Volunteer of the Year Award – Robin Borschel and TJ Cutchins

Presented by Judy Alexander January 15, 2011

“To a person deemed representative of those club members who contribute hours of time assisting in club activities and who often go unrecognized by the club at large.”
This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award winners are two very soft spoken, private people; the kind of people who get big things done with very little fanfare.

The Beginning Running Group was started years ago by Nadine and Joe “Dex” Dexter and in 2007, one of our award winners joined in order to lose weight & control his diabetes, for which he was taking daily insulin shots.  He lost 60 pounds, was able to stop taking shots, and he completed the Tallahassee Marathon, his first, the very next year.  He now co-leads that Beginning Running Group and inspires others to do what he did, to achieve their goals and continue an activity that lasts a lifetime.  He also co-directs the Springtime Training Group (starting January 26th this year!), has led the spring Boot Camp running group that meets at the Miccosukee Greenway, volunteers at multiple races each year, and shares his invaluable law enforcement expertise, not to mention connections, with our race directors.

The other half of this couple started working with the Springtime Training Group with Julie Clark and took over for Julie a few years ago.  When Nadine and Dex left, she took over with the Beginning Runners & has continued to nurture and grow both of these groups with the same attention to detail and tradition of excellence with which they were founded.  She has helped at numerous other events & is known for giving others a sense of encouragement to follow through with their goals and a sense of accomplishment for doing so.  I can’t tell you how many members of the Springtime and Beginners’ groups have made a point to tell me how wonderful they think this lady is.

Together and separately, these two fine people give many hours to help others get started, stay motivated, and ultimately realize their running dreams. 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Gulf Winds Track Club Volunteer of the Year Award:  Robin Borschel and TJ Cutchins!