Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
August 29, 2016
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Dear Storm Family,

Hello Team!!!

Well we are off to a fast start, it's hard to imagine we are beginning the 4th week tonight. Time is flying. It is typical in past years that I would write a newsletter each week so I have to apologize to start that this is the first. I've had a bit of a crazy work schedule since the beginning of August so I am happy I haven't had to miss more days.

With that said, and it's never good to start with an apology, let's move on to the exciting news!

We had a great time at the second beach day. For those of you who missed it, bummer, now you have to wait a whole year to experience it again. For those of us who made it, we experienced some amazing weather, great running on the beach and trails, and the pleasure of gaining some new friendships. This team is a family so don't be afraid if you are a newbie to jump right in and get to know some people. You'll find out when the meets start, we're out there for each other to cheer on all the athletes.

Parents, I asked a couple weeks ago if some of you would like to become more of an official coach. I need you so please don't hesitate to let me know. I really just need two things for your to qualify: follow the prescribed workout schedule and you are able to lead with a strong voice. On a separate note, we had the unfortunate run-in with the baseball coach at COC. Let me remind us all of a couple things: first is that we are a very large team so when we show up to practice with 150+ kids that can be intimidating to just about anyone around. So please help me out with keeping the kids as contained as possible. I was a boy and just as rambunctious as some of ours, but we have to work to keep them under our supervision. Second, we need to make sure there are only 2 spokesmen for our club, me and coach Elaine. Please don't engage in antics of other people as that only starts to put a black mark on Storm. We are the most successful youth running team in this valley, state and probably country. That now comes with somewhat of a target and there will always be grumpy people who don't like success. So help me and Coach Elaine out by keeping a close eye on all of the kids and letting us know if you have any encounters with not so happy people.

Alright let's get on to this week and the athletes. It's going to be blazing hot for a couple days so please remember to eat and drink well during the day. Bring a water bottle with you to school and fill it up a couple times. If your teachers make a comment about the water bottle, share with them why you need it. They should be understanding and think it's great what you are doing.

As we keep increasing the distances we run it is critical you maintain your body's health by stretching extra at home if you feel a little tightness, rolling out with a foam roller, icing sore joints and muscles, eating healthy, sleeping well, and above all have a great attitude! I told you all at the first practice it will take 3 weeks of consistency before you start to feel like you are in control and maybe even enjoying it more.  Well the time is upon us so let's get after it this week! Just because you have crested the hill doesn't mean now our workouts are easier. It means your body has adapted and can now take on more work. At this point, you are just stronger and you'll be able to run with more confidence! So let me see it this week!

Let's have some fun!

Coach Jeremy
Cross Country Sign Ups
At this time sign ups for the 2016 cross country program are closed. 

Track & Field is a spring sport, we will begin sign ups for that program in October. 

Please be sure to join our email newsletter to be informed of when we start our sign ups. 
Practice Schedule
Monday Aug 29 - West Creek Park - 6:00 pm - Meet at the Picnic Tables

Tuesday Aug 30 - Central Park - 6:00 pm -
Near the Basketball courts

Thursday Sept 1 - Central Park - 6:00 pm - 
Near the Basketball courts.

Saturday Sept 3 - Central Park - 8:00 am - 
Near the Basketball courts.

Monday Sept 5 - West Creek Park - 6:00 pm - Meet at the Picnic Tables. Labor Day Practice 
This year our lap-a-thon will be on Monday September 12 at Central Park, please arrive at 5:30 to get your tag. 

The Lap-a-thon is a fund raising event used to support our program and our national athletes. We will give the kids a chip, and setup our chip timing system, we will run laps at Central park while playing music for 45 minutes or so. The kids are encourages to seek donations either of 2 ways a per lap amount such as $3 or $4 dollars per lap or a flat donation of $5 or $10. All kids who raise at least $40.00 will receive a special Lap-a-thon prize. The kids will also be entered into a raffle on a 1 ticket per dollar raised and other prizes will be awarded at the end of season banquet. (more details on that as we get closer to the event).

Please click here to download the Lap-a-thon form and start raising funds.

The deadline to turn in funds will be Oct 11.
California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser - September 15th
Please mark your calendars for our California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser for STORM cross country Thursday September 15th. ALL DAY including lunch, dinner, take out, and alcohol as well. 20% goes back to SCTC! 

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club