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President’s Corner: $2,620.00 for Boston Marathon Relief at our Summer Hosted Runs, by Paul Maloney, ERC President

Beginning with our summer hosted runs, the Essex Running Club is collecting money for “One Fund Boston”, an organization where 100% of donated funds will directly support victims and families of those affected by the events during the Boston Marathon on April 15th, and related events which took place on April 18th and 19th.  Details of our donation process are listed below.

1.  The Essex Running Club will make an initial donation of $262.00 to “symbolize” the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.  Included with this $262.00 donation, the club will “match” any donation given by a club member.  Our goal for the end of the summer is for the club and members to donate a total $2,620.00, again to “symbolize” the marathon distance.

2.  A “jar” will be passed around to accept contributions at each summer run, starting with George Studzinski’s annual “Smoke Rise Challenge” on Thursday June 6th.     For tax free contributions, members are encouraged to bring checks made out to “One Fund Boston Inc.”. Checks made out to the “Essex Running Club” are not eligible for declaration as a charitable contribution.  Cash will also be accepted.

3.  Members can certainly contribute to our “$2,620 Fund” without going to the runs by mailing a donation to the Essex Running Club at P.O. Box 183, Verona, NJ 07044.  As stated, make out your check to “One Fund Boston Inc.” for declaration as a charitable contribution, not to the Essex Running Club.

4.  We will also accept contributions at our Wine and Cheese Party on June 21st.  (Details on the Wine and Cheese Party will be mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter and website.)

Major Change in Summer Hosted Runs:    This June, we’re taking a chance with a new “spin” on a long established Essex Running Club tradition.  We’re piloting a change from our Thursday evening hosted runs by scheduling them on Wednesday OR Thursday evenings.  Due to our conflicts with the popular Fleet Feet 6:00 p.m. runs, various Thursday night races, and other reasons, we would like to try out hosted runs on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m but will still keep the Thursday evening option open at 7:30 if hosts would rather stay with the traditional night.

Our annual “Smoke Rise Challenge”, hosted by long time member George Studzinski is still scheduled on Thursday June 6th, 7:30 p.m.  At this “Battle at the Beach”, George hosts a friendly competition between our club and his group from Smoke Rise Lake in Kinnelon.  Details about the “Battle at the Beach” and possible carpools will be available on FB and the Yahoo site in the next week.

Laura Barry will then host a run on Wednesday June 12th, 7:30 p.m.  The run will take place at Felician College at 223 Montross Ave, Rutherford NJ 07070. Park in the Lot off of West Passaic “Lot A” Or on the street.  Details on a possible carpool will also be available on FB and the Yahoo site.

Troy Powell will host a run on Wednesday June 19th, 7:30 p.m., 119 Ravine Avenue, West Caldwell.

Run at Iron Physical Therapy (Geno Mayes, Melissa Jenkins) on Wednesday June 26th, 7:30 p.m., 396 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell.

Hosts plan a 3-6 mile run with a light supper afterwards.  The runs welcome everyone from walkers to “speed demons”!!  We will find a distance and company for you.  New members— it’s a great way to find out what our club is about!  We are currently accepting reservations for July and August.

Another Change/New Idea with our Summer Hosted Runs:  We would like to recognize those members who go to 100% or close to 100% of our hosted runs.  For attendance at our hosted runs, we are establishing a reward points system.  At the end of August, the member or members who are at all or most of our hosted runs will be awarded prizes (to be announced).  It a great way to socialize, meet other members, and exercise during the spring and summer.

Let us know how we are doing!:  Do you have any questions or suggestions on club activities for our Board?  Please contact me at EssexNewsMaloney@aol.com for any ideas or comments.

Next month we will get back to our “Spotlights”!

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