For some implausible reason, going for a short run and then jumping in the freezing waters of the nearest lake, pond or ocean has become an annual New Year celebration ritual for thousands around the world. Here are the 3 that we’re aware of happening on Cape beaches on 1 January 2011:

11AM – Dennis Polar Bear Swim, Corporation Beach, Dennis
11AM – Polar Bear Plunge, Bank Street Beach, Harwichport
12PM – Run and Dunk, Old Silver Beach, N. Falmouth

Typically also involving fundraising, the Bank Street plunge in Harwichport is raising money to benefit Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & The Islands and the Old Silver Beach run and swim in N. Falmouth will be donating proceeds to the Cape Cod Center for Women. So ring in the New Year with a dash and a splash – and stay warm!


We know it isn’t even January 1st yet but races are filling faster than ever and some of our favorite multisport races have already opened registration and sold out. Check this fine schedule brought to us by club treasurer Adam Ross for the current race status, distances, locations and links for most of the nearby races. Set those 2011 goals, register and get training!


Bob Eckerson Presiding

* Treasurers’ report accepted

* Grand Prix Races – Cathy Whitelaw in charge of Walkers’ – Walkers’ start time is at 10:30 AM / Runners start at 11 AM

Tom and Pat Nally handling registration

Grand Prix #1 – Camparis’ in Chatham, December 5th

Grand Prix #2 – Liz Broderick’s home, Dennis – December 12th

Grand Prix #3 – Yarmouth Police Dept. – Sunday, December 19th

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The pre-holiday festivities were hearty as the Yarmouth Police Department served as host to CCAC Winter Grand Prix race three, an event which broke all GP attendance records with over 175 runners and walkers and another several dozen guests. At the holiday break, team Happy Trails is easily cruising at the top of the Overall board but feeling a little pressure from Wicked Warriors in the mixed division. Hanging tough at second in the Overall division, team Firefly leads the men while the Nauset Women Warriors team sets the pace for the women. Meanwhile, Mixed Nuts and YPD Blue struggle to find enough runners to keep them in a consistent division. Team participation was high at YPD as 12 teams scored and another 7 partial teams signed in at the start. In the individual standings, Dave Fay leads the field with 1993 points, but only a scant 10 points ahead of second place Mike Sellars. Jason McWhirter trails by another 50 points in 3rd. For the women, Robyn Argo (1846) sits comfortably ahead of coach McCully (1811) with Susan Lowry a distant 3rd, 100 points behind. The Grand Prix continues on January 2nd at the 19th Hole in Hyannis, just off Main Street. The longest race of this year’s series, this 5 miler should prove to be a terrific equalizer as we tour the streets of Hyannis and Hyannis Port. [YPD Blue Results] [Grand Prix Standings] [Grand Prix Scoring Table]


If you didn’t get registered for Boston 2011 in the 7 hours that registration stayed open, no worries – we have a few waivers available courtesy of the BAA. The entry fee for a waiver is $250 and keep in mind that they come with strings attached: you must be a paid-up member of the club, you must have participated in club activities, especially volunteering for one of the many races that we help with, and you must be willing to continue helping out with club events and duties. If you think you can handle those strings, send an e-mail with your name, age and a brief synopsis on how you’ve contributed to the club to and we’ll review the applications. But hurry! Applications must be returned to the BAA by January. Good luck!


It is with much sadness that we report the passing on 5 December of the club’s Will Mason of complications due to cancer. Will was a frequent and stalwart competitor at the Grand Prix and all types of events in the area, recently logging 6 training miles along the canal and participating in the Last Gasp. After a recent visit to the hospital, he was quick to shout out about his neighbor, John Worgan, wishing him well in his recovery. The burial will be private. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Scargo Cafe, 799 Main Street, Dennis, MA. For online condolences and directions, please visit Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 022445-7226. [Information] [Read his book: Running For The Green]


Got some leftover t-shirts cluttering your drawers and shelves or spilling out of boxes? This just in from Kate Naples:

T-shirt Quilts!

‘Tis the season to inquire.

It takes at least 30 shirts to make a nice quilt…

I can go a few less, or plenty more…more is better.

Empty that drawer, or box, or clean up the floor…

Collect all your favorite shirts and give ‘em to me.

A Twin size quilt is $130…. Most popular

A Queen size is $200….

A King size is $500… a bloody big space and bloody big quilt!

Kate’s Kwilts :



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