Big-Time Club Changes Coming Soon to You by Paul Berg

That’s the lead story of the Empire Runners newsletter for May 2005 (no typo), so I thought I could just recycle the headline exactly 10 years later. The big news of 2005 was the newsletter going online, emailed in PDF format, with a $5 discount for those members who chose to not receive a printed, mailed copy. For the first time, we were able to join the club online, instead of using a paper form and snail mail, although electronic race registration was still a few years off. Other tidbits include: our bank balance was $5500, a proposal for chip timing at Kenwood, and the first Empire run at Lake Sonoma by yours truly and my middle school daughter. (For the full May 2005 newsletter, click the “Back in the day” tab on the left.)

While that issue of the newsletter provides a perspective of how far we’ve come as a successful, vibrant organization, this month marks another momentous leap forward. In an effort to improve communication and participation, we’re entering the 21st century by launching the new Empire Runners blog. A talented gang of four, Doug Murdoch, Dale Petersen, Chris Mason and Dave Abbott, have been working tirelessly since January on the look and feel of the user experience, and the results are impressive. I encourage you to just wander around the site, clicking on what interests you, and I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it quickly. The logical links, bold photos and interesting content is sure to make us look back in 2025 and say “what took so long?”.

XC Starts in June – Stephen Agar

While our cross-country season can be one of the most enjoyable racing experiences available, combining the camaraderie of team competition with the diversity of trail running, it can also be the most challenging. Such is the depth of our cross county circuit that a performance that would rank in the top five at a local road race may not be enough for a top 30 finish. Nothing can enhance your experience like PREPARATION and the time to start preparing is in June. In my next blog post I will discuss summer training for the cross-country season.

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Member Profile: Daniel Skandera

Hey Daniel! How old are you and where do you go to school?   I’m seven years-old and I’m home schooled.

Why do you like to run?   I like to run because my dad was a runner and I like to win. I also like it because I like to run with my oldest brother, Abraham.

Tell us a very short story about one of your favorite races.  One of my favorite races is the Kenwood footrace. I liked the 2014 Kenwood because I did well at that race. I was trying to get on the all-time list right behind 2 of my older brothers, and I did it! Also, I love Martinelli’s!!!

Kenwood 3K July 4th, 2014

How many people are in your family, and are they all runners? There are eleven, (almost twelve) people in my family, and yes we’re all runners, but my Dad is injured.

Do you prefer going barefoot or wearing shoes? I like going barefoot because it’s not as heavy and I can get my legs up faster. I like shoes for trails and the road, though.

What’s your favorite school subject and why? Spelling is my favorite subject because it doesn’t take too long.

What’s your favorite post race treat?   Beef or Turkey Jerky!

2014 Empire Runners Club Jack Rabbit 3M race, May 18th 2014.

 

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