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PRA President, Laura Harris President


Thank goodness for October weather! This is, by far, my favorite time of the year to run... when the air is not so humid you could cut it with a knife, and when the temperature is neither hot nor cold. (I find the weather so nice, my treadmill might actually become a "clothes rack" for a while.) It is the perfect time to begin training for a half or full marathon. One day, I will run the Pensacola Beach Run in January again, but I have been and am helping with the course again this year. Won't you consider running the PBR Half Marathon this year? There is plenty of time for thorough training, and your training will be through the "best weather" months we have here in Pensacola!


Speaking of good weather, it was a little humid, but the temperature was perfect for our Seafood Don McCloskey 5K a couple weeks ago! I hope everyone had a good time during and after the race, and at the Seafood Festival. When you see Randy Maygarden next, please give him a big "thank you" for a job well done. He put together a fabulous team of people, who put on a spectacular event, and we are so pleased he has agreed to direct next year's event as well!


There has been a lot going on in the PRA lately, some highs (our 40th Birthday!) and lows (the passing of Ray Yarbrough, PRA leader and Lou Gregory Award winner). Please read the rest of the Rundown for all the info.


Happy Running!


Laura Harris

PRA President


In Memory of Charles "Ray" Yarbrough


Charles "Ray" Yarbrough
1927 - 2012

Charles Ray Yarbrough passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012. He was an avid runner, biker and swimmer, devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather. A proud product of Pensacola, FL, Ray was close to family and friends.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Cecil and Emma; brothers, Brinson and Horace.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle; daughters, Stacy and Kim; sons, Ray, Jr., Greg, and Gary; grandchildren, Brandon, Devin, Tony, Jason, and Daniel.

As one of 3 children, he learned the importance of hard work and helping others. He exhibited a strong work ethic, and was goal focused, as was evidence by his many accomplishments. Ray was much loved by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

He joined the First United Methodist Church in 1938 and became one of the longest standing members of the church. He attended P.K. Young Elementary, A.B. Clubbs Middle School, and graduated from Pensacola High School in 1945. He lettered in football in High School for 3 years. After high school, Ray served in the Merchant Marines for 9 months. He joined the Army in 1946 and served in Korea with the 6th infantry division until 1948. He attended the University of Florida in 1948 and graduated in 1952 from the School of Architecture with a degree in Building Construction. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He received an ROTC Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corp of Engineers and served on active duty in Germany until the end of the Korean War. He joined the Army Reserves in 1955 and served as commanding officer of the 371st engineers. He later became as the commanding officer of the 361st Civil Affairs Brigade. During this time, he also served as chairman of the Nation Civil Affairs Convention, which brought in military personnel from all over the United States. He retired as a Colonel in 1981.

Ray was employed by Gulf Power Company from 1952 until 1989. He retired as the Director of Appliance Sales and Service. He was a Board Member of the Home Builders Association and served as Parade of Homes Chairman. He served on the Board of Directors of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of American, Jaycees Board of Directors, worked for many years with the United Fund, was past member of Pensacola Advertising and Sales Executive Club, and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order Alumni. Ray is a member of Pensacola Yacht Club and served as Vice Commodore and on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Mayoki Indians, Saints and Sinners, and the Hidalgos.

Ray was very active in the Pensacola Runners Association. He served as Vice President, Treasurer, Board Member, Membership Chair, and Race Director of the Fiesta Run for many years. He was a member of, and participated in; Captain Fun Runners, McGuire's Runners, Seville Quarter Milers, Blue Hare Hashers, the Red Dress Run, the Crescent City Classic Run, and the Gulf Coast Triathlon Club. He was awarded the Lou Gregory Spirit Award for demonstrating leadership and enthusiasm. He also received the Jim Harrington Award.

The family will receive friends from 1:00pm until the Funeral Service at 2:00pm Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of Pensacola with Dr. Wesley Wachob and Rev. Geoffrey Lentz officiating. Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Wright St., Pensacola, FL 32501.

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This article is from Mr. Yarbrough's obituary published in the Pensacola News Journal .

