Join CCAC member Jonathan Piers on Saturday, December 4th, for the Cape Cod XC Cup, 3 no-frills races dedicated to the development of youth running on Cape Cod. The action starts with a 1 mile race for students in 8th grade and under at 11:00am, then a 5K high school championship race at 11:20am, followed by a 5K open race at 12:00pm. All races will take place at the Oakridge School on Quaker Meetinghouse Road in Sandwich. Contact Jonathan at 508.833.8824 for more information.

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  I live on a road where there is an Audubon Conservation Land park not a half mile away with lots of trails and wildlife. This pristine area has not changed one iota in the 69 years I have been living here.

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  Yesterday I took  advantage of the weather and did my 7th annual solo run for my fave organization Big Brothers Big Sisters Cape Cod. Good timing for the weather, bad timing for the scant two weeks recovery from the Cape Cod Marathon, where I had a 4:32, which is all I can expect at my age, it seems. But also because I ran into a detour in Brewster on 6A which added about four miles to the course, as well as the time spent in me futilely trying to circumvent the length of the detour by getting across the adjacent marsh (the boggy brooks and streams of a marsh always look more fordable from a distance that they actually are up close!)

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2009 ING New York City Marathon winner and 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi will be at Hanlon’s Shoes in Hyannis on Thursday, 18 November, from 6-8PM for a meet and greet and book signing. If you don’t have a copy of his new book Run To Overcome, you can pick up a signed one at Hanlon’s when you come to visit. For more information, contact Hanlon’s Shoes at 508.775.8877. [Follow Meb on Twitter]

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Bob Eckerson Presiding

* New member welcomed to CCAC

* Discussion on Grand Prix races – starting on December 5th – to be held at 11:00am.

Order of GP races: Campari’s, Liz Broderick’s, YPD venue, 19th Hole (Hyannis), Weary Travelers, Chapins Restaurant, Paul Collier’s, Graebers’.

Cost: $10 per person (member or non-member).

Walkers to start ½ hour earlier than runners. Will have their own tags / timing system

Tom and Pat Nally to oversee volunteers for GP races – volunteers needed – 5 points received if volunteering at a GP race

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() The Grand Prix 2010-2011 calendar has been finalized and current members should be receiving their fridge mountable post-card versions shortly. The team competition returns so start recruiting now. New this year – the Volunteer Incentive: earn 5 points for working a race instead of running it; and walkers get their own start at 10:30AM! The fun starts 5 December at 11:00AM at Campari’s in Chatham. Be there!

() The USAT National Challenge Championship starts 1 December! Swim, bike and run to a better 2011 racing season by loading up the volume over the dreaded ‘off-season.’ December is swim month, January is bike month, and February is run month. Log as many miles as you can and report them to the webmaster on a regular basis and see how we stack up with clubs nationwide. You must be a USAT member to participate but don’t worry if you can’t swim or bike or run – all miles count each month! For more information, visit http://www.race-tracker.net/usat/ or contact Geof Newton.  To sign up, send your USAT membership number and your birthdate to ccac@capecodathleticclub.org.

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  The 3 CCAC relay teams did CCAC proud on Halloween in good weather!
  CCAC1 ran 2:27:39 to finish first overall out of 200 teams
registered, 181 teams finished. Team Captain Joe Navas was ably assisted by Paul Hufnagel, Ryan Gattoni, Tom Deeg, and anchorman Geof Newton. They finished ahead of the first marathon runner.
  CCAC2 ran 2:55:44 to finish 12th overall, and FIRST among mixed teams with all members 50+. Team Captain Kathleen Thomas was assisted by Nick Harmansky, Mike Sellars, John Martin, and Paul Fendler.
  CCAC3 ran 3:22:46 to finish 33rd overall, and 8th out of 106 mixed open-class teams, despite having 2 runners over 50. Team Captain Adam Ross was assisted by Mary Ellen Ross, Donna Blackman, Christopher Crema, and Jason McWhirter.
  Other CCAC members ran on other teams that did well:
Greyhounds ran 2:43:08 to finish 4th overall with a fine leg by Sean Doherty.
Thirsty Irish Runners ran 3:11:34 to finish 19th overall, with a fast leg by Jim McLaughlin.
Run Like A Girl ran 3:18:48 to finish 24th overall, with help from Amy Doherty.
  CCAC1 ran some 2 minutes were faster than last year, despite an additional year of age on 3 of the runners, and of course beat all of the men’s teams. Unlike the all-star teams that finished 2nd and 3rd overall, all 3 CCAC teams comprised of runners who live or work on Cape Cod and have been long-time members of CCAC.
  CCAC2 runners were all over 50, and were beaten only by CCAC1 and 10 other teams. Those 10 included 7 that were under 40, 2 that were 40-49, and 1 team made up solely of all-star men over 50 who do not belong to the same club.
  CCAC3 runners had 3 newcomers that did not run the relay last year, but who gave it everything they had.
  When you consider the fact that 200 teams each paid $150 to run this relay, and 19 did not make it to the finish line, whether due to injury, family emergencies,logistical errors, wimpery, or mopery with intent to gawk, I take great pride in the fact that the 3 CCAC teams acquitted themselves so well.
  ~ Team Manager Bill Masterson

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