Club News, October 17th, 2004

The Washington Running Club
Club News
October 17th 2004

All the news that fits, we print…or lest we try…

Items of interest: new members, nuptuals, birthdays, Toronto, Chicago, and Baltimore marathons run, mounds of member race results, race volunteer fun, club track and distance runs, marathon madness continues, do your dues online now, WRC logo coming, running world loses a great one – Johnny Kelley…as does the comedy world – Rodney Dangerfield… WRC People News

New Members:
Kathryn Paulson, 25, Washington, DC
Barry Clark, Jr., 39, Washington, DC
Eric Sherman, 21, Washington, DC
Chris Bateman, 54, Washington, DC

We welcome Kathryn, Barry, Eric, and Chris into the WRC! Unofficially, that gives us 35 new members so far in 2004, a grand accounting of 18 ladies and 17 gents. 

Getting Married! Running standout Michael Wardian and his fiancee Jennifer are getting wed on Saturday, October 23d! We wish Michael and Jennifer all the best for their wedding, honeymoon (in Hawaii…oo la la), and future together! Cheers!

October Birthdays!
Megan P., Steve A., Glen H., and Roberto R…Happy Birthday folks!

Moved to New York: Ben Gutman, who joined us on the track from time to time. One thing about Ben…he was ALWAYS smiling! Keep smiling in New York Ben…we wish you the best!

WRC Member Racing
(From 9/25 through 10/17)
MCRRC Rockville 10k, MD, 10/17

Albert and Laura run well in Rockville.

3d Albert Han 31  36:01

4th Laura Chipkin 24  44:57

MCRRC Rockville 5k, MD, 10/17

Two 5k’s in two days for Sarah.

6th Sarah Buckheit 44  22:26

Snoopy 5k, Downtown DC, 10/17

The day after running a quick marathon in Ball-more, Iron Mike wins a 5k in downtown DC!

1st Mike Wardian 30  16:05
21st Jay Wind 54  20:46

Rediscovery 10k, West Potomac Park, DC, 10/17

New member Eric leads the way for WRC…Jay likes 21st place (see above)!

6th Eric Sherman 21  37:38
21st Jay Wind 54  42:14
Steve Amter 48  46:28
James Scarborouth 46  47:56

Baltimore Marathon, MD, 10/16

Mike jumps up to Baltimore and nails another WRC best marathon page time!

8th Mike Wardian 30  2:27:41

Karen Intrachat 23  3:38:07

Also, it’s nice to report that one-time member and a top runner in the area for years, Jim Hage, ran 2:37:14 at the young age of 46!

Kingstowne Faith 5k, VA 10/16

One thing bad about a fast downhill first mile is…you have to run back up the dang hills!

4th Jim Wadsworth 47  16:49 (1st age group)

8th Sarah Buckheit 44  21:48 (1st age group)

Chicago Marathon, IL, 10/10

Five WRCers, all members of the WRC Dream Team, ran great times and bettered or hit their intended marks in Chicago!  Super job guy and gals!

Mike Proulx  29  3:10:41
Emily Turner  23  3:12:39
Diana Johnson  23  3:24:39
Erica Morton  28  3:29:10
Challice Bonifant 26  3:36:08
(No word yet from the race directors on how the Dream Team fared against its comp)

Some Chicago Pics!

Captain Mike, Emily, and Diana hammering out the miles…

Erica (black top) and Challice (in yellow) pacing along…

WRC Dream Team minus Captain Mike show commaraderie and cohesiveness..

Dream team members Emily, Mat (friend), Challice, Mike, Erica, and Diana are all smiles!

Erica and Amy (there for support & cheer) pose for beauty…

Emily, Mike, and Erica relax after the long miles…

Van Metre 5 Miler, Ashburn, VA, Oct 9th

Mike and Lisa lead the way for the WRC!

2nd Mike Wardian 30  24:29
7th George Buckheit 47  28:07 (2nd age group)

3d Lisa Thomas 28  29:40
4th Lindsay Goulet 26  29:48 (2nd age)
9th Maria Kozloski 39  32:11 (3d age)
28th Elizabeth Ottoway 40  37:45

Stonewall Jackson 20-Miler, Fredericksburg, Oct 9th

This was a good long run for some WRCers in their marathon training!

19th Prasad Gerard 46  2:18:08
20th Charles Manahan 37  2:18:44 (3d age group)
40th Dan Wallace 38  2:30:04

Somerset Back-To-School 8k Classic, Oct 10th

3d Anthony Belber 31  28:39
Jay Wind 54  33:19 (1st age group)
James Scarborough 46  38:59

Columbia Metric Marathon (26.2k), MD, 10/03

Bob Platt clocked a 2:12:59.95 at the Columbia Metric Marathon. Bob reports that his time compares favorably to Chris Bank’s 2:17:05 at Twin Cities the same day. Way to blister it over the big 26.2 k Bob!

