The Rundown
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From the Top
PRA President, Laura Harris President


We have waited for warmer weather, longer daylight and beautiful race mornings... it's (unofficially) springtime! There is something about this time of year that puts an extra spring in my step, and I look forward to my next run shortly after I finish my last. Currently, our Fiesta 10K/5K planning team is hard at work putting together an exciting event to match last year's race *ahem* party! We hope it'll put some Spring into your steps. Also coming up is "Fitness Night" at the Blue Wahoos game on April 17th. The PRA plans to participate in a Fun Run around the stadium before the game then watch the Blue Wahoos play the Jacksonville Suns. We hope you can join us wearing one of your past PRA race shirts to help us represent! See you at the ballpark!  

Runner Profile
Andrew (Andy) Telatovich (and Ryder!)


By Erika Smith 


Andy Telatovich was born and raised here in Pensacola in a family of athletes. He grew up playing multiple sports and was a competitive wrestler at both Clemson and Georgia State. Following graduation, Andy began searching for "something to throw my competitiveness into after my last match and found running was the perfect thing." After spending years running to stay in shape for wrestling and to lose weight before a weigh in, running was something that he already enjoyed and so was a natural fit for him. He cites his Father as a huge influence and has fond memories of seeing him go out for nightly runs and also watching him race in the PRA's Fiesta 10K (which Andy plans to compete in himself this year). Within a few years after college, Andy had worked his way up from 5Ks to marathons!


Andy's favorite local race is the Double Bridge Run, as "the scenery is amazing and it's just the right distance where you can keep a faster pace and not pay for it towards the end of the race." His favorite event to travel to is the Rock 'n Roll Marathon/Half Marathon in nearby New Orleans. Andy also enjoys finding a great trail. He loves being outdoors surrounded by nature and has completed some epic runs in places such as Red Rock Canyon (Nevada) and the San Juan Islands. Although Andy likes the solitude of the trail, he also enjoys the social aspect of running, stating, "You get to meet so many great people in the running community here in Pensacola and the post-race parties are always a lot of fun. When I travel, it's also something that I really enjoy doing when I'm in a new place. Running is a great way to see another city and take in all that a place has to offer."   


Andy is also a triathlete. In fact, he has completed two Ironman races and is currently training for his third (Ironman Texas in May). As someone who swam competitively in elementary and middle school, was always on a bike growing up and was raised with a wrestler's mentality, he came to the sport with quite the perfect background. He was inspired to try his first tri about ten years ago while cheering on a friend who was competing in the popular Santa Rosa Island Triathlon at Pensacola Beach.


Andy is employed in the Office of Admissions at UWF. He loves his job and the bonus is that he can walk out of his office at the end of the day and hit the trails, hills (have you run Big Bertha?) or track on campus or swim some laps in one of the best pools in our area. His upcoming events include the Jacksonville Gate River Run 15K, the Beach Blast Triathlon at Mexico Beach and, as noted, the Fiesta 10K and Ironman Texas. He'll probably also throw in a 5K or two just for fun!


When he's not training, Andy loves traveling. His favorite US destinations include Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego. He's a huge movie buff who enjoys relaxing after a tough workout by watching a movie. He also likes hiking, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his Australian Shepherd, Ryder, who is as active as he is. In fact, Ryder has become quite the training partner for Andy. When he took him along for a run on the second day after adopting him, that was the moment when Andy "knew we were going to be a good match." Ryder regularly joins Andy for some pretty fast- paced runs of 3 to 4 miles in their neighborhood and the two are planning to compete in the Run with the Dogs 5K in Destin later this month.


If you're a Minnesota Vikings fan, be sure to get in contact with Andy. He's one of those dedicated fans who makes the trip to New Orleans when the Vikes play the Saints and has, in fact, travelled to watch them play in various other cities including Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. Otherwise, look for Andy enjoying the after-party at one of our upcoming Pensacola races!

