E-news Oct. 19, 2011
by mercypilkington
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But which do you think was harder, the marathon or giving birth 7 hours later?
But which do you think was harder, the marathon or giving birth 7 hours later?

Good morning, runners? Are your shoes wet? If not, you haven't been running outside that much!

***from Chris Humphries

I got the opportunity to run the Chicago marathon this weekend.  This was my fifth marathon but by far the best one that I have been apart of to date. 
The course was lined from start to finish with spectators and they did a great job with on course entertainment and water stations. 
I read one report where there were an estimated 1 million people watching. 
I finished in 4:39 which was way off my goal time but I was happy with the finish.   It was a bit hot and humid but not unbearable.  This was definitely a race where I took in the scenery and enjoyed the event. 
As you may have already seen, a runner actually passed away during the race.  That fact makes a runner be grateful for what we are able to do and the ability to do it safely. I know it put my race in perspective. 
I am grateful to everyone who supported me during my training, especially my ARC family. The words of encouragement and congratulations have been overwhelming.  

Thanks everyone for continuing to allow me to be a part of the ARC family even though I'm in Chattanooga!

Come Support Children With Developmental Disabilties
A Benefit Poker Run for Motorcycles AND Bicycles through Beautiful Northeast Ala-bama to benefit children with developmental disabilities! Come Join Us!

For more info: please contact Lisa Spurling at 256-447-9349 (x38) or email me at laspurl-ing@learning-tree.org
Motorcycle Category:
100 mile—Poker Run: $40
100 mile—Additional Rider: $20
(All participants will receive an event T-shirt, bandana, and collectible event memorabilia. Additional riders are not eligible to draw cards during Poker Run)
Waivers AND Proof of Insurance required at sign-in!!
Saturday—November 5, 2011
Ft. McClellan , Alabama
At the Duck Pond!
74 Exchange Ave, Ft. McClellan, AL 36205
Bicycle Category :
50 mile—Poker Run: $40
25 mile—Poker Run: $20
(All participants will receive an event T-shirt, bandana, and collectible event memorabilia. Winners determined after last rider returns, need not be present to win)
Waivers required at sign-in!!

Register TODAY on Active.com
CA$H Prizes awarded for BEST & WORST hand in each category!!!
Bicycle start time: 8 am Motorcycle start time: 9 am

***from Brooke Nelson
NEEDED: A few good men/women/children to help with Aid Station #10 of the Pinhoti 100 (Mile 55.34)
SATURDAY, November 5
Tom and I are the “hosts” for Aid Station #10 at Adam’s Gap. This is a large aid station/command center with bag drops, pacer pickup, doctor checks, etc…
It’s a fun Aid Station (think party atmosphere) with a large roaring fire and rocking music.
But we need a few volunteers to help check-in runners as they come through. This is very important as we don’t want to lose track of any runners.

What is required: If you want to do shifts, we can set up for 4 hour increments, but it would still be best to have two people swapping out each shift.
                2:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.            Arrive at Adam’s Gap at 2 p.m. to help set up “stuff.” Check-ins would not occur until later.
                6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.          Do check-ins of runners and help breakdown station.
What you need to bring: Flashlight to read list while checking in the runners. Food/drink for you. Jacket. If it’s really cold, hand warmers, etc…. This aid station is out in the open. It’s a trail run, remember?
If you’ve never experienced an ultra-trail run, now is the time!
Questions? Let me know.
Brooke Nelson

