Runners of the Month - March 2012

Tim Gregorio

Tim has been a member of our club for just over a year now.  He was introduced to distance running in 2010 when a coworker conned him into signing up for a half marathon with only 4 weeks notice.  As expected, the race didn't go so well for Tim so he made a commitment to train for more distance races.  He successfully ran the Crim and two other half marathons in 2010, and thus was fully indoctrinated to distance running.

Tim is an amazing athlete who is in great shape and makes it look easy. Gliding along the Paint Creek Trail, cranking out the pushups and hill climbs at Boot Camp faster than anyone else, and amazing the others with his ability to run the stairs at Bloomer Park.

Tim committed to his first marathon in 2011, and it was a great success, finishing in 3:54.  He now has his eye set on qualifying for Boston.  Despite the challenge of fitting in a training schedule with work, his wife, and his four children, with his dedication and talent we anticipate him meeting this goal in the near future.

We are honored that with all of the running clubs available, Tim chose us!

Corinna Melcher

Corinna moved to Michigan in the fall of 2010 and instantly contacted us looking for a group to run with.  And by instantly, I mean instantly - the first day.  Not all of her belongings had been shipped from Texas yet, so she ran with us in non-running shoes until they arrived.  She claims she is shy (although none of us agree) and one of her early fears was "what if they are serial killers?"  But of course since we don't have very many serial killers in the club anymore that is no longer a concern.

Despite not being a fan of the cold, that first run was all it took to get sucked into signing up for her first race, the Detroit Turkey Trot.  But even before that, she was roped into running the Roseville Big Bird 10K at the end of that first week.  (I hope my memory is accurate on that.)  I believe she ran that race in her non-running shoes, and in fact won (or at least medaled) in her age group.

After joining the club she met fellow German Holger who enjoyed talking to her in their native language.  After a while they started dating and now they are engaged to be married!  So in the near future we will see the first wedding that can be attributed to YPOM.

Corinna's specialty is the jumping photo, and tries to arrange group jumps at most photo ops.  Despite her early talk about not doing long races, she is now committed to her first marathon this September - Akron.  Let's see if she can manage a jumping photo at the finish line.

Past Honorees 

 
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