. . . from the website that knows that you can still hang out with your friends on an organized long training run and you don't have to smell your best . . .

Dancing the night away
On Saturday night, on a weekend in which there were conveniently no NYRR or NYCRuns races scheduled, about a hundred Flyers danced the night away at the 27th Annual Awards Gala and Dance Party. Sincere thanks and appreciation to our Gala planners and to all the volunteers who made sure the evening went off without a hitch, and also to both the outgoing Exec board and their bright-eyed and fresh new replacements. The mark of a successful Exec Board administration is leaving the club in a better place than it was when you started, and the outgoing board has many achievements that in total did exactly that.

More details to come as we get the Awards Page together, but in the meantime, please say thank you to Bob Cowin for tirelessly documenting the evening in the already-posted Awards Gala photo album. Please also congratulate all of our award winners, but especially our Flyer of the Year, Debbie Panek. Debbie and fellow nominees Michael Rabin and Andrea Milhako have all demonstrated exceptional leadership, enthusiasm, and volunteer spirit over the tenure of their individual club memberships, and they're all a large part of what makes the club such a great place to be. All three were deserving nominees, and all merit our thanks and gratitude for their contributions over the years.

I'd rather watch the Puppy Bowl
It's Superbowl Sunday, which means that a whole lot of Flyers started this morning with the NYRR Gridiron 4-Miler. Francesco Presutti knocked out a first place team finish and third in the 50-54 age group in 24:53 (6:14 pace). Deniz Saat represented for the twenty-somethings, plaacing second for the team and sixth in the 20-24 age group in 25:39 (6:25 pace). Tim Decker brought in a third place team finish and eighteenth in the 45-49 age group in 26:32 (6:38 pace), followed by David Ezra and Jeffrey Tente in 26:44 (6:41 pace and twenty-fifth in the 40-44 age group) and 27:32 (6:53 pace).

In the women's race, Veteran superstar Denise Iannizzotto placed first for the team and third in the 50-54 age group in 29:17 (7:20 pace). Amy Knepper and Melinda Feinberg came in second and third for the team and tenth and eleventh in the 40-44 age group in 29:26 (7:22 pace). Mary Beth Ezra placed fourth for the team and eighth in the 45-49 age group in 30:32 (7:38 pace), and Amanda Schachter made it an all over-40 top 5 for the women with a fifth place team finish and sixteenth in the 45-49 age group in 31:23 (7:51 pace). Other age group honors went to Senior Veteran all-stars Gary Smeal (ninth in the men's 65-69 age group); Steven Estrine (ninth in the men's 75-79 age group); Hindy Schachter (eighth in the women's 71-74 age group); and Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 70-74 age group).

I spy with my little eye
Did you know we have an Instagram account? I just found out recently. If you're on Instagram, be sure to follow. If not, do what I do: Stick it in your bookmarks and remember to go lurk on it every once in a while. Or, just join Instagram; that's probably easier and more rewarding. =

Winter season LTR training
The winter season long training runs are back and better than ever. Check the Announcements page for two upcoming long runs. If volunteering is more your thing this season, there are plenty of opportunities to support the runs, and you will certainly earn your fellow members' gratitude and appreciation. You'll find links to those opportunities in the Announcements as well.

Starting the new year with a bang
The Flyer women are off and running, capturing second place in Sunday's Fred Lebow Half Marathon in Central Park. Marcy Withington kicked off the scoring for the Flyer women with a first place team finish and third in the 45-49 age group in 1:38:01 (7:29 pace). Friederike Edelmann placed second for the team and fourth in the same age group in 1:39:37 (7:36 pace). Denise Iannizzotto crossed the line in third place for the team and second in the 50-54 age group in 1:40:54 (7:40 pace), followed by Betty Yung in 1:45:36 (8:04 pace) and Ainslie Chandler in 1:47:39 (8:13 pace).

In the men's race, Edvard Major captured first place for the team and fourteenth in the 35-39 age group in 1:26:00 (6:34 pace), followed by Chris Brennan, hereafter known as Mr. President for the remainder of 2017, in 1:28:03 (6:43 pace and twelfth in the 40-44 age group). Gary Kane came in third for the team and twenty-first in the 45-49 age group in 1:34:18 (7:12 pace), with Tomohiro Inoue amd Jeffrey Tente in fourth and fifth in 1:35:48 (7:19 pace) and 1:36:39 (7:23 pace).

Interclub on the interweb
NYCRUNS sponsors an annual Interclub Challenge as part of its race series, and the final standings for 2016 are in. Congratulations to the Flyer Men, who finished second overall out of 27 clubs, and to the Flyer Women, who finished sixth overall out of 26 clubs. Final standings are here, and you can see the rules of play here. Thanks and appreciation to Richard Garland for the tip.

Congratulations to our new Exec Board
The results are posted in the Announcements so I won't repeat them here, but congratulations to the newly elected 2017 Exec Board. Deepest thanks and appreciation to everyone who ran. If you weren't elected this time, please stay active and involved! An organization as large as ours runs on volunteer support, and good ideas for how to make the club a better place for everyone never go unwasted. We need you and the talents you bring to the table. That goes for everyone; there are so many ways to get involved, and it's both rewarding and fun. Let's make the club the very best it can be in 2017 and beyond.