FEBRUARY 2011 - This is our periodic eNewsletter for our members and friends.  We hope you can use the information to enjoy your participation in our sport through Club Northwest!

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NEW Membership manager Tahoma Khalsa
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Whats up and coming in CNW...
UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS
•     No board meeting in February, although committees are expected to meet and report to the Board at the March meeting.
•     Monday, March 14, 6 p.m. pizza hour, 7 p.m. ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS.
•     No board meeting in April, but there will be many committee meetings.
•     Monday, May 10, 6 p.m pizza social hour, 7 p.m. business meeting.
If you are not a board member and would like to attend any meeting, we don't want to run out of pizza!  Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , except for the Annual Meeting, where This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is taking RSVPs.


ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE AND BOARD ELECTIONS
This is your official notice of the Annual Meeting of CNW.  It is Monday, March 14, 2011, at the CNW Offices, with the social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and the business meeting starting at 7 p.m.  Elections will be held for three board seats.  After that election, the nine elected Board members will meet to determine any and all at-large one-year positions on the Board, and then the elected and at-large members will meet to determine the officers for 2011-12.  If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that we have enough snacks and beverages available.
If you are interested in running for a Board position, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it prior to the meeting so that he can inform you of the role and responsibilities of a Board member, check your current membership status, and prepare the ballots.  You stand a much better chance of being elected if you are on the ballot (the recent Alaska senate race not withstanding!)


SUNDAY RUNS
Our membership committee has been conducting Sunday runs.  On Sunday, January 30, over 20 runners met at the Green Lake Starbucks to run together!  Runs begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings from different places and sponsored by a different Club member.  Explore the area with the group, and meet your fellow Club members.  For a schedule of the Sunday morning runs, check our website.


EVENTS
For up-to-date listings, check the Northwest Runner site, which is linked from our site.  Don't miss the Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentine's Dash on Saturday, February 12, at Green Lake, or the CNW events which are highlighted below!

Our Team...
NORTHWEST RUNNER ARTICLE RE-CAPS NATIONALS           
Team member John O'Hearn – who has a streak of nearly ten national teams for CNW – wrote a great re-cap in the Northwest Runner of our very successful trip to Charlotte for the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.  We hope you all had a chance to read it and revel in your club's accomplishments.  It is at least the fourth year in the row we have taken the "high point challenge" title combining team places for open and masters men and women!  This is the meet which is here in Seattle this fall – look for CNW dominance to continue!


SURVEY OF CROSS COUNTRY NATIONALS TEAM HAS VERY POSITIVE RESULTS
Jerry Zyskowski, Teams Vice President, conducted a season survey following the successful team trip to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Although comments during the trip were very positive, surveys can bring out things which might have escaped attention during the trip.  And the survey encompassed more than just the nationals trip, including the entire cross country season.
No worries – 97% of the nearly two-thirds of the team who responded rated the season and the trip very high – an overwhelming rate.  The only comments dealt with items adding social aspects to the nationals trip, improving new members introduction to the club, improving the fit of competition uniforms while making sure they all match (a national meet rule), and the near disaster of a return trip when Delta's airplane broke down – fortunately on the ground!
On the general season, there was some dissatisfaction with recurring races at Woodland Park.  Some members mentioned course problems, including that sharp turn at the end of the 2k loop and the ravine in the Emerald City course.  There was also a desire for more Eastside events, and more variety in racing locales.


SPORTS REACTION CENTER STEPS UP FOR ELITE TEAM MEMBERS!      
A recent addition to our elite athlete services menu is the the Sports Reaction Center in Bellevue.  As you may have heard, the Alter-G – developed by NASA and now made available to the world of sports and athletic performance – has been described as what it might feel like to "run on a cloud."  This is an anti-gravity treadmill that reduces the impact that running has on your body (ankles, knees, joints, and hips).
Our elite and sub-elite teams are invited to a complimentary running session they won’t want to miss!  This is the elite runners Peak Performance Analysis (PPA), a $600 value at no charge!  "It’s a powerful tool to assist you in your desire to improve your feeling of a 'powerful sense of accomplishment' as a runner and athlete," says Colin Rigby, marketing director for SRC.   "We are providing the complimentary PPA as a service to runners, realizing that – should a need arise for our services down the road – you might think of us for your physical therapy needs."
Each session includes a complete gait analysis with cutting-edge technology developed for professional athletes known as Opto Gait TM.  This technology is in use world-wide by both professional and amateur runners and athletes. You will be able to see your body in motion via laser technology measuring motion to 1/1000 of a second!   You will also have a consultation time with world renowned elite athlete physical therapist Neil Chasan.
Our team members will be notified of their selection for this program, and instructions to gain access to SRC's offer.


