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2014 Annual Report

This is our annual “State of the Club Report” for the past year. It was an especially fulfilling year since it was one where we celebrated our 25th anniversary. That will be mentioned later. We ended 2013 with our annual party that was held at BJ Thornburg’s home and had a good turnout of 25, incuding BJ the DJ Taylor who was our guest. Awards were given to John, Carol and Lynn for their special support of the club during the year. On New Year’s Day, we joined the KC Track Club for the annual start of the year run/walk which was followed by the traditional brunch for some of us at La Peep. We had 28 members who had renewed at this time. At our Feb meeting, we discussed the Brew to Brew over the years in preparation for our April race. Our March meeting featured a nutritionist from K-State extension who spoke on how to eat out healthy. She was sponsored by Carol Smith and gave an excellent presentation. At our April meeting, Mark spoke about foot problems. We have our own resident foot specialist which is our good fortune. On April 6, we had a record FOUR teams and 4 volunteers at the Brew to Brew relay race from Kansas City to Lawrence. Phil’s “Walking Shoes” team won with the help of the St. Louis flash, Dave Couts. Afterwards, we had our traditional post-race feast at the Mad Greek’s restaurant in Lawrence. Nancy Perih again put on the most miles in attending by driving in from Topeka to participate and then backtracking to Kansas City before returning to Topeka. On May 3, we had a report about our Brew to Brew teams with a slide show from the Prez. Also in May, we had a team of 6 members who did the WALK KANSAS program sponsored by the K-State Extension of Johnson County. We did a “Virtual” walk around Kansas (about 1500 miles, more than the goal of 1200) by recording our weekly mileage. exercise and healthful eating habits. We received a certificate of accomplishment and were third in our division, which was mostly runners. The participants were: Mark, Carol, Sunday, Martha, BJ and Alan. At our June Meeting, Linda Sher spoke to us about life at KCUR, an NPR station where she is a frequent announcer. She has made arrangements for a future tour of the studio and we will be soliciting members for their preferred visiting time. In June, HRW once again collected lots of medals at the Missouri State Senior Games in Columbia-and set several records. On July 5, we had our annual picnic and used this for our 25th anniversary celebration. HRW took some more medals at the Sunflower Games in Topeka. At our August meeting, Maggie spoke about the KC Track club, its history and activities. We have had a close relationship with them over the years. A lot of that comes from Maggie’s work on the Wednesday Night Run as well as the Brew to Brew and other events. Thanks, Maggie. On Sept. 6, Tom Cotter, a runner and sports chiropractor, spoke on sports injuries. He was sponsored by John. In September HRW once again garnered many medals. New Senior Games records were set by Carol Smith, Eileen McManus and Alan Poisner. Alan made a presentation at the JCC in the St. Luke’s South wellness program. We recruited one member last year from this activity, Donna Misiti. In October, we had our annual Be-A-Walker, predicted time 3K race at Roe Park with 18 walkers. The top finishers were Carol Smith, Peg Armstrong and Martha McCarter. In November, the Prez spoke about the history of racewalking and his own personal history (29 years in the sport). At the Cliff Hanger, a race with a racewalking division, John Anderson was the top male and first overall, BJ was the top female. This is a great race that we should continue to support and get more walkers involved. That brings us to December. We now have 67 members and hope to have more of them as regulars in the coming year and as well as welcoming new members. Our webmaster, Jake Fowler, had some health issues during the year but continues to put our race results up on our home page. I encourage all members to periodically view this page for information, including links to many resources on the Internet. I look forward to the coming year not only because of my love for racewalking and my racewalking friends, but also because I have started a new phase in my life with a wonderful mate, Sharon Shoham Poisner. When she joined our club in May, I decided that I would do whatever it took to keep her in the club. So I married her in October. That should convince you of my devotion to the Heartland Racewalkers. I hope that you will continue to enjoy and benefit from racewalking and our club’s activities in 2015. Please give me and the other officers and board members feedback about what you would like our club to do in the coming year, at weekly clinics and special events. I thank you for helping me enjoy this adventure that has lasted 29 years for me, with 19 of them as president in the 25 years of the Heartland Racewalkers. Respectfully submitted, The Prez, Alan Poisner
posted on 04 May 2015 by heartland

2013 year-end party and New Year's Day walk

HRW held its annual year-end party at BJ Thornburg's home once again . There were 25 in attendance, including BJ (Taylor) the DJ. Awards were given to John Anderson (most points) and Carol Smith and Lynn Sandbeck were recognized for their participation. The Prez gave the annual report for another very successful year and we shared a moment of silence for passing of Tom Young. The election of officers was held with the following: President: Alan Poisner, Vice-President: BJ Thornburg, Secretary: Carol Smith, Treadurer: TomOakes. Clinic director: Fred Adams. We also celebrated Martha McCarter's birthday with a cake.

