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H. Browning Ross: April 26, 1924 - April 27, 1998
Enjoying the festivities at the South Jersey Athletic Club's Browning Ross tribute dinner March 11 in Westmont are, from left, president Bill Alford, vice-president Jack Moskovitz, H. Browning Ross, runners Amy McKenna and Jack Heath.

'Brownie' Was One Of A Kind

by William H. Kile III

There will never be another one like H. Browning Ross. He truly was one of a kind.

The running community has truly lost a great man, a person who meant so much to so many. This issue of the Runner's Club Newsletter was supposed to look back at a night of joy and happiness for Browning and his family with the March tribute dinner. Instead, we're saying good-bye and how all too very soon it seems.

Although I didn't get an opportunity to know Browning during the height of his athletic career, he was one of the kindest and supportive persons I have ever met.

I had the good fortune to know him as a race director, as well as a high school track and field official and coach.

When I first started writing about running more than a decade ago for The Central Record newspaper, I used to go to Brownie's Summer Series at Gloucester County College on a regular basis with my father and report on the races, which always seemed to be won by Chuck Crabb.

I remember riding with Brownie in his car during several Glassboro 10-Milers and getting first-hand accounts of races. It was really neat to see how the races developed and he was always sure I had all the results I needed. I also knew I could always count on a "quote" from Browning. He was always accessible to this young scribe.

I had the good fortune to work as a timer on the finish line with Brownie at the Woodbury Relays Carnival the last couple of years.

The other officials used to joke..."Make sure Browning is awake..." they would say, but I always knew otherwise. Browning probably was more in tune with what was happening than any of us.

It was always interesting to hear his views on "today's athletes," and how the sport had changed since he was a star at Woodbury High School and later Villanova University where he earned national recognition as a two-time Olympian in the steeplechase.

Browning gave so much to so many, and yet he never asked for anything in return.

I can still see his smile and hear his distinctive laugh. He will sorely be missed - but never forgotten.

Ross' Sudden Death Shocks Local Runners

by Jerry Nolan

When asked what prompted him to set the wheels in motion for the H. Browning Ross tribute dinner March 11 in Westmont, organizer Jack Moskovitz, the vice president of the South Jersey Athletic Club, could only say "It was overdue."

The sudden death of Browning April 27, 1998, one day after his 74th birthday, shocked runners both locally and around the country. It made the dinner in March even more significant than it was originally thought to be.

Little did many of the more than 140 running friends in attendance realize they were seeing Browning for the last time.

Since Browning's death, many tributes have been written in local newspapers, club newsletters and other running publications. His accomplishments for long-distance running, both on and off the road, have been well documented.

Ross is credited with the establishment of the Road Runners Club of America, now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

It was also Ross who founded the Long Distance Log, the forerunner of today's running magazines and newspapers.

There isn't enough room here to list his "on the road" accomplishments because they were so extensive over a period of many years.

The outpouring of people at Browning's wake and funeral Mass attested to the many friends he had made in the running community on a local, as well as national level.

In recent years, we have lost a number of good running friends: Bill Kile, Jr., Maucie Miller, Tony Egan, Jack Schilling, George Delaney, Dave Farris, and now, unfortunately, we must add Browning Ross to that list.

Jerry Nolan, a member of the Northeast Roadrunners Club, was a longtime friend of Ross. Nolan has contributed to the RCN in the past and writes regularly for the Runner's Gazette.

A Club Directory...

Info. on Running Clubs in the Delaware Valley

Vice Pres.
Bob Cannava
Ian Stevenson
Ken Dennis
Linda Mosher
Ted Hardies
Susan Schmidt
517 Oreland Mill Road
Oreland, PA 19075
Vice Pres.
Joe Kraher
Mike McCloskey
Bill O'Brien
Jim Walker
P.O. Box 2181
Ventnor, NJ 08406
(609) 601-1-RUN
Ed Altman
Maria Kugel
Vice Pres.
Bill Alford
Jack Moskovitz
Ann Warsing
Ed Espensade
John Weis

A Look Ahead...

Delaware Valley Road Racing Schedule

Summer 1998

This schedule is by no means complete, but just a sampling of what is going on in our area this summer. Please confirm all events with contact number.

