Joe Navas is running for Masters Long Distance Running Chair of USATF NE. Posted below is his position statement (he wrote it). USATF NE elections are Sunday, Sept 23, 4 pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 420 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham, MA. Members must be present to vote.
To the members of USA Track and Field – New England,
My name is Joe Navas and I am running for the USATF New England Masters Long Distance Running Chair for the upcoming 2012-2013 year.
While I have not served in an administrative capacity in the New England association, I have a good deal of experience in a similar role, having served as President of the Cape Cod Athletic Club, one of the association’s oldest standing clubs, for two years (2008-2009) and as Vice President in the year (2007) before that.
During that time, the number of members in the club grew substantially and I was very happy to see a palpable uptick in the competitiveness of our members and in the attendance of our races.
Additionally, I helped – with the invaluable aid of the club’s webmaster, Geof Newton – in leading a transition away from relying solely on print and mail into a greater utilization of social media and electronic communication.
I serve as a senior writer and photographer for Level Renner Magazine, which, as many of you know, is an up and coming publication that seeks to speak to and celebrate the very highest ethic of competitive running in this, the most storied running region in the country.
I am also currently a cross country coach at Dennis Yarmouth High School on Cape Cod. Needless to say, I have yet to tire of anything that has to do with my own or anyone else’s running experience.
I have been a USATF member continuously for my entire racing career of 10 years and have competed in the majority of Grand Prix races during the last 5 years as a member of the Whirlaway Racing Team.
It has been nothing short of an honor and a privilege to run for the team that I do in the region that I run in.
I approach every race I run here with reverence and respect as well as a fear that at times, I may be viewed as utterly kooky for the way I simply love to take it all in. Only in running would someone be as excited as I was two years ago to at last turn 40.
As Masters Long Distance Chair, I would like at the very least to serve as a highly approachable, accessible figure.
I feel I am a good choice for this position in part because I am and intend to be in the thick of competition – especially Grand Prix and National level competition – for years to come.
I also bring with me the support and collective acumen of the men and women of Whirlaway, a team that is virtually synonymous with New England Masters running.
I was never blessed with either great wisdom nor speed when I was a younger man, but that has left me, in the words of many fellow teammates with “fresh legs,” that allow me to rub shoulders and toe lines with Masters athletes I know full well I have little right being next to. It is, in part, because of this respect that I seek this position.
As passionate as I am about racing, that passion is equaled or surpassed by many, many Masters men and women in this region and they deserve the best racing experience they can have, which includes not only the best courses and amenities, but also an outlet to voice opinions, concerns and ideas to.
They also need their numbers to be continually replenished, which means, as many have expressed, a return to making sure racing is competitive for all, attractive to all and that what we offer to all athletes speaks to that desire for one level field for all to come to and test themselves against each other and history.
I thank you for your time and attention. I am very much looking forward to serving this organization in whatever capacity it requires.