PRA Membership Renewals


One of the most frequent comments we, on the Board of Directors, hear regularly is "I can't remember when my membership expires" or "Am I still an active member of the PRA?" If you are one of these people, we finally have an answer to this problem. Begining now, we are transitioning to an ANNUAL renewal for all... meaning that everyone's membership will run from July 1st to June 30th of the following year. This will make the task of membership renewal so much easier for current and future Boards, and it will be much easier for everyone to remember the one date instead of your personal anniversary of joining. Our prices are the same: $15 for an individual, $20 for a family. If you have signed up in recent months, or if you sign up before July 1st of this year, you will automatically be an active member until June 30, 2014. All other extensions will be handled on a case-by-case basis if you'd like to contact We sincerely hope this reduces some of the confusion of the past couple years and hope you'll consider renewing today! 

Bear Lake 4 Mile Trail Challenge
Bear Lake Trail Challenge Begins!

So many runners have come to love the Bear Lake Trail Challenge; and what's not to love? It's not your typical run - it's a challenge! The word is out that there is potential for a little more water and/or mud than there has been in the past! 


The Bear Lake Trail Challenge is a 4-mile trail run around Bear Lake of Blackwater State Park in Munson, FL. This year's event takes place at 8 a.m. on May 18, 2013. The first 250 registrants will receive a tank top  - perfect for a run, hike or  for beach day! While the runners enjoy varying terrain, running up and down hills and crossing bridges over streams and swamps, the volunteers will be barbequing hotdogs and hamburgers for the post-race party along with all of the fixings and dessert. As always, runners will receive their much-deserved awards in each of the age-group categories! 


Come on out, run fast and win yours! This race also represents the annual meeting for the Pensacola Runners Association. During the post-race party, new Officers and Board of Directors members will be elected. All of our members will be celebrating another successful year for the PRA under the guidance of the current President, Laura Harris, as she turns over the gavel. You won't want to miss the Bear Lake Trail Challenge and it's not too late to register: 

  1. Log onto and search for Bear Lake Trail Challenge;
  2. Mail in your registration form (found at by 5/10/2013.

Once registered, don't forget to pick up your packets on Friday at Pensacola Sports Association's office (101 West Main Street, Pensacola) from 3 PM to 6 PM or the morning of the race at the Bear Lake picnic house from 6:30 to 7:30 AM.  See you there!

Fiesta 10K/5K and Sunset Stampede 5K
2012 Fiesta 10K Start
2012 Fiesta 10K Start At PSC

May 4th promises to be a great day for the runner or walker who is looking for an amazing and historic challenge.  Pensacola's oldest and most renowned running event, the 39th Fiesta of Five Flags 10K/5K will begin at 7:30 AM.  
All who participated last year know that the FUN is back in this great race which is known as one of the best point-to-point race courses in the country.  Each mile will be marked by a banner representing a flag which has flown over this wonderful city as participants traverse the streets through the heart of Pensacola.  Awesome medals will be awarded to those who complete 10,000 meters and all runners and walkers (5K only) will receive another great dry fit tech shirt.  The post-race party will feature food, refreshments, a great band and LOTS of awards.  Each registered participant also receives free entry into the Fiesta of Five Flags Crawfish Festival.  One final element is included for the faster runners - prize money ($400 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd) will be awarded for the top males and females in the 10K.
There is an additional bonus as the Fiesta run offers an additional challenge for you.  We have partnered with the Sunset Stampede 5K in Navarre Beach.  You can compete in TWO races and enjoy TWO parties in ONE DAY.  If you're up to the challenge, you can register for both races at a discount price before March 31st. Registration for the Fiesta 10K and Sunset Stampede 5K is a discounted price of $40.  Registration for the Fiesta 5K and the Sunset Stampede 5K is a discounted price of $35.  We hope you choose to join us for the fun and the festivities on May 4th!! For more information or to register go to!
Oak Mountain


Chris Hicks, Wayne Boulanger, Jeff Bryan (Tallahassee), Jay Yanovich, Mike Kirk, Pat Judd, Erika Smith, Jon Marek (and Curtis!) are pictured at the 14th annual Oak Mountain 50K held on March 9, 2013 at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham. This race is a beautiful and challenging ultra-marathon. The course runs through forested hills on mostly single track trail with two climbs up to the top of Double Oak Mountain (vertical climb is 3,900 ft). This is a great race to add to your 2014 schedule and is perfect for your first ultra.