DateEventLocationContact No.
June 2715th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry X-C 10K/2-MileWhitesbog, N.J.609-893-4646
June 27Valerie Cessaro 5K Memorial RunWest Hazelton, Pa. 717-459-5039
June 28The Quakertown 5-MilerQuakertown, Pa.215-538-5757
June 28Garden State Athletic Club Track MeetIronia, N.J.973-584-0679
June 28The RACC 5-Mile RunReading, Pa.610-779-2668
June 2820th Annual Chatham Harbor 10K/5K WalkChatham, Md.508-945-4783
July 25K For Those With DisabilitiesWilmington, Del.302-654-6400
July 3Ventnor MileVentnor, N.J.609-601-1-RUN
July 4Pineland Striders 10K/1-Mile Fun RunMedford, N.J.856-596-1626
July 43rd Annual Firecracker 5K RunHaddon Heights, N.J.856-468-0010
July 4Longport MileLongport, N.J.609-601-1-RUN
July 5Sister Blister 5K RunStone Harbor, N.J.609-967-8082
July 76th Annual "No Frills, Just Thrills" Summer SeriesPennsauken, N.J.609-261-1984
July 97th Annual Service Master 5KHamilton Square, N.J.609-890-8343
July 11Albert R. Taxin 5K Boardwalk RunAtlantic City, N.J. 856-468-0100
July 18Atlantic City Press 5-Mile Beach RunVentnor, N.J.609-561-4441
July 18J. Irving Whalley Memorial 5-Mile Run/2-Mile WalkWindber, Pa.814-467-4000
July 18Teterboro Airport 5KTeterboro, N.J.201-986-7715
July 216th Annual "No Frills, Just Thrills" Summer SeriesPennsauken, N.J.609-261-1984
July 252nd Annual Bill Kile's Memorial 4-Miler/1-MilerCooper River Park/Pennsauken856-985-7892
July 25Sandblast Beach RunWildwood, N.J.609-729-2225
July 26Mike's Birthday 5KKelly Drive, Phila.215-343-7908
July 26Sandblast 5-Mile Beach RunNorth Wildwood, N.J.609-729-5572
July 26Brigantine 5K Run/1-Mile Fun RunBrigantine, N.J.609-729-2225
August 1Sea Isle City 10-MilerSea Isle City, N.J. 609-263-3655
August 16th Annual Neptune City Day 5K Run/WalkNeptune City, N.J. 732-776-7224
August 46th Annual "No Frills, Just Thrills" Summer SeriesPennsauken, N.J.609-261-1984
August 8George Seehan Classic 5-MilerRed Bank, N.J.856-974-8457
August 8EHT P.A.L. 5KEgg Harbor Township, N.J.609-926-4041
August 15Unity Day 1OKWest River Drive, Phila------------
August 154th Annual Run for Kids' Sake 4-Mile Run/WalkLehighton, Pa.610-377-0814
August 164th Annual Race & Walk & Skate of Valor 5KDeptford, N.J.856-468-0010
August 186th Annual "No Frills, Just Thrills" Summer SeriesPennsauken, N.J.609-261-1984
August 22Yellow Creek 5-MilerPenn Run, Pa.724-357-7913
August 23Sallie Mae Valley Classic 10K/5KWilkes-Barre, Pa.717-821-6587
August 26Run For Tony 5K/1-Mile Fun Run/WalkWestmont, N.J.856-468-0010
August 29HANDS 5KNorth Arlington, N.J.732-381-0318
August 29AC Rescue Mission End of Summer 5KAtlantic City, N.J. 609-601-1-RUN
September 5Bud Kern 5KSomers Point, N.J.609-927-5253
September 7Mayor's Labor Day RaceOcean City, N.J.609-398-6900
September 7CJRRC Fall Classic 5-Miler/1-MileCranford, N.J.732-381-0318
September 13Back to the J 5KHarrisburg, Pa.717-236-9555
September 13Westwood Health and Fitness 5K/1-MileWestwood, N.J.201-666-3800
September 13RRCA Women's Distance Festival 5KMedia, Pa.610-623-3069
September 13Miss America Run For LifeAtlantic City, N.J.609-601-1-RUN
September 27Philadelphia Distance RunPhiladelphia, Pa.610-293-0786
October 11Long Beach Island 18-MilerLong Beach Island, N.J. 609-494-8861

Have You Heard?

RCN Readers Share Their Favorite Races...

