Yesterday, a few work friends met up at corporate headquarters to discuss our plans for a few races. The Delta running team is working to get team membership back to what it used to be ages ago. For 13.00, and a Delta employee number (verified by our club president), you too can become a member & will get information from time to time on races we have on the roster, and occasionally advice on training or who the best contacts are for coaching and etc.. It’s a great way to mingle with other departments and find out what others do in their jobs. We welcome Delta retirees at races, too. If you are on the Delta team roster, you are invited to participate to races the team is working with, and at some of these races we are allotted funds to support post-race beverages or food. If you aren’t an employee, by all means, still go to races, and we’d love to have you chat with us at our post-race meet-ups. Have a son who wants to be an aircraft mechanic? A daughter that might want to fly airplanes? I know many mechanics, flight attendants & pilots who enter these races. We love to chat on our careers, and motivate others to do the same.
For 2018, the main races we discussed yesterday were the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the World Airline Road Race, and the New York City Marathon. The team is excited to be a part of all three.
To find out more information on how you can help with the team and be a part of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, contact Christopher Moten, at Christopher.Moten@delta.com. The race is held in Atlanta and has an awesome post race finish. It’s the largest 10K race in the USA. The lengths of the course are a 5K and a 10K, or both. Entry fees and to learn more about the race are online and registration ends on March 25th for the lottery. Contact Chris if you want to work with the Delta running team on this race, or need further details.
To find out how you can help or be a part of the festivities with the World Airline Road Race, contact team captain, Barbara Henlon, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The race is in late September and located in Victoria, Canada. Information about the course and such can be found at worldairlineroadrace.org. I have attended one WARR race, back in the 90’s and it was a blast. I ran the 10K, and didn’t place with any award, but had a ball talking to some foreign flight attendants and pilots from other carriers. The WARR race attracts runners from all kinds of carriers worldwide.
I’m working with Melissa Beach to coordinate cheering and efforts with the New York City Marathon. It’s a radical race I am glad I have had the opportunity in years past to be a part of.
To give you a bit of my own experience, my first NYC marathon was in ’97 and I did it with the Leukemia and Lymphoma team located in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time I was living in Atlanta and just had a ball meeting coach Dr. Tommy Owens. It was a great way to be “ushered” into the “marathon” world. I enjoyed meeting the family and raising a few thousand dollars for the cause.
My best advice if you are attempting a marathon for the first time is to find a coach who is enthusiastic about running and wants to keep training fun. If you care more about improving your races times, seek a coach who has experience in running and knowledge about injuries and where to push yourself (Best contacts that come to mind in speed or elite coaching are Amby Burfoot, Hal Higdon, Jeff Galloway and Keith Brantly, who are all in the top 1% in past finishes, including the Boston Marathon).
My second NYC marathon was in ’99 and my PR of 4:16 (4:11 on the chip). I was lucky to be going to the race start with Delta team runners that day, which included Michael Head and his wife Shelley. Though it was a cool 40ish and windy, we had sunny skies and enormous support and the NYC bystanders were very entertaining. I remember seeing kids parked in chairs all along the roads in Queens (I was impressed they were so well behaved). In the course of my training for this race, I picked up long layovers in Rochester and trained too in Atlanta, GA. I forced myself to do post run stretching after every long run and I believe it kept me off the injured list. I had no injuries that year and finished with a PR. I would spend a good 15 minutes stretching post run.
The last NYC Marathon I completed was in 2003. It was the year P. Diddy decided to run, and all of Harlem was on fire when I ran through there. It was the hottest marathon I had ever done, inching at temps close to 80 degrees. I had trained that year in Florida, so it wasn’t so much about heat as much as my pulled hamstrings which happened three months prior to race day. It was a special race for me, too. One of my best friends from middle school was in the race with me. To elaborate on the injury a touch, I had pulled my hamstrings doing too much speedwork on the treadmill. Throwing a 5 mile run at a pace a half minute faster than normal training pace was fun, while it lasted, but the next run I knew I had fouled up. It was an intense burn on the back of my legs all the way to my calf. I had no intentions of weaseling out of the marathon & I didn’t want to defer, because I’d miss the fun with friends. I found a book by an MD back then, that said I could run, but that my pace would have to be slow. At the time I was engaged, and my soon-to-be stepson, (who didn’t want to see me pull out of the race either) said, “Get some Ben Gay and just tape it up or something. This is a big race”. Just hysterical!! I loved the enthusiasm. He was an athlete himself, a teenager, so it was entertaining that a kid would take an interest in my endeavors. For the actual run that year, I can’t say I “enjoyed” the actual race, but did finish at 4:41 (4:34 on chip), and did have a ball being in New York that year. It was worth seeing my friends and I took 2 months off of running altogether after the marathon was over. I called my marathon training that year “operation hamstring”. I had to make light of things, even mistakes in my own training. I don’t recommend speedwork on a treadmill.
I was able to find lodging in NYC, off of an online site. I haven’t worked out details of my transportation as of yet, but usually take buses and subways to get to work from time to time in NYC, so I am not worried about transportation.
I look forward to being a part of the efforts to cheer on teammates and our boss in the 2018 NYC marathon. To read on the race, check online at www.tcsnycmarathon.org. The deadline for applications on lottery and charity entry, is February 15th.
I will hopefully see George Hirsch sometime in the next couple of months to get advice on the best place in Central Park for the team to meet up post marathon. George is a founder of the NYC marathon and Chairman of Board of Directors of the NYRR. Our running team of 5 met him in Boise, Idaho. Such an enthusiastic runner, even in his 80’s, with the energy of someone half his age.
In the meantime, I’ll be mingling in NYC with some of the local runners and next week , on 2/13, will meet up with an event Dr. Jordan Metzl has arranged. (Incidentally, many events put on by Jordan are free ‘o charge and to register for his events in NY, click onto drjordanmetzl.com). My good friend Marge lives nearby, and we hope to get a video of the “Beth & Marge Show” before we take to running a touch.
I also plan to be in Boston, for the Boston marathon expo and to mingle there. I want to meet staff from Brooks Running as I was in a short campaign they had last year, entitled, #brooksEndorsed. I hope to see elites, too. I will not be running Boston, as I have not qualified for that race.
Contact myself or Melissa to offer team support at Delta at the NYC marathon, or if you have questions about what the team is doing with race in November. My email at work is email@example.com and Melissa’s is Melissa.S.Beach@delta.com. We would love your support. Melissa will be finding out what the vision is by our boss in the race, as well as meeting with marketing on what we are allowed to do in signage. It’s all on volunteer. All other questions about the marathon itself or how to work with the NYC marathon, can be found on their site, www.tscnycmarathon.org. This will be a fun fall for sure:-)