TEE-SHIRTS
We are catching up after being out of tee-shirts for quite a while, and going through a transition period without a membership manager.  If you have not received a communication from our membership group and are owed a tee-shirt, simply contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


MANAGING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Your Northwest Runner mailing label carries the expiration date for your membership.  Sometimes we adjust it -- for example, when you renew a membership early, we add a full 12 months.  Or if you "upgrade" from a Northwest Runner subscription, we tack on the membership to the end of the subscription period (within reason!)  Or if for some reason we do not get your membership logged in immediately, we end your membership later to pick up the lag time.  It helps us if you react to your reminders -- generally mailed out from the Northwest Runner office -- in a timely manner.  You won't lose membership months or issues of the magazine if you renew early!


The following CNW events are looking for assistance.  Please go to the volunteer sign-up page on the web site at www.clubnorthwest.org/events/volunteers to sign up for an event.

Saturday, February 19 • combined Winter Grand Prix Two-Mile road run FINALE and Magnuson Series President's Day 5k/10k/15k event • Winter Grand Prix chase race at 9 a.m., Magnuson Series kid's run at 9:45 a.m., Magnuson Series 5k, 10k, 15k at 10:00 a.m. • volunteers needed as early as 7 a.m. and there will be tasks to do through about noon.
Saturday, March 19 • Magnuson Series First Day of Spring • Magnuson Series kid's run at 9:45 a.m., Magnuson Series 5k, 10k, 15k at 10:00 a.m. • volunteers needed as early as 8 a.m. and there will be tasks to do through about noon.
COMING UP:
Saturday, April 16 • Magnuson Series Earth Day Run
Saturday, April 17 • Earth Day Run at WWU in Bellingham

Reso Run...
A record number of participants showed up on the frigid, sunny shores of Lake Washington on Saturday, January 1, for the 34th Annual Resolution Run and 8th Annual "Trip 'n Drip" Polar Bear Dive.  Another record was set for the percentage of participants who braved the waters of Lake Washington for the plunge portion of the event, 63% of the 1620 recorded finishers or over 1000 divers!  Hot chili and cold beer made for a fun atmosphere, although we were a little unprepared for the "Trip 'n Drippers" coming out of the 41-degree water and dripping their way to the finish line and into the post-race area, leaving a sheen of ice in the shadowy areas.  Thanks to all of the club members who helped out, and to Chuck Bartlett for organizing them.

Winter Grand Prix... We are nearing the end of the 2010-2011 15th Annual New Balance / SJJ Winter Grand Prix.  Only the February 5th track two-mile races at Nathan Hale and the February 19th two-mile road race "chase race" finale at Magnuson Park are left to determine the division winners.  Even if you are not part of the series, we welcome single race entrants to come to Nathan Hale HS (35th Ave NE and NE 110th St) this Saturday for a good two-mile opportunity.  We are encouraging only series entrants with a seed time to run in the finale this year, since we also have the Magnuson Series races one hour later for them to race.  More information is on our web site.

Magnuson Series...
Our series had its largest winter race ever with over 200 participants in January, despite the chilly day.  The series continues to grow, appealing to people who want to be able to have a common "test" once a month, and a low-key, relaxed atmosphere.  The current information on the series is on the series web site.  Remember, your CNW membership gets you a discount for all Magnuson Series events!

Spring Break Open Track Meet
As the historic track in Husky Stadium faces removal this fall, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate the legacy of the facility by moving the Spring Break Open Meet to the UW for 2011.  Our date this year is Saturday, March 26.  The meet has grown in the last couple of years, so we will not be accepting entries on-site in order to present a more professional program.  It is also harder to deal with day-of-race entries when using electronic timing, which we will be doing.  So plan ahead and pre-register according to the information which will be presented on our web site when it is complete.
Club Northwest members participate in this meet for free – but you can't just show up and compete!  There may be special instructions for CNW members to sign up – Becca will send out information when it is ready.

