Meet Bruce Kirschner/First Monday/August 6 Track Meet


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Meet Bruce Kirschner
by Gail Hunter

The number of good runners in their 60’s in the Boulder Road Runners is becoming increasingly impressive.  A fairly recent addition to that group is Bruce Kirschner, who is a valuable member of the Boulder Road Runners’ men’s USTAF national championship teams.  Bruce has been running since he was 19 and he is still enthusiastic—both in his own participation and in encouraging young people to become runners. 
Bruce was born on August 13, 1953, in New York.  He grew up on Long Island and attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo for his undergraduate degree, graduating with a double major in Political Science and English.  He was offered an graduate student internship with the New York State Senate, so after graduation he moved to the state capitol in Albany, NY.  After a year there, he moved to Albuquerque, NM with his girlfriend, Janet Lowe, who had been offered a teaching job in the public school system there.  Bruce obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1977 and began doing research for the university.  He and Janet were married in 1978.
President Carter had just created the Presidential Management Intern Program, a new Federal program for Masters degree graduates in Public Administration. Bruce was accepted into the first class in 1978 and took a job in Bethesda, Maryland, with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission while Janet began teaching junior high school in Rockville.  After three years of working in the Washington, D.C. area, Bruce got a job with the Western Area Power Administration (Western), a branch of the Department of Energy.  Western sells clean, low-cost hydroelectric power.  The U.S. Government sells most of the hydroelectric power in the United States.  The government built dams for flood control and irrigation, and then realized that electricity and recreation were valuable sources of income with which to pay off the loans required for construction of those dams.  Hoover Dam paid for itself over a period of 50 years, from 1936 to 1986.  Certain wholesale customers of the hydroelectric power receive preference by law, municipal and public utility districts, water and irrigation districts, state and Federal entities, Native American tribes and rural electric cooperatives.
Bruce wrestled in junior and senior high school, where he had early success but soon concluded he was actually mediocre.  He hated the running component of his wrestling conditioning and would “dog it” when the coach wasn’t looking.  As a wrestler, he worked on keeping his weight down, wearing sweat clothes, which only made him dehydrated.  In 1972, when Bruce was 19, he experienced a significant emotional event.  His mother telephoned him at college to inform him that his father had survived his first heart attack at the age of 56.  Bruce’s dad owned a butcher shop, smoked cigarettes, ate a traditional American diet, didn’t exercise, and had Type II diabetes.  Bruce, who had begun smoking at the age of 15 and had the same lifestyle as his dad, realized that he needed to make lifestyle changes.  He began to swim and then to run.  Starting out on a college track, he couldn’t even run one lap.  He’d been gaining weight on his college meal plan and he was out of shape.  With running, he began to lose weight, but the conventional wisdom in western New York, where he was in school, was that you couldn’t run in the winter because you would freeze your lungs.  Bruce ran seasonally until he moved to Albuquerque in 1976 and started graduate school.  He then ran year round, about three or four days a week.  He did pretty well in his first race and began thinking about racing as a sport.  When he and Janet moved to Rockville, he kicked up his running and in 1978 joined the Montgomery County Road Runners, participating regularly in their races.
In 1979, Bruce ran his first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, and from then on he was hooked.  He ran with older guys, men in their mid 40’s.  He was still in his 20’s, and he learned a lot.  After running the marathon, he decided that wanted to qualify for Boston.  In 1980 he ran the Long Island Marathon, which started in Westbury, his hometown.  It was his fastest marathon, and his time was 2:58.  His wife Janet was also a runner and a good enough competitive runner to win some races outright.  She stopped racing in 1983, when she became pregnant with their first child.  They had three children:  Aron, Paul, and Sam.  Bruce stopped running marathons for about ten years, while he and Janet were raising the boys.  Bruce also went back to school part-time in 1983, earning a Ph.D. in Public Administration in 1990.  During those years racing took a back seat and Bruce ran more at a maintenance level.
