The not-so-annual holiday and end-of-year Club party was held at Coach Ed’s home on Saturday, Dec 10. Several dozen runners and friends stopped to celebrate a memorable year together. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we teased, we helped to recycle 100s of beer bottles, we taunted, we made racing promises we hope we can keep…in other words, a typical get together for the group.

A special thanks to Juan Fabian for an amazing (and delicious) Club Ed Cake!

In addition to secrets revealed about some of your teammates (who knew we had an Olympic torchbearer, a Hoola-Hoop champion, and an Elvis karaoke singer among us?) and a lot of good food, wine, beer and brownies consumed, several runners were also singled out for their 2011 achievements:

Sharon Lotesto, for her amazing comeback from hip replacement surgery (seemingly nothing deters this competitor);
Cherryl Rose, for the year’s gutsiest performance at the Kona Ironman (it may have taken longer than she wanted to finish, but nothing could prevent her from finishing);
Rich Gust, for being our most dependable USATF team racer (Top 5 team scorer in all USATF Road Races, from The Road Mile to the LA Marathon);
Jon Megeff, for the most impressive year in men’s racing (a new PR in almost every race distance),
Sabina Helton, for the most impressive year in women’s racing (a 14 MINUTE half marathon PR, and a 1 MINUTE mile PR);
Jim Newman, for the most races run (and showing the team colors everywhere);
Jeff Cohn & Will Longyear, for being our very own “Pied Pipers” (talking us into the Catalina 50 and the Dana Point 10K…thanks a lot, guys!)
Will Weston, for the most miles raced (…no, I don’t know how many, but I am pretty sure it was the most);
Sue Reinhardt and Pat Wickens, for being our most inspirational runners (talent is not limited by age, as these amazing athletes continue to demonstrate).

Congratulations to all for a great year; let’s do more and better in 2012!