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Please send your letters to
Jim Hoppe at JHoppe@aol.com

Brenda,
I didn’t know who else to send this to but thought the club might get a giggle out of this. I recently ran the Great Wall Marathon in China and stayed on a bit to tour the country as did several of the runners. Several of us opted for a cruise down the Yangtze River and one morning this gentleman on the left, me on the right were sporting 2013 Bloomsday shirts. A very small world indeed.
Actually we are leaving in the morning for Africa to run the Safari Com Marathon in the Lewa Sanctuary Game preserve in Kenya - Continent number seven!!!  All done with a marathon on every continent.  Be back on July 4.
John Shull

Hi,
 
What a blast my sister and I had running the Sundae Sunday fun run this past Sunday!  We had so much fun!  As we approached the 8 mile marker we knew of the 'hill' and walked most of the hill but we were thinking of the wonderful ICE CREAM COOKIES  that was at the finish line.   As we approached the finish line we actually beat our times from last year -  boy were we excited!!  and there were our ice cream cookies!
 
 
We would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers and we really liked the changes in the race starting line and finish line!
 
Thank you
 
Carey L Polich
2019 S Adams Road
Veradale Wa 99037
922-6419
Hi Jim,
Could you post this in your bulletin please?
The March of Dimes is looking for Volunteers!
Get an early morning run in and help the babies! The March of Dimes is looking for several volunteers to post signs around the walk route for their annual March for Babies on Saturday, April 26th. Approximately 60 signs will need to be hung at various locations along an ~3 mile walk route that will start at the Jundt Art Museum on the Gonzaga University campus, located at 202 E Cataldo. Volunteers are asked to arrive around 7am and are welcome to stick around for the March for Babies at 10am. For more information, please contact Caitlin Johnson caitlin.johnson@perkinelmer.com . Additional information about the March of Dimes can also be found at www.marchforbabies.org
Thank you tons!!!!
Brandy
Dear BRRC,

My name is Colin O'Leary and I am Master's student in the Exercise and Sport Science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Together, with my academic advisor, Dr. Anthony Hackney, I am launching a study that is examining the effects of exercise training on sexual libido in adult males. To assess whether a full research study is needed to answer this question, I am doing a preliminary questionnaire that will ask questions about training history and sexual libido that has been approved by the UNC institutional review board (IRB). I was wondering if you would post a link to the survey somewhere on your webpage to help recruit subjects for the study? Also, if you have an email list-serve, I'd appreciate if I (or if you) could send out the link to the questionnaire through the list-serve as well. I've put both the link and the website recruitment below if you'd just let to copy and paste. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Colin O'Leary

Follow the below link to take an online survey about the effects of physical exercise and training load on sexual libido in adult males conduct through the UNC Exercise and Sport Science department. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please only do so if you are a male between the ages of 18-80 that regularly participates in endurance activities, such as running, walking, biking, or swimming. Thank you!

https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eWESbBdaONSuUPb
Hi Jim,
Could you publish something in your Friday letter about the death of Alan Douglas? He’s been a runner forever, including a trail and ultra runner, and many of the old-timers will know him. He was in charge of the annual spring run in Hells Canyon for many years. Alan’s obituary is in today’s paper. He passed away Monday, March 24. Survived by wife Karen and daughters Jennifer, Megan and Katie. A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, March 29 at 1:00 PM at the Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road. If anyone wants to send a condolence card, the address is 15503 E. Jackson Rd, Greenacres, WA 99016.
Thank you,
Gunhild
Dear BRRC,


My name is Colin O'Leary and I am Master's student in the Exercise and Sport Science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Together, with my academic advisor, Dr. Anthony Hackney, I am launching a study that is examining the effects of exercise training on sexual libido in adult males. To assess whether a full research study is needed to answer this question, I am doing a preliminary questionnaire that will ask questions about training history and sexual libido that has been approved by the UNC institutional review board (IRB). I was wondering if you would post a link to the survey somewhere on your webpage to help recruit subjects for the study? Also, if you have an email list-serve, I'd appreciate if I (or if you) could send out the link to the questionnaire through the list-serve as well. I've put both the link and the website recruitment below if you'd just let to copy and paste. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Colin O'Leary




Follow the below link to take an online survey about the effects of physical exercise and training load on sexual libido in adult males conduct through the UNC Exercise and Sport Science department. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please only do so if you are a male between the ages of 18-80 that regularly participates in endurance activities, such as running, walking, biking, or swimming. Thank you!