Walk in My Shoes

Next week sexual abuse survivor and activist

Lauren Book will embark on her 4th "Walk In My Shoes" during which she will walk 1500 miles from Key West around the state, including across the panhandle, and conclude her journey in Tallahassee with a rally on the steps of Florida's historic Capital. 


Join the Gulf Coast Kids House and Lakeview Center's Rape Crisis/Trauma Recovery Center on April 21st as we walk side-by-side with Lauren here in Pensacola in support of her walk to raise awareness on the prevention of child sexual abuse, promote victims' rights legislation, and support survivors.


Lauren's "Walk in My Shoes" is one of several events that will be held in our community during April in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Join the Lakeview Center Rape Crisis/Trauma Recovery Center on Saturday, April 27 at 8 AM at Pensacola Beach for their 6th annual Run for Their Lives 5K Run/walk ( to enjoy a morning of racing and music by James Atkins and Rewind.  That afternoon at Cordova Mall you can support Gulf Coast Kids House 10th annual Chocolate Fest from 12-3 PM (


What: 4th Annual "Walk in My Shoes"


When: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - beginning with a Sunrise Ceremony at 6 AM


Where: The University of West Florida


For more information on Lauren's walk visit (be sure to view the video with highlights from Lauren's 2012 "Walk in My Shoes").

Issue Number 27
March 2013
In This Issue
Runner Profile
PRA Membership
Bear Lake Trail Run
Fiesta of Five Flags 10K/5K
Oak Mountain 50K
Walk In My Shoes
Select Physical Therapy
Tri Gulf Coast
Steven Garst Endowment
Lou Gregory Award

Mission of the PRA

The Mission of the Pensacola Runners Association is to promote, support and develop running and racing along the northern Gulf Coast. Our objective is to provide information, education, training, social and sporting events for competitive and non- competitive runners and walkers of all ages, races, genders and abilities.

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Select Physical Therapy Offers FREE Sports Injury Hotline



Select Physical Therapy would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the PRA members who have given Select Medical the opportunity to provide healthcare and physical therapy services to you this year. We hope the service and care you received was outstanding. We know you have many choices for physical therapy and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you. We have skilled clinicians that are specially trained to treat a variety of orthopedic condition and sports related injuries. We have several clinicians who are certified orthopedic manual therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and Graston certified. We are also proud to have a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS), a board certified sports specialist (SCS), and three certified hand therapists (CHT). We provide runner's evaluations using Dartfish software and custom orthotics at our Airport Blvd location.

Please see our web site at to see a list of clinics and the services they provide. We also have an injury hotline that is manned 24 hours a day 7 days a week by one of our athletic trainers. If you are injured, whether it is minor or significant enough to require medical attention we can help you decide the best treatment for your injury. We have an orthopedic surgeon and primary care MD who will work you in if needed. If you would like more information or are unsure how to manage your injury please call 850-619-2862, leave a detailed message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.




Tri Gulf Coast News



By Mindi Straw


With Spring weather approaching, this means the beginning of Triathlon season, which generally runs from March to October in Florida. I have spent most of the winter training for various road races, swimming (in a heated pool, of course), and doing some strength training at the gym. Although I have had my bike on the trainer, I didn't use it as much as I had hoped. So now it is time to wipe the cob webs off of it and my helmet and get ready to hit the road. It will probably be a good idea to go through my triathlon gear making sure nothing has rotted in the off-season (swim caps and goggles seem to disintegrate over the winter).


