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December 2018

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Ed Thomas Winter Series Kicks Off December 9

by Jon Rocco
Jon details the Grand Prix events that make up the Winter Series. You must participate in all five including volunteering in at least one ... you will win the coveted Winter Series Survivor Award and have your picture taken for The Pace Setter. When you run, you can also help by bringing canned items for the local food pantry or make a donation when you register.
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Balancing Law School and Pursuing an Olympic Dream

by Daniel Lennon
What a year for Dan. He qualified for the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Georgia, and won the Hannaford Half Marathon. All this was done while attending SUNY Albany Law School and recovering from horrific injuries. This uplifting story will fill you with holiday spirit and make you want to run laps.
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Tales From the Trail

by Bill Hoffman
Bill Hoffman defines the term he created, Trail Information, and then talks about its importance when navigating nature’s trails. Some of his observations bring him back to his childhood where he “spent a large part of my free time in ‘the woods’ at the end of the street.” This is another great story to read by a warm fireplace with some mulled cider or hot chocolate. For full article, click here

The Stockade-athon 2018: A Premier HMRRC Event

Sports columnists Sean Martin, Albany Times Union, and Mike McAdam, Schenectady Gazette, wrote detailed articles. Our own Brad Lewis, who came in 11th, wrote about the race from the perspective of a runner, and Ray Newkirk as one of the directors. In addition, Bill Meehan’s group of photographers contributed pictures galore.
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Passing on the Love of Running

by Jessica Bashaw
From running in utero with her mom, to urging her mother to go faster when in her stroller, to doing her own 5Ks, Jessica traces the development of her spunky daughter’s love of running with or without her parents. This is the second in our series “Runs in the Family.” For full article, click here

My First Marathon: Philadelphia 2018

by Amanda Pilla
Amanda Pilla's unforgettable first marathon was run in Philadelphia to honor her late step mom who was devoted to helping others even when she was fatally ill with cancer. You will be amazed by what Amanda achieved in three years guided by love, purpose, and perseverance. For full article, click here

December Running Calendar

The calendar is a new feature designed to make your race planning easier. In addition, one event will be highlighted each month. For December, the Jingle Bell Runs held by Marey Bailey and Joe Yavonditte are focused on.
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HMRRC Completes Financial Audit

by Ray Newkirk
Transparency for organizations is crucial and this year the HMRRC has had its "books" audited by Marvin & Company Certified Public Accounts and Consultants with the results ready for all to view. Thanks to Nick Webster, Cathy Sliwinski and Jon Golden for contributing many hours freely to accomplish this goal.
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It's Not About the Weather, It's About How You Dress

by Dick Vincent
We are now entering into the coldest part of the year. Dick tells us how not to be intimidated by it and how to prepare and enjoy it.
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Evolution of a Race Director

by Phil Carducci
Phil's races have been an inspiration to us all. Run Off That Turkey Trot was the most recent of his races which attracted many families to take part who were home for the holidays. Here Phil talks about his running career and how he evolved into a coach and a preeminent race director.
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Troy Turkey Trot 2018 – 71st Run

On Thanksgiving 2018, 6,425 runners flocked to the Troy Turkey Trot in Troy, which is the 11th largest Turkey Trot in the nation. Enjoy reading why our members love to run it and how the unbelievably cold day effected them.
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Philadelphia Marathon: Bittersweet Experience

by Jennifer Bergeron
Jennifer is a runner turned triathlete but still has a passion for running. She recently ran the Philadelphia Marathon hoping to achieve two goals: to qualify for Boston and to bring her overall time down. She accomplished one but not the other. Enjoy reading about her adventure in Philly.
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Christmas Gifts for the Runners in Your Life

by Christine Bishop with help from Amanda Perri
If you are wondering what Christmas gift to give to the runners on your list, wonder no more. On a recent trip to Fleet Feet Amanda Perri, Santa's helper in running shoes, was full of great Christmas ideas for the runners in your life.
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How to Strengthen the Hip Complex

by Karli Taylor
In this month's Yoga for Runners, Karli surprisingly states that one of the most common causes of knee pain is hip weakness and addresses how to solve that through Yoga.
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Athlete's Kitchen: Waste Not, Want Not

by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD
In this month's Athlete's Kitchen, Nancy deals with the staggering waste of food in the United States and the world, its global implications and how we can help to ameliorate it.
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Books to Read After Running

by Sally Drake and Mark Mindel
Want to read a great book after running? Noted runners Sally Drake and Mark Mindel have some great recommends. Sally is so up to date that she has reviewed Michelle Obama's new book, Becoming.
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