When he joined the Striders in 1976, Bob Burns remembers being told that he was the club’s 50th member. Bob subsequently served on the Striders’ Board of Directors for a good part of the 1980s. Among his various responsibilities were as Editor of the newsletter, Weekly Race Series Coordinator, Director of Special Races, Volunteer Coordinator and Vice President. In 1990, he was named Striders’ “Volunteer of the Year.” Bob has also always been one of the regular workers at Strider races as well as at County, Regional and State high school events, and he’s recognized as a top race director and finish line coordinator.
Bob’s a pretty fair runner, too, although his “PRs” generally date from the 1980s. They include 33:54 for 10K; 52:22 for 15K; 55:48 for 10 miles; 1:14:52 for the half marathon; 1:38 for the Metric; and 2:46:16 at the Marine Corps Marathon. However, he didn’t stop running in the 1980s. Bob was the Striders’ Masters Runner of the year in both 1993 and 1994, and his masters’ “PRs” include 1:18:06 for the half marathon and a 2:50:08 in the 1994 Boston Marathon. He’s been ranked annually in Washington Running Report in both the 45 – 49 and 50 – 54 age groups. Bob’s a good friend, a genuinely nice guy and a valuable Strider resource/asset.