Monday, January 19, 2009


"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." --Martin Luther King Junior He would have celebrated his 80th birthday today had he lived, but instead we are honoring his memory and all he did for civil rights with a holiday today. Let's be proud of how far we've come in the civil/equal rights movement, and continue make even more progress wherever possible. Each and every one of us. How fitting that tomorrow we inaugurate our first black president. No matter what your political leanings, you have to be proud of our country for taking race/skin color out of the vote.

Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, the planning committee will meet to begin work on planning for the Rochester Half Marathon and 5K (August 22). So far, those attending include: Jean Murray (facilitator), K.C. Reed (past race director), Kevin Torgerson, Wally Arnold, Judy Weller, Dave Morrill, Lin Gentling, Sonja Kranz and myself. We're meeting on the food court level of the Shops at University Square (formerly the Galleria--shopping center downtown). Please feel free to join us. "The more, the merrier", "Many hands make light work", etc. Also, I'll be bringing cookies. :)

Also joining our carpool up to the Securian Half Marathon will be Matt Schrader. So we have: Tom Williamson, Trevor Distad, Tom Woo, Sonja and Kirsten Kranz, myself, Matt. Joining us in the cities will be Suzanne LaPalm. She's suggested Bulldog's as a possible spot for lunch (and a huge selection of beer) afterwards. :)

The RTC website made the top 3 for the RRCA Large Club (250+ members) website award. The top award went to the Dallas club. The award will be presented in San Francisco later this spring. Complete info on the RRCA website . We (journalism award judges) had to do a re-vote on the club writer awards today as it was a virtual 3-way tie. Those awards will be forthcoming. My choices for the top newsletters (small/med club, large, and eNewsletter) were selected as the winners, so at least I wasn't totally in left field in my inaugural year as a judge. Other judges were Steve Shepard (Houston Striders), Kristin Armstrong (Runners' World writer/blogger) and Amby Burfoot (Runners' World editor).

Mike Schmitt is presently working on the first issue of the RTC eNews (not to replace the printed version), so look for that in your inboxes in the near future!

I'm currently exploring my clothing options for swim portion of the Rochesterfest Triathlon on June 28. From Bill's website: REGISTER NOW Before January 31st, 2009 and receive a one of kind Rochesterfest Triathlon Quarter Zip Microfiber Pullover!

I stopped by to see my niece and nephew (oh, and my brother and sister-in-law!) yesterday evening. I just have to post their photos. They're soooooooooo cute ...

Andrew (A.J.)


Well, when I run out of things to talk about ... I can always talk about food. Tonight for supper: pork (boneless loin chops, which are very lean, but you can use boneless country style ribs), cooked covered for several hours in the oven in apple juice along with onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage. It's quite tasty. :)

"The time is always right to do what’s right." --Martin Luther King Junior

Go. Be. Do what's right.

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