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Presidential Corner: 2014. The year of the "had"


Presidential Corner: 2014. The year of the "had"

I have been told that you "never look back on the 'year that was' but look at the previous year as the 'year that you had'". You may look at those to quotes and think, "Brad, I don't think you have had enough coffee and are delusional. They mean the same thing." Honestly, the first time I heard that I thought they were the same thing too, but look at the statements a little closer.

Just look at the world "was". It is the past tense of the word "be". Now, if you look at the word "be" it essentially means to live or exist. Got it? Now, let's explore the word "had" which is still a past tense but it is also a past participle of the word "have". If you aren't an English major you may need to look up what a participle is, but "have" means to possess or to own. You following me?

So when you look back 2014, did you have a year that "was" or a year that you "had"?

As I reflect on the year, I think of all of the successes that we had as a club:

  • We grew our membership base
  • We had dozens of people brave the elements and join us at our New Years Day Mitten Run
  • We created a new website
  • We had a great Annual Dinner with our speaker Jimmy Dean Freeman
  • We as a club were again voted top Running Club by the readers of Iowa Momentum Magazine
  • Sycamore 8 and Capital Pursuit were voted as runners up in their respective categories by the readers of Iowa Momentum Magazine
  • Loop the Lake was a great hit with our new post-race headquarters at Confluence Brewing
  • We installed 2 drinking fountains around the city at locations that aid runners, bikers and walkers with proper hydration
  • We handed out 4 scholarships to graduating seniors
  • We opened a new online store to order gear
  • Our Summer/Fall Saturday training runs have a new, easier to access home
  • We saw a lot of new faces at training runs
  • Our CS Turkeys led by Amber and Justin traveled the Mid-West representing our club at trail and ultra races
  • We welcomed a lot of new faces on the board
  • Capital Pursuit was recertified and named the RRCA 10 Mile Championship Race
  • Maffitt Lake saw some CRAZY fast times on the trails with great weather
  • Capital Pursuit celebrated it's 32nd year with a new course record for the females
  • We had some fun working the IMT Des Moines Marathon booth and water stop
  • 10 of our board members braved the weather to collect money during the Make-A-Wish Jolly Holiday Lights
  • And Sycamore 8 Trail Run capped off the year with the biggest field in the history of the race

That's a huge list and I am probably missing a lot of things. This isn't even including all of the time and funds that were donated to local non-profits like See Us Run Des Moines, Central Iowa Shelter, Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa, Central Iowa Trail Association, etc. I would say as a club, you all should feel incredibly excited for all of this and what is to come for 2015.

Now, going back to the original question in regards to the Capital Striders as a club. Did we just exist this year or did we "have" a year? I can honestly tell you that we OWNED this year :)

Have a great time celebrating tonight and can't wait to see you at the 2015 Mitten Run!!!



Capital Pursuit After Race Report

The 29th Annual Capital Pursuit Races were a huge success! 517 runners tackled the 10-mile course and 197 zipped through the 5K ~ all enjoying the crisp fall weather and the wonderful volunteer support. A bevy of young runners toddled, trotted and flew through the Pursuit Junior runs (keep an eye out ~ there’s a lot of talent coming up, folks!)

 Race Results

Finishing first in our 10-mile race were:

  • Marcus Murphy, 29 ~ 53:06 (Interesting side-note: Marcus was the first recipient of the Capital Striders’ Dave Hurd Scholarship back in 2000. Nice to see one of our ‘kids’ coming back to run AND WIN our race!)
  • Semehar Tesfaye, 20 ~ 58:52

Finishing first in our 5K race were:

  • Eric Cogdill, 30 ~ 16:06
  • Casey Owens, 28 ~ 17:47

Race director Bobbi Snodgrass and the Capital Striders Board would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the multitude of volunteers and supporters who made this race possible ~ too many to list them all. Some of those we’d like to thank:

Awards Table- Mike McGinn

Packet pickup and race registration - Gail Borman, Marcia Swinney-Shay, Mike McGinn, Jacob Johnson, Carrie Van Quathem, Curtis Downs, Chris Brooks, Teresa Brooks and Sheron Lininger

Course Marshalls - Brian Palmer and volunteers, Steve Halstead, Don Hostager and the Drake Men's Cross Country Team

Water Stop and Course set-up - Curtis Downs with great help from Lint Van Lines.

