by HMRRC Members
Runners share their thoughts on how COVID-19 changed their world and how they are coping with it. For full article, click here

by Benita Zahn
In her second installment of The Healthy Runner, Benita Zahn co-anchor of NewsChannel 13 and host of Health Beat on, gives tips to runners on how to stay healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Benita herself is a runner and triathlete. For full article, click here

Two crucial things to adhere to during the COVID-19 pandemic to stop the spread of the virus are social distancing and washing hands. Other actions are listed to help you cope. But remember, the best way to avoid the virus is to not be exposed to it. For full article, click here

by Greg Rickes
“It’s 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 2020, and I should be standing on the starting line for the Wildlight 5k in Yulee, Florida. Instead I’m sitting here at the keyboard contemplating how the world has changed…” For full article, click here

by Ben Heller
“Just typing the phrase 'Boston is canceled' sends a chill up my spine, especially since I have dedicated the last four months mercilessly training for what was supposed to be a redemption marathon on a beautiful crisp spring afternoon.” For full article, click here

by Thomas O’Grady
“The disruption caused by the Coronavirus in 2020 is already unprecedented.” For runners, races were canceled or rescheduled, decisions had to be made about what to do. In the beginning social distancing was not working … For full article, click here

by Andy Reed
Andy began training using the philosophy of Tom “Tinman” Schwartz hoping to get a 1:20 time in the April Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon. For full article, click here

by Christine Myers
"I, like many other runners from all across the globe, had their spring season stolen. I had received the news only a week before race day. At first, I was furious..." For full article, click here

by Bill Dodds
I’m new to the area and started making friends through running…I now do not run in any groups.” For full article, click here

by Theresa DeLorenzo, RD
“I was one of the lucky ones that got my marathon done right before the COVID-19 madness began. I went down to Atlanta to watch the Olympic trials, and then ran the Publix Atlanta Marathon the next day.” For full article, click here

by Kristen Garzone
“With all Spring races getting canceled or postponed, we runners understand why (obviously) but I have to say this – it’s still OK to be sad and frustrated getting that dreaded email after pouring your heart into a training cycle.” For full article, click here

by Kristen Hislop
“… while I love seeing people out getting exercise and using the parks in March, it also pains me to see races having to postpone and cancel.” Kristen details the problems that occur when races are canceled other than the obvious ones. She details the hidden costs that can possibly bankrupt race directors. For full article, click here

by Karli Taylor
As we live through this period of quarantine and social distancing, we have a great deal of stress and yoga helps relieve it. Inside is a link to a free 30-minute yoga class led by Karli Taylor that will help you cope better with these times. For full article, click here

For over three decades, the contributions of Mark Warner to our club, and by extension, to the running community in the Greater Albany area, are legion. Mark has been nominated for one of the HMRRC's highest awards for his unstinting, inspired and thoughtful contributions. His passion for running and volunteerism has helped us all. For full article, click here

by Christine Bishop and Karen Bertasso
Her dream began in 2014 and in 2020 she achieved it. Karen describes the route she took to reach this pinnacle of running success. As Jeremy McNamara said, "The worst runners there would still be among the fastest people in the world. That's pretty crazy." For full article, click here

by Josh Merlis
"On Thursday, February 27, I flew to Atlanta, GA with Michelle (my wife) and Dick Vincent. Dick was the officiant at our wedding and Michelle and I have shared great experiences with him over the years, but in many ways, nothing could compare with the raw excitement of us being at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials." For full article, click here

by Dick Vincent
"Josh Merlis and I have traveled a number of times together for running related events. Eight years ago, we went to Houston for the USA Olympic Marathon Trials so I knew this would be a blast. Josh's wife Michelle would be with us and she is equally fanatical about the national running scene. I couldn't have been happier to join them." For full article, click here

by Michelle Merlis
On the last weekend in February, Michelle and Josh Merlis went to Atlanta with friends to see the Olympic Trials and their friend Karen Bertasso race in them. The city turned into the running mecca of the world as it exploded with athletes 700 of whom were to run in the event. No one could have predicted what would happen next or in the following days that would change our world. For full article, click here

by Brian Northan, Runnin’ of the Green Race Director
Group races are not allowed since they would spread the deadly COVID-19 virus, but online virtual races are now the ticket. You can compete in the Runnin' of the Green this month while earning points in the Grand Prix rankings but you must run it by yourself. For full article, click here

by Bill Bean
"With a pandemic, an uncertain economy, and ongoing political surrealism, the loss of a runner’s spring race season is a tough blow for many of us to take." So we have created 2 virtual races for you to compete in. Get out your running shoes! For full article, click here

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