As the calendar changes to 2016, let’s take a short look back on the prior year.

2015 was a very strong year on most fronts. Strong membership growth tells us  we are doing a good amount right but we also know we can look for ways to do even better.

There were so many remarkable performances this year posted by our fellow athletes in orange.  Most of us don’t have the given talent to perform at the level it takes to qualify for the Olympic Trials, but it looks like there will be six to eight of you representing Club Northwest there in 2016.  We are honored that these athletes choose to wear the orange. For 2016 we plan on committing our financial resources to help support these athletes in their quest to perform well at the Olympic Trials.  

Cross Country was another major success for CNW in 2015. We had 55 people travel to Golden Gate Park last month to the Club Cross Country National Championships, which was by far, the most athletes participating of all the clubs in the country. Our teammates won both individual and team national championships, along with a number of other podium finishes.  

A big surprise for the weekend was our Women’s Open team taking third place against a field with so many professional runners present. It could have been a Runners World cover reunion and our women showed that we, CNW, should be taken seriously. Most of the other local events also showcased our depth of talent.  Is success measured by how many events your fellow members won?  I’d say yes and no.  While it is always fun to have the top 10 dominated by orange, it is equally great to see just how many people overall, across the whole spectrum of runners are now wearing our orange singlet.  This is not only a Club of elite athletes but more so a group dedicated to training and competing.  One day I hope we see CNW athletes at the Seattle Marathon not only winning but also running 4:30:00 also in our orange.

In terms of serving our members and telling their stories, we made big strides improving our website content and our interaction on Facebook.  I don’t know the exact number of new people following us on Facebook but the number is significant. In 2016 we will continue to post about news for CNW and our members on our page.

Club Northwest generates revenue for operations a couple different ways.  The first one is through our Northwest Runner magazine.  It has come up against the challenges affecting the rest of the print media world.  The subscriber base has grown but the ad revenues have dropped.  We hope this is a temporary situation but we are also mindful that in general, magazines are in a tough environment. We recently hired Heather Romano as our Publisher.  She is confident that she can turn the tide by increasing the overall magazine content and make it more attractive to more advertisers. I would expect to see Northwest Runner also work on their website and increase their presence on Facebook, too.

The other way we generate revenue is through the events the Club puts on.  This year’s 12-week All-Comers series posted record numbers. The significant number of youth athlete participation gives us confidence that the sport of track and field in our region has a bright future. Revenue from road races in general has been shrinking. Two problems we see are the swelling number of races available and the higher cost of participating. For example, entry fees have gone up because of the increased permit costs.

In summary, all our members continue to see the great benefits of being part of Club Northwest and many top-level athletes also are choosing to wear orange. The Board of Directors are committed to helping grow the club as we work our way through more challenging times for revenue from ad sales and event entries.

This will be my last President’s Report. The club has term limits and I just hit mine. The board will elect a new President at our Club Northwest Annual Meeting on March 5th.  I think you will really enjoy the changes we are planning for this event. Hint; no long presentations

Go Orange!


Happy New Year from your membership committee! Are you looking for new ways to engage with the Club Northwest community? Visit www.clubnorthwest.wildapricot.org to sign up for specific email lists of topics you are interested in. Some of our favorites are the Track and Field  Email List, the Group Run Email List, and the Volunteer Email List. We have several great events coming up and we hope to see you soon. 

Annual Meeting: Saturday March 5th

Save the Date for the Club Northwest Annual Meeting, Saturday March 5th. The annual meeting brings together members from all parts of Club Northwest for a brief business meeting to elect board members and officers followed by time to socialize with old friends and meet new ones too. This year's meeting is hosted by Experience Momentum and will feature owner and physical therapist Shanon Tysland as the keynote speaker. Experience Momentum is opening their doors to us for the evening - don't miss this opportunity to see their new facility and celebrate another year with Club Northwest. Watch your email for more event information.

CNW Women's Run: Sunday January 24th

Attention all CNW Women!

We are hosting a social run to bring together the many women of Club Northwest. Meet at 63rd Ave. SW and Alki Ave SW (near the restrooms) on January 24th at 9:00 am. We will run out and back along Alki beach for about an hour. All pace groups are welcome. There is a bike path the entire way so strollers and kids are welcome too!
Plan to stick around for coffee and doughnuts at Top Pot following the run.

Sunday Runs

Join in a Club Northwest group run this month! Meet at Super Jock 'n Jill Green Lake on Sunday morning at 8:00 am. Details for each run can be found at http://clubnorthwest.org/index.php/events/sunday-runs 


MLK Weekend Run Jan. 16 10am
 
Three day weekends are the best and you can make this one even better by getting in some fitness out here at Magnuson Park. Our usual 5k 10k and 15k distances are offered this race so come on out and start the new year on the right foot. We also would like to feature any success stories from 2015 so if you have any email us and you could get a free race.
 

President's Day Weekend Feb. 13th 10am

Come join us on this great long weekend. This is also Valentine's day weekend so make sure to invite your loved ones along to share some miles with. We will be having our two person relay team option for this event as well. Create a team name for the two of you and each person runs a 5k and both times are added together at the end for your team time. Hope to see you all at this sweet event.


As the weather cools it brings CNW into championship Cross Country season. The championship season began with the USATF Pacific Northwest Open and Masters Championships held November 1st in Lower Woodland Park. The Open women had a strong showing taking home the podium spots. Amber Schultz took home the gold covering the 6km course in 21:43 followed by Jane Ricardi (21:49) and Katelyn Steen (22:07) respectively.

