February 2018

River City Running Club



February Newsletter

Upcoming Races


February 10 Heartthrob Run 5m, 5k Onalaska, WI
February 10 Cabin Fever 5k Winona, MN


We are still in search of an editor for the newsletter. This will be Eric's last month and it would be nice for it to continue without interuption. If you would like to volunteer, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any other officer. It's not to difficult and you will be trained.

Incline to Nodine 50k FA: info comming soon

St. Patrick's 17 (ish) mile fun run: info comming soon


Run of the Mill, But Nothing to Dread
I was in the midst of a treadmill-run-induced daze when it occurred to me that I needed to write something for the February newsletter. So, what would be a better subject than the merits of treadmill running? While the colloquially-dubbed "dreadmill" inspires negative feelings for many of us, I am grateful for this alternative in times of need. On many a winter's day, I have been pulled along for some quality miles rather than miss my run entirely. It is in the safe, well-lit, ice-free setting of the treadmill where I push myself harder, pick up my pace, and make thirty or forty minutes time well-spent. It is also a place where you are never truly alone, when fellow sufferers are just a treadmill away. However you are getting your miles these days, I hope you are staying well and running happy.
Sloan Komissarov, President


From the Vice-President
Thank you everyone that took the time to reply to our survey over this last month. We had 17 members respond, and we saw a lot of trends about what members like and what they are wanting to see. 
Things that members like: 
*Group runs, group runs, group runs!! (We love to run together!)
*Special event runs 
*The members in our group 
Things that members would like to see added to our club:
* More visibility in the community 
* Uniting our group together and being more active in the community 
* Updating our information and making it attract for more runners to join
* Making our membership worthwhile  
* New apparel 
Over the next few months, our goal is to help bring some of these ideas to life. To revitalize the club, we are going to need help from members. If you are interested in being involved with this or have ideas that you would like to implement, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
-Michael Borst
                            Oh No!  The Marathon Was Short!
Dave Bange
You trained hard for months.  You tapered the week before.  You carbo loaded perfectly.  You even managed a few hours of sleep the night before.  Race morning weather was perfect. You were pumped! You had a definite goal and you were going to reach it.  
And when you hit the finish line, the official clock proved that you had really done it!!!  You qualified for the Boston Marathon, with several minutes to spare.  Enjoyment and celebration ensued.  You posted selfies on Facebook, holding your finisher medal and a print-out of your official time.  You slept well that night, sore and exhausted, but elated.  And then ... .
You woke in the morning, and hear the news that the marathon you just hammered was .80 miles short.  It was not 26.2, miles, it was only 25.4 miles.  Uh-oh.  Your first thought is -- surely you’ll somehow still be recognized as a Boston qualifier, right?  After all, you had minutes to spare, and this wasn’t your fault, was it?  Your second thought is -- maybe the Boston officials might extrapolate your time to the full distance.  They couldn’t know it took 17 minutes for that last mile, could they?  Your third thought is -- maybe news about this minor shortcoming wouldn’t actually reach Boston.  The only things those Bostonians ever notice about Wisconsin is the Packers and cheddar, right?
The hard truth is that none of those things are true.  The Boston officials learned of it before you did (after all, it was in all the major papers); they will definitely not extrapolate times from short courses to a full marathon (any more than you can double your half marathon time to get a Boston qualifier); and the race would most definitely no longer be recognized as a “Boston Qualifier”.
In fact (as many of you already know), the situation above really did occur -- on October 17, at the PNC Milwaukee Marathon (not to be confused with the well-established Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon).  Four days later, the communications director for the Boston Athletic Association issued a formal statement: “We are not able to accept the results from this race, as the course was short.  The window for qualifying for the 2019 Boston Marathon remains open until September, so runners will hopefully have enough time to recover and try again at another race.”  Real sympathetic, eh?  
The obvious question is, “What went wrong?”  It took a couple of days to find where things went awry.  The course was measured correctly and officially certified.  The USATF, which is responsible for certifying race courses (of any distance), has a lengthy, detailed manual on measuring a course to get it certified as accurate.  It requires the use of a tape-measured calibration course, a bicycle with properly inflated tires, biking the course in both directions, marking every mile while doing so, a Jones Counter (a cool device that counts wheel revolutions), and endless amounts of arithmetic.  Nothing else is as accurate, or acceptable to the USATF.  The fellow who measured the course had measured many courses, and he knew what he was doing, but he re-checked everything the next day anyway.  He found no errors.
So what was the problem?  The clue came when several runners came forward and said they hadn’t seen a 22-mile mark.  The 21- and 23-mile marks, yes, but not the 22.  (They might also have noticed that their time to cover that two miles was a wee bit faster than usual.)  Uh-oh.  The race director knew that the 22-mile mark was on a long  out-and-back section of the course.  You’ve likely guessed the rest of the story by now.  Yep, a course volunteer misunderstood his instructions, mis-read the course map, or was simply careless ... and set the cones for the turnaround .40 of a mile (about 7 football fields) before the actual turnaround point.  The missing .80 mile had been found.
At this point you might well be asking,  “How can I avoid the disaster described in the opening paragraphs?”  Well, the simplest option is to not enter a marathon at all.  All right, all right.  You want a better answer -- you want to do a marathon.  If you only want to check it off your “bucket list,” do one, hang the finisher medal in a prominent place, and don’t worry about about Boston at all.  OK, OK.  I’ll be serious here.  If you actually want to to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon, the safest option is to go for your qualifying time in well-established marathon -- Twin Cities, Grandma’s, Chicago, Green Bay, etc.  Avoid first- or second-year marathons, even if they (truthfully) claim to be a Boston qualifier.  The course may be measured accurately to within a foot, but the volunteers are likely to be inexperienced and may be inattentive to details.  Incredibly, it turned out that the PNC Milwaukee was long the preceding year!  The director swears to get it right on his third try, but ... .  

 Race Results

January 6, YMCA New Year's Resolution Run, Onalaska, WI

5 Miles      
Margaret Ho 30:50 (1st Overall) Lila Planavsky 36:36 (3rd 30-39)
Chris Erickson 31:48 (3rd Ovrrall) Michelle Wanders 39:14 (1st 40-49)
Brian Dahl 31:51 (1st 30-39) Laurie Enos 43:29 (1st 50-59)

Jamie Mannion

34:25 (1st 60+) Soan Komisarov 44:21
Sergey Komisaarov 36:12 (3rd 40-49)    
Aaron Puent 20:24 (2nd 15-19) Shari Hegland 29:06
Jerry Reuteler 23:02 (1st 60+) Kevin Hegland 32:39 (1st Uner 15)
RJ Miller 23:56 (3rd 50-59)    

January 14, Redding Marathon, Redding, CA

Bonnie Stubbendick 4:38:40 (1st 60-64)