Thank you to everyone who joined our virtual events on Tuesday and Saturday. They were a great success and it was also great to see many of your faces! They were definitely highlights of the week. And please let the board know if you'd be interested in hosting a virtual event.
Easter Bonnet: While we couldn't have the Easter bonnet run and contest in person, we can still do it virtually. If you have a bonnet, please post a picture of you wearing it to our Facebook group, email it to the board, or tag us on Instagram. You can find prior years pictures here watch the contest here and here.
Tuesday Virtual Social Hour: Reggie will host another virtual happy hour on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30pm. Info is, as follows:
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Meeting ID: 864 090 4633
SFFR History: Bob Callori has graciously, and tirelessly, been working through our archives. He wrote the following article on our involvement with Gay Games II held in SF in 1986.
Bud Budlong’s recent passing (https://www.sffr.org/memoriam) is a reminder of San Francisco Frontrunners long history in running marathons. Bud was involved in organizing the Gay Games II Marathon in 1986. Hibernation at home has given me the opportunity to continue archiving our Club’s History. This article offers a brief review of that event. Included are also documents (jpg files) that have been uploaded to our photo archives showing the marathon route (designed in districts), a chart where spectators are needed, Volunteer rules/procedures and Course mark locations. Remember to check out our memorial page where I have upload some photos of Bud as well as the links to other websites. As the weeks pass by, I will share with you our club’s history in my archiving journey.
The Gay Games II Marathon Committee was headed by Co-Chairs Mary Ann Powers and Bob Puerzer. The Opening Ceremonies was held on Saturday, August 9, 1986. The Marathon start time was 7:30am, Sunday, the 17th finishing in Kezar Stadium, immediately prior to the Closing Ceremony. The course design was by Steve Gatlin showcasing scenic, city-wide and hilly areas of San Francisco. More than twenty five governmental agencies approved the certified proposed course. Alan Renoud established a program for recruiting, assigning & tracking the 300 anticipated volunteers which included members of Bay Area Running and gay sports clubs.
The first Marathon “Newsletter” (undated) included brief descriptions for: Schedule, Course Design, Start/Finsh, Volunteers, Equipment, Course Control, Water Stations, Medical and Outreach. Todd Van Bortel was designated as equipment chairperson. The San Francisco Marathon, spearheaded by Scott Thomson, donated their equipment and supplies. Richard Rockwell was in charge of coordinating the course monitors who were responsible for preventing runners from getting lost, control traffic at intersections. Jim Deveney, took charge of water stations which were located approximately every two miles. Charles Williamson, MD headed the Marathon Medical Committee ensuring that medical monitors would be available at each water station and at the finish. The Marathon Outreach and Registration Committee consisted of Bud Budlong, Jose Contreras and Bob Puerzer.
The second newsletter was issued on April, 1986. It identifies the course as “hilly” and required the approval of the San Francisco Police Department, National Park Service and Army and specifically explains the course minimizes traffic control, resulting in no charges to Gay Games II for police overtime. The Marathon would start at Fort Point, below the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Following the waterfront east to the Ferry Building, runners would double back, passing through Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, The Marina Green and the Presidio. From there, the course runs through Seacliff, past the Cliff House into Golden Gate Park for a 26.2 mile route with a designated timeframe of 4 ½ hours.
The course was divided into districts, each with a captain who would train team leaders, who in turn would instruct the course control volunteers. Jim Deveney looked for low-pressure fire hydrants located where runners pass twice, thus preventing more water stations with fewer volunteers.
Marathon Newsletter #3, dated June, 1986 reported that the largest contingent is from San Francisco – 60 entrants and detailing exactly the number from each city/state. An application blank for volunteers was included in the newsletter.
Total entrants: 229, Male runners 171 (75%), Female runners 58 (25%)
Age Group Breakdowns: 18-29 (34), 30-34 (54), 35-39 (78), 40-44 (33), 45-49 (19) , 50-59 (6)
The newsletter also included an invitation to run with the San Francisco Frontrunners as well as a Schedule during their visit:
A picnic at Angel Island was planned for August 3, 1986 as part of “Gay Day on Angel Island” sponsored by several local sports clubs. On August 16th (Saturday) the Marathon Committee hosted a buffet/reception at Olive Oil’s, Pier 50, off Third Street where runners could meetup with fellow marathon participants. The reservation form required a fee of $5.00 per person.
Bud was responsible for the marathon course. He divided the entire route into 31 districts and recreated each district using his architectural skill drawing maps street by street by hand on 8.5x11 paper. A list was created of 12 water stations with nearest fire hydrant and telephone (including phone number). Documents also show the final result sheets identifying Jeff Mello of Boston finishing at a time of 2:34:24 and Debbie Chaddock of San Diego at a time of 3:09:15 as the gold medal recipients.