The St. Petersburg Road Runners Newsletter          October 2015 - Vol. 6, Issue 10

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In This Issue
Letter from the Editor
President's Message
Monthly Meeting
October Birthdays
Special Offer
Meilus Offer
Board of Directors Nominees
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 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

varies-check website:  

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
Fit For Life/
John Payne,  Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist
Florida Road Races
Meilus Muscular Therapy
Motion Sports Management
Social Media Management -
           It Takes a Geek
Sweet Things
USA Tampa Bay Fit

Dear  ,
Letter from the Editor


     I wish.  We've all had times when we wished for something.  As kids, we wished upon a star, made a wish blowing out birthday candles or hoping your wish will come true when you broke the wishbone in your favor.  As kids, we wished we were older.  Now that we're older, we wish to be younger.
       I'm guilty.  I've wished for so many things to be different.  I wished I were one of the smart, popular kids in school.  I wished I were skinny.  I wished I were faster.  I wished I had more time.  One time, my dad told me not to wish my life away. "Life is too short as it is," he said.  He also said to be happy with what I have and with who I am because there are so many people worse off.
      So true.  Now that I'm approaching yet another birthday, I have finally learned to be happy with who I am.  I wasn't always happy to be me.  I wished to be skinny, lost 85 pounds and started to run.  Even though I was officially skinny, I still thought of myself as a floppy, blobby person running down the road like a hippo in the sludge of the Serengeti.  I wished to run faster, worked hard at it and ran some pretty fast marathons, qualifying and running in 7 Boston Marathons.  Even though I ran fast and won a lot of age group awards, I still thought of myself as a slug inching forward leaving a slow, slippery trail.
     My point is, follow my dad's advice and don't wish your life away.  If you have a wish, make that a goal instead and work towards achieving it.  If you need to lose weight, don't wish it, work at it.  Learn how to eat fresh, whole foods, and learn how to nutritiously feed your body to be at its best.  If you want to run faster, don't wish it, do those blasted speed workouts.  If you want to run a race, or try a new distance, don't say you wish you could.  Set a goal, train, and go for it. 
     I read an inspirational sign once that said, "Be happy with who you are while working towards who you want to be."  Don't throw your coins in a fountain wishing to be like someone else or wishing something better for yourself, make it a goal and work for it.  You just might surprise yourself with the results.
Enjoy your journey,



SPRR Board of Directors Elections


The mission of the St. Pete Road Runners (SPRR) is to encourage running and walking for inividuals of all ages and abilities in a social environment while promoting fitness and providing education in the community.  A Board of Directors is voted into office each year to run the club, to engage its members, and to help insure that the club's mission is accomplished. 


Next month, SPRR members will have the opportunity to vote for the next Board of Directors for 2016.  All active members are encouraged to consider running for the Board or to nominate other qualified members.  A slate of nominees, including
 a short bio on each person, will be distributed in October, and the elections will be held at the General Membership Meeting to be held at Empath Health on November 12th.


If you're not thinking of running for the Board this year, we urge all members to participate on club committees or to volunteer at the many events throughout the year.  Don't be shy.  Talk to any Board member and let them know you want to help.  Remember that SPRR cannot function without your participation.




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, Frequent Miler Program, and the absolutely best social events.
If you haven't paid your dues yet, it's not too late.  SPRR relies heavily on membership dues to be able to give you the benefits you enjoy. You can renew your membership online using PayPal!   I hope you will continue to support SPRR and take advantage of this easy way to join or to renew your membership.

    Welcome to our newest and returning members.  We are happy you are with us.


Our October meeting will be held at Fit2Run, Thursday, October 8, 6:30pm.  This is a run/social meeting.  The run will start from Fit2Run, 256 2nd Street North, downtown St. Petersburg, at 6:30pm.  We will have a few announcements at the store around 7pm when everyone returns from the run.  We will have food and beverage and time to socialize.  Please join us.



256 2nd Street No. 

St. Petersburg, FL

October 8, 2015

6:30 p.m.




