St Pete Road Runners

The St. Petersburg Road Runners Newsletter          May 2015 - Vol. 6, Issue 5

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In This Issue
Letter from the Editor
President's Message
Monthly Meeting
May Birthdays
SPRR Ballgame Night
A Special Thank You
Heard Around the Track
Race Schedule
In Closing




The  Board of Directors are listed below:
President - Frank Adornato
Vice President - Donnamarie Hehn
Treasurer - Vicki Linkovich
Secretary - Karen Mathews
Volunteer Coordinator- Don Rasdall
Guest Speaker Coordinator - Board Members
Website Editor - Michelle Schultz
Membership Director - Kelly Shotts
RRCA Coordinator - Vicki Linkovich
Publicity/Community Affairs -
Newsletter Editor - Ginger Herring
Uniforms/Equipment - Open
Race Coordinator - Doug Schiller and Meghan Brunelli
Member-at-large - Brian McManus

Club Ambassador - Ben Fudge 



The Board of Directors will hold its May meeting at 6:00pm at Canterbury School, 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL

The Board welcomes your comments.  Feel free to contact anyone on the Board to offer your thoughts.




SPRR extends an open invitation to runners and walkers of all abilities to join us for one of our group runs.

Upham Beach: M-F 6:30 a.m.
Fit for Life: Track/reg run Tu 6pm
Downtown St. Pete: Wed 6:00 p.m.
Fit2Run/ Fri 6:00 p.m. Coffee Pot Park
Fit for Life: Sat 6:30 a.m.
Sunday Runs-varies: Sun 6:00am

Clearwater bridge Runs

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Please check out our website for more details.  Feel free to join us on one or more of our group runs.  I'm sure you'll find someone to run or walk with that's just your speed.


We appreciate the partnerships with our sponsors.  Please support them.

Beach Brit Fit
Cleaning Police
Fit For Life/
John Payne,  Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist
Florida Road Races
Meilus Muscular Therapy
Motion Sports Management
Sweet Things
USA Tampa Bay Fit

Dear  ,
Letter from the Editor


I. AM. A. RUNNER.  I know I don't look like a runner. I'm not skinny with a body mass index of 0. I'm short, stocky, and some people think, too old to be a runner. I volunteered at a water stop for the St. Anthony's Triathlon last week. I saw really fit, buffed bodies running by our table. I also saw some not so fit, flabby bodies running by our table. Everyone trained, everyone became anxious, and everyone ran. They were all runners. I lace up my running shoes, get out the door and start running much like Shalane Flanagan or Deena Kastor, or those elite triathletes, just not as fast. Regardless of what I look like, how old I am, or how slow I am - I am a runner.

I know I'm not fast like Shalane or Deena. I never could run faster than a 7:05 mile, and that was just for one mile. I never could run faster than a 3:34 marathon. But I lined up on the starting line just like those who could run faster. I'm much slower these days, however, I still train long and hard like the speedy ones. I still run track sessions. I still run bridges. I still run in all kinds of weather. I may not be fast like the elite runners, but I am a runner.



I know I'm not young any more. But after almost 25 years, I can still run races. I can enjoy each and every run now with greater appreciation for the gift I've been given. I still have the passion, intensity, competitiveness I used to have. I still have fun. I still participate, because, I am still a runner.


Enjoy your journey,





I'm frequently fascinated by the reactions and facial expressions of fellow Floridians at the mere mention of hills.  Whether it's a training run, a bike ride, or a race - or even just a conversation about a hilly course - they get totally freaked out.  "Yikes"!  In fact, I've seen runners get so psyched out about a pending hill climb that they were defeated before they even got there.  Yes, climbing a hill is challenging.  It will probably slow you down, most like increase your seat rate and definitely jack up your heart rate.  But isn't that part of why we train?  To take on challenges and to be better.


To me, hills are simply part of what we deal with as runners and cyclists.  I spent the majority of my training years in the Watchung Mountains of New Jersey.  Whenever we went for a ride or a run, we were almost always going uphill or downhill.  In the beginning, hills were very daunting to me.  After a while they became part of the terrain.  You gear down on the bike, jump up on the balls of your feet and lean into the hill on the run, and you just keep going.


Training on hills makes you stronger, both when you climb and also when you run or ride the flats.  If you schedule hill repeats once a week in your training, you'll realize pretty quickly that you are not worrying so much about the antigravity monsters.  You'll run and ride right through them.  Training on hills renders them conquerable.  And you'll soon find yourself passing fellow flatlanders who don't train on hills.


And here's some more good news.  St. Pete Road Runners has at least one hill workout a week.  The hills are usually our local bridges - the Bayway Bridge and the Misener Bridge, to name two.  Different weeks.  Different venues.  Check out for more details including the SPRR contact erson.  Join these group training runs and defeat your fear of hills. 


Train smart.  Race Fast.


Frank Adornato 

SPRR President 



rrcaThe St. Pete Road Runners is a member of the Road Runners Club of America.  Club membership is open to all walkers, joggers, non-competitive runners, biathletes, triathletes and competitive runners.  Your membership gives you monthly meetings with guest speakers, coaching, group runs, newsletters, Grand Prix Series, and the absolutely best social events.
Your Board has been working hard with strategic planning in order to improve benefits for our members and to continue to make SPRR one of the best running clubs in the area.  We invite you to be part of the fun and excitement SPRR has to offer.

DON'T FORGET your membership dues becomes payable on June 1.  You can renew your membership online using PayPal!   I hope you will take advantage of this easy way to join SPRR or to renew your membership.

