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E-news Sept 6, 2011
by mercypilkington
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She could be your new running partner!!!
She could be your new running partner!!!

Hi runners! Ask and you shall receive...I BEGGED for race reports, and you guys came through!


* from Brooke Nelson...

Congrats to all the Tri Team members who competed at Mountain Lakes on Saturday, August 13. Anniston Runners Tri Team had 43 members in attendance with most wearing our striking new tri suits! Everywhere we looked, we saw our logo.  You were awesome! We had the most number of members of any other team present, even the Vulcan Tri Club.


If you haven’t had a chance to yet, please go on Facebook and look at all the pictures posted from the event. It was so fun to see everyone walking up in their Tri Team attire. Very proud. I received lots of comments from the Team Magic people about our team. They were very impressed with the turnout, and hopefully, this will translate into some better discounts for their races next year.


DREAM TEAM takes podium at Mountain Lakes Triathlon

The Dream Team of Bob Couch (swimmer), Justin Bynum (cyclist) and Jay Lloyd (runner) reached their goal of winning the Male Team Relay at the 24th Annual Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville. Bob who swam for Alabam had to swim against one of his college teammates, Leo French, during the very competitive 600 yard battle when he edged French by 37 seconds with a time of 7:52. Justin Bynum’s bike portion was the 2nd faster overall bike time for the whole event, placing the team in excellent position to top the podium. The battle heated up though with Dewayne Minor on French’s team slapping down a 15 minute 3 mile run, but Jay Lloyd was able to hang onto to first by a mere 16 seconds, gutting it out for the win and capturing a personal record (PR on the 3 mile) at the same time. Same time next year – another epic battle will ensue.


FAMILY TEAMS and others excel at Mountain Lakes Tri, too!

The family teams of Team Moore (Lori swimming, John cycling, Jake running) and Team Angell (Pitts swimming, Clayton cycling, Cowan running) won second and third respectively in the Family Team Category. Dunaway Conner took third in a very competitive “Old Geezer” category. Megan Williams took first in her age group.


  *also from Brooke Nelson...



Rocketman Triathlon at the Redstone Arsenal on Sunday, August 28 proved to be a lot of fun with friends. A smaller tri than the sprint at Mountain Lakes, Rocketman is a longer course where competitors swim almost a mile in the Tennessee River, bike about 25 miles around the Redstone Arsenal on a completely closed course, and run a wonderful 6.2 mile route that winds along paths, boardwalks, pavement, and gravel roads before coming back to the finish on the banks of the river.


Anniston Runners Tri Team had 11 members in attendance, including my whole family. For us, it has become a family tradition as we have done this event for about 10 years watching it grow from a shorter-distance tri to its current Olympic distance status.

Other members included Sara Daum, Marinda and Daniel Salyers, Joe Epik, Trudy Berlin, and Chris Moon. Congrats to the podium winners, Sara Daum and Cole Nelson, who both took 3rd place in their respective age groups in highly competitive fields. Thanks to our special cheering/photographer sections: Jessie Young, Will and Bobbie Williams, Chris’ family, and John Daum.


Next up – Frantic Frog Triathlon on Saturday, September 10


*from Brian Mount...

I did Tupelo Marathon on Sunday Sept 4. This  is race that takes you  on backroads of Tupelo and starts at  5:00 am. The race has few rolling hills and ran in rain from mile 19 to finish. I did pr of 4:29:57 and this was my second marathon.  The race gives you a tie dye shirt and skull/crossbones medal. It  is fun low key race to do.   NOTE: I happen to know Brian wasn't the only ARC member in Tupelo...send in your reports!

Speaking of reporting, thanks to all the runners who logged their August miles for the 1200-Mile Club. Don't forget to check the website to make sure your miles are racking up accurately!


Golden Eagle 5K is this Saturday at the J'ville High School gym, 8:00am. Info can be found at

Also on the Coosa Valley Running calendar, Gamecock Gallop is coming up in October. Same great informative site, so check it out.

