Monday, May 16, 2016

The Conqueror - May 2016


Toe the Line: Recent & Upcoming Races
  • May 21: SRR Grand Prix Race #4, Playworks 5k, 10am, Dorchester
  • June 25: SRR 26x1 Team Relay
  • Congratulations to everyone who ran the New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon, the Providence Marathon and Half, and of course, the Boston Marathon!
    • Chris Klucznik finished fourth overall at the Providence Marathon
    • Hsien Chung Tseng and Cheng-Chih Yeng both completed their first marathon under goal time in Providence 
    • Tim Morin and Tom Brieder both broke three hours in the New Jersey marathon
    • Despite the heat, there were many great performances at Boston - see the full recap and results below

An eager committee member reports for duty!
Photo courtesy of Julie Holt
Call for Committee Members
Would you like to help SRR with one of our various race committees? We need your help! Being on a race committee is a great way to get more involved in the club, give back and learn more about our role in the Somerville community, and meet your fellow members. We have something for everyone, from marketing to race-day logistics to planning that awesome post-race party. As a first step, visit the SRR Annual Races page and email and we can point you in the right direction!

The SRR Amazing Race
Mark your calendar: we'll be holding the first annual SRR Amazing Race run to celebrate National Running Day and Global Running Day on Wednesday, June 1! This 5k fun run will be a friendly team competition, with prizes for our winners. Stay tuned for more details to come on our facebook page and yahoo message board!

SRR News

Boston Marathon 2016 Recap

Kate O'Malley and Victor Gonzalez show SRR spirit
at the Cheer Zone! Photo courtesy of Nicole Tateosian
Now that the 120th Boston Marathon is behind us (and the 50th anniversary for women!), we would once again like to thank the entire SRR village for making this a great experience! The list of shout-outs goes well beyond this: Nichole Bukowski and Aaron Beer (Course long run), Irene Lanois, Jenn Fonda, John Gorvin, Heather Hagerty (for help with the Casey's Pasta Party and Sean Collier Memorial Run), Melissa Glotzbecker (and the volunteers at the Boston Marathon expo), Jon Bean, Irene Lanois, and Laura Buso (Cheer Zone/Elite Water Stop Coordinators), Julie Holt and Nichole Bukowski (#SRRRunsBoston and Guess the Weather fun!), Kimi Macdonald and Julie Holt (creating and ordering the popular Boston Marathon shirts!), Kate O'Malley (winner of the Cheer Zone Cheer Award!), Victor Gonzalez, Sarah Wright (for your helpful cheers and team support at the 30K), Gordon Pilotte and the folks at the Burren (awesome after party), Kathy Hynes (bus coordinator), Tina Mack (hotel coordinator), and Jesse Edsell-Veter (Boston Marathon coordinator) for putting it all together.  The list goes on, and please know everyone's help was appreciated! 

Robert Cipriano at the 30k on his way to an age-group win!
Photo courtesy of Andy Marinelli

SRR Boston Marathon Results (courtesy of Coach Joe O'Leary):
* An age group win by Robert Cipriano, the first in the history of SRR 
* A top-ten age group performance by Wolfgang Ketterle
*Men's Masters team took SECOND overall! (Robert Cipriano, Greg Picklesimer, Wolfgang Ketterle)
*Full list of SRR Results including PRs

May Photo Contest: #SRRFuelMyRun
We had so many great Boston Marathon photo submissions last month. Congratulations to our April #SRRRunsBoston contest winner, George Woodward!

What's Fueling Your Run these days? Do you read up on the latest Runner's World articles searching for "newly released power foods" in search of your PR? Then again we hear that those nibbling on swedish fish mid-run are happy and running just fine. Perhaps you are fueled by something greater than we're getting all deep on you. You thought this was just a running club social media contest didn't you? ;)  Are you fueled by a morning sunset, the shirtless crew team on the Charles, the reward of more ice cream for your miles, morning laughs with friends, or post run celebrations? The time is NOW! Let us and let the world know what Fuels Your Run! All entries are put in a drawing each month to win a prize. Use #SRRFuelMyRun on our SRR facebook page or instagram (tag us: @somervilleroadrunners) to be entered in the drawing to win!

Casey's News
It was a very busy month at Casey’s! On April 14th we held our annual Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner and Sean Collier Memorial run. Well over a 100 people came to honor Sean and enjoy the festivities, and we were even featured on both the Somerville Community Access Television and also on channel 7 news. This month has also seen a bunch of new faces and the return of some past regulars.

