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  • 25 Jan 2014 8:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Here's a unique opportunity for a few of the women in the club to wear test some running clothes!  Just let me know if you're interested and I'll respond to her.
    Hello -

    I am the marketing director for a small women's compressionwear start-up, Aspaeris ( We've sponsored the Hartford Marathon for the past two years and the NYC and Philly marathons last year and are looking for running groups to try our shorts and capris and give us feedback. We can offer your running group 1-2 pairs of product and also a promo code for your entire running group if they wish to order.

    Our shorts and capris are specifically designed to help improve running performance by improving running form, preventing injury, and speeding recovery. With our patent pending banding system, our shorts act like built in kinesio tape without restricting movement.

    Please let me know if your group would be interested in trying a pair or if you have any questions!

    Kari Ricigliano
    Marketing Director
    a brand of Samara Innovations
  • 18 Jan 2014 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    From the mailbag:


    Dear Running Club Administrator,

    I am a Senior Honors student at Bryant University, completing my capstone research project. Like you and your members, I am a runner, and I am interested in the relationship between running, and a personality trait called "grit."

    Angela Duckworth, an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, defines grit as “perseverance and passion towards long-term goals.” The question I am trying to answer is if running is an indicator of grit, or do gritty people run? What is the relationship, and how do running and grit build upon one another?

    I would appreciate it greatly if you could help me in my research. Below is a link to a short survey which allows me to explore the relationship between running and grit. Would you please send this survey to members of your organization? You can help me explore the relationship between grit and running. The results of this study will not only help my academic efforts, but also contribute to a greater understanding of running psychology.

    All individual survey results will be kept completely confidential. There is no obligation to participate. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at

    Link to the survey:

    All the best, and happy running!
    -Rohan Vakil
  • 15 Jan 2014 8:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The race is a beautiful scenic race on April 14th, 2014 through Tyler State Park located in Bucks County, PA. The race will be featured in the April edition of the Runner's World magazine. Some of the great race amenities include disposable chip timing, technical race t-shirts, die-cast medals for every finisher, overall and age group awards, and much more! If you are excited to run in the Bucks County Half Marathon, use this code AARC or click this link to receive $10 off of registration! To find out detailed information and view past events, visit
  • 12 Jan 2014 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The North Penn 5K that is coming up on May 21st and has both individual age group award divisions AND TEAM DIVISIONS. The TEAM scoring works like high school/college cross-country where a 5 person team score is calculated based on your combined placement. This is a GREAT opportunity work together with family and friends and try to win a TEAM award.

    Team divisions include:
    - Male
    - Female
    - Mixed Male & Female

    Team awards are 5 KNIGHT BOBBLEHEAD TROPHIES (One trophy for each member)

    The TEAM registration is available at the link below.
  • 12 Jan 2014 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 5th Annual ODDyssey Half Marathon will held on 08JUN2014 at the Please Touch Museum in Philly.  If you register by 15FEB2014 use code EARLYBIRD to get $5 off the registration.

    Also, please let me know if you are going to run it as groups get certain benefits depending on size.

    Jim Lombardi
  • 22 Dec 2013 7:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Would you like to be more involved in the leadership team of the Ambler Area Running Club? Here’s your chance! The elections for the Board positions will be held in March at the Spring General Meeting, and nominations need to be made by end of 2013 in preparation. You can nominate yourself or someone else who would like to run for a position.
    Terms are 1 year. Positions include President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 Directors-at-Large.

    There will be one vacancy: our current Secretary, Bonnie Baker, is term limited and
    the position will need to be filled.

    Descriptions can be found at

    E-mail your nomination to:
  • 02 Nov 2013 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    From the mailbag from Bob Szwajkos:


    I am an “alumni” runner with Shawmont Running Club in Lafayette Hill PA although I now reside in Newtown PA adjoining Tyler State Part and close to the Delaware River Canal paths where I put in most of my running. I was forwarded a copy of the “Rest Stop” Memo for the upcoming Philly Marathon. I am running the Half, hopefully. I defer to the LONG distance runners for the benefit of this facility. Thank you for the invitation.

    I am also a member of the Philadelphia Frontrunners which is celebrating its 30th Year. Organized as an LGBT organization, we welcome all runners. Its base is in Center City.

    I am also serving as Chair of Team Philadelphia for the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland/Akron which will open August 9, 2014. This is the 9th Games and will host more than 10,000 athletes from around the world in 32 sports, rodeo, golf, band and chorus. We welcome all athletes to join in this event. All information is on the WEB.

    Please extend this information to your members and if any are interested in the Games, please have them contact me.

    We are also reaching out to all of the area running clubs to join together to improve and enhance running and to better organize for registration, etc with the “major races”. We are also affiliated with the ODDyssey Half Marathon in June and the Trenton Double Cross this month.

    Team Philadelphia is a federation of LGBT and ally athletes with 12 sports, Rodeo, band and chorus with more than 1,200 participants in its programs which operate 12 months a year. We are affiliated with Arcadia University, Mazzoni Center, William Way Center and numerous other organizations.

    Again, if more information is requested, we would be happy to provide it. Thank you for sharing this information.

    Bob Szwajkos

    Robert Szwajkos, Esquire (
  • 12 Oct 2013 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Volunteers are needed for "Build a Trail Day" from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday, October 19 in Whitpain Township's Wentz Run Park. The trail will connect the park to Union Meeting Road to the benefit of our community. Most of that distance is on Township property, as you can see on this map. (Map: Wentz Run Park Nature Trail Extension).

    This follows up on the December 2012 effort shown in this video. AARC volunteers that day were fantastic! We need to keep working to extend the trail to benefit runners and walkers. v=RLHGQ-uXFCw

    Volunteers will help to clear brush and limbs, line the trail with fallen logs, spread wood chips, and fill ruts and holes with gravel or dirt. Bring your own lopping shears, yard rakes, shovels, wheel barrows and gloves. We are also looking for volunteers with carpentry skills to help build a temporary bridge.

    This will be a "shovel ready" day with the potential to make a big difference in the walkability of Whitpain Township for families and employees in local businesses. Please help us spread the word -- and the wood chips !

    This event is sponsored by the Whitpain Township Park & Open Space Board. If you can volunteer, please call or text or email me. Tax-deductible donations, and contributions of snacks and drinks for the workers would also be appreciated.

    Susan Mudambi
    Chair, Whitpain Township Park & Open Space Board
    Call / text: 215-588-8230
    Email: or
  • 12 Oct 2013 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    From the mailbag:


    Philadelphia has been redefining what a great Marathon can be since 1994. Each year since then, the city hosts one of the country’s premiere Marathons along with a weekend-long series of events to celebrate both the run and the runners every November. This year, we celebrate the Philadelphia Marathon's 20th Anniversary, from 11/15-11/17, and expect to welcome over 25,000 runners.

    We are bringing the 8K Group Challenge back this year! We invite run clubs, fitness centers, local businesses, colleges/universities, corporations, and non‐profit organizations to sign up a group (5 or more) to run in the Rothman 8K.

    Each participant receives a discount on registration, when registering with a group of 5 or more ($35.00 until 10/15 - $10 discount - and $40.00 from 10/16 to 11/1 - $5 discount). Participating groups will have the chance to win awards and prizes for Fastest Group, Largest Group, and more! To sign a group up, please email .

    The 8K takes place on Saturday, November 16. Start time is at 7:30am. All participants receive an 8K shirt, refreshments, and a finisher certificate. More details at:

    We hope you will join us!
    Business + Community Outreach Team
    Philadelphia Marathon 2013
  • 06 Oct 2013 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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