Gate City Striders - Hall of Fame - Class of 2017
Published Feb 11, 2017
Dave Beauley is simply one of the best runners ever to wear the colors of the Gate City Striders. Dave was three times the Henri Renaud Award winner as the fastest New Hampshire finisher of the Boston Marathon, winning in 1994, 1996, and 1998. Winning in 1996 was especially memorable and significant because it was the 100th Boston and the competition was intense as over 37,000 runners toed the line that year. His times were great enough to place him in the top echelons of American runners overall: he ran 2:24:16, 2:28:28, and 2:27:37 respectively in those three, and ran near the top in several other years.
Dave won our own Applefest Half Marathon twice, had a course best of 1:10:34 at the Mount Washington Road Race, and many other race victories and top finishes too numerous to mention here. He was especially strong in Grand Prix races and relays, leading Gate City’s open teams to many wins and top award winning places. He was a New England grand Prix Iron Runner.
Some elite runners simply run and let others do the volunteer and organizational work. Not Dave! He volunteered for virtually every Gate City event and outing throughout the 1990’s, and was especially dedicated to the Fitness University program. He has always helped out no matter what the need.
Dave held several leadership positions as well, serving on the Executive Board quite a few terms as Competition Coordinator, vice President and President. He was long time Captain of the men’s open team, and was Race Director for the Pack Monadnock Ten Miler, as well as assistant director for that one and several other events.
Dave Joined the Striders in the summer of 1992, and his talent was noticed right away, running 5K’s in the low 15’s. Dave enjoyed the camaraderie of the club from the start and made life long friends. He was transferred to California in the spring of 1999; otherwise he would have accomplished even more for the club in both service and competition. He and his family moved back to the area in January of 2013, and immediately reconnected with the club. He was nominated for the Hall of Fame in 2015, and now joins the class of 2017.
Jim Belanger is one of the most determined and dedicated and determined runners in the 37-year history of the Gate City Striders. His determination, enthusiasm and hard work made his teammates better runners as well, especially the powerful masters and senior teams of the 1990’s and 2000’s. Jim has always put in that maximum effort, weather as a runner, a club leader, or volunteer over the 22 plus years he has been a member of GCS.
And he started off with a bang, winning the “newbie” award in 1995 and was volunteer of the year. Name a club event and Jim was a part of it, with special dedication to Applefest and to Fitness University. And in addition to being the consummate volunteer, Jim took over leadership roles in the club as well. He served on the Executive board for three years. He took over the Gate City Boston Marathon Bus coordination for George LeCours and Steve Doyle and headed it up for 10 years. He also represented the club as a Boston Marathon volunteer for many years.
Jim was the Gate City and New Hampshire representative to the RRCA, coordinated the monthly Gate City Calendar for the prize-winning club newsletter, Striding Along, and for many years coordinated the stuffing and mailing of that newsletter, which for most of the club history was the primary source of communication and club cohesiveness.
Jim also contributed to the newsletter, and was an early supporter and participant in the “BBS”, our early stage internet communication experiment which eventually grew into a club website as we know it today. Jim participated on several of our race committees, including Applefest for eight years, Pack Monadnock, Fitness University, and Freeze Your Buns, which he also directed for several years.
Jim has a remarkable competition record as well: For most of two decades he was a top masters and senior runner with numerous top 5 finishes. This includes top age group finishes at the Boston Marathon, which he finished 15 times, going sub three hours with seven and a PR of 2:52. Jim has many top 10 finishes in Grand Prix events, scoring hundreds of points in these events in multiple age groups. An example of hundreds of races: he won the St. Joes on the Go overall in 2001, and caught and passed several competitors in the 2000 Mill Cities Relay, giving Gate City its first MCR Championship by one point over Greater Lowell. Jim’s racing career was amazingly prolific, showing the club colors at hundreds of events over many years.
Trevor and his wife Leeann joined the Gate City Striders 20 years ago, and they got involved immediately as both active runners and as key volunteers. Soon they discovered it was not enough to volunteer so they began taking on a much larger role in the club, especially in leadership and race direction, in addition to volunteering for nearly every Gate City event since joining.
Trevor is coming up on eight years on the GCS Executive Board, the last few years as Membership Director. But he is probably best known by other members as the long time Director, along with Leeann, of the Fitness University program, which they ran exceptionally well for 11 years (this is 110 years in Race Director terms). Additionally, for hardy winter runners, you will recall them as the Race Directors for Freeze Your Buns for many years—10 to be exact.
Trevor has also served an essential role in helping with Gate City’s Equipment Storage, keeping everything in place and available for all events, and helping with organization and shelving. He is always on call it seems, to help with storage duties at the facility, helping to deliver and return GCS equipment at all hours and any day of the year—an invaluable service.
In addition to directing those key events, he has volunteered for nearly every event since joining, including Applefest, the Gate City Marathon, Ultimate Runner, Mount Washington, and many more.
Trevor has also led in the competitions; being captain of the Men’s Senior Team, Mill Cities Relay teams, Mount Washington, and Pack Monadnock, Reach the Beach Relay (9 years), as well as coordinating teams for most of the Grand Prix events.
Trevor’s running accomplishments are many and varied, and always in the top of his age groups, especially in Grand Prix events where he has scored many, many team points over the years. Trevor has participated in literally hundreds of events representing the club, including five Mount Washington Road Races. Trevor achieved Iron Runner status in the New England Grand Prix twice, and has won dozens of individual age group awards and, importantly, been part of many team awards as well.
Leeann Ward has been a constant presence at Gate City Events and functions for nearly 20 years since joining the Striders, along with her husband Trevor. She has been a volunteer at many events, event director, and dedicated runner, working and training to become one of the better senior and veteran runners in New England. It seems that season after season she and her teammates win age group team awards in race after race, often winning top honors in Grand Prix events and relays.
Leeann, along with Trevor, is probably best known as thee long-time co-Director of the Fitness University for Kids program, having been at the helm for this unique award-winning program for 11 years. Additionally, she has c-directed the Freeze Your Buns Winter Series for nine years through the winter of 2015-16.
Leeann has volunteered for nearly all Gate City events since joining nearly two decades ago, including Applefest Half Marathon, the Gate City Marathon, Ultimate Runner, Mount Washington and Pack Monadnock.
She not only directs events and volunteers for many, but she also runs them-and very well. She has scored high in her age group both individually and as part of the team in nearly all New England Grand Prix and New Hampshire Grand Prix events year after year. She has achieved Iron Runner status in the New England Grand Prix three times, and has completed four races up Mount Washington—but after all, the is only one hill in the entire course.
Leeann has proudly worn the Gate City uniform in literally hundreds of races of all types, training hard to become one of the better senior and veteran runners in the region. She has also led her team and contributed in many ways to the club with vigor and enthusiasm. As many will say, and as they have proven over the years—if you want something done or want representation at events, call the Wards.
And now they are both members of Gate City’s Hall of Fame, a token of the club’s appreciation for all they have done.