2017 Remembrance Run Announcement

Written by Charlie and Terry Gonzalez on May 14th, 2017

Our Plano Pacers Remembrance Run 5K and Kids K will be held May 27 at 8AM at Bob Woodruff Park. The Kids K should start about 9AM after the 5K.
Guest preregistration is open on our planopacers.org website home page. Guests can pick up bibs and pay their $10 race fee BEFORE 7:30AM in the registration area. New members who recently joined the club can check to see if their personalized bibs are ready at the membership table. Members with bibs, please bring them.
The Remembrance Run is one of our largest races of the year and the first of three consecutive 5K club races. There should be some spirited competition and hopefully a few age group records will be set.
Our high school volunteers are off for the summer. The DASH running group, which has many club members, will be supplying volunteers for the water stop and the finish line. We can always use help with registration and membership as well.
Let’s get ready for a great race. As we run, please remember all those who sacrificed their lives for us to be able to live in Freedom in this great state and this great country.

2017 Hall of Fame Run Announcement

Written by Charlie and Terry Gonzalez on April 16th, 2017

Our Plano Pacers Hall of Fame Run 3K, 8K and Kids K will be held April 29 at 8AM at Bob Woodruff Park. The Kids K should start at about 9:15AM after the 8K.
Guest preregistration is open on our planopacers.org website home page. Guests can pick up bibs and pay their $10 race fee BEFORE 7:30AM in the registration area. Runners can join the club and new members can check to see if their personalized bibs are ready at the membership table. Members with bibs do not need to register but do not forget your bib!
Our club will induct new members into the Pacer Hall of Fame during the awards presentation. These honorees have been involved in the continued success of the club which is now 39 years old and counting. Please visit the website homepage utilizing the Contents tab to find the bios of the current HOF members that they will join.
We have an opening for the Awards coordinator position. It is a fun task that only takes a few hours each month. If you are interested, please contact Dawn, Charlie or Terry.
Our high school volunteers are off from May through August. We will need help during the summer months at the finish line and the water stop. Please sign up to volunteer using our link on the website home page.
It should be a great event as we honor the new HOF members. The history of our all volunteer club is inspiring. Hopefully our younger members will keep up the Pace in the future. See you at the race!

Spring Scamper Race Announcement

Written by Charlie and Terry Gonzalez on March 13th, 2017

Our Plano Pacers Spring Scamper 5K, 10K and Kids K will be held March 25 at 8AM at Bob Woodruff Park. The Kids K should start about 9:20AM after most of the 10K runners have finished.
Guest preregistration is open on our planopacers.org website home page. Guests can pick up bibs and pay their $10 race fee BEFORE 7:30AM in the registration area. Runners can join the club, members can renew and new members can check to see if their permanent bibs are ready at the membership table. Members with bibs, please bring them as usual.
Our club communicates utilizing the website home page and the Plano Pacer Facebook page. Please check these sources for information on the club and especially if there may be a cancellation of a Prediction Run or Race due to weather. Last month there was some erroneous race time information in the newspaper. Remember, website and Facebook are our primary sources for race updates.
We are contacted often about other events in the area. We ask that the event information be posted on our Facebook page with a discount code for Pacers. When you access Facebook, be sure to check the ‘posts by others’ section.
This will be our last 10K race until October. The weather is warming up and we have one of the most scenic 10K courses in the metroplex. Let’s get ready for some good results and maybe winning one of our special Spring Scamper awards.

Bead Bash Race Announcement

Written by Charlie and Terry Gonzalez on February 13th, 2017

Our Plano Pacers Bead Bash 5K, 15K and Kids K will be held February 25 at 8AM at Bob Woodruff Park. Runners tackling the 15K need to pay attention carefully to the pre race course instructions, especially if it is your first time out. The Kids K should start about 9:30AM after most of the 15K runners finish.
Guest preregistration is open on our planopacers.org website home page. Guests can pick up a bib and pay the $10 race fee before 7:30AM in the registration area. Members who recently joined can check to see if their club bib is printed at the membership table. If not, they will be issued a guest bib for this race. Members with bibs do not need to check in.
Terry and I have thoroughly enjoyed and treasured our time as co-presidents for the last 4 years. We have been looking forward to passing the baton, and with my illness, it has made the transition more urgent. We will still be active and volunteer when we can but needed to hand the reins over to others.
We are very grateful that Dawn Burke Colvin has volunteered to assume the role of President for 2017. I am sure she will have great support from our current volunteers and past leaders as we have. Please thank Dawn and all the volunteers who keep the club vibrant.
The website home page contains a link which allows Members to check their membership status. Members can input their bib number and view the expiration date. Members can renew online if the membership has expired. Note that only the main bib number applies when checking a family membership.
Let’s get ready for a great race. We have prepared awards which will be worth having in your collection.
Charlie

