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Northport Running Club Chronology

Northport Running Club Chronology

The original Board was comprised of John Rakucewicz, Dale Barest, William Gehrhardt, Declan Quigley, and Paul Stillman. It is believed that John Rakucewicz was the original president, but stepped down after 3 months to give more attention to the first Great Cow Harbor 10K race. Board positions as of April each year.

YearKey EventsPresidentVice-PresidentTreasurerRecording
Secretary
Corresponding
Seceretary
1977Club formed in April. First running of the Great Cow Harbor 10K RunJohn Rakucewicz
(Bill Gehrhardt pres.
after 3 months?
????????????
1978Sunday morning runs established. Club becomes a chapter of the RRCA. Joe Latino starts Split Times newsletter in October.Dave HarrisDale BarestBob SchertzerRichard CondonJohn Rakucewicz
1979New Year’s Day Brunch started at home of Anita and Bill Thomas; 17 runners.Joe LatinoBill ThomasBob SchertzerJohn Pitfick &
Stan Davis
John Rakucewicz
1980Joe Latino starts the Winter Relay legend.

John Rakucewicz and American Legion launch inaugural VA 10K X/C race (300 runners). Tom Byrnes runs a 32:40 Great Cow Harbor 10K; 23rd OA. 2,515 runners with 61.7% finishing
Joe LatinoLou LacouetteJohn WalshJohn PitfickJohn Rakucewicz
1981Club obtains RRCA Tax Exempt status. First official President’s Message. July – Wednesday Night Track workouts at Harborfields H.S. @ 7 pm. Many members warmed up by running the 3 miles from Northport Junior High School!John RakucewiczMario BuonpaneJohn WalshBill ThomasJoe Latino
1982Membership Cards first issued. Paid advertisements accepted in Split Times.John RakucewiczMario BuonpaneBob ScottJohn WalshJoe Latino
1983Wednesday Night Track Workouts at Npt H.S.Ron MatuzaNancy CondronBob ScottJim MahoneyPaul Stillman
1984First High School Scholarship.Ron MatuzaNancy CondronFred BoccardJim MahoneySybil Nestor
1985Great Cow Harbor Race begins using John Pitfick staggered ( “rolling as it was first called”) startNancy CondronSybil NestorFred BoccardHarry GranitoJim Mahoney
1986Cow Harbor Race not held this year. Tuesday & Thursday workouts founded by Bob Skirkanich, Jerry Wood, Roy Lockwood, Hilory Boucher, Andy Carlson, Judy Neff and Chris Hannan.Bob BuhmannBob ScottDon ColenRoseMary RiccardiJim Mahoney
1987Cow Harbor Race regroups under new Executive Committee. Club Meetings moved to the Alcyone Lodge.Roy LockwoodJim MahoneyDon Kolen???Rosemary Riccardi
1988---Roy LockwoodJim MahoneyJerry Wood???Rosemary Riccardi
1989---Sue CurtisJerry Wood?????????
1990---Sue CurtisJerry Wood?????????
1991---Jim MahoneySue CurtisGeorge MackRosemary RiccardiCathy Oehrlein
1992---Jim MahoneySue CurtisGeorge MackRosemary RiccardiCathy Oehrlein
1993Club Meetings moved to the American Legion.Jerry WoodGeorge MackFrank DrostCathy OehrleinCarl Avino
1994Bob Skirkanich receives Runners World “Golden Shoe Award” for longevity of Tuesday night workouts.Jerry WoodGeorge MackFrank DrostCathy OehrleinCarl Avino
1995Greenlawn Inn burns to the ground. Tuesday Night Track Workouts moved to Harborfields H.S. and refreshments at the Moose Lodge.George MackCarl AvinoPaul JohnsonRich TeubnerBob Dealy
1996---George MackCarl AvinoPaul JohnsonRich TeubnerBob Dealy
1997Roy Lockwood’s hosts first Winery Wobble Run. Rich Teubner becomes Split Times Editor in Feb.Carl AvinoRich TeubnerBob DealyJane McGrawPaul Johnson
