2016 Inductees

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Marge Ruebush
Marge Ruebush
Paul Ruebush
Paul Ruebush
Marie Bendy
Marie Bendy

Ken Bendy
Lori Scarlett
Lori Scarlett

Jenny Allen

Richard Allen
Doug Barrows
Doug Barrows
Frank Frazier
Frank Frazier
Nancy Frazier
Nancy Frazier

 

Marge Ruebush

I Joined Striders in Mar 1979. I only ran for one yr, ran 2 races, turned into a walker and a worker. I Served on BOD for 5 yrs, Treasurer for 4 yrs, Race Director 2 yrs, Race Advisory committee 3 yrs, Registration Coordinator 30 yrs. I worked in the early days clearing Drs Lake trail that we called the Clip and Sip. I participated in the Breast cancer survivor relay where we stayed up all night to take our turn on the OP track. I was pleased to receive the RRCA Award for volunteering over 2000 hrs in 1992. I have organized the food set up for the River Run Hospitality Tent from the first year in 1992 and am currently still doing this for the Striders. I was awarded a Lifetime Membership to Striders in appreciation for my volunteer hrs. I was also Paul’s dedicated support person as he ran 5K’s to Marathons for 20 years. I am honored to be one of the initial inductees into the Striders Volunteer Hall of Fame.

 


Jenny Allen 

It is always a pleasure to volunteer for a club that I love so much. I don’t remember when Richard and I joined the Florida Striders but it was probably around 1981. I was the StrideRight Circulation Manager for 22 years, from 1984-2006, which also included mailing newsletters to all entrants of our four races. I served on the BOD from 1987-1992 and received the RRCA Volunteer Award in 1993 for volunteering over 2000 hours to our club. I was Registration Coordinator for many Strider races from 1984-1997. (Hog Jog-9yrs.; RTTS-8yrs.; Memorial Day-4yrs.)

Other activities include: “Clip and Sip” (cleaning up Doctors Lake Dr. jogging path); Strider River Run Hospitality Tent, since its inception; Compiling the quarterly Events Calendar for the StrideRight from 1987-1992; and custodian of the pennies for our Anniversary Celebration (Jenny’s Pennies) since 1987.

 


Lori Scarlett 

    Stan and I joined the Striders in the early 1980’s.  There was a road race almost every weekend. I was usually there watching Stan. I’m not a runner, but I am a walker and a worker. I started helping at registration at all of the Strider races since the ‘80s. We traveled to a lot of marathons with the many close friends that we had made in the Striders. Those were some great times!! I also helped with the food at the Strider’s River Run Hospitality tent since 1992 when Stan first set it up. It was named “Stan’s Place” in his honor after he passed away in 2012. Since that time I have stayed involved by helping at those same activities.  Stan so loved running!! Thank you for being there for me!

 I would like to thank the Florida Striders for the Volunteer Hall of Fame Award. Very unexpected but very much appreciated.

 


Richard Allen

As a member of the Florida Striders since the early 1980s, I have served our club in various ways. I was on the BOD from 1984-1985 and received the RRCA Volunteer Award in 2003 for giving over 2000 hours of service to our club. I was the Finish Line Coordinator for our races for several years and also aided with the starting line when needed. For most River Runs, I helped with setting up and dismantling the Strider River Run hospitality tent area. For many years I participated in our club’s “Clip and Sip”, cleaning up the Doctors Lake Drive jogging path and then doing some rehydrating.

Other jobs include helping with the Anniversary Celebration every year, Fun Run Director for Saturday morning Fun Runs at the Orange Park High

School track in the late 70’s and early 80’s,  running on the Strider Master Team, which wasn’t a job, and also rolling and marking off some of our training run courses.

 


Paul Ruebush 

I joined Striders in Mar 1979. At that time I was running a race somewhere every weekend.

I ran my first marathon in Wash DC in 1981.  I trained with the Striders on the various running loops on Sun morning. We did track workouts and training runs also on Wed night. I was a member of the Striders Masters Men’s team. I worked on the Clip and Sip detail of Drs lake Dr.

I participated in the Striders Breast Cancer Survivor Relay—a race to keep someone on the OP track for a full 24 hrs. When my racing days came to an end in 1999, I started helping out at the Strider races in various positions. I served sometimes as Finish Line Coordinator. The Striders  helped  give me the inspiration and determination to run 23 marathons and multiple other 5K, 10K and Half Marathons.

