The Rundown
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From the Top
PRA President, Courtney Peterson



As runners, this is the time of year we are presented with the ultimate running weather. We enjoy nice cool mornings to run or walk and beautiful weather during the mid-day and evening to watch football or enjoy the outdoors.  Although the temperature at this year's Seafood Festival 5k could have been a little cooler, the overall consensus was that the event was a success.  We had about the same number of participants this year and I heard a lot of praises over the shirts and the awards.  Weren't those some cool pelicans? We'll do our best to harness the good from the Seafood Festival 5k and use that momentum in the planning of the Cross-Country and Christmas Parade Dash coming up in about two months.

Aside from the positive news that has come from our Fiesta, Membership and Seafood 5k runs, I would like to leave you with one thought this month and that is: Originality.  The PRA is the most original and unique club because of the members and, particularly, the volunteers that have gravitated to the organization during its existence. The bottom line is, we couldn't do it without YOU. If you have been a member of the club and never sought the opportunity to help out as a volunteer or attended a meeting, please consider doing so.  Our next monthly board meeting is November 2nd at the Pensacola Sports Association Building in Pensacola at 5:30PM.  You are a member, this is your organization and your opinion is important.  Also, you can add your name to the volunteer list by emailing your contact information to The PRA is rich in history and tradition, but it thrives on new ideas (originality) and the good will of our volunteers.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Have a good run!

Mondays with the Marlin Milers
 by Erika Smith

            Several months ago, Lisa Jacobi and Amanda Atkinson launched a new running club, "The Marlin Milers." Their goal was "to create an opportunity for running and a social environment", says Atkinson. The run begins at 6 PM (island time!), starting from the garage parking lot below the popular new Pensacola Beach restaurant, The Grand Marlin.

 ...Another Choice on Monday Nights...
The club offers something for everyone, as Atkinson and Jacobi have mapped out three, four, and five mile routes, or you can create your own. Afterwards, the club offers drink specials, and you'll even receive a free drink following your first run. So, come out on a Monday night to enjoy a beautiful sunset run at Pensacola Beach!
If I Were Your Coach 
by Mike Bowen

Off - Or - On A Tangent

I've run road races since 1995, but never really learned about how to run a course until I raced the 2003 Recycler Run in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. It was there Brian McMahon taught me how to run a race course. The Recycler Run course winds through a residential area, but what made this course even more interesting, outside of the live oaks on both sides through the neighborhood, were the gorgeous sweeping turns. There might have been two miles of straight road on the total, but at no more than a two-block stretch at a time.


We had a gorgeous, cool, overcast morning for the race, so it didn't take long for us to get comfortable on course. I was pacing former Pensacola Runners Association president David Harris, who wanted to run 19 minutes for 5,000 meters, so we needed to run about a 6:19 pace. A pack of us were moving at about 6:20 pace, with Brian just a little ahead. We caught up with him & kept a comfortable clip. As we exited a corner, I could feel a little bit of a nudge from Brian, who was off my right shoulder. Brian & I at that time had a history of pulling a little college cross-country physicality (elbows & shoulders) on each other, so this was nothing new. I nudged him back.


He nudged my shoulder again, & said: "Mike, run the tangent." At that point I suddenly realized what he was doing. I always heard the shortest distance between two points was a straight line but to that point in my racing career had never practiced the technique. This had a lot to do with some of the courses I raced in Tampa being straight out-and-back types.


I could see a couple of guys perhaps five seconds ahead of us; at first glimpse they appeared to be drunk & weaving from the left to the right side of the road. Ah, so they were running the tangent. Brian & the rest of us commenced to play "follow the leader" until the turn-around point on the course, then headed back. I not only ran a good race, bringing David painfully close to his goal of a 19-minute 5K, but also learned that day road racing is a thinking person's game.


You can't go into a road race, shut your mind off & expect to run your best. Pacing yourself is one thing, & smart training is another, but you can needlessly waste precious seconds on a road race by not knowing the course & not running the shortest possible distance.


Most people know I measure courses for USA Track and Field certification. It's one reason I don't run a lot of races in Pensacola. If I show up for a local race three things happen: I'm asked whether the course is certified. I'm asked if I measured the course. And, I'm confronted by runners who say the course was long, according to their GPS receiver.


There aren't many races I'll run which are not on a certified course. I want to know the distance is reasonably accurate (which USATF defines as "not short"). This way I can tell how well my training has progressed over time. I've written much about the USATF measurement protocol, so I won't go into detail here. But even I forget about the technical limitations of GPS receivers & the USATF/AIMS (AIMS is the international marathon measurement authority) protocol. When I ran the Rock n' Roll/Mardi Gras Half Marathon last year in New Orleans my GPS mile splits would beep initially about five seconds (eventually a minute) before the measured mile splits. I fussed for a second, & then remembered the additional 5.28 feet/1.609 meters which were added to each mile to make certain I didn't run less than a half marathon.


But a lot of GPS wearers don't take the time to understand the measurement protocols, don't know the limitations of their equipment (up to 25 feet of error at a single point) &, most importantly, do not run the shortest possible distance on the race course.


Rather than take a winding section of road - some sections are more winding than others - let me use a standard 400-meter track as an example:


- The width of one lane of a standard 400-meter running track is 1.25 meters.


- An athletic track lane distance calculator ( shows the distance around a 400-meter track, in lane three (3.75 meters out from the inside rail) is 415.71 meters.


- Multiply the additional distance by 12.5 (the number of laps in a 5,000 meter track race) and the total distance is 5,196.375 meters.