April also saw many SRR members and Casey’s regulars running marathons. Between Boston, Providence, and New Jersey, a lot of miles were covered by SRR! 

We are looking for any suggestions of things that folks may want to see at Casey’s. Please give us a hand by letting us know your thoughts and fill out this quick survey: 

Lastly, we are still working on getting the results posted again. Some of the missing results should be going up soon, but it will take some time to track the PRs (we will let everyone know once those are all organized).

See everyone on Thursdays!

Race Report: Providence Half Marathon
"Where I am right now might not be where I was, or where I want to be, but it is where I am just now." Read more about Urvi Mujumdar's Providence Half Marathon: Just This Mile.

Member Spotlight: James Klucznik
James is an accomplished SRR spectator, and his father Chris came back from a stress fracture to place 4th overall in the marathon (with just three weeks of training, nonetheless!)

James Klucznik and dad Chris after the
2016 Providence Marathon!
Age: 2
Weight: 26
Nickname: James, Jamesey
Day Job: Hanging out, Playing, Napping
PRs: 10 meters – 5s

How long you have been running and a part of SRR? 
I started running in June 2015. Crawling is for babies and when I want to be sneaky, walking is boring to be honest, but running is where the fun is! I like to think that I became an SRR member on April 20, 2014. Technically dad had done the family membership although I still don’t think he’s remembered to include me in the family listing – some lame excuse about me not having an email address.

Dad started running back in middle school and claims he did high school track although I haven’t seen any picture evidence yet. He took some time off from running for awhile after high school before joining SRR in June 2011. He said it was a fun summer of track workouts and was talked into running the Baystate Marathon by Tom Breider. He’s been running since, except when broken with injuries which makes him sad.

Mom was a swimmer in high school and an occasional runner afterward. Mom claims that when she and dad were first together, mom would run 4-5 days a week while dad would sleep in every day.

Where you are from?
Born in Cambridge, first few months in Somerville, now living in Needham. I do miss Somerville. Dad grew up in Canton and mom in Westford.

What is your favorite race and why?
Good question. Well I decided to come out 4.5 weeks early to watch my first Boston marathon. Luckily dad didn’t seem to mind missing the race, he seemed pretty happy to hang out and keep me warm at Mt. Auburn. I was born on my first Easter and watched my first marathon on tv at the hospital the next day. Dad and I got to watch Meb go for the win, then we actually got to see Pick propose to Carla on tv! Besides Boston, I just enjoy any race I get to run with mom or dad or watch the runners go by. I could see myself doing this someday! I know if dad could pick, it would probably be Doyles, Gobble x 3, or the Boston Marathon. Mom is partial to the Tufts 10K, the Dennis 5 Miler, and any race where she gets to run with me. She claims I’m getting heavy now, but it’s fun for me!

What's the most unusual thing you've seen on a run?
Turkeys! Lots and lots of turkeys!

Favorite thing to see on a run?
Choo choos!

Favorite Workout Songs?
Taylor Swift – Shake it Off.

What's a goal you're working towards?
Making it through a run without pooping in my diaper and/or falling asleep.

Why do you love being a part of SRR? 
Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. It looks like a fun club for every type of runner. It doesn’t matter your pace, favorite distance, or reason for running, everyone shares a love for running and being part of a supportive group. It’s fun being at races and seeing so many SRR singlets and support along the course for everyone.

What is something that your teammates might not know about you?
I have a baby brother coming in August!

Quote of the Month

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." 
- John Bingham

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Conqueror - April 2016


Toe the Line: Recent & Upcoming Races
  • April 18: 120th BAA Boston Marathon
    • Over 50 SRRs will be tackling Boston on Marathon Monday. Good luck and we'll see you at the 30k!
  • April 23: Spring Classic 5k, Cambridge, 9:30am
  • The Spring 2016 Kids' Program race will be the Mystic River Herring 5k, May 15th. If you are interested in being a pacer, please email

Boston Marathon 2016
One of our favorite times of the year is here! Months of hard training give way to excited - and maybe nervous - anticipation of one of the world's most prestigious racing events. From the pre-race pasta party and the 30k Elite Water Stop Cheer Zone, to the post-race hotel suite and Burren after-party, our club works hard support our fellow runners as they tackle the storied Boston Marathon. Good luck runners, and thank you to our many volunteers and club members who make this week so memorable for us all!