October 2nd is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge run, find info at

October 8th is the Honda 5K, more info available at (search under Honda 5K).


Finally, some bittersweet news. My family took in a stray a few weeks ago and we have been unable to locate her family. She was a very scrawny older puppy, but also very clean, with good teeth and nails, so we think she was someone's pet. She has a wonderful temperment and is now a lot less scrawny! If you would like to consider taking in a new running partner, contact me! To see a picture of this sweet hound/beagle-type dog, reply to this email. Sadly, we have a dog and this one will be going to the Animal Shelter by the end of the week. She'd love to run with you!

Stay dry!


E-news August 30, 2011
by mercypilkington
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I think this guy just won the Spooktacular 5K costume contest...
I think this guy just won the Spooktacular 5K costume contest...

Good morning, runners! First of all, WHERE ARE MY RACE REPORTS? I know some of you have been out rock-starring it up lately! Jule Diener, Historic Lincoln, Mountain Lakes, Rocketman Triathlon? Hellooooo? :~)


*From Darrell Harden

I had the privilege of participating in Ragnar Relay - Great River (RRGR) this weekend. RRGR sent teams of 12 (well, there were also teams of 6, and one crazy team of 4) runners on a trek across 196 miles, from the start in Winona, MN, to the finish in Minneapolis. Along the way, each runner on our team hit the road three times, trekking along roads and paved trails, up and down massive hills, and all day and all night, until the team reunites just before the finish and crosses the finish line together.

Our team finished the race in 31:37:56. That was good for 232nd place overall out of 280 teams. I can't imagine that any team had more fun than we did, though. For my part, I logged 18.37 in 2:31:10. I think everyone on our team ran ahead of her/his anticipated pace. Forty-eight hours removed from my last run, I'm still tired, but it was such a great experience!

Hope everyone down south is doing well. I'm registered for the Ladiga Half Marathon, and I'm looking forward to heading south to run with the ARC!




*Golden Eagle 5K - Saturday, September 10th, 8:00am at Jacksonville HIgh School. This race is always a nice cooler weather run in a really scenic area, put on by ARC's own Frank Bouie. Here's the link for entry forms and information:

*The YMCA of Calhoun County proudly presents the AOD Federal Credit Union SPOOKTACULAR 5K event on Oct 29th at 7AM in Oxford at AOD Federal Credit Union. The course starts in front of AOD and is an out and back course finishing at AOD.  We are guaranteeing long sleeve black tech shirts for the first 100 runners. We will have V neck for women and crew neck for men.  Price is $15 before Oct 15th and $20 after Oct 15th. (Flyer coming soon) $2.00 off for Anniston Runners Club. No discounts the day of race.

This will be a fun event, costumes and all. Please come in your wackiest costume for costume prizes, and if you are fast and have a good costume you can win a running award and costume award!!! We are giving top 10 male and female awards only. No age brackets. All kids who race will receive goodie bags. Call Ann Angell @ 256-832-9622 or email at



Ann Angell


OxfordY for Now

1716 Al Hwy21 South

Oxford, Al 36203



*Rock-and-Roll Savannah Marathon and Half are about to FILL UP! Click here TODAY!


*First, remember to let us know about your training runs. I know, I know, everybody in the world has Facebook. Well, actually, no they don't. I know, right'? Seriously, who doesn't have Facebook? Well, quite possibly your next great training partner! Let me know when you're running and I'll put it in the enews. Be sure to include your contact info so people can let you know they'll be there!

*If you haven't filled out your Woodstock 5K survey, WE NEED YOUR HELP! How in the world can the greatest race EVER get even better if you don't fill out your survey??? Check your email inbox, because the surveys were sent out with an email-specific code (I can't send you mine, for example). Tell us what you thought!

Go have an awesome run today!


