2008 - Whitney Hollingsworth

2009 - Linda Scavarda

2010 - Kathy Youngren

2011 - Candace Jacobs

2012 - Melissa Wood

I am proud to present the Outstanding Female Performance Award this year. The recipient is not only one of the most outstanding runners in the area, but is also a good friend.

There is no argument that she had an incredible year.

     Shattered her old personal best times in every distance she raced

     Winning 9 of her 12 races

     Finishing 2nd twice

     In fact, only 10 women beat her all year and they ranged from All Americans, former Olympians, the #1 ranked marathoner in Canada and some current Division 1 runners.

That is a pretty impressive resume, which is why this years female performance award winner is Kylie Lemon.

This is a performance award, and the numbers don稚 lie, but what I壇 like to tell you about, are the things you can稚 read in race results.

Kylie is originally from Ohio and surprisingly didn稚 start running until she was a junior in high school when she put away her basketball shoes for track spikes. Her talent was key to two consecutive state titles for her team and she also ran at the Nike Team nationals. She then went on to run Division 1 cross-country at Bowling Green State University and managed to throw the javelin during the same meets as she ran the steeplechase. Kylie and her husband Paul moved to Huntsville in 2011.

I first met Kylie at the Bow Wow Run 5K at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens in 2012. That day she was not only the fastest female but she was the second fastest runner overall. After stalking, I mean watching her race results; I asked her if she would be interested in the Fleet Feet Racing Team the following season. Though she was very fast, what I was really impressed with was everything else she did for the sport as an ambassador. Kylie began to volunteer at various races and even helped out with the merciless task pacing all 13 one mile races with the kids at Autumn Chase; something I usually have to beg for help with, and she did all of this even before she was on the team.

Kylie had some great highlights from the 2013 season, which started early in March when she lowered her 5K PR from 18:29 down to 18:05 at the Samford Multi Invitational meet in Birmingham. Also in March, she was the overall female winner at the UAH 10K, cutting 25 seconds of her best and finishing with a 39:02. Kylie ran her fastest 10K of the season two months later at the biggest stage in town, Cotton Row. Her 38:44 earned her 9th place overall and she had the fastest finishing time amongst all local females. Kylie stacked up a few more wins at Poke Salat, Race for the Top Dog, Spring Zing, Running of the Bulls and Liz Hurley. In late September, Kylie also broke her half marathon PR and finished nearly a minute faster than the next runner, beating 2500 other women and winning the Women痴 Running Half Marathon in Nashville.

Of all the races, all of the fast times and all the wins, I think Kylie痴 signature race was in early May at Run Through the Roses 10K. Amidst 40 degree temps and a driving rain, Kylie led all women on this hilly course with a near personal best time, finishing second overall. With the miserable weather, other than the folks timing the race, there were only two other people out there at the finish, one of whom which was her ever-supportive husband Paul. Showing the dedication to the sport and support for her friends, then she stood in the rain and cheered on her teammates Katie and Julia as they finished for a 1-2-3 sweep. Immediately after the race, Kylie and Paul then rushed off so she could make it to commencement on time. She graduated that same morning from UAH with her Master痴 Degree in English.

I mentioned at the beginning that this is a performance award, and everything so far would be more than enough to warrant her selection, but Kylie is much more than just a fast runner. She shows persistence, dedication and integrity. This year she juggled the final days of her master痴 degree, a graduate teaching assistantship, serving as assistant coach for the women痴 cross country and track teams at UAH, and then, of course, her own running. She is a frequent volunteer, has coached runners at all levels and even has helped to run a summer cross country track camp for elementary school kids. Her passion and dedication to the sport show in everything she does.

One of the things that shows you who someone really is, is by what people say about you. Here are some things that people say about Kylie:

     滴er humbleness makes her very likable.

     鉄he is friendly and treats her competitors with respect.

     鉄he is the one who sets up training runs with her teammates and encourages them to reach their potential.

     鉄he ran countless loops with me around my house so that I could keep a close eye on my kids.

     鉄he has unified the girls on the racing team.

     的 feel like she's given me opportunities to get to know others and to push myself in ways I wouldn't have, without her help.

     的 am proud to know Kylie and to have her as a teammate and friend.

