Letter from the Prez-January 2018

Posted by Pete Abraham-Strider president    
Welcome to 2018!  Before we delve into new and exciting things we anticipate for the coming year, let’s reflect back on 2017. A reinvigorated Children’s running program, new 5k at the Lakefront Marathon, the inaugural marathon training program and the growth of the Tuesday night track workouts all bode well for the club’s future. But by far the biggest Strider news of 2017 is on the somber side.  Bonnie Clarey, the most well know Strider in the club’s history has decided to step down from her position as Vice President of Administration. For the past 25 years, Bonnie has meticulously managed the club’s membership database and helped hundreds of us ‘newbies’ get our feet wet as Striders. Over her tenure as VP of Administration, she has attended hundreds of management meetings and spent thousands of hours processing new memberships. Yet this dedication is dwarfed by the thousands of hours Bonnie has served as registration captain for hundreds of Strider races spanning the last three decades. Bonnie is the ultimate Strider. No one will ever match the time, effort or dedication she has shown to the Badgerland Striders! Bonnie, we salute you!
So what’s up for 2018? Our race, fun run, build up runs and track workout schedules are all intact for another year. All of the events are listed on the 2018 wall calendar that will be in your mailbox soon. With the advent of the track workouts a few years back, the growth of the children’s running program and addition of the marathon VIP program last year, the club is shifting more of its resources towards training. Continuing along those lines, last year’s LFM VIP program will be split into two distinct programs. We will have a new VIP program which will provide special perks and services to LFM runners who are willing to spend a few extra dollars to take some of the hassles out of race weekend. This program may be aimed mostly at our out of town runners but we hope to make it valuable to local runners as well.
In conjunction with the build-up program we will begin a couple new marathon training programs:  “Marathon 101” and “LFM Coaching”. The “101” program will be aimed at first and perhaps second time LFM runners with a goal of taking the guesswork out of marathon training. We will provide a training schedule which incorporates the build-up runs, track workouts, the Strider Half and Cudahy Classic races. In addition, there will be 6 – 8 scheduled seminars on topics ranging from nutrition to stretching to proper tapering. Training for your first marathon is a serious challenge. Hopefully we can help new runners avoid some of those ‘little’ problems and make that first marathon a fun experience.  Looking for a more personalized approach for your marathon or looking to improve your performance? Then the one-on-one “LFM Coaching” program may be just for you! Led by certified running coaches, we’ll put together a training program to fit your ability level and your lifestyle. This “limited space” program will also include seminars and guidance. More details on both programs will be available by January 28, when the registration for our 38th annual Lakefront Marathon opens.