Race for Cooperative Development 5k, DC, 10/02

WRCers take home some prizes on a humid morn!

4th Pascal Brazey 35  16:18 (1st age)
5th Jim Wadsworth 47  16:51 (1st master)
27th Bruce Reynolds 54 21:04

5th Adina Wadsworth 36  21:33 (1st age)
6th Sarah Buckheit 44  21:58 (1st age)

Co-op Development 5k gets underway…Pascal makes sure his watch is ticking…

    Pascal & Jim pose with their WRC caps…                    Adina collects her award… 

Navy Federal Credit Union 5k, 10/2, VA

Our Prez Barb, on the comeback trail, barely gets edged out for 1st (they had the same gun time). Iron Mike takes another 1st a week after running his 2nd marathon of the Fall.

Barb in green top fights it out…                                          Mike cruises sans shirt…

2nd Barb Fallon-Wallace 30  18:45

1st Mike Wardian 30  16:03

Ridgefield 1/2 Marathon,10/2, CT

Dave Keating, once an esteemed President of the WRC, reinvigorator of WRC membership, original website master, and now of Long Island fame, runs a half in CT. Dave also reports that Teren Block, a one-time WRC member in the mid 1990’s who now lives in Greenwich, CT, finished one place ahead of him. This just goes to show that WRCers, whether ex or present, can run, but they can’t hide.

36th Teren Block 39  1:28:30
37th Dave Keating 44  1:29:24

Booking for Literacy – PA Ave Mile and 5k Races, Downtown DC, 9/25

Dog Trot Mile:
1st Kyle Yost & his best friend Riley  5:30

For a couple of barks and yips, see Kyle’s race accounting of the race!

Open Mile:
Dane Rauschenberg 28  5:21


Genevieve and Pascal lead the way for WRC…

2nd Genevieve Kiley 29  18:23

5th Pascal Brazey 35  16:35
James Scarborough 46  22:45
Steve Amter 46  22:46

National Chapter 20-Miler, 9/26

Almost 600 ran this race…wow, people must be getting ready for their thons!

10th Mark Drosky 44  2:15:23 (3d age)
Jay Wind 54  2:22:38
Bob Platt 53  2:45:06
James Scarborough 46  3:06:51

Scotibank Waterfront Marathon, Toronto, Canada, 9/26

Two weeks after the Montreal Marathon eh, Mike Wardian gives Toronto a calling eh, and finishes well! Mike reports that due to a course marshalling mistake, he ran an extra 1/2 mile or so. Said Mike, “So it was like a long run.” Only Mike would be so laid back about such a mistake in a marathon, eh!

6th Mike Wardian 30  2:30:01 (1st American!)

We humbly apologize if we missed any places or races. Let us know. Great running all!

Club Running and Activities

Volunteer to Help With Running Fun

Army 10-Miler. President Barb Fallon Wallace has put out the word for volunteers to help with packet pick-up for the Army 10-Miler. Volunteer duties will take place on Saturday, October 23d in shifts throughout the day. Contact Barb at blfallon@aol.coma.s.a.p. if you’re willing to help. Volunteering allows you to rub elbows with many of your fellow runners.

Please note that we are doing this to help out George Banker, who personally performs all kinds of great works for the DC running community, including directing races, helping to get members into races, helping out with last minute race team changes, and the like.

Thanks to those who have already signed up to assist!

Veteran’s Day 10k. We are also soliciting volunteers for race morning duties (likely packet-pick up) at the Veteran’s Day 10k being held on Sunday, November 7th. Email Barb at blfallon@aol.comif interested…7 are signed up so far…thanks!

Track and Sunday Long Runs!Numbers have been up of late at the track in Arlington and at the Sunday distance runs out of Georgetown as members and associates prepare for fall marathons and other races.

Track night has seen from 10-15 people in the main WRC group, while anywhere from 5 to 10 other WRCers have also been at the track on Tuesday nights doing other tailored workouts.

Sunday miles are pounded out all along the Capital Crescent Trail, C&O Canal, Rock Creek Park, or around the Mall and such. Come on out and join the fun!.

Of course, as fall marathons fall by the wayside…track and distance run numbers will subside for a spell as people take a well-deserved rest.

Track nights are switching from Tuesdays to Wednesdays (when the lights will be on) starting November 3d, not before! Starting then, we will meet on the side of the track opposite the entrance gate. Remember, track workouts for the core member group are sent weekly in the club’s member email update.

