Rockland Road Runners Awards

Every year, Rockland Road Runners recognizes members that rise above the rest. Our annual awards ceremony takes place at our January General Meeting.


The inaugural “Person of the Year” award winner was RRR’s first official coach, Walter Johnston. He was selected by a committee in 1986, and an annual tradition was born. In 1990, it was renamed the “Person of the Year – Don Cordisco Award”, named in honor and in memory of a well-loved and popular member of the club. Don was described as, “…an accomplished runner and triathlete, whose love for running was second only to his love for his family.” In 1998, the club officially dropped the “Person of the Year” title, because the award had evolved into a recognition of longtime contribution and service to the RRR, rather than just one year. Today, the “Don Cordisco Award” is the most prestigious award presented by the club, annually chosen by a committee of previous winners who are still active club members.


The most prestigious Rockland Road Runners (RRR) award is given to a person who the RRR Board of Directors believe exemplifies the spirit of the RRR and who has made long-time and significant contributions to the success and functioning of the RRR. Further this award is intended to recognize an individual RRR member that has been a steadfast supporter of the RRR purpose in all aspects, including running, philanthropy, volunteering at RRR events, exhibiting leadership and representing a positive image of the RRR.

  • Don Cordisco Award Winners

    1986 Walter Johnston
    1987 Mike Angarola
    1988 Ann McGrath
    1989 Adi Steingraber
    1990 Mike Angarola
    1991 Joyce Magee
    1992 Donald Leider
    1993 Bernie Casserly
    1994 Sue Hale
    1995 Mike Shore
    1996 Dennis Rankin
    1997 Jim Hyland
    1998 Larry Wolf
    1999 Kathleen Daly
    2000 not awarded
    2001 Marie Killeen
    2002 Art Reilly
    2003 Fred Turk
    2004 Mike Greco
    2005 Enilda Indyk
    2006 Rich Tinger
    2007 Bernie Casserly
    2008 Ann & John Singer
    2009 Alison Luscher
    2010 Jamie Kempton
    2011 John Melican & Frank Dickinson
    2012 Jesse Hackell
    2013 Dave Goldwasser
    2014 Bill Carpenter
    2015 Jonathan Farrell
    2016 Tony Maulucci
    2017 Mike Seidenfrau
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

    2017 Marie Killeen


In 1996, George Wodicka, also affectionately referred to as “the Guru of Rockland Lake”, was presented with a plaque which read, “For Continuing Inspiration and Motivation to All Runners”. The Runaround newsletter at the time said, “George delights in talking to new runners about running, and fueling their enthusiasm for the sport.” “George was a mentor to many RRR members, was our sport’s premier cheerleader, spokesman, and it’s most savvy observer.” The George Wodicka Inspiration Award was revived in 2001, and is presented to the club member who best exemplifies the qualities that inspire and motivate those around them to keep running, and persevere against all odds.


This award is selected by a committee of the club’s race directors and board members. It is presented to the club member who stands out by consistently exhibiting a strong commitment toward volunteering and working at club races and events throughout the year.

  • George Wodicka Inspiration Award Winners

    1996 George Wodicka
    2001 Laurie Goldin
    2002 Bill Fortune
    2003 Marie “Grandma” Killeen
    2004 John Melican
    2005 Ann & John Singer
    2006 Steve Borton
    2007 Dave Fernandez
    2008 Dave Goldwasser
    2009 Alexandra Finger
    2010 John Melican
    2011 Laura DiMarino
    2012 JC Santa Teresa
    2013 Rich Fernandez
    2014 Wojtek “VT” Cieszkowski
    2015 Jamie Kempton
    2016 Mike Seidenfrau
    2017 Alyssa Holland
    Gail Cirlin-Lazerus
    Jamie Kempton
    Jesse Hackell
  • Bernie Casserly Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

    1998 John & Ann Singer
    1999 Sue Theise
    2000 Mark Greco
    2001 Joan Maher
    2002 Nicole Olds
    2003 Enilda Indyk
    2004 Frank Dickinson
    2005 Ernest Joseph
    2006 Cheryl Langus
    2007 Jerry Sun
    2008 Alison Luscher
    2009 Dan Hogan
    2010 David and Claudia Cohen
    2011 Jesse Hackell
    2012 Larry Wolf
    2013 Kathleen Daly
    2014 Jamie Mitrani & Cliff Fromm
    2015 Patty Ciardullo
    2016 Tom Gannon
    2017 Bernie Casserly


In 2008, the club added a new award, and presented it to two valuable members of Team RRR. These runners must take part in competitive NYRR races for Team RRR throughout the year and bring with them the team spirit, and competitive edge that makes them assets to our team.


This national achievement award recognizes long-term contributions of service to the club and the running community. To be eligible for this award, a member must have contributed at least 2000 hours of volunteer service to their club.

  • RRR Runners of the Year

    2008 Female: Sheila Casey Male: Michael Nusblat
    2009 Female: Josephine Patten Male: Bernard Patten
    2010 Female: Marie Killeen Male: John Singer
    2011 Female: Barbara Paer Male: Narcis Aron
    2012 Not awarded
    2013 Female: Elizabeth Apicella Male: Russell Flax
    2014 Female: Ayako Yamazaki Male: Bruce Yang
    2015 Female: Patricia Kutner Fiume Male: Ed Brown
    2016 Female: Gail Cirlin-Lazerus Male: Benny Kim
    2017 Female: Barbara Paer Male: Clayton Combe
  • RRCA National Volunteer Winners

    2003 Joyce Magee and Art Reilly
    2004 Sue Hale and Mike Angarola
    2005 Bernie Casserly and Jamie Kempton
    2006 Kathleen Daly, Larry Wolf, Alison and Brian Luscher
    2007 Ann McGrath Angarola and Frank Dickinson
    2008 Enilda Indyk, Mike Greco and John Melican
    2009 Marie Killeen, Fred Turk and Becky Thurn
    2013 Bill Carpenter and Laura DiMarino