Extra! This year’s Winter Grand Prix series will feature a team challenge. The rules are simple:

  • Teams must have a minimum of 3 people to score.
  • Write a team name next to your name on the signup sheet when you register on race morning. If at least two other people write down the same team name, we’ll score you in the team challenge.
  • Scoring will be cross-country style based on the finishing place of the first 3 finishers. Low score wins.
  • Winning teams in men’s, women’s and mixed categories will be recognized at the awards banquet in February.
  • Team hopping is permitted – but we honestly don’t know why you’d risk the wrath of your former teammates or give up any hard earned points from prior races.
  • The official scorers won’t be keeping track of what team you signed up for at the last race. If you don’t write down a team name, you won’t be scored.

Get working on those team names and we’ll see you at Campari’s on the 7th!

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We’ve had some of the best link pages related to running, multisport and related topics for many years but visits were slow and there wasn’t a good way to alert visitors to new links … until now! Announcing our new link pages! Our bookmarks are now published on Diigo and propagated to Simpy and Delicious. You can share and tag, recommend, send corrections, join our Diigo group, browse our tagroll and linkroll and export the CCAC bookmarks to your browser to take along wherever you go. Join the group and start tagging! Don’t forget to tag us in Delicious too!

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The USA Triathlon National Club Challenge begins on December 1st.  That’s a little less than two weeks away.  Can you put the club on top this year?  December is swim month, January is focused on biking, and February is running month.  In order to participate, you’ll need to 1) make sure that you’re a paid up member of the club; 2) make sure that you have a valid USAT membership; 3) log those miles and send them to ccac@capecodathleticclub.org on a regular basis.  Registration and reporting details will be posted next week.

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USATF New England has selected the races which will make up the 2009 road Grand Prix series. The races, selected at the November 10th meeting, span the entire year and cover diverse distances ranging from 5K through the marathon. All New England states are represented with the exception of Vermont which had no races bid for a Grand Prix slot. The 2009 series consists of:

  • 22 Feb – DH Jones 10 Mile, Amherst, MA
  • 15 Mar – New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA
  • 16 May – Bedford Rotary 12K, Bedford, NH
  • 7 June – Rhody 5K, Lincoln, RI
  • 12 Sept – Ollie 5 Mile, South Boston, MA
  • 20 Sept – Lone Gull 10K, Gloucester, MA
  • 18 Oct – Bay State Marathon, Lowell, MA

Active CCAC members are encouraged to participate and full teams will be compensated according to the club’s reimbursement policy. Watch for ride-sharing and team all-call announcements as we get closer to GP season.

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On Thursday, Bill Burnett, race director of the Cohasset Triathlon, announced the creation of the Commonwealth Triathlon Series. The sprint series of races in the greater metro-Boston area will begin in 2009 with the Cohasset Triathlon on 28 June. The remaining races of the series are scheduled for 26 July, The Marlborough Triathlon, and 9 August, The Gloucester Triathlon. The Cohasset sprint will serve as the 2009 Northeast qualifier for Team USA (16-19 age group) for the Sprint World Championships in Australia and as a special qualifier for Age Group Nationals in Alabama in August. The race will qualify 5 people per age group for Nationals. With an abundance of elite and national attention (Jarrod Shoemaker and his coach, Tim Crowley, are founders of the Marlborough sprint and Janda Ricci-Munn is the founder of Gloucester), these should be first-class events.

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Time Out! Productions has released their initial schedule of events for the 2009 New England Triathlon Tour. The tentative calendar sets Hyannis Sprint I on 13 June, the Falmouth Sprint on 19 July, and Hyannis Sprint II on 12 September. The second sprint will serve as the make-up race for the hurricaned-out Sprint II of 2008. But before next year’s sprint season, don’t forget Time Out!’s “We Gather Together” 5K on Thanksgiving Day in Sandwich! Bring a couple bags of groceries and a couple of dollars and run off some pounds yet to come. This event stocks local food pantries for months!

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Drs. Anderson and Finley of MECA gave a great presentation on the causes and prevention of back pain. Executive summary: 95+% of back pain is mechanical caused by improper posture (mostly while sitting) which in turn causes a posterior pelvic tilt and lengthens and weakens the soft tissues of the spine. MECA has developed an exercise protocol which leads to improved back health. You can see their presentation and read about their methods at their site. Thank you doctors!

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