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July 18, 2007

Minutes: The Pine Belt Pacers met Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 7:15 pm at Strick's BBQ. The major topic of discussion was upcoming Pacer running events---Trek the Trace and Labor Your Legs.

Trek the Trace is a series of 4 events to be held at 6:00 pm at the USM Gateway to the Longleaf Trace four consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, August 7. Audrey Jackson is directing the events and details will soon be posted on the Pacer website.

The Labor Your Legs 5K which will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association 
will be held Monday, September 3 at 7:30 am. The event has been designated as the Road Runner Club of America Mississippi 5K Championship. Awards will be presented to overall, masters, grandmasters and 1-2-3 male and female in 8 age groups. Awards will also be presented to 1-2-3 male and female walkers. A 1-mile run will be held at 8:30 am. There is no entry fee for participation. If an entrant wants a shirt, the fee will be the same as that for the 5K. Entry forms will be available next week. Cost of entry will be: $15 for Pacers and $20 for non members if registered by August 27 and $25 on race day. The shirts for the event are technical fabric valued at about $25.

In addition, there will be a participation award for the school, organization, or business with the most entries. There will also be a free team competition. On race day, sign up for four member teams (at least one female). Trophies to the top three teams. All registrants are eligible.

Volunteers are needed for race preparation and race day administration. If you are not planning to enter the event or you have friends or family who are willing to help with the race (stuff packets,work water station, act as course monitor, etc) please contact Becky Ryder at

Becky Ryder

Unauthorized report:  The pictures below were taken by a spy from the ultra-liberal faction of the Pacers.  They had heard rumors of politically correct doings and carrying-ons at these meetings. This source said later (off the record) that his report was of course top secret, but told this reporter that several things looked very suspicious. As the pictures show, Becky shamelessly sat on the men's side of the table and several times spoke without being spoken to. Also at least some of the source documents used as discussion papers during the meeting were written in some unknown foreign language! Door odorizers (?) were on the official agenda (it was in English). Several people were seen drinking from the same long-necked bottle. Some of those present were not wearing running shoes. One runner who has relocated to South Carolina sent his representative to spy on the meeting. Our source hinted that other items in the report were too sensitive to reveal and will require further analysis (Robert's Rules?). But there was no dancing on tables, husbands and wives sitting together, people with bad knees allowed to speak, or throwing of tableware as had been feared. 

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