1998Lyle Schaeffer launches the NRC Web site in July w/assistance from Roy Lockwood and Rich Teubner.Carl AvinoRich TeubnerBob DealyJane McGrawPaul Johnson
1999Club on record with second RRCA tax exempt certificate. Will Fodor starts Great Cow Harbor 10K Training Runs.Rich TeubnerSteve O’ShaughnessyJim MauroAllen HugginsKathy Martin
2000Will Fodor revives the Little Cow Harbor 4M Race.Rich TeubnerSteve O’ShaughnessyJim MauroAllen HugginsKathy Martin
2001Fred Kraus and the club launch the inaugural East Northport 10M Classic race. Steve O’Shaughnessy. launches Club’s Weekly E-mail reminder system. Great Cow Harbor 10K Race cancelled following WTC 9/11 bombing.Steve O’ShaughnessyAllen HugginsKathy MartinKathy FodorWill Fodor
200225 Year Anniversary Run & Celebration in April.Steve O’ShaughnessyAllen HugginsKathy MartinKathy FodorWill Fodor
2003---Allen HugginsRich TeubnerJim MauroCathie JosephsonKathy Martin
2004Bill Fleming begins the Doug Wood 8K XC Challenge.Allen HugginsRich TeubnerJim MauroCathie JosephsonKathy Martin
2005Dennis Howe begins Pace is the Race 5 Mile Run. First time Board Members serve more than 2 years.Allen HugginsRich TeubnerJim MauroCathie JosephsonKathy Martin
2006Last year of both Little Cow Harbor 4M & Pace is the Race 5 Mile races. Future president, Jack Kohl, begins monthly Member Profile series.Allen HugginsRich TeubnerJim MauroCathie JosephsonKathy Martin
2007Latino Winter Relays postponed due to Valentine’s Day Ice Storm; conducted in March. 30 Year Anniversary Run & Celebration in April.Jack KohlMike RouxMeg O’DonnellSuzanne GentryCarolyn Dornstauder
2008Jack Kohl facilitates a change to Track Workouts at Northport H.S. in February followed by Off Broadway Pub post workout cool down. Mike Roux procures a “feather” with the NRC Logo to float in the windJack KohlMike RouxMeg O’DonnellSuzanne GentryCarolyn Dornstauder
2009DW Trail Run becomes a 5k Trail Race and draws a record 406 finishers and location is changed to the Norwood Avenue School. Michael Roux introduces Tuesday evening track workouts for kidsMike RouxJohn DeSpagnaMeg O’DonnelCarolyn DornstauderSuzanne Gentry
2010John DeSpagna arranges for winter indoor track workouts at St.Anthony’s H.S. Latino Winter Relays cancelled by the Parks Dept. due to snowstorm the day before the race.Mike RouxJohn DeSpagnaMeg O’DonnelCarolyn DornstauderSuzanne Gentry
2011Rich Teubner prepares first electronic copy (pdf) of newsletter for e-mail and last hard copy mailed in March. Club holds May Club Meeting in American Legion Parking Lot (locked out). John DeSpagna arranges for first 5K Time Trial on the Northport H.S. Track.Mike RouxJohnDeSpagnaJim KehoeMeg O’DonnellCarolyn Dornstauder
2012John DeSpagna arranges for Monday Night Training Runs known as First Monday of the Month at Meehan’s in HuntingtonMike RouxJohnDeSpagnaJim KehoeMeg O’DonnellCarolyn Dornstauder
2013NRC Women’s Masters Team (Lesli Hiller, Darlene Ritchie, Nancy Tantone and Vicki Fox) establishes a new USATF- Long Island record (4:59.63) for the Master's 4 x 400m event at the NYC Armory!
First running of the Tough Cookie 8k Trail Race
John DeSpagnaJim KehoeMark MaldonadoMeg O’DonnellCarolyn Dornstauder
2014NRC starts USATF-LI Youth running program for ages 8-12 led by Vicki Fox - Spring and summer seasons teach the fundamentals of track and field followed by a fall cross country season.John DeSpagnaJim KehoeMark MaldonadoMeg O’DonnellCarolyn Dornstauder
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