Awards Banquet

The awards banquet will be held on Saturday January 28, 2017, at the New Brunswick Elks Lodge #324

Ticket prices are $32 online for members, $37 online for non-members, and $40 (cash/check only) for anyone paying at the door and include dinner, dancing and beer/wine/soda.

Register here – note that you must renew your RVRR membership to be able to register at the $32 rate, so do that first! Click here to renew.

The Banquet committee will meet in early January to discuss award recipients, nominations are due by January 6. We rely in part on member recommendations to select award recipients, so PLEASE fill out this form and share your thoughts.

You can see the previous award winners below.

December 2016

There’s a lot going on in December – look out for details on all of these in the weekly member email.

Saturday December 3 – The Big Chill

RVRR will be represented as team “RVRR and Friends” at the Rutgers Big Chill – find us up on the balcony (as you enter the gym look up and to the right, head to the right hand side far corner and head up the stairs)

Do the triple – thrree 5k races in 1 day – see the weekly email for details

Sunday December 4 – Imme’s birthday run

Wednesday December 7 – GMM with 2017 Board elections

Saturday December 10 – Holiday party

Wednesday December 14 – Holiday Pub Crawl 

Sunday December 18 – NYC Holiday Run – meet at 9:45am at WTC


Run location changes – September 2016

On Wednesday September 7th, 2016 the Wednesday night run will move to the Reformed Church of Highland Park – for details visit the Wednesday night run page.

The run on the evening of the 7th will be followed by Member Appreciation Night at Pino’s – see the weekly member email for details.

On Saturday September 10th, 2016 the Saturday morning right will move to Grove 2 in Johnson Park (by the zoo) – for details visit the Saturday morning run page.

The run on the morning of the 10th will be followed by a tailgate breakfast and Jen Miller will be joining us to talk about her book, Running: A Love Story

The “Train”ing Run is a top 10 Northeast marathon

RVRR’s own “Train”ing Run, at the marathon distance has been  named a top 10 marathon in the Northeast by Healthline Media Inc. alongside big names such as the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon.

Healthline Media indicated that their editorial staff made their determinations for the list based on the “uniqueness and beauty of the marathon”. Ray Petit, one of the founders of the Train-ing Run, got in touch with Healthline Media when he heard the news to make sure that they knew it was a non-competitive event. Their response was “Non-competitive is ok.  It’s about the run not the win.”. I don’t think there is anyone who has ever run the Train-ing Run who could possibly disagree with that sentiment.

Congratulations to Ray Petit for his years of work on this event, and thanks to all the volunteers who help make this a great success every year.

Paint and Sip night


RVRR Paint Night- Thursday, June 9- 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Runners can be creative too! Come to “Make Me Take Me” in Highland Park in the Paint and Sip studio this Thursday 7-9pm. Enjoy a 2 hour private painting class with other RVRR members or anyone you would like to introduce to the club. “Make Me Take Me” is a BYOB Paint and Sip- You bring the food, snacks and wine, beer or cocktails and they provide everything else (wine glasses, ice, plates, silverware and all art materials)!

We will paint a specialized running picture that was designed just for us. Please arrive by 6:45pm to get set-up and to have your first glass of wine!  The studio is located a block from the Reform Church Parking Lot off of 3rd ave. (246-248 Raritan Ave). The cost of the event per painter is $35.

Please pay in advance on the following link – click on the calendar on the June 9th, RVRR group painting.  RSVP to Lauren Clark at if you plan on attending.

Google Doc- Sign-up for snacks/drinks to share with others   

paint night

Everything you need to know about running for the teams

As a member of RVRR, hopefully you have heard about running for the teams. If you haven’t been receiving emails from your team captain, get in touch with the board to make sure you get on the appropriate email list (or check your spam folder for your captain’s name just in case)

There are no speed requirements for running for our teams, but there are some other requirements – so, what are they?

Before racing for RVRR in a USATF designated LDR Championship Event:

  1. You must be a member of RVRR
  2. You must be a member of USATF*
  3. You must be age-verified by USATF NJ
  4. Let your team captain know which championship races you intend to run – the current year list of races can be found on our “teams page” – each race is designated by division – for Masters races only runners age 40 and over can be entered on a team. Anyone can run in an Open division race, and for All Divisions races team captains will assign you to appropriate teams (runners 40 and over can be used on 2 teams!)

