The JPL Running Club

The JPL Running Club is one of the many employer-sponsored JPL Recreation Clubs, established to provide opportunities for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employees and contractors to participate in recreational activities that promote employee health, wellness and morale. The Running Club is dedicated to the promotion of running, jogging or walking for JPL employees, contractors, retirees, their families and friends.

Updated April 13, 2017


Running Club News

**** NEWS****

We held the 43rd annual Arroyo Seco Freako, on March 30th. A total of 43 runners (35 men and 8 women) showed up on an almost perfect day to run (beautifully sunny, with race time temperature around 74 degrees). Strong competition between the top 2 racers brought out some of the fastest times (minutes/mile) that this race has ever seen.

The race was won for the second year in a row by Christopher Chatellier in a time of 19:10 (30 seconds faster than his winning time last year). Christopher was followed very, very closely by second place finisher Matthew Thill with a time of 19:11, and then by third place winner Jason Rhodes finishing almost 2 minutes later (21:04).

The first woman runner to finish, Charlotte Smetanka, came in 11th place with a time of 24:12. Last year's women's 2nd place woman Andrea Stringham was again the second fastest women racer in a time of 25:13 (a slight improvement from her time last year) for an overall finish of 15th (same as last year).

 

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2017 Arroyo Seco Freako Winner (Christopher Chatellier) and runner up (Matthew Thill), and first woman finisher (Charlotte Smetanka)

 

We held our almost Annual Brown Mountain Christmas Run on December 16th, 2016. A total of 16 runners enjoyed the seasonal, cool weather.

 

2016 X-Mas Run

2016 Almost Annual Brown Mountain Run participants pre-race (partial group)

For an interesting look at the history of the Arroyo Seco Freako, see this list of all the routes used over the past 40 plus years.

 

SEND US YOUR RACE RESULTS:

Have you run in a race such as the Los Angeles Marathon, the Pasadena Marathon, City of Angels Half-Marathon, recently? If so, please let us know and tell us your finishing times.
We would like to recognize all JPLers who race by posting their names and finishing times on the JPL Running Club Web site (eventually, I promise).

And if you'd like to also send us a brief race report, we'd be happy to post that as well. Please email Melora Larson with this information.

Current membership dues are $8.00. New year for dues starts January 1. You can send a check, payable to "JPL Running Club", to the Club Treasurer, Mark Ryne at JPL Mail Stop 264-282. Off-Lab members should send this to Mark Ryne, Mail Stop 264-282, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109.



  • 2017 Event Calendar

    Please stay tuned for more JPL Running Club races and events. We would love new blood to help us start holding events essentially once every month or two (or at least 2-4 events every year). Please let us know if you are willing to help spear head an event.

    JPL event registration and waiver procedure is described here.

    Weekday Date Time Place Event
    Sunday January 1 12:00am   Happy New Year 2017.
    Sunday March 19 ~7:00am Start Dodger stadium Los Angeles Marathon.
    Thursday March 30 12:00pm Lower Hahamongna Park 43rd Annual Arroyo Seco Freako Microthon (Charles Voge Memorial Run)
             
    Friday Dec 15 ~11:30 am JPL East Gate JPL (Brown Mountain) Some Times Annual Christmas Run

    Note: Italicized events are tentative.

    Events in gray are not sponsored by the JPL Running Club, but the Club is "adopting" them as sister events because large numbers of Club members are expected to participate. Your participation and finish times in such events can be listed on the Club's web site the same as if these events were Club-sponsored. However, all issues of liability, release waivers, etc., are between the individual runner and the sponsoring organization.

    Archived Event Calendars: 2002 1998 1988 1987. Additional event calendars from past years will be archived as they can be found.


    JPL Running Club Administrivia

  • President: Kelly Perry
  • Vice-President: Sam Dolinar
  • Treasurer: Mark Ryne
  • Website Administrator and List Server admin: Melora Larson

    Current membership dues are $8.00. New year for dues starts January 1. You can send a check, payable to "JPL Running Club", to the Club Treasurer, Mark Ryne at JPL Mail Stop 264-282. Off-Lab members should send this to Mark Ryne, Mail Stop 264-282 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109.


    Events from years past

    Club-Sponsored Events

  • Arroyo Seco Freako Microthon (Charles Voge Memorial Run)
  • Voyager Grand Tour Marathon Relay (originally New Year's Run & Marathon Relay)
  • Smog Jog Relay
  • Great Pumpkin Run
  • Christmas Run
  • May Madness Medley Match Race Tournament
  • Club 2-mi Races, including Track Race, Green Dot Race, Handicap Race, Know Your Pace Race
  • Club 10K Races
  • JPL Section Challenge (part of NASA Intercenter Competition)
  • JPL Bike & Run Races
  • JPL Olympics
  • Registration and waiver procedure

    Externally Sponsored Events

  • NASA Intercenter Competition
  • Mojave Death Race
  • Los Angeles Marathon
  • Jimmy Stewart Marathon Relay
  • Xerox Marathon Relay
  • Manufacturers Hanover Corporate Challenge



    Runner Information and Resources

    Running Courses near JPL --- Where can I go run near JPL?

    On-Lab Shower Facilities --- Where can I take a shower on-Lab?

    Computer Rankings of JPL Runners --- How do my times compare to those of other JPL runners?

    Information for Race Directors --- What do I need to know and do to put on a race?

    Links to Other Useful Running Pages...

  • Raceplace Online

    Our New Website

    Our website is currently undergoing extensive renovation, both in its content and in its "look-and-feel". Keep checking this site while we're renovating, and send us your comments and ideas.

    Our old website, inherited from our old jplrecclubs.caltech.edu/running domain, is temporarily archived here. If you notice that we've inadvertently left any old data behind as we transition to our new website, please let us know before we remove the old site.

    Approximately 200 old flyers from the first 20 years of our Club's existence (mid-1970s to mid-1990s) have now been scanned and added to our new website. Oldtimers can look at these and reminisce. Newer Club members should read some of our old flyers for ideas on how to make our Club active again.


    The Off 'n' Running Newsletter disseminates running news and information of general interest to Club members. The Club's Bulletin Board is a place for information exchange among individual runners or groups of runners. Check the bulletin board often, and the newsletter somewhat less frequently.



    Website Administrator: Melora Larson