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Gate City Striders - Hall of Fame - Class of 2014

Published Jan 23, 2014

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The Gate City Striders Running Club is proud to announce the 2014 Class of the GCS Hall of Fame. These 5 folks helped make our club what it is today!

Dave Camire

Dave Camire

Dave is the founder of www.coolrunning.com the world’s first Website dedicated to the sport of running, and has founded and directed dozens of races, most prominently the invitational Mill Cities Relay (30 years), the Good Times Series in Lowell, Massachusetts (10 years), and the Wild Rover Irish Pub Series (5 years) among many, many others, including the Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon. He is a long time coach, member of many running clubs, and an exceptionally competitive runner in the open and more recently masters divisions. 

His Contributions to the Club Include:

  • Gate City Striders club member for many years
  • Provided coaching to Gate City Striders for several years through 2011
  • Coached the Gate City Striders to consecutive Mill Cities Relay Championships
  • Volunteered free services of Yankee Timing for the Novemberfest Trail Races
  • Donated prizes for several Novemberfest Trail Races

His Contributions to the Running Community Include:

  • Founder of Coolrunning in 1990's which is the top running website used many millions of runners
  • Founder, owner and operator of Yankee Timing Company, the top timing company in New England.
  • Founder and Race Director of the Mill Cities Relay
  • Founder and Race Director of BayState Marathon
  • Founder and Race Director of the Good Times Series in Lowell
  • Founder of the Wild Rover Irish Pub Series (5 years)
  • Directed 100's of races all over the continent
  • Providing timing services for the NYC Marathon and timed 1000's of races
  • Former President and Hall of Fame member of the Greater Lowell Road Runners

His Running Accomplishments Include:

  • Dave's point scoring was with the Greater Lowell Road Runners. 
  • He was one of GLRR's top runners with 2:30 marathon time. 
  • He was one of the top runners in the area back in the 80's and 90's

His List of Awards Include: 

  • The Fred Brown Cup
    During their annual meeting in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on Sunday, January 4, 2009, Jeff Gould, President of the venerable North Medford Club, presented Dave Camire with the 2008 Fred Brown Cup for outstanding contributions to the sport of running over many years. Camire, originally from Pelham, New Hampshire, currently resides in Nashua, New Hampshire and Naples, Florida. He has been active in the running community of the Merrimack Valley and beyond for decades. This award was first presented in 1992, and is an annual highlight for the North Medford Club in honor of their founder.
  • The Phil Quinn Award
    Dave was the first recipient of this prestigious award in 1991, and in 2013 it was awarded for the 23rd time. It has been presented annually as determined by the MCR Alliance Committee and member clubs. It is given for outstanding, meaningful and lasting contributions to the sport of running in the Merrimack Valley. Dave Camire, who also co-founded the event, guided it as Commissioner for the first 26 years, and continues to guide it on the MCR Committee going on year 31, as well as scoring with Yankee Timing. Camire is also the only person to direct two different clubs to the Mill Cities Championship-Greater Lowell (he is a GLRR Hall of Fame member), and the Gate City Striders.

Stan Klem

Stan Klem

Stan has been a member of the Gate City Striders for two decades, and his contributions to the club as a volunteer and organizational driver have been notable and impressive. His contributions to the sport generally and especially in the Merrimack Valley have been tremendous over many years. Stan likes to work behind the scenes, which is why he is often overlooked in terms of his tremendous contributions to the sport he loves. He brings humor and enthusiasm, and terrific hard work and dedication to our sport, both as an organizer and as a participant. He embodies the character of both the Gate City Striders Running Club, as well as the Mill Cities Relay he has worked so hard to help make a first class nationally recognized relay.