Welcome to our newest member.  Thank you for choosing to join SPRR.  We are happy to have you be part of a great running club.
             Lisa Suprenand

Our next meeting is a run/social meeting.  We will meet at Fit2Run,  256 2nd Street No, St. Petersburg, at 6:00pm.  Run distances and times will vary according to what you want to do that night.  Just be sure to come back to Fit2Run by 7:00pm to join us with our social after your run. 


We'll also update you on the status of our new Website, dates of our future meetings and events, and all the news you'll want to know about SPRR.


SPRR Run/Social Meeting


256 2nd Street North

St. Petersburg, FL

May 14, 2015

6:00 p.m.








We wish all of you with May birthdays the best ever and many more happy miles: 


Frank Adornato          Rose Davis                  Jay Heatherly             Mark Morland

Susan Barnes            Carl Dobbins                Nikki Hehn                 Willie Roth

Rebecca Bialosky      Cyrus Donato               Shannon Hodges       Lynn Sammetinger

David Bilyeu               Dianne Drick                Suzanne Holland       Zachary Scherer

Meghan Brunelli         Kim Engebregtsen       Agnieszka Hunter      Patrick Smith

Kristin Burke               Pamela Farnsworth     Angela Irwin              Matthew Solan

Steven Byrne              Laurie Germann          Meredith Jones          Karen Soults

Ray Charles               Gregory Glasscock      Alfredo Kiernan          Stephen Timmer

Thomas Coleman       Andrew Graus             Bill McKeever             Robert VanVolkenburgh

Chris Connors             Heather Grzellka        Christine Moorby        Kathleen Wheeler

Roger Covey               Amanda Harlan          Crystal Morales 








Our annual SPRR club night at the Rays ballgame is coming up.  Plan to join us for a fun night at the Trop when the Rays play the White Sox.  Game time is at 1:10pm, Sunday, June 14.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Karen Mathews will have tickets available at our meeting May 14 or at track Tuesday nights.  You'll need to get your tickets as soon as you can, however, as these sell out fast.  For further information, contact Karen Mathews at





We want to extend our special heartfelt thank you to Al Johnson and the St. Pete Beach Classic board for recognizing SPRR with an additional $500 donation.  SPRR helps with the SPBC each year and is given financial consideration.  This year, Al Johnson presented the club with this unanticipated additional donation.  This is greatly appreciated and we thank you.   






The SPRR night at the ballpark is on June 14.  Contact Karen Mathews for your tickets.




SPRR Beach 5K Series is just around the corner.  Go to to sign up.  Contact Doug Schiller or Meghan Brunelli for further information.



Congratulations to Jessica Silk from Dixie Hollins and Ched Milic of Canterbury, our scholarship winners this year.  Your accomplishments are outstanding and we are proud to be able to offer you this financial award.




Congratulations to all our runners who ran the Boston Marathon this year.  We are very proud of your accomplishment. 




Congratulations to Gilbert Dolores who not only ran Boston but ran Big Sur the following week. 



Have you been checking our Facebook Page?  Not only are there motivational posts, there are funny posts and now we have great training tips.  Check us out and be sure to like, comment and share.       

P.S.  We are also on Twitter and have an Instagram account.                           


For more pictures and up-to-date news and gossip, check out our Facebook Page.




May 2       Skyway Trail May Day 5K/10K         Ceridian Complex         St. Petersburg

                 Run for the Stars 5K                         Walsingham Park         Largo

                 Girls on the Run 5K                          HHC                             Tampa 

May 3       X-Terra Claw 10 & 5 Mile                 Alafia River State Park Lithia

                 Halo 5K                                             Al Lopez Park              Tampa 

May 8       Picnic Island Adventure Race #1      Picnic Island                 Tampa

May 9       Run for All Children 5K/10K              Safety Harbor Marina   Safety Harbor

                 Miles for Moffitt 5K/8K                       USF Sun Dome            Tampa

                 Hog Hustle 5K                                   FL Auto Exc Stadium    Dunedin

May 10     Mothers Day 5K                                John Chestnut Park       Palm Harbor

                Great Mothers Day 5K                       Al Lopez Park                Tampa

May 16    Tampa Firefighters 5K                       Firefighters Museum      Tampa

                Clot Trot 5K                                       Al Lopez Park                 Tampa

                The Brest 5/10K Ever                        John Chestnut Park        Palm Harbor

May 17    Dash for Cover 5K                             Al Lopez Park                 Tampa

                Miles for Melanoma 5K                      Walsingham Park           Largo

May 23     Alicia Wright Butterfly 5K                   Walsingham Park          Largo

May 29     WFRRC Beach 5K #1                        Pier 60                           Clearwater

May 31     Madeira Beach Triathlon                   Archibald Park               Madeira Beach



Good luck runners.  Please don't be shy - let me know your results.    We also welcome your race story.  Runners LOVE to read about other runners' experiences.  Feel free to share yours.  You can email your story to  Thank you.                           



  We are happy to announce that Up To Speed is accepting advertising.  Here are the current rates. 




                                                              Business Card   $  20

                                                              ¼ Page              $  50                                     

                                                              ½ Page              $  75

                                                              Full Page           $100


Prices are good for 1 year

We also offer a yearly advertising rate with a link to your website along with your ad on our SPRR website for $150.


We are especially grateful to the following companies and organizations for their support and contributions they have made to SPRR:











Call Al at 727-547-1233 for a FREE Demonstration.  He will treat one side of your body to illustrate the difference pre and post treatment.  You may not realize your current condition is less than optimal until after treatment -- you will see and feel the benefits.  You will be amazed by the difference!  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so take measures to prevent injury and call for your free demonstration.
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                     Motion Sports Management   Al Johnson       
                   Florida Road Races    Chris Lauber, Director
If you are interested in being an SPRR sponsor and advertise in our newsletter, please contact Ginger Herring.  Thank you.






Enjoy your Journey,