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By George Sacco

On Tuesday November 5, most of the Bay Area will be having municipal elections. In San Francisco there are only four propositions (A – D) and two individuals, both running for office unopposed. So your tendency may be not to take the time or exercise the effort to vote, but remember, elections have consequences.This is especially true when we have a low voter turnout. If you don’t vote, you
don’t count.

This is also true regarding the DSE 2014 officers election, which will start Sunday December 8 at the Windmill 10K run and end on
Sunday 22 after the Mission Rock run. Don’t forget to vote; every vote counts.

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By George Sacco

On August 12, the morning after the Brisbane Scenic 12K and 5K, I thought I was bitten by a bee. It turns out it wasn’t a bee. It was a severe case of Herpes Zoster, or shingles. Here is some information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, a flyer titled Shingles Vaccine — what you need to know. The flyer has six parts.

Part 1 (what is shingles) which is quoted in part ,states, “Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. A shingles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts from 2 to 4 weeks.” My doctor told me shingles can and does often last several months. Part 2 (shingles vaccine) states, “A vaccine for shingles was licensed in 2006. In clinical trials, the vaccine reduced the risk of shingles by 50%. It can also reduce pain in people who still get shingles after being vaccinated. A single dose of shingles vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years of age and older.” The flyer also covers other information, in Part 3 (some people should not get shingles vaccine or should wait), Part 4 (what are the risks from shingles vaccine), Part 5 (what if there is a moderate or severe reaction and what should I do) and Part 6 (how can I learn more): “Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or visit the CDC’S website at vaccines.

Advice from a shingles survivor: If you notice that you have developed painful red rashes with blisters on one side of your body, don’t wait like I did, but see a doctor as soon as possible. Also, here is some advice I received from a shingles survivor I met in a health food store: drink lots of water and green tea; do not eat nuts, especially peanuts or peanut products; sleep at least one to two hours longer than you normally do; cut down on as much stress as possible. The advice worked for me. The hardest part was cutting down on stress.

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By Janet Nissenson

This was another successful year thus far for the DSE’s very popular Thursday Evening Summer Race Series. From its humble beginnings back in 2008 when we averaged 25 runners each week, the 2013 series averaged over 90 runners each week.

The fastest time run on the course this season was by William Chen, an amazing 22:54 (5:05 pace) run on Week #12. Fastest time by a female was run by Liz Gottlieb (28:11, 6:15 pace) also on Week #12.

We had a total of 12 runners who participated in all 12 of the races. They were: Cristian Alvarez, David Wilson, Greg Brown, Juan Melendez, Lidia deLeon, Marcial Saavedra, Mark Mooney, Michael Peters, Silvia Salazar, Tim Comay, William McCarty, and Wynn Norona.

Many thanks to the great volunteers who helped out so much this summer. They include Bobby Marty, Sandy Baumgarten, Gene French, Mark Mooney, Caron Anderson, Pauline Dake, George Sacco, Denise Leo, Ed Baumgarten, and others. This was a very difficult year for me personally to put on these races as my mother was terminally ill and passed away a few days before the final race, so I appreciate everyone who helped out when needed.

The Summer Race Series will return for its seventh year on Thursday, June 5, 2014. After six years as the primary Race Director, I will be taking a few steps back from these duties and will only be directing six of the races. We are looking actively for volunteers to take on the remaining six races. If you can direct one or more of these, please contact me at

You will receive the same two hours of volunteer credit as you would by directing a Sunday race, and will also be credited with ten points in your age division (for the summer series races).

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Each year at this time, DSE members have an opportunity to place their names for nomination to become officers of the DSE running club.

Club officers are elected for one year to serve as President, Senior and Second Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer. Duties for the officers are as follows:

  • President: To preside over meetings, to represent this association in the RRCA, to call any special meetings and to appoint committees and chairpersons thereof, and to report club news to the membership by writing a monthly column for the club newsletter.
  • Senior VP: To assume the powers of the president in his or her absence.
  • Second VP: To take on special assignments as requested by the president.
  • Secretary: To record minutes of meetings, to keep a file of such minutes, and when requested by the president, to accept assignments involving correspondences and the keeping of records.
  • Treasurer: To administer all financial duties, and to have the authority to sign or disburse necessary appropriations as directed and to file applicable tax returns.

The nomination process will be open through the end of October. Nominees will then submit a short introduction article for inclusion in the December DSE News. Voting will take place by secret ballot in December and the results announced in the January newsletter. Only the new offi cers’ names will be announced. Vote tallies will remain confidential.

Here is your chance to participate at a higher level and to help form the direction that the club will take in the coming year. A sign-up sheet will be
available at the Sunday races or you may contact one of the members of the election committee below:

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By George Sacco

On June 30 the Board held a committee meeting to plan for the first general meeting. During the meeting we discussed the initial plans for the club’s next Gala.

On July 7, I attended the 2014 Race Scheduling meeting, where a few new race courses were added and the Practice Dipsea was dropped.

On July 14, after a little bit of searching I found the registration area for the new McLaren Park 5K. Ken Fong and Kevin Lee did a great job designing and marking the course. 153 participants ran the race; their comments regarding the course were very positive.

On June 20, at the Double Dipsea Wrap Up and Audit meeting, I learned that Ken Reed and some major volunteers for the race are stepping down. The club will have to find replacements if we are to continue putting on our largest and most profi table run.