Greetings, SF FrontRunners!
Hope your Gay Pride was a happy one and did not lead to Gay Shame. The celebration has turned into a sort of gay St. Patrick’s Day; you don’t have to be Irish to drink to excess and get a little (or a lot) crazy. If you reveled to excess and feel the pain, consider taking part next year as a volunteer for a happier ending and no hangover.
Pride weekend offers more chances than any other time of the year to take an active role with SF FrontRunners. If you weren’t one of the 505 registered runners (an 11% increase over last year!) on the course of this year’s Pride Run, maybe you were among the scores of organizers. Kudos to Executive Race Director Dominic Paris; Assistant Race Directors Ward Han, Garrett Hayashida, Brian Ray, and Jimmy Santosa; Publicity Officer Eric Jansen; Registration Guru Christian Voitenleitner; and the too-many-to-name volunteers who spent weeks to make this one of the most successful races in recent memory. You can find race results at this link http://www.sffr.org/news_article/show/138446?referrer_id=495350
Did you march in the parade with about 30 of our FrontRunner siblings from East Bay, Baylands, and San Jose? Under the fearless leadership of club treasurer Rick Aguilar, the various FrontRunners groups made a strong and positive impression on the crowd.
Then there was the festival itself. For several years in a row, SF Track & Field has operated a drinks booth and invited SFFR to help make, serve, and sell adult beverages and share in the proceeds. It’s a generous opportunity that allows us to bond with a diverse array of runners and recruit new ones from among the patrons. Thanks to SFT&F President Craig Wingate and Treasurer Sean Au for their support, as well as to the many members in service who belong to one or both clubs: Bob Callori, Jon Cain, Marcus Valera, Tom Setser, Marilyn Mitchell, Reggie Snowden, Richie Weldon, and more.
Volunteerism has its virtues and allows you to get to know your fellow club members more deeply. It’s also essential to FrontRunners’ fiscal health. Being part of a water station team at the Kaiser Half Marathon, SF Marathon, and Chase Corporate Challenge earns the club funds that cover our general expenses and help subsidize social activities.
That said, we still need a few more volunteers for the SF Marathon water station on July 29. If you’d like rise and shine early and spend quality time with your clubmates, email me at email@example.com. Full details about the morning’s lineup are here: http://www.sffr.org/news_article/show/148612?referrer_id=495350
If you’re already thinking ahead to September, keep Wednesday, September 12 open from 5:30 – 8:30pm. We’ll be serving water at the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge down near the ballpark. Email me if you’d like to be a part of it. You’ll find info about the run itself here: http://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/dates.php?city_id=14
San Francisco FrontRunners