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Issue: # 34
October  2013
In This Issue
From the Top
Don McCloskey Seafood 5K
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UWF CC Head Coach
Volunteer of the Year
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TriGulf Coast
Healthy Lives
Upcoming Races
Membership Renewal

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From The Top


By Lewis Reddoch 




You Did It!


Thanks to all of you for making the Seafood Festival Don McCloskey 5K a memorable PRA event. We had some outstanding runners and walkers with impressive times.

Your concerted efforts made this one terrific! 


Great news, the UWF Cross Country Trail Run is on for December 7th. UWF CC Coach Caleb Carmichael and his team are going to host this fun run on trails they train on. Next is the Downtown Dash that will start the Christmas Parade on Dec 14th. Susi Lyon plans a fun 1 mile event for all, including candy canes for the kids. This one is a nice opportunity for families to run or walk and enjoy the parade. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated for these two PRA events.


October is the month that America sets aside to raise awareness for breast cancer. Show your support by walking, contributing, or volunteering for the Making Strides Walk October 26th. Seville Quarter has their famous Turkey Trot 5K coming up in November. Mark your calendars and help to feed Thanksgiving dinner to some families in need. Enjoy a nice downtown course and some turkey chili after. The Pensacola Sports Association holds their Pensacola Marathon/Half-Marathon in November and the PRA plans to work an aid station/water stop. Please email me if you want to join the best H2O stop team ever! We will also have a booth at the expo.


Happy Running!



Don McCloskey Seafood Festival 5K 
Was A Great Event For All

The PRA's Don McCloskey Seafood Festival 5K featured a fast, flat course that showcased the historic Downtown Pensacola area.  An awesome field of runners/walkers enjoyed great weather and a fantastic post-race celebration at Seville Quarter.  The gathering included presentation of the PRA Volunteer of The Year award (see article below). 



Sherry Readdy Is The 2013 
PRA Volunteer of The Year!!
 The inaugural Pensacola Runner's Association Volunteer Of The Year award was presented to Sherry Readdy at the Don McCloskey Seafood Festival 5K post-race celebration. There are MANY great volunteers for all the PRA races and these events could not be held successfully year after year without them.  The nominees were all qualified and any of them could have won this award, but Sherry really does stand out as very deserving of the first award. All PRA Race Directors know they can count on her to handle a myriad of time-consuming and sometimes daunting tasks.  She is also involved in the planning of several events as a key committee member and executes whatever responsibilities are necessary to get the job done.  A list of her outstanding accomplishments would be extensive and so the best thing to say is Congratulations, Sherry, and Well-Deserved!!
Join The Run4Wine Running Club 
On Wednesdays At The Wine Bar

The Run4Wine Running Club in Downtown Pensacola is open to everyone who enjoys running. There are no fees or costs involved to be a member. If you show up to are a member! The club consists of all abilities from beginner to ultra marathoner. The courses run by the club are 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles, and 6 miles. The club runs (or walks) every Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Wine Bar in downtown Pensacola.

A recent run with the club was challenging and fun.  The club members were very friendly and there was a great social hour afterwards with snacks provided by the Wine Bar as well as wine specials.  You can run or walk with this great group on scenic courses by simply joining in on Wednesday afternoons.  For more information Run4Wine or call Danette Christiansen at 850-516-3508.  We'll see you there!! 

UWF Cross Country Team Update


The UWF Cross Country Team(s) are on the move with some VERY important meets coming up:


Gulf South Conference Championships - October 26th - Hoover, AL;


NCAA D1 South Regional Championships - November 9th - Tampa, FL;


NCAA National Championships - November 23rd -

Spokane, WA.


Placing 1st or 2nd at the South Regional Championships, will advance the Argos to the NCAAs.


Recently, the Captn Fun Runners running club (see article below) presented $1,000 to the Steven Garst endowment fund which awards scholarships to UWF Men's Cross Country team members.  The PRA made significant donations to this fund to help establish it.  The PRA had established an endowed fund some years ago to benefit the UWF Women's Cross Country team.



Captn Fun Runners' 

Donations Top $200,000!


