Norm started running about a year after he moved to Arizona, at the start of 1982. Golf just wasn’t providing enough exercise. he enjoys all aspects of running including his role on the Board of the Arizona Road Racers. He also enjoys leading the running intervals at Shadow Mountain High School each Tuesday evening. Most of his best friends are runners.
Laura ran track in high school, then took a break to compete in synchronized swimming, and returned to running around 1979. She has been running distances from 400m to marathons since then and enjoys running with her husband here in the valley, as well as traveling across the US and internationally to compete in races and running events.
Hal is a national legend with his impressive run streak. He started running in high school and college, and then basically did not run again until early 1989. Once he started again, he didn’t stop. He first came in contact with ARR at the Jerome Hill Climb in 2005. Shortly thereafter he became a board member to give back to the running community, after having done very little in the way of volunteering up until then.
Eric is a lacrosse player by trade, but when he grew too old to run around being beaten by sticks, he turned to simply running. Eric recently ran his 100th race and has a full schedule planned for 2017. He has raced every distance from the Mile to the 295 mile Hood to Coast Relay. While his times have slowed his passion has not. He joined the ARR Board in 2015.
VP Special and Social Events
Katherine started running in 2005 to live a healthier and more active life style. After meeting so many friendly and supportive running fanatics, her love of racing and leisurely running grew and led to her healthy running addiction. Her role as the VP of Special and Social Events allows her to give back to the running community by planning fun, non-competitive running events that everyone can enjoy.
Co-VP Communications & Registration
Janet finds running a great way to de-stress, and soak up some fresh air after too many work hours in an office. Most weekends she can be found at some running event, whether local or out of state. Janet runs the Honolulu Marathon annually along with half marathons in Oakland, Alameda, Seattle, San Jose and Indianapolis. Janet is new to the ARR Board for 2017.
Co-VP Communications & Registration
Courtney began running in the summer of 2015, in an effort to shed some pounds and get healthy after having her 2nd child. She ran her first 5K in September of that year and hasn’t stopped. She challenged herself by signing up to run the ARR calendar in 2016 and is very happy she did it; the events were fun and she met some great people. Her love of running and racing has only grown in the last year and a half. She’s excited about being a new ARR board member for 2017 and hopes to be a great addition to the team.
Charlie’s first ARR race was the Inaugural Arcosanti 5K in November 2000. Approaching 40, he was attempting to get back in shape by returning to running after nearly 20 years. He was attracted by the laid-back atmosphere of ARR races, and the camaraderie of a fun, yet serious, group of local runners. He joined Tuesday Night Track in 2004 and he has raced every distance from One Mile to the Marathon, including finishing the Boston Marathon twice.
Chip has been a runner since college to stay in shape for tennis and cycling. His first race was a 25K race in Grand Rapids MI in 1978. It was a crazy experience back then but it got him hooked. Chip is not one to keep close track of his runs, mileage or times, but just likes getting out there. However when he runs a race, he does try to be competitive.
VP Race Timing
Omar started running in October 1994 as part of a school program called “Students Run Los Angeles,” a program that trains students to run the LA Marathon. He has run the LA marathon every year since. Omar also operates Race Timers which provides the chip timing for all ARR formal races.
Originally from Tempe, Paula moved back from the Bay Area in 2002 and now enjoys running and hiking here in Arizona. Her favorite race is still the 5k, but longer runs are growing on her. When not running, she plays the upright and electric bass. Paula is new to the ARR Board for 2017.
Arizona Road Racers
428 E. Thunderbird Rd. #425
Phoenix, AZ 85022-5229