Santa Clarita Track Club
Newsletter for the week of September 15, 2008 
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Practice Schedule
Still Accepting Athletes
Volunteers Needed
Post Season
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The Saturday All Comers Races at Pierce College was a great success with 300 participants.  We had great performance by the Storm athletes and our Storm Parent brought home lots of medals by placing in the top 3 in there age groups. 

The coaching staff is excited as we prepare to start our regular season Valley Youth Conference Cross Country meet schedule.  This coming Saturday we race in Simi Valley on a fairly flat course at Corriganville.  Then we move to the hilly courses during our 2nd (Pierce College again) and 3rd(Mt Sac) races.  It has been great to see everyone's commitment during practice over the last 6 weeks as each of you has worked very hard to get in shape. I think  all of you would agree with the saying:
"If it doesn't kill you, It'll make you STRONGER!"

Cross Country is a so much fun because we get to run on many challenging courses during the season and you can see how your hard work during the practice week will result in personal improvement as the season progresses.  Each week you'll face the same group of conference competitors in your age groups, which makes for some exciting races as the weeks roll by.  Relax, have fun and enjoy the next 6 weeks. 

David Summer
Storm XC Director 
Will be next Monday's September 22nd at Saugus High School.
We are going to need some parental help for this event, please sign up at practice this week.  
The Lap-a-thon is our primary fund raising event. This fund raiser helps us keep our price low, allows us to offer scholarships, and assist our athletes in national competition.
We ask every family to seek pledges either by a flat rate or per lap donation, The athletes run for 1 hour, later they return to their donors to collect their pledges (if based on a per lap donation). and turn in the funds by the dead line.
We award a  grand prize of Disneyland/California Adventure Park Hopper tickets to the athlete who raises the most funds.  Every athlete who raises $40.00 will also win a lap-a-thon prize.
The dead line to be eligible for the grand prize is October 7th. Athletes who raise $40.00 or more will still be eligible to win a lap-a-thon prize even if they turn in the funds after October 7th.
Song Requests: We are taking requests. If you have a song you want to hear during the lap-a-thon, please let me an email so I can make sure I have it, * We may not be able to get to all songs requested.
Practice Schedule This Week
This weeks practices will be held at:
- Heritage Park 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday - Central Park 6:00 - 7:30 pm
 - College of the Canyons 6:00 - 7:15pm.
- Meet at Corriganville Simi Valley7:00 am. 
Click here for directions
Final Week for Accepting New Athletes 
As we start to move into the competitive part of our season, we will start phasing out sign-ups, so if you know anyone who still wants to join please tell them this is the final week for accepting athletes in our 2008 cross country program,  Visit or for more information or call Alan Bingham at (661) 755-6197 
Memory DVD Photographers 
We need you to bring your digital cameras to practices, lap-a-thon, and meets, so we can catch the kids working out. I'm also uploading those pictures to a website for sharing, we will be using those pictures for the memory DVD. Please burn them to a CD, or see Elaine or Alan to check out a flash drive to put them on.   
A New slide show will go up as we get more pictures. Check the website to see the show.
I am also looking for people who have digital video camera so we can add some moving pictures to the DVD, please bring them to practice and to the meets, which are coming up in a couple of weeks.
Volunteers Needed
Parents, we need your support to make this program work.  Volunteering is a great way to meet the other parents on the team and enrich yours and your child's experience.  Don't leave the job to just the few.  If you are able to help out with any of these positions, please see David Summer or Alan Bingham.  

LAP-A-THON Volunteers

  • Records laps of each child with help of volunteers
  • Request music for the event
  • Procures prizes for winners


  • Gather athletes in age group (GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG/IG, YB/IB) prior to meets
  • Distribute race tags morning of race
  • Help warm up the age group and get them ready for the start line
  • Help with cool-down after the races 
Post Season
The Valley Youth Conference has voted to participate in the AAU National Youth Cross Country Championship in Decatur, Alabama.  The meet is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.  More information can be obtained at the AAU website Amateur Athletics.  Please see David Summer if you want more information and qualifying standards for participating in post season.  It is a great experience for those who are able to qualify.