https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eWESbBdaONSuUPb
CELEBRATING MOVEMENT: An open letter to the man on the trail
by
R. Steven Skookumtumtum Heaps

Dear Fellow Runner:
“Pick up those knees!” you screamed in my face as I slogged my way along the Centennial Trail near the Flora Rapids. Garbed in a trendy running outfit with water bottles lashed to your waist, you appeared to be training for a marathon. I guessed that you were two decades junior to my nearly 70 years. Startled at the vehemence of your ill-mannered outburst, I only had time to respond with, “Why? It doesn’t matter.”
After a couple more miles that familiar “whatIshouldasaid” rumination played this tape in my head.
“You must be a very serious runner. Are you preparing for a marathon? Are you pretty fast? Do you consider yourself a coach, entitled to disparage my 12 minutes-per-mile pace? Maybe you are new to the sport and bursting with evangelical fervor. Maybe I should give you the benefit of the doubt.
“Or maybe not.
“Consider this, Buster: while my current shuffling gait might not hoist my knees to a level that meets your standards, prior to my heart surgery I would have smoked your sorry ass at any distance from 100 meters to 100 miles, and I am sufficiently comfortable in my own skin so that your condescending advice has no effect on my sense of self. Add a history of polio, rheumatic fever and prostate cancer to my cardiac issues and these days I’m grateful to be able to continue putting one foot in front of the other. Unfortunately, that was not the case for my therapy clients when I worked as a psychologist. You see, I had only meager success motivating them to become more active. Why should that be so hard? They would not leave the couch because they feared that they would be judged, that someone would laugh at them because they were fat or slow or uncoordinated. You, Sir, are that someone.
“I’ve run the equivalent of two and a half trips around the globe and completed hundreds of races. My experience in the running community has been that we encourage our fellow runners. We honor all who make the effort. I’ve watched elite ultramarathoners wait at the finish line for hours after their finish to congratulate each person, including the one who came in last. Classy, yes, but merely a routine sign of solidarity.
“I was reminded of you this morning when I met a woman running on the trail who was far north of her ‘ideal weight.’ We greeted each other and the smile in my heart outshone the one that she could see. She was outdoors being active, despite her current shape. Donning those shoes to jog along the Spokane River might have been a courageous act for her. Whether it was or not, I celebrate both of us for doing what we can to enhance our fitness. We are products of the running community in Spokane that created Bloomsday, a culture that has inspired people to dare to get moving, a perspective that celebrates all attempts to improve health through movement.
“Isn’t it sad that you have yet to catch the spirit that unites the rest of us? It’s not too late.”
Jim,
Somehow we overlooked getting this to you this year.
Could you please post this information on your website and in the newsletter. I can get you a credit card if that works for the posting. We would love to have you list it in your weekly bulletin as well.
Quick recap of the event.
Leadman is an every person’s mountain triathlon in Kellogg, Idaho that includes skiing, mountain biking and running from the top of Silver Mountain to the Village. It can be done individually or as a team. The ski leg is 1.3 miles and starts with a 50 yard sprint to your skis, the bike leg is 7.4 miles of down hill on dirt and the run is 4.7 miles. We have Individuals as young as 10 and as old as 70 that will be competing this year. There is a great party in the plaza afterwards and outstanding prizes.
We can offer BBRC members a $5 discount.
Thanks for the help. My cell phone is easiest to catch me on. 208 512 1639
Best Regards,
Jeff Colburn

Jeff Colburn
Silver Mountain
208-783-1509
Jeffc@silvermt.com



I wonder if you could add a piece on your FB page &/or webpage about the celebration of the summer solstice here in Port Townsend on June 22nd. This is our 5th annual (see attached flyer) and would love to have some entries from across the Sound. The Larry Scott Trail, starting in PT, will eventually be connected to the Olympic Discovery Trail in Sequim and Port Angeles and this is one of our fundraisers to help promote its completion.
Thanks very much. Please call me for any details or questions.


Cheers, Jeff ? Selby
VP Peninsula Trails Coalition
(Jefferson County)
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http://olympicdiscoverytrail.com/  


Please note new phone #: 360/531-2370
This email came from Don Kardong concerning the upcoming Spokane Summer Games:

From: donkardong@bloomsdayrun.org
Sent: 7/9/2014 10:57:29 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: First Sub-4:00 Mile in Spokane History?


