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					November 1, 2008 Volume 1, Issue 4

Avondale Running Club
Runners & Walkers
Here’s to healthy living… Congratulations and THANKS to all ARC members who participated in events! Looking forward to more fun with everyone!

The ARC Mission is to share the knowledge of how important it is to feel good and enjoy a quality lifestyle through physical fitness such as walking, running, cycling, and swimming.

2008 Recap
It’s been a while but we wanted to let all of our members know that our group is still running strong and hard. 2008 has been a busy year. Our annual club race started with memorable festivities and New Year’s Day celebrating at Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Elizabeth Browns’ home in Avondale. The best way to describe the event is “Great Group, Great Food and Great Fun!” 2008 events were planned and some have been impromptu. In January, we enjoyed “The Do Right Campaign Kick-off” in North Avondale Center. ARC participated and represented. Then we were off in February to the Lost Dutchman Marathon/Half and 10K in Pheonix, Arizona with the National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) runners and walkers from many states. The weather was great and the scenery was beautiful! March winds had us winding through the city of Cincinnati for the MiniHeart 15K/5K. ARC hosted the Tri-State Groups which included the Dayton “Kilamajaros”, Cleveland’s “Team Marathon”. Again, we enjoyed Good Food, Fun and More Fun! Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon in May would not have been the same without ARC’s “10 years” of representing and participation. The ARC Fluid Station received 1 st Place recognition for most enthusiastic. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!! June through September have been filled with road trips, picnics and even a meeting with one of the State’s senators who is also an ARC member. ARC was well represented in the Geist Inaugural Half Marathon and 5K in Indiana. The picnic in June in Sharon Woods, Sharonville, Ohio gave members, families and friends a chance to enjoy food, fun, games and a raffle --- and of course, a walk through one of our favorite parks. Dayton Kilamajaros represented too. Oh Yes, ARC had participated in an impromptu event. Some members met with ARC member Senator Kearney at the Children’s Hospital to start his walk from Cincinnati to Columbus for premature births and childhood obesity. We walked a 10K and surprised him big by finishing the walk with him on Monday (10K) in Columbus. Good Finish! Afterwards, ARC represented at the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta. Runners and walkers from Cincinnati and Dayton carpooled and had Fun, Fun! The Avondale “Do Right Walk” (5K) and Festival followed. The walk stared by member Senator Kearney was directed by ARC members. There was also a route for mothers with children. After everyone enjoyed the festival, the ARC group took a roadtrip to Lexington, Kentucky to participate with new members in a 5K evening walk/run. Next up was the “CRIM” in Flint, Michigan. Cincinnati and Dayton had great food and fun at the 10 miler, 8K, 10K and 5K festival.

Our Goal is to spread thoughts of wellness to all who wish to join us in staying physically fit.

Special Interest Articles:  2008 Recap  Looking Ahead
to 2009

 Community
Support

Individual Highlights:
President’s Message Black Achievers Walkers’ Trails Runners’ Tracks Race Coordinator 2 2 3 3 4

President’s Message
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running." - Inspirational sign on a runner's office wall The fall season has arrived and with that brings cooler temps for both training and racing. The fall season is upon us and it seems like every weekend there has been a half marathon being held. Congratulations to all those club members who participated in the events so far this year and Welcome to the new members. In November we have the annual Thanksgiving Day Race in Cincinnati and I look forward to seeing ARC members there. Don’t forget the training for that day is worth all the turkey later. And keep your fingers crossed for good weather! Mark your calendars for the upcoming monthly meetings and run/walks before the meetings. It’s a great way to catch up with your fellow club members and enjoy a light breakfast afterwards! Henry has done a great job with the website and a big THANK YOU! goes out to him for all his hard work. If anyone is interested please drop us a line. I look forward to the upcoming year and hope to see you at our upcoming events! Thanks, Robbie

Community Support
The CLUB has added the YMCA Black Achievers to our growing list of charitable gifts of time, talent and treasure. The Club presented the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati with a check for $1,000 to provide a scholarship for a 2008 Youth Achiever. The scholarship was awarded to Todd Hogan. Todd is a graduate of Roger Bacon High School. See more photos of the evening on the ARC website.

New Avondale Bags Available
The new club Sling Bag is now available. Contact Admin@avondalerunningc lub.com to get yours while supply last.

