E-news November 8, 2011
by mercypilkington
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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!

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