• Member of the Month

    Our Member of the Month Award is in recognition of an individual’s achievements and input into the club. Every Member of the Month is a credit to our club.

    Our November Member of the Month is Ginger Herring! Read her bio below.


    I started running May, 1989.  You couldn’t call it running then because I couldn’t get around the block without thinking I was going to die – no, I KNEW I was going to die.  I would head out the door after dark dressed in an oversized shirt and Bermuda shorts thinking no one would notice me.  You see, I was seriously overweight and hoped running would help me lose the unwanted pounds.  I often retell the story of how excited I was to finally make it all the way around the block without stopping, and nothing has stopped me since.

    I found out that I am quite competitive and love to race.  I’ve done 25 marathons, including 7 Boston Marathons, 62 half marathons, and countless other races in all distances.  My favorite distance is the marathon.  I love the challenges and incredible feeling of accomplishment finishing the marathon.  I love all the races I’ve done but high on my list would be Boston and Big Sur.  Boston for its rich history and Big Sur for its beauty.  Lately, I’ve been doing half marathons and my favorite at this distance is Flying Pig.  I’ll be running the half at St. Pete Run Fest, the Duo at St. Pete Beach Classic, Half at Miami, the new Ultra Gold Challenge (15K and Half) at Gasparilla, and finish off the year with another half at Flying Pig.

    I’ve been fortunate to win my age group many times in our area races. Every race I’ve finished, whether on top or on bottom, is a grand accomplishment.  I’m thankful every day for this gift. I would say, though, that coming in 1st in my age group at Twin Cities winning the USATAF National Championship would be a highlight.  I’m also proud of placing in other major marathons like 5th at Boston, 4th at Disney, 3rd at Twin Cities, 2nd at Chicago, 1st at Wineglass, and lots of others.  I’m proud too to have run a PR 3:35:13 for a 4th place at Marine Corp.

    I’ve been a member of SPRR since its beginning and am proud to be part of our club’s involvement in the health and fitness of our community.  I guess that’s why I continue to run.  I enjoy reaping the benefits of health and fitness – especially when the doctor tells me I have the heart of a person 20 years younger.  I think, too, that’s why I love to write about running.  I’m not a coach or a fitness expert, but I can share my feelings and experiences with the hope that I can inspire other runners.

    New runners inspire me with their fresh outlook on our sport.  They help me to continue running.  If I can offer any advice to a new runner, it would be with one of my favorite quotes: Jimmy Valvano was dying of throat cancer but was still able to speak at the Espy Awards.  Part of his speech was, “Don’t give up!  Don’t ever give up!”  My other favorite is from John “The Penguin” Bingham who said, “The miracle isn’t that I finished.  The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
    Enjoy the Journey


    We wish you every success in the future!






  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the St. Pete Road Runners (SPRR) is to encourage running and walking for individuals of all ages and abilities in a social environment while promoting fitness and providing education in the community. The SPRR club is well suited for the recreational runner or walker as well as the serious competitor.


    SPRR extends an open invitation to runners and walkers of all abilities to come out and join us for one of our group runs.

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