*When you join USATF it will ask for your club number – the RVRR club number is 202. If you happen to live outside NJ, you will be registered in the state where you reside. You will have to request to transfer your membership to USATF NJ manually to be eligible to run for RVRR.


At an event:

  1. If you pre-registered, and you let your team captain know that you are running, you will already be on a team. If you are registering on the day, make sure your team captain has your bib number at least 45 minutes before the start. Team captains have until 30 minutes prior to the start of the race to complete their team submissions, so if you are registering on the day, please allow plenty of time.
  2. You do not have to wear a team singlet but club members at the race to support will find it easier to spot you and cheer you on if you are wearing one (National events require matching singlets – if your team is involved in a national event, the team captain will coordinate this). RVRR singlets are usually available at Runner’s High in Metuchen, but it may be worth calling ahead to check on stock. Let the board know if there is no stock.
  3. Most importantly – USATF prohibits the use of headphones or any portable listening device. As a USATF member, you should receive a pre-race email which includes the following: “Any USATF New Jersey athlete that is competing at a championship race as an individual or on a team cannot wear headphones or any other portable listening device. Championship competitors wearing headphones during the race will not be eligible for USATFNew Jersey Championship individual or team scoring or awards.  Please leave your headphones in the car or at home!”


After the event:

Teams will score points based on the top 3 or 5 finishers in the team (depending on division/age/gender). The teams accumulates points during the year for each of the team groupings and for the club as a whole. So, the more people that run, the more points the club accumulates and increases our chances of placing in the championship.

It is also worth noting that there is an individual Grand Prix competition in addition to the team competition. Team Championship races are 700 point races in that competition. There will be a follow up post explaining the individual championship, but information can be found at this link if you are not familiar with it.

In summary:

  1. Make sure you are a
    • current RVRR member
    • current USATF member
    • age-verified with USATF
  2. Let your captain know you will be at a race.
  3. If you are registering on the day, get your bib number to the captain at least 45 minutes before the start.
  4. Don’t wear headphones during the race, or use any other listening device.

Highland Park 5k

The club is once again a sponsor of the Highland Park 5k!

For those of you not running the NJ marathon on Sunday May 1, this is a great local option finishing right at our own HP track where we will have a table to let other runners know about our great club and events. The race directors are club members, the proceeds support the municipality where we run, and there’s a fantastic street fair afterwards. They are also looking for some volunteers, if you are interested, please sign up at

Run for the team!

Clinton Country Run 15k is on Saturday, April 30– All Divisions (Open and Masters Men and Women)

Even if you’ve never run for our team (or any team) we need you! From the slowest to the fastest – pace is not important!

The Clinton 15k is an Open and Masters, Men and Women event, so everybody counts (Masters runners, those 40 and over, count twice)

All you need to be is an RVRR member and a USATF member.

ClintonCountry 15k has a beautiful course that is a combination of country streets, soft surface greenway, and some rolling hills.

This is your chance to try out a unique distance and get some awesome training in for your spring Marathon and/or trail racing. Let’s show those other teams what we are about!

Warning: team support can make you run faster.

If you can’t make this race, please look ahead at the rest of the races this year – listed at the bottom of this page. It’s often cheaper to sign up earlier (don’t forget there’s a USATF discount for all these races too).

Please contact your captains if you are interested in running.

Open Women-Lauren Clark –

Masters Women-Christine PR 

Open Men– Drew Pennyfeather –

40s Men- Neil Hume –

50s Men- Bob Tona –

60s Men- Roger Price –


Event Info:


Date Event Division
April 30 Clinton Country Run 15k All
May 14 Newport 10k Open Men and Women
June 4 College Ave Mile Open Men and Women
June 18 New Milford 5k Masters Men and Women
June 26 Lager Run Open Men
August 21 Midland Mile Masters Men and Women
August 28 X-Country 5k All
September 18 Newport Liberty Half Marathon All
October 2 Little Silver 5k Open Women
October 23 X-Country 8k All
November 13 Giralda Farms 10k All
November 24 Ashenfelter 8k All