Next Board Meeting: April 16th at Avery Brewing on the Mezzanine
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday May 3, 10 & 17
Meet at Boulder High School Track
for Sunday Social Run
Afterwards are the
Mountain Lion/Fleet Feet
(BVSD Kids Life Long Leaning)
Youth Track Meets
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Volunteers get $10
Fleet Feet gift Card
for each meet
We need 12 volunteers: starter, 2 clerks, 8 timers and head timer
Great opportunity to sharpen timing skills for our summer track series.
Current Volunteer List: Anne Bartuszevige, Bill Buffum, John Bridges with Frank Shafer pending
Sunday May 24
Scott Carpeter Park
9 - 11 a.m.
Nancy Antos with Don Hayes at September's First Monday, held at the home of Tevis Morrow and Deb Conley.
MEET NANCY ANTOS
by Gail Hunter
Meeting Nancy Antos is like watching fireworks at close range. Positive energy and enthusiasm are exploding all around her. Her energy is contagious and running with her is tremendously fun.
Nancy joined the Boulder Road Runners in 2004 after chatting with a tennis friend who had joined a running group, trained for the Bolder Boulder, and had taken seven minutes off her time. Nancy has run the Bolder Boulder almost every year since 1982. She was a naturally active person, so she ran a couple of times around North Boulder Park to prepare for the race. She finished in 52 minutes, not bad for someone who didn’t train! She was a Girl Scout leader, so for years she ran it for fun with the Girl Scouts. Then she got her family running it for fun, even her husband Wally. Nancy’s time in 2003 was 59:59, and in 2004, after training with the Boulder Road Runners, she lowered that time to 53:49 and came in 6th in her age division. She continued getting faster, coming in 1st in both 2011 and 2012. She began running other races, including traveling to San Diego, Seattle, and Lexington, Kentucky for the USATF Cross Country Championships. She loved being on a team and learning about how to race for the best team results. Except for Boston, she now usually places in the top three in her age division.
One of Nancy’s friends was training for a marathon, and she asked if Nancy would join her on some of her long runs. Nancy agreed to train for a half-marathon, as she’d done those in the past just for fun. As the runs got longer and longer, Nancy decided to run just one marathon. She ran in Victoria, BC, and finished in 4:17. She came in 2nd in her age division, and after she finished, her friends told her that she had qualified for Boston. She asked what that meant, and when she found out, she sent in an application to run the 2013 Boston Marathon. Before the race, she was loading her music and missed her starting group. During the race she took pictures, so she was slightly behind her anticipated finish time. She was pulled from the race six blocks from the finish when the bombs went off. Her husband Wally had a similarly fortunate experience. A man Nancy had met on the train to the Expo invited Wally across the street to have a beer. Wally crossed the street and in doing so walked away from the spot where one of the bombs was placed. Nancy was treated for PTSD and decided to run the race in 2014. She didn’t race it, but instead ran it to erase the past, shaking hands with spectators on the course and taking photographs. The experience was like a celebration, and she said that it was like going to a memorial service for a loved one who had been lost, only to find that the loved one had been been found alive and well.
Nancy has always been active, but she didn’t have time for training as a runner until after her retirement. Nancy grew up in Wisconsin, attending the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. On a trip to Hawaii she decided that she wanted to work as a flight attendant so that she could travel. She applied to United Airlines and was hired as a computer operator. After a year, she became a flight attendant, and she worked for the airlines for total of 34 years, of which 33 were as a flight attendant. She met her husband Wally while water-skiing at a beach in Wisconsin. He was living in Chicago had driven up to Wisconsin, and at that time Nancy also was living in Chicago. They became friends, started dating, and were married in 1972. Nancy was transferred to Denver in 1973, and they began their family in 1975. They have three children, Korry, April, and Andy, and four grandchildren, Zeke, Ira, Layla and Zia.
Nancy began playing tennis in her 40’s and reached a ranking of 4.5. She presently plays at the 4.0 level and is on five teams. She often plays against 18-year-olds and recently had trouble scheduling practice with a partner because her partner was in high school. She has recently been asked to coach at several different schools and is one of the oldest singles players in the 4.0-4.5 division in the Denver area. Nancy says that it is much easier to compete with younger tennis players than with younger runners. In tennis, she can still move quickly about the court and her years of experience and knowledge of strategy keep her competitive. In running, wisdom can’t keep up with younger muscles.
When Nancy retired from flying in 2003, she had time to train as a runner. She loves to cook, and took classes at a culinary school, volunteered there, and began working. She also did marketing for Spa Medica. In addition to playing tennis, taking cooking classes, salsa dancing, and working part time, Nancy has kept busy working with Wally on their rental properties in three different states (not exactly near each other—they are in Colorado, Florida, and Vermont), and starting an Airbnb in their home. As a retired United Airlines flight attendant, she volunteers with the Clipped Wings, an organization that does a lot of activities connected with the Special Olympics. Being a retired flight attendant does have a terrific perquisite; she and Wally can fly standby to warm places when it’s snowing in Boulder.
You might think from all of Nancy’s activities that her life revolves around sports. In fact, she lists as most important her life as a Christian, second her family and friends, with sports third, and she works hard to get her family involved in the active part of her life. One of her grandsons runs with her, and the little kids are in children’s races. Her whole family plays tennis, and they often all go out to play after a family dinner. As the Bolder Boulder approaches, she offers $20 to any of her grandchildren who can beat her. With two athletic teenage grandsons, the race is getting expensive. She is an integral part of the lives of her grandchildren, particularly her teenage grandsons. Her grandchildren and their dog are frequent visitors, as her daughter who lives out of town is a flight attendant and often brings her children to stay with her at Nancy and Wally’s house.