***from Todd Henderson

Here is the call for Aid Station and other volunteers for the Pinhoti 100. The Pinhoti 100 is the RRCA Ultra Regional 100 mile Championship Race this year! The race starts on Saturday November 5th at 6:00a.m. closes on Sunday, November 6th. Here are the volunteer positions we need to fill as soon as possible. For Aid Stations I have listed the location and times. Directions can be supplied as well.
Aid Station #1 (Highrock, FS531) 6:45 till 8:00a.m.
Aid Station #5 (Lake Morgan, Cty 24) 10:00a.m. till 2:15p.m.
Aid Station #6 (Blue Mtn, CC Road) 11:00a.m. till 4:18p.m.
Aid Station #7 (Bald Rock, Cheaha St Park) 12:00p.m. till 6:12p.m.
Aid Station #11 (Clairmont Gap) 2:45p.m. till 11:59p.m.
Aid Station #12 (Chandler Springs) 3:30p.m. till 1:31a.m. Sun
Sweeping Duties Needed. Duties- Follow last runner picking up course markings and dropping course markings off at aid stations. If anyone would like to sweep you can start at any mileage and go as far as you want. You will be moving at a fast hike to slow jog. You can start and stop at any distance.
Start of Race; Start at approx 6:30a.m.
to Aid Station #1. Mileage= 6.7
to Aid Station #2. Mileage=6.57  Total Mileage from Start = 13.27
to Aid Station #3. Mileage=5      Total Mileage from Start = 18.27
to Aid Station #4. Mileage=4.44 Total Mileage from Start = 22.71
to Aid Station #5. Mileage=4.95 Total Mileage from Start = 27.66
to Aid Station #6. Mileage=6.95 Total Mileage from Start = 34.56
to Aid Station #7. Mileage=6.38 Total Mileage from Start = 40.94
Start at Aid Station #10 (Adams Gap). Start time will be approx 10:45p.m.
to Aid Station #11. Mileage= 4.95
to Aid Station #12. Mileage=5.15 Total Mileage from Aid #10 = 10.1
to Aid Station #13. Mileage=3.34 Total Mileage from Aid #10 = 13.44
to Aid Station #14. Mileage=5.75 Total Mileage from Aid #10 = 19.19
to Aid Station #15. Mileage=5      Total Mileage from Aid #10 = 24.19
to Aid Station #16. Mileage=6.1   Total Mileage from Aid #10 = 30.29
Time Clock and Finish Line Volunteers Needed:
We will need a club time clock and volunteers to work in shifts.
Arrival time= 9p.m. Saturday
Location= Sylacauga High School Football Stadium
Finish Line will be set up on the 50 yard line of the track located inside the football stadium.
Close time= 12:00a.m. Sunday
Please contact:
Todd Henderson
Pinhoti 100
205-492-7063 cell

***from Tom Griffin

Plucked Turkey 10K - Thanksgiving morning
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.

E-news Oct. 3, 2011
by mercypilkington
Oct 03, 2011 | 2221 views |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Want one of your own?
Want one of your own?

Happy Monday, runners! I hope you took advantage of the cooler weather and got some run time in before your weekend got too busy!

***from Roxana Conroy
I ran a 5k yesterday here in Ft. Payne. The run was to raise money for Whitney Smith who has plans to serve in Sudan through her church ministry. I do not know all the details but i have a website if anyone wants to check it out.


***from Jay Worrall
1) Race Report.  Jennifer and I ran the Inaugural Georgia Jewel this past weekend, September 24.  There was a 100 mile, a 50 mile, and a 35 mile race.  Jen and I ran the 50 mile.  She was the second woman overall, and I was the 9th male overall.  As usual, we ran the entire race together, and we were happy with our performances.  It is a rough course on the feet--lots of rocky and technical terrain, as well as some hills--but it was also pretty, and the volunteers were awesome.  We also saw Wayne running the 35m, and it looked like he was doing well.  I look forward to hearing how he did!
2) Trail Training Run.  Any trail runners interested in getting some miles in the weekend of October 8-9?  Jen & I will be organizing a run for anyone that wants to join us for any distance.  We're running the Pinhoti 100 course, throughout the day and night, hoping to cover about 67 miles total.  Important: no one is expected to go the entire way if they don't want to!  Anyone who wants to come out for 5 or 10 miles, please do, as we'd love the company.  Let me know and we'll coordinate: jayworrall@hotmail.com


***from Brooke Nelson

TRI SOCIAL - NOT just for triathletes! If you've ever even had an inkling to do a multi-sport event (individually or on a team) - come on over!