At the beginning of the season, Kylie had said that Rocket City Marathon was one of her major goals. Last year in her marathon debut, in her own words, she ran a great 20 miles, as things didn稚 exactly go as planned in the final 10K. This adversity is what has motivated her to train even smarter and harder ever since. I think that we all expect great things in the marathon and beyond for Kylie.

It痴 not very often that someone comes along who has the talent to run at an elite level. It is even rarer that the person demonstrates the kind of humility; unselfishness and likeability that make the people around them want to be better. It痴 hard to believe that all of these qualities are rolled into a single person, but that痴 why she is our award winner.

So I take great pleasure in presenting this award to my friend, an elite runner and true champion, Kylie Lemon.


Presented by DeWayne Satterfield

Congratulation to the 336 participants who scored points in the 29th edition of the Huntsville Track Club Grand Prix. The top 10% of individuals in each of six divisions were awarded achievement awards.

Complete Grand Prix rules are in the HTC Handbook and on the HTC website.

Final HTC Grand Prix results were published in the September/October issue (#211) of the HTC NEWS and on the HTC web site. The following are the winners for all 29 years.





1985 Lawrence Hillis 865 Jim Oaks 1000 Kathy Bond 1100 Dixie Lee 890

1986 Lawrence Hillis 760 Jim Oaks 900 Kathy Bond 915 Alice Clements 930

1987 Carl Nicholson 905 Malcolm Gillis 655 Jamie Clay 815 Betty Dooley 675

1988 Rob Allen 580 Carl Nicholson 700 Jamie Clay 660 Donna Cancel 675

1989 Chas. VanValkenburgh 750 Carl Nicholson 1000 Katye Pfitzer 930 Betty Dooley 535

1990 Randall Roland 830 Carl Nicholson 1000 Jamie Clay 995 Sandy Berg 895

1991 Derin Rohr 700 Steve Rice 920 Jamie Clay 900 Pam Marshall 960

1992 Kevin Keene 900 Carl Nicholson 900 Jamie Clay 905 Sandy Berg 950

1993 Mike Yarnell 760 Michael Crouse 955 Meshelle Pate 920 Sandy Berg 800

1994 David Purinton 955 Carl Nicholson 950 Sheryl Dummer 830 Yong Yancura 1025

1995 David Purinton 915 Steve Rice 1100 Meshelle Pate 660 Sandy Berg 895

1996 David Purinton 830 Clint Jones 980 Janet Haenisch 600 Sandy Berg 1055


1997 David Purinton 940 Clint Jones 940 Julie Hardwick 760 Sandy Berg 905

1998 David Purinton 1015 Joe Francica 1000 Amy Martin 970 Cathy Henry 1000

1999 David Purinton 995 Joe Francica 1100 Kathy Youngren 990 Cathy Henry 930

2000 DeWayne Satterfield 945 Joe Francica 1000 Kathy Youngren 870 Sarah Grace 870

2001 Donald Bowman 875 Joe Francica 920 Valerie Connaughton 1000 Vickie Kurtz 740

2002 Lance Winders 985 Joe Francica 870 Valerie Connaughton 970 Vickie Kurtz 810

2003 Donald Bowman 1000 Marty Clarke 1000 Valerie Connaughton 865 Jennie Rountree 985

2004 Donald Bowman 1000 Marty Clarke 1000 Katie Maehlemann 870 Gail Whelan 985

2005 Donald Bowman 1000 Marty Clarke 985 Candace Jacobs 940 Gail Whelan 870

2006 Donald Bowman 940 DeWayne Satterfield 930 Candace Jacobs 955 Gail Whelan 1000

2007 Donald Bowman 850 Marty Clarke 810 Brooke Pruitt 820 Jennie Rountree 930

2008 Jason Reneau 875 Jon Elmore 790 Candace Jacobs 855 W. Hollingsworth 965

2009 David Riddle 1000 Donald Bowman 1000 Candace Jacobs 1000 Mona Parker 815

2010 Josh Whitehead 995 Donald Bowman 1000 Candace Jacobs 940 W. Hollingsworth 970

2011 Josh Whitehead 985 Donald Bowman 1000 Candace Jacobs 1000 Roberta Hauck 940

2012 Josh Whitehead 875 Donald Bowman 900 Candace Jacobs 800 Roberta Hauck 1000

2013 Eric Charette 820 DeWayne Satterfield 830 Kathy Youngren 825 Sheryl Dummer 895




2006 Brimmer Sherman 845 Anne Park 940 2011 Robert Whitaker 970 Jennie Rountree 970

2007 Joe Francica 1000 Cathy Henry 970 2012 Robert Whitaker 970 Melissa Wood 615

2008 Wayne Heckler 855 Jamie Clay 1000 2013 Robert Whitaker 860 (tie) Lisa Hall 750

2009 George DeWitt 900 Jamie Clay 1000 2013 Wayne Heckler 860 (tie)

2010 Joe Francica 970 Melissa Wood 725













































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By W. Craig Osborn