For your one-stop guide to Marathon Week SRR-style, visit

Guess the Weather Contest heard us right. We are inviting you to guess the weather on Marathon Monday. Will it be another April snowstorm, a scorcher for the record books, a 50 mile tail-wind pushing our runners through the streets to Boylston? We are tough and ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at why not add a little levity to the anticipation of planning our flat runner outfits and spectator gear?!    

Volunteers secure signage at the 30k during the monsoon of 2015!
Photo: Tom Cole
The Details: One entry per person, guess the exact temperature in Hopkinton when the first wave goes off at 10:00 am on Monday April 18th & guess the weather conditions (sunny, overcast, hail, rain, snow, cloudy, etc.) Entries can be submitted using this form up until 9:59 am on Monday April 18th

The winner will receive an SRR T-shirt. If more than one person enters the same information and guesses correctly then we will draw a winner from those entries. 

April Photo Contest: #SRRRunsBoston
Congratulations to our March #SRRRunsGreen contest winners, Christophe Attias and Liza Neustatter!

It truly takes a village to support our SRR community in prepping for and running the marathon each year. Show your support and gratitude for all things SRR Boston Marathon this year by submitting a picture to our monthly social media contest. Tag yourself picking up your bib, kissing the finish line or a spectator along the screaming tunnel in Wellesley, volunteering at number pick-up, carbing up, high-fiving the black and gold, celebrating your commitment to training and supporting your SRR community. It takes all involved to make this happen each year.  All entries are put in a drawing each month to win a prize. Use #SRRrunsBoston on our SRR facebook or instagram page to be entered in the drawing to win!


Boston Marathon Course Run Recap

The group gathers near the start line in Hopkinton
Once again those running the Boston Marathon built up their legs, hearts, and souls at the end of March with a long run on the Boston Marathon Course. This Boston Prep run is made possible each year by the incredible generosity of our SRR Marathon Course Prep Run Coordinator and all the volunteers who drive our runners out to Hopkinton, man the aid stations, and give us high fives and bum slaps along the way. Our very own Aaron Beer did a stellar job organizing this event.  Now our marathoners are ready to rumble on April 18!  #SRRrunsBoston

SRR Second Saturday Run Recap
Top: Hanging out at the Janji store
Bottom: A visit with Heartbreak Bill at the Newton Firehouse
This past Saturday April 9th marked our 3rd SRR Second Saturday Community Run. These have been a great success and are open to runners of all paces, abilities, and distance interests. Our January and February runs were hosted out of Au Bon Pain in Davis Square and concluded with hungry and thirsty runners gathering at Orleans in Davis post run. Our April run was hosted by the local running company Janji, which currently has a "pop-up" store-front on Newbury Street in Boston. Many SRRs ran along the Charles River from the Newbury store location and chatted over coffee bagels and discount shopping at Janji post run. Big shout out to to Janji for hosting us, feeding us, and giving us a discount on your running apparel line, which we love for the mission. Their mission is "Run For Another". A proceed of each of their sales supports clean water in chosen countries of need. We look forward to seeing you for our next SRR Second Saturday Community Run May 14th at 9am from Au Bon Pain in Davis Square. #SRRSecondSaturdayRun

Casey's News
This month Karen Vitali and Alison Lackey stepped down as the Casey’s Run co-coordinators, we are all very thankful for the hard work and dedication that they brought each week to Casey’s for the last two years! Irene Lanois has taken over as Casey's coordinator and is excited to be taking on this role.

Some exciting announcements: First, effective immediately, the timing sheet will be posted to Facebook on Thursday nights right after the run! We are also working on getting back to posting the results to the website. Second, we will be including a monthly update in this newsletter. The update will highlight PRs, newcomers, run streaks, upcoming events and more. 

Upcoming Events: On Thursday April 14th the Casey’s run will include our annual Sean Collier Memorial Run and Pre-Marathon Pasta Party. Prior to the start of the run, there will be a moment of silence for Sean and we will run in his memory. After the run please join us at Casey’s for a pasta dinner to get those running Boston fully carbo-loaded! We will also be collecting donations (cash, or checks made out to Somerville Road Runners) for the Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship. 

Race Report: New Bedford Half Marathon
Read Mark Duggan's epic tale of his mad dash to the finish after his mad dash to the start: For Want of a Chip Time: Mark Duggan's New Bedford Half Marathon

2016 Club Election Results
Elections took place Monday 3/14. Congratulations to all the newly elected board members and club officers! The list of officers has been posted on the SRR website. Please reach out to the board with any questions, ideas, or to learn more getting more involved with SRR!

