Randy Sturgeon dies at 62; coach published NMN for 7 years
Randy, beloved as a coach to masters as well as high-schoolers at Granite Bay High School, ran a 6:04 mile on his 60th birthday in 2012. His last major meet was 2010 Sacramento nationals.
Many people were posting memories on Randy’s FB page, and friend Maryline Roux shared a poem by Rabindranath Tagore in his honor:
I thought that my voyage had come to its end at the last limit of my power, that the path before me was closed, that provisions were exhausted and the time had come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.
But I find that Your will knows no end in me, and when old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.
I introduced Randy on Nov. 8, 2006:
Sacramentoâ€™s Sturgeon to run National Masters News
Today is the 65th birthday of Suzy Hess, owner/publisher of National Masters News. But she has a birthday gift for all of us â€” a strong, sophisticated buyer of NMN. The new owner will be Randy Sturgeon, the Brooks Fleet Feet Racing Club majordomo whose comments have appeared on this blog several times.
Randy Sturgeon, himself a 54-year-old runner, writes: First off let me say I am very excited about taking over National Masters News. It combines all my passions and experiences, and I cannot think of better thing to do as I retire from my job with the State of California.
Of course my main passions are distance running and track and field. It started when I was a little kid living near Modesto, California, and seeing Peter Snell destroy the best U.S. milers at the California Relays in 1963 and also watching a man named Phil Shinnick who got deprived of a world long jump record because there was no wind gauge on him. I have an extensive background in publishing, writing, advertising, broadcasting, race directing and public relations.
For the last 17 years I have worked for the State of California in the Department of Toxic Substances Control in External Affairs. In my job I wrote and published documents, did community assessments on environmental issues, held public meetings, gave legislative briefings, and performed other duties as assigned, as the saying goes.
NMN is actually not the first magazine with which I have been involved. I was the editor of a small Northern California publication called â€śThe Running Sceneâ€ť in the early 1980s. The publication struggled and was closed when the owners found they could turn a better profit by concentrating on race promotions. I learned a lot in that time what to do and not to do in running a business.
I have also worked in television and radio from time to time as a color commentator for local running events including the California International Marathon and Golden West Invitational. My journalistic career started as sports editor for my junior college newspaper and as a reporter for the Fairfield Daily Republic.
Then of course I have been a runner and track athlete for over 40 years and have been coaching runners and track athletes for over 30 years. I still do occasional race promotion, race/meet announcing jobs, put on clinics and have even done some commercial acting.
Of course, I am the head coach for Brooks Fleet Feet Racing of Sacramento, one of my main passions in life.
In mid-December 2013, my last email exchange with Randy involved the estate of longtime NMN publisher Al Sheahen. I asked his permission to scan and post early issues of what was then called National Masters Newsletter.
He replied: “Absolutely. That would be great.”
I plan to share the first 28 issues soon on mastershistory.org.
Randy had heart. And he was known for his positive “Yes, I can” reinforcements â€” unlike Joan “Queen of the Putdown” Rivers, who also passed Thursday.
Funeral plans will be shared when available.