Author: Timm Huffman

New board members for GMRC

Club,

After several years of serving in various role on the board, Timm and Julia are stepping down from leadership roles this year. They will still be around and supporting the local running community in various ways but wanted to make some room for new folks to step up and get involved.

So, after several weeks of open nominations, we are pleased to announce our new board. Note that since there was only one nomination to each position, we did not hold a formal club vote.

President – Blake Tyler

Vice President – Nicole Bryant

Secretary – Murial Saliba

Treasurer – Pete Madden

Membership – Narri Dowd

The new board will be in effect Feb. 1, 2023. We will share details on the first board meeting of the year soon and any member is welcome to attend any board meeting.

Happy running!

Boston Club bib winner announced, elections reminder

Thank you to all who expressed interest in the remaining Boston Bib for the 2023 Boston Marathon.  I wish we had a few more as there was some great stories about what people have been doing this year and their stories on a road to the Boston Marathon.  I would like to congratulate Mike Veilleux on being chose for this bib.  Mike has been a member of the club for six years and was part of the 40 year old male team this year for the Mills Cities Marathon.  

I hope that we will continue to receive these Invitational Numbers now that we are back from the Covid setbacks.  Also, if you are interested in any of the board positions, the deadline is this Friday January 6, 2023.  Please reach out to Muriel at dmajs@comcast.net to express your interest.  We are looking forward to an exciting year and recruiting new members.

GMRC Club News: leader elections, Boston bibs

Runners, 

I hope everyone is enjoying a happy, healthy holiday season.  As the year comes to an end, so does our race season.  After a very successful Mills Cities Relay, we are now looking forward as a club to the new year. 

With this comes some club business and elections for the board.  It is an election year, and therefore we will have club elections.  Please respond to Muriel at dmajs@comcast.net, she is club secretary, with your intention if you chose to run for an office.  We have President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and fifth member who would break any ties that may arise and takes care of membership.  Please respond by Friday, January 6th with your intention and we will send out an email for elections the following week. Once this takes place, the board will set a date for middle to end of January to start business for the 2023 season.

We have had a pause with the Boston Athletic Association and Invitational Boston Marathon numbers secondary to Covid and their new process.  I am happy to announce that Eddie Ithier and myself worked on the new process and did the daunting process of requesting numbers for the 2023 Boston Marathon.  We have been advised that we received two Invitational numbers for the 2023 marathon.  One of the numbers was distributed to club member Jillian Granucci who was awarded the number from the club to run Boston in 2020 but did not get the opportunity to run due to Covid cancelling the marathon.  The final number will be awarded to a dues-paying club member based on the following:

  • Someone who has qualified but did not make the registration for 2023
  • Someone who has attempted to qualify multiple times, however, just hasn’t been able to
  • Finally, if no one fits into the above, any interested club member can submit their name and we will do it as a raffle drawing

Please note that Invitational numbers are not free and the cost is $375 to enter.  Anyone who is interested has to be ready to pay this fee to register for the race.  I would like to choose the lucky recipient by December 31st, so if you have any interest, please respond to me at dmajs@comcast.net.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at the above email address.  Have a happy, healthy, holiday season.

Muriel

Final logistics info for 2022 Mill Cities Relay

Next Sunday is the Mill Cities Relay and below is all the final race-day and logistics information. Captains should be in contact with you this week to discuss leg assignments, carpooling, etc.

IMPORTANT: If, for any reason, you can no longer make the race, please let your team captain know as soon as possible, as this may impact our eligibility to score points and we may need to inform the organization about this.

We will meet at Stark Brewing Co in Manchester between 6 and 6:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.

Captains will collect race fees from each participant. The cost to run for paid club members is $10. If you haven’t paid for 2022, you can pay dues the morning of and it will cover you for 2023. The race fee + the club registration is $40.

After collecting fees, captains will bring the money to Muriel Saliba and she will provide the team’s race packet.

We will have club branded buffs for anyone who wants one and GMRC singlets for sale for $20. Please see Timm Huffman if you are interested. Cash, check, or Venmo will be accepted, but no IOUs.

Once the packets are handed out, each team will carpool to the start at Eagles Hall in Nashua, shooting to leave Manchester by 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. Eagles Hall has bathrooms and there are several food/coffee options nearby.

The race ends at the Claddagh Pub in Lawrence, MA. Many will stay for a pint, lunch and awards ceremony. Others will leave early. If you need a ride home before the team leaves, or want to stay longer, please talk to your captain and they can help get you a ride home.

Since this is a marathon-distance relay, most teams can expect to be finished running between 10:30 and 12. The race ends at Claddough Pub, Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St, Lawrence, MA, and lunch is included.

For captains/team drivers, here is the link to the course information and locations/maps for the transitions: https://millcitiesrelay.com/race-info/course/.

Additional notes on race-day logistics

  • Prior to the start of the race, get an estimate of how long each runner takes to complete their leg. This will help you determine how much time you have between transition zones.
  • Drive to Transition 1 (Leg 2). All teams need to leave the Eagles Wing Function Hall 5-10 minutes before the start of the race to avoid being caught up behind the racers, as there is a spot where the runners cross the highway on route 3 and if you get caught behind that you might not make transition 1. 
  • After the handoff, collect your runner and proceed to transition 2 (Leg 3). Leg 3 is short (2.5 miles) and should take your runner between 14-20 minutes to complete. With this tight margin, it may be necessary to drop runner 3 at transition 2, then proceed immediately to transition 3 to drop runner 4, circling back to pick-up runner 2 before grabbing runner 3 on your way to support runner 4 on the long leg.
  • Leg 4 is a nine-miler and you will have plenty of time to support your runner a couple of times, but be sure to arrive at transition 4 on time.
  • You can support runner 5 early on, but you should hustle to the finish line, as some streets are blocked off and the drive can take a while.
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