Member Spotlight: Jenn Fonda
You may know Jenn as the Boston Marathon coordinator for 2015 and the fearless leader of the SRR Kids' Program for the last few seasons. 

How long you have been running and a part of SRR? 
I've been running since 2007 and joined SRR in March 2013.

Where you are from?
I spent most of my childhood in Rome, NY.
Jenn at the BAA 10k in 2015
Photo by Tom Cole

What is your favorite race and why?
Even though I had less than ideal race conditions last year I would still say the Boston Marathon.  I've watched the marathon every year since 2000 and it was incredible to finally be a part of such a historical race.  

What's the most unusual thing you've seen on a run?
A bike with wheels almost as large as a unicyle.  They were riding it on Beacon St close to Kenmore as if it was a normal thing to do.

What's a goal you're working towards?
I'm running my first trail race, a half marathon, at the end of this month.

Why do you love being a part of SRR? 
I joined SRR for the friendship and running companions but I got so much more.  I love the encouragement that everyone in SRR gives whether your chasing a PR, conquering a new challenge, or trying to get through an injury (I've had my share the past few years). 

What is something that your teammates might not know about you?
I've seen two no hitters--Jim Abbott at the old Yankee stadium and Derek Lowe at Fenway on my birthday!

Quote of the Month

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Pre

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Public Comment in Support of Community Path Extension

March 15, 2016

To the MassDOT Board, the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, GLX Interim Project Manager Jack Wright, and MassDOT Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination Katherine Fichter:

The Somerville Road Runners are a RRCA & USATF certified running club geared to all ages and abilities with over 400 active members. In 2016, SRR is celebrating 20 years as a recognized community organization in the City of Somerville, and we are committed to promoting the sport of running as a healthy activity in our community and among our members--regardless of age, ability or background. We are a charitable, non-profit organization that sponsors many events a year including weekly runs, track workouts, annual races and a free community-based non-competitive youth running program for kids. Since 2007, SRR has contributed almost $250,000 in charitable donations raised through our club races and other fundraising efforts.
We support the Friends of the Community Path's efforts to advocate for the fully built construction of the Community Path from Lowell Street in Somerville to North Point in Cambridge in conjunction with the Green Line Extension.

The existing Linear Path from Alewife to Davis Square and on to Lowell Street are heavily used not only as vital links for transportation in our community, but a safe and convenient off-road link for runners throughout all seasons. Somerville is the most densely populated municipality in New England; as such, open space is at a premium. We hope that you will continue to allow for more safe, family-friendly linear parks like the Community Path to help reshape how residents work, live, and play in our city in the coming decades.

Thank you for your consideration of this public comment.


Urvi Mujumdar, President,
John Gorvin, Community Coordinator,
Brendan Kearney, Race Director,
On behalf of the Somerville Road Runners

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Conqueror - March 2016


Toe the Line: Recent & Upcoming Races
  • March 6: SRR Grand Prix race #3 and USATF-NE Grad Prix race #1, An Ras Mor 5k, Cambridge, MA
    • Under blue skies and in the best weather we've seen in many years, 954 runners completed the 19th annual An Ras Mor 5k. Nine men finished in under 15:00 and 17 women broke 18:00. Congrats to Jen Rapaport and Liz Cooney for finishing third in their respective age groups!
    • Full results here, and photos courtesy of Jim Rhoades here
    • Thank you to the race committee and our volunteers for a great day!
  • March 20: USATF-NE Grand Prix race #2, New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA
  • Congratulations to Mark Duggan for winning the Beach Fun Half Marathon (CA) and to Emma Kosciak for finishing first in her age group at the Katy Half Marathon (TX)!

SRR Second Saturday Long Run: March 12
SRR will be offering a Second Saturday Long Run each month to bring the club together and open our weekend running up to our community. Our first long run on Saturday February 13th was a HUGE Success! We ran and watched the Olympic Trials at Orleans post-run. 

Meeting Time: 9:00 am Saturday March 12th 

Meeting Location: Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, Somerville 

Running Pace: Run open to all - we will have various pacing groups. 

Running Route & Distances: The run will start at Au Bon Pain traverse down the bike path and head over to Fresh Pond. After the Fresh Pond loop - there will be different options. 

Post RUN FUN - We runners get hungry and thirsty! Join us at Orleans in Davis Square post-run for food and socializing. 

We hope to see you on Saturday morning!  Spread the word about the Saturday run - open to all!

