Vote for 2019 FLRC Officers and Volunteer of the Year

You might have thought that the local election season was over, but you still have the opportunity to cast two more votes: (1) 2019 slate of officers for the Finger Lakes Runners Club’s Board of Directors, and (2) FLRC volunteer of the year. (I’m sure you couldn’t be more excited!)

Please direct your votes to on or before December 15 — no votes will be accepted after that date — and include your name for membership verification. We appreciate your membership in the club and your participation in the selection of its governing board and exemplary volunteer.

(1) 2019 Slate of Officers

(These are are volunteer positions — they are the go-to workhorses of the club.) Here’s how the election works: The 2018 Board of Directors presents the slate below for 2019. You can vote it up in its entirety, vote it down in its entirety, vote it up generally but reserve your vote for one or more candidates, and/or provide write-ins for any position (making sure that your write-in candidate would accept the position if elected).

Vote for up to two people in the following position:
Co-President: Denice Cassaro
Co-President: Sue Aigen

Vote for one person in each of the following positions:
Executive VP: Charlie Fay
VP Trails: Gary McCheyne
VP Roads: Alan Lockett
VP Track: Adam Engst
Treasurer: Mike Allinger
Secretary: Nancy Kleinrock

Members-at-Large (vote for up to 12; accepting write-ins up to 14):

Lesa Carter
Peter Dady
Tonya Engst
Jullien Flynn
Emily Funk
Angelika Kraemer
Pete Kresock
Daniel Longaker
Steve Shaum
Mickie Sanders-Jauquet
Gerrit Van Loon
Bill Watson

(2) 2018 Volunteer of the Year:

As 2018 comes to a close, it is time to consider who among us have contributed most substantially to the fun and smooth functioning of the Finger Lakes Runners Club. If you have in mind a volunteer who has gone above-and-beyond this year, now is the time to weigh in. (Note that the following folks are not eligible, as they have won this award within the last 5 years: Mickie Sanders-Jauquet, Katie Stettler, Steve Shaum, Gerrit Van Loon, Carl Franck, Adam Engst, and Gary McCheyne.) The following individuals have been nominated by club members and/or Board members. Feel free to vote for one of these deserving people (or pairs) or write in one of your own. (These are listed alphabetically, so please peruse the entire list!) Again, please direct your votes to on or before December 15 (no votes will be accepted after that date) and include your name for membership verification.

Ron Cunningham and Kerra Quinn: Both have volunteered at several of the FLRC races over the years by helping with race cleanup. They have also taken the initiative to institute a composting program at many of our races. They have set up food scraps collection buckets, developed and improved signage, and carted away compostables to their designated composting site. This pair has been involved with either running or volunteering for several years and hang around to cheer in finishers as they help with clean up. When they don’t run, they still come to races to either help or just be part of the FLRC scene.

David Keifer: He tirelessly volunteers at the track registration table and does other odd jobs at track meets, occasionally assisting at nontrack events, as well.

Alex Kleinerman: She directs two of FLRC’s biggest races—Skunk Cabbage and Finger Lakes 50s—and does so very professionally. Both races are large productions and require many months of planning and preparation. At the 50s this year, which was her first experience in the trail and ultra scene, Alex kept thing under control in the extreme heat and handled things well when runners went off course early in the race. She also directs Ithaca’s two largest non-FLRC events—the Cayuga Lake Triathlon and the Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon.

Pete Kresock: His involvement in the club is steadily growing as a member of the board, working on the website, handling the club’s social media presence, and learning the timing system.

Shelly Marino: She has taken the initiative of leading group runs on the Black Diamond Trail and also serves as the club’s membership coordinator.

Aly Sanders-Jauquet: This young lady has established herself as a reliable helper at many FLRC events, helping alongside her mom, Mickie. The club member nominating Aly appreciates how engaged our younger members can be, noting that Aly is a wonderful role model.

Bob Talda: He directs the Winter Chill series, helps with track meets, and regularly assists with timing-related tasks.