E-news December 14, 2011
by mercypilkington
Dec 14, 2011 | 31614 views |  0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hi runners! I know, I know, it's been a while. So sorry! (on that note, if anyone has a free twenty minutes per week in their schedules, I do need to pass this responsibility on to another organized writing type for the next year!)


***from Tom Griffin
Ran the Chief Ladiga Half-marathon today. The value of running and of holding events like this was demonstrated nicely today. After the race, Tommilynn Meyer had the most radiant glow of satisfaction and pleasure on her face after she completed the race. Great race Tommilynn!

(NOTE: I've heard from several of you in person and a few who even made the newspaper on how much fun you had at the Ladiga Half. Great job to all of you!!!)

First round pick of the Denver Broncos and Alabama running back, Bobby Humphrey, will be on hand to sign autographs from 8:15-9:00 A.M. Frozen feet will start at 9:00 A.M at the Pell City Lakeside Park. The Pell City Mayor and Bobby Humphrey will be the Grand Marshall. The Pell City Coffee Company, Subway, and Waffle House will have refreshments. The 1 Mile Santa Dash will start at 10:00 A.M. If you have any questions e-mail Matthew Brick: mbrick@jsu.edu

  We officially have a 10% discount if we sign up by this Friday, December the 15th.  We can register on active.com with the code ANNISTONRUNNERS  or print out the following application and mail it by the 15th.  You will need to mark that you are an ARC member.   The discount will be $36 for the half and $18 for the 10K.  

They also mentioned if anyone was spending the night, they have a discount rate at the Hilton Garden Inn:

By the way, we have a special rate with the Hilton Garden Inn at $89/night. Here is the link in the event some of your runners need a place to stay: http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/A/AUOAPGI-AUM-20120120/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Info is on facebook as well.  

This is a last minute plea...anyone available to head up the Half Naked Marathon at Ft. McClellan on January 21st? It's a low-key event, would be great for a first-time race director. Email IMMEDIATELY because the race registrations are already coming in!

Have a great week!
E-news November 30, 2011
by mercypilkington
Nov 30, 2011 | 2568 views |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Good morning runners! Or should I say, SWIMMERS, after the weather we've been having!


***from Thomas Griffin
We had a great Thanksgiving morning Plucked Turkey 10K. There were 206 registered with 191 finishing. This is more than double what we had last year. Runners came from California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and a bunch from Florida as well as across the state of Alabama. Jay Lloyd finished first with a time of 37:33 and Megan Williams was first among women with a time of 41:16. The winners took home Turkey Breasts and the 2nd and 3rd place finishers took home pies (Adam Swann, John Talley, Haley Long and Suzanne McGuire). Needless to say, all the runners earned their calories today.

Thanks to all who participated and especially to the volunteers, without whom, our races could not be run.

***from Gordon Harvey
Ran the Ruben Studdard 1/2 marathon in B'ham this past sunday. I am running Calif. International marathon in 2 weeks, so this was a training run/race opportunity.  Fun race, and a pretty good course taking us thru parts of Bham I haven't seen in years.  

Finished in 1:40. new PR and was 28th overall out of 551 total finishers. 24th out of 221 men.  and was 3rd in the 40-44 age group.

Leigh Marsh snagged this coupon code for ARC members...thanks, Leigh!!!

At the run this past weekend they gave out discount codes for the Gulf
Coast Half Series. I thought I would share with you in case your running
peeps were interested.


Jan 22 = Gulf Shores AL (start and finish at Lulu's)

April 15 = Pensacola FL

Oct. 14th = Mandeville LA

If you register by Dec 1st, 2011 (Thursday) you can sign up for all 3
for $115 total.

Coupon code for $20 off registration good until Dec 4th "TGIVING"
making the fee $40 for each Half if you were not going to do all three.

Oh and the medal is also a bottle opener. (photo attached)

There will be a special award for participating in all 3 but what
exactly is
still under wraps.

Don't forget about signing on to be a part of the inner workings of the club for next year. Brooke Nelson has been diligently sending out information on nominations for club officers, race directors, etc., so let her know how YOU will help out next year!

