December 31, 2019 at 5:36 pm #2494Deirdre GrantKeymaster
Happy almost-2020! I’ll keep this intro short(ish) in the off chance it increases the likelihood you’ll make it to the end of the post, which celebrates a handful of the many stellar performances and contributions the club saw in 2019. Thank you to everyone for making this a fantastic running home and community for us in New York. I’m grateful to all for your contributions and look forward to great things in 2020.
Congrats again to the 2019 award winners, and thanks to Dima and Shin for documenting our very celebratory evening a couple weeks ago. Check out the album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/v4u6ZoW1BcBHsVRG8.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!
2019 GOLDEN SHOE AWARDS
Jack Russell Terrier
We want to honor our new and active members, and these three members are some of our club’s friendliest. They joined in 2019 and made themselves right at home; attending lots of runs, social events, shouting us out on social media, baking for us and also dropping some serious PRs. We are so grateful you found us, Stephanie Haberman, Chris Hayes and Elizabeth Liechti!
We saw a lot of PRs across the club in 2019, but this person managed more than anyone by PRing every distance—some distances more than once—and finishing the racing season with a 29-minute PR in the NYC marathon. Congrats, David Kogler!
This award is for a notable accomplishment among long-time [old ;)] members. Many years into this running game, this member found a new gear, training hard all season, staying healthy and crushing the Steamtown Marathon in 2:41, enough for an 11th place overall finish and 2nd in the Masters division. Congrats, Dima Karlin!
This award honors a notable race performance during the year, and while this person nabbed a marathon PR early in 2019, the performance that stands out is a recent half. Philly was good to our club but especially sweet for this person who made the half her fall goal race. And she delivered the fastest women’s half time in club history with a 1:24 finish. Congrats, Lauren Stroger!
This award is for the craziest among us, whether measured by training regime, racing schedule or race performance—usually a combination of the three. This person raced four marathons in 2019, including a top-15 finish in Boston 2 Big Sur (B2B), a PR in Berlin and a course PR in New York—no rest for the weary when Club Points are on the line. Congrats, Rob Magliaro!
This award is in honor of the best marathon performances of the year. And while there were a lot of strong—and fast—marathons this season, this person has put in the miles over the years and it all finally came together this year as she nailed a 13-minute PR (and BQ) after a long-awaited healthy training cycle. Congrats, Joelle Hobeika!
The other winner of this award took the Gill-Pease-Ride-A-Bike training plan to heart, and while injured and unable to run, got a lot of biking miles in this summer. The hope was it would help to maintain enough fitness to cross the finish line in Berlin—and cross the finish line he did, with an unexpected PR. Fast-forward less than two months later to the Philly marathon where he bested his Berlin PR by NINE minutes and posted some insane negative splits. Congrats, Peter Lee!
Best in Show
This award goes to members who contributed to the club in multiple ways, having hit personal running goals while at the same time making regular contributions to the club. There were several candidates in 2019 but two individuals rose to the top:
The first person jumped right in, her first year as a member of TRD, and ran a bunch of Club Points races while simultaneously running several BQ marathons. She’s also a regular at our social events, and you can find her most Mondays at Dorrian’s, ordering her bespoke variation on the grilled cheese sandwich. Let’s see if we can get “The Glenne” on the menu in 2020. Congrats, Glenne Fucci!
The other recipient of this award was also a regular on the Club Points circuit, helping to lead the men’s team to a 2nd-place finish in the Open B division. He was also an active participant in the TRD fall marathon training program, which prepared him for a huge PR—and also the fastest marathon ever by a Res Dog—with a 2:36 in Berlin. Congrats, Will Marshall!
The golden cowbell goes to someone who goes above and beyond, contributing to the fun and spirit of the club. Let’s face it, running isn’t always that fun on its own(!). This person exemplified that spirit this year. For life and injury reasons, this person’s running was extremely limited in 2019 and yet she spent countless hours brainstorming ideas and activities to keep us entertained, in addition to sending us off for nearly every Monday Night Run. We look forward to running with her in 2020! Congrats, Kat Malishewsky!
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