All-Comers Track Meet's
We are already preparing for our 43rd All-Comers year!  Dates have been reserved at Shoreline Stadium on Wednesdays from May 25 to August 10.  Not much of the format will change from 2010, but we are currently planning on a huge improvement in our running event program with the introduction of fully automatic timing!  To facilitate this move, we will be computerizing much of our operation, and allowing pre-entries.  To keep the all-comers format alive, we will still accept day-of-race entries, but they will be changed a little extra at the gate.
Beginning at the Spring Break Open Meet, individual athletes will be provided with a unique identifier which will give them access to the system.  That identifier will be all you'll need to enter events at the all-comers.  The field events won't change much, but running event times will be much more accurate and results will be much, much easier to deal with.
On the kid's events, we will use the same tag system developed for last year.  For the youngest kids (eight and under) electronic timing will not do much -- we don't use a gun for those starts.  But for the older kids, we will use a gun, and their times will be more accurate.
We are looking for sponsors for the series, both overall sponsors, individual meet sponsors, and sponsors of each event for a season.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have some leads for us to pursue!

PNTF Championships
We will be hosting the Pacific Northwest championships -- which will likely be doubling as the USATF Northwest Regional  -- on Saturday, June 11 at Shoreline Stadium.  More in the next eNews and on the PNTF web site when the information is finalized!

FireCracker 5000
Plan ahead -- 11:55 p.m. on July 3rd, we will start running through the streets around the Seattle Center into the Fourth of July!  Look to our web site for more information in mid-April.


Subway WA Games

We are planning several new events for the Subway Washington Games this year.  Stay tuned to our web site or theirs for more details as we get closer.

Battle in Seattle!
The big event of the year!  Planning is well underway.  Plan to be there as a worker -- spots are limited -- or to participate -- we have a citizen's race in addition to the championships -- or just come and watch what promises to be a great show!  Saturday, December 10, at Jefferson Park Golf Course.  Most of the information will be up on the USATF web site within the next month.
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CLUB NORTHWEST NEEDS TRANSPORTATION ! !
CNW is looking for one or more vehicles to use primarily for events.  They are listed in priority order:
--          cargo van or mini-van
--          small utility trailer
--          golf cart or "gator" utility cart
--          moderate-sized motor home
Vehicles must be in good, operable condition -- we haven't got the resources to spend a lot of money on "free" vehicles to make them roadworthy.  They would be fully tax deductible for the "blue book" value.  Write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any leads!
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MEMBER OPPORTUNITY
The following information is provided by Laura Prevost:
I work with a company called The Coastal Experiences (www.thecoastalexperiences.com) and they do stage running races in Costa Rica (you race each morning and play each afternoon).  I thought maybe your group of runners (or maybe even an individual or two) would be interested in participating in one of our races.

Here are some nitty gritty details:
-     The Coastal Exeperiences is stage running events (about a 10K every morning for about 5 mornings)
-     there is an opportunity for stage running tours for large running groups (these basically follow the same route and format of the race event)
-     exotic location (fun!)
-     rafting in the rainforest
-     running on a volcano
-     running along coastal jungle at the southern tip of Costa Rica
-     camping in beautiful locales (under the volcano, on the beach and right on the river in a tranquil river lodge)
-     eat amazing food
-     if  a person brings a group of 8 or more to a scheduled event then he/she can join us free of charge (except for paying airfare)
-     if a person brings a larger group for a custom trip then he/she and a friend can come free of charge (except for paying airfaire)
-     if a person decides to sign up for a race as an individual, he/she just needs to enter in the code LP2010 for an extra discount

Customizing an event would mean that you can tweak it to fit your group's running style (maybe even offer running tips and tricks in the afternoons).  I have sample itineraries available to give you a better idea of what happens daily.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have and can set up a phone call with you to discuss more details.

Laura Prevost
303.913.2893
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If there's more you'd like to see included in eNews or more things you'd like your Club to do for you, let me know!  See you at the track, in the field, or on the roads!

Bill Roe
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