by Christine Bishop
I went to the MHR Marathon event thinking that I would interview the winners, but as the day progressed, I realized there were others who I encountered whose stories should also be told. So I interviewed them too. As the penultimate story, I am including a heartwarming event made possible by our marathon! Finally, Paul Rosenberg writes about running this event 35 years after he created it in 1983. For full article, click here

by Bill Hoffman
“Eight years ago I read “Born to Run” (BTR), took off my shoes and started to run. Since then I have run 37 marathon or ultra distance races, and this past August I ran my first 100 mile race at Leadville, Colorado. I have run all of these races either barefoot or in Luna Sandals.” Bill recounts the race in five stages traceable through Strava links. For full article, click here

by Tyler Andrews
Tyler Andrews is the defending champion of the MHR Half Marathon (2017) and the course-record holder of the MHR Marathon (2016, 2:15:52). He runs for HOKA ONE ONE and additionally works for STRIVE Trips, organizing and leading running trips with a focus on service-learning for high schoolers, college students, and adults to Peru and Kenya. He will be racing the MHR Half Marathon this year in preparation for the 2018 US Marathon Championships on Dec. 2 in Sacramento, CA. For full article, click here

Interview by Christine Bishop
The road to creating the MHR Marathon is well worth traveling. It has many twists, turns, and seeming dead ends but this did not deter Paul Rosenberg from achieving his vision. Paul has continued crusading in his efforts to make Albany a better place for running and health. For full article, click here

by President Ray Newkirk
The HMRRC is in very good condition. Administratively, we've made considerable enhancements over the past 12 months. Financially, we're in excellent shape. Organizationally, we continue to put on a significant number of well-organized and popular running events. We give back to our community -- both to the runners who make up our membership and to the broader community at large. In this report, Ray Newkirk touches on both the positives and concerns, as he sees them. For full article, click here

by Dallas DeVries
Let's be honest, once you start adulting it can be hard to meet new friends outside of your work environment. Luckily, running can be one of the most social and easy ways to meet people of all ages and interests. Dallas lists groups that promote running, and if you know of others, please add them in the comment section. For full article, click here

by Tom O’Grady
Tom O'Grady and his wife Sara are both accomplished runners who love the sport. Their children have watched them for years and are now following in their footsteps. In the Labor Day 5K Race, Conor, age 7, ran 26:52; his brother Theo, 5, 32:45; and Sara with Evelyn 32:54. We will report back on them as they continue their pursuit of racing. For full article, click here

by Dr. Todd Shatynski
As a longtime runner and triathlete, Todd has a strong interest in the medicine of endurance sports. Through this he has developed many contacts in the triathlon world. In 2016, he was asked if he was interested in coverage of the Australian national age group triathlon team at the short course world championships. This is his third time helping them now in Australia. For full article, click here

by HMRRC runners
For this issue of The Pace Setter various members of the HMRRC were polled asking if they were running the MHR Marathon or Half-Marathon, how they were preparing and what they were hoping for. If you would like to be included in one of our polls, click here. Enjoy reading the results. We hope they all achieve their goals. For full article, click here

by Katie Kurtessis McNamara
"Last year I decided I wanted to do two Ironman races in 2018. Ironman Korea’s course was appealing, flights were under $500 from New York City to Seoul, and the race uniquely provided a lot of logistical support: a long list of hotel options, shuttles from the hotel to the race venues, and an airport shuttle. It felt like a great opportunity and I signed up on New Year’s Eve..." For full article, click here

by Dr. Bob Irwin
As a Masters runner, Bob knows the importance of running and training injury free. In this column he details a program of exercises that he uses to keep himself running at top form and injury free. For full article, click here

compiled by Christine Bishop
There were articles of tremendous importance in the field of running recently that deserve to be highlighted and detailed. Enjoy reading about them in depth. Also, if you want to keep up on the daily happenings in our sport, go to SportSpyder, a news aggregator for running created by Dallas DeVries. For full article, click here

by Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD
If you are like many runners, you are confused about the role of sugar in your daily sports diet. The anti-sugar media reports sugar is health-erosive, yet sports nutrition researchers claim sugar is performance enhancing. That might leave you wondering: Should I eat sugar or avoid it? Nancy Clark details current thought on this question.
For full article, click here

Sally Drake, a noted Willow Street runner and avid reader, joins Mark Mindel, himself an avid reader and runner, in recommending books to read after a good run. For full article, click here

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