Show your Central Maine Striders pride by wearing a club singlet, tee, or hat at an upcoming race or run.
The club has partnered with Atayne, a Maine-based company that makes running clothes in the USA, to set up a Central Maine Striders apparel store. Men's and women's singlets, performance short- and long-sleeve tees, and caps are all available for purchase. Shirts start at $19.99.
Order your Striders apparel today and you'll be ready to represent on the roads and trails! You might even make some new running friends.
To order: centralmainestriders.atayne.com
Atayne is a Certified B Corporation, a third party certification awarded to companies that meet the highest standards of environmental and social stewardship. All of its products are made using the maximum amount of recycled polyester possible. Additionally, all the materials Atayne uses are certified to be free of harmful chemicals.
By Tom McGuire
At this time of year, Strider members are busy racing, volunteering at, and directing a variety of running events. While we're in the midst of the 2016 racing season is a good time to start considering who will be our 2016 Strider(s) of the Year and other club honorees.
At the Striders annual banquet in January at Mainely Brews in Waterville, the club reinstituted a number of member awards. We honored outgoing club president Patrick Guerette and board member Alicia MacLeay as Striders of the Year for their work helping to reinvigorate our club. In addition, we recognized Race Director of the Year (Kate Cooley), Sponsor of the Year (Brian Morin), Volunteers of the Year (Kristina Guerette and John Manzer ), and Youth Award Winners (Nick Dall and Cecilia Morin).
For our 2016 Strider(s) of the Year, we'd like to honor members with stellar racing achievements. Going hand-in-hand with Striders of the Year, we could also consider honoring the Most Improved Strider(s).
Selecting these award recipients at the end of this year, would involve our members studying race results locally, statewide, and even nationwide and internationally from January 2016 onward (such as for the January Thaw), and going into late fall. This is where we need your help.
Do you have suggestions for honorees to consider for these awards, or ways to recognize outstanding members or performances you think the club should know about? If so, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for collection and board consideration.
While none of this is set in granite, we want to recognize our members and their achievements and efforts, while building interest in our club and running and racing in general.
By Tom McGuire
On Saturday, June 18, 2016 former Central Maine Striders club president Dean Rasmussen and every runner's favorite mentor, Ron Paquette, each ran their 35th consecutive Mt. Washington Road Race on a picture-perfect day. The challenging race is a 7.6-mile hill climb to the summit of New Hampshire's Mt. Washington via the Mt. Washington Auto Road and climbs more than 4,500 feet.
For his 75th birthday this year, Ron asked his wife, Donnajean Pohlman, to accompany him on his race to the clouds. Having previously run the hill 15 times, she consented to just one more and both were seen with smiles on their faces before and after the event (see photo at right).
Another longtime Strider couple, Rick and Anne-Marie Davee, had strong performances with Anne-Marie medaling with a second place in her division.
Striders were well represented among the 1,153 finishers. We not only had a strong showing of our runners from both Maine and away, but many friends and family enjoyed the day socializing and volunteering.
Thanks to everyone who came out to volunteer. Beth Pilsbury Bridger, my wife, Lyn McGuire, and I served turkey dinner with all the fixin's after the race, and several runners and their families worked on the cleanup crew. (Were you one? Please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com, so we can add you to this race report.)
Congratulations to Patrick Guerette (21:06) and Stephanie LeBlanc (25:04) the top male and female finishers at the 6th annual Run/Walk for Life 5K held on Saturday, June 25, at Thomas College in Waterville. The race benefited Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area and L.N. Clark Inspiration Network.
Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area (HVWA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 that serves 27 communities in Central Maine. It exists to provide non-medical support to individuals and their families during the last phases of life, to loved ones throughout the grieving process, and to educate the community regarding issues related to death and grieving. Bereavement services are available to anyone who has sustained loss either through illness or unexpectedly. HVWA is volunteer based and community funded.
The L.N. Clark Inspiration Network is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2008. Its goal is to help Maine cancer patients and their families. So many people need support and services in many areas during their medical oncology journey. Its passion is to lighten the burden and stress for the individuals in a meaningful way. A cancer patient's journey is a massive challenge; trying to get help should not be.