Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
  September 4, 2012
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Parents and Athletes,


Welcome to week 5 and the countdown to the first race at O' Melveny. Hard to imagine summer is over, but hey that means racing is here. All of the hard work is about to start paying off.


Just a couple notes about the race this weekend.


1.The course is close to us to you don't have to wake up that early, yeah..

2.Plan on giving yourself an extra 10 minutes once you arrive because you have to walk about .25 miles to get to where we setup. Also the parking can get crazy inside the park so you may even have to walk farther if you are running behind.

3.The course is not very hilly, really there are just 2 hills to contend with and neither are steep. Overall this is a pretty fast course but plenty of technical sections so BE VERY CAUTIOUS. There are ruts in the dirt, and roots in the grass, and then a downhill with exposed rocks and ruts and loose gravel that can cause you havoc. Not to worry, I will give you plenty of help with how to deal with it and be successful.

4.It is going to be hot and that course is typically dry, and it can get windy so make sure you have the following

a.Plenty of water

b.Plenty of electrolyte drink


d.Youth and midget's bring some solid food to eat mid-morning, granola bar, pbj...

e.Get plenty of sleep this week and eat healthy food

f.Don't get too freaked out about my information, it's better to be prepared. This is a fun race, really.


Alright, onto the workouts. Last week was a great test as it was our first full week of hard workouts. And I have to say you guys did incredible. Soreness is great and expected so keep pushing through. We are going to keep the pressure on this week through the first race so don't worry, we have a long season ahead of us. I am encouraged to see everyone working so hard.


Parents, I need to recruit 8 of you to take on the role at the races of leading warm-ups for a specific age group for either boys or girls. I have an idea for about half of you but if you would like to have that role please let me know. It is no problem having more than one help also.

That wraps it up for this edition. I'll be talking more about the race at the next two practices and hopefully by Thursday night we can have the parent helpers nailed down.


Thanks so much for everyone's commitment.

Coach Jeremy


Practice week of September 3 - September 9

All evening practices begin at 6:00 pm Sharp.


Monday Sept 3 - West Creek Park We meet near the picnic tables. 6:00 pm


Tuesday Sept 4 - Central Park near the basketball courts


Thursday Sept 6 - College of the Canyons We meet near the base ball diamonds


Saturday Sept 8 - XC Meet at O'Melevany @ 8:15 am

First Cross Country Meet
Our first cross country meet is Saturday September 8 at O'Melveny park. All Storm Athletes must compete in the complete uniform as issued by STORM, no soccer shorts or other shorts allowed.
Directions to O'Melveny Park: From 14 South, or 5 South exit at Balboa Blvd, turn right on San Fernando Rd (Exits from 14 and 5 exit onto San Fernando Rd), turn right onto Balboa Rd, turn right onto Balboa Blvd, turn right at Sesnon Blvd, take Sesnon to O'Melveny Park (on right). The Thomas Guide Page 481 B4 Click Here for a map

Please try to arrive by 8:15 for the Walk Through.
Lap-a-thon next Monday
Our lap-a-thon. will be held on Monday September 10th at Central Park. This is our primary fund raiser 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 flat rate or a per lap donation. The athletes will run 45 minutes, later they return to their donors and collect their pledges to turn in by the deadline which is
Thursday October 4th.

We will award a grand prize to the athlete who raises the most funds. Every athlete who raises $40.00 will also win a prize.

The deadline to be eligible for the grand prize is October 4th. Athletes who raise $40.00 or more will be awarded the Lap-a-thon t-shirt.

Song Requests: We are taking requests. If you have a song you want to hear during the lap-a-thon, please send me an email so I can make sure I have it, * We may not be able to get to all songs requested.

Alan Bingham
Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club