 



Ken and Marie Bendy


 
Ken and Marie started running in early 1981 and joined the Striders a year or so later. Ken soon deployed overseas and Marge Ruebush asked Marie to help as a volunteer with races. She worked the finish line pulling tags, helped with post race tab/time reconciliation and eventually began working registration.  Computer scoring was just coming into being with a DOS based “Runscore” program and Marie started doing the data entry and the myriad of behind the scenes tasks associated with registration. She oversaw race day registration for a number of races, was volunteer coordinator for numerous races and served on the board of directors for two years as Social Co-Chair. Over the years she has worked race day registration/number pickup for countless races, cocorinated distribution of computer scoring chips and assisted with awards presentation.
Ken has served as president, vice president, newsletter editor and penned a back page column “Racie Ramblins” in the Strideright that Marie proofed for eighteen years. He was race director for the Autumn Twilight “Run with the Tiger” and director of one of the largest fun run events the club has held. Ken also served as course director, awards presenter for numerous events and equipment manager. He has announced names of finishers at countless races and is known to many as the “Voice of the Striders”. Ken also served the Florida running community as RRCA State Rep for ten years and as RRCA Southern director for four years. He and Marie have served as Strider representatives at numerous RRCA conventions.
Ken and Marie also work the Jax Marathon registration/announcers booth and the Gate River Run where Marie heads up on-site computer registration and Ken is overall coordinator for the registration/packet pickup/shirt distribution area.  Although they are no longer able to run they walk with the Sunday morning group from IHOP in Orange Park when they are in town and continue to volunteer for races. Additionally, Ken maintains an online North FL race calendar that is quite popular.  



Frank and Nancy Frazier


Frank - My running career started when I was in my mid 20's and I rapidly progressed to 2 miles per run - 2 or 3 times per week. I did that for at least 10 years thinking I was a runner. Then I met some folks that were training for a marathon and I naively said I would run it with them (not even knowing how long a marathon was). Turned out that those folks were involved in forming the Florida Striders and after a few months, I joined what was a very new club. Over the years I've been on the BOD multiple times and held a variety of positions up thru President. While on the Board (and after getting off the BOD) I volunteered as Race Director for several races (and as a race coordinator for many others). I continue helping Mike Mayse in his volunteering for race set up and equipment handling and I continue helping with the beginners 5K and ½ marathon classes. I've been fortunate over the years (while working my butt off) and had some decent races, but mostly I am proud of all the great friends I have acquired over the last 40 years

Nancy - My running career developed after I learned that my "social life friends" were runners and by hanging out with them I had to run to have a mutual activity with them. This quickly led to participating in many races including the River Run several years and other races from 5 K's up thru 1/2 marathons. As a part of my participation, I was on the BOD for a few years and served on various race committees and have helped Marge and others with registration for lots of races until I don't any more. My running came to an end a few years ago with having a hip replacement but I still walk multiple times per week and up to 6 miles on Sunday.

 


Doug Barrows 

It is an honor to belong to the Striders. I ran my first race in 1979, the Marine Corps Marathon, and it took 6 weeks to get over the pain and return to running. Shortly thereafter I discovered that there were Striders in my neighborhood who ran shorter races that needed less recovery time. I became a Strider but I don’t remember the date, just that we met at Lakeside for a 3 mile run every Wednesday. I was hooked, and served as race director for several races with the same fantastic support this club has always provided its volunteers. Striders are known for the class of their races and the support we give to families and schools. Having been on the board for 5-6 years, written for the StrideRight from my home in Germany and the ships I was stationed on, and helped with many of the kid’s 1-mile fun runs. I just thought helping and volunteering was returning the favor for all those who assisted the club as well. There was the 5 for 5 at 5 group who ran out of a tennis club (it had an excellent watering hole) and I was allowed to put on a Hash Run in Orange Park which dragged many through mud, water, stickers and down some dead end paths. I got Frank Frazier to do the Strolling Jim 42 mile run in TN and he has shown no appreciation for that over the years but I went on to run it 13 times so it is not as bad has he makes out. If you are reading this, you are a Strider and know you are always welcome to the social events we call runs. It has been my pleasure to meet and enjoy the miles with you.
Thank you for the honor.