Nancy loves the social aspect of running, which she describes as being very different from tennis. When you’re training for a marathon and on a four-hour run, you can enjoy long conversations with your running companions. She loves how runners help each other, from advising about form to recommendations for shoes, and that runners run for hours alone, like deer. She also loves racing and the excitement and energy in the air at races. Nancy is impressed by the longevity of runners and the ability of the older runners to know how fast they are running without looking at a watch. She remembers getting training tips from Lois Calhoun and reading about Nan Smalley’s achievements. She has several times encountered octogenarian Don Hayes in Florida, where they each earned a trophy in a half-marathon in Naples. Nancy currently is training for a half-marathon on Whidbey Island, in Washington. She’s going with the Revolution Running group, with whom she runs on a regular basis. The group has chosen an event with races of different distances, so that a variety of runners and their families can participate. Like several of the Boulder Road Runners, Nancy has found that the larger group of Rev Runners provides the motivation and companionship she needs for training for longer races. She and the other Rev Runners strongly admire the volunteering and social commitment of the Boulder Road Runners and Nancy wishes strongly to see more interaction between the two groups.
Annual Pre-Bolder Boulder Pot-Luck Breakfast
Where: Scott Carpenter Park
When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m
Who: Bring family and friends
What: Bring food and drink to share
Bruce Kirschner and Devin Croft are actively trying to build men's 60's teams for future national competitions and other events.
I would like to encourage other members, interested in pursuing this team building project, to contact me. We need this for all age groups and both men and women. We might discover we have some members in younger age groups that would be interested in forming teams. This is an opportunity to network in the larger community for runners who would be interested in participating in national competions with the BRR.
Presidio 10 Miler, Sunday, April 12,San Francisco, California.
Road Runners Club of America's (RRCA's) 10 Mile National Championships. 1:08:35 (6:52 pace per mile), which was good for 35th place overall
First finisher in the 60 and Over age group
Senior Grand Master 10 Mile National Championship
Pictured with Bruce are his sons Aron, Paul, and Sam.
April 18th at Oskar Blues (Bolder Boulder qualifier), July 11th at Boulder Beer Co, September 5th in Gunbarrel at Finkel & Garf Brewing.
The Cross Country Clash is a brand new series of midweek evening races that takes it back to basics with no frills, interesting courses, and a fun, laid back vibe. This is about running and community.
The races will take place on, or were inspired by, some of the more interesting high school cross country courses in the metro area to give you a challenging break from your everyday routine. Runners have the option run individually or to form teams and compete against others.
Each race will be chipped timed and have overall and team results. Teams will be scored just like in high school meets. In addition, there will be overall series winners that will be determined by those accumulating the most points. Prizes will be supplied by sponsors Runners Roost, KIND Healthy Snacks, and Trail Dog Treats.
Stick around after your race and hang out with your friends (or meet some new ones). We'll have food trucks on hand serving up some tasty grub and a beer garden (where permitted) where you can purchase a cold craft beer.B e sure to bring your folding chair and hang out for a while!
Registration for the races ranges from just $20 to $24, or you can register for the entire series for just $140 (we currently have seven venues confirmed; if we are able to confirm the eight venue, those that sign up for the series will get this race for no extra cost). Those that register for the series will also receive a XC Clash tech shirt.
Cross Country Clash races are happening evenings each month May through August. Check out our website at xcclash.com, form a team, and join us.
Get your Bolder Boulder training started with the BRR Sunday runs.
Write an essay on running with the BRR and win a prize. There are two categories: inspirational and humor. First place in each category will receive a $100 gift certificate and runner-up, in each category, will receive a $50 gift certificate. The essay must be 300 words or less. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be announced during the June, First Monday Social, at Avery Brewing. Dead line for essays submissions is noon May 10th.
Anyone interested in helping with the judging, contact me at the above address. Three entires have been received.
The Boulder Road Runners will be staffing these meets. These meets will consist of running events only; no field events. We need a staff of 12: Starter, 2 clerks, head timer and 8 timers (hand). For each of the meets there will be two sessions. First session from 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m.
Each volunteer will receive a thank you gift card for $10 each full (both sessions) meet worked. Contact John@boulderroadrunners.org to volunteer and get your assignment.
Remember to post your running pictures and results on the Boulder Road Runners Facebook page.
Pictures from the
April 5th First Monday at Avery Brewing
Top Left: Larry Avery, Tony Sandoval, Carl Mohr and Bill Faulkner.
Top Right: Tom Mercurio, Tevis Morrow and Deb Conley
Bottom Left: Hampton Islan, Smitty, Bruce Kirschnerand Don Janicki
"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.
April 6th, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
April 12th, Frank Shorter Race for Kids' Health, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield
April 17th, BOCO H.S Track Meet, Longmont High School
April 26th , Cherry Creek Sneak, Denver
May 3rd, Sunday Run from Boulder High School
May 3rd, Happy Half Marathon at the Rez.
May 3rd, Fleet Feet Youth Track Meet, Boulder H.S. 10-2,
May 4th, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
May 9th, Colorado Middle School Runner Challenge 3K
May 10th, Sunday Run from Boulder High School
May 10th, All essays submitted by noon
May 13th, Cross Country Clash, visit for complete schedule http://www.xcclash.com
May 17th, Sunday Run from Boulder High School
May 17th, Fleet Feet Youth Track Meet, Boulder H.S. 10-2,
May 3rd, Fleet Feet Youth Track Meet, Boulder H.S. 10-2,
May 25th, Bolder Boulder
June 1st, First Monday at Avery Brewing, 4901 Nautilus Ct.
Winners of essay contest to be announced
June 7th, Sunday Social Run time change to 8 a.m. 30th & Iris
June 14th, Fleet Feet Social Run and Shopping Day 9 a.m.
June 28th,Flatirons 10k, 8am