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2017 Arkansas RRCA Awards Ballot

Voting is open to any member of an Arkansas RRCA Running Club.

You do not have to vote in every category to submit your ballot and you do not have to vote only for members of your own club.

Award winners will be announced at the Arkansas RRCA Meeting and Awards which follows the Spa 10K and will be in the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Male runner of the year Brent Corbitt
Brian Sieczkowski
Wesley Hunt
Female runner of the year Tia Stone
Kaitlin Bounds
Carli Langley
Jenny Massanelli
Masters male runner of the year Jerry White
Michael Witt
Brian Sites
Colin Hall
Masters Female runner of the year Tammy Helmick
Gina Craft
Jen Found
Beverly Smith
Youth Male runner of the year Daniel Sanderson
Wesley O'Conner
Jacob Mills
Braden Eason
Youth Female runner of the year Mackenzie Epperson
J'Lexa Hayes
Most improved male runner of the year Edward Hill
Manfred Galatowitsch
Greg Walker
Colin Hall
Most Improved Female runner of the year Jenny Massanelli
Kelsey Walker
Annette Blanton
Katherine Williams
Bill Torrey Race Director of the year
Chris Hall - Arkansas 20K
The improvements to last year's new course and massive course support are just the beginning.  Chris and his crew has added a great finish spread and support as well as offering up fun medals and shirts to draw in the masses.  Chris has learned over the years and shined with delegating his resources to make packet pick up a quick and easy process and offered up an efficient post race awards ceremony.
Gary and Erin Taylor - Go! Mile
The Go! Mile seems to get better and better every year. Gary and Erin Taylor really go all out in getting local businesses and the community involved in their race, and the Elite Heat brings in top talent from across the nation. The race truly has an event for everyone, from the first mile to the elites, and the different heats allow you to both compete and cheer on your fellow runners. The volunteers are always amazing and very supportive. Through the Victory Lap Pass, the race also supports the Downtown Little Rock area by encouraging runners to visit local businesses by providing discounts and special around town. 
Don Still - Watermelon 5K
The Watermelon 5K had great trophies, caps for Overall and age group winners, a great shirt, and everyone's favorite: watermelons for each racer. Don gets the town of Hope to help with this race. He is such a leader and advocate for running in Hope that people call HIM to ask how they can help, instead of normal other way around.
Al Beckon Volunteer of the year
Pam McGill
Like anyone who volunteers, Pam helps in many ways, some small, some big. One large way she is helping has been to establish a survey program for the races in the series that helps both Race Directors and the LDRC can use to improve the quality of those events.
Monica Ritchie
Monica is one of those people who always has a smile on her face and is happy to see you. She is usually both running AND volunteering at races. Whenever someone needs help with a race, Monica is there to step in. She will quickly sacrifice her own race goals in order to support her friends. She is beyond selfless and is so giving.
Amanda Castillo
A passionate and accomplished runner in her own right, she ‘pays it forward’ 10-fold through the year promoting running to the very young with Kids Run Arkansas, the very new with Women Run Arkansas and those expanding their running journey with Soaring Wings Half Marathon.  Amanda is a RRCA certified running coach and shares her knowledge and love of our spectacular sport in many different ways.
Cindy Baswell
Cindy wears many hats including race director, club president, editor of the club newsletter, and determined runner in her own right. All these duties are volunteer which she somehow finds time to do along with her full-time work.
Buzz Wilson Outstanding Club President
George Peterka - Arkansas Ultra Running Association
President of AURA since 2014, he handles the AURA website and newsletter, oversees the Ultra Trail Series, and is race director for the Hot Springs National Park 18 mile trail run.  George leads by example by running most of the UTS races along with other various ultra races.
Nicole Hobbs - Saline County Striders
Nicole has done an outstanding job both with the Striders and in supporting community events. Club meetings have been held at places like the local Boys and Girls Club, and Nicole is an active participant in getting the local government to pass initiatives related to parks and running trails. Both the Arkansas Runner 2 Mile and the Arkansas 20k which are supported by the Striders focus on community involvement which is a testament to her leadership.
Tia Stone - Searcy Rush Running Club
Tia Stone is one of the top female runners in our state and the Grand Prix. She is also a Mom of 3 kids who also have gotten into running. She is a major reason the Searcy Rush Club has become a major player in her community for promoting a healthy lifestyle through running. The female runners of Searcy have become a force in the Grand Prix Series and Tia is there to coach and encourage their improvement.
Jacob Wells Arkansas Spirit Award
Marvin Engels
Marvin helped start the Texarkana RRCA Club and served on the LDRC. This 85-year old tough guy still joins Glen Wile to run GP races even though they have to leave in the middle of the night from Texarkana. Marvin has been running GP races for at least 30 years!
Krystal Quetant
Krystal always has a smile on her face and is quick to give a hug or words of encouragement.  She brightens the day of everyone she meets at a Grand Prix race. The world needs more people like Krystal and the Arkansas running community is made richer by her presence.
Heidi Strock
Regardless of what is going on, Heidi is happy to see you and happy to be running. She always offers a kind word and support. Heidi selflessly promotes and cheers on others and goes out every day to enjoy life and have fun. Her spirit is infectious enjoyed by all around her.
Rodney Paine
Rodney has never been one to shy away from good natured-competition with his rivals; he backs that up with sincere praise, encouragement, and even thoughtful suggestions when asked. He is a walking movie and TV database is quick to quote a favorite line that perfectly fits whatever situation he finds. Rodney is funny, welcoming, and friendly and the best person to hang with during or after a race.
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All votes must be received by November 6, 2017.