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Walkers’ Trails
The ARC CLUB walkers will revise their walk schedule beginning in September for the remainder of the 2008 calendar year. We will gather every second and fourth Saturday morning at 7:30 AM at beautiful Glenwood Gardens. The layout of the park allows for walking at different paces without loosing contact with the group. On the first and third Saturday we will walk a selected route in the Avondale neighborhood. Come join them for a brisk 45 to 50 minute walk. The first Saturday of the month we meet and walk before the Monthly Meeting. We are always finished in time for start of meeting at 9:00,

How far did we go? Conversion Table Kilometers 4K 5K 8K 10 K 15 K 20 K 1/2 Marathon 25 K 30 K 40 K Marathon Miles 2.48 Miles 3.1 Miles 4.96 Miles 6.2 Miles 9.3 Miles 12.4 Miles 13.1 Miles 15.5 Miles 18.6 Miles 24.8 Miles 26.2 Miles

Runners’ Tracks
The CLUB runners gather every Sunday morning at a different location. See the club calendar at www.avondalerunningclub.com for locations. Come join them for a 1 to 2 hour run. Runs begin at 7:00 AM during the summer months of June, July, August and September.

The National Black Marathoner’s Event
The Cowtown Marathon features a full marathon, half marathon10K, Adult 5K and Kids 5K will be in Ft. Worth, Texas on February 28, 2009. We are looking forward to bringing 100 participants from the Cincinnati and surrounding region with us to this event. Visit the NBMA website http://www.blackmarathoners.org/ to get more information about the event. Photos of the 2008 event are on the ARC website.

Looking Ahead and Planning for 2009
Plans for next year are being discussed at the November and December meetings. September monthly and all following meetings for 2008 through 2009 will be held at the Avondale Community Pride Center located at 3520 Burnet Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are in the process of assisting other communities to form walk/run groups. We are now a part of the Avondale Community for health and Fitness. ARC was also featured on the www.NBMA.org website in October. If you thought you knew Henry and Elizabeth Brown, you might find out even more about this wonderful member-couple. We look forward to seeing ARC featured in other publications. So far, we have several items and look to add more: 1. New Year’s Day 2. Fund Raisers 3. Roadtrips 4. Scholarships

Hill Running Mention hill running to most people, and they will instantly assume you mean uphill. This need not be so. The merits of uphill running are fairly obvious: improved strength, the extra aerobic work required, emphasis on better sprinting form, etc. What is not so obvious is that downhill running can be equally beneficial. It does not help that downhill running is often blamed for an assortment of injuries.

"I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart." - Mike Fanelli, club coach

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Finishing 2008 and Racing to 1ST Quarter 2009
Avondale Running Club
The year is racing away and 2009 will be here before we know it. Here’s a list of ARC activities through the 1 st quarter of 2009 to keep in mind as you end the year on a healthy note:  November 27, 2008 99th Annual Thanksgiving Day 10K Race, Cincinnati, OH.  January 1, 2009 New Year’s Day 24th Annual New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk, Chicago, IL Lincoln Park (Stockton Drive & LaSalle)  February 22, 2009, Climb the Carew To End Lung Disease. Walk or run 45 stories. Cincinnati, OH  February 28, 2009 National Black Marathoners’ Association, Cowtown Marathon, Fort Worth, TX  March 29, 2009 Mini-Heart 15K, Cincinnati, OH

Avondale Running Club P.O. Box 29238 Cincinnati, Ohio 45229 PHONE: (513) 238-4557

E-MAIL: brownhe@fuse.net

About Our Organization…
The Avondale Running Club was founded in 1984 when a few members began to regularly run together on weekends to stay fit Running club members enjoy walking, running, cycling and swimming. Our goal is to spread wellness and good health to all who wish to join us in staying physically fit. The Club publishes a yearly calendar of scheduled Runs, Walks, Races and fundraising activities for members and friends. Among our very favorite activities are:  Staffing a fluids station for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. We have staffed one each year since its inception.  Full membership participation in the annual Cincinnati Mini Heart Marathon.  Fund raising for Club Members' favorite charities.  Energetic support of the Avondale Community and Youth Council If you run or walk just for fun or you are training for competition you'll find willing ARC clubs members willing to participate with you.

We’re on the Web!
See us at: www.avondalerunningclub.com

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P.O. Box 29238 Cincinnati, OH 45229

ARC MEMBER NAME STREET ADDRESS CITY, ST XXXXX

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