Freihofer Runner coming to town

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For the second year in a row I have organized an assembly at one of our school campuses for runners. I used to run, my hubby runs, and my daughter runs now.

(Here's a photo of Miss B coming in second in the 200m dash at a meet in Averill Park last June.

APJune200m.jpg She's in lane 8)

As a family, we volunteer at the Freihofer Run for Women every year. (I last ran there when the tween was 7 months old, and I ran it the year before while pregnant with her.) We like to work at the water tables in Washington Park at the final mile mark where the 3500-plus field of runners grabs a cup and usually spills, spits or otherwise splashes you with most of it. It's fun! One of the major perks of volunteering the event, besides being able to mingle with a healthy running crowd, is the after-event party. It's for the volunteers, but the elite athletes are invited, and all of the race directors and event managers go to relax, give each other a round of applause, and watch the race video for the first time. The film has been professionaly produced during the 6 hours since the race ended, and is the official version boradcast widely by ESPN during the month of June. You get to see it for the first time, alongside the winners, and in my case, those who finish 15 minutes after the winners. There's also a spread of cold drinks and food, including a gigantic bowl of shrimp, and tons of Freihofer chocolate chip cookies, I must add...

Two years ago, while my young runner was getting winner Marla Runyan's autograph, I heard about the visitation program the elite runners are contractually obligated to participate in. I happened to be sitting next to the program's director, Sandra Morley. I left Albany that evening thinking how great it would be to get one of these women to come to Chatham the following June to inspire our students. Well, the end of the story is now obvious, I got it all arranged, and last year, Nicole Aishe, who finished 9th, I think, came to the Middle School. This Friday, June the 2nd, we have Nicole Kulikov Hagobian scheduled to address the Middle School and invited guests. Here's a copy of the little "press release" I sent around to our local coaches and school administrators. I see that they have sent it on to the local papers. I will also include a link to the event itself.


Friday, June 2, at 9:30 am The Chatham Middle School will again host an elite runner from the Freihofer Run for Women ‘06 as part of the Athlete Visitation Program. Nicole Kulikov Hagobian, PhD., Olympic hopeful for ’08, will be speaking to students and guests for about 45 minutes in an assembly in the gymnasium. Nicole, of Massachusetts, is 30, a health and fitness professor at Holyoke Community College, and holds the following PRs: 16:39 5K, 28:21 8k, 35:36 10K.

Accomplishments: 4th 2002 USA 25K Championship, 8th 2002 USA 12K Championships, 16th 2004 USA Olympic Trials Marathon, 3rd 2004 Wharf to Wharf, 2nd 2006 3M Austin Half Marathon, Sponsorships: Saucony®, Ultima®, and Rudy Project®.

Nicole has written about High School track coaching in Central Washington University’s P.E. Dept. online ‘zine, Here’s her bio off their website: “Nicole Kulikov-Hagobian has a PhD in Sport & Exercise Science, with a concentration in social psychology of sport and exercise, from the University of Northern Colorado. Nicole is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Fitness, and Nutrition at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. Nicole was a Division I scholarship athlete in cross-country/track & field, and today is one of the top female distance runners in the country. She placed 16th at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Nicole has a passion for coaching and coach education, as well as the sociological aspects of youth sport. Nicole has coached the sports of soccer, swimming, cross-country/track & field, and triathlon at the youth, high school, community college, and competitive recreational levels.” I encourage you all to attend, ask questions, and please, invite other coaches and runners.



Kristy said:

Congratulations! Sounds like a cool event. I'm just now trying to learn to jog myself. It hasn't been easy, but I'm making slow progress. I'm doing a 5K on July 1--pray for me!

Carol said:

Just try to force yourself to take 1, or 10 steps more than you think you can go each time you're out there, and eventually you'll get into it. I have given up running many times, and it's almost impossible to get past the pain of the first 30 days when I do get back into it. But I don't think it's that much better than walking, which you say you are addicted to, so why bother with it? Walking is a great thing to do!

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