In the fall of 1993, when he was 40, Bruce ran the Denver Marathon and finally qualified for the Boston Marathon.  He ran Boston in April of 1994, and it was the highlight of his running career.  The day was overcast and cool, a good day for a marathon.  He finished in 3:14, despite a stop on Heartbreak Hill to talk to his cousin.  Bruce then started a 5-year plan and ran the New York City Marathon when he turned 45.  His last marathon was the Big Sur Marathon in 2004 when he was 50.   
Bruce is an extrovert and he likes to share his enjoyment of running.  He was a very active volunteer with the Broomfield Road Runners after he moved to Colorado in 1981 and organized his first race by himself in 1984.  Called the Federal Cup 5k, it is a road race for Federal employees and their families, including the military.  Bruce directed the race for the first four or five years, and the race has been on-going for over 30 years.  The Federal Cup trophy travels from agency to agency.  He began volunteering and then became a race director for the Colorado Masters Running Association, initiating the Coal Creek Cross Country Challenge with Randy Luallin in 1999, which seemed to start the cross country race trend in Colorado.  Randy’s dream was obstacles:  a creek crossing; a barbed-wire fence; a farmer’s field that could be flooded.  A giant blow-up alligator in the creek was an entertaining addition to the course.  The theme was “If you never ran cross-country in high school, now’s your chance.”  The 2013 flood ended the Coal Creek race, but Bruce started a new race this May.  Thinking that middle school students don’t have many chances to try cross-country running, Bruce, with the help of the Colorado Masters Running Association, introduced the Colorado Middle School Runner Challenge 3k for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  The theme was “Wanna run XC in High School?  Here’s Your Chance!”  The inaugural race was May 9th of this year.  A race for adults, the RRCA 6k Colorado State Championships, was held the same morning by CMRA.
Bruce retired from his job in 2012.  He was 59, and he knew he could become a better runner.  He lost some weight and started running more miles.  He has been fortunate in terms of injuries, but he has also gained wisdom.  He is working on flexibility and strengthening and listening to his body more.  He is now sponsored by Runner’s Roost and participates in their Run Club at the Louisville store twice a month.  On a Run Club run in the dark last winter, he fell in a pothole and threw his hip and piriformis muscle out of whack. 
Jeff Dumas recruited Bruce to run on the Boulder Road Runners’ team in for the USATF Cross-Country Championships in February, where he came in 5th place on the gold medal winning Men’s 60-69 age group team.  Bruce followed that race with the Presidio 10-miler, which was a RRCA National Championship race.  Bruce won the 60 and Over age division by over 8 minutes, finishing in 1:08.  Although it’s at sea level, the race is extremely hilly, including going over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, so not at all easy.  In May he ran the Colorado Half Marathon, finishing in 1:31, and in June he ran the Steamboat Half Marathon in 1:35.  In late July he ran the grueling Rocky Mountain Half Marathon in Estes Park in 1:38 for another age group win by almost 10 minutes.  What’s next?  Bruce is training for the Army 10-Miler on October 11th.  In World War II, his father was a mess sergeant for 250 guys who landed at Normandy Beach on D-Day and fought their way east to become the first Allied unit to liberate Paris and then into Germany to end the war.  He wants to dedicate the race to his dad and the 4th Infantry Division’s L Company men.  He’s also hoping to do the USATF 15k in Tulsa at the end of October, USTAF Club Nationals in December, and USATF Cross-Country Nationals in Bend, Oregon in February. 
Bruce is also a hero to a number of small children.  His youngest son attended a private preschool named Friends and Fun, and since 1989 Bruce has returned to the school during Hanukkah to play the dreidel game with the children and to recite to them a classic story about a bear who comes to the cabin of an old lady while she is cooking potato latkes in anticipation of a visit from the rabbi.  The old lady mistakes the bear for the rabbi, and she serves the bear the potato latkes.  Happily filled with latkes, the bear goes back into hibernation, and the old lady makes more latkes when the real rabbi appears.  Bruce is a wonderful example of a runner who both gives back to not only to the sport, but also to the community.
PowerBar Promotion