Coming up this Sunday, October 9 at 5 p.m. at our cabin. We've got about 20 signed up so far, but would love to have loads more. We need to do a little planning for next year (so bring your ideas) and a lot of socializing. We’ll provide the main dish, but we need you to bring your own drinks and a dish to share (appetizer, salad, veggie, or dessert).

PLEASE plan to come, and please let me know so I have enough food.
Let me know if you need a map.


***Don't forget to log your September miles for the 1200-Mile Club by emailing Jim Parham at cdrjimparham@hotmail.com.



Disney’s Princess Half Marathon
Have you signed up to become running royalty in 2012?  If not, grab your ladies in waiting (or even your frog prince) and register for the 2012 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon before the entry fee increases on Monday, October 3, 2011. 
And if you are already signed up to run through the kingdom, here are three ways to pamper yourself and your fans during race weekend. 

Pasta in the Park Party – Prepare with a proper pre-race meal, meet the Disney Princesses and cap-off the evening with a viewing of Illuminations:  Reflections of Earth at Epcot®.

Race Retreat – Stay comfortable before and after the race with this VIP runner package that is fit for a princess. 

ChEAR Squad Make sure your loved ones sign up so they don’t miss a minute of the race action. 

runDisney Share Your Bling Sweepstakes
And if you haven’t done so already, show us your runDisney “bling” on our Facebook wall!  You can upload images of yourself with your crowning runDisney achievement by going to Facebook.com/runDisney.  And while you are there, don’t forget to enter the runDisney Share Your Bling Sweepstakes to win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, January 5-8, 2012. 

Join runDisney fans and “Like” us on the Official runDisney Facebook page to keep up with updates and more.  Become a fan today!
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF MONEY NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The runDisney Share Your Bling Sweepstakes starts 9/6/11 at 3:00 PM ET and ends 10/22/11 at 11:59:59 ET. Open to eligible legal residents of 50 U.S./D.C., 18 years or older as of time of entry. Click on the View Official Rules for entry instructions, odds of winning, prize details, restrictions, etc. Residents of P.R. are ineligible. Void in P.R. and where prohibited. Sponsor: Disney Destinations, LLC P.O. Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. View Official Rules.

Have a great week, runners!

E-news Sept. 27, 2011
by mercypilkington
Sep 27, 2011 | 1858 views |  0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
For the record, I was NOT the one who suggested we steal the sign...
For the record, I was NOT the one who suggested we steal the sign...

Hi there, runners! Hope all of you have a productive week of logging some miles. Speaking of logging those miles, remember to report your miles to Jim Parham at the end of the week!

Did you know there was an event in Nashville this past weekend and that two of our runners placed in their age groups? Nancy Grace and Lori Tibbetts placed 3rd and 2nd respectively in their separate categories at the Women's Half Marathon...way to go!

***From Jim Parham
My first race as a 65 yo. New age group on Friday Sept 23, a 5K that represents a return to our Navy roots witht the SWOS (Surface Warfare Officer School) 5K........ always well done. Creative T-shirts, beautiful vistas from our island featuring views of Narragansett Bay the Naval War College. Post race Newport Storm (our local beer) with pizza for after. All made better by finishing first in my age group, and that is a first for me here in RI.
Then yesterday Sept 25, my favorite swim race of the year. The New England 5&10K Championships, hosted by a gent who may be one of the greatest swimmers in the world. Ray Gandy has swum the English Channel, swum 50 miles around our islands here and is just a nice guy. The river is beautiful, the folks are great and the post steak burgers, deluxe RI hot dogs, beer from Vermont and the prizes, a Chocolate Swimmer trophy make it unique. I beat the top 10K winner who set a national record. I swam the 5K in 2:01. A wonderful event.
Still in all, missing Sweet Home and appreciate you E-news of our great running club news.
Best, Jim