On New Year's Day, HRW had 10 walkers who moved briskly in the cold weather outdoors from the Athletic Club of Overland Park together with the KC Track Club and then moved to La Peep for our first group meal of the year-a good way to start the year. div>
posted on 27 Feb 2014 by heartland

Brew to Brew 2013

The 2013 Brew to Brew from the Boulevard Brewery in KC to the Free State Brewery in Lawrence (well, almost to the brewery -- just short by a couple of blocks) was record-setting. That was because the Heartland Racewalkers showed their true strong colors by committing to three relay teams, instead of two as in past years. They were as follows: Coming in in first place, the Whiz Bang Walkers with two rookies and three veterans. In second place were the Perpetual Pedestrians also with two rookies and three veterans. And last, but not least, were the Pedestrian Predators with only two veterans and three rookies.

The weather was probably as good as it's going to get. Cool at the 6:00 lead off (not cold) with temps warming gradually to a nice spring day. Dave Couts (Mr. Speedy) came in again from St. Louis, and Nancy Perih again came in from Topeka. We sure enjoyed having them. Dave gave some good instruction to us on the finer points of racewalking. By April 6, 2014 (the day of the next B2B) we might set new records as teams. Another record set was our number of club volunteers. Carol Smith, Charlotte Haupt, and Mitch Kranitz helped out at the end of Leg 5, and Tom Oakes helped park cars at the end of Leg 8.

Our rookies were Sunday Cavallaro, Lynn Sandbeck, Martha McCarter, Amy Siebes, Terryll Brown, Jane Zaccardi, and Jodi Cusick. Our veterans were BJ Thornburg, Fred Adams, Raj Dandi, Phil Jacobs, Dave Couts, Lakshmi Dandi, Mark Landry and Nancy Perih. Almost everyone, including volunteers, were treated to a welcome dinner at The Mad Greek following the race by the esteemed leader, Alan Poisner, who was absent this year. We were beneficiaries of people who do good work, as was the Cystic Fibrosis organization who helps so many lead a better life. There were signs posted along the route that showed how, over the years, the life expectancy of those born with CF has increased due to better treatments offered to them.

Something was in the air about one veteran racewalker doing the whole 44.4 miles in 2014. We shall see.


posted on 24 Apr 2013 by heartland

2012 Annual Holiday Party and Election

Heartland Racewalkers celebrated their 24th year on Dec. 1, 2012 at our home base at Fitness Plus. 25 members and guests attended this event. After a delicious brunch, it was time for announcements, awards and elections. Alan distibuted the year-end summary of events and gave his report of another successful year. Awards were presented to: Sunday Cavallaro-the Newcomer of the Year (special club shirt); Mitch Kranitz-Top Point Winner (Club cap and a gift certificate); BJ Thornburg-Volunteer of the Year (Gift Certificate); and Lakshmi-Youth Honoree (New Racewalking DVD).
Door prizes were selected with the help again of Lakshmi Dandi, our designated number caller. A number of members showed off the medals that they had won at national competitions. Our Historian, Jean Brunnenkant, brought scrapbooks showing historical events in the last few years. Alan thanked the officers and board for the work that they had done to support the club during the past year.
Elections for the 2013 year were held with all officers being reelected (no term limits). The results showing the resulting years in office:
President Alan Poisner (18)
Vice-President Chuck Zarrelli (2)
Treasurer Tom Oakes (7)
Secretary Sarah Justice (10)
Clinic Director Fred Adams (12)
Historian Jean Brunnenkant (15)
This was another banner year for HRW. We had a number of outreach events in the community with the help of BJ Thornburg, Martie Delon, Fred Adms and Alan.We continued our good relations with the Kansas City Track Club by hosting a Wednesday Night Run and participating in relays and road races. News, results and pictures of the past year can be found at the respective links on our website. We expect HRW will continue the tradition of racewalking excellence and camaraderie in 2013.
posted on 28 Dec 2012 by heartland

Blue Springs 50/50 Marathon Relay-2012


Oct. 28, 2012. Heartland Racewalkers returned again to the Little Blue Trace Trail in Independence with a new starting point this year. The team captains were Alan Poisner (Peripatetic Pedestrians-PP) and Eileen McManus (Wily Walkers-WW). Alan & Fred Adams picked up the bibs and shirts on Saturday evening at Fazolis in Blue Springs. Again this year, Alan and Eileen McManus walked the first two legs (in the dark) at chilly 28 degrees. That allowed Alan to tie his all-time record in the BS Relay-he wore 7 layers of outerwear. After 5 legs, PP was exactly on the predicted time pace and WW was just 3 minutes slower. WW had all veteran walkers: Eileen McManus, Nancy Perih, Lakshmi and Raj Dandi. PP included veterans Alan Poisner, Fred Adams, Phil Jacobs and rookies John Anderson and Sunday Cavallaro.

