2018 November Meets

————————————Nationals—————————————-
Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships (CCCNYC) will be Saturday November 17 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, KY for ages 18 and under. We had over 70 runners last year and many teams. My goal is to have a team in each race.

The general plan is that there will be course walks on Friday afternoon. Friday evening is when people can pick-up their race bibs and many families hang out at one of the hotels. Saturday morning and afternoon are races. Then some of the families swim at hotel pool(s) followed by getting together again that evening to relax and have a good time. Each family decides when to arrive and leave. The average low/high temperature for Louisville for the date is 39F/58F. Current weather projections for Friday & Saturday are highs of 53F & 61F.

The cost per runner is $30: $10 for a Youth Enduro Sports (YES) membership and then $20 for the entry fee ($5 for Race of Americas — 800m for ages 5 and under). In the past, the club collected money, membership forms and waivers; then the club entered the memberships and entry fees. The YES group has gone away from hard copy membership forms and I am currently working with the YES organization to understand how the membership can be done. In any case, we will assume that the club will be able to do the memberships. There will also be a $5 parking fee for the day of Nationals.

If you are interested in going to Nationals, please provide the following information during the next few days on the provided authorization form :

  •  Runner’s name
  •  Runner’s date of birth
  •  Runner’s grade
  •  $30/runner: cash or check made out to Accelerators
  •  Copy of birth certificate; I have birth certificates for anyone who ran CCCNYC last year
  •  Parents’ names and cell phone numbers
  •  Email address
  •  Filled out waiver form

An email list for families going to Nationals will be created and further information will be distributed that way.

DEADLINE to get all 8 items to me is Sunday November 11.

—————————–The Fox & The Turkey——————————-
The Fox & The Turkey races are hosted by the Fox River Trail Runners (FRTR) on Thanksgiving morning in Batavia. The FRTR have sponsored the Accelerators the last several years by paying for our tent at Nationals, rental of the Vaughn Athletic Center, and for some of the awards for our Fall cross country meet. In return, we volunteer for some of their events.

The Fox & The Turkey races are a youth mile (ages 12 and under) and a 4-miler. We do have Accelerators (children and parents) race. If you wish to sign-up to run, follow this link.  If you are planning to race at Nationals and Foot Locker, I would recommend volunteering to help.

To volunteer at The Fox & The Turkey, please follow this link. I am coordinating the course marshals and water stop. Course marshals will keep road intersections clear of traffic. In most cases, two people will be assigned to an intersection. I would like to always have at least one adult per intersection. If you have someone running and still want to volunteer, there are other positions that you can do. I have an organizational meeting coming up this Thursday concerning this event; it would be great to see many volunteer sign-ups early this week.

————————————-Foot Locker—————————————
The Foot Locker Midwest Cross Country Championships Regional are Saturday November 24 at UW Parkside (about a 90-minute drive). Foot Locker has 5 high school races, a youth race (8 th grade and under) and an Open/Masters race (older than high school). All races are 5000 meters except the youth race which is 3000 meters. The youth race is the only team race and we will enter one girl team and one boy team.

For the last 5 years, I have sent entries in bulk which entitles us to the cheapest entry fee of $15. We need at least 10 entries to receive the bulk rate; last year we had over 30. If you are interested, please provide the following during the next few days:

  •  Runner name
  •  $15/runner: cash or check made out to “Foot Locker Cross Country Championships”
  •  Email address
  •  Filled out registration form  (see instructions below)

An email list for participants will be used to provide further information. Instructions about registration form:

High School Runners: enter your high school, school coach name, coaches email address, and your best 5K time. This information is only used to verify if you have qualified for the Boys Championship Race: faster than 16:20 (or 15:46 for 3 miles). Boys which do not qualify for the Championship race have to race in the appropriate class race (FR/SO or JR/SR). There is no qualifying time for the high school girls.

Youth and Open Runners: enter Accelerators, Gollwitzer for coach, and gollwitzer@comcast.net. You do not need to enter a 5K time.

DEADLINE to all 4 items to me is Sunday November 11.

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