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Greetings Runners,

Last year we fielded a remarkable cross country team, with many ages and abilities represented. This year the tradition continues. Our 2012 lineup includes opportunities for all runners to excel, whether your goal is to race alongside some of the best runners in the region or simply to enjoy some social time while you experience some of the best cross country courses the area has to offer.

Please respond by August 31st indicating whether or not you are joining this years team. For those planning to run, also include your date of birth.

Here is more information than you ever wanted on this years team:

Race Schedule:

Saturday September 1 - Lake Padden Relay

Location: East Lake Padden Park, Bellingham, WA

Race Schedule: 10AM Start, 4 person relay teams, each person runs 2.59 miles (we will assign relay teams primarily based on age division once we know who is running)

Course: Grass and trails around Lake Padden, mix of flat and hills, over half the course is wooded

Website: http://www.gbrc.net/lake_padden_relay.php

Saturday September 15 - Sundodger Invitational

Location: Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Race Schedule: 9AM Women's 6K; 9:40AM Men's 8K

Course: Mix of grass, dirt, light gravel, and bark chips, some hills

Website: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/wash/sports/c-xc/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2012SundodgerInfo.pdf

Entry Guidelines: Women- 23:00 5K shape or faster; Men- 39:35 10K shape or faster

Saturday September 22 – Bellevue Invitational

Location: Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah

Race Schedule: 2:00 PM Men’s and Women’s 5K (Open to all ages) TBA

Course: Flat, grass, dirt trails, and some short sections on pavement

Website: http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=58012#406

Entry Guidelines: All abilities welcome!

Saturday September 29 Tomahawk Twilight Invitational

Location: Cedarcrest Golf Course, Marysville WA

Race Schedule: 7:30 PM Community Open 5K Men's and Women's (Open to all ages)

Course: Fast and has 2 big down hills and 1 solid up hill. The race will be run on the golf course under lights.

Website: http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=56860#480

Entry Guidelines: All abilities welcome!

Saturday October 13 – Emerald City Open

Location: Upper Lower Woodland Park, Seattle

Race Schedule: 10:30AM Women's 6K; 11:15 Men's 8K

Course: 2,000 meter loop course on trails/grass with some moderately rolling hills with one steep downhill and uphill in the middle of the loop.

Website: http://www.goseattleu.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18200&ATCLID=3737894 ( To be updated in mid September)

Entry Guidelines: Will be mostly Dll College Athletes but anyone is welcome to run in this race.

Saturday October 6 – Lakewood Hole in the Wall Invitational

Location: Lakewood High School, Arlington, WA (Marysville area)

Race Schedule: 1:30PM Men's and Women's All-Comers 5K

Course: Grass and rolling hills

Website: http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=57042#480

Entry Guidelines: All abilities welcome!

Saturday October 6 Western Washington Classic Invite

Location: East Lake Padden Park, Bellingham, WA

Race Schedule: 10:00AM Men’s 10K; 11:15AM Women’s 6K

Course: Grass and trails around Lake Padden, mix of flat and hills, over half the course is wooded

Website: http://www.wwuvikings.com/sports/c-xc/wwu-c-xc-body.html (To be updated)

Entry Guidelines: This is mostly a fast competitive Dll and community college race. Anyone is welcome to race though.

Saturday October 13 USA Master 5k Cross Country Championships

Location: Balboa Park, San Diego California

Racce Schedule: Race times are not posted yet

Course: http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2012/USA-Masters-5-km-Cross-Country-Championships/Athlete-Info/Course-Map.aspx

Website: http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2012/USA-Masters-5-km-Cross-Country-Championships.aspx

Entry Guidelines: Must be 40+ to race

Other Requirements: You must be a member of USATF to compete

Sunday November 4 PNTF Cross Country Championships

Location: Seattle's Upper Lower Woodland Park

Race Schedule: 9:30AM Masters Men & Women 6K; 10:15AM Open Women’s 6K; 11AM Open Men’s 10K; Noon Community 3K (time schedule is tentative).

