Meet Hank Kaplan/Valmont Park/Avery's 4K on the 4th
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Up coming Events:
July 7th:     First Monday  at Avery's 5:30 to 7 p.m.
July 9th:     Pearl Street Mile
July 10th    Business Meeting at Avery's  6-7 p.m.
July 17th    Track Meet 6 p.m.
August 3rd  Fleet Feet Shopping Day
August 4th  First Monday at Avery's 5:30 to 7 p.m.
August 7th  Track Meet 6 p.m.
August 21st Track Meet 6 p.m.

Meet Hank Kaplan
By Gail Hunter

Hank and his wife Judy have just arrived in Vermont, after a four-day car trip with a stopover to see friends in Rochester, New York.  They have sold their home in Vermont and plan to spend the summer visiting friends and preparing to move the remainder of their possessions to Colorado.  When Hank is in town, he’s hard to miss.  Hank grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and his voice instantly transports you to the east coast.  He was born on July 15, 1939, and attended Brooklyn Tech, one of three New York public high schools where admission is by competitive exam.  The three schools specialize in math, engineering, technology, and science.  Hank ran cross-country during his senior year, competing in meets in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.  
Hank attended Hunter College in New York City, where the physical education director asked him to join the cross-country team.  Because of the academic demands of college and the time he would be spending commuting, Hank hesitated.  He decided to join the team, and Frank Egan, a national champion runner from Manhattan College, was his coach.  After his first year, Frank asked Hank if he would return and run the following season, and Hank said yes.  In Hank’s four years at Hunter College, cross-country team was undefeated.  It was the first undefeated team in the history of the school.  The walk-on members of the team would practice in Van Cortlandt Park, running against the scholarship runners from Manhattan College.  They didn’t always win in practice, but they won all of their meets, and the hours of practice on the course were a key to their four victorious seasons. 
Hank was graduated from Hunter College in 1961, and he received an MBA in Marketing from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago in 1963.  He worked as a management consultant for ten years and at CBS for ten years before founding his own companies in the media business.  He worked in those companies for 25 years and still does some work in the entertainment business. 
Hank and Judy lived in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, and they began dating in 1962, when Judy was in graduate school.  They became engaged a year later and were married on March 22, 1964. 
For the first 25 years after Hank completed school, he didn’t do much running.  He was focused on work and being a father.  When their daughter was grown, Hank and Judy moved to New York City and purchased an apartment on Central Park.  A friend encouraged Hank to get back into running, and on very little training, Hank ran the New York Marathon in approximately 3:50.  He met friends who had run sub-3:00 marathons when they were younger, so he began training to run more seriously the next year.  Unfortunately, the temperature was 77° at the start and rose into the 80s during the race.  Hank ran another 3:50 that year, but improved to a PR of 3:35 later.  He ran two more marathons, enjoying the training and meeting new friends. 
His daughter and her husband had moved to Colorado; their son lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico; so Hank and Judy began making frequent visits west.  Twelve or fifteen years ago a friend of Hank’s who had moved to Boulder told Hank about a group called the Boulder Road Runners, and on one of Hank and Judy’s trips to Colorado, Hank participated in a Sunday run.  He met several people, including Nancy Smalley.  Hank was impressed by the people, and when he and Judy moved here, a friend recommended that he join Flatirons Athletic Club.  Hank encountered Rich’s training group there and decided to join the Boulder Road Runners.
Since becoming a Boulder Road Runner, Hank has participated in several cross-country national championship races, including one in Van Courtlandt Park in 2006 that brought back a lot of memories. 
Hank and Judy moved to Lafayette when their youngest granddaughter was born.  Since then, they have migrated back and forth between Lafayette, their house in Vermont, and their apartment on Central Park.  They sold the Central Park apartment several years ago, then sold the house in Lafayette and the house in Vermont.  They are presently living in Interlocken and building a new home in the Anthem Ranch 55+ community in Broomfield. 
Hank enjoys running, but his appreciation of the Boulder Road Runners stems from the fact that the group is about more than running.  What distinguishes this group from other running groups is that the people care about each other and care about the community, an ethic that Hank attributes to Rich Castro.  That caring extends from helping the broader running community through volunteering to assisting the poor through Community Food Share.  Hank also enjoys the diversity in the group:  Terry Ryan from New York, Verne Carlson from California, Paul Turley from Nebraska, and Dave Hardwick, who has lived in various parts of the southeast, are examples.  All of which make Hank a perfect fit for the Boulder Road Runners.   
Valmont Park Needs Your Help and In-put
The quest to convince Boulder planning and city council of the need and desirability for a track and cross country course or chip trail at Valmont Park continues to move forward.  We could use so help with planning a presentation.  If any one has architectural drawing experience, we  could use your active help or advice.

Please read the article at the link below.
Sign the Valmont Park Petition.  Help bring a public running track and cross country course to Boulder.
Avery's 4K on the 4th 
Another great running of Avery's 4th of July event.  The race field was increased to 650 and was quickly filled.  
Selected results:
Women 45-49
 3rd Genevieve Jacobi 18:38
Men 60-64
1st Rich Sandoval 16:51
Women 60-64
2nd Lynn Kidder 21:17
3rd Connie Harmon 21:56
Men 65-69
1st Dave Dooley 17:05
Women 65-69
2nd Jean Nistico 21:44
Men 70-74
1st Bill Faulkner 21:01
Women 70-74
1st Judy Moir 22:55
2nd Betty Valent 24:18
Women 75-79
1st Judy Smythe
Men 80+
1st Verne Carlson 25:39 Age Group Record
2nd Rob Smythe 32:43
Pearl Street Mile
July 9 

Dave Hardwick is coordinating volunteers.  Contact him if you wish to help.  A $10 Downtown Boulder gift card is offered to all who volunteer.  We still need a couple more volunteers.
Next Fleet Feet run and shopping day is August 3rd at 8 a.m.
Support Avery Brewing like they support the running community.
Le Peep will again be the sponsor of the Community Food Share 5K on Thanksgiving, November 27th, 2014.  
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