There are all kinds of obstacles that we runners face every day. It really doesn稚 matter what the terrain is, where the route is, or what the weather is like. Obstacles are just another fact of a runner痴 life. However, certain obstacles can and should be overcome, and I知 talking about extraneous physical obstacles, not injuries, not mental and not personal/interpersonal obstacles. The obstacles I am referring to involve things that pertain to where we run. Let痴 take things one by one.


Trail Running

Certain trail obstacles are pretty apparent, things like roots, rocks, streams, trees and wild animals. Sometimes even domesticated animals, and their owners, can be construed as such. Other things like terrain (elevation change and grade) and Mother Nature痴 fury, and the results thereof, need to be included as well. Lesser voiced concerns are the distance to trail heads, parking and even availability of trails in certain locales. Here in the Huntsville area we are blessed to have trails on Monte Sano, Rainbow Mountain, Chapman Mountain and Elkmont, to name a few, that are readily available and open to the public. However, when the sun is down or when there are heavy rains, these areas have obstacles times ten. Experienced trail runners know how to adapt to these conditions, but novices beware.



Personally, these are one of my favorite places to run. The more greenways, the better and more safe things will be for runners AND bikers. There may not be as much in the way of elevation challenges, but things are scenic and we get to avoid motorized traffic. The main obstacles we experience on greenways are that once the sun goes down, then the greenways are closed as there are no lights. With no lights things get dicey, at best. Another issue is pets and their owners. I don稚 know how many of you have experienced this, but there have been times when owners will allow their precious little beasties loose and they will either entangle themselves in your legs, or, worse, take a nip at your ankles or calves as you pass. 釘ut my precious Foo-Foo NEVER does that!! I have heard that more than I care to. If your pet makes a move at another human being of ANY sort, keep that think on a tight leash. The greenway is a PUBLIC walkway, not your personal property. Also, clean up its mess. Horses and wild animal scat is bad enough, but doggie doo is downright nasty..right up there with human waste.


Sidewalks/Residential Neighborhoods

This is another nice place to run and/or bike. There is less motorized traffic to contend with and even with traffic, it is easier to avoid. The problem here is that many streets are not connected, so that to get from one area to another you have to connect via a busier, and more dangerous, arterial. Also, many times you will pass a homeowner out doing yard work with their pets roaming free. Most of the time this is not an issue, but occasionally you get the 渡ipping that I mentioned before. Usually residential neighborhoods have good lighting for night running, which is an added benefit. As for sidewalks, I run the Hughes Road corridor in Madison frequently, but at night it is pretty darn dark. There aren稚 nearly enough streetlights on main thoroughfares as you might think. Makes tripping and visibility to side streets an adventure.


Country Roads

Along with running in the boondocks, I am including relatively major streets such as Wall Triana Highway, Palmer Road and Brownsferry Road in Madison to this category. The main issue here is competing with motorized vehicles for space and safety as there are no sidewalks and, often, very narrow or non-existent shoulders. Therefore we runners, following safe running procedures, facing oncoming traffic get to see the faces of those numbskulls who get their jollies trying to either scare us, or downright pick us off. Truly, on these types of running surfaces we runners definitely DO NOT need to have distractions such as music through ear buds. Safe running is our sole focus. I absolutely hate to see an oncoming driver with a cell phone plugged into the side of their head approaching at break-neck speed. I値l twist an ankle or sprain my shoulder if need be to get out of their way, and they think absolutely nothing about their behavior.



Okay, here is the real reason for this article and what got me to thinking about everything we need to do to get a decent run in. Where are our tracks here in the Huntsville/Madison area? They are at the schools.generally PUBLIC schools. Since tracks are generally located away from the general school facilities and are PUBLICmeaning our tax dollars go to pay for them and their upkeep.we should have no trouble with access, unless it is outdoor track season (spring). Even then there are certain times, like the morning hours, when the facilities are not being used and should be available to the general PUBLIC. Here is the scenario: I have been running on the Bob Jones High School track on either Monday or Tuesday mornings consistently for almost two years. I have been out there with the football team, the ROTC cadets and the PE classes. The football coaches 鍍hreaten their players that they will have to run with me, at my speed, if they misbehave. The ROTC commander and the PE teachers have their students leave a lane open for me since I am 都erious about my fitness whereas (let痴 face it, they are high school students) their charges really are out there because they are required to be. Last spring a new security guard stopped me on the way to the track to tell me I couldn稚 go. I had her radio the principal who gave me the go-ahead since I had been doing it for so long. Today, with the temps sub-30 and nobody near the track in any way and me in my cold weather tights, somebody in their infinite wisdom (called idiocy) thought that I may be a threat in some way and called the police on me. I値l give the officer some credit, although he drove on sidewalks and grass rather than walk from the parking lot, he was polite and understanding and allowed me to complete my workout. I was so angry, however, I nailed my interval with a PR 800. Note: I was doing my final Yasso 800 workout before the upcoming Rocket City Marathon. The point is this is a public facility where there are no alternatives other than time of day.



Okay, I have to include this as it is an alternative training site, although most of us would prefer to avoid it for many reasons. Going to the gym to run is only really acceptable, in my humble (or not) opinion for rehab work or when Mother Nature doesn稚 want to play nice.or even play at all. The gym meansgasptremblegagTHE TREADMILL!!! Those of you that have hit those long, long mind numbing miles of straight, flat roadways no to what I speak. Add to that no wind, stagnate air, no scenery change (not even a traffic light), no elevation changes (unless you do it manually), and not even a pothole to trip over, then you see our dread. Even those from Minnesota, North Dakota, Alaska, and the penguins of Antarctica would prefer the harshest of winter conditions to running continuously on the treadmillespecially for distances longer than 5 miles. Enough said!!!

So there you have it. Those are our options and we have to pick the poison that suits us best. What could make things better? Well, let痴 seetruly public tracks, lights on greenways, sidewalks and/or wider shoulders on all roadswith lights, and safety awareness by all. What does it take? Unfortunately for most it takes money, but it also takes commitment and perservereness by all of us runners and the fitness community.

Until next time.Happy (ahem) Trails!


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By Dr. Daniel C. Batchelor

To Dr Dan Batchelor

From Lonnie Ramos


I'm a 32 year old mechanic who has been a runner for the past 12 years. For the past 3 weeks, I have had terrible neck and shoulder pain that radiates from my neck and into my middle 3 fingers. It has prevented me from working out and running. I wanted to send you an email first to see if you have treated that type of condition and what results I might expect from the treatment.


Lonnie Ramos


To Lonnie Ramos

From Dr Dan Batchelor


Hi Lonnie. For the past 36 years, I have treated hundred of patients with similar symptoms. The most common cause has been brachial nerve irritation.

When you enter the clinic I will examine your cervical spine, and shoulder using chiropractic and orthopedic examination techniques that allow me to determine the exact cause and correction of your condition.

We had a patient come into the clinic earlier this week with symptoms similar to yours. Their condition had developed from years of sleeping on the stomach with the head turned. Eventually, the vertebrae in the neck began to rotate out of position and pinch on the nerves that exit between the vertebrae. The result was numbness and tingling from her neck and into her right thumb and forefinger.

We used traction, cold laser and spinal manipulation along with specific stretching techniques aimed at re-aligning the cervical vertebrae.

The patient experienced a complete return to normal after 3 treatments. Now, she must perform corrective exercises at home and use an orthopedic pillow with no stomach sleeping allowed.

Most of the mechanics that we have treated over the years who had developed similar symptoms, developed the problem from constant, repetitive, one sided, over the head work. Just as sleeping on your stomach can cause the vertebrae to rotate laterally, working on engines can cause the same problem to develop.

There are other causes of nerve and artery impingement such as thoracic outlet syndrome, ruptured and herniated discs but those are less common than brachial nerve impingement mentioned above.

To rule out artery problems that might cause similar symptoms, we use highly specialized diagnostic instrumentation with plethysmography, Doppler ultrasound, and a temperature probe. It measures circulation and can diagnose or rule out arterial problems.

By Dr. Daniel C. Batchelor

Over the past 36 years, I have treated over 11,000 patients and over that time period most of the patients that I have treated were athletes.