 

On the men’s side Seth Bridges won the Open title. Bridges ran 32:53 over the muddy, slippery 10km course. “Lower Woodland never gets any easier, but we found out on Sunday that it can get tougher!” Bridges stated, “Even with sloppy footing I was able to better my time from last year, which has me excited about my own potential as we approach regional and national  championships, but some of the credit for my time goes to Mark Mandi for setting a bold pace early on and keeping it locked in the whole way. It was cool to see how fit he is, and to think of this heavy punch up front, and a brutally tight pack to complete the squad at championships. Given the quality of the team Club Northwest is fielding, I think our Open men have a chance to do something special in San Francisco.” CNW won both the men’s and women’s open team titles.

   

On the Master's side of competition racing 6km Janet McDevitt was the 40-44 agegroup champion in 22:33, Gwen Lapham the 45-49 (23:07), Alyssa Tower the 50-54 (25:47), and Kelly Kruell the 55-59 champion in 27:27.Not to be outdone by the ladies CNW Master’s men swept all age groups from 40-64 beginning with Samuel Alexander (19:43), Ben Sauvage(20:56), Tony Young(21:17), Joe Sheeran(21:52), and Greg Beyerlein(24:04).  

The season culminated with the USATF Club Cross Country Championships held in San Francisco, CA on December 12th. There were many great performances from Club Northwest including Rick Becker winning the individual title in the Men’s 60 division, leading his teammates to a first place team finish, Janet McDevitt finishing 2nd overall in the master’s 40 year old division which helped bring home the team win as well for this division. In the Men’s master’s 50’s team division CNW came in second. The Club saw two second place finishes from Carl Combs and Joe Sheeran in the 50-54 and 55-59 age divisions respectively. Mike Smith was 3rd in the 55-59 division. In the Men's open race CNW finished 17th out of 59 teams in a very competitive race. Seth Bridges led the team with his 31st place finish. But the highlight of the meet has to go to the Women's open race as the ladies took home 3rd place out of 41 teams. Jamie Cheever managed to lead the women with her 21st place finish despite spraining her ankle while previewing the course the night before. Amber Schultz. Emma Polley, Jane Ricardi and Katelyn Steen worked together throughout the race finishing 34th, 44th, 50th, and 59th place respectively. The 3rd place finish ties the Open Women’s highest teams finish at a National Cross Country Championship in Club history. The team placed third in 2001 in a field of 8 teams.

 

Outside of Cross Country racing, Joe Gray has been breaking the tape and getting podium finishes with his orange CNW jersey outside of the Pacific Northwest. He picked up silver at the USA Trail Marathon National Championships and stepping down in distance won the Colorado State Cross Country Championships. While we may be dealing with racing in the rain, Gray took home his victory in snow! The 4.2 mile course was over hilly terrain at an elevation of 5600 feet. His dominance in the mountains earned him the 2015 Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Award also known as USA Mountain Runner of the Year.

 

He then ventured to Malaysia and came home victorious. Gray won the Salomon Action Asia Malaysia Trail in association with OtterBox race and set a course record covering the tough 18km course in 1:21:56. “I was able to win despite the monsoon like rainfall the days leading to the event and morning of which made for sloppy and very humid conditions,” said Gray, “It was a special occasion to race through the natural rainforest of Janda Baik just outside of Kuala Lumpur.” 

 

Action Asia Events interviewed Gray after the race and quoted, “I was on all fours going up that last 500 meters as that was one bloody tough muddy and technical course,” reflected Gray, “It’s magical. I’ve never seen trails this beautiful before with so many sounds of insects, bugs, crickets, birds, monkeys and so many other creatures I was listening to. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever seen. The jungle forest is unique and the sound in the forest is like music to me. I’ve never been to this part of the world before, so this is definitely very special. Malaysia is more humid than all the other Asian places I have ever been, and the weather is very different from my hometown Colorado as well. It’s definitely a very good experience as I was running in snow just last week and today running through green vegetation, sliding sideways down mud paths, crawling up on fours, crossing a warm river up to my waist, just wild and so much fun and what a way to start my Asian trip as Hong Kong is next for the MSIG Lantau VK."

-Lois Keller


 Athlete of the Enews 
 

Will it still be Rock and Roll to her?

 
Lana Lacey is the Club's athlete of the month. Lana captained our open women's team at Club Nationals, where they scored a spot on the podium. 
 
I asked Lana how she got started as a runner:
"I was heavily involved in more acrobatic sports prior to running (diving, gymnastics, pole vaulting) which involved a lot of technique, and so cross country appealed to me a lot because it was outdoors and on trails so it seemed really "free"...and you can't contest a stopwatch. I began pursuing running more seriously my junior year of high school, and ended up getting a scholarship to compete for the University of Tulsa where I ran track and cross country."

Her short term goal is to continue to enjoy the simplicity and purity of the sport first and foremost. And find new places to explore on foot.

Her long term goal:
To run a Rock and Roll Marathon when she turns 75, stopping along the way to play with each band and enthusiastically hand out gummy bears from her hip and cool fanny pack.

Lana's most unusual running experience was during her junior year of college when it snowed eight inches the night before a meet they were hosting.  They still ran the meet but ended up more sore from shoveling snow than from the actual races.

What sport would Lana do if she wasn't running? "Some may argue it's not a sport, but I'd say contemporary ballet or modern dance. The strength, flexibility, and technique it requires to move like that astounds me. Athleticism plus artistic expression. Pretty great combination."


-Craig Kenworthy
 



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