His Contributions to the Club Include:

  • Served on the Gate City Executive Board for four terms
  • Timed dozens and dozens of races in the region.
  • Constant volunteer for literally hundreds of events such as Fitness University and Applefest and many more.
  • Served as one of the parking volunteers at Mount Washington for many years, enabling the club to get guaranteed entries into that prestigious race. 
  • Served as a coordinator for the GCS Club cookout at Mount Washington (this while driving up on his own just to volunteer, not even running the race). 
  • Been on the Mill Cities Organizing Committee representing the Gate City Striders for 14 consecutive years,
  • Organized the first leg of the Relay, working with police and ambulance officials in both Nashua and Hudson, worked to secure permission from the city to use either the Nashua YMCA or lately the Dr. Crisp Elementary School, securing insurance permits, porto-lets, recruiting volunteers, etc. 
  • Twice been nominated for the prestigious Phil Quinn Award.
  • Helped organize the famous Applefest Half Marathon
  • Helped organize Pack Monadnock 10 Miler. 
  • Helped organize the Freeze Your Buns Winter series.
  • Organized the prize-winning Fitness University for Kids Program;
  • Substantially involved with the Santa Fund 5K/10K
  • Guided the Medical Center 6K and helped in making it a NE Grand Prix event.
  • Served on the organizing committee for the Novemberfest Trail race for 12 years,
  • Key organizer of the Last Supper for GCS, also for 12 years. 
  • Served as unofficial Social Director when it was not a board position.
  • Helped produce the growing phenomena of the Good Times Series in Lowell

Michelle Poublon

Poublon Head Shot
Michelle Poublon

Michelle was Club President from 2008 – 2012. In that time club membership grew from 400 members to 780. Even after Michelle stepped down as the President she continues to be a big supporter of the club & continues to help PAL / GCS youth teams. Michelle runs a home & supports three children in school while also doing a part time job. Her church is also important to her and she does all this & supports her running club.

Her Contributions to the Club Include: 

  • Club member since 2003 (also from 1991 to 1997)
  • Board member since 2006
  • Club President from 2008 – March 2012.
  • Promoted youth running in the club.
  • Produced numerous articles for the Presidents Column in Striding Along.
  • Volunteer for the clubs Summer Trails Series.
  • Gate City Striders won their second consecutive Mill Cities Relay and proved that our win in 2008 was no fluke.
  • Big supporter of AppleFest -on the board & worked the food tent for many years.
  • Freeze Your Buns race volunteer
  • Santa Fund supporter.
  • RTB Relay (Team Capt.).
  • Cross-country running coach PAL / GCS.
  • FitnessU. Board member & helped obtain sponsorship.

Her Running Accomplishments Include: 

  • 31st New Bedford ½ marathon. 1:43:48
  • 2010 Bill Luti 5 m race - 37:58.2 (7:36 pace)
  • NHGP 2007 2nd female runner in her age group.
  • Red’s Shoe Barn 25th 2006 9th / 35
  • Medical Center 6K. 7:40 pace.
  • Moose on the Loose trail race. 2005   6:54 pace.
  • Pack Monadnock 2006.   9:33 pace


Bob (Bubba) Thompson

Bob Thompson

Bob is one of the longest tenured members of our club, having joined in 1983. He has been a model and inspiration to many newer members and has represented Gate City well in all events and functions. He is also one of the most active members, missing few events and serving as a volunteer on most events over the 30+ years he has been a member. His contributions, attitude, humor, experience and guidance have been legendary, and greatly appreciated by new and older members alike.

His Contributions to the Club Include:

  • Club member from 1983 to present
  • Board of Directors, Serving two terms
  • Volunteer for just about every race and event ever held by Gate City
  • Key contributor to Fitness University and Applefest.
  • Captained teams and organized logistics for many events.
  • Organized teams for 100 on 100 Relay, Mill Cities Relay, Winnipesaukee Relay and Reach the Beach Relay many times.
  • Served as race director for Novemberfest for 15 years and before that he was on the organizing committee with three other Hall of Famers, Steve Doyle, Skip Cleaver, and George LeCours. He was one of the founders/originators of this event, which benefits Nashua Children’s Home thanks to Bob’s hard work.
  • For many years he wrote a regular column in our Striding Along newsletter, “RanDumb Thoughts”, an excellent and creative read.
  • Committee member for the Last Supper celebration.
  • Organized many social events such as softball games, golf outings, and halloween parties
  • Took over as GCS racing team coordinator when Phil Quinn moved to DC—the second Coordinator in club history.
  • Helped to initiate the first formal GCS track workouts along with Bob Main in the early 1980's

His Running Accomplishments Include:

  • Scored points for Gate City in many, many Grand Prix seasons, over decades, both New Hampshire and USATF. 
  • Recently joined the 50-59 age group and is running better than in many years at all distances.
  • Ran the first Applefest Half Marathon in 1983 and the last Applefest Half Marathon in 2013
  • He ran the first Mill Cities Relay in 1984 and nearly every MCR since
  • Has run 6 Boston Marathons
  • Personal records
    • 1 mile - 4:42
    • 5K - 17:50
    • 5 miles - 29:32
    • 10K - 38:24
    • Half Marathon 1:31 (Applefest)
    • Marathon 3:44

Michael Wade 

Michael Wade

Michael is the chief motivator, communicator & cheerleader for the racing team. He’s tremendously adept at organizing teams and arranging scoring to bring the most advantageous placements in grand prix competition and especially the Mill Cities Relay, where he presided over the SIXTH consecutive GCS Championship in 2013. Michael is one of the most energetic, active, efficient and knowledgeable members of the running club and one of the best Board Members ever to serve, and that is saying a great deal. Outside of running, Michael has won numerous awards in the field of Historic Architectural Preservation. He is also a devoted husband and father of 4.

His Contributions to the Club Include:

  • Joined Gate City Striders in April of 2003.
  • Mens Open Team Captain: 2004-2005.
  • GCS Winny Relay Team Coordinator: 2004 – 2007.
  • Regular Newsletter Contributor: 2004 – 2011.
  • GCS Competition Coordinator: 2005 – Present.
  • Mill Cities Relay Team Coordinator: 2005 – Present.
  • Helped organize Saturday group runs in Hollis.
  • Reach the Beach Team Coordinator: 2006 – 2013.
  • Founded GCS Summer Trail Series 2007.
  • Summer Trail Series Race Director: 2007 – 2013.
  • GCS Executive Board Member: 2007 – Present.
  • Club Representative for NEGP: 2007 – Present.
  • Club Representative for NHGP: 2007 – Present
  • Club Representative for Boston Marathon: 2007 – Present
  • Began and administers the Racing Team Awards: 2007 – Present
  • Webmaster for GCS Website: 2009 - Present
  • GCS Facebook Administrator: 2009 - Present
  • Club Rep for Mount Washington Volunteers: 2010 – Present 

His Running Accomplishments Include:

  • 3-time NHGP Granite Runner.
  • Has run over 30 NHGP races.
  • 2-time Mountain Goat – 1 USATF, 1 WMAC.
  • Has run over 40 NEGP races.
  • 1-time NEGP Iron Runner.
  • Has run over 20 Marathons and 5 Ultramarathons.
  • Overall Winner 2007 FYB Series Points Championship.
  • Overall Winner of 2007 NHGP 5k Championship.
  • Overall Winner of 2009 Girls Inc 5k.
  • 2012 - Finished first 50m race in 8:12 - qualifying for Western States.
  • 2013 - Run/Hiked all 48 of NH’s 4000ft mountains in 7 ½ days.
  • 2014 – Founded “100 Miles for Sam” a fundraiser for The Progeria Research Foundation in the memory of Sam Berns.
  • Youngest member ever to be elected to the Gate City Strider Hall of Fame.

Inductees were formally announced at our club’s annual awards dinner on January 17, 2014. Inductees had their name added to a large Gate City Striders – Hall of Fame plaque. Inductees also received a small plaque (to take home) commemorating their induction.



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