*** From Steven Miles

Steven Miles, Allison Miles, and Brian Mount had a great time at the Warrior Dash in Tennessee over the last weekend.  It was great to run a race for a change that was just about having fun.  We all took on the obstacles and dove into the mud pit at the end to cover ourselves from head to toe in mud.  Was a very liberating experience.  We got our warrior helmets, our shirts, our medals, and I bought a kilt.  Can't wait to do another one.  Signing up for the May 19th, 2012 event in Georgia.  If anyone is interested, jump in there with us. :o)

*** From Wayne Tucker
Last Saturday I ran my first marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
in Dayton Ohio. I chose the Air Force Marathon as my first because of
the 7 hour time limit (which I knew I would need). It was a great
experience and would suggest this race to anyone. It consisted of a 5K
on Friday night with a 10K, half and full marathon on Saturday morning.
There were over 13000 runners registered, of which more than 3000 for
the marathon. Race time weather was cloudy in the mid to upper 40's with
an afternoon high in the 60's (much better than the 80's I had trained
in!). The Air Force and local communities put on a big show for us and
we had plenty of support including an accordion band playing Oktoberfest
music (love that chicken dance). I met my goal of not walking and had an
official time of 7hrs 3 min 54 sec (official 7 hour time limit was
extended because it took 10 minutes for everyone to get across the start
line). I have pictures and a couple videos posted on my Facebook. The
flyover of the B1 was an awesome thing to see.....

You must register before October 2nd, 12:00 Midnight to guarantee you get a race shirt!

To benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure
 North Central Alabama
Saturday October 1, 2011
8:00 am 

Run The Rim 5K - THIS SATURDAY! www.racesonline.com

Have a great week and send in those reports!

E-news Sept. 19, 2011
by mercypilkington
Sep 19, 2011 | 1785 views |  0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
XTerra Races are staged worldwide.
XTerra Races are staged worldwide.

Good morning, runners! I hope you had the chance to log a few miles in the cooler temps over the beautiful weekend. A LOT of you came out to run the XTerra 10K on Mt. Cheaha over the weekend. I was passing out water so I can't speak for the course, but if the smiles heading into the finish line chute were any indication, you loved the course, too! There was a mishap with some yellow jackets around mile two that affected quite a few of you, but you didn't let that stop you from finishing a challenging and scenic course. Way to go!

***I've been traveling and ran in a 10K race, TRC Running Over Cancer, in Sugarland, Texas (think Houston). Turns out it was a bit more than 10K (actually 6.8 mi) due to improper course marking or something.

I did fairly well, finishing 35th overall (of 123) and 2nd in my age group ( 60). The guy who finished 1st in group was second overall.

There was good support for the race and pretty well run (other than the glitch with distance). The race supported The Sundrop Foundation, fighting kids cancer.

Will be nice to get back to my home course, though!

Tom Griffin

***Race report...
Jen and I competed at the Wood's Ferry 24 hour race Labor Day weekend.  Under this format, you run, walk, or crawl as many miles as you can within the time allowed.  The course was a 7.75 mile trail loop in the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina.  Conditions were very hot & humid, and we heard many runners comment on this.  The race started at 4pm Saturday, finishing at 4pm Sunday.  Jen and I had a race plan of running through the night, and hopefully continuing into Sunday as long as we could.  (By contrast, other runners ran until midnight, slept for several hours, and then ran more the next day.)  We are preparing for the Pinhoti 100 in November, and we need as much sleep deprived night running as possible!  We managed to run 7 loops in a tad under 16 hours, before deciding we'd had enough.  This was good for a multi-person overall tie for 12th place (based on mileage, not time), with Jen getting 2nd place for the women.  I have to admit we had hoped to go a bit further, but under the conditions we were still quite content with our places!  Terri Hayes the Race Director (ultrasontrails.com) always puts on several fun events each year, and I recommend running with her sometime...
Jay Worrall & Jennifer Ford

As we head into October, be sure to check out the ARC website for all the details on fall races. The Honda 5K will be October 8th, The Gamecock Gallop is October 22nd, and the YMCA Spooktacular 5K is October 29th...just to name a few!

