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FEBRUARY 2021

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2021 HMRRC Virtual Winter Series

by Bill Meehan and Ed Hampston
The HMRRC Winter Series is now virtual and is FREE for both members and nonmembers!!! There is an array of different race lengths from 5K and 30K and ones in between. You have until February 28 to complete any or all of the distance races. Your results will be on a daily leaderboard and published in the March issue along with any pictures you send. Happy running! For full article, click here

The Inaugural Electric City Five Miler

by Josh Merlis
"On Saturday, March 13, ARE Event Productions (AREEP) will debut its Electric City 5 Miler at Schenectady’s Mohawk Harbor. Since the harbor’s creation a few years ago, AREEP has been highly interested in bringing an event there and is thrilled to now be making that a reality." Plus the T-shirt and keychain are cool! For full article, click here

Empire State Track & Field Classic July 24, 2021 at SUNY Cortland

by Chris Bishop
"At this event, the New York State USA Track & Field associations will crown top athletes from around the State. Our own Russ Ebbets, who contributes monthly articles to The Pace Setter, is the meet coordinator of this historical event." For full article, click here

February Survey Question re: Covid and Exercising

by HMRRC Members
Covid has changed so many parts of our life including exercise. The fun of going to a gym with friends was replaced by solitary exercise at home. This article surveys how members responded to this challenge and suggests some extremely fun interactive digital machines that may interest you. For full article, click here

Be Active, Be Challenged, Be Happy

by Benita Zahn
Virtual races are all the rage and Benita is engaged in many including one that requires her to run 300 miles in three months. The purposes of these races are to keep you energized and healthy. She offers some tips about how to get the most from these activities and truly enjoy them. For full article, click here

Should you run after getting the Covid Vaccine?

by Christine Bishop
Should you run after getting the Covid vaccine is the million dollar question for us as runners. Experts chime in on this and other burning questions with answers that will give you knowledge on how to proceed wisely. For full article, click here

Going Back for the Future

by Mary Claire Walker
Mary Claire is happily getting in shape for the Infinitus 100 Mile Race. She has been looking back at the Yeti 100 Endurance Run she ran in the fall. She now has a new coach and dietitian and has been relearning techniques and fueling practices that will make her a stronger runner, but change can be hard. For full article, click here

Everyone's a Front Runner at Gore

by Laura Clark
"Remember those classic shots we used to see of runners crowded at the start line, bent over in starting gate position, fondly fingering their watches? ... Back when things were as normal as things were ever going to be. Well, Gore 5K Snowshoe Race in the year(s) of COVID was as far removed from this picture as you could imagine." For full article, click here

The 1929 Bunion Derby

by Russ Ebbets
Feats of superhuman strength have always been appreciated and many times exploited from PT Barnum to freak shows that displayed embalmed corpses and five legged pigs. Russ gives a history of these events that ultimately led to ultra-running in the form of the Great American Footrace, dubbed the Bunion Derby, where competitors had to run from California to New York in 84 days. For full article, click here

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

by Tom O'Grady
Jesse Owens’ astonishing performance at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany, and Adolf Hitler’s refusal to acknowledge it, because he could not believe that a black man of inferior race could beat German Aryan athletes. has parallels in today's white supremacy movement. Videos and pictures from the actual event are included in this timely article. For full article, click here

Josh Merlis: June 2004 Profile of a Runner

by Jess Spatz
Recently Jack Berkery gave me his Pace Setter print copies running from 1990 on. This is my first "Blast from the Past" article with a profile of Josh Merlis from June 2004 (17 years ago!) accompanied by the ad that was run below it that will definitely amaze you. For full article, click here

The ABCs of Sports Nutrition

by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
"Eating a good sports diet can be simple. Yet too many runners have created a complex and confusing eating program with good and bad foods, lots of rules, and plenty of guilt. Let’s get back to the basics and enjoy performance-enhancing fueling with these simple ABC’s for winning nutrition." For full article, click here

Winter Treat – Butternut Squash Chili

by Anouk Booneman
Hot chili is just the thing to eat on a cold winter day, plus it is easy to store and reheat again. As usual, Anouk's recipe is plant based and all natural. She is now using spices from a company that imports spices directly from small independent farmers around the world. She will be holding a cooking class on Valentine's Day with Danielle Maslowsky.... For full article, click here

Books to Read After Running

by Sally Drake and Mark Mindel
Once again Sally Drake and Mark Mindel have chosen exceptional books for you to read on these cold winter days after relaxing from a long run or a demanding work out. It is time to exercise your mind and let yourself go. Enjoy! For full article, click here

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