Course: 2,000 meter loop course on trails/grass with some moderately rolling and challenging hills

Website: http://www.pntf.org/cross/(to be updated)

Entry Guidelines: Open Women (39 & Under) – 23:00 5K shape or faster; Open Men (39 & Under) – 39:55 10K shape or faster, Masters Men and Women (age 40-59) – 26:00 5K shape or faster; 60+ Men & Women – 27:15 5K shape or faster; Community Race – All Abilities welcome!

Masters Race Note: All Masters Runners will run together in one race but there is separate team scoring for 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, etc…

Other Requirements: You must be a member of USATF to compete (except Community Race).

Saturday November 17 NW Regional Cross Country Championships

Location: Seattle's Upper Lower Woodland Park

Race Schedule: Schedule is not yet posted

Course: Same course as PNTF Championships

Website: http://www.pntf.org/cross/(to be updated)

Entry Guidelines: Open Women (39 & Under) 23:00 5K shape or faster; Open Men (39 & Under) 39:55 10K shape or faster, Masters Men and Women (age 40-59) 26:00 5K shape or faster; 60+ Men & Women 27:15 5K shape or faster;

Masters Race Note: All Masters Runners will run together in one race but there is separate team scoring for 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, etc…

Other Requirements: You must be a member of USATF to compete

Saturday December 8 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships

Location: Masterson Station Park, Lexington Kentucky

Race Schedule: 10:45AM Masters Women 6K, 11:45AM Masters Men 10K; 1:00PM Open Women 6K; 1:45PM Open Men 10K (TBA)

Course: Course information is not posted yet

Website: http://www.usatf.org/events/2012/USATFClubXCChampionships/

 

Entry Guidelines: Open Men – 40:40 10K shape or faster; Open Women – 21:50 5K shape or faster; Masters Men (40-59) – 50:00 10K shape or faster; Masters Women (40-49) – 24:05 5K shape or faster; 50+ Women – 24:45 5K shape or faster; 60+ Men – 58:10 10K shape or faster;

Masters Race Note: All Masters runners will run together (separate race for men and women), but there is separate team scoring for 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, etc…

Other Requirements: You must be a member of USATF to compete. Must be a U.S. citizen to run in the Open race; must be either a U.S. Citizen or resident alien to compete in Masters Races.

Uniforms:

Brooks Sports has partnered with ESR to outfit our club in technical running gear. Featuring our updated logo, the new apparel offerings include singlets, short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, jackets, shorts, pants and women’s shimmels. All items come in the club’s colors of red, black and/or white. Check out the website for prices and pictures of gear: http://www.eastsiderunners.com/page/Club-Apparel.aspx

 Q&A:

Q: What the heck is Cross Country anyway?

A: Cross Country is similar to a road race, the difference being the terrain. Most XC courses are run on a mix of trails, grass, occasionally some road, and mud if we’re lucky! In Europe, XC races also have obstacles, barriers, and even river crossings but I wouldn’t anticipate seeing anything like that in our races. Also, XC races are often run as a team event. In general the finishing places of the top 5 people on a team are summed up and the lowest score wins.

Q: If I join the team, will I be required to run in all of the races?

A: No, you can run in any races that fit into your schedule.

Q: Will there be any team practices?

A: There will be no team practices other than the optional Wed. night track workouts in Kirkland/Redmond. Most people have busy lives and fit in their running when they can or they already have established training groups. If you generally train alone and are looking for a group, I can put you in touch with some other runners of similar ability. There are also the ESR weekly runs where several team members will run together regularly: http://www.eastsiderunners.com/page/Weekly-Club-Runs.aspx

Q: Am I fast enough to run on the team?

A: YES! Everyone of any ability is welcome to run on the team. There are four races on the schedule that are more competitive and I have included minimum entry guidelines above (Sundodger, PNTF, Nationals).

Q: Is there a fee to run on the team to pay for race entry fees?