I have a handful of races I have signed up for between the months of June and October, some local and some will be weekend vacations with a race included. But what I am really looking forward to is the beginning of TriGulfCoast (TGC) Triathlon Club's Mere Mortals Training Program.  It starts in early June for 12 weeks, every Sunday at 6:30 AM and ends with a practice tri before the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon on October 5th, 2013.  


Now with a name like "Mere Mortals" you are probably wondering what kind of training is this? By definition, 'mere mortals' means to be 'just human'....well, our members are just that!   Since triathlon can be referred to as an intimidating sport, we simplify the training and the sport so that almost any person can complete their first triathlon, which is usually the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon.


I have been a member of TGC for 4 years. I spent my first year being a new triathlete, coming to each session with a bit of apprehension of getting in open water, riding my bike in the aero position, and trying to run after a long bike ride (I feel like Gumby), but I can tell you that when I crossed the finish line after the SRITRI I felt such a sense of accomplishment.  Mere Mortals gave me the confidence to succeed and I was hooked on this amazing and challenging sport!  


Since then I have been involved with the Mere Mortals program which gets bigger and better every year. We work hard to improve the program so that each training session is beneficial and effective for our members. This last year we had over 100 members each Sunday morning (yes, our eager athletes would rise before the sun every Sunday mornings) for a training/workout of swim, bike, and run. We have a tremendous amount of course/training support to make our members feel safe, especially on the open water swim course, since that seems to be the most "fearful" part of triathlon.  


Many seasoned triathletes join us each week and are ready to inspire, encourage, support, and provide suggestions on training, races, gear, nutrition and just a sense of enthusiasm for the love of triathlon. The program also has a great sense of camaraderie, many of our new triathletes meet others and friendships and training partners evolve. At the end of last season, time after time I heard our members say "I will be back next year" and "that was the best money I ever spent ($40)."


So, if you're looking for something new and something challenging, it's time to join TriGulfCoast and join us for a summer of fun-filled training at our Mere Mortals program. It will be an experience that will change your life!



Steven Garst Endowment

Fund raising for the Steven Garst Endowment was begun in mid-2012.  This fund will provide scholarships for the men's cross country team at the University of West Florida in Steven's name. The endowment level of $25,000 has been achieved and plans are to continue to add to that amount. 


The Pensacola Beach Run, the Pensacola Runners Association, the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon, the Pensacola Sports Association, the Capt'n Fun Runners, First City Sports Commission, Washington High School and the Garst family have contributed or pledged the funds to endow the scholarship.  

2004 Grand Prix Champ Steven Garst
Steven Garst Wins
2004 Overall Grand Prix


Steven was an outstanding runner and scholar in the Pensacola area who passed away in 2005.  He accomplished many things in his life including winning numerous races, being All-Conference both athletically and academically at UWF and being the PRA's overall Grand Prix champion in 2004.

Nominations Due for 
Lou Gregory Award  
By April 1st

The Lou Gregory Spirit Award is presented annually at the Fiesta Of Five Flags run awards ceremony. It is PRA's highest honor and is to be given to "a runner who has demonstrated great leadership and enthusiasm in helping to promote and maintain the sport of running in the Pensacola community".  First awarded in 1979, there have been 41 honorees including some years when there were co-winners.   


The award is named in honor of Pensacola's most famous runner, Dr. Lou Gregory. During his life-long tenure in running, he won hundreds of races. As a world-class runner in the 1930s and 40s, he qualified for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic games (where he placed 10th in the 10,000 meters), won 19 National Championships and finished second in the 1941 Boston Marathon.  


He moved to Pensacola and soon became a famed Masters runner and champion.  He astounded the running community by finishing the 1976 Fiesta of Five Flags 10K in 43 minutes at the age of 76.  He was a professor at Pensacola Junior College and also the long-time track and cross country coach there. Under his guidance his teams won 10 state championships. Retired in 1975, Dr. Gregory passed away in 1989.


You still have time to nominate a deserving, outstanding individual in the running/walking community for this award.  Please submit an email by April 1st to: