A long time Strider, Mick Slonaker combined service to the club and community with an outstanding running career. Among the many “hats” he wore, were those of: President of the Striders for three years; Vice President for five years; Race Director of Clyde’s for five years; coach of the Next Step 5K and Next Step Marathon programs for three years each; and Eastern Director of the RRCA. He was selected Strider Volunteer of the Year, and has worked many races, including high school cross country and track meets. On the running side, Mick has been the Striders’ Annual Award Winner as: Most Improved Runner; Master Runner (twice); and Grandmaster Runner (five times). The Washington Running Report has ranked Mick in the top three in his age group consistently throughout his 50s, and once he was tops in his age group. He has also won age group awards at major national races like the Annapolis 10 Mile, Peachtree, Bolder Boulder, Cherry Blossom, Broad Street Run, etc. His PRs include 16:48 for 5K; 29:10 for 8K; 35:33 for 10K (at 55 yrs); 1:18:51 for the half marathon (at 51 yrs); and 2:49 :00 for the marathon (at 50 yrs) and 2:55:30 (at 55 yrs).
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