The clothing and gear manager informs us that she will have all the latest club kit at this weekend’s final Grand Prix – long sleeve shirts in tech and cotton, sweatshirts and hats will all be available. She’ll also be taking orders for a new round of jackets which will be $48 each and will have to be pre-ordered. And if you’re on the Tri Team, Dwight is pulling together an order for tri shorts, tri tops, and a one-piece tri suit. Send an e-mail to ccac@capecodathleticclub.org and let us know if you’re interested in ordering any tri kit and how many of each piece you’d be likely to order. See you Sunday!

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180188_1828066904044_1311474807_32140540_6691697_nThe Grand Prix rolled through Chatham this past Sunday and we barely managed to squeak through the finish line before ocean effect deluged the bonfire. By all accounts, Big Daddy’s Cadillac Run was a huge success but we’re still looking for the live band and dancing girls that were promised. We’re also still looking for a few runners who may have got stuck in the sand or wandered off into the ocean at Cockle Cove. We never said these courses would be easy and Paulie complied by providing a chilling wind, a 1/3 of a mile on the beach, a couple of nasty hills, and a narrow bridge all within a 2.6 mile loop. Josh Curtis opened a significant but not insurmountable lead across the beach and stopped at the line in 2nd place overall, providing much needed points for Happy Trails in the team challenge. Paul Hufnagel followed, also teaming with Happy Trails, trailed by Dave Fay (BPD Blue) and Mike Sellars (Firefly). John Martin and Nick Harmansky, running for Firefly, managed to push Tyler Kane down a slot and gave Firefly a one point victory over Happy Trails for this race – but Firefly still trails Trails for the overall series lead by one point. It’s serious team racing for this Sunday! The women were led in once again by Robyn Argo and the Nauset Women Warriors took the top 3 spots with Katie McCully and Sarah Newcomb posting second and third respectively. Kayleen Rosato (Mixed Nuts) and Sarah Knop (Nauset Women) rounded out the women’s top five. Afterwards, the assemblage was treated to a garbage can bonfire and top-notch barbecue all amidst a flash snow squall. The 2010-2011 Grand Prix culminates this weekend at the home of George Graeber in Orleans with another challenging beach, boardwalk and gravel road run. Lots of run, lots of food, lots of music and fun! And be sure to check the standings – sometimes we miss somebody in the results or don’t add up the points quite right. Send an e-mail to ccac@capecodathleticclub.org if you see something erroneous or peculiar. [Big Daddy’s Cadillac Run Results] [Standings] [Scoreboard] [Grand Prix Information]

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Bob Eckerson Presiding

* Monthly Treasurer’s report submitted and accepted by all

* Grand Prix Races – We are now halfway through this year’s race schedule. Good turnouts so far! GP #4 at 19th Hole Pub, Hyannis, MA; GP #5 to be at Weary Travelers, GP #6 to be at Chapins’ Restaurant, Dennis, MA. Publishings have been in the Cape Cod Times but only for ones at public venues. GP #7 to be held at Paul Collyer’s home, Chatham, MA. Mileage TBD. GP #8 – George Graeber’s home – last race! Chapins’ event – new route this year and food and music for this event. Estimated mileage: 3.1 for Walkers and 4.7 for Runners.

* CCAC Banquet – Date: February 12, 2011 – Welcome back to Chatham Bars this year! All invites have been mailed out and copies will be available at next couple of GP races. Deadline to respond – February 5, 2011. Reduced hotel room rates are available for anyone looking to stay for the evening.

* CCAC Insurance – Road Runners of America – obtaining information on this. Rates: $2.33 per person / $2.00 membership fee. Designed to cover all Club events. USAT – to cover all multi-sport type events.

* By-Laws directors “Meeting” terminology currently found in By-Laws paperwork to be better translated before the new by-laws can be finalized

* Old Business – Nothing discussed.

* CCAC – New Business – Kathleen Thomas to work on triathlon clothing ideas / designs – to send artwork to vendor and to obtain feedback. No Club funding and orders will only be placed upon request. CCAC and CCTT logo to appear on clothing.