For Release�July 9, 2014
Contact: Herm Caviness�(509) 448-5312

FIRST SUB-FOUR MILE IN SPOKANE HISTORY?
Spokane Summer Games Slated for August 2

Spokane, WA, July 9, 2014�Spokane has produced runners who have dipped
under four minutes for the mile, but no one has broken the fabled
barrier in Spokane or anywhere else in Eastern Washington. That may be
about to change, as some of the Northwest�s best track and field
athletes, including elite milers, are scheduled to gather at Spokane
Falls Community College on Saturday evening, August 2, for the Spokane
Summer Games.

�The Spokane Summer Games were an important track competition in Spokane
in the 1970s, and there were some outstanding performances that
resulted,� said legendary coach Herm Caviness, who organized the meet
for several years back then. �It�s exciting that the meet is back, and
anyone with an interest in elite track and field competition is going to
be treated to an exciting evening of running, jumping and throwing.�

It was Caviness who urged a group of local coaches and track enthusiasts
to bring back the Spokane Summer Games this year as a way of showcasing
the sport to the Inland Northwest. While many track meets are daylong
affairs, the Spokane Summer Games will offer a condensed schedule of
events, including the hurdles, 100 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, mile,
pole vault, high jump, javelin and hammer. Each event will have both
high school and college/open divisions, male and female. The meet is
expected to last approximately 3-1/2 hours, with the sub-four mile
attempt the closing event at twilight.

Entry to the Spokane Summer Games is by invitation only. Those wishing
to be considered should contact the event captain through the Spokane
Summer Games website, www.spokanesummergames.com. For the general public
there will also be an 8K road race in the morning. 8K road race
participants will receive a technical t-shirt, medals to top finishers
and free entry to the meet. Admission for the general public will be $5.00.

While there will be top competitors in all events, the signature events
will be the mile and pole vault. To date, top milers planning to compete
include AJ Acosta, Garrett Heath and Riley Masters, all of whom have
broken four minutes on other occasions. In the pole vault, Mike Arnold,
who has a best of 18�8��, and Jeremy Klas, a 5-time WAC champion and
three-time All American who has vaulted 18� ��, are slated to compete.
For the women, Olympic Trials qualifer Melinda Owen leads the field with
a personal best of 14� 11�.

Sponsors of the Spokane Summer Games include the Spokane Sports
Commission, Avista, Stadium Sports, Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists,
Fleet Feet, the Lilac Bloomsday Association, Across the Line Timing,
Pocket Videos Duncan Atwood, Summit Chiropractic, Action Sportswear and
Fit Edge.

More information on the meet, and online entry for the 8K road race, are
available at www.spokanesummergames.com .

Great News Jim!

The following is the email I just received from the Website Developer re: Windermere Marathon Website Hacked
"I just wanted to let you know all potentially damaged files have been removed off the website. The website and registration are now fully accessible in the event you want to inform those who contacted you."
Jim, as previously mentioned, the Discount Code: Xmas for an automatic $10 discount off the full and half registrations fees have been extended through midnight January 6, 2015.

BRRC can now register online ... Hooray!
Jim, thank you so much for your kind support in getting the good word out!
With best regards,
Elaine

Elaine Koga-Kennelly
Executive Race Director
Windermere Marathon

Hello Jim,
I am attaching an entry form to the frostbite 5K. We have made some changes to the race that we believe will make for a better race. First, we will start the race on time so that those who registered on time are not penalized by the long line of day of entries. Second, students are making the unique age group awards. Third, we are -providing the opportunity to purchase post race meal as you wait for awards.
I suggested a breakfast of pancakes but the committee decided lunch would be better. Any suggestions what people want to eat after they run a race?
Thank you,
Scott Daratha
Here is the Pin P entry form for Race Rag, website and the BRRC weekly email.
I am hoping that you stress to people to READ info. The race is SATURDAY this year and the day before pickup is 5-7 pm on Fri the 13th AT WEST CENTRAL. And that registration on line is cheaper than paper and that registration on line is at RACEMINE.com...
Lots of changes in one year. Might as well make it exciting ... RIGHT? :)
thanks!
Dori