SRR Kids Spring 2016
We will start the SRR Kids Spring 2016 season next Wednesday, March 16th.  Practices will be on Wednesday nights from 6:15 to 7:15 at the Tufts outdoor track. We will finish our season with the Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle race on Sunday, May 15th. For more information, please visit the SRR Kids website:
Registration is now open online. To register, please click on the link "Open for Registration" towards the top of the SRR Kids website. If you have more than one child participating please complete the form separately for each child.

SRR March Instagram/Facebook Photo Contest
Congratulations to our February ‪#‎SRRLoveMyRun‬ photo contest winner Greg, and our An Ras Mor 5k ‪#‎SRRRunsGreen‬ photo contest winner Christophe! Greg wins an entry to the Spring Classic 5k and Christophe is the proud new owner of an SRR green shamrock t-shirt. Thanks to everyone who participated!
In the spirit of loving being GREEN, SRR will continue to host our #SRRRunsGreen social media contest through the month of March. Do you prefer to run, walk, bike, T, hover board, skip, or crawl around town? Do you cry tears of joy when you drop your worn out running sneakers in the refurbished shoe bins? Are you growing your own kale and spinach in city gardening beds for delicious post run smoothies? Share your love of all things GREEN with us this month to win a 2015 Boston Marathon Street Banner. Yes, we do mean you will win one of the street banners that was adorning the tall street posts last April. Post your #SRRRunsGreen picture to SRR's Instagram or Facebook Page and let us know what is so GREEN about YOU.

Seth Maleri and Jesse Morrow demonstrate green travel options
in the Green Mountain state after the GMAA 15k


In Memoriam
We mourn loss of one of our club members, Thomas Cole, who passed away on Wednesday, February 17th. As a runner and photographer, Tom avidly captured our truest moments in any kind of weather, any kind of condition, and any time of day. He was a loyal supporter of each and every SRR, on and off the course. It was a highlight of any race to have him there, and to see the moments he captured. He will be missed.

Tom Cole

2016 Club Elections
Elections will take place Monday 3/14 at 7pm at the Eastern Bank Community Room in Davis Square.  All current members are encouraged to attend and vote! Members will vote on the board of directors, and then the board will appoint the club officers.

To get to know the candidates beforehand, please take a minute to review:
Candidates for Elected Positions
Candidates for Appointed Positions
Also on the ballot will be an amendment to the bylaws. Over the years, the structure of the board and the responsibilities of each board member has evolved.  Similarly, the list of appointed positions and race committees has expanded.  After a careful review of the bylaws, the current board is proposing an amendment to better reflect the current structure of the board positions and duties.  At the elections on Monday, each individual revision will be listed and if the membership is in agreement, then the amendment will be made and published for future reference.  Members will vote on the summary of updates.

The original bylaws

Proposed changes:
  • Article I/Name: Updating organization as “Somerville Road Runners” or “SRR” (abbreviation)
  • Article III/Seal/Logo: Updating previous seal/logo to the name logo “Somerville Road Runners”
  • Article V/Dues: Updating statement that dues are collected by club Membership Coordinator (previously Treasurer).   Updating due date to any time in fiscal year (previously April 1).
  • Article VI/Officers and Board of Directors:
    • Section One: Updating Board of Directors to the current format of President, Vice President, Secretary/Clerk, Treasurer, and Two Members at Large.  Updating list of appointed positions.  
    • Section One: Updating Corporate Officers to be all Board of Directors (expanding from previous list of President, Treasurer, and Clerk)
    • Section Two: Updating Duties of Officers to be consistent with job descriptions used in annual elections, including two-year term for Treasurer and Membership Coordinator
    • Section Four: Updating statement that club communications and press releases are updated by all relevant club officers and race committees (previously Public Relations Coordinator)
    • Section Four: Updating list of appointed positions to be consistent with list used in annual elections, including two-year term for Membership Coordinator, and updating those positions appointed in July vs March.  Expanding additional club leadership to race committees, and the club coach (as paid by stipend determined by the Board)
    • Section Five: Clarifying duties of Membership Coordinator vs Treasurer
    • Section Five: Updating due date to any time in fiscal year (previously April 1).  Removing language of active members without paying dues, as we only maintain list of dues-paying members
    • Section Six: Removing media communications as one of the duties covered by the Secretary as this has been addressed in Section Four
    • Section Eight: Updating sentence regarding Corporate Officers and appointment of positions as this has been revised to the Board of Directors and is previously addressed in section Four.
    • Section Nine:  Revising statement of compensation to include coach stipend.
  • Article VII/Elections:
    • Updating to include two-year term for Secretary and removing distinction of Corporate Officers as this is Board of Directors
    • Adding Sections 1,2,3 on Voting and Voter Criteria, Election Procedures, and Counting Ballots to be consistent with current procedures
  • Article VIII/Meeting:
    • Updating language to allow board to change monthly meeting for any scheduling reason or conflict (not just holiday)