After almost six hours, WW came in 7 minutes before PP and took the first prize of a bottle of champagne. The second prize was the same and we will share this at our annual holiday party in December. We congratulate all of the walkers, especially our rookies. We thank Maggie McCoy and Raj Dandi for doing some of the driving. Alan did most of the critical chauffeuring that allowed walkers to get to the proper locations.

It was another impressive turnout of runners who managed to go distances ranging from 13.1 to 26.2 to 31.3 (50K) to 50 miles!

Pictures and Results can be found at the respective links.

posted on 31 Oct 2012 by heartland

Kansas Senior Olympics 2012: Striking Gold and Silver-again


Sept. 23, 2012-Hummer Sports Park, Topeka. Once again, Heartland Racewalkers hauled in the bulk of the racewalking medals at the Kansas State Senior Games. Our 10 walkers came away with 10 Gold medals and 5 Silvers in the 1500-meter and 5000-meter races. New state games records were set by Mitch Kranitz (M80-84) in the 5000-meter race and Tom Young (M95-99) in the 1500-meter race. Other walkers included Martha McCarter (F50-54), BJ Thornburg & Nancy Perih (F65-69), Lee Debault (M65-69), John Anderson (M70-74), Julie Haller (F70-74), Alan Poisner & Fred Adams (M75-79), and our reigning queen, Jean Brunnenkant (95-99). All qualified for the National Senior Games to be held in Cleveland in 2013. Some will be defending medals that they won in Houston in 2011 and they showed that they still are speedy. Results and pictures can be found at the respective Links our homepage.
posted on 29 Sep 2012 by heartland

HRW does it again at the Patriots Run- Sept. 11, 2012

In another return engagement, HRW fielded two teams in this special relay that allows 9 hrs and 11 min and honors first responders on 9/11 and the Salvation Army. The Roaring Racewalkers (BJ Thornburg-captain) and the Peripatetic Pedestrian (Alan Poisner-captain) coped with extremely windy and often hot weather on the 1-mile loop course at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS. We had some guest walkers and some new members with us at this annual patriotic event. Thanks to Dick Ross for many of the photos (see Pictures link). Thanks to all of the 19 walkers for HRW (see Results)
posted on 29 Sep 2012 by heartland

A Celebration for Our Queen B-Jean Brunnenkant

On Sept. 1st, our club had a birthday party for Jean Brunnenkant, our Queen B, a few days after her 96th birthday. She has been a role model for racewalkers, runners (and couch potatoes) for many years, winning Gold medals in 5 different age divisions at the National Senior Olympics, and being a friendly, helpful presence at our club for over 20 years. Just recently (Sept. 23) she won another medal in the 1500-meter racewalk at the Kansas Senior Games in the 95-99 division (see Results). We are truly blessed to have Jean as part of our racewalking family and continue to look to her for inspiration.
posted on 29 Sep 2012 by heartland

Year-End Awards for HRW Prez

As 2011 draws to a close, more awards came to HRW President Alan Poisner. Because of his record this year of taking Gold Medals in the USATF National Masters Indoor 3000-meter racewalk in Albuquerque in March, the 1500-meter and 5K racewalks in Houston in June and the 5000-meter and 10K racewalks and 10K team race in Sacramento in July, the USATF National Masters Racewalk Committee selected Alan as the NATIONAL RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR in the 75-79 age division. Some age divisions had no one selected because of criteria that had to be met.

In addition, in each of these races his age-graded times were greater than 80% and thus qualified for the ALL-AMERICAN AWARD given by the USATF National Masters Committee to runners and walkers.

Finally for the second year in a row, Alan received the PHIDIPPIDES AWARD from the USATF Long-Distance Running Committee for successful completion of a significant number of road races, including two half-marathons (track races do not count). Although Alan only racewalked in races that were open to runners, he did win Gold in all but two of the 16 road races that he entered this year. In two he got a Silver when the Gold medal winner was a runner. This was the second year in a row that Alan entered 25 races and it was his most successful year since he started racewalking in 1985. He attributes his success to luck (not getting injured), a supportive spouse, and the help of many national racewalking coaches who have visited Kansas City over the years. The Heartland Racewalkers have been a major support and inspiration for him as well.