- The width of one lane of a two-lane roadway with a shoulder is approximately 3.75 meters, a little over 12 feet in width. Even when the five added meters for USATF's short course prevention factor is subtracted, that's an additional 191 meters of distance to run if you're one lane of road out from the tangent for the entire race.

Lose your concentration for five seconds if you're running a six-minute per mile pace & you can add a little over 20 meters to the distance run at a 5K.

In closing, even a set of legs, a heart & lungs in the best of shape can be defeated by a brain that's not prepared on race day. Knowing the course & running the tangents can save a runner from running an unnecessary additional three percent of course distance.


Mike Bowen is a level I Coach/Course Measurer (USA Track and Field)

Runner's Profile
 by Erika Smith
Jennifer Dutton- Runner

At age 24, Jennifer Dutton went for her first run with a local YMCA running group and she has been "hooked" ever since. Her first race was the inaugural Bayou Chico 5k, the city's unveiling of the new bridge to the public. Jennifer relays that she became interested in running after she had been teaching step aerobics for several years. She describes being ready for a new challenge and so decided to "step it up" with running (sorry, I couldn't resist). J

            Jennifer's favorite local race is the Double Bridge Run because she enjoys the "course, scenery, and energy" of this nationally recognized Pensacola event. Her favorite out of town race is the popular Crescent City Classic, held in New Orleans every April. Jennifer's 5k PR of 26:30 was earned at the "Run for the Pies" in Jacksonville, and she secured her marathon PR (4:40) at The Mardi Gras Marathon in 2003. For cross-training, Jennifer loves swimming and cycling. She has completed fourteen sprint and two olympic distance triathlons. Her goal is to one day complete a Half Ironman.

            In late October 2004, Jennifer ran the Dublin marathon. After returning home, she continued running, until she collapsed about one month later due to a seizure. She was then diagnosed with a brain tumor on her left temporal lobe. About two weeks later, she underwent a craniotomy to remove the tumor and began her comeback. Fortunately, the tumor was benign. However, Jennifer developed a seizure disorder which she continues to take medication for daily. She is one of the most determined runners you will meet. She is courageous, sharing her story and increasing awareness of epilepsy through the running community and beyond. In fact, she recently became a member of the Epilepsy Board of Directors.

            Jennifer describes her favorite race-related memory as the 2005 Disney Olympic triathlon. Amazingly, she completed this race less than one year following her brain surgery and after a local neurologist had told her that she would never swim or engage in aerobic exercise over 90 minutes again! Jennifer has proven her neurologist wrong on many occasions since that time, completing marathons as well as the SRITRI in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Jennifer was also awarded the PRA Jim Harrington Award, presented to a PRA member who has returned to running after facing physical adversity. Jennifer's motivation does not end with her own goals...Shandy Ashley mentioned Jennifer in his PRA profile earlier this year, relaying that he couldn't have completed his first marathon without having her as his training partner.

            Jennifer is a graduate of UWF. She has been employed as the Marketing Director at Ever'man Natural Foods for over 10 years. Last year, Jennifer wrote a regular column in Ever'man's monthly newsletter, sharing her progress and training tips with Ever'man members, as she trained for her first marathon following her brain surgery. I have spoken with many Ever'man members who cited Jennifer's articles as inspirational.

            When she's not running, you can find her enjoying countless other outdoor activities, such as riding her bike, and gardening. You can also find her sharing time with her family, her boyfriend, and her friends. She enjoys working in downtown Pensacola and has loved watching the changes that have taken place downtown over recent years, such as the additions of restaurants and bars like Hopjacks, Blazzues and Vynal.

            Jennifer is a wonderful supporter of all things related to health and wellness. If you haven't yet met Jennifer, be sure to get to know her at the upcoming races!


Jennifer and a few running friends
JD and friends

Children 12 and Under who received PRA patches at the Seafood Festival 5K on Saturday, September 25th, 2010:



Run with the Pack (in a Red Dress)

 by "Wah Wah Make it Stop"
Part of "The Pack" at Red Dress
Red Dress

Participate at a major run event for a few years in succession & you'll eventually learn some tricks along the way.  I posted a blog this time last year about the 2009 New Orleans Red Dress Run, which eventually made the running section of the sports page in the on-line version of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.  People who know me well enough expect a critical eye when it comes to a running event; last years' run almost literally exploded from several hundred participants to approximately 5,000.  I took the RDR organizers (indirectly) to task because of logistical issues & swore I would never participate in another.  Since learning the rest of the story, however, my tone has changed greatly about this event.

The proceeds from the 2009 NOLA Red Dress Run were donated to two dozen area charities; & we're talking a sum just north of $90,000.00.  This year's participation numbers for the Sweet 16 edition of the RDR makes last year look like a weak sister.  At least 7,000 hearty souls braved the mid-August heat & humidity to run, jog, walk, saunter, shuffle, amble, ramble, roll - an unfortunate few crawl - the entire length of Bourbon Street from the Marigny District to Canal Street & back.  At least 250 kegs of beer were emptied during the course of a couple of hours at two dozen drinking establishments on Bourbon, as well as during the pre-run and post-run festivities at Washington Square Park.

 The article is continued on the Home Page of the East Hill Hare and Hounds Running Club.
Issue Number 3
In This Issue
Marlin Milers
If I Were Your Coach
Runner Profile Jennifer Dutton
Upcoming Races
PRA Cross Country 5K
PRA Christmas Dash
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 as of 9/30/2010
 Current Assets
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 Net Income          17,301.64
Total Equity         59,935.56
Total Liabilityes                           and Equity           59,988.10
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