E-news August 22, 2011
by mercypilkington
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Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

Good morning, runners! It's bright and early, but knowing you guys half of you are out running! Enjoy, because we're still seeing highs in the 90s. Bring your water!


Runners, remember that I need to hear from you! Let the entire Internet know how awesome you were at the last race you did! Here's one from this past Saturday's wonderful fHobson City 5K Walk and Run:

*HOBSON CITY 5K: We had fun!

Anniston Runners Club members were out in force at the 2nd Annual Hobson City Heritage 5K. It was fun, and they are looking for ways to improve their event. In fact, one of the race organizers, Johanna Martin, asked for ARC members to provide feedback.
If you want to send it to me, I'll combine it all together and send it to her. For instance, I'm going to mention about having someone handing out cups of water instead of bottled water. Don't get me wrong, ice-cold bottles of water are awesome, but most runners don't want to lug it around during the race. We love it at the end!
Please send me what you feel they did well and what they need to work on:
Or message me on FB. Thanks!
Congrats to our own Derrick Carver and Joe Jankoski who placed 2nd and 3rd overall!

Brooke Nelson

*I know more than a few runners competed in some triathlons lately, so don't forget that we want the scoop on how you did!


*I've just received the first email with information on the upcoming Gamecock Gallop. Remember that a lot of the area events, especially ones that have been staged for a few years now, list their information on our club website at Spend some time on the website planning out your fall race season, thinking dreamy thoughts about how great it's going to be to race in cooler temperatures!

*Runners we are just outside 4 weeks away from the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series!  For complete series info please go to:
XTERRA Alabama Cheaha State Park 10K Trail Run, September 17th, 2011 / Complete Info: 
XTERRA Alabama Monte Sano State Park 15K/5K Trail Run, October 22nd, 2011 / Complete Info: 
XTERRA Alabama Oak Mountain State Park 21K/10K/5K Trail Run, November 13th, 2011 / Complete Info: 
Really appreciate it!  Look forward to seeing you all soon!


*Rock-and-Roll Savannah will take place on November 5th, but the sell out date is approaching. Check out the website for the entire Rock and Roll series (also sponsors of the Country Music series)

Have a great start to your week!


Anniston Runners Club E-News - August 16, 2011
by mercypilkington
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Good morning, runners! I mean, runners AND triathletes! The ARC Tri Team kicked asphalt at the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville last Saturday! Here's the race report:


Anniston Runners TRI TEAM totally rocked the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville on Saturday, August 13. At least 13 athletes made the podium in Team Magic’s 900-participant race, three team category wins and several individual ones.  We had 43 tri team members in attendance – quite a presence at the event. Congrats to all! Check out the Tri Team Facebook page for pictures and comments about the popular race.

Brooke Nelson

There are more than a few pictures on Facebook of our members smoking the Historic Lincoln 5K. Send some this way and we'll post them asap!


It would be great if our members could lend their support to a local event that is intended to highlight some of the communities in the county. We want to be a presence at Hobson City's Heritage Walk/Run on Saturday, August 20. The race starts at 8 a.m., but you can check in and register starting at 7 a.m. Race starts at First Baptist Church Downtown on Oak Street, Oxford. For more info:


Don't forget, the ARC E-news is now a blog on the Anniston Star website! Your chance for fame and glory is finally here! Send me your race reports, photos, and other bragging-rights-quality news and we'll tell the world!

Have a great week!


Good Luck, ARC Members!
by mercypilkington
Aug 12, 2011 | 1673 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

A record number of ARC's Tri Team members will be competing tomorrow at the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville, AL. The scenic event includes a 600 yard open water swim, 16 mile bike leg, and a 3 mile run. Part of the Team Magic series, this event draws numbers sometimes well over 1,000 participants, and in years past this event has been the USAT Sprint Distance National Championship. It is often a qualifier event for larger USAT races and brings a strong field of competitive athletes.


Good luck to everyone participating!!!