A picture of some of these awards and medals can be found at the site below. Clicking on each photo will bring up a description. http://s1095.photobucket.com/albums/i465/apoisner/Racewalking%20awards/ or http://www.flickr.com/photos/racewalker/sets/72157628528184201/
posted on 21 Dec 2011 by heartland

2011 Annual Holiday Party and Election

Heartland Racewalkers celebrated their 23rd year on Dec. 3, 2011 at the home of BJ and Jerry Thornburg in Overland Park. 28 members and guests attended this event, including once again our honored guest, Dick Ross, the racing community photographer extraordinaire. Dick was presented with a memento of appreciation and made some a generous comments about the racewalkers. Photos from the previous year taken from our homepage on the Internet were shown on a large-screen TV. Many had been supplied by Dick. Thanks to Jerry Thornburg and Alan for setting this up. After a delicious brunch, it was time for announcements, awards and elections. The newcomer of the year award was announced as Mitch Kranitz and he received a club jacket (and our thanks). The volunteer of the year award was BJ Thornburg who devoted a lot of time to support our club while she was recuperating from a back injury (not sustained from racewalking). The Dandis received an award for the outstanding family. Other point winners were Julie Haller and Denise Donaldson. Door prizes were selected with the help of Lakshmi Dandi, our designated number caller. A number of members showed off the medals that they had won at national competitions. The state of the club report was delivered by Alan and a hard-copy was distributed. Our Historian, Jean Brunnenkant, brought scrapbooks showing historical events in the last few years. A highlight was the book on profiles of our members that BJ Thornburg had prepared. Alan thanked the officers and board for the work that they had done to support the club during the past year.

Elections for the 2012 year were held with the following results (resulting tenure in office-no term limits)
President Alan Poisner (17)
Vice-President Chuck Zarrelli (1)
Treasurer Tom Oakes (6)
Secretary Sarah Justice (9)
Clinic Director Fred Adams (11)
Historian Jean Brunnenkant (14)


This was another banner year for HRW, especially with the large number of medals at national and international competitions, and with our outreach to the community. News, results and pictures of the 2011 year can be found at the respective links on our website. We thank BJ and Jerry for allowing us to celebrate the year in their home and thank all of those who helped make it possible. We expect HRW will continue the tradition of racewalking excellence and camaraderie in 2012.
posted on 12 Dec 2011 by heartland

Blue Springs 50/50 Marathon Relay-2011


Oct. 30, 2011. Heartland Racewalkers returned again to the Little Blue Trace Trail in Independence with a new starting point this year. The team captains were Alan Poisner (Perpetual Pedestrians-PP) and Fred Adams (Walking Wonders-WW), who picked up the packets, bibs and shirts on Saturday evening in Independence and also explored the new starting point behind the shopping center. Again this year, Alan and Eileen McManus walked the first two legs (in the dark) and then Fred Adams joined Alan for the next two legs. At that point, the two teams were half-way and reached the exchange point together, just a minute short of the pre-race prediction. The other walkers were Floyd Delon, Raj and Lakshmi Dandi (PP) and Mitch Kranitz, Phil Jacobs and Lee Debault (WW).

After almost six hours, PP came in 9 minutes before WW and took the first prize of a bottle of champagne. The second prize was the same and we will share this at our annual holiday party in December. We congratulate all of the walkers, especially our rookies: Lakshmi, Lee and Mitch. We thank BJ Thornburg and Lee for doing some of the critical driving that allowed walkers to get to the proper locations.

Pictures and Results can be found at the respective links.

posted on 09 Nov 2011 by heartland

Cliff Hanger 5K & 8k


Nov. 6, 2011. HRW provided racers in both the 5K, which had a racewalking division, and the 8K in this 26th edition of the race in an historic district of northeast Kansas City. Two personal bests were set in the 5K. Lakshmi Dandi made a PR and was the fastest overall racewalker in a time of 34:20.9. She also took 2nd overall of the girls in the 12-14 running division. Mitch Kranitz made his PR in the 80+ division in a good time of 42:22. Fred Adams was the first place male racewalker and bettered his 2010 time by 2 minutes in 36:58.1. Entering a race with very little recent training was Chuck Zarrelli who hopes to get in more racewalking activity now that his retirement is just a month away.

