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April 24, 2008
Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Avenue

Members Present: Hans Gallezzo, Todd Hofacre, Ed Hunter, Monica Krebs, Jenny Rudy, Lonnie Smith

Introductions: Jenny is the new Club Treasurer. Monica expressed interest in being a Board member and agreed to be the Club Secretary effective in May 2008. Hans recently joined the Club and expressed interest in becoming more involved with Club activities.

Guests from University of Cincinnati Running Club: Mike Brothers (current President), Adam Hehr (President for 2008-2009), Jason Barhorst (Vice President). The UC Running Club meets at the UC track for runs four or five days per week: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m. (speed workout), and Fridays at 5 p.m. They are planning to start group runs on Tuesdays. Typically 10-15 members show up for club runs. The club is interested in linking up with other running groups, including RCGC, in the area. They are willing to volunteer at local races and to help organize races in the UC area. They agreed to provide volunteers for the Flying Pig Waterstop. Mike will talk with Dr. Livingston, Director of Student Affairs, about the use of a portion of the UC campus (as well as Burnet Woods) for a possible 5K race on Sunday, November 9, 2008. Mike and colleagues will suggest a possible 5K course in the area. The RCGC Thursday Group Run and one of UC Running Club group runs may join together to become one group run. The UC Running Club also will check with Scott Wilhoit, Assistant Director, Facilities and Operations at UC, to see what kind of arrangement could be worked out for UC Running Club members and RCGC members to use UC’s Armory Fieldhouse indoor track during winter months.

Board Expectations and Club Goals: Todd outlined Board expectations and Club goals including:: (1) Board members should become familiar with the Club bylaws (see the website or obtain copies from Todd or Ed); (2) Board members should attend Board meetings regularly to assure a quorum of at least 5 members so Club business can be conducted according to the bylaws; (3) Board members are encouraged to start running groups where they live or work; (4) Board members are encouraged to support as many Club events as possible either as a participant or as a volunteer; (5) at-large Board members are asked to assume certain tasks, e.g., merchandising, newsletter, or database manager/membership.

Newsletter: The next issue has been completed and will be mailed to the membership after the Flying Pig Marathon. This issue will include a copy of the recently passed bylaws, membership roster, entry form for the Memorial Day Race, and the 2007 financial report. Ryan Woolley, winner of the Leap Day Race, will be the featured runner. Todd’s intent is for the newsletter to be published at least quarterly.

Website: We need a person to review the website for content and help our webmaster keep it up-to-date.

2008 Flying Pig Marathon Waterstop (Mile 22): As of today, 32 volunteers have signed up. Other volunteers must sign up (online) by 5 p.m. on April 25 if they want a t-shirt. Todd will pick up the equipment needed from City Dash on Saturday, May 3. He also will check to see that the water has been turned on at the house where we will attach our water hose. Volunteers should arrive at the waterstop (along Riverside Drive) by 7:30 a.m. on May 4.

RRCA Convention Update: We have nearly enough volunteers. Two more are needed last minute for Thursday (May 1) from 9 a.m until noon. Volunteers are invited to the Friday and Sunday RRCA VIP parties. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, a pint glass, and possibly a Red’s ticket for the May 5 night game. Dave Nelson will lead a hash run on Friday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. from the Millennium Hotel.

Scholarship Status: No new information. The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation expects to have selected a deserving male and a deserving female candidate by around May 8 or 9, possibly earlier. CSF will then notify Ed of the students’ names, and Ed will inform Mike Smith for the Kicks for Kids Foundation. K4K will then be able to invite the students and their families to attend a special presentation after the River Run 5K, May 24. Mike Smith or Ted Kluemper will make the presentations on behalf of K4K. K4K will pay for the scholarships (two at $500.00 each), and RCGC will pay the processing fee ($150.00).

Memorial Day Race 5K, (Armleder Park near Lunken Airport, Monday, May 26, 2008, 9:00 a.m.): We have received permission from Hamilton County Park District for use of the loop course. We reserved the park shelter from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. For the t-shirt, we may put “Memorial Day Race” logo on the back and any sponsors’ names on the sleeves. We do not yet have a logo for the t-shirt. The UC Running Club includes some art students who may be able to assist with the design. Pre-registration fees will be $16 for the general public, $14 for RCGC members. Race day registration will be $20. Awards will be pint glasses or suncatchers. We still need to obtain sponsors and measure a course. About 10-15 volunteers will be needed for registration, monitoring the course, and manning the waterstop and finish line.

Club Races in the Summer: The Club is looking at the feasibility of holding three races this summer: (1) Idlewild Park, near Burlington, KY, July 13; (2) a “Crazy Eight Race” (trail run most likely scenario – location to be determined) on 8/8/08 since the Rohne Race is on 08/15/08; and (3) possibly an RRCA state championship race in Kentucky if they do not have one already. A race committee meeting may be held for possibly May 8 to discuss these events.

Lady’s Distance Classic (5K and 10K races, women only, August 3, 2008): The races will be sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports and will be held in Blue Ash. It is an RRCA event – Women’s Distance Festival. Monica will contact Fleet Feet and ask how the Club can help with the races.

Training Program: The program is on hold. Todd would like to initiate a women’s beginning training program that would be free to Club members for the Lady’s Distance Classic 5k. Participants would need to attend an orientation meeting. They would receive a dry-fit shirt or a technical cap upon completion of the program. The training initially will prepare runners for a 5K race. Coaches could receive free race entrees in return for their time and help.

Rowing Program: Monica informed Board members that she participates in rowing program (for cross-training) organized by No Limits Rowing to row on the Ohio and Licking Rivers. She enjoys their program and enthusiastically recommended it to others. The website for additional information is:

Next Board Meeting: Thursday, May 22, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at the Clifton Recreation Center, Clifton and McAlpin Avenues, Clifton.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Hunter, Secretary