Seafood Festival 5K Post- Race Report

The goal of the Pensacola Seafood Don McCloskey 5K race committee was to put on a race that lived up to the Don McCloskey name. We felt that to do so the race needed to start on time, have a true course, timely and accurate results, and provide participants a good venue to eat and socialize afterwards. We felt these things were a must and if we could add a nice shirt and awards that would be icing on the cake. Everyone associated with this event worked hard at ensuring these things while keeping in mind that this was a race remembering one of our kindest and favorite members. We placed special emphasis on being kind, upbeat, and making this race about you, the participants. We wanted this run to be Don-like; kind, fun and enjoyable. The wonderful PRA board said; make it happen, and there was never any pressure to make money. It is our sincere hope that you found this event enjoyable and left it wanting to be Don-like, because the world needs the qualities that Don McCloskey embodied. 

Runner's Profile



 by Erika Smith


Diane Martinez is one of the most energetic and eclectic newer members of the Pensacola Runners Association. Her athletic roots date back to when she began dancing in 1991 (she's danced in the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!). At the time of her transition from dancing competitively in 1998, she began running.  Since then she has logged many miles and completed many races. Diane explains that seeing her father suffer a heart attack motivated her to improve her own cardiovascular health, particularly as heart disease runs in her family. She's since become an inspiration to not only her family members, but also to her friends and co-workers.


Diane's favorite local races include the PRA's Fiesta 10K, the Double Bridge Run, and the McGuire's 5K. She can often be spotted running at her favorite local venue - Pensacola Beach. Her favorite events to travel to are the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans and Chicago's Rock n' Roll Half Marathon. When she's not running, Diane enjoys paddle boarding, cycling, and swimming. In fact, she's planning to compete in the Destin Triathlon on October 13th. You can also find Diane having dinner with friends at one of our great local restaurants and spending time with her nephews.


Like many of us, Diane jokes that she runs "so I can eat." However, she also runs because she enjoys challenging herself both mentally and physically and because she loves the camaraderie of our running community. Diane has run countless races in Pensacola and you also may have seen her sporting 80's athletic attire while volunteering at the PRA's 80's-themed water stop at the 2011 Pensacola Marathon.


Diane was born in the Lone Star state, but traveled to many locations during her childhood, including Japan and Venezuela, as her father was in the Air Force. Although she has a passion for traveling, she's lived in Pensacola since 1994 and considers Pensacola to be her "home." She attended college at the University of West Florida where she earned a Bachelor's degree with a double major in Elementary Education and Accounting .  She's employed as an Auditor at Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund.


Diane is actively involved in our community in many ways. She's been a big sister with Big Brothers, Big Sisters for three years. She's a member of the Pensacola Young Professionals. She's also a member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon and serves as the board Secretary. When she's not spending time at a race or engaging in volunteer work, her idea of the perfect day is being able to kick back and relax in jeans and flip flops and watch a scary movie. Let Diane know if you're interested in joining her for a horror film this Halloween. 

Issue Number 22

October 2012

In This Issue
Ray Yarbrough
Seafood Festival 5K
Runner's Profile
Jim Harrington Award
PRA 40th Bithday Party

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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28th Annual Great Pumpkin Race

Saturday, November 3, 2012


5K starts at 8 a.m.

1 mile fun run starts @ 9 am

Sacred Heart Cathedral School

Pensacola Florida



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Select Physical Therapy Offers FREE Sports Injury Hotline
Melissa McShan


I am finally able to announce that Select Physical Therapy is now offering GAIT ANALYSIS for all runners in the Pensacola area!

Gait analysis is more than just stepping on a pressure-sensitive pad to determine how your foot distributes your weight.  Gait analysis is a comprehensive, in-depth look at how you run.  Whether you want to improve your form, learn how to be more efficient, or possibly learn why you have a recurrent injury, gait analysis can be the perfect tool to meet all of your needs.

How does it work?  Runners are videotaped as they run on a treadmill.   Then, the video is fed into a computer program that helps the running specialist break down the intricate details of each muscle movement and each angle of motion.  Bad form or errors in technique can be pinpointed and shown to the subject.  The running specialist can then help the runner correct their form and give feedback that the runner can see AS THEY DO IT.  Runners are sent home with a disc that includes their analysis as well as tips for future training.  The best part is that this process is quick and affordable!

Gait analysis can also be a great tool for runners who have chronic injuries associated with activity.  Frequent knee pain can be treated with medicine and physical therapy, but a gait analysis can help identify the source of the problem and prevent the pain from ever returning.  Any runner who has lost significant training time due to a lengthy injury knows that return to activity can be overwhelming or intimidating.  Not knowing how quickly to return to previous levels of activity can lead to "too much too soon" and it often takes time for the injured area to feel "right".  Gait analysis can help build confidence and provide feedback as the athlete progresses towards return to activity.