Yes, you read that correctly - TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.  The Captn Fun Runners (CFRs) were established in 1988 by a small group of running friends on Pensacola Beach.  Over the years there is probably not an accurate count or a good estimation of how many people have run with the group, how many miles have been run or exactly how many "refreshments" have been enjoyed by the members. What we do know is that a strong spirit of fun, camaraderie and charity have been central to the club activities. The CFR's annual Bushwacker 5K is one of the most popular, well-known and successful races anywhere.
Recently the CFRs made significant donations to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and to the UWF Cross Country Team. Those gifts allowed them to exceed $200K contributed over the years. We certainly salute the Captn Fun Runners, their impressive charitable contributions and their significant community involvement. 




Get Ready NOW For The
Pensacola Beach Run (PBR)!

January seems like a long way away, but it really isn't when you are training for a spectacular Half Marathon on beautiful Pensacola Beach. This race is the original Half Marathon on Santa Rosa Island  and is produced by your local Pensacola Runners Association. Registration opened online earlier this year and there has been a tremendous response with little early marketing. Again for 2014, the PBR offers commemorative long-sleeve, technical race shirts which are guaranteed to the first 1000 registered for the Half Marathon, 10K or 5K.

Also, the PBR will again provide an additional premium to the first 250 to register for the Half Marathon. Last year's quarter-zip, technical, premium shirt was such a success that we went back to the same company and they have come up with a great warmup jacket for this year. Those slots are going fast, so don't wait, register today.  Everyone who completes the Half Marathon will receive a one-of-a-kind Finisher's medal.  Yes, you get an actual customer-designed, die-cast, Finisher's medal, not a bartender's bottle opener with a label on it.  
Not feeling fully trained for the Half Marathon challenge? You can still kick off your running year with our unique pick-your-distance 10K/5K run/walk. Whichever race you choose, it will be an awesome experience. Register here now:  Pensacola Beach Run Registration
There is one more added incentive - your participation in this race (and our other PRA races) supports your local non-profit running club and you are also supporting your local running community. Thanks to a successful race last January, we were very pleased and proud to contribute to the final funding for the Steven Garst Scholarship fund at UWF by donating $2500 directly from this event. So, come out and start your year off right with a great experience that also helps support your local community! 
2012 PBR Start

TriGulfCoast News



You've probably heard someone say "way to represent!" at an athletic event.  It's a comment that conjures up visions of a teammate or club member proudly standing on the podium wearing their sponsor-adorned kit or jersey featuring a team name. If you step back and look at it from a higher level, it takes only a moment to realize it is fleeting and a position reserved for a limited few. After all, if there are 40 people in an age group, less than 10% of all athletes will have such an opportunity. Furthermore, if it is not caught on film the moment is lost in a few blinks. The opportunities to "represent" are varied, meaningful and available to all. An individual can represent a club, a sport and even a lifestyle. Representing is merely another way to say you support an activity.


The easiest way to say you belong to something bigger than yourself is to go beyond getting exercise and sign up for a race. Participating in a race of any nature gives you the opportunity to meet others who obviously have a similar interest or hobby. Competitors and participants are what make races a race. Races often support a cause for which another organization benefits. Races give local sponsors exposure and hopefully some extra business. Spectators look on and may become inspired. It all happens as participants make their way through the designated course toward a finish line.


Another way to represent is not as a participant but rather by being a volunteer. Volunteering at an event is extremely rewarding. Over the last seven years I have competed in many varied and different events and distances. NONE of them would have been possible had it not been for the volunteers. Volunteering your time and/or your talents shows you are supporting the sport or event. As a non-competito,r it can be fun to watch everyone else deal with race day jitters and multiple trips to the port-a-let. It is fun to be relaxed and not stressing about what item may have been left at home. Most of all it is fun to work with people who may need some help, advice or directions to the next step in the registration process. Most people are grateful for the time you are providing and express their gratitude. I have never walked away from donating my time with any regrets. I have always felt good. I have also walked away with some great stories. Volunteering at an event takes a very small amount of time and lends itself to big rewards. The return on investment is huge and if you believe in karma (as I do), it can't hurt. To take it beyond a single event, get involved in a club on a board member level.


Both PRA and Tri Gulf Coast operate as volunteer-based organizations. It's typically a year-long commitment of at least monthly meetings plus other varied tasks. It's an event-driven commitment based on projects and the other responsibilities of your position. And it is truly fun. 