Start and Finish Line - Carrie Van Quathem and her crew, Steve Bobenhouse, Susan Kobliska, Linda Bergeson, Stan Smith and Cal Murdock

Pursuit Junior - Cindy Elsbernd

Announcer - Del Lasswell

Bike Support - Carl Voss & Tim Lane

Course Marking - Denny Wheeler and Scott Dennis

Water Stop support:

Greg Altmairer of Principal & friends - Water Stop #1

Dan Hostager & the Drake Men's Cross Country Team - Water Stop #2

Todd Schemper of Work Systems Rehab and his friends of Central Presbyterian Church - Water Stop #3

Chris Burch and friends of IMT Des Moines Marathon - Water Stop #4

Singer – Lori Ballard

Treasurer – Kent Altena

Additional thanks go to:

  • Larry Jablonski for providing the finish line scaffolding & set-up
  • The City of Des Moines and the DM Police Department for keeping our runners safe.
  • Prairie Life Fitness for allowing us space for packet pickup on Friday night.
  • The Suites of 800 Locust for helping us out with many last minute details, as well as providing an area for race day registrations.
  • Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) for making our 10-Mile and 5K race the State Championship events.
  • Tim Dwight for attending our race, running the 10-Mile and helping with race commencement.
  • Josh Klein and crew of JK Photography, for taking digital photos.  JK Photography is a new Merchant Sponsor, they are offering 15% discount off your purchases.  A link to the race day pictures will be posted on our Capital Strider Website on Friday.
  • Wade Wearmouth of WCM Metals for providing the special awards ~ beautiful medal hangers. Wade is another new Merchant Sponsor; he is offering a 10% discount off his merchandise to Capital Strider members.
  • COSC Center on Sustainable Communities, Waste Management, Waste Connections and the Des Moines Civic Center for helping us reduce waste, reuse commodities and recycle.

 A big “Thank you” goes out to Cal Murdock and Stan Smith for their 29 years of devoted service to the Capital Pursuit races. Cal is our timer and race historian; Stan provides our sound equipment, the starting gun and some of our finish line equipment.

Without sponsors, we wouldn’t have races. Big thanks go to our sponsors:

  • Crystal Clear Water
  • America's Best Apparel
  • Gatorade
  • Momentum Magazine
  • Lint Van Lines
  • Pella Windows
  • Living History Farms Race
  • Fitness Sports
  • Scheels
  • Prairie Life Fitness
  • Capital City Graphics

Great post-race refreshments provided by:

  • Taco Johns
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Capital City Fruit
  • Roberts Dairy
  • Gatorade
  • Crystal Clear Bottled Water

 Most of all we want to give all you runners a big high five; you trained hard and it showed! Thanks for your continued support of one of the fastest races in the Midwest. We welcome you to post your personal stories and pictures on the Capital Striders Facebook page. Good Job!






Former NFL and Hawkeye Tim Dwight to run Capital Pursuit

One of Iowa’s greatest athletes, Tim Dwight, NFL wide receiver and return specialist and Big 10 Track Champion has registered to run the Capital Pursuit 10-Mile race. Keep an eye out for him as he also plans to help with Awards after his run. You are going to look marvelous in your beautiful royal blue long sleeve New Balance technical t-shirt, so don’t miss out, register today. Starting today, you can register online via or with check via mail by downloading the registration PDF.



Mark your Calendar for Capital Pursuit!

Please be sure to save the date for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 for the Capital Pursuit 10-Mile and 5K Road Races which will be at 8 a.m. in Downtown Des Moines. Strider Members get a $5 discount when you pre-register now through September 16th. The 10-Mile race is the state of Iowa's RRCA Championship event! Long sleeve technical T-s and free Pursuit Junior races at 9:30a.m. COME to RUN then stay and enjoy a great post race celebration at Nollen Plaza.