Benefits of Joining the Club Northwest Cross Country Team:

-       Free entry into the following cross country races:  WWU Classic 10/8, Emerald City Open 10/15, PNTF Champs 11/6, USATF NW Regional Championships 11/20, Club Nationals 12/10.  This alone will recoup your CNW membership fee.  Please do not register yourself for these races.  Team entries will be handled by CNW Team manager,  Mark Bloudek.

-       Be a part of the best cross country team in the Pacific Northwest!

How to join the Club Northwest Cross Country Team:

- The following link http://membership.clubnorthwest.org/  is the website for members to register for CNW.  Please make sure all your info is correct at the membership site including your email address and birthdate.  Additionally, you MUST sign up to receive cross country emails to be kept up to date as the season progresses.  You can do this by clicking the cross country email link in the upper left part of the screen after logging in at the membership site.

If you have already been receiving emails you do not need to do this.

- Have a Club NW membership that is valid through December 2016. If your membership expires before then, we will ask you to renew, so that we can make sure everyone competing for us is a current member. 

 - If you are interested in competing at the PNTF Championships, USATF NW Regional Championships, or USATF Club Nationals, you need to have a 2016 USA Track and Field membership affiliated with Club Northwest (#116). Masters athletes will also need to have their age verified so please make sure to have your birthdate updated at the CNW membership site.

 - Wear our uniform during cross country meets. Our uniform consists of our pumpkin ORANGE Brooks singlet ($30) and BLACK shorts. We also sell warm-ups and a few other accessories, but the singlet is the only item you are required to purchase. These requirements are the same for men and women.  You may purchase a singlet or other gear online here: http://clubnorthwest.org/index.php/team/club-gear-uniforms.  Or, if you do not wish to pay by credit card, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to arrange payment and deliver.

Each athlete is responsible for making sure that their CNW  and USATF memberships are current through December 2016. 

Please take care of these membership issues yourself.  If you find that you need further help, contact Mark Bloudek ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
 


2015 CNW XC National Team Elite Team Selection Criteria

The Teams Committee has defined the selection criteria for the men’s and women’s open elite teams for the 2016 XC season.

The procedure will be similar to years past, with the open athletes (Men and Women) competing for 3 positions based on points and 3 at large positions based on selection by the teams manager,VP of teams, and team captain for a total of 6 positions for each Open Elite (A) team (men’s & women’s).   The 7th and 8th position (Who will need to fund their own airfare) for each open team will be selected at the discretion of the Team manager, VP of teams, and team captain.

The procedure for the masters team will consist of Men's 50’s athletes competing for 4 positions based on points and 3 at large positions based on selection by the Team manager, VP of teams, and team captain  for a total of 7 positions.  The Men’s 40’s team will consist of 4 positions based on points and 2 at large positions based on selection by the team manager, VP of teams, and team captain for a total of 6 positions.  The men's 60's team will be entirely selected at the discretion of the team manager, VP of teams, and team captain.  The masters women's team will consist of women competing for 3 positions based on points and 1 at large positions based on selection by the Team manager, VP of Teams, and team captain for a total of 4 positions for each Women's masters team 40's and 50's. The selection of additional team members (Who will need to fund the entire trip except their entry) will be at the discretion of the Team manager, VP of teams, and team captain in order to fill out the various masters teams.

 Scoring for OPEN athletes (Men and Women) will use your best score for 3 out of 4 qualifying meets, with the PNTF counting as double points. For Masters women athletes, we will use your best score for 2 out of 3 qualifying meets (Excluding USATF Regionals on Nov. 20th), with PNTF counting as double points.  For Masters Men athletes, we will use your best score for 2 out of 3 qualifying meets (Excluding USATF Regionals on Nov. 20th).  PNTF will have equal weighting for Men’s masters athletes due to the race being 6K.

Athletes must have a CNW membership which runs through December, 2016 and be racing in uniform to count for a race.  Also, for PNTF Champs and USATF Regionals, current USATF membership is required.
 

