At the March 21st annual meeting, Central Maine Striders will recognize Geoff Hill and Gene Roy, two long-time club members, for their service to and support of the club. Congratulations, Geoff and Gene, and thank you for all you've done for Central Maine Striders!
All members and friends of the club are welcome to join us to honor Geoff and Gene, and for food, drinks, voting on officers, plus free gloves and stickers for 2018 members. The dinner is at Mainely Brews Brewhouse & Restaurant in Waterville on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.
Central Maine Striders Annual Dinner
Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m.
Mainely Brews Brewhouse & Restaurant
1 Post Office Road, Waterville
Meet Geoff and Gene, our 2017 Striders of the Year, below.
Meet Geoff Hill
I began running cross-country in sophomore year of high school in Rochester, New York, simply to get into shape for ice hockey in the winter and discovered I loved running trails in the woods. I achieved varsity letters in cross-country and track and graduated high school in 1964.
I participated in other sports but did not run seriously again until 1975 while living near Berkeley, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Several friends and I started a small, personal running club and entered 5K and 10K races in the Bay Area, also running on trails behind UC Berkeley.
I moved to Belgrade, Maine, in 1982 and joined the Central Maine Striders that same year, running on my camp road to get into shape and introducing myself to central Maine by running 10K’s. This is the same year I met Gene and Sarah Roy, Ron Paquette, Dean Rasmussen, Jim Moore, Chris Bovie, and David Baird, all Central Maine Strider members. I also coached track and cross-country at Winslow and Waterville High Schools and was race director for the Belgrade Lakes 10K for three years. In addition, I helped Gene Roy, who was the race director for the January Thaw in Belgrade.
I achieved the best condition of my life in 1983 and posted personal bests of 34:28 at the Rockland Lobster Festival 10K and 3 hours 12 minutes at the Casco Bay Marathon. (I know, hard to believe, looking at me now; but I weighed 175 pounds then, not 240!) I ran four marathons all together, the last one the San Francisco Marathon in 1990, and also ran Mt. Washington four times. I was awarded Comeback Strider of the Year in 1987 after I got sober and began running seriously again.
I was forced to stop running in 1994 when I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hips and since have had both hips replaced. I still volunteered at various local races for the Striders. For the last seven years I have co-directed the January Thaw Road Race with Gene and Ron Paquette. Our theme is still penguins!
Meet Gene Roy
I joined the Striders in January of 1978 and have been club president twice. I've coached at Winslow High School, but the last 21 years I've coached at Thomas, Unity, and Colby colleges in either track or cross country. I'm married to Sarah, a runner, and we have five children and seven grandchildren, and counting.
Results (all when I was half my age now):
My favorite race is the Sugarloaf Marathon.
Goals: I plan on entering trail races, since my knees and ankles don’t like pavement any more.