Plano Pacer 2017 Fresh Start Announcement

Written by Charlie and Terry Gonzalez on January 14th, 2017

Our Plano Pacers Fresh Start 5K, 10K and Kids K will be held January 28 at 8AM at Bob Woodruff Park. The Kids K should start at about 9:30AM.
Guest preregistration is open on our planopacers.org website home page. The website preregistration closes on Thursday before the race at 5PM. Preregistered guests and walk up guests can pick up bibs and pay the $10 race fee before 7:30AM in the registration area. New members should check in with the membership team to obtain a bib. Current members that have a bib, please remember to bring it.
In 2016 we had a number of new volunteers take responsibility for important tasks in our operations. We greatly appreciate all the volunteers who help at each of our events and are always prepared to provide training for new volunteers. We do have an urgent need for an equipment manager beginning in February. Please contact Terry or Charlie if you are interested in the position.
Let’s get ready for a great race day. Our 10K course is one of the most beautiful in North Texas and it is beckoning. We wish a Happy New Year to all Pacers and good luck with your races in 2017.

2016 Holiday Hustle Announcement

Written by Charlie and Terry Gonzalez on December 17th, 2016

2016 Holiday Hustle Race Announcement
Our Plano Pacers Holiday Hustle 3K, 8K and Kids K will be held December 31 at 8AM at Bob Woodruff Park. The Kids K should start about 9:15AM. It will be a great way to start our New Year’s Eve festivities.
Guest pre-registration is open on our planopacers.org website home page. Pre-registration saves time for runners and volunteers on race day. Guests can pick up bibs and pay their $10 race fee BEFORE 7:30AM in the registration area. New members can pick up their bibs prior to the race in the membership area. Members that have a bib, please remember to bring it.
The final standings for our 2016 Prediction Runs have been tabulated. Congratulations to our winners Terry Dill, Jonathan Picard, Gib Dawson, Vijayan Nair and Tom Faulkner. We averaged about 40 runners per event. We want to especially thank Mike Picard, James Gabhart and Ken Ashby for volunteering at each of the 12 events.
The Holiday Hustle will be our final race of the year and an opportunity to run with visiting friends and family. We will have special treats for the Kids K participants. It will also be a chance to say thank you to all the volunteers who have helped during the year with our events.
Let’s get ready to run and enjoy the downhill on the 8K course!

2016 Turkey Run Off Announcement and President’s Letter

Written by Charlie and Terry Gonzalez on November 12th, 2016

Our Plano Pacers Turkey Run Off 5K, 15K and Kids K will be held November 26 at 8AM at Bob Woodruff Park. The Kids K should start about 9:45AM due to the time needed to complete the 15K. Last year we had to cancel the race due to flooding. This year it is forecast to around 50 degrees and dry!
Guest pre-registration is open on our planopacers.org website home page. Pre-registration saves time for runners and volunteers on race day. Guests can pick up temporary bibs and pay their $10 race fee BEFORE 7:30AM in the registration area. Members do not have to pre-register and should bring their permanent bib. New members should check in with the membership desk to pick up their permanent bib.
The 15K course is now completely on the trail. Please be ready to listen to the pre-race instructions. It will be a beautiful run up to Oak Point pond, up and back on the Santa Fe Trail and finishing with a turnaround south of Park Blvd. back to the pavilion.
Please plan on staying for the awards ceremony. We have prepared medals and trophies which will be worth the effort to attain. We also have gifts for the Kids K participants as well as our raffle items. There should be plenty of competition with friends and family in town for the holiday weekend.
Let’s get ready for a great run! Many runners will run a Turkey Trot Thursday, have a feast and need some more miles on Saturday!!
Please see below comments on the status of the club and the request for new officers to step forward for 2017.
Our Plano Pacers Running Club is in great shape. We have strong finances, stable membership and dedicated volunteers in all key positions. In the past, the club had new officers volunteer on an annual basis. Our current officers have been in place since 2013. We need to return to the annual term model for 2017 and beyond to maintain our vibrancy.
We specifically need candidates for President and Vice President to step forward. The position of Club President is perfect for an individual or duo that can utilize their experience in management and administration. There are many Pacers who have been officers in the past and they always help when backup or advice is required.
Any member(s) who want to be considered for these offices, please email president@planopacers.org and we will forward your declaration of interest to the Club Board of Directors.
The rewards of volunteer involvement with the club are many. We all enjoy our monthly races and Prediction runs. It is so gratifying when our volunteers put on these events and share their time and talent. Let’s keep the Club spirit alive going forward.