Hello Jim,
Im not a member of BRRC as of yet, but a long time runner in the community. I attend many of the local races and know people in the club.
I just wanted to get the word out again, that looks like the Centennial Trail thieves are alive and well again due to the nicer weather. My vehicle got broken into at Maribeau park two thursdays ago, in the afternoon, in broad daylight. I was just out on a 3 mile run, and it took place with people of all sorts coming and going. In about 30 seconds they managed to bash in the window of my Trailblazer (with a alarm) and grabbed a whole pile of things, that were hidden under a pile of clothes. Included was a significant amount of cash, my wallet, ID's of course, credit card. All of my street clothes I had on. And basically all my cold weather running gear. Also car tools. So in that time I was cleaned out for about $1500. Made numerous calls to the police, and the parks. Found out there is no cameras in that area. Or probably not many of the trailheads. There even was a eye witness, and description but was still offered no help.
So just wanted to see if you could pass the word out to your club members to beware again. I have been running those places for about 15 years and never had a problem. But since that, has made me think twice about wanting to go somewhere other than home to run.
I miss the days where there were security people posted at the trail-heads. I think SCOPE funded that? And also when police officers actually patrolled the trails, at least on bikes.
Thank you for your time, and hope nobody else has to go through this. It wasnt like I left the items out in open view either. I believe the thieves watch and wait for people to leave, knowing there are items of value somewhere in the car.
William C. Olson

I received the following email of interest to runners:
Jim-
I have been in Kenya (and then off to CC camp) and now am trying to get things done before CC starts....
Ultimate Runner--  I don't think I ever sent you a form for it.  I am attaching it now and hoping you will promote it.  
Can you also share this on the website and the email blast:
Ultimate Runner location is still up in the air.  Mead is getting a new track.   It is supposed to happen soon. If that happens, Ultimate Runner will be at Gonzaga Prep  (1224 E Euclid).  As soon as I know for sure where it is, it will be updated on the BRRC website.
Also, the early registration ends Aug 13.  After that it gets more expensive, and it gets hard to get shirts  (and therefore the no shirt option may be all that is available after Aug 13).  PLEASE register now! 
This is the 24th year.  There is a chance this will be the last.  If not this year, perhaps year 25 will be the last.
Also-- AS ALWAYS we need volunteers!  Email Dori @
doriwhitford26@gmail.com if you can help.
thanks, Jim
Dori
 
I received the following email of interest to runners:
Hi Jim,
Could you please add the Sekani Trail Run to the BRRC website calendar? This year it is Sunday Oct 18 at 10am. There is a 5x, 10k and kids 1k. Website is
www.sekanitrailrun.com .
Thank you!
Mike Wiser
 
I received the following email of interest to runners:
USATF Level 1 Opportunity: Spokane, WA
USA Track & Field
Level 1 Certification Course
August 21-23, 2015
Spokane Community College
Help spread the word! Please forward this notice to youth, middle & high school coaches, personal trainers, and the long-distance running community.
- 20 clock hours are available for Washington teachers. Contact School Director, Dr. Matt Lydum for more info:
azsportresearch@gmail.com
- A well-rounded and complete introduction to the science and technique behind successful track and field coaching.
- An excellent springboard for the beginning coach and a source of new ideas and thoughtful review for the more experienced.
- Seminar format provides outstanding opportunity to meet and interact with other T&F and CC coaches.
 - Level 1 Certification is the prerequisite for the advanced USATF Level 2 program. (Including the international gold-standard certification program for middle school coaches: Level 2-Youth Specialization).
 - Presented by trained USATF Lead Instructors
REGISTRATION and detailed information:
Info & Registration Link
Please join the Pacific Northwest coaching community at Spokane Community College for a great weekend of T&F education, networking, and professional development.
The USATF Level 1 curriculum has been accredited by
the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.
AA Elite Coaching Ltd
aacoaching@aol.com
 
I received the following email of interest to runners:
Hi Jim!
Would you mind sending out an email to BRRC regarding this year's Hot Summer Nights 5k Series?
Dates are: August 5, 12, and 19th.
The race venue HAS CHANGED to Mead High School. Registration and the start is on the west side, parking is available on the east side. The course is relatively the same, just in the reverse direction. 
Cost, still $5.
We are looking for volunteers, also, and the link to sign up is here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4cafac229-hotsummer8 . Those who volunteer get a free entry to the following week's race.
Race registration info is here:  http://www.tri-fusion.com/hsn/
Thanks for all you can do to get this out there!
Take care,
Meghan Faulkenberry
 
Renew your BRRC membership! Receive the Race Rag in the mail!
Remember that your BRRC membership starts on Bloomsday each year. If you forgot to sign up at the BRRC booth at the trade show you can still sign up here:
1) Snail Mail: http://brrc.net/race_forms/Race_Forms2/Membership_Application.html
2) Race Rag mail in form
3) Online: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=16042254
 
I received the following email of interest to runners:
USATF Level 1 Opportunity: Spokane, WA
USA Track & Field
Level 1 Certification Course
August 21-23, 2015
Spokane Community College
Help spread the word! Please forward this notice to youth, middle & high school coaches, personal trainers, and the long-distance running community.
- 20 clock hours are available for Washington teachers. Contact School Director, Dr. Matt Lydum for more info: azsportresearch@gmail.com
- A well-rounded and complete introduction to the science and technique behind successful track and field coaching.
- An excellent springboard for the beginning coach and a source of new ideas and thoughtful review for the more experienced.
- Seminar format provides outstanding opportunity to meet and interact with other T&F and CC coaches.
 - Level 1 Certification is the prerequisite for the advanced USATF Level 2 program. (Including the international gold-standard certification program for middle school coaches: Level 2-Youth Specialization).
 - Presented by trained USATF Lead Instructors
REGISTRATION and detailed information:
Info & Registration Link
Please join the Pacific Northwest coaching community at Spokane Community College for a great weekend of T&F education, networking, and professional development.
The USATF Level 1 curriculum has been accredited by
the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.
AA Elite Coaching Ltd
aacoaching@aol.com
Hello Jim. Would you please pass the word that the Annual Bloomsday Sticker Party is Saturday April 23rd. Everyone is invited. This is our annual get together with fellow runners and non-runners. We place participant name labels on Bloomsday Race Bibs. As usual we will be serving the infamous “David’s Pizza” and other snacks. Volunteer T-shirts and an invitation to the Annual Volunteer Party are included and distributed at approximately 2 p.m., or sooner if we are finished. Here’s the information:
WHAT: ANNUAL BLOOMSDAY STICKER PARTY
WHERE: LILAC BLOOMSDAY 1414 N. BELT
WHEN: SATURDAY, April 23rd
TIME: 10:00 A.M.
Runners and Walkers will meet before the Sticker Party at Bloomsday at 8:00 a.m. If you finish your run/walk before 10:00 you are welcome to come inside and start early.

Thank You.
Connie Bischoff
Subject: 4th annual Dad's Day Dash at Manito
Hi Jim:
Craig Howard from SNAP here. Hope you’ve been well.
You’ve been kind enough to help us get the word out about our 5K fundraiser (formerly Chase Strides for SNAP now Dad’s Day Dash) since we started in 2013. We are running ads in the Race Rag and were hoping you could help us promote the event on the BRCC online calendar and in the weekly bulletins you send out.
We have visions of having this event turn into the next Turkey Trot, but fully realize we have a long ways to go!
Below is the information on this year’s run. Anything you can do to help us would be much appreciated. All proceeds go to SNAP programs like Homeless Services, Energy Assistance, Home Repair etc.
What: Fourth annual Dad’s Day Dash – a 5K race timed and chipped by Across the Line Timing – also a Bloomsday second seed qualifier
When: June 19, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Where: Manito Park, lower section
Why: To raise funds and awareness for SNAP, Spokane County’s community action agency since 1966, helping 45,000 low-income residents each year through programs designed to increase financial stability
More: Corporate team challenge (minimum of three runners to compete); prizes to top three teams. Also prizes awarded to fastest men and women’s runners; complimentary post-race food provided by Yoke’s Fresh Markets; goodie bags for participants; hosted by Sean Owsley from KHQ; underwritten by Chase Bank
To register: Go to www.snapwa.org/ddd5k  - $20 with T-shirt
Craig Howard
SNAP Community Relations/Development Specialist
(509) 456-7627x5242
howard@snapwa.org
www.snapwa.org  
Hello Everyone,
It's been 8 years now and event is still going strong. If you would like to volunteer for this great race on June 11 at mead high school, please contact Paul at 953-4297 or email me at pagillwa@papamurphyscda.com.
We can't put on this great event without your help.

Thank you
Paul Gill

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