Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 9, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013
Nine years and nine months after taking over the management of the New Jersey office of USATF, Pam Fales of Boonton accepted an employment offer she couldn’t refuse and tendered her resignation to President Ed Neighbour. Fales returns to her roots in corporate America and leaves behind a legacy with USATF that will be hard to match.
When Fales took the job of Managing Director the association had been managed by a paid staff member for about a dozen years. Many associations still operate with only volunteers and it was a leap of faith for the officers at that time to venture into a paid staff person.
It had not been easy financially. The association had drawn down its reserves over those years. Three managing directors had come and gone.
Fales set her sights on reducing expenses and raising revenue. To say she was successful is an understatement. During her tenure the association went from a near zero bank balance to one that is now the envy of many associations. The membership had grown to over six thousand by the end of 2012 and the association is close to that now with six months yet to go.
Events that have been sanctioned totaled 389 in 2012 and will likely reach that in 2013.
New Jersey has been recognized nationally as one the top associations in the country.
Of course Fales has had the help of dedicated volunteers who serve on the Board of Trustees and as chairs and vice chairs of sports committees. But you could not find one who would claim credit for the association’s growth if it hadn’t been for Fales “ownership” of the management of the association.
Fortunately Fales has agreed to stay on as the Acting Managing Director during the transition and she will also serve as the event director for several of the events that are hosted by USATF. So though she now commutes to New York City each day she is still aiding the association she has served for so long.
“We will certainly miss Pam,” said Neighbour. “But we are grateful to her for agreeing to continue helping us during this period.”
NEW COURSE RECORDS AT THE ROXBURY COMMUNITY BENEFIT 5K
Former Randolph high school standout miler Colin Frost won the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K Monday night in record setting time. Frost jumped into the lead at the start and was never challenged. He averaged 5:06 per mile to reach the finish line in 15:51, establishing a new record for the course that had been newly designed in 2012.
Maria Danna of Kenvil also set the women’s course record and with an outstanding performance as well. She finished in seventh place overall in 18:13.
Rain in the morning gave way during the day to scattered clouds and dry weather for the race that started at 7:00 p.m. Over six hundred runners were registered for the race with 593 finishers. Eric Prince of Chester was the first masters runner to finish. His time was 17:33. The top masters woman was Mary Christian of Flanders who finished in 20:26. Christian, 49, was also the top age graded woman at 81.04%. The top local masters man was Antonio Massa, 48, of Budd Lake whose 18:17 was age graded at 79.38%.
A calendar of USATF sanctioned events can be found at www.usatfnj.org or at www.raceforum.com for running and tri and biathlon events.
Contact Madeline Bost at email@example.com.