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From Your Editor: 2023 and Kaizen

Physically, our president is already in Boston while leading the transition into 2023 and a new board. Judi is as active as ever, but will be stepping away from the board in her role as Treasurer. Kudos to these two for their service to HOTV and to the community.

A new president, treasurer and up to 5 new board members will be elected at our Jan 22nd HOTV Annual Meeting. (RSVP here) It will be held at Common Fields, 1-3 PM. PLEASE consider attending to elect board members, get to know fellow members, celebrate Raechel and Judi, find out about the Member of the Year and Team of the Year, and build excitement about HOTV's promising 2023.

As always, the club will need your help with our annual offerings: Run for the Hills, All-Comers Track Meets, Fall Festival, and the 2024 Resolution Run thanks to dedicated event directors. The club will still offer group runs on M, T, W, Th, and Saturdays thanks to dedicated leaders. Our website has everything you need to know. The club will continue its action in the community through donations, volunteerism, and promoting fitness thanks to y'all!

Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement, not matter how small the increment. Let's adopt this idea for ourselves and our club. We can do new things, we can do old things in better better ways: field trips to races, excursions to trails, designing new running gear, forging deeper relationships with local business, yoga or strength training for runners, outreach to schools, social events to see each other in non-running clothing, stand up comedy night. Just kidding about the last one, but the idea is that we are a diverse group with myriad talents and a huge potential for fun, fitness, and the promoting the common good. Check out the Stuff You Need To Know section to participate.

See you on the 22nd at Common Fields, 1 PM. 
See you out there!

Have something that everyone should know? Please contact your editor, Gerhard Behrens,  or your president for another month, Raechel Soicher



Stuff You Need To Know
We really need your help in bringing the mission statement into purposeful action. Let us know what you think our club could and should be doing. Surveys completed by Jan 15 garner you an HOTV pint glass!

This year's event will be at Common Fields, January 22 from 1-3. Heating provided.
 Plan on connecting with club members, settling some club business, and taking care of club elections.
RSPV here

Click here to relive the great morning.


  • Every Second Sunday of the month, Biz Stamm leads a trail run in the local hills. Distances and places vary, but no one runs alone. Next one is February 12th. Look for announcements on the Facebook page, or contact Biz directly.
  • Check out the club website for all the ways to connect with other runners, get faster, get stronger and have some fun. Our motto is: no one runs alone.
  • Go the club website to make sure you sign a waiver for the group runs of your choice. The waiver is good for all of 2023 for that particular run.

These two world famous events happen the same weekend this year. The third one, a trail race, is 2 weeks later. I'll be publishing a training guide that will definitely help prepare for the road races. It might also be a guide for developing running efficiency for those doing the 20 or 40 mile Rumble options. As of now, I plan to use our newsletter link, email list, website, and Facebook group to get the word out about workouts.  

These two world famous events will happen in April and May. The date will be  the evening of April 7 at the Whiteside for the films, and mid May (post CHM, Boston, Mac 50K) for the yoga class at Willamette Power Yoga. Thanks to Scott Leonard and Biz Stamm for organizing these two events. More details to come.

The Club and Community Need YOUR Help!

Run for the Hills and Fall Festival Race Organizing
Contact Chris Cotton to become his race director colleague in these special ways we connect with the community.
Meet of Champions Middle School Track Meet and June's All Comers Track Meets
Contact Gerhard Behrens if you have interest in helping make these events a continued success. The MOC will be in late May and HOTV meets are Wednesdays in June.
Lead or Assist with Trail Running Classes though Parks and Recreation
Contact Lacey Moore at Corvallis P&R if you'd like to help Robert Swan with Trail Running for New Runners or Beginning Trail Running.  New and Beginning Runners classes are 3/4 - 4/22 and 5/6 - 7/1, all on Saturdays from 9-11. Intermediate Trail Running will be offered in the fall if P & R can find a leader. Contact Lacey or Robert if interested, the leader role includes a paid stipend 

And your reward for reading to the bottom...
The HOTV Links

  • Something to consider: With a new year, and maybe some new goals, try a timed mile, or 2 mile, or 5K. I know, I know, I know: boring and maybe painful (to body or ego). But, it gives you a REALISTIC look at how you should REALISTICALLY plan workout paces.
    The short version: get in a good warm up, do some drills and strides, go for it under control, then cool down.
    The long version is here.
    Now, go to this calculator to get a sense of what some REALISTIC paces are for your runs.
  • Like the idea of Kaizen, continuous improvement in SMALL steps? Here's a 7 minute video. Sorry, no running in this one.
  • Here's a clip of an amazing last 600m in a 5K race. power and grace
  • Equally amazing clip of some trail running. Awe and inspiration
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