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Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
Newsletter  April 9, 2007
In This Issue
Track Meet This Saturday
Scholastic Awards
Heel / Arch Pain
Cheering is not just noise
Practice This Week will be: 
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm  
 "Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training. You can't be lackluster in training and concentrate in a meet. " ~ Edwin Moses Edwin Moses: Information from
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We had a great meet on Saturday. We had several qualifying times and distances, along with many personal bests!
Alan Bingham
President- Santa Clarita Track Club
Track Meet This Saturday
This weeks meet will be held at Chatsworth High School 10027 Lurline Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311, You enter the parking area from Lurline Ave and the track is all the way across the school. (Note Click on the Aerial Tab in the map to see the parking area and track. There is parking right outside the track, and in front of the Gym, and down the north side.)

This track is also a "dirt" track, the proper type spike for dirt tracks is 3/8" Pyramid Spikes. The use of spikes are optional. Gremlins are not allowed to wear any shoe that can accept a spike.

Please check with your coach about which event you will be participating in.

For more information about at track meet Click here
Please arrive at 08:15 so you can do your warm-ups. Track events will begin at 08:45 am. The normal order of competition will be Gremlin Girls, Gremlin Boys, Bantam Girls, Bantam Boys, Midget Girls, etc., through to Intermediate Boys. 
Scholastic Awards
In an effort to emphasize the importance of maintaining scholastic ability in conjunction with athletic ability, The Santa Clarita Track Club in cooperation with local school districts, awards a Scholastic Achievement plaque to all athletes that maintain a "B+" (3.3) grade point average or better during the season.  The plaque is engraved with the students name, year and symbol of the sport in which he/she is participating.  A special President's Award is presented to athletes that maintain straight "A's" (4.0)
Click here to download the scholastic form for your child. 
The Due date to turn in your scholastic awards forms is Monday,April 16. Please give them To Liz Miller.
Currently this program is only for athletes of local school districts. 
Lap-a-thon Fundraiser

A SCTC Storm tradition is set for Monday night, April 23rd!We are excited about each and every athlete participating. During the practice in a few weeks the athletes will run laps for 1 hour at the track, this is a very fun event for the kids and an important fundraiser for our team. Money from this event keeps our registration fee low and helps us provide important track meet and training equipment for our athletes.

Typically this is a music-motivated event; singing along, running to the tempo! Oh WAIT! YOU'RE NOT A DISTANCE RUNNER!? NOT important! This is a fundraiser not a race ~ run or walk/dance, create an hour-long relay team! Challenge yourself!  Just recruit your donations accordingly!

The more per athlete sponsors you get the more donations! There are 2 ways for sponsors to support our athletes, one is a per lap donation such as $2.00 per lap for you distance runners; the other is simply a flat donation of any amount, for example $35.00.

Our team will acknowledge who runs the most laps, what family raises the most money and all participants in this event.  Prizes are still being solicited, but movie or Disneyland tickets are anticipated for the top 3 athletes who raise the most funds for the club.

If for some reason you are unable to participate the night of the event, families are encouraged to OPT OUT by giving a tax-deductible donation of $35 payable to the SCTC. This is our only team fundraiser and requires our team family's support. Your effort will be recognized and appreciated. Participants (athletes collecting donations from their sponsors for $40 or more) in past years have received a Storm Lap-a-thon tee shirt or runner's water bottle.

When turning in money, we ask that only ONE CHECK PER FAMILY, payable to SCTC, be written for the entire amount the athlete has raised. (Sponsor check donations written directly to the club by non-members may not be credited to your child. )

You can download a pledge form here, the due date to turn in the funds is May 3rd. Flat donations can be turned in immediately. Prizes will be awarded based on the most funds raised and turned in by May 3rd 7:45pm. Funds will still be accepted after that date but won't count towards the grand prizes.
 Heel / Arch Pain
Common type of runners injury - varies from a slight tightness in the bottom of the foot to an intense heel pain that may worsen when getting out of bed in the morning. An X-ray will sometimes reveal the running injury as a "heel spur" on the bottom of the heel. This is usually due to an overpronation problem that will respond well to the use of a runners orthotic. While the foot motion called pronation is a normal motion of the foot, when there is excessive pronation, or overpronation, patients are thought to have a higher risk of developing lower extremity problems. Overpronation has been implicated in many conditions, including:
Treatment of overpronation is focused on corrective footwear and orthotics. Shoes with adequate padding and support help most people with overpronation. To find shoes with better motion control, read on...
Cheering is not just noise. Appropriate cheering causes a physical response that heightens a child's abilities. Appropriate cheering (words that are positive) for children has a rhythmic and very repetitive quality that helps to energize and focus youngsters.
The problem is that parents tend to cheer only when the child is winning, not when children need it most, when they are losing or tired!
~ Vincent Fortanasce,M.D.
Let the crowd "ROAR" and have a great week! 

 Heidi I Gierard
SCTC-  Public Relations
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