A: It will cost $50 to run on this years team (see exception below for elite runners). This will cover all of your race entry fees for all races on the schedule. Paying one up-front fee at the beginning of the year will reduce the administrative nightmare of collecting money from each individual on race day. If you are only planning to run one or two races, you are still getting a good deal (many people routinely drop $30 for a 5K or $75 for a half marathon). Also, your money is going to support the team. Note: this is not a profit making venture. If we have any money left over, it will go directly back to the team to pay for travel costs for Nationals or it will go into next years team costs. If you would like to donate additional money to the team, we are taking contributions (see fundraising section below). The $50 team fee is due by August 31. You can pay me in person at a Wed. night track workouts, or mail a $50 check made payable to ESR to Eastside Runners XC, PO Box 2616, Redmond, WA 98073-2616

Elite Runners: If you have run any of the following times since August 1, 2011 the $50 team fee will be waived and your race entry fees will be covered for the season. If you qualify for elite status, please indicate this in your e-mail response (provide time, race, and race date).

Men – 15:45 5K, 26:05 8K, 33:05 10K, 1:13:35 1/2M, 2:34:45 M, 9:45 3200, 9:05 3K, 9:49 2 Mile
Women - 17:45 5K, 29:25 8K, 37:20 10K, 1:23:15 1/2M, 2:55:25 M, 10:12 3K ,10:57 3200, 11:01 2 Mile

Q: Will there be any fundraising efforts to help w/ the teams travel costs to Nationals and race entry fees?

A: Our biggest fundraiser has been our ESR Invitational in the past and all proceeds would go to help defer costs to send individuals to Nationals. However we will not be holding our ESR Invitational this year. If you are interested in supporting ESR XC in addition to our $50 team fee, please consider making an additional donation when you sign up for the team this year. If you also have any other fundraising ideas please do not hesitate to let the team know!

Q: Are there any other requirements to run on the team?

A: The only other requirement is that you are a current member of the Eastside Runners running club. http://www.eastsiderunners.com/page/How-To-Join.aspx At only $20 per year (or $25 for the whole family), this is by far one of the cheapest club dues of any area running club. The membership will easily pay for itself w/ the discounts at local running stores: http://www.eastsiderunners.com/page/Membership-Benefits.aspx The memberships run on a calendar year basis so sign up now for 2012.

Q: I am running a fall marathon. Should I run Cross Country?

A: Many runners find a few cross country races can compliment marathon training quite well. I would suggest focusing your training on the marathon, but run any cross country races that fit in before the marathon. Then once you’ve recovered from the marathon, you could run any remaining XC races on the schedule.

Q: Before I commit to this team, who else is running? Are all the cool kids doing it?

A: Last year we had over 100 runners on the team and we expect at least that this year. We plan to field teams for Open Men & Women, Masters Men & Women, 50+ Men & Women, and 60+ Men. If we have at least three people to form a complete team, we can also add a 60+ Women's Team and 70+ Men's Team. Early signs indicate we will be very competitive and will be adding people of all different paces and all age groups. This is truly a running club for EVERY type of runner which sets us apart.

Q: Do I have to qualify for the National Championship meet?

A: No, anyone can run Nationals (although note the suggested time standards listed above). If we have a large team, we will need to declare who our scoring runners are (Top 8 runners for each team, Top 5 runners for Masters Women and 60+ Men teams). The scoring runners will be determined at the coach's discretion based on your performances throughout the fall.

So to recap your action items:

(1)Respond by August 31st and indicate whether you are running on the team (provide your date of birth if you’re running on the team).

(2)Pay the $50 team fee by August 31st (if elite status, please let me know).

(3)Order a uniform if you don’t have one,

(4) Sign up for the Eastside Runners club if you’re not a current member.

(5)If you know of any other runners who might be interested in joining the team, spread the word!

If you have any questions, please contact me. This is going to be a great year!

Thanks,
Erica (Pitman)McElrea
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