Have a great day!
E-news November 16, 2011
by mercypilkington
Nov 16, 2011 | 2977 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
  Hi Runners! Got a number of important items for you, so get your calendars out to jot these down!

***from Jay Worrall
Hello Everyone--Jay and Jen here.  We ran the Pinhoti 100 last weekend.  First, let me say congratulations and thank you to Todd Henderson for putting on this race!  It is a heck of a race.  I have been involved with it now for three years first as a volunteer, and now as a competitor, and let me say this race has a very special place in my heart.  Second, let me say thank you to the Anniston Runners Club and all the volunteers who came out and gave their support.  It was great seeing so many of you--even in my race induced fog--but perhaps none were so welcome as Ed and Mercy at mile 95.  There's NOTHING like hitting that last aid station and realizing you are actually going to get it done!  As for the race itself: on a beautiful weekend in Alabma we both finished, hand in hand, and had a lot of fun doing it.  What's better than that? 

Aw, thanks, Jay! Which was better, the 100-Mile run or the run to the altar?

***from Ann Angell
Our race report is the Savannah Rock and Roll half and full marathon held Nov 5 th . This was a family affair as me, my 16 year old daughter Cowan, my brother Patrick Porteous, my 2 nephews from Savannah and their mom, my sister in law all ran. It was only my 2 nd half marathon and my daughter’s 3rd. My first was Country Music in Nashville. The inaugural Savannah event was fun. There were around 23,000 people running. It was bitter cold believe it or not and didn’t warm up for several miles due to the serious wind. The actual course was very flat but not really all that scenic until about mile 7. A little disappointing as far as scenery. My husband is from Savannah and I have been going there for many years so I know it is beautiful. But they took us through some really rough looking neighborhoods for a very long time. But the rest of the course was beautiful. They did not really have as much support from the community as far as people on the course cheering as Nashville did. But huge crowds at the end. My daughter PRd at 2:15, my 2 nephews (their first half marathon) who are ages 15 and 13 did 1:44 and 1:50. I am slow as molasses and walked about half for a time of 3:19. My brother Patrick did great on his first marathon in well under 4 hours. It was a fun family memory for the Angell/Porteous clan.

***from Chad Prince
The Soldier Marathon in Columbus, GA was this past Saturday--my first attempt at 26.2.  We got off to a cold start at 36 degrees but it warmed up to a sunny, low 50's morning.  There was a good sized crowd of about 500 in the full and just under 700 for the half.  They had great volunteer support and the event was very well done with plenty of aide stations with water, Gatorade, GU, music and cheers.  The course felt like home.  The first seven miles were on Ft. Benning and it felt like McClellan, and remaining 19 miles were on their River Walk which is very much like Ladiga.  With the river, I expected it to be pretty flat, but there were plenty of rolling hills.  The running app I use on my phone recorded 6000 feet of ascents.

Quite a few people with marathons under their belt tried to prepare me for how tough the final few miles would be.  They were right.  Kept going and finished just under my goal time with a 3:29:34.

Looking forward to the Chief Ladiga half next month -- after 26.2, 13.1 sounds great!


Plucked Turkey 10K - Thanksgiving morning - Don't wait to preregister.

Burn off those Thanksgiving dinner calories before you consume them. Register today at

www.annistonrunners.com/event- calendar/?eventID=135&date=11/ 24/2011

Ogan Run or Ride - Charity event to benefit the Ogan family
Nov 19 - 8:00am
Golden Springs Community Center
5K run or 20-mile ride options