* New Club Members – Per Bill Masterson – M/M Nolan, from Eastham, MA recently joined CCAC

* All Boston Marathon waivers are now gone – none available.

* John Worgan has suffered a broken hip and is back in the hospital.

* Club Newsletter – Adam Ross put in a question about when to expect to see new edition to go out. Club answered with that more concentration to be focused on the By-Laws and Insurance issues before newsletter to be addressed.

Suggestion made that a posting can be done on website for anyone having an interest in working on the newsletter – possible to attract new members to assist with newsletter? Estimated length of newsletter – 3-4 pages. All former newsletters can be found under Members Section of Club website.

* Cape Cod Child Development – Pat Nally read a letter from CCCD / Headstart looking for help & support from Club – $250 sponsorship. CCAC to consider a Club contribution.

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The Grand Prix took over Chapin’s Restaurant in Dennis on Sunday for a whizbang and windy course designed by Joe Weinberger. Kite surfers were cutting the waves out at Chapin’s Beach and with the wind at our backs, the miles cruised along. A tiny hill at 2.1 miles in to the run worked over the muscles but runners were rewarded with the long downhill fly of Nobscusset. On the individual leader board, Mike Sellars still leads the pack and is posting an impressive perfect 10’s in his age group thus far. The chase pack of Geof Newton, Tom Tuttle and Tom Nally is trying to close the gap but with a 300 point lead on the nearest challenger, Sellars may have this year’s individual title wrapped. On the women’s board, Robyn Argo and Katie McCully are racing neck and neck chased by Susan Lowry and Donna Blackman. Races 7 and 8 will be critical for the women.

Firefly_Logo_Wide-560x280Buoyed by an impressive performance at the Cape Cod Road Runners Winter Fun Run led by Ryan Gattoni, Newton and Sellars, team Firefly continued the charge posting an overall win at Chapin’s with the help of a clutch performance by Nick Harmansky. Firefly has now closed to within 2 points of Happy Trails and continues to dominate the Men’s Division. Meanwhile, Wicked Old Warriors faltered in their recent outing, only able to field a women’s team and costing them valuable Mixed division points. Happy Trails continued their heavy recruiting, bringing in the speedy Joshua Curtis who scored a big “2” for the team and, along with Susan Lowry and Franco Bonfini, cemented in the team’s hold on the Mixed division title. Nauset Women Warriors continue to punish all who attempt to challenge in the women’s division.

This week, the Grand Prix heads back to Chatham, but this time the south side, to the “summer” home of Paul Collyer. A rolling 3’ish mile course is said to be in store. [Chapin’s Results] [Standings] [Scoreboard] [Grand Prix Information]

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Join us at Chatham Bars Inn on Saturday, February 12th, for the annual Cape Cod Athletic Club Banquet. We’ll be recognizing extraordinary performances for 2010, honoring the pursuits of our club and Tri Team members, distributing Grand Prix awards, dining on some of CBI’s finest offerings, and dancing until midnight. For those who’d like to spend the night, CBI will be offering a special room rate for club members. The fun starts at 6:00PM. Please RSVP by 5 February. [Application]

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Cape Cod Marathon officials have announced that they’ll be adding a half-marathon to race weekend in 2011. We tracked down race director Courtney Bird to give us all the details. [More]

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A few weeks ago, Cape Cod Marathon officials worked out a plan with the town of Falmouth for adding a half marathon to the Cape Cod Marathon weekend, traditionally held the last Sunday of October. We managed to track down race director Courtney Bird to get the full details of the new race.

CCAC: We hear reports that Cape Cod Marathon weekend will now feature a half-marathon race.  Why is the Falmouth Track Club adding another race to what has become a very successful marathon and relay event?
CCM: Over the years we have been repeatedly asked if we have a half with our event. Until last year, the answer was "no" because the presumed logistics would be too great to add one. The race HQ, parking, etc. are maxed out on Sunday and to dump another big batch of runners on the road would have created big problems. But we revisited the idea last