Member Shoutout: Urvi Mujumdar
Many, if not most, of you know our club President Urvi Mujumdar. Urvi has been an SRR member since 2010 and has served as Volunteer Coordinator, Vice President (two terms), and is running for a second term as President in 2016. Please join us in thanking Urvi for her tireless leadership and service to the club, and also congratulating her on her recent marriage to fellow club member Jesse Morrow! We wish you both many years of happiness and adventures!

Urvi Mujumdar, right, and Jesse Morrow on their wedding day
re-enacting the SRR 26x1 relay handoff that brought them together!

Quote of the Month

"Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself." - John Bingham

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Conqueror - February 2016


Toe the Line: Recent & Upcoming Races
  • January 31: USATF Indoor East Regionals (track meet)
    • Congratulations to 3000m AG Champion Brian Cullinan, 5000m AG 2nd place finisher Joe O'Leary, 3000m AG 2nd place finisher Jim Pawlicki, and 1 mile AG 3rd place finisher Jesse Morrow!
  • February 7: SRR Grand Prix Race #2 - Super 5k, Lowell, MA
    • Congratulations to overall winner Brian Keefe, 2nd female Jennifer Rapaport, 2nd male Chris Klucznik,  and Division winners Aharon Wright, Kieran Condon, Brian Cullinan, Erin Morin, Carrie-Anne DeDeo, Joe O'Leary, Tom Bok, Amy Dierberger, Eva Kopf-Ridout, Rory Fagan and Jesse Morrow!
  • March 6: SRR Grand Prix Race #3 and USATFNE Grand Prix Race #1 - An Ras Mor, Cambridge, MA (presented by SRR)
    • Calling all volunteers! To help out, please contact Melissa at

Bringing home some hardware from the Super 5k!
L-R: Rory Fagan, Brian Keefe, Jesse Morrow

SRR February Instagram/Facebook Photo Contest: #SRRLoveMyRun
  • What’s not to love about SRR’s second social media contest? Where is the Love, the love, the love? Who needs hallmark cards and overpriced chocolates when you have the #SRRLoveMyRun photo to post? Did you find your lova lova on a run? Are you in love with your early am run crew….another bunch of run nuts who trade in cozy covers for icy winter roads with you? Do you love your mid-day run break that allows you to escape from your cubicle and TPS reports? Perhaps you love the excuse to drink beers with friends….but I just went for a RUN! Share your run love with us this month. Post your running love on SRR’s social media (IG: @somervilleroadrunners, or FB: for a chance to win a LOVEly prize: a free entry to the Spring Classic 5k! The photo with the most likes win – so share that love photo forward. Use hashtag #SRRLoveMyRun through the month of February to win. PS. We LOVE you all!

Love at the 30k mark of the 2015 Boston Marathon!
(Photo: Amy Dierberger)

SRR Second Saturday Long Run & Marathon Trials Viewing
  • Meet the SRR Second Saturday Long Run Crew on Saturday, February 13th at Au Bon Pain in Davis Square. This run is open to ALL pace groups, with pacers to support a wide range of paces. The run will head out from Davis along the bike path to Fresh Pond. Runners will have the option of doing various distances by doing more or fewer loops of Fresh Pond before heading back to Davis. Bathrooms and water are available at Fresh Pond. Check the SRR Facebook Page and Yahoo Message Board this week for details on where to hang with us post run to watch the televised Olympic Marathon Trials…unless you are in them of course. ;) 

FREE Running Safety Workshop
  • SRR will be co-sponsoring a FREE Running Safety workshop in partnership with the Somerville Police Department on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30pm. The event will be hosted in the SPD Academy Room at their 220 Washington Street location, and will feature two SRR Members on the expert panel - Brendan Kearney will give us insight into WalkBoston's community initiatives for pedestrian safety, and Elizabeth Cooney will share some tips from her recent Boston Globe article. John Gorvin has been working diligently to get this moving, and we can't wait to see you there! Make sure to pre-register using this link so you get a freebie at the door!