E-news August 10, 2011
by mercypilkington
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ARC member Gordon Harvey at the SF Marathon
ARC member Gordon Harvey at the SF Marathon

Good afternoon runners! Hope you haven't stashed your running shoes under the bed or left them in the trunk of the car now that the excitement of Woodstock has cooled a little bit...your next Grand Prix race is THIS SATURDAY! Check out the website at for all the information you need on the Lincoln 5K.



First off, congratulations to everyone who volunteered to help out with Woodstock.  You guys deserve a big thank you for a race well organized and executed!  We enjoyed the race thoroughly, and already look forward to next year.  Jen and I also ran the Hot to Trot 8hr race in GA on Sunday.  It is a timed race, meaning the standings are determined by how many total miles you run in 8 hrs--not on who goes a set distance the fastest.  This particular race is run on very pretty trail over at Sweetwater.  Jen and I had a good time, and their race was also extremely well run by the G.U.T.S. group.  We had a ball, and managed to perservere together through 32 very hot/sweaty laps, or about 37.8 miles total.  This was good enough for 7th place for Jen/femlaes, and 8th place for me in the males, or 14th and 15th overall.  Timed races aren't for everyone, but it really is a fun format, and you end up making a lot of new friends and cheering each other on. 


Jay Worrall



Six local runners from the ARC (Derrick Carver, Amie Hinton, Dylan McPhee, Mike McPhee, Greg Velasquez and myself) went down to Clinton, Mississippi on Saturday July 30, 2011 to compete in the 1st Official Big Butts 50/100K at Butts State Park. For Derrick and Amie this was their first 50K race. Amie was actually talked into signing up on Friday at packet pickup.


I am pleased to report that on a day when temperatures reached 106 degree all of us completed the 50K. The initial field was 57 runners and 18 dropped out before finishing at least 50K. We worked as a team when necessary to make sure all of our group got across the line. I was more ambitious and attempted the 100K but realized after 42 miles that I wasn't on pace to complete it in the 14 hour time limit so I tapped out.


For anyone who is interested in running their first 50K, this is a great course to do so as it is really flat and fast! Next year's race is set for July 28, 2012.


Joe Jankoski




Ran the 2011 San Francisco Marathon on July 31. Finished in 3:33 and had a great time. beautiful course and amazing race organization. Lots of hills, but running up and down Jacksonville's Chimney Peak every Thursday had me ready.

Gordon Harvey


Hey Anniston Runners - Did you enjoy those Thursday evening Woodstock runs?

All the camaraderie? All the support and energy from fellow runners? The

cold water at the finish? The hills? The thrill of victory? (No agony of

defeat.) Well, the fun can continue if you want it to!?! Why stop now? Who's

in to run the Woodstock course (or a variation thereof) every Thursday

evening about 5:45 p.m.

If you are interested, email:


Brooke Nelson






You will be receiving an email about the 2011 Woodstock 5K and Kidstock 1 Mile Survey. Please take a few minutes (We promise, it will be quick.) to fill it out and submit. Everyone who was involved in any way should receive the survey – runners, walkers, vendors, volunteers, sponsors, etc. We use this info every year to make improvements to our signature race. PLUS, you will be entered in a random selection for a FREE 2012 Woodstock entry. So please take the survey as soon as you get it. If you have questions, please email Drew Nelson at: Thanks!

Hey there ARC. Man it's hot and humid! This ain't Kansas OR RI!

Thanks to all who have reported. Check your data for accuracy. Everybody with a zero in July, let's see some mileage.

Have a great rest of your week runners!!!



Woodstock 5K Update August 6, 2011
by mercypilkington
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If you've been hiding out in the Batcave for the past few months, you may not know that the RRCA 5K National Championship was held today...the 31st annual running of the Woodstock 5K!


First, let me say FANTASTIC JOB VOLUNTEERS! Record numbers of people gave their time and energy to stage this signature event. Great job Dennis Dunn in putting on the race! Awesome presidential leadership throughtout, Ed Turner! Brooke Nelson, you're a coordinating rock star! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the literally hundreds of people who made this event happen today.


A huge thank you also goes to everyone from Anniston High School. I don't know of many races that offer an air conditioned auditorium for the awards ceremony, and I know the 1400 runners appreciated the chance to cool off indoors. It was especially appreciated considering that the faculty and staff return to work in less than 48 hours, and we know that many sweaty runners can leave a little bit of a mess behind!


Reuben Mwei and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom were the overall male and female winners respectively.

Results are available online at so check out the times!

E-news August 3, 2011
by mercypilkington
Aug 03, 2011 | 1767 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Don't miss out on the fun!
Don't miss out on the fun!
Hi runners! Guess what day it is? It’s the Wednesday Before Woodstock! Do you know what that means? Well, if you’re good at math it means you already know there are only three days til the Big Race! (If you’re not good at math, I just told you there are three days til the Big Race!)

Below I’m posting a step-by-step timeline of how you want your race weekend to go, just so there are no surprises when you get there.


But first, if you haven’t signed up already to volunteer, don’t worry. I’m here to ease the guilt that is stabbing you horrifically in the gut. Still want to run but didn’t want to be tied down with race-day responsibilities? Brooke Nelson and crew need a few (million) extra hands at the storage unit and at set-up. Here’s her note:


Thursday after the run – We will be going to the ARC unit to clear out anything else that is needed, mainly scaffolding, podiums, etc…. Tom and I would love any help loading all this stuff.

Friday, 3 p.m. at the race site – Tom plans to start building the Start and Finish standards, so we need helpers. Bring gloves as the scaffolding is very hot at this time. FRIDAY is a must for volunteers, so be a helper!


Brooke Nelson



Woodstock 5K Race Weekend Timeline:

Friday – Beat the race day rush and get your packet during the Pasta Pig Out, from 5pm to 7pm at the Anniston High School gym/cafeteria. If you have friends who still haven’t signed up, FRIDAY is the LAST CHANCE! There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION! Get your packet, go home, get a good night’s sleep.

Saturday –

6:30 a.m.- Last chance to pickup packets. NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATION (Have I mentioned that?)

7:15 a.m.- First Call to the Start Line

7:25 a.m.- Final Announcements

7:30 a.m.- Woodstock 5K Start

8:30 a.m.- Kidstock 1 Mile Run/Walk Start

Post-Race Party and Expo

9:30 a.m.- Awards Ceremony

That should give you a clear idea of what will take place during all the fun that is Woodstock. If you still have questions, there will be plenty of people on hand at the Pasta Dinner who can answer those questions and give you a lot more helpful hints in order to have the best race ever. Don’t miss out!

E-news July 28, 2011
by mercypilkington
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Team Gower, winner of the 2010 Skyler Brady Heart of a Champion Award
Team Gower, winner of the 2010 Skyler Brady Heart of a Champion Award



Hi runners! I hope you've taken advantage of the on-again-off-again rains to log some serious training miles...while showering at the same time!


Woodstock Woodstock Woodstock! Let's see how many times the word Woodstock can be squeezed into one email. I won't have to do that if you contact Dennis Dunn ASAP and let him know how you can help make this year's running the best one yet. There are still positions that need to be filled, so hurry! It's also a huge surprise how many runners forget to register until the last minute, and you don't want to do that. Why, you ask?

BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT GET A SHIRT! Let me say that again...YOU MIGHT NOT GET A SHIRT if you wait til the last minute, and this year's shirt is one you do NOT want to miss. It's got everything...wick away fabric...the biggest bird ever to appear on any shirt in your wardrobe (I hope)...and it's lime green! What else could you ask for from a free piece of clothing???


Never let it be said that we let you take it easy. Woodstock is all the news, but don't forget that the next Grand Prix event after Woodstock is the very next weekend. Check out the Anniston Runners Club website at for all the info and entry forms.

Rock-and-Roll San Antonio takes place in November this year, but the price increase happens on July 31st. Check out all the rock-and-roll series events on their website for complete information.


Don't forget to send me all your news so we can brag on you! Photos are welcome, but remember that these are now attached to the Anniston Star community blog pages.

Speaking of blogs, this email is also viewable as the Anniston Star community blog page under Mileage. Find it here at

Have a great week!


E-news July 19, 2011
by mercypilkington
Jul 19, 2011 | 1968 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Hi there, Runners! Let me ask you a question: how's your Woodstock training shaping up? Not so happy with it? Why don't you join the 50 runners who came out Saturday at 7:30am to train on the course?


There is still a lot to be done on this awesome event, and there are quite a few positions that will still enable you to run the event on race day. Check with Dennis Dunn and he will plug you into a job that's right for you (

Training for Woodstock still takes place on Saturday (see above) and Thursdays at 5:45pm.


This weekend, Jennifer Ford and I ran the Tahoe Rim Trail 50 mile race.  I can honestly say it was both the most beautiful, and the most difficult, race I have ever done.  It is quite challenging with nearly 10,000 feet of elevation change, the entire course is run between 6,000 and 10,000 feet elevation, and there's one two-mile stretch (from miles 30-32) of approximately 2,000' of climb straight up a black diamond ski run.  This was really something!  You had snow fields and creek crossings, too.  All in all it made for quite an adventure.  I am happy to say that we were both very happy with our efforts, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  I would recommend this race to anyone, with the one caveat of: be prepared to work hard!  It was simply gorgeous there, and I hope to race there again someday!


Jay Worrall

Donation Goal has been met!

Many thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause.


Several who have donated $10 have NOT submitted a prediction. If you are one of them, please do so. Somebody is going to double their money and win the prize awarded for meeting the goal. You can’t win if you don’t predict.

If you haven’t joined the prediction challenge, feel free to do so. Goal is met but it’s probably an easy way to make some money for your charity and earn a nice prize.


The swim is imminent on Saturday July 23, so get in your prediction ASAP.  No predictions accepted after the swim.

Email predictions to 
per original Email below.

Do not tell me.  Do not post on Save the Bay Page. This will keep it fair.

Note past  swim times are listed to facilitate your prediction.


Make your donation to

If I survive the swim, will advise the winner following the race.


Historic Lincoln ’s 10th Annual 5k Run/Walk, an ARC Grand Prix Race, is Saturday, August 13th

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. with check-in

and registration at 6:30.  A Children’s Run/Walk follows. 

(Applications also are available at the Chamber office , 210 East Street, South in Talladega .)


Run the Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles

Half Marathon benefiting the ASPCA on October 30.

Price Rollback – Save $15 when you

register before July 31st with coupon code ROLLBACK.

Rub shoulders with celebrities and enjoy the FREE Bret Michaels finish line concert. New loop course starts & finishes downtown at

L.A. LIVE. Register Today!

Fool's Gold 50 & 100 - Dahlonega, Georgia - August 20, 2011

Tomorrow is your last chance to secure one of the limited edition "Speedy Bike Club Dahlonega" shirts from Twin Six. If you have not registered, you better get with it. Like the 2011 Southern Cross shirt, this one is another Twin Six & Krautstache Design collaboration with the Fool's Gold race logo on the sleeve.  The shirts are black with metallic gold ink.  You know you want one. If you have already registered you all set and will receive your shirt when you check in for the race.

You are only guaranteed one of these shirts if you register by July 16.  Register now before you forget.  Want the shirt, but not the race?  You can do that through as well.


Remember, the e-news is now available to view as the blog MILEAGE through the Anniston Star community blogging pages ( is the ARC triathlon team news under Tri Talk). Click the link to take a look!

Have a great week!


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