•       July Pace Setter coming soon with salute to virtual races       

JUNE 2020

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HMRRC Awards Scholarships to Six Area High School Student Athletes

by Jessica Northan
Among the many things a $15 family membership to the HMRRC makes possible is the Schrader Scholarship program, which yearly awards six $3,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who intend to pursue running in their college career. Their bios will make you feel good about the world. For full article, click here

The Capital District Challenge

by Josh Merlis
ARE is sponsoring a 5-week long virtual Capital District Challenge that integrates heat mapping the entire Capital District! You can do the challenge by yourself or with a group. And it is not too late to join, particularly if you put your runs on Strava. No awards, just the satisfaction of knowing you completed the challenge and helped map our region, but you do get a free blanket. For full article, click here

Every Single Street in the Capital District

by Dallas DeVries
Awesome does not begin to describe what Dallas DeVries has heat mapped with Strava. He has finished 100% of Troy, Town of Colonie, Colonie, Green Island, Watervliet, Menands, with many more near completion. His article is richly illustrated with sights that will surprise and delight you. For full article, click here

And Another One Bites the Dust!

by Benita Zahn
Zahn's Healthy Runner column is about a big one, a big race, biting the dust. The famed Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history will not be held in Boston, but virtually instead around the world. For full article, click here

Runners React to Boston Cancellation

Runners were asked: What is your reaction to the Boston Marathon being called off for the first time since its inception? Their responses may surprise you. For full article, click here

Boston 2020 Virtually Speaking

by Brad Lewis
Brad has been preparing for race after race as the cancellations have rolled in. Now maybe Boston Virtually! For full article, click here

The 42nd Freihofer's Run for Women Virtual Edition was Truly Special

by Kristen Hislop
As a result of living in a COVID-19 world, the Freihofer's Run for Women was held virtually. Incredibly, 2,022 women participated with 40 women running from countries other than the United States and women from 29 different states competed in this iconic women's race. For full article, click here

Impact of COVID-19 On My Running

by Karen Bertasso
"As an orthopedic Physician Assistant, my health and safety became more important than running the moment COVID-19 became prevalent ... I couldn’t help but think what would happen to my lungs long-term if I got infected." For full article, click here

This Is For All The Lonely People

by Greg Rickes
"Could it really be just five months ago that I got a shirt emblazoned “New Year, New Me?” The occasion was the Resolution Run on January 1, 2020 in Cedar Park Texas. If only I’d known …" For full article, click here

If you PR and There’s no one Around to see it Does it even Count?

by Andy Reed
Andy and his running partner Bob Irwin had planned to run the Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon together but COVID-19 upended all that. So instead Andy changed gears and decided to run a solo Half in May to see how he could do and maybe even PR. For full article, click here

Track and Field Trivia Challenge

by Russ Ebbets
Need a break from pandemic news? This challenge is for you. Ready to test your knowledge of running, track and field? There are 50 fiendish questions devised by Coach Ebbets. Answering 25 correctly is excellent. Answer 40 or more and you are a Jedi Master. For full article, click here

COVID Questions Raised

Haikus by Brina Seguine
Last month Brina wrote a poem relating to running in a COVID-19 landscape. This month she created Haikus. If you feel inspired, you could add your own Haikus through the “Comment” section of the article, and we may publish them. For full article, click here

Two Virtual Races to Look Forward to: Good Karma and Rabbit Ramble

by Mona Caron
The Good Karma Race 5K is to benefit AIM for Seva and Feeding America. The race is to be run any time between June 20-28. Results will be put on The Pace Setter. You can go to GoodKarmaNY.org to register. The Virtual Rabbit Ramble COVID-19 4 Mile Edition can be run until July 4, but you must register by June 17. For full article, click here

Plan Your Summer Running (previously "Racing Season")

by Tom O’Grady
COVID-19 has changed summer running, "but instead of doubling down on the negative with motivation and a few goals in mind you can start to plan ahead and maximize your chances of success moving forward!" Coach Tom O'Grady suggests ways to make your summer running rewarding. For full article, click here

Healthy Eating During the COVID-19 Crisis

by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
Combined are two articles that leading sports dietitian Nancy Clark has written to help runners eat properly during the COVID-19 crisis. The first deals with how to overcome anxiety while eating during a pandemic and the second with how as a runner to make your diet joyful. For full article, click here

Athlete Profile: Alan Via

by Tom O’Grady
To say Alan Via is an accomplished Adirondacks hiker is an understatement. "He’s completed a number of rounds of the Adirondack 46 and Catskill 35, including winter circuits." He also, unknown to many, is the co-founder of HMRRC's Delmar Dash. For full article, click here

Salad Days of Summer

by Anouk Booneman
Salad days are perfect for when you want something nutritious but do not want to spend hours in a hot kitchen. Anouk gives us salad recipes with tempting toppings and also tips on where to get fresher vegetables than in a supermarket. For full article, click here

Meet Our Runners

Meet Our Runners Kim MacGregor Law, Dan Lennon, Meg Louden, Jona Favreau and Gary Longhi; and share their running heroes, favorite races, worst races, what they were training for before COVID-19 infected our lives and what runs are on their bucket list. For full article, click here

Blasts From the Past

Last month the end of the Throwback Photos column had three unidentified pictures. This month their identities are revealed, along with a lot of Memory Lane photos. Enjoy seeing Josh Merlis, Maureen and Kristen Mellan in earlier times. For full article, click here

Books to Read After Running

by Sally Drake and Mark Mindel
Once again, club members Sally Drake and Mark Mindel recommend books that will entertain you during the COVID-19 pandemic after you have completed a run for a virtual race like the Capital District Challenge that lasts the whole month of June! Enjoy these book recommendations and your virtual running. For full article, click here

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