 PowerBar rep. for Colorado and Utah, Julie Northrup and John Bridges, promote PowerBar's newly formulated Tripple Threat and Harvest Bars at Pineview Reservoir , Huntsville, Utah, on Tuesday, August 4.  John was there to support the BRR's good standing as a PowerBar Team Elite sponsored club.
Next Track Meet is August 6th
These track meets are not possible without the people who donate six evenings a summer, in June, July and August, to make them happen.  

This year  we have had an amazing surge in participation and we could use some support from the  BRR faithful. 
Want to help?  We need more assistance at the field events, timers and moving hurdles and steeple barriers etc.  No experience necessary.

The  1st Annual Panther Prowl 5 K Cross Country race is 3 weeks away!  This 5 K race will be open to the public, family and friends as well as our XC team. Yep, you get to run with our fantastic Cross Country team!  We are a non revenue sport and typically spend $3-4 K a year on fees, uniforms, equipment, transportation etc.... If this event is a success, it might be the only fundraiser we do annually.
The attached registration form has all the details, but here is a short summary:
- 5 K Cross Country race at Viele Lake on the same course that we host our home invitational, The Pat Patten.  The course is mostly grass with some sidewalks.
- August 15, 2015 @ 9:30 a.m.
- Goal is to have a 200 participants (you can walk it if you are not a runner), T-shirts for the first 150 to register.
- All proceeds go to the XC team and if all goes well, this will be our only fundraiser.  Show up, run a race and you are done!  Simple - quick - efficient!
- Free Running shoes form FLATIRONS RUNNING to the person who REGISTERS the most neighbors, friends and family! (please have this registrant put your name on the top of the form when they turn it in)
- Don't want to run?  We need about 15-20 course marshals and helpers for about 2 hours. Please email me if you want to help. (only one has emailed me so far)
- If you can't be here or are not interested in the race, but are interested in helping the team, you can donate $25.  If you can't register online or at Flatirons Running, I will be happy to collect your checks and turn them into the school (no cash please).   Make checks payable to Boulder HS Cross Country, 1604 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.
This will be a fun easy event for all of the team, family and anyone who follows BHS Cross Country, so read the entry form and register today!
If you have any more questions, please call me anytime.
We could not pull this off without the support of our great parents and family's, so thank you very much!
Mark Muggleton
Head Cross Country Coach
Boulder High School
3790 Lakebriar Dr, 
Boulder, CO 80304 
PantherProwl (1).pdf
BRR Men's 60+ team competing at Master's Mile in Flint Michigan, August 21
Doug Bell, Devin Croft, John Victoria and Jan Frisby (70+ who is stepping down to compete with the kids).  A strong team that will represent the BRR and Colorado with distinction.
Downtown Series

Pearl St Mile  August 12
Entry fee: $20/25, kids $15
Start and finish location: 14th and Pearl
4:30 pm  packet pick-up
6:00 pm kids
6:30 open
7:00 Elite Women
7:15 Elite Men
Register for the Pearl St Mile
Frank Shafer is coordinating the volunteer marshals for this event.
We still need 8 volunteers.
Volunteers get a $10 gift card to Flatirons Running and an event tee shirt.  The post event social will be on the Lazy Dog patio (upstairs weather permitting).  A Lazy Dog gift card is available for marshal/bike volunteers that attend the social.
Thanks to the following people who marshaled or rode the bikes at the West End 4K

Franks Shafer
Anne Bartuszevige
Bill Faulkner
Pat Tolleson
Karen Lechman
Sharon Thomas
Maureen Boselli
Steve Boselli
Tom O'Banion
Bill Buffum
Sue Carlson
Steve Carlson
Lynne Kidder
Steve Ackman
Andy Edmondson
Sandy Edmondson
John Bridges

Dear BRR
I've registered and committed to riding in, YSC Tour de Pink. I will ride over 200 miles and raise at least $2,500 for Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Please support my effort to help ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone. Any amount you can give will make a real difference.

  • $25 could fund YSC materials at three healthcare providers' offices
  • $100 could provide a Newly Diagnosed Navigator to six women when they need it most
  • $250 could allow us to train four survivors to serve as a peer supporters
  • $500 could fund a Young Empowered Survivor (YES) educational program
  • $1,200 could pay for two young women to travel to our annual conference for young women affected by breast cancer

Please visit my personal fundraising webpage where you can easily make a secure credit card donation (click the link below). Your gift to this important cause is tax-deductible.

Make a Donation:

Thank you for your support.
Anne Bartuszevige

Remember to post your running pictures and results on the Boulder Road Runners Facebook page.
Monday Fun Run at Fleet Feet- 6 p.m. 
Sunday Run 

"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of early morn, stays the BRR runners from the swift completion of their Sunday Social Run".

The Sunday Social Run meets no matter the conditions.

Upcoming Events

TBD:  This summer we will have a strategic planning meeting.   The purpose is to generate new energy, ideas and a club plan.  All members are encouraged to attend this meeting to share ideas and be ready to roll up your sleeves to make that plan a reality.

August 3rd, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
August 6th, All Comers Track Meet, Potts Field, 6 p.m.
August 12th, Wednesday, Pearl St Mile 
   6:00 Kids
   6:30 Open
   7:00 Elite Women
   7:15 Elite Men
August 20th, All Comers Track Meet, Potts Field, 6 p.m.
September 7th, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
September 13th, Fleet Feet Social Run and Shopping Day 9 a.m.
Sept. 19th, Boulder Backroads Marathon and Half Marathon             Water Station Caption:  Jerry Greenwald

October 5th, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
November 2nd, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
December 7th, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
December 13th, Fleet Feet Social Run and Shopping Day 9 a.m.

February, USATF National Cross Country Championships, Bend, OR.
March, USSA National Snowshoeing Championships, Ogden, UT.

The BRR Mission Statement
The Boulder Road Runners were formed in 1979 to encourage and promote running and running related activities for people of all ages and abilities, from the casual recreational runner to the serious competitor. Ideas for new club activities are always welcome and the involvement of members is encouraged.
The training group will continue to meet at the Colorado Athletic Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m.  
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