If you have any questions about gait analysis or to schedule your appointment, please call 850-619-2862.  


Jim Harrington Award

The PRA is now accepting nominations for the Jim Harrington Award.  The Award is given to a runner who has used running and physical activity to overcome adversity or to recognize a person who returned to the sport of running after overcoming serious injury or illness.  The recipient does not have to be a PRA member.


This year's award will be given at the Pensacola Beach Run on January 12th and is named after Jim Harrington who was a dedicated PRA member and who bequeathed a gift to the club upon his death.  Jim was an accomplished runner who lived by the notion that the older you get the better you are. 


Please think about your training partners and friends and nominate those worthy of this special award!  Please send nominations (with information on their adversity) by December 31st to


Recipients to date have been:


1999 - Mike Hall

2000 - Ray Yarbrough

2001 - Beverly McElwee

2002 - Gary Upshaw

2003 - Glenn Windham

2004 - Terri Ramos

2005 - Brad Donahue

2006 - Charles Gheen

2007 - Gary Bunde

2008 - Thad Kopec

2009 - Brian Casey

2010 - Jennifer Dutton

2011 - Laura Harris

2012 - Lee Wright

Tri Gulf Coast News



From Podium and PRs to Pleasure ....The Seasons of Racing


by Jules Kariher       


 Like everything in life, there are seasons of change. In racing, it is difficult to maintain a "race pace" year after year. Some get busy with other priorities: marriage, new baby, work...and, racing goals change.


If you are in the midst of a season where you feel overtrained, burned out or guilty about the other priorities in your life that have taken a back seat, then perhaps it's time for a season of pure pleasure.  You may want to:


1) Run without a Garmin and run just for time;


2) Run in places you've never been -- UWF trails or the trails in Ft. Pickens or the National Seashore;


3) Take the family on a bike ride ..... leave the tri bike at home and hop on a beach cruiser;


4) Sign up for races one season with the only goal being PLEASURE. Leave the race wheels in their cases and aero helmet in the bag;


5) Take one or two days off each week and eat pancakes with your kids or friends;


6) Do something different, like Crossfit, Bootcamp, personal training, yoga, pilates .... something you never had time for before because you had a tempo run, fartleks, long run, moderate run, bike or swim on the calendar;


7) Be a mentor and give back to the fitness community -- offer to pace someone in a local run to help him/her obtain their PR, volunteer to work a water/aide station at a race, buddy up with a first-timer at Mere Mortals who may be fearful of the water and the "three sports at one time" thing;


After a tough season where I trained really hard and suffered major burn out, I have enjoyed racing for pleasure this year. I raced a sprint triathlon in the Georgia mountains while on vacation with my family. The scenery was different and beautiful. I did not know anyone racing, but met many friendly people. My stomach doesn't knot up before the race because I know my goal is to only have fun and encourage others. I have loved volunteering with Mere Mortals and seeing first-timers overcome their fear of open water swimming. My entire family worked the 11 mile water stop in the Gulf Coast Half Marathon this spring and it was a blast! And, now I am sore almost constantly from two crossfit classes a week. 


I have enjoyed this season, but feel the wind blowing a marathon PR goal my way....

Save the Date! 

PRA - 40th Birthday Party and Volunteer Social Event!

Happy Birthday Day to You, PRA



It's a birthday party and YOU are invited!!  The Pensacola Runners Association is hosting a membership and volunteer social on Wednesday, October 24th in honor of the Association's 40th birthday.  The party will be held at Seville Quarter from 5 - 8 pm.  All current PRA members are invited to attend and bring one guest free of charge.   If you are not a member of PRA but have been meaning to find out what all the talk is about, please come on out and join us!  If you decide on October 24th you want to be a part of the greatest running club in town, we will waive the cover fee.   For any non-members who wish to join in on the celebration and who do not wish to join PRA, the cover charge is $10.00.  We welcome you all so please come help us celebrate 40 years of running in Pensacola.  With your attendance this is guaranteed to be a spectacular birthday party!  As with any PRA event, this birthday party will be filled with great food, free beer, a huge cake, and door prizes.  Mark your calendars, leave your stinky running clothes at home and put on your party hats!  We hope to see you on October 24th!