Bootstrap News

January 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023

While we navigate our way through winter remember that it won't be long and warmer, longer days will be here again.

If our weather cooperates, we plan on holding our first Wednesday evening Fun Run in March this year. Stay tuned for more details.

And in late May our Community First Fox Cities Marathon Saturday morning training runs will begin once again! This year Justin Powell will be coordinating these. We will be adding some routes to the south of Calumet Street this year.

THANKS JUSTIN!!

BRITISH WOMAN BECOMES OLDEST TO COMPLETE ALL SIX WORLD MAJOR MARATHONS

At the 2022 Chicago Marathon, Gina Little flew in from London to celebrate running her 602nd marathon in style, becoming the oldest runner to finish all six Abbott World Marathon Majors and earning the 6-star finisher medal at age 77.

Little capped off her 600th marathon in Berlin and followed it up with her 601st the following weekend in London before travelling to Chicago.

There is a special medal for runners who finish all six of the marathon majors (Boston, Chicago, London, New York, Berlin and Tokyo). It took her 12 years: she ran London first, in 1983; New York in 1987; Berlin in 1988; Boston in 1996 and Tokyo in 2010. Her Chicago goal was delayed twice earlier due to the pandemic.

Little has run the Berlin Marathon 31 times and the London Marathon 38 times (the most ever by a British woman). She finished the 2022 Chicago Marathon in 4:37:15, which earned her a third-place finish in her 75 to 79 age category. Her goal was to finish in under five hours, since she ran both London and Berlin in the two weeks prior.

Running marathons has taken Little to 46 countries and 22 islands, including places like Hawaii and New Zealand. Little is not done with marathons yet. She will be going to the Spanish isle of Lanzarote to run the Lanzarote International Marathon on 12/3.

NEW RACE DISCOUNT DIRECTOR

Please welcome Terra Otis as our new race discount director!

If you know of any upcoming running/walking events that you would to see give discounts for you or our Pacesetter members, please Contact Us. For a list of participating discounted events, please see our Events page at our website. http://www.pacesetters-run.org/Events

THANKS TERRA!!

RUNNING HELPS CREATIVITY

Think back to a time when you came up with a creative idea. It might seem like it popped into your mind, fully formed — or dropped into your brain while you were doing something totally unrelated, like taking a shower or going for a run.

Runners in particular often cite the mind-clearing, meditative aspect of hitting the pavement as one of the reasons why they love to run. And in fact, some research does indicate a link between exercise and creative thought: One 2014 Stanford University study found that participants experienced a creative boost after walking on treadmills. Research also supports a larger connection between exercise and brain health, since physical activity can lead to neurogenesis— the creation of new neurons in the part of the brain linked to learning and memory. Exercise has also been linked to other mental benefits like increased neuroplasticity and greater ability to learn, as well as better task-switching ability and improved focus.

"DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE BRAIN START TALKING TO ONE ANOTHER THAT AMPLIFY PATTERN RECOGNITION, CREATIVITY, AND LEARNING AND MOTIVATION."

But how exactly does running impact the creative process? Dr. Michael Mannino, Chief Science Officer at Flow Research Collective, suggests that getting into flow — a state of intense concentration that occurs during an activity that is just challenging enough for your level of skill — could also help you harness creativity. Though finding flow is possible in almost any activity, Mannino says it’s particularly common in tasks that are autotelic, or intrinsically rewarding. In other words, you’re more likely to feel flow when you’re doing something you love, like going for a long run through the park, than something you have to do, like washing the dishes. Because running also taps into several other triggers for flow — including deep embodiment, clear feedback, concentration on a task, and novelty — Mannino says it’s a prime example of an activity that allows you to find flow.

NED HUGHES CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Over 100 people attended the Celebration of Life for Ned Hughes on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort in Neenah. Many of the attendees were fellow Pacesetters. There was a lot of love shared.

Ned will be remembered for many things he contributed to the community. He was perhaps most remembered by this group for all the many years he directed the St. Joe's Food Program run. The Pacesetters will be purchasing a memorial plaque for him which will be located at the garden on the St. Joseph Food Program grounds on Midway Rd in Menasha.