Santa Clarita Track Club
Newsletter for the week of August 11, 2008 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker
Practice Schedule
Fitness Club
Still Accepting Athletes
Jelly Beans / Jolly Ranchers
Featured Article
The Art of Spitting and Dancing the Jig
by Lynn Seely

Okay. I have to admit it: I was not a good spitter. I just didn't know how. I had tried to learn how to do this right, but I just never managed. Until this morning.

Now my husband, he's a good spitter. He can target a spot 10 feet away and by gosh he hits it. Every time. Alas, not I. Not before today. Nope, not even after watching a television episode where the art of spitting was taught in great detail. You know the one I mean, in "Little House on the Prairie," where Mr. Edwards teaches Half-Pint (Laura Ingalls) how to spit, much to the disapproval of her TV mother. I had paid careful attention as I watched that show and thought that the next time (I don't know how to say this delicately) the need to spit came upon me, I would give their method a try. It didn't work.
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Friday evening marked the opening of the twenty ninth Olympics and what an impressive show it was! Over 15,000 performers for a competition that will have almost 11,000 athletes. I hope you spend some time in the next couple of weeks watching the Olympics. The goodwill of the games is just incredible.
I have put a slide show on our website that highlights the opening ceremony.
In much the same way the opening of our cross country program this week was also very impressive. The excitement of the kids getting together for the first time for yet another season is inspiring. We will have a great season and I want to welcome everyone to the start of the cross country season.
Parents, we need photographers, if you have a digital camera please bring it to practice, meets, and all events to capture pictures, we will use them to post on our website and also in the memory DVD given out at the end of the season at the team's award banquet. 
Please be sure to click on the green box in the center of our website for the slide show.
Guest Speaker to visit Saturday 
Saturday's workout will be focused on running technique.  Kirk Nelson from Boulder, CO will be coming to speak and help with that.  He'll be coming in Thursday and planning to race at COC Thursday night.  I really want to emphasize to all athletes to make it to Saturday's practice.  I've also put a link below to a great youtube video that a couple guys made on running form.  Take a look at it.

We'll also this week be adding more strength specific workout following Tuesday night's workout.  Starting week three we'll be in a pretty good groove and will be doing strength following the running workout both Tuesday and Saturday.
I'll see you guys tomorrow night.
Looking forward to week 2.
Jeremy Stepan
Practice Schedule This Week
This weeks practices will be held at:
- Heritage Park 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Central Park 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday - Heritage Park 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
- Central Park 8:00 -9:30 am. (Special Guest Speaker Kirk Nelson)
This week we will start selling Stormwear items, if your interested in purchacing a club tee-shirt or other items, please download the purchase form and attach a check for the item and bring to practice. You can drop off with either Elaine or Alan Bingham. 
Fitness Club
It all starts with a single step, and last week we started. The next 5 weeks we will continue to work our plan. Set goals and evaluate where we stand.
One parent working out with the kids said on Saturday "I should be paying for this" he was comparing the workout with the kids as just as benefiting to him as programs given in gyms, and he is right, other places such as gyms charge for the services of working out. 
The benefits of our program is not only is he going to get a great work out, but he did it with his kids!
If your interested in joining us, please show up at our practices, you'll be glad you did.
Still Accepting Athletes 
We are still accepting athletes in our 2008 cross country program, if you know of anyone who would like to join, please tell them to come to practice.
 Visit for more information or call Alan Bingham at (661) 755-6197 
Jelly Beans / Jolly Ranchers
We ask that each family please bring 2 bags of Jelly Beans or Jolly Ranchers to practice this week. At the end of practice each day we like to give the kids a small reward. 

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club