Out of those 11,000 patients or so, a very small number of them had back pain that was actually caused by having large breasts.

My initial goal is to correct any type of misalignment in the patient痴 spine that is contributing to their back pain. After that I always design specific exercises that stretch the tighter side of the body and strengthen the weaker side of the body. In addition, if there is any hint of kyphosis, the front thorax muscles are stretched and the posterior muscles of the thorax strengthened.

If the breasts are too large and are contributing to the back pain and if the exercises and corrective care are not enough to help, I prescribe and coordinate breast reduction surgery for the patient. This is rare but it does occur. Once the breasts are reduced in size and weight, corrective care is always much more effective.

Running with breasts that are too large can cause a myriad of problems.

If you wear a D cup, your breasts may weigh around 20 pounds. Imagine carrying around a 20 pound weight strapped to your chest. The mass of your breasts and the acceleration from running creates a force that can be very painful. If your breasts weigh 20 pounds and you run, the breasts in reality weigh 3-4 times their actual weight. Imagine running with 60-80 pounds strapped to your chest.

Repetitive stress injures the upper and middle back, and many women with large breasts develop poor posture, which causes spinal pain. Strengthening your back muscles can help mitigate this pain.

Seated rows and door jam stretches along with land swimming exercises are very beneficial. If your breasts are large, those exercises need to be performed daily just like brushing your teeth.

A re-enforced sports bra may become one of your best friends. Make sure it has wide bands and full-coverage cups to support your breasts adequately.

Friction between your bra and your nipples or skin, presents a potential pain for all runners. I have several long distance runner friends of both sexes that have to put medical tape or band aids on their nipples to prevent chafing and bloody nipples. Most of them are ultra marathoners but middle distance runners can also suffer from the problem.

One of my running partners is an Atlanta Falcon cheerleader. She has large breasts but she constantly works at stretching her anterior chest muscles and strengthening her posterior back muscles. She wears a jog bra and when she runs, she uses more of a shuffle than a high knee lift technique. She used to have terrible back pain but after I started treating her, she has not had any more problems as a result of her larger than normal breasts.


Roswell Chiropractor Dr. Dan Batchelor is Metro Atlanta's top doctor/athlete. He is the winner of over 350 endurance races and has treated thousands of patients over 3 decades. Be the best you can, let the doctor who practices what he preaches, show you how. 770-992-2002 or DrBatch@aol.com.



















































April 24, 2014

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I want to echo Kristin's comments regarding the marathon! It was my first marathon and the volunteer support was amazing. When I crossed the finish line, I was wrapped in a warming blanket, given my goods, and someone walked me to medic for an ice pack- (did not just direct me but with the sweetest motherly arm, led me to medic for only an ice pack)! I was touched by the attention to detail at the end of the race.

Thank you again for allowing us entrance. We will spread positive word about the race!


Alicia Barker


Hi Suzanne,

Just wanted to say thanks to you and everyone involved with the marathon for another great race on Saturday. I was so glad I got to come to run the marathon again. I had a great time and enjoyed all five hours, fifty-nine minutes, and fifty-five seconds of it! I managed to stay a step ahead of the six-hour sweepers. But I had to pass Santa Claus in the final stretch to make sure I finished under six hours, so I'm a little worried about my Christmas now!

As always, everything was first-class all the way. All the volunteers, including course monitors, water station workers, spirit teams, and the police were all so friendly and supportive. It is always such a treat to travel to Huntsville and see all the friends I have made through the years.

I'm excited about next year's race with the course and venue changes. I don't know how things could get any better, but I'm sure that they will.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season!

Mary Lou Day, Editor

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Finished the Rocket City Marathon today in 4:23:34. Not fast enough for an award, but fast enough for a PR! Medals were great, too.

Weather forecast called for 100% rain, but all we got was a light mist in miles 1, 20, and 21. Thank you, Lord!

Microtel Inns & Suites has been great. They upgraded me to a suite (for free) because they ran out of regular rooms. The desk clerk congratulated me when I returned and held the elevator for me. He also said he would arrange for a special breakfast for me before the race at no charge, if I'd like. Wow!

And 3 signs on the course I particularly liked:

"No kisses until after you shower"

"Don't poop (out!)"

"Did you ask Santa for some toenails?"

