Member Spotlight

NAME: Kevin Savage

AGE: 42


RUNNING HISTORY: I ran cross country and track in high school, then took 20+ years off from running all together before picking it up again at age 40. I did a few 5Ks before a friend suggested that I could run a half marathon, something I had never done before. After joining GRR in Aug. 2014, I went on to complete my first half marathon in Hartford later that year.


As a newbie to GRR, I did not know many people in the club – the members I met that day in Hartford were incredibly welcoming and supportive. It was then then that I caught the running bug and in 2015 I went on to run five more half marathons, several with GRR members.

WHY DO YOU RUN:  For me, running presents the opportunity to enjoy being on the open road where I can allow my mind to wander for just a little bit, reflecting on where I’ve been and thinking about what’s ahead. It’s a place where I capture just a small moment in time to clear my head, catch up with my running crew or have some alone time after a long day.


Running allows me to enter a world where I can explore possibilities, push boundaries and attempt to be extraordinary in my own way.  One of my favorite expressions that exemplifies this is “Running is not about being better than someone else.  It’s about being better than you used to be.”  That’s why I run.


NEXT RUNNING RACE/GOAL:  My goal this year is to complete my first marathon, something I never believed I could do. I’ve been inspired by seeing friends at GRR achieve their personal best in races throughout the year and accomplish goals they set for themselves.

FANTASY RUNNING DESTINATION:  Anywhere along the beach where I can see white sand for miles and listen to waves crashing against the shore – for me, that is running bliss.

FAVORITE ENERGY FOOD/DRINK:  Gatorade is my “go to” drink, perhaps because it is available at so many race events. The fact that my daughter also likes Gatorade means we often have an ample supply at home.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO RUN TO:  Believe it or not, I don’t listen to music when I run. I like using the time spent running with groups to catch up with friends as well as meet new people.  I’ve connected with several GRR members at different events as well as met new people from other areas of the state when running with pace groups – we are fortunate to have such a great running community in town and the greater Hartford area.

FAVORITE NON-RUNNING ACTIVITIES:  Golf is one of my favorite activities, although running seems to now be consuming the time I once had to hit the links. I hope to find a little more balance this year to allow myself time for running and golf, perhaps there is a way to combine them. J

TIPS FOR NEW RUNNERS:  I recently saw a quote from Arthur Ashe that said “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” I am a big believer in starting where you are and taking the first step, ready or not. So don’t be afraid to get started, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain – be patient and recognize your gains will take time – find a support system, a running buddy or group who can help you along the way.


BY: Ed Ureta

Member Spotlight: Richard Borbely


Name: Richard Borbely

Age: 46

Marital Status: Single

Children: None

Occupation: Auto Detailer

Running History: I ran cross country in high school and did not run for 30 yrs after. I started walking 1 ½ years ago and then progressed to 4 mi walk/runs. I joined the Intermediate Group last year and ran the Firecracker 5K. I ran my first half-marathon in Hartford with a 1:59 time, the Colchester Half at 1:45 and King of Pain.

Why Do You Run?: I was overweight at 220 lbs for a long time and needed to live a healthy lifestyle. I lost 60 lbs from running and dieting and kept the weight off.
(See before picture below)

Next Running Goal/Race: Run my first full marathon in Hartford this year

Fantasy Running Destination: Qualify for and run the Boston Marathon

Favorite Energy Food/Drink: Take whey protein after working out and eat healthy

Favorite Music to Run to: None. I do not listen to music as I keep gadgets to a minimum.

Favorite Non-Running Activities: Biking, going to classic car shows

Tips for New Runners: Find a running group and stick to it.



Spotlight: Maggie De Vito



Maggie DevitoName: Maggie De Vito

Age: 28  

Marital Status: Single

Children: None

Occupation: 7th grade history teacher in Bristol  

Running History: I joined the GRR Beginner’s Group coached by Dawn in the winter of 2012. I ran my first 5K at the Diva Run that April.  I did run on my own prior to that, but never enjoyed it like I do now.  I have done several 5K, 10K races, Ragnar Relay and my first half marathon in NYC in 2013.  I coached the Beginner’s Group since April 2013 until now.

Why Do You Run?:  I run for several reasons- good fitness activity, stress relief, and for social interaction.

Next Running Goal/Race:  Hartford Half Marathon in October 2014, plus additional 5K and 10k races in the next few months.

Fantasy Running Destinations: Run the Pacific Coast Hwy in CA and the countryside of Tuscany, Italy

Favorite energy food/drink: bananas, rice crackers with peanut butter, gummy chews and water for long runs

Favorite Music to Run to: I like an eclectic genre of music but upbeat tempo like country (e.g. Johnny Cash)

Favorite Non-Running Activities: going to the beach, swimming, concerts, plays at the Bushnell, hanging out with family and friends   

Tips for New Runners: learn your running pace early, run for yourself, and don’t overexert yourself


By Ed Ureta


Margaret RorrioMargaret Rorrio became a member of the Glastonbury River Runners in 2010. She has completed countless 5K’s, 10K’s, obstacle course runs and has currently accomplished five half marathons and one full marathon! Margaret has Rheumatoid Arthritis and has lost 140 lbs since she began her running. Her determination did not go unnoticed and in 2011 Hartford Marathon Foundation awarded her a spot on the Inaugural Elite Inspiration Team. Furthermore, Fox News has interviewed her twice. In 2013, she Spearheaded TEAM BRENNA which, with a 30 member team, raised over $105,000. A Leukemia Lymphoma Society grant was named in honor of Brenna, who passed away at age five from ALL.

