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President’s Corner: Spotlight on Pia LoPresti

There will be so much in the newsletter about our awards night, various races, and the Boston and NJ Marathons.  Be sure to check out the results and reflections!

Be sure to RSVP by May 4th to Dan Murphy or myself for the special May 6th ERC general meeting featuring Dr. Vad and Tom Fleming.

This month, we spotlight one of our “Runners of the Year”, Pia LoPresti.  Congratulations Pia and thank you for your comments to our usual questions.

1.  What is your favorite ERC activity/race?

My absolute favorite race that ERC participates in is the River to Sea Reeay.  This year will be the 5th year that I am captaining a team.  Go Postfontaines!  It’s such a great day of running, sweating, laughing, more running, eating, and shenanigans! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a sweltering August Saturday if not with 6 of my favorite sweaty, smelly running friends, 2 crazy fun drivers, and teams of other ERC/Fleet Feet runners hooting and hollering.

2.  What training advice would you give to fellow members?

One of the best training regimens I’ve incorporated is training with friends.  They are the best at helping you push the envelope as well as just enjoying this “crazy” thing we do.

3.  What are your personal running goals for the coming year?

Last year, I achieved my ultimate running goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  I ran the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon with a PR of 3:34:43 and BQ’d by 17 seconds!!!  This year, while it would be nice to get a little more of a BQ cushion to guarantee a spot at Boston in 2015, I’m focusing on why I love running and racing:  It’s one of my favorite ways to spend time with my husband, Ryen, and our crazy dog, Swarley, both of whom love running as much as I do.  It’s an opportunity to develop great, lasting friendships.  You get to enjoy the great outdoors, the sunny days, the frigid below zero days, and everything in between.  And if I snag a few more PRs in the process of focusing on those 3 important things, it’s just icing on the cake!

Next month, we spotlight  Club Veterans Martta and Tom Kelly.

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