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


Sharon Andrews               Trym Gudmundsen                  Rhonda Morland

Lia Archer                         Beth Hawkins                           Kim Mottert

Anna Bryson                     Ginger Herring                         Lacey Nash

Patrick Bell                        Jaclyn Jardine                          Lauri Reynolds

Christine Cargo                 Juan Jourde, Jr.                       Doug Schiller

Tess Chibirka                    Marieta Kaszyk                        Niole Siepak

David Counsman              Deborah Kelley                         Beth Terry

Kiernan DeLaurier            Joe McNeill                               Andrew Terry

Annie Gloe                        Stuart Mellish                           Mike Wilbur

Bonnie Grey                      Michele Morehouse                 Jennie Wreyford 


And a belated Birthday Wish to Judy Sromovsky who was inadvertently omitted last month. 






Our friends at Meilus Muscular Therapy & Sports, Inc. is offering a BIG discount for SPRR members.  Instead of paying $155 for your visit, you pay ONLY $80.  Take advantage of this offer as it is only good until October 31, 2015. 









The SPRR Board of Directors elections will be held November 10 at the General Membership Meeting.  Here is the slate of nominees so far.  If you or someone you know wants to "run" for a position on the Board of Directors, please feel free to contact Frank Adornato.  Candidate bios will follow soon.


 Frank Adornato

Meghan Brunelli

Jennifer Bumbalough

Trish Butler

Barbara Childs

Kim Fudge

Ginger Herring

Vicki Linkovich

Don Rasdall

Doug Schiller

Kelly Shotts

Sam Tallyn










What a wonderful time everyone had at Ben Fudge's surprise 80th Birthday Party.  The food and drinks were fabulous.  The DJ music was marvelous.  Seeing friends and family gather for this awesome celebration was priceless.


In appreciation for all Ben has done for SPRR, and to honor his 80th birthday, the club has renamed the scholarship fund the SPRR Ben Fudge Scholarship.  Shirts were available for sale and the proceeds are going into the scholarship fund. 


If you want to purchase a great YO!  Friend of Ben shirt, there are some available.  The price is $25.  Contact Maureen Cox for your shirt. 




Make sure you check out our sponsors below and be sure to thank them for their partnership with SPRR. 




Have you visited our new website?  St. Pete Road Runners Club has launched its new and improved website.  If you haven't seen it yet, check it out now at www.sprr.org.





Have you liked our Facebook page where we shared with you that there's something great coming?  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.




October 3        Race for the Cure 5K/10K                    Albert Whitted Park       St. Petersburg

October 4        Ft. Desoto 15K/5K                                North Beach                  Ft. DeSoto

October 10      John Holmes 50K/16 Mile                    Croom Trail                    Brooksville

                        Viking Challenge 5K Cross Country     Northeast High              St. Petersburg

                        Herricane Glam 5K                               Pop Stansell Park         Palm Harbor

October 11      Pretty in Pink 15K/5K                            Del Oro Park                Clearwater

October 17      Rattlesnake 5 Mile                                 City Park                      San Antonio

                        Monster Dash 5K                                  Grand Hampton Club   Tampa

October 18      Longleaf Triathlon/Duathlon                  Longleaf Town Hall       New Port Richey

October 24      Rocktober Festival 5K                           Historic Downtown        Palm Harbor

                        Bride of Frankenfooter 5K                     Starkey Park                 New Port Richey

October 25       Frankenfooter Half Marathon               Starkey Park                 New Port Richey

October 31       Halloween Half Marathon                     North Beach                 Ft. DeSoto

                         Lake to Lake 10K                                 Lake Mirror Center       Lakeland

                         Great Westchase 5K/10K                    Westchase Center        Tampa           



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 gingerherring16@gmail.com.  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.
tri it all sponsor



   gingerbread man


                     Motion Sports Management   Al Johnson                 www.runmsm.com
                   Florida Road Races    Chris Lauber, Director   www.floridaroadraces.com
If you are interested in being an SPRR sponsor and advertise in our newsletter, please contact Ginger Herring.  Thank you.




Enjoy your Journey,