USATF Incentive Program 2016

2016 Officer Elections
  • The 2016 officer elections will take place at our Annual Meeting on Monday, March 14, 2016. We are now accepting applications for positions between Feb 1-Feb 19th (at 11:59pm Eastern). At the elections, the ballot will include all candidates for the elected officers that make up the board of directors. Once elected, the board will then appoint several additional positions critical to club leadership. In addition to these positions, we have prepared an amendment to the club bylaws. A summary of the proposed changes will also be added to the ballot. Final results will be announced after the Annual Meeting.
  • If you are a current member (dues paid for the 2016 year), you may vote for candidates for elected officer positions. You must be present at the meeting to vote!
  • Any current SRR member (dues paid for the 2016 year) may run for elected office or submit their name for consideration for an appointed position. A list of elected and appointed positions and their job descriptions is available on the SRR website.
  • To run for an elected or appointed position, submit your application to Urvi Mujumdar at no later than 11:59pm on February 19, 2016. Please include the following information:
    • Name
    • Approx. how long you have been a club member
    • Position you are interested in running for/being appointed for
    • Brief statement that can be posted on the SRR website
      telling club members about you and your interest in the position.You are
      encouraged to disclose any memberships, management, business
      involvement or significant roles in the sport, outside of SRR, if
    • Optional: Photo (preferably JPG, GIF or PNG format, no larger than 1 MG) that can be posted with your statement
  • A list of candidates will be posted on the SRR website during the week of February 22, 2016. Elections take place on March 14, 2016 at the Eastern Bank Community Room at 7pm.


Member Survey Results Are In!

Thank you to all who participated in our recent Member Survey. We had 91 responses, and here are the results as well as specific ideas that initiated at the January board meeting upon review.


  • Over half (52%) of respondents have been club members for 5+ years
  • The Top 5 events for running participation (in order of frequency): Casey's, Track, Mill Cities Relay, Group/Long Runs, Bur-Run
  • The Top 5 events for volunteer participation (in order of frequency): Casey's, Gobble, Ultra Around the Lake, An Ras Mor, Boston Marathon
  • On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, the average overall rating for SRR was 8.61
  • Most common mode of communication: Yahoo Email Group
  • Most commonly known aspects of the club: USATF followed by SRR Kids
  • Least commonly known aspect of the club: Road Runners Club of America
  • Discounts were the highest reported perks that current members took advantage of, and specifically would like to see more of Free or Discounted Race Entry
  • Top characteristic of SRR that members would offer to new/prospective members: Types of Runs Offered

First,  it was great to have a large response and also report the average rating of 8.61 out of 10. It was also noteworthy that over half of the respondents have been long time members.

Second, we discussed the feedback and there is room to improve. There were several helpful comments that we will attempt to implement. From the comments, there are specific action items that club officers will be working on over the next year:

  • Exploring the possibility of SRR having a youth running club to allow for our younger club members/SRR Kids.
  • Creating a new initiative to be more environment-friendly and green! Tom Breider, Irene Lanois, Sonia Sharan and Mariah Tinger are organizing this effort and will be trying out new recycling possibilities at our next club race, An Ras Mor. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Tom at
  • Building up our group long run program to offer a monthly standing run for all paces with easy-to-follow routes out of Davis to Fresh Pond, and to create a committee of interested runners to help our current Long Run Coordinators with planning and organizing. If you have ideas or want to help in the execution,  please contact
  • The newsletter has been introduced as a means for monthly streamlined communication, taking all the important information already posted in various channels and offering other types of information for the club. This can also be a place for members to share stories, race reports, or post about potential destination races or trips. If you'd like to share in an upcoming edition, please contact Julie Holt at
  • Committee involvement. We understand that some individuals may want to volunteer in a more involved capacity without taking on a leadership role. Survey feedback indicated we need more opportunities for this. To that end, the board has already expanded some positions (long runs, for example) and we want interested members to know about our various race committees. As stated in the call for election nominations, if you are interested, please email
  • An internal initiative is club documentation for the board, club officers, and race committees. The goal is to capture institutional knowledge and help the future leaders of SRR.
  • We have resources available to us as we are a member club of the Road Runners Club of America (such as our club insurance), that will be made more available. This was the least known aspect of the club, according to the survey.
  • We will brainstorm new ways to offer discounted or free race entry as a membership perk.   
  • We had mixed feedback related to club culture, with comments that it can be hard as a new member, and that some feel there are many cliques. We thought it would be best to provide that feedback back to the club so that we can each do our part to be welcoming. If there are ideas for newcomers, please email
  • It is encouraged to continue to use the Yahoo email list and Facebook group for any and all needs for the club: carpooling, ideas for runs, ideas for destination races, runner resources, questions, and more.

