February 2nd was the last BRR social at the Avery Taproom, on Arapahoe. The social was very well attended, with Larry Avery inviting the Boulder Road Runners to continue the Avery First Monday Social, on March 2nd, at the new facility, 4910 Nautilus Ct. Map
After the men's open we are encouraging everyone to help with the course take down. Let us make it a celebration of a great event.
A big thank you goes to the one hundred plus people who are giving up their Saturday to help put on this event and to the dozens who are helping multiple days.
BRR USATF X-C Teams
Team A- Connie Harmon, Jean Nistico, Paula Vaughn and Sandy Weibe
Team B- Lorraine Green (Captain 60+), Anita Gonzales, Laurie Rugenstein and Pat Tolleson
(Revolution Running W-60+Team includes: Nancy Antos and Lynn Kidder
Revolution Running M-50+ Tom O'Banion)
Jeff Dumas(60+ Team Captain-injured)
Team A- Doug Bell, Devin Croft, Dave Dooley, Rick Katz and John Roeske
Team B- Heath Hibbard, Bruce Kirschner, Rich Sandoval,
Chuck Smead and John Victoria
Team C- Rich Holston, Chuck Lowrie and Don Price
Women 70 Team A- Gail Hunter, , Libby James, Elizabeth Kandel, Judy Smythe and Betty Valent (Captain 70+)
Men 70 Team A- Bill Buffum, Bill Faulkner, Jan Frisby, Henry Kaplan and Tom LeMire (70+ team captain)
Team B- David Leistikow andRoger Whittner
Men 80 Team A- Verne Carlson, Mike Fenerty and Don Hayes
Team B- Charles Howe, Rod Smythe, Ken Wright (80+ team captain)
MEET RICH HOLSTON
by Gail Hunter
Shortly before the start of a run on a very windy day in mid-January, some of the assembled runners were wondering if they were likely to be blown off the Boulder Reservoir dam. Rich Holston was heard to comment that he regularly gave lectures in which he began by asking the listeners to consider the risks of staying in bed in the morning, as opposed to getting up. Who gives lectures on the risks of getting out of bed? Or why?
Rich Holston grew up in central Kansas. He moved around a bit, and he was graduated from high school in Salina, Kansas. He attended Kansas Wesleyan for two years, where he met Cathy. Within six months they married and moved to Denver, where Rich worked for a manufacturing company downtown. Their first child, Phil, was born in 1972, and their daughter Cindy was born in 1975. Rich went back to school, graduating from Regis College with a B.A. in Business Administration.
Rich initially worked different jobs in manufacturing, working up to a position as a purchasing agent and then as a buyer. He wanted to do something different, so when a new Safety and Environmental Compliance position opened up, Rich applied for the job and was successful in getting it He went on to get his Masters degree in Environmental Policy and Management from Denver University. His master’s thesis was on Waste Minimization and his involvement in this topic led to an appointment to the Colorado Pollution Prevention Partnership in 1994. The Governor’s Pollution Prevention Partnership came into being in 1990, so working with a program designed to assist businesses and industries in creating environmental programs to reduce or eliminate waste and to conserve natural resources was well suited for someone with Rich’s background. In 1997 Rich took a position with a new company, which required that he and Cathy move to Houston where they lived from 1997 to 2000, when he returned to Denver. Rinker Materials, the company for which he works, manufactures concrete products for building construction and much of the work is potentially hazardous. As Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the company, Rich has two major areas of concern. The first concern is what can the company can do to keep its employees from getting injured, and how can it help the employees themselves to make safe choices. Should you get out of bed? Is the wind so strong the bed is shaking? Perhaps it’s safer to get up and go to work! The second, broader concern is what the company can do to minimize its presence on the planet, including how it can reduce waste, dust, and the number of chemicals produced in the process of manufacturing. Rich travels three weeks out of each month, visiting company factories in various locations throughout the United States. His work also involves making certain that the company is in compliance with government regulations, and he is a member of the Government Relations Committee of the American Concrete Pipe Association as well as Chairman of the Association’s Safety and Environmental Committee
Rich initially was a casual runner (for twelve to fifteen years), training for a month or so for the Bolder Boulder each year and running a few marathons. Runner’s World was his source of training advice. In 2001 he decided he needed to train with a group. He attended one of the Boulder Road Runners’ Sunday runs, where Tom LeMire accompanied him on the route and introduced him to other runners. His first visit was the week after Cross-Country Nationals in Houston, and he enjoyed hearing the stories of the group’s adventures in the rain and mud. He continued to attend the Sunday runs, learning more about running by receiving tips from other runners and by watching them and asking questions.
Although joining a training group that met on weekdays wasn’t an option for Rich, because of his travel schedule, running itself was a perfect activity for a man constantly in an airplane. All he needed to pack was a pair of running shoes. Rich couldn’t adhere to a strict training schedule, but he could adapt his workouts for each week to fit in with his work schedule.
In addition to the Sunday runs, Rich was introduced to the Purple Runner group, where he met Dave Dooley and several other good runners. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the group, and his wife Cathy became a regular participant, also. Cathy, who is a buyer’s assistant for Door to Door Organics, has had a partial knee replacement and is among the walkers in the group.
Rich enjoyed the competitive nature of the Purple Runner group, and he began to learn a lot more about running. Before he joined the Boulder Road Runners, his PR for the Bolder Boulder was 40:04, a time set in 1995, when Rich was 42 years old. Ten years later, after running with the group, he set his current PR of 39:27 at the age of 52.
Rich’s best marathon time is 3:15, set in Phoenix. Recently he has come to enjoy half marathons more than marathons because he can be more competitive. . Rich enjoys all races, and likes being part of a team. He likes seeing who the very best are, and he knows he can be a participant without embarrassing himself. He enjoys the discipline and camaraderie of training, and he likes the give and take of running. The members of the Boulder Road Runners have been his unofficial coaches, offering help and providing examples that he can emulate.
Rich and Cathy married young, and their children, Phil and Cindy, followed their example. They now have four grandchildren, three boys, aged 20, 16, and 8, and a girl, aged 12. When Rich isn’t working or running, he occasionally plays golf. He said that he was formerly a better golfer than he is now, but something had to give with his busy schedule and running won out. Running is just more fun.