Debbie Paulding



I want to personally thank you for accomodating many of us who were unable to run the St. Jude Marathon because of cancellation. Given it was to be my first full marathon and that I was running as a St. Jude Hero, I was heartbroken to know it had been cancelled, even though they made the right decision based on public safety. I'm thankful though I got to participate in the Rocket City Marathon though as I had heard many great things about it...and they were all very accurate. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Great course, great people, and great overall event. Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to run. I will be back. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Kindest Regards, Bobby Bellew


Good Morning Suzanne.

I wanted to take a quick minute and thank you for a well-run event. Mostly, I wanted to say "thanks" for the acknowledgment of "master" runners. It's heartwarming to see a race recognize the aging runner as well as the younger ones. It keeps me motivated to work toward a PR.

Hope the HTC are enjoying some well deserved rest.

Thanks again. Happy Holidays!

Kaye Anne Starosciak


Hi Regena!

Thank you so much for everything you did, have done for the Marathon, and your kind words to me and about me.

It was not looking good to play even up to about 8:30a. You know - it had been raining all morning.

I met with Mr. Sibley of All Saints and talked it over with him, looked at the radar on my phone, and decided that we'd give it about 10 more minutes to make the call to play or not. I went inside for a moment and when I came out it had stopped raining. I set up, played until the last police car came by at about 10:45, and not a drop of rain fell the whole time. As I put the last piece of equipment in the truck after breaking it down, it started raining again.

Regena, the morning was a blessing for me. I loved seeing the runner痴 faces. They were all so kind and gracious. I didn't realize that the music would help them, I'm so glad it did.

I don't know if they will all be this way or if it was just a "one-off" experience, but I would definitely do it all over again.

Thank you again for including me!

Happiest of everything Christmas is to you and yours, and best wishes for the New Year as well!

Winslow Davis















Hi Regena,

I had the opportunity to volunteer yesterday at RCM - Mile 23. It was my first time to volunteer at a race and I am overwhelmed this morning at a number of things that I was fortunate to see. First, I am amazed at the number of volunteers, police, emergency workers, etc. that it takes to make this a successful race. People were everywhere and they were so excited to be helping in one way or another. If you've never volunteered, please make it a priority in 2014. You will have a totally new perspective on races!

To all the runners....WOW - what an amazing accomplishment after all that training! I'm amazed at how many of you were smiling and laughing as you came by. It really looked like you were enjoying yourself. And wow... 26.2 miles carrying a 12 ft cross...a wheelchair participant who was so fast I could barely get a picture...and the dad pushing his son the entire race. WOW! You guys really made me think about the times I complain. My hats off to you...truly an inspiration. I pulled that megaphone back several times in tears.

To the sweet young girl, Katy, who had to pull out at Mile 23 due to severe cramping...you did an awesome job and I'm sure there are many more marathons to complete in your future. Keep your training up in Oklahoma City and we will see you back at RCM next time.

To my own RB Val Miller who was also at Mile 23, you led by example yesterday...cheering on runners, running down blankets to keep Katy warm, getting the school opened so she could get inside, and finally....seeing that runner Sarah, from Oxford, MS, who was so mentally spent, in tears, and saying those three dreaded words - I CAN'T FINISH. You took off running with her, encouraged her, talked to her, and helped that woman complete her first marathon! She's not likely to forget this act...nor will I or the others who witnessed it. Good job my friend!

It was an awesome day and I'm very fortunate to have been involved. It leaves me wondering this morning if there could possibly be a RCM in my future?

Denise Murphy, RCM Volunteer





















November 15, 2013


Don Alan Hankins, Race Director



1 8:46:40 45 Todd Henderson

2 9:36:40 31 Richard Heinke

3 9:47:05 49 Jeff Scott




1 6:02:59 49 DeWayne Satterfield

2 7:52:39 41 Kris Strope

3 8:33:34 28 Logan Troutman




1 3:51:42 30 Eric Debolt

2 4:30:59 34 Timothy Pitt

3 4:46:42 27 John Nevels

4 4:57:52 63 Wayne Heckler

5 4:59:17 22F Erin Looney

6 5:03:00 44 Vincent Ma

7 5:21:04 54 Larry Lucas

8 5:22:32 40 Carry Long

9 5:23:54 43F Malinda Honkus

10 5:23:55 30 Nathan Townson

11 5:26:17 42 Mark McKeever

12 5:26:26 38 Craig Smith

13 5:26:28 53