Have a great week!

E-news Sept. 13, 2011
by mercypilkington
Sep 13, 2011 | 1751 views |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The Women's Half Marathon is open to all!
The Women's Half Marathon is open to all!

Good afternoon, runners! Several of you have been busy answering the call for race reports, so thanks for the updates and for doing our club proud in the running and multisport worlds!


*Walkers - need a buddy?
I have a friend who is just getting back into exercising after a long layoff (and a recent knee replacement). She needs the motivation, commitment, and support a walking buddy (or buddies) would give her. She lives in Anniston and would love to join/start a group of walker-friendly people who want to get in better shape and enjoy the camaraderie of friends sharing a common goal. If you or someone you know is interested, just email me at:  brookenelson@amcvets.com   Also, please post the days/times that are best for you. Thanks!

*Since the 4 yr Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for the MPO is complete, I will be attempting to update its accompanying Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan for the urbanized area (Jacksonville, Weaver, Anniston, Oxford, Hobson City, Saks, Lenlock, Alexandria and portions of the County immediately adjacent to these areas).  Our current Bicycle/Ped plan was adopted in Nov. 2003 so it’s getting a little old and several projects in it have been completed. 

Several of you participated in the advisory committee for the 2003 plan so I am contacting you once again.   If you know of others who would like to be involved please send a name, address and # so I can contact them.   We need representation from a cross section of the community so, any one of any age and any gender may participate as long as they reside in the urban portion of Calhoun County .    If you would like someone else to represent your issues or agencies please send the appropriate information. 
Our current plan can be viewed at:  http://www.earpdc.org/pages/?pageID=27  scroll down about half the page and click on the Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan highlighted in blue.
This update will take several months and the advisory committee will need to meet a few times.  Of course, this plan must focus on projects which improve bicycle and pedestrian transportation for example; sidewalk improvements, connections to or extensions of the Chief, bicycle lanes where feasible, bicycle parking racks, bicycle safety education, StR signs, etc.   Sorry, no off-road mountain bicycling or round walking track projects can be considered.  However, on street improvements or connections to/from them might be.
Today, I am updating my email and mailing address lists and I hope to have our first meeting within the next several weeks.
Thank you,
Jack Plunk, MCRP



Anniston, Al has been chosen to host the 2011 Alabama State Cyclocross Championships. The race will be held Saturday November 19th at the Woodland Park Softball Complex. The race is also race number 5 of the 10 race BamaCross Series. Please come out and help support this event.

Let Wig (Patrick Wigley, owner of Wig's Wheels and sponsor of ARC) know if you can help with the event. If you've never watched or participated in Cyclo-Cross (CX), you are in for a treat!


*Runners... The XTERRA Alabama Cheaha State Park 10K Trail Run is September 17th, 2011 / First Race of a 3 Race Series! On-Line Registration Closes Sept 15th http://www.active.com/running/ delta-al/xterra-cheaha-state-p ark-trail-run-2011 we will be taking race day registrations! Your registration includes Dri Fit Shirt, Custom XTERRA Alabama Pint Glass, Chip Timing... Alabama Outdoors will be on hand giving away FREE Raffle Prizes (5 Free Pairs of Trail Running Shoes will be given away)!

Thanks, Tim

Run Away from Domestic Violence
8K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
Hoover, AL
October 22, 2011 ~ 8:00am       runawayrace.com



Register and Save $15 on The Women's Half Marathon Nashville, TN on September 24, 2011
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Registration is approaching a sell out so sign up today!
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