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xxxxxxxxxThe Silver Strider Magazine in Print 2010 -2014
by Jerry Dietrich
In April of 2010 the first edition of the The Silver Strider Magazine rolled off the press. In this edition, the first Grand Prix Series was announced. It began in June with the Duvall Days 5k.
We had 15 races in the Series. When it ended in May of 2011, we had eleven finishers. A modest beginning, but it was the start of a program that would catch on and gain widespread popularity among runners over 50 in Western Washington in years to come.
Back thenBetty and I did the magazine distribution, traveling from Vancouver to Port Angeles and Mt Vernon. We left magazines in all the running stores and libraries, as well as many busy public places.
In 2013 we added an online edition of our magazine.
By 2014, our printed edition was being overshadow by the online edition. Our subscriptions had dropped considerably. At the same time, the online edition was getting over 25,000 hits each month and growing fast.
We discontinued the print edition in March of 2015, because it had become obsolete at that point. The online edition had up to the minute information while the print edition contained outdated reports and standings that were two or three months old by the time our readers turned the first page.
Here is a look at the history of our print magazine. See how it evolved and introduced the programs we currently enjoy.
Reflecting on the beginning and the end of the Silver Strider print magazine, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. In the first edition, we looked at over 10,000 photos until we found just the right one – Terry at 71 and Tiare at 53. They represented the age group spectrum we wanted our readers to embrace. Those were exciting days! We put together articles, combed through photos, selected who would grace the cover, and created new features – all under the pressure of a publication deadline. Though the print magazine has long been replaced in this digital era, what great memories live on.