Scoring as follows:

·         1st Place scores 10 points (pts), 2nd 9 pts,…..10th is 1 pt.  Above 10th is 1 pt.  DNF scores 0 pts.
 

Qualifying meets are:

1.     Sat., Oct. 8    WWU Classic, 10k men, 6k women, Lake Padden, Bellingham

2.     Sat., Oct. 15    Emerald City Open, Lower Woodland, Seattle

3.     Sun., Nov. 6    PNTF Champs, Lower Woodland, Seattle

4.     Sun., Nov 20   USATF Regionals, Lincoln Park, West Seattle

 

The open team will be selected after Regionals.  This is a full 20 days before Club Nationals on Dec. 10th. 

The masters team members who automatically qualify on points will be selected after PNTF.   The final at large spots will be completed after regionals.  The reason for selecting most, if not all the spots after PNTF is to allow masters team members the ability to arrange flights to Nationals.  We will make an effort to announce as many at-large spots as possible after PNTF, but may need to delay some selections until Regionals due to team members being close in ability.

The selected teams will represent CNW at the 2016 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships Saturday December 10, in Tallahasse, FL.

Our goal is to field the best possible team for Nationals.

Nationals team funding:

The Club will fund the top 6 on each open team.  All team members (Open and masters) will be responsible for their own food expenses and $40 per person to offset hotel expenses.  The 7th and 8th open runners will be responsible for their airfare but will have their hotel (Except for the $40 to offset hotel expenses) and entry covered .

Masters athletes will pay for their own air travel and ground travel. The Club will pay for the Hotel on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday  in Tallahasse, FL for the top 7 on men's teams 50's, top 6 for the men’s 40’s  and top 4 on women's teams (40's, 50's).  The Club will pay for any masters athlete's entry fee that attends the Club Nationals race in Tallahasse, FL.  You need to keep your team captain informed of your travel plans.  Masters are encouraged to coordinate their transportation on Thursday with their team captain.

 The team captains are Mark Mandi for Men’s open, Lana Lacey for Women’s open, Mark Bloudek for Men’s 40’s, John O'Hearn for the Men's50's, Janet McDevitt for the Women’s 40’s, Kelly Kruell for the Women's 50's, and Tom Cotner for the Men's 60's. 

1)  Are there group training workouts?

We do have group practices run by coach Tom Cotner.  Please contact Tom at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  before attending.

2)     Age verification.  How do I do this?

Go to the membership link  http://membership.clubnorthwest.org/ and make sure your birthdate is correct.

3)     What are the distances for the XC races?

They vary.  For women, all races are 6K.  For open men, races are either 8K or 10K.  For master’s men, races are generally 8K and 10K, except PNTF Champs, which is 6K.  Club Nationals is 10K for men’s 40’s and 50’s and 8K for men’s 60’s..

4)    For Club Nationals, how will the prize money, if any, be distributed?

All athletes will get to keep 100% of their individual or team prize money.

5)    For Club Nationals, why do Master’s pay for their own air travel while Open athletes pay nothing?

A primary mission of Club Northwest is to support talented and aspiring post-collegiate athletes in their quest to make National, World, and perhaps even Olympic teams.  These young athletes often are trying to train and juggle jobs at the same time.  Additionally, their performances reach larger audiences and bring greater exposure for our club.  For that reason, our top priority for funding goes to these folks.  This is not to discredit our World Class Master’s athletes, of which we have many.  We have a lot of respect for their effort and performances too.

6)    Why are we switching to BLACK shorts this year?

The reason for this change is numerous athletes have had a hard time sourcing navy blue shorts that they found comfortable.  Black shorts are readily available and having everyone in an orange singlet and black shorts makes us look like a sharp team.

If anyone has questions or feedback, please reply to this email and I will be happy to answer them.

Regards,

Mark Bloudek

CNW Team Manager