"...Mount Penn Mudfest - they create a good atmosphere with a course for the beginner to slightly moderate level trail runner..." shares Christopher Fowles of Woodbury, NJ

"...Moorestown Rotary 8K - fun, scenic route and its always held on Moorestown Day with sidewalk sales, music, games, etc..." writes Lori Flamini of Moorestown, NJ

"...Whitesbog 10K and Cranberry Harvest 5-Miler (also at Whitesbog) - nothing compares to a run through the pines! Also Buzz's Tavern Shamrock 4-Miler - FREE hot dogs and beer - nuff said!..." comments Brian Mosher of Marlton, NJ

"...St. Patty's race - there's a party afterward, a nice shirt and a chance to see all of my running friends..." reports Gene Newman of Egg Harbor Township, NJ

William H. Kile, Jr. Scholarship Winners Announced June 15 At Pennsauken High

by The Kid


The second recipients of The William H. Kile, Jr. Humanitarian Scholarship Fund were announced in an awards' ceremony June 15 at Pennsauken High School.

Candidates were nominated by the school's staff of 130 teachers. The scholarship committee, headed by Karen Katz and Barbara DeFranco, chose the four winners from a pool of nine senior candidates.

This year's winners were graduates Kimberly Davies, Melanie Hedges, Timothy Killion and Thomas Nigro, all of whom received checks in the amount of $250.

The scholarship winners from the Howard Pfeifer Middle School were Robert Rosenheim and Fantasia Brown. They each received $50 checks.

To be considered for the humanitarian scholarship, the senior must exemplify the qualities for which Bill Kile, Jr. was so noted and loved. These qualities include, but are not limited to, kindness, compassion, selflessness, thoughtfulness, and a consistently positive and upbeat manner.

Last year's recipients were Kieu Cao, Emmett Dweh and William Smith.

Pennsauken's senior class consisted of 309 graduates this year.

Woodbury Honors Ross With Benjamin-Ross 5K

by Jerry Nolan

Three years ago, Browning Ross assisted in organizing the George Benjamin 5K race. A friend of Browning's, Benjamin introduced the two-time Olympic steeplechase runner to the sport.

Later, Benjamin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II. Following Ross' death in April, race officials decided to expand the race to honor Browning.

Kevin Weatherill, 19, of Swedesboro captured the fourth annual Benjamin-Ross Memorial 5K race Sunday, June 7.

A member of the Bucknell University cross country and track teams, Weatherill led the field of 86 finishers with his winning time of 15 minutes and 52 seconds.

Sharon Schilling, 28, of Pitman was the first woman to finish. She came in at 17:42.

Remembering Browning...

by Jane Hoopes


Harrison Browning Ross was a dear friend to everyone who knew him.

Many people in the running community have already expressed their feelings of regret with his loss.

My husband, Gene, and I first became acquainted with Browning in 1978. As a new female runner, I would attend Browning's series almost weekly.

Browning, who was the founder of the Road Runners Club of America 40 years ago, often used his unique humor to encourage me to strive harder. His races would always be "highly-competitive fun runs."

One piece of instruction I remember him telling me was not to take too long to run because he wanted to get home in time for dinner.

I have Browning to thank for many of the lasting friendships I've established over the years. When Gene and I decided to open Athlete's Korner in Hammonton, NJ, Browning introduced me to the manufacturer representatives he had been dealing with at his store - Sports East in Woodbury.

Rather than treat us as competitors, Browning was there to offer advice, suggesting what I should stock and when to make purchases. We often traded stock and bought merchandise together.

When it came time to close our store, Browning took what merchandise we had left and sold it on consignment. He kept records of each sale on scraps of paper and would always have the exact amount of money for each sale.

Although Browning kept his life simple, he always seemed amazed at the advancements made in the technology used for timing road races. It was Browning who encouraged Gene and I to get involved in that end of the business and he would recommend our company - Athlete's Korner Sports Timing Systems - to race directors looking for clocks and equipment. He would often help out himself, volunteering at races by helping pulling tags or doing results.

Our Thanksgiving turkey trot was inspired by Browning.

We, in turn, helped Browning out with his summer running camps in Medford for several years. Many athletes who attended his camps are still fine runners today.

One thing that really impressed us was that no matter how many months went by between the time we saw each other, Browning was always happy to see us. No matter what the circumstance, we could always catch up on family, friends, life, etc.

Browning possessed the gift of unconditional love.

For years, Browning had encouraged me to become a state-certified track and field official, but there was always other commitments that prevented me from attending class.

This year, I finally decided to follow Browning's advice. It was ironic that on the night of his tribute dinner I was taking my officials' exam - and I passed.

I feel the best way to honor Browning's memory would be to keep things simple and practice his example of unconditional love.

This poem, I believe, is an example of how Browning lived...

Just for Today:

I will let go of anger.

I will let go of worry.

I will give thanks for my many blessings.

I will do my work honestly.

I will be kind to my neighbor and every living being.

A Look Back...

