Guidelines for Nomination to the "Lou Peters Longevity" Award
1. The Nominee must be at least 90 years of age on the date of election in which he or she stands as a candidate.
2. The Nominee will have provided a record of his or her running and or racing since the year he or she turned 90 years of age.
Procedures for Electing Members to the "Lou Peters Longevity" Award
Election to the "Lou Peters Longevity" Award will be decided by the New England 65 Plus Hall of Fame Members and affirmed by the New England 65 Plus Board of Directors. The Selection Committee will consist of all members of the Hall of Fame who have voted.
Nomination of Candidates
Nominations can be made by any member of the New England 65 Plus Running Club at any time during the year, but nominations must be received before March 1st in the year in which the award is to be made. The nomination can be made in a letter to the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee. Nominations should be mailed to the Committee Chair, currently Philip S. Pierce, 79 Waites Landing Road, Falmouth, ME 04015-1939.
Upon receipt of the nomination, the Committee Chairman will verify the eligibility of the nominee and then inform him or her in a letter that he or she has been nominated. The Chairman will also request that the candidate provide the Committee with a record of his or her running accomplishments since attaining the age of 90 if those accomplishments have not already been submitted with the nomination letter. A nominee may at any time add to that record any material that he or she feels would advance their candidacy.
Members nominated in previous years but not elected are retained on the list of nominees and will remain on the list indefinitely.
Distribution of Running Credentials to Committee Members
1.The material submitted by the nominee or their sponsor will be opened and mailed to every member of the Hall of Fame Committee on or around April 1 for a vote in preparation for the Board of Directors meeting late in April.
Election of a new Member
The Hall of Fame Committee Members will rank order the Nominees first, second, third, and so forth, and the Nominee with the lowest number will be declared the winner for that year.
In the week following the election of the Awardee, he or she will be informed and will be invited to attend the annual luncheon in the fall to receive his or her award. Each inductee and a quest will be quests of the Club.
The Awardee's name will be inscribed on a plaque which will be displayed with the Hall of Fame inductees at a local hotel.
2022 - Ronald Sanville
Leslie Behan presented the Lou Peters Award for longevity to Ronald Sanville. Unfortunately, Ron (pictured below surrounded by his family) could not attend due to a recent fall. Among his many accomplishments Ron, now 93, was the oldest participant in last Fall’s Jerry’s Run For All Ages.
2021 - Jim Lynch
Running legend and longtime member, Lou Peters, passed away early last year at the age of 95. He was still competing in road races including the Run for All Ages well into his 90s. Jim Lynch, 91, of Plaistow, New Hampshire, counted himself as a friend of Lou and always sought him out at races. It seems fitting that Jim Lynch was the first recipient of the Lou Peters Longevity Award. At the luncheon former president Tom Wylie highlighted Jim Lynch’s running career, which began with a 10K in Revere at age 62. In the years since, he has run eight marathons, set three state records in the 5K and 10K at the New Hampshire Senior Games, and won scores of age-group awards, usually first place. Leslie Behan spoke of the great fun they would have training together. Three days before his 90 th birthday, Jim completed the Atkinson 5K COVID-19 run in 46:01. He was always looking to improve his times and remained fiercely competitive while being extremely warm and friendly to his competitors. Despite suffering a stroke in Florida last December, Jim continues to do laps around the facility in Haverhill where he now resides, having covered almost two miles the morning of the luncheon. After Jim was presented with the plaque and pictures were taken of him with his running friends and family, Jim quipped, “Don’t I get to take it home?”