Two things for enews: (THANKS!)
1.       Please urge members to join all the ARC Facebook pages: Anniston Runners, Anniston Runners Triathlon Team, and Anniston Runners Trail Running
2.       Here is an updated Call for Nominations blurb:
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: It’s that time of year again, when the club calls for nominations for the 2012 slate of officers.
Please do NOT post your nomination on Facebook, but instead message me via Facebook or email: brookenelson@amcvets.com (Thanks!)
The following officers are “elected” by membership: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large.
These are the officers on the Board of Directors who vote on important matters pertaining to our club’s operations.All others are appointed by the president.
So, if you or someone you know would be the perfect officer for one of the above six positions, please email me and the Nominating Committee will consider them for the ballot.
All other officers (Ultra-Race Director, Triathlon/Multi-Sports Director, etc.) are non-voting, and are appointed by the president once he/she takes office.
Deadline for nominations: December 1, 2011
Brooke Nelson, Nominating Committee Chair

Have a great week! Be careful running in this weather!
E-news November 8, 2011
by mercypilkington
Nov 08, 2011 | 2702 views |  0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hi runners! Settle in with a cupa cocoa, 'cuz there's lots to talk about in this enews!

First of all, if you missed the Pinhoti 100 this weekend, I'm not going to pour salt in the wound by telling you how awesome it was, or how beautiful the weather along the stunning course was, or how much fun the volunteers had. That would just be mean. Instead, I'll tell you that it was AMAZING! It's a great race and is one of the showpieces for our runners' club. Overall winner Karl Meltzer pulled it off in 16hrs 42 minutes, and that was a sight to see! I'm still most impressed with women's winner Jill Perry, who completed the entire race WITHOUT a crew for support. Way to go runners, but a special congratulations to all of the volunteers who manned the aide stations and to the entire Todd Henderson clan for putting on another spectacular event!

***from Brooke Nelson
Pinhoti 100- Thank you to Aid Station #10 Volunteers, Adam’s Gap – Mile 55
Thanks guys for helping us Rock the Gap!
Each year as I see runners come through our station, I’m humbled at their progress and hope that what we do helps them reach their goals….hopefully that includes the football stadium in Sylacauga!
Thanks to our great group who served the soup, cooked the taters, filled bottles and backpacks, helped find drop bags, bandaged blisters, took pictures, made pb&j sandwiches, recorded the runners in, checked the runners’ vitals, and all the other things that help us Rock the Gap!
Sara Daum
Amie Hinton
Graham Nelson
Nicole Diekow
Jamie ?
Robyn and Hoby Talley
Daniel and Marinda Salyers
Alison Miles
Sherry and Michael McPhee
Dr. Rual Magadia
And a special thanks to my husband, who once again went way beyond the call of duty loading up enough stuff for us to move to Adam’s Gap, setting up the stuff, and the moving it all back (including a satellite dish and TV so we could watch the LSU/Bama game).

You are all awesome!

***from Alice Thrower
 On October 30th, I completed my first marathon in Washington, DC....The Marine Corps Marathon!  My goal was to simply finish, and I did in 5:29. It was an experience that will be with me for a lifetime. I have never run with that many people(over 21,000 finishers). The crowd support was amazing on the entire course, and the scenery was wonderful!  I was the crazy one that realized at Mile 25 that it was almost over and I didn't want it to end!  I am Blessed to be able to run, privileged to have been a part of such a wonderful event, and honored to have a Marine shake my hand, and put that medal around my neck!
   It was also nice to know that my fellow ARC members, Brooke Nelson, Suzy Spiceland, Dennis Dunn, Bobbie and Will Williams,and my daughter Lauren, were blazing the pavement ahead of me!
                                                  Alice Thrower

***from Apryl Swafford

   My race report is especially dedicated to the new runners out there.  When I started running last August, as both an ex-smoker and a big beautiful woman J, I never thought I’d finish a 5K much less a half marathon but my running partner(Deonne Clark) and I ran our very first half, the Girl’s Inc. Half Marathon, on Oct. 8 in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida!!  Our longest training run to that point was about 9 miles but decided we’d give the half a shot…even if we didn’t manage to finish, we calculated a few days lounging on the beach, drowning our sorrows in some cold drinks would be worth the trip.  But guess what… we DID IT!  Our goals (and all you long time runners better not laugh J) was to finish in under 3 hrs and…drum roll please…we finished in 2 hrs, 59 minutes, 15 seconds!!! A wise man reminded me (thanks Jim!) that it would be an automatic PR if we finished so that made it all the better!!!  We capped off the run with an on-site massage (another first for me and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t convince those very talented young men to come back to Munford, Alabama with us) and a FREE BEER certificate from Hofbrau at Pier Park!  Other than running into a head wind BOTH ways (which another wise man had warned me about…thanks Wig!), the race was wonderful! I can’t WAIT for the Chief Ladiga Half in December…by the way, I’ll be the one in the very back, most likely talking & singing to herself J! My next goal is a full marathon before I’m 50, so the work continues…
Apryl Swafford

