In 2017, HMRRC will offer cash awards for runners who place in its Grand Prix series. The awards will go seven deep in six age-group categories (29 and under; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and up) for both men and women. Only active club members at the time of an event will score points for that event ... continued

HMRRC's popular winter series of races begins on December 4 with the Doug Bowden 15K and 3 Mile events. These races, like most Winter Series races, are free to club members. Non-members pay $5. The races generally begin at 10:00 am at the U Albany athletic facility. The New Year’s Day races begin at noon, and the Marathon and 20 mile events (Feb. 12) begin at 9:00. Members can pre-register by going to www.hmrrc.com. Day-of-race registration begins one hour before start times ... continued

by Mark Vermilyea
I first met Phil soon after moving back to my hometown from graduate school in late 1980. I had started running occasionally while in school since I was in California and it seemed the thing to do - the running boom was on an upswing then. I had never run a road race at that point, but had participated in intramural track events and considered myself quite athletic, having played a lot of hoops, football, soccer, and softball ... continued

by Mollie Turner
I had first heard of the Stockade-athon as a teenager, when I joined my high school cross country team. My coach, Mark Mindel, had not only founded the race and served as race director but he was also a 3-time champion of the Stockade-athon 15k. I moved out state for college, eventually settling in Virginia with my husband and daughter. Two years ago, we moved back to the Capital Region to be closer to family, and bought a house in Averill Park. 2015 marked the year my second daughter was born, and also the 40th anniversary of the Stockade-athon. I was horribly out of shape, and vowed that by the next year I would finally run it ... continued

by Don Wilken
This narrative begins in Boston in the 1960s. At that time I was living in Boston and joined a low key running club called the North Medford Club. The renowned Boston Athletic Association, sponsors of the Boston Marathon, dominated the local running scene with a stable of outstanding runners. However, the NMC was the club that put on dozens of welcoming local races and was headed by a grand old man named Fred Brown. Fred was beloved by everyone in the Boston running community. He encouraged runners of all abilities, from beginners to elite, and worked tirelessly to promote the sport of distance running by having the NMC put on races all over the greater Boston community ... continued

by Mike Naylor
Hi Folks, I had a great time yesterday with my family. Although not all of us were there, it still was a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have .... continued

by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD
Runners can be very competitive as athletes. Unfortunately, some runners can also be competitive as drinkers, not to be outdone by their teammates. Ask any coach or college athletic director, and you’ll hear concern about alcohol and athletes—a dangerous duo, especially among team sports. Excessive alcohol intake is associated with injuries, poor grades in school, arguments, sexual abuse, loss of memory, driving under the influence, and trouble with the law—to say nothing of vomiting, hangovers and poor athletic performance ... continued

Want to boost your sports nutrition confidence so you can effectively choose a winning sports diet? Here’s your chance to update your sports nutrition and exercise physiology knowledge while enjoying an information-packed 1.5 days with two internationally respected professionals ... continued

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