Margaret is a RRCA Certified Running Coach and previously coached for the Hartford Marathon Foundation and the GRR’s ‘Couch to 5K Program.’ Currently, she is the lead coach for ‘GRR’s Rockin’ Walkers’, a growing group focusing on half marathons. Also, Margaret is a mentor for ‘Team in Training – Bloomin’ Metric Team’ (The Leukemia Lymphoma Society)

Margaret enjoys cycling, hiking, running and crossfit. Don’t hesitate to ask her to pick things up and to put them down! (If you remember, try to thank her with Catsup packets – the ones you would get in a drive-thru are perfect.)


Rosemary Hokanson

Rosemary has been with Glastonbury River Runners since September 2011. She started with the Couch Potato to 5K Beginner Running Group and ran her first GRR Road Race, To Fill the Pantry 5K, that November. Since then, she has run several Road Races, including Glastonbury’s 3.5 mile Santa’s Run, the GRR 5K Diva Run, The Wethersfield 10K, and The Frieghoffer 5K Race for Women twice! (Albany, NY). She has also completed two Half Marathons; The ING Half Marathon and The More Half Marathon in October 2012, and April 2013 respectfully. Currently Rosemary is training for The Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon on April 27, 2014.

Rosemary had the support of many club members to achieve her running and health goals to date. Believing strongly in paying it forward, Rosemary has volunteered her time as Running Coach for GRR’s Beginner Group, as Race Director for The Firecracker 5K Road Race, working on both the Publicity and Sponsorship Committees, as a GRR Advisory Board Member for Achilles International, and now Vice President. She is also an active participant in the GRR Intermediate Running Group, where she attributes gaining a lot of her running experience and lifelong friendships.

Rosemary is passionate about the mission of Glastonbury River Runners and is excited about ensuring that members can achieve their individual running goals for health, camaraderie and competition. She thanks all for their support and for what they do to make the club GREAT!


Kate RichKate Rich comes from a family of runners and has been running since childhood. Her first introduction to road races was back in the 80’s when she and her siblings would participate in the Middletown road race series with their father. She ran throughout her teen years at Mercy High School in Middletown. Kate took a break from running during college to pursue a degree in pharmacy. Following graduation, Kate picked up running again and has been running pretty consistently since then.

She has run numerous marathons across the country from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. Some of Kate’s most memorable races are the famous Dipsea Race in Mill Valley, CA; three time finisher of the Mount Washington Road Race, and participating in the notorious Boston Marathon.

Kate has been a member of the Glastonbury River Runners since 2009 and is currently the head coach for the Zoomerangs youth track program. Her hope is that she can provide kids with a similar running experience that she had growing up and instill in them a lifelong love of running.

When Kate is not running, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters.


Brett RobersonBrett Roberson joined the Glastonbury River Runners in 2010 while training for The Hartford Marathon and has been an active and stylish member since. He is an avid runner, cyclist, and triathlete. Brett has served on the Board repeatedly, previously as Vice President, and now as Director.


David Zevin

David Zevin was born in 1948 and he began running in August of 1973. To date, he has finished 31 marathons, three 50 milers, and has also completed ultra cycling rides up to 600K! Formerly, Dave was Controller for New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199.

Dave has also served as treasurer for other Non Profits. He hopes to help GRR continue encouraging health and friendship through running.


Debbie’s story:

Debbie MeincheI started with GRR in the Feb. 2012 Beginner’s Group.

Margaret probably doesn’t remember, but she was “assigned” to me, as I was joining the group late and there was some question as to my ability to keep up (they were at 5 min run!). Thankfully I was allowed to continue with the group, and I haven’t stopped since. My family and I have continued to volunteer with each session of the beginners group, as we all very much enjoy helping new runners succeed. I now run with the intermediates and look forward to begin training for the Hartford Marathon this fall.

My husband Ed and I live in Hebron, are both retired, and are happy to have more time to pursue many things, including of course, running.



Dawn says:

Dawn EmanueleI have been a Glastonbury River Runners member since 2009 when I began running for the first time in my life with the ‘Couch to 5K’ Beginner Program. After that I was hooked on how good I felt by accomplishing something that seemed impossible for me, but I did it with the help of a friend and the coaches. From there I wanted to pay it forward and did so by organizing and coordinating the beginner group for the rest of 2009, through the beginning of 2011, and then again from the beginning of 2012, until the beginning on 2013. While I have completed 5Ks and 5 half marathons and was co-race director for the June 2013 Intercommunity Firecracker 5K, I am most thankful for the friendships that I have made within this club and being able to pay it forward to others whenever possible. It’s important to me to be able to run back to a runner in my group and run with them so they aren’t alone or reaching out to someone to help keep them on their path to success. I found a quote that I always shared with my beginner groups that I truly believe, “The hardest step for a runner is the first one out the door.” Once you get to the group, they help keep you going 🙂