***from Frank Bouie
Please recognize Wilburn Smallwood's new 5K state rcord of 49:00 for males age 88. He set the record in the Gamecock Gallop in Jacksonville on October 22. The record can be viewed at

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: It’s that time of year again, when the club calls for nominations for the 2012 slate of officers.
We have made some changes in our bylaws, and the following officers are “elected” by membership: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member-at-Large, and Woodstock Race Director.
These are the officers on the Board of Directors who vote on important matters pertaining to our club’s operations.
So, if you or someone you know would be the perfect officer for one of the above six positions, please email me and the Nominating Committee will consider them for the ballot.
All other officers (Ultra-Race Director, Triathlon/Multi-Sports Director, etc.) are non-voting, and are appointed by the president once he/she takes office.

Deadline for nominations: December 1, 2011
VOTE: The Nominating Committee will present the ballot (via email or mailed copy for those without email access) and will vote prior to the Annual Banquet in January. The new slate of officers will be inducted at the Annual Banquet.
Brooke Nelson

Have a great week, runners!
E-news Oct. 26, 2011
by mercypilkington
Oct 26, 2011 | 2776 views |  0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
These guys are about to participate in the Boulder Naked Pumpkin Run...well, when they get undressed. Google it.
These guys are about to participate in the Boulder Naked Pumpkin Run...well, when they get undressed. Google it.
Hi runners! This e-news is short and sweet!

***from Darrell Harden
On October 9, I ran the Evansville Half Marathon in Evansville, Indiana. For me, that was a huge deal, because I was born in Evansville, but left before I could really form any lasting memories of my home town. What better way to tour than to run a 13.1-mile loop through town, right? I finished in 1:48:28, good for my second-best half marathon time, but not quite the PR that I was hoping for.

That's all from here. I'm looking forward to making the trek from Piedmont to Jacksonville on December 3 with the Anniston Runners Club. :-)

Can you please do a shout out to our AOD Federal Credit Union/YMCA Spooktacular 5K that will happen at 7am Sat Oct 29th at AOD FCU in Oxford behind the Oxford YMCA. It is a costume race too!! We are giving away prizes for top 10 males and top 10 females runners only, but we are also giving away some great door prizes and top 3 best costumes for male and female if they choose to dress up and run. Of course if they do not want to dress up they can still run or walk! Our tech shirts are long sleeve black with great running skeletons across the front. They can call Ann Angell at 256-832-9622 for more info.

The course is clearly marked except for the exact start and the exact finish if anyone wants to run it ahead of time.

Pinhoti 100 STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for the November 5th-6th race! Email Todd Henderson at pinhoti100@gmail.com if you can help. There's more help to be done, too, for this event:

Attention Trail and Endurance enthusiasts (and folks that like muddy shoes):
A couple of volunteers are needed to assist at the Pinhoti 100 mile run Aide Station #5. The Lake Morgan, County Rd 24 station is near the Oxford area and will be operational from 10am until 2:30pm. Interested? Contact Tommy Triplett at tommytriplett@yahoo.com

Hey runners! Thanksgiving is fast approaching and with it all the turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and potatoes and gravy – and of course the pies. Don’t forget you have a chance to burn off those calories before you sit down at the table – the Plucked Turkey 10K Thanksgiving morning. Send in your entry now. Check the ARC website and event calendar or go to www.annistonrunners.com/event-
calendar/?eventID=135&date=11/24/2011 to download the registration form.

Have a great week!

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