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VCTC Annual Awards - Winners' Stories - Runners of the Year






Award:
Runner of the Year - Male

 

It hasn’t sunk in yet.  I have written and rewritten this post to try to communicate my feelings and hopefully I have the wording down right.

The standing ovation from my teammates, the “Eye of the Tiger” playing (my pump-up song from college), and the thrill of being recognized as Runner of the Year for VCTC.  

This year covered some great times, great races and great experiences.  But between going back to school for my masters (NYU Sports Business) an illness that sidelined my spring training , and a rocky relationship and breakup, I had to rebuild my fitness in a hurry to get Vermont City Marathon and then, NYC Marathon ready.   

Then there was Sandy.   Need I say more?

Turns out I have no reason to complain.   I just won the most meaningful Runner of the Year Award that can be won among any clubs, and the people clapping for me as I received it are extremely special.

Runner of the year means so much in a club like ours, as it is not simply about the fastest times or highest age-grade.  “It’s about how you play the game.”  The old saying says it best.  I am truly honored.

Those who know me well know that I don’t like to brag or boast too much.  Sometimes I cave and talk at length about my past races or cold Plattsburgh tundra or blazing Austin heat runs, but most of the time I prefer to let legs and work do the talking, and allow others to form their own opinions about me.  On January, 19 it all worked out perfectly.

I can only hope to aspire to running in the 60+ age groups.  When Beni Veraz posted on Facebook, “I can’t wait to be 60!” it summed up all I hope to be feeling when my own age is more than doubled from the present day.
 I am constantly and consistently in awe of the runners around me in VCTC.  

So, to all my teammates and friends, thank you inspiring me.  I could not have won without you.

 


Award: Runner of the Year - Female

 

I have been running since I was 30, but since 2005 when I joined VCTC and found a group of people whom I love to run with; I have been RUNNING .

I started competing and worked my way up to the NYC Marathon which I have run 4 times. I have also run the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, Steamtown and Boston.

This year I formulated a strategy:

  • Listened to coach Ken and stop running Marathons, they are not my distance.
  • Listened to Dave King on how to taper before a race.
  • Learned how to swim from Rachel Gissenger. It significantly changed my breathing for the better.
  • Raced without looking at my watch and ran by how I feel.
  • Stayed injury free by stretching, cross training and taking rest days.

At my age, if you can stay healthy and injury free, you stand a chance of chasing down the competition

or outliving them.

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Comment by Dominic on January 28, 2013 at 10:16pm

This is great writing guys for such great athletes as you.  Yeah, Tony Thoman has been running great as he's swimming too. 

Comment by Andrea Rafael on January 25, 2013 at 5:42pm

Awesome and inspiring! Congratulations!

Comment by David Isaac on January 25, 2013 at 4:01pm

Awesome, both of you. Congratulations on your richly deserved awards!

Comment by Jeff Powell on January 25, 2013 at 3:29pm

These are both great. Congrats Bobby and Jill! Jill - I agree with you about racing without looking at your watch. I stopped wearing my Garmin in races and my times have actually improved because I'm not so set on pace. I just run by feel and it has worked out for the better...

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