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By Rod O’Donnell - Ken Norton’s first novel, When Legends Run Free, is a must-read for anyone who has participated in, coached, or has been associated in some way, with the sport of cross-country. The author, who was a Division II All-American at Southwest Missouri and was coached by the legendary Chuck Hunsaker, captures the true essence of the sport and the dedicated athletes who participate in it. His descriptions of the races, the warm-ups, grueling interval workouts, and long Sunday runs on crisp fall mornings, will truly bring back many wonderful memories of similar experiences that we have all had.

by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD - Do you know the bacteria in your gut can enhance running performance? Or the sports you play when you are a kid impact your bone health as an adult runner?  Or your ability to run in the heat depends on how well you hydrate? At the annual sports nutrition conference hosted in March 2021 by SCAN (the sports nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics; SCANdpg.org), the speakers offered updates on these topics of interest. 

Running is supposed to be an enjoyable activity. That’s why you’ve been running for so many years. Then why doesn’t running seem to be as fun now as it used to be? Some days it’s almost as if running is just another stressor to be dealt with. You have a very busy life with work and family, and now it seems running is no longer a pleasant diversion, but another stressor in an already stressful day. Your performances are getting worse and worse, even though you are trying to keep up your training. Why isn’t running fun like it used to be? Like the Stone Temple Pilots sang in their hit Stressed Out, “wish we could turn back time to the good old days……but now we’re stressed out!” So why is there all this stress with your running?

My name is Phillip Pillin and I was a 1980 graduate of Poland Seminary High School where I ran cross country and track. I then went to Bowling Green State University where I continued my running and racing career near the back of the pack graduating there in 1984 after having some of the best running times of my life.

Columbus Shamrock Club President Andy Shuman presented his Parade Badge for 2021 at recent meeting, here is his badge story: