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Minutes of the June 9 Seattle Running Club board meeting

June 11, 2011

Location: Vino at The Landing in Renton (next to The Balanced Athlete).

In attendance: Greg Crowther, Mary Hanna, Peter Kline, Scott McManus, Eric Sach, Trisha Steidl, and Win Van Pelt.

Topics covered:

1. SRC’s inaugural Beer Ultra (and 5K-10K Run/Stagger/Crawl)

This free event, limited to club members and their families, will take place on August 6th starting at 1 PM. Participants will run a loop course that starts and ends at the home of club member Peter Kline, which is next to Bridle Trails State Park. A keg of high-quality beer will be available for rehydration, and lemon-lime Nuun — the flavor determined through extensive field testing to be most compatible with beer — will also be available. (We don’t yet have a soda sponsor, but will provide some for non-drinkers.) A nearby pool may be used as an aid station / recovery area for participants and their families. Participants will be asked to RSVP via an eVite. A course map will be distributed at the race. The race will be marketed in part via flyers at the July 9 Cougar Mountain race and at the White River 50. Flyers and other communications about the Beer Ultra should emphasize that this is not just an event for hard-drinking ultramarathoners! All club members are encouraged to come and attain the mileage and BAC that is appropriate for them.

2. Cougar Mountain Trail Running series

The SRC had a good presence at the 5-miler in May, with a booth (shared with The Balanced Athlete) and flyers. For the June 11 race, we will ask Eric Bone to highlight us more in his pre-race briefing and make small handouts to be given to racers as they check in.

3. McCoubreys’ move

The McCoubrey family is moving to Sun Valley, Idaho so that Scott McCoubrey can take a new position with Scott Sports. A subcommittee of Eric Sach, Peter Kline, and Win Van Pelt will look into an appropriate gift or tribute to thank the McCoubreys for founding the SRC and leading it for many years. The gift will be presented at the Cougar Mountain 50K on October 30.

4. Board and subcommittee assignments and changes

We continue to work on defining subcommittees and corresponding responsibilities. The departure of the McCoubreys leaves openings on the board; Danielle Hathaway and Trisha Steidl have expressed interest in these board positions, while Leslie McCoubrey’s current work as membership chair and treasurer will be redistributed among continuing board members.

5. Bylaws

The changes to the club bylaws, as suggested by Greg, Marlene, and Peter last month, were approved. In keeping with federal laws governing 501c organizations, board members need to submit conflict-of-interest disclosure forms. Win Van Pelt may help us handle this electronically with his DocuSign system.

6. Next Club Night at partner store

The next Club Night, at which club members receive 20% off all purchases, will be held Tuesday, June 28 at Fleet Feet Capitol Hill following the 6 PM group run. The theme will be “Highs and Lows at the Western States 100.” Club president Greg Crowther will moderate an informal discussion of this storied race; club members are encouraged to share their tales and/or ask questions of those who have been there!

7. Website

Glen Mangiantini and Joe Creighton continue to work (mostly behind the scenes, for now) on a new and improved SRC website. Mary Hanna said that the site could do a better job of explaining why our club is a good one to join. Let’s not be afraid to list our friendly people as a primary asset! People should look over the site and suggest improvements in wording. Also, we should consider putting together a “member workout calendar” that continues to emphasize the Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday runs but also says, “Club members can also frequently be found at the following workouts….” This will help people who are looking for additional options, such as track workouts.

8. Other items

SRC needs a new banner; the old one says “Seattle Running Company” (not S. R. Club). Eric Sach knows someone who makes good banners cheaply.

Fleet Feet Capitol Hill owner Dustin Shinholser is moving back east to take a new job with Fleet Fleet and is turning the Capitol Hill store over to Brian Morrison. Given Brian’s long history as a SRC member and friend, the mutually beneficial relationship between Fleet Feet and SRC is expected to continue.

Mary Hanna has some good leads on possible new team members. Win will check in soon with Destry Johnson and other team leaders.

Club member Scott McManus is a distributor of Herbalife products and asked the board to consider allowing him to give a one-hour seminar to club members. Due to time constraints, the board did not vote on this proposal at the meeting.

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