Busy weekend on the roads and trails. Peak to Peak 10 Mile with 168 finishers. Wabash Trace Marathon and Half Marathon (total 203 finishers). Zoo Run 173 finishers (104 women, 69 men).
The Freedom Run with 209 finishers in the combined 5K, 10K and Half. Shannon Mauser Suing’s 1:21:26 good enough for the overall win.
The Buffalo Run in Lincoln with 547 finishers. Every year I like to see who runs faster than my 27:12 personal best, no one in 2016.
I’m ballparking here but after study of all the race results, 65-70% of all racers this weekend were women. Where the hell are all the fellas? Especially the fast ones?
Our 2016 USATF Nebraska Assoc. annual meeting was yesterday afternoon. About as well attended as an association championships in Omaha. Of our 274 USATF members in our state, 3 dedicated, Colin Morrissey, Linda and me, found the time to attend. And a couple other LDR/Official/Youth members.
The fella that occasionally sends me irritating emails was there. Had no balls to look me in the eyes, no surprise.
As always the division between Youth and LDR was front and center. Me taking up our position for the umpteenth time, LDR is necessary for accreditation of the Nebraska association. Youth countering, rightly so, that the vast majority of income derives from their programs. True.
Our budget set at $6500, thanks to first past president Logan Watley for his stewardship over the last year. Colin was the lone nominee to replace Logan and approved by acclimation. He has demonstrated caring about our constituency, honesty, clarity, no shenanigans. He will lead us for the next 4 years, let’s all rally round!
The board elections very telling. Close results, fueled by heavy attendance from Goethenburg, York, Kearney and points west. If you want a voice you put your butts in the seats and your ballots in the boxes.
Ruben Carter winning the presidency by one vote (22-21).
John Wissler, for the first time in my memory is not an officer of the association. Early onset of Parkinson’s disease, we wish him all the best.
Odd comment from him about how post collegiate track and field will for the first time have a presence in Nebraska. I was shocked that he (no one?) remembers the Team Nebraska track and field performances that had garnered respect nation wide prior to 2012. With the Olympic Trials qualifiers, the Club T&F record setters and champions. High jumpers. Long jumpers. Hurdlers. Field events. Track and Field. Remember?
Election year and no fights, no cursing, no finger pointing. No sneers or jeers. How so? The USATF appointed overseer from Illinois holding tight reign over the proceedings. Children of the Corn behaving for their appointed Mary Poppins.