New runners note. If you’ve been to one or more of the WRC’s workouts (distance run and/or track) and wish to be a member of the club you simply need to join. If you want to continue to check out the club, send an email to get included on the weekly email update. We’ll then keep you on the update for a spell so you know what’s up. Of course, if you go ahead and officially join the WRC, you’ll be included in the email for perpetuity or as long as the update or your membership lasts. We welcome all and would love to have you as a member!

Fall Marathon Madness Continues

A bunch of members are running fall marathons. Some already did Chicago and others (results in this and past news)! Here’s another recap of coming ones…and we continue to wish all the best with their training and races!

Marine Corps Marathon 10/31
Steve Baker
Jim Wadsworth
Dane Rauschenberg
Mark Drosky
Bob Platt
Jay Wind
Laura Chipkin
Charles Manahan
Steve Amter
Prasad Gerard
Marathon in the Parks
Dane Rauschenberg (perhaps)
Mike Wardian (maybe)
Philadelphia Marathon
Casey Smith
Dave Keating

Members, if you’re runnning a marathon this fall and you’re not in this list, let us know and we’ll update it. Thanks!

Some Fall Thon Links:
Oct 31st – Marine Corps Marathon website
Nov 7th – ING New York City Marathong website
Nov 13th – Richmond Marathon website
Nov 14th – Marathon in the Parks website
Nov 21st – Philadelphia Marathon website

WRC Dues Payment Available Online Now!

Two options for renewals and new memberships. Members, for renewing your membership and paying dues, you now have two options. The traditional mail-in way, or online through a secure server at If you’ve been tardy with your dues, please think of renewing now. Thanks! Online registration    Mail in registration

Of course, prospective members reading this are welcome to join by either method also. Joining now takes you all the way through December, 2005 (Dues: $15 individual; $25 family).

Thanks…the WRC appreciates your membership! 

New WRC Logo Being Designed! Because the WRC has been without a logo for some time, once using the Phoenix, which Dave Keating installed, and lately merely identifying the site with the Capitol Dome, the club has embarked on the development of a new logo. This will mark our club as distinct, as it certainly is. More to come soon…stay tuned!

Beyond the Dome – Other Running Stuff

Johnny Kelley, proudly donning his Patriots cap

A Great New Englander and Runner Passes the Baton. [From Running Times]: The Associated Press reports that Johnny Kelley has died at the age of 97. Kelley, who completed the Boston Marathon a record 58 times (and started the event 61 times), died Wednesday night [Oct. 6th] at a Cape Cod nursing home, according to his stepson Dave DeLong. His death came just three hours after he moved from his Dennis home to the nearby Windsor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Kelley, competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Marathon, finishing 18th, won the Boston Marathon in 1935 and 1945, and is a member of the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, but it was his longevity for which Kelley will be remembered. In addition to his two wins at Boston, he had 18 finishes in the top 10, including seven 2nd place finishes.

“Johnny was not only a great runner, he was a great person who touched millions of lives and inspired millions of runners,” DeLong said. “He lived life to the fullest, in everything he did, and one of his greatest gifts was always seeing the best in everything and everybody.”

Kelley ran his first marathon in 1928 on an out-and-back course between Pawtucket and Woonsocket, R.I. Twenty years old at the time, he finished in 3 hours, 17 minutes. He started the Boston Marathon in 1928 and 1932, but didn’t finish either time. In 1933, he ran near the front, but had faded to 37th by the race’s end. The next year, however, he held on for second place. He then secured his place in the race’s history in 1935, when he captured the title by running away from Pat Dengis, finishing in 2:32:07.

In June 1942, Kelley’s wife of three years, Mary, died of cancer and he was soon drafted into the U.S. Army. Private John Kelley came up from Alabama’s Fort McClellan for the 1943 Boston Marathon, where his time of 2:30:00, his fastest ever at Boston, left him in second place once again. He went on to run his PR of 2:28:18 in 1948 in a race in Salisbury, MA.

At age 50, in 1957, he ran to an amazing ninth place at Boston, finishing in 2:52:12. From then on, he ran every Boston until 1968, when he did not start, and again through 1992, when at age 84 he finished his 58th and final Boston Marathon. He crossed the line in 5:58:00.

A statue entitled `Young at Heart” was erected in honor of Kelley in 1993 at the base of the third hill in Newton. The statue depicts a 27-year-old Kelley winning in 1935 and clasping hands with an older Kelley finishing in 1991 at age 83.

And More Beyond the Dome

We’re also very sad to note that Rodney Dangerfield has too passed away. One time Rodney didn’t like it when he visited his doctor who said he was crazy. Rodney said, “Oh yeah? Well I want another opinion. The doctor says, Okay, you’re ugly too.” 

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