Just read that Rick Recker, long time course measurer and MN state certifier, passed away this morning after a brief battle with cancer.
In addition to his course measurement activities, Rick was a prolific track official, working high school, college and open meets year-round.
Rick was also instrumental in creating and directing a program that allowed Twin Cities runners to work out inside the Minneapolis football stadiums during the worst winter weather.
Rick was also an avid runner and continued to compete until very recently. He was famous for running shirtless, even in weather in which most runners would don long sleeve shirts and jackets.
RIP Rick - my next trip to the Cities won't be quite as interesting.