I have been on the TGC board in some capacity for several years. Four years ago, with the support of the directors, I took on the kit program and have held that spot since. I am finally ready to pass the torch to Gary Garza who will do an amazing job. But it isn't easy giving it up because it has been fun and rewarding. With each board of officers I have had absolute support and lots of help. And, in the end, I see people all over Pensacola zipping around in TGC kits and thinking "that is so cool" because that has been my baby. It's my way to support the club and the sport.  


It all started out with getting involved as a board member. The rest is history. I have made some great friends and I feel like I have helped promote this lifestyle. It is a win-win all the way around. In order for a club to survive and stay fresh it must have people to rotate in and out of positions. That keeps the energy high as well as helps bring fresh ideas to the table. As stated, it is a commitment. And make that commitment only if you can see it through. If being in a specific position is not something that can be seen through, get your name out there as a resource. Speaking for TGC we have people not on the board who have offered up plenty of time to help our events without having a label in the organization.


All of the above are clear ways to "represent" a sport, club or lifestyle. They are far-reaching and publicly visible. So consider all the opportunities out there to represent and ask yourself, how will I?



Healthy Lives


by Corey Dell




It's that season again! No, I'm not talking about triathlon season or marathon season. It's FLU season. Although exercise can boost your immune system to prevent you from getting sick, exercising while sick can put even more stress on your body. This additional stress could delay your recovery time from your illness. If you are feeling under the weather, the best thing to do is to listen to your body. If you have a fever, most medical professionals would advise you to put those running shoes away for a few days. 


At Healthy Lives, a comprehensive wellness program, we encourage our members to get the flu shot. Working at a hospital it is even more important for us to vaccinate our employees due to the contagious nature of the flue. As health care workers, we come in contact with young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. This population is more prone to having complications due to the flu. If your excuse for not getting the flu vaccine is because you think you'll get sick from the shot. That simply is not true. If in the past you have gotten sick after the flu vaccine, you were probably already getting sick to begin with! The flu virus has an average incubation period of 7 days. The bottom line is all healthy people, including runners, should get vaccinated from the flu. That way you do not have to put those running shoes on the shelf.   

Corey Dell From Healthy Lives

Blue Angels Rock N Fly

Half Marathon And 5K

March 29, 2014


Organizers at Pensacola Naval Air Station have recently announced a new event onboard the base featuring Half Marathon and 5K races. More details:


Why run the Rock N Fly?

The Blue Angel Marathon was an iconic road racing event held for over 20 years.  After the devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, it was discontinued for logistical, staffing, and financial reasons. After several years and almost no races on beautiful NAS Pensacola, the area Commanding Officers (known as the Big 12) have decided collectively to support a signature event, the Blue Angels Rock N Fly Half Marathon & 5k.

Why should I Rock N Fly Now?

Since Pensacola is the Cradle of Naval Aviation, has the National Naval Aviation Museum and is home to the Blue Angels it is time to conduct a spectacular event that will showcase the scenic and beautiful Naval Air Station Pensacola.  2014 will be the 100-year celebration of Naval Aviation and what better way to celebrate the history of Naval Aviation than to have a signature race that highlights the historic base and brings back the celebrated Blue Angel Half Marathon.

Why is the Rock N Fly different?

The event will feature a rockin' poster, unique finisher's medal, music every mile (view the playlist on our website, a fly over, bands at the finish, and an absolutely beautiful course. Early registration will be offered at the bargain half marathon entry fee of $50. Our event will feature several innovative awards in addition to our unique competitive awards.

So are you ready?

To register or volunteer please go to A paper registration can be download from the website. If you have any questions, please email or call 850-505-6020. We look forward to seeing you in March and remember to register early to get the discount rate.

PRA Membership Renewals

It's Time to Renew Your PRA Membership! As previously noted the Board of Directors has revised the membership term. Everyone's membership runs from July 1st to June 30th of the following year.  The fees remain the same - $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.  If you have signed up in recent months, you will automatically be an active member until June 30th, 2014.  ANY OTHER EXTENSIONS will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  You can contact PRA Membership for further details. 
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