The Rose City Runners Celebrate 40th Anniversary at Community House

(above) Rose City Runners Club members at their 40th anniversary party.

Rose City Runners Celebrate 40 years

The Rose City Runners celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a party held at Community House in Madison, NJ (AKA The Rose City) on November 24, 2019.  A memorabilia table displayed club related articles dating back the club’s origin in 1979. Long-time member Dick Helmer prepared a slide show that was accompanied by music from the movie Chariots of Fire. Members shared their favorite memories.

The most central activity of the club is Saturday morning runs held from the Kitchell Road parking lot of Loantaka Park. The club meets at 8:30 a.m. from April – October, and 9 a.m. from November – March. No matter how inclement the weather or impassable the streets there are always a hearty few that make it to the park. The club is made up of slow, fast and medium paced runners who typically cover between 3 and 8 miles. The best part of Saturday morning is sharing breakfast after the run on a picnic bench. In the winter a member builds a fire in the shelter to keep warm while sharing coffee and goodies. The club has been known to roast marshmallows and make S’mores.

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(above) Party committee members Pam Helmer, Lee Brush, Joseph Balwierczak, Richard Helmer, Barbara Rushman (chair), Linda Brush, John Rushman

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