In the 8K, Alan Poisner took 1st (75-79). He used his frequent strategy of being the only one in his age division but bettered the time that he walked last year in a fast time of 55:28 (81% age-graded). We thank Raj Dandi for being our club volunteer and helping with the photos. Over 1000 racers and volunteers enjoyed the traditional pancake breakfast afterwards. A bonus was the door prize that Fred Adams won (gift certificate to Macaroni Grill). We express our thanks to Sue Robinette and the KC Track Club for once again sponsoring this excellent event. We also appreciate the photos that Dick Ross took of us at various times during the morning. See Results and Pictures.

posted on 08 Nov 2011 by heartland

Be-A-Walker Predicted-Time 2-mile Race

Oct. 1, 2011. This year for the second time our predicted-time race was 2 miles on the paved trail around Roe Park in Overland Park. We also had a nice cool start and dry weather for the 4+ laps around the athletic fields. The top three in predicting ability were (1) Julie Haller, (2) Martie Delon and (3) Tom Oakes. The top walker in the age-graded division was Mitch Kranitz. Raj Dandi was the fastest walker. We want to thank the volunteer timers (Fred Adams and Alan Poisner) and those who brought the delicious refreshments and helped with the setup and cleanup. Awards were made following a great feast. Some corrections have been made afterwards. Check out the Results and Pictures links.
posted on 05 Oct 2011 by heartland

Kansas Senior Olympics 2011: HRW takes more Gold and Silver

Sept. 25, 2011-Hummer Sports Park, Topeka. Once again, Heartland Racewalkers hauled in the bulk of the racewalking medals at the Kansas State Senior Games. Our 10 walkers came away with 13 Gold medals and 4 Silvers in the 1500-meter and 5000-meter races. Also, Dave Couts set a record in the M55-59 1500-meter walk. Other walkers included Nancy Perih (60-64), Lee Debault and Chuck Zarrelli (65-69), Julie Haller (70-74), Alan Poisner and Fred Adams (75-79), Floyd Delon and Martie Delon (80-84), Tom Young (90-94) and our reigning queen, Jean Brunnenkant (95-99). Many of these members had won medals at the National Senior Games in Houston in June and they showed that they still are speedy. Results and pictures can be found at the respective Links our homepage.
posted on 05 Oct 2011 by heartland

Heartland Racewalkers Stroll Again at the Patriots Run

Sept. 11, 2011. The Patriots Day Run (Relay for 9 hours 11 minutes) was held again at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe. The Westminster Walkers (WW: BJ Thornburg, Captain) completed 38 miles and the Walking Marauders (WM: Fred Adams, Captain) did one more (39 miles). Martha McCarter did 9 miles for the WW team and BJ did 6. Lee Debault, Raj Dandi and Nancy Perih did 6 for the WM. There were a couple of guest walkers: Judy Swofford, Dwayne and Nate Gentleman. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army. All who participated in this unique event should be commended. Check out our Pictures and Results links.
posted on 05 Oct 2011 by heartland

HRW shines at National Senior Games

HRW made another impressive showing at the biannual National Senior Games. This year the events were held in the Houston, TX area in late June.

The 1500-meter race was held on the 24th at an excellent high school track about 30 miles north of Houston. Despite the challenge of navigating to the remote site and dealing with some hot Texas weather, our intrepid pedestrians took a number of medals and ribbons. Gold Medals were won by Jean Brunnenkant (in her 5th different age division: 95-99), Tom Young, Alan Poisner (in his second different age division: 75-79) and Dave Couts (55-59). Silver Medals were taken by Eileen McManus (55-59) and Fred Adams (75-79). BJ Thornburg won a Bronze Medal, her first medal at a national competition, In addition, top finishing ribbons (5th-8th) were captured by Martie Delon (80-84), Julie Haller (70-74) and Floyd Delon (80-84).

The 5K racewalk was held the next morning on a course around the Reliant Arena parking lot. The four lap course had some ups and downs and was held in the extreme heat. Gold Medals were earned by Dave Couts and Alan Poisner; Bronze Medals were taken by Fred Adams, Eileen McManus and BJ Thronburg; Julie Haller garnered a 6th place ribbon. The most suspense was whether Alan could get to the race on time since his car battery had died overnight. Fortunately, his hotel was only 2 miles away and he had time to walk (fast) to the starting area. The other item of interest is that the course organizers repeated the mistake from the Senior Games in Tucson by providing a shortened course. This did lead to some fast times and to the lore of the National Senior Games.

All of the finishing times are shown in the RESULTS section and pictures will be posted. So once again, HRW made a significant impact at the national level.


posted on 20 Jul 2011 by heartland

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