Lastly, we understand that our club vision is very diverse. We are a community-focused organization with several running and volunteer opportunities, and we have members of all levels and interests. All members are welcome to the monthly board meetings, and if you haven't yet volunteered at a club race or event, give it a try! Many of our current club programs came from ideas from members, such as the Kids Program. To highlight some of our recent club successes, please read the 2015 Year in Review posted in the January newsletter.

It truly takes a village, so thank you all for your input and contributions to the club.  

Urvi Mujumdar, SRR President or

A Good Time Was Had By All: Annual Party and Awards

We had another wonderful post-holiday party at the Arts at the Armory. Thank you Dafne Cardamone, Pensri Pilotte, (and Gordon), Anthony White, Carrie-Anne DeDeo, Melissa Glotzbecker, Tinamarie Sanborn (sorry if we forgot anyone) for all the advance planning and to the volunteers!
The festivities at the Armory (photo: Urvi Mujumdar)
For those that could not attend (or just to repeat the awesome!), the following club members were awarded for their 2015 achievements:
Most Improved Male: Aharon Wright
Most Improved Female: Megan Vdk Prokop
Appreciation awards for their dedication and contributions to the club: Brendan Kearney and Julie Holt
Outstanding Volunteers: Amy Dierberger and Anthony White
Rookie of the Year: Irene Lee
Unsung Hero: Aaron Beer
In Appreciation for his TEN years of service as SRR coach: Joe O'Leary
We had some special awards this year because club spirit, being a supportive teammate, and camaraderie should also be applauded:
Florence Nightingale: Dafne Cardamone
"You've Got This": Deb Downs (Bam!)
Pacing Queen: Jennifer Rapaport
Congratulations to all!

Member Spotlight: Laurie Gagnon & Seth Maleri

How long have you been a part of SRR?
Seth & Laurie after the Reykjavik Marathon
Seth went to the very first Bur-run in the spring of 2009. Rich Lu convinced him to check it out. Laurie first went to Casey’s in September 2009, when she was training for her first half marathon. It was the Thursday before the Lake Winnie relay and everyone kept asking if she was on a team.

Laurie first remembers meeting Seth on a Monday night Bur-run. She could hear him talking and telling stories and wondered who he was. Seth first remembers meetingLaurie on a Thursday at Casey's where he noticed she was a steady pacer and good company. Over the course of the next year, they became part of the same circle of friends, self-named the “AV Club” because they were the new kids, cool in their own way, but not as fast or cool as the fast cool kids.

In January 2011, our friendship turned into more and we got married this past October 3!  

Where are you from?
Laurie is from Berlin, NH and has lived in Somerville since 2000. Seth is from Shelton, CT and moved to Somerville in 2007.

What is your fave race and why?
Seth’s favorite half is New Bedford, where he PR-ed the distance in 2012. He also loves the Somerville Homeless Coalition 5k. Laurie loves a race that is local and raising money for a good cause. She does have a soft spot for 15Ks with good food – her favorites are Bow Lake Dam 15K (in June, which serves smoked turkey and delicious potatoes) and Boston Tune-Up 15K (in April, 2 weeks before Boston, famous for tortellini soup).

What a recent PR or race accomplishment?
We both ran Derry last month. For Seth, it was his 6th in a row – a 2011-2016 Derry streak. It was Laurie’s 5th Derry since 2010 (she missed in 2012 when she was in India and took 2015 off).

What’s on your running horizon?
Laurie is currently training for the Barcelona marathon. It will be her 11th marathon and her 4th in kilometers and in a country outside the U.S. (Iceland, Lima-Peru, Vancouver-Canada). Seth is eyeing California International in December.

With SRR friends before the Reykjavik Marathon

Why do you love being a part of SRR? 
SRR is an amazing community. We’ve made such wonderful friends in SRR and found love. All while benefiting from the wisdom of the group and helping SRR to give back to others.

What is your running shoe of choice? 
Seth likes Mizuno or Brooks. Laurie has many pairs of Brooks Ravennas in different colors.

What is something that your teammates might not know about you?

Seth is still scared of mascots. Laurie lived in Japan for two years. She did a little bit of running then, but in her first town, there was only one narrow road and not many runners. She’d make her way to the cliffs above town where the elderly kept gardens to run safely. 

Laurie & Seth with the SRR crew at their October 2015 wedding!

Quote of the Month

"Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance - you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet." - Doris Brown Heritage

Happy Running!