Highlights of Happenings at Area Races

Cherokee Senior Wins Kings Grant 5K

The sixth annual Kings Grant Outdoor Awareness Day 5K June 6 looked more like a training run for some area high school runners than a road race.

Three members of the Cherokee boys' track team set the pace for the field of 41 finishers that competed on the fast and flat 3.1-mile loop course around Kings Grant.

Senior Jeff Storch, 18, of Marlton won his first title here in 16:55, four seconds ahead of teammate Michael Caputi, 16, of Marlton.

Another Chiefs' runner, David Sitzer, 17, finished third, a minute behind Storch in 17:55.

"I sort of cruised (in the beginning) and he (Caputi) passed me and I let him go," said Storch, who led early in the race with a 5:10 first mile.

Caputi made his move on Storch and took as much as a five second lead just before the two-mile mark near the Richard L. Rice School on Crown Royal Parkway.

"He passed me right at the end (approximately a quarter mile to go)," Caputi said of Storch. "I was happy with my time. It was my best for a road race."

Amanda Eltringham, 19, a former standout runner at Bishop Eustace Prepatory School where she was a state Parochial A cross-country champion two years ago, won the Kings Grant women's title last weekend with her eighth-place time of 20:36.

Christine Ermert, 30, of Marlton was the second woman finisher at 11th (21:59), followed by Dawn Kempton, 35, of Medford (18th - 23:18) in third.

Eltringham now runs for Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, where she had impressive first seasons in cross-country and track.

"This has been my first year injury-free," said Eltringham, who was the top-ranked freshman on the cross-country team last fall. "I ran at states and regionals. I hope to train and work hard over the summer and, hopefully, be one of the top runners on the (cross-country) team (in the fall)."

All-Group Finale Ends Track Year

by The Kid

Another scholastic track and field season drew to a close in New Jersey with the NJSIAA Meet of Champions June 3 at Frank Jost Field in South Plainfield.

There were many outstanding performances on what turned out to be a unseasonably cool and windy evening.

From a running standout, Haddonfield High School freshman Erin Donohue won the 3,200 in impressive fashion at 10:43.71.

Donohue had won 800, 1,600 and 3,200 events at the state Group 1 championships a week earlier to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their first state title in school history.

Boys' All-Group Results

400IM: Marqueth Tard, Trenton Central (53.25) 1.600: Ian Hahn, Manchester Township (4:17.84) 110HH: Todd Matthews, Notre Dame (13.52) 100: Tim Athill, Pleasantville (10.68) 3200: Murad Campbell, Overbrook (9:07.10) 400: Rob Gary, Lenape (47.85) 800: Joe Lewis, Pleasantville (1:53.62) 200: Anthony Davis, Plainfield (21.53) 4-by-400: Plainfield (3:18.37) Pole Vault: Chris Gates, New Providence (15-0) High Jump: Robert Jordan, Millville (7-0) Long Jump: Robert Jordan, Millville (22-10) Shot Put: Kevin DiGiorgio, Bayonne (67-8-3/4) Discus: Terrence Glover, Hamilton West (185-11) Javelin: Nick Serpico, Verona (198-6).

Girls' All-Group Results

1600: Lindsey Gallo, Howell (5:04.38) 100HH: Sherese Price, Pleasantville (13.85) 100: Melisa Barber, Montclair (11.57) 3,200: Erin Donohue, Haddonfield (10:43.71) 400: Mikele Barber, Montclair (54.61) 800: Lauren McHale, Ocean City (2:12.77) 200: Mikele Barber. Montclair (24.00) 4-by-400: Willingboro (3:53.46) High Jump: Cheryl Burdick, Ramsey (5-8) Long Jump: Carlene Cummings, Dwight Morrow (18-5) Shot Put: Sarah Cullen, Red Bank (43-6-1/4) Discus: Melinda Boykin, Bridgeton (134-10) Javelin: Lynlee Phillips, Shawnee (142-0).

Race Spotlight...

Bill Kile's Memorial Run On July 25

The featured race of this RCN issue is our own - the second annual Bill Kile's Memorial Run. This TAC-certified four-mile race will be held Saturday, July 25 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, NJ. The gun will go off at 9 a.m.

"Interest has started to pick up the last month and we're looking forward to another great turnout," said race-director Bill Kile III. "We have some new sponsors this year and that is very exciting."

Proceeds will benefit The William H. Kile, Jr. Humanitarian Scholarship Fund at Pennsauken High School. See the application for all the details. Hope to see you there!

Runner's Club

Bill Kile, III ("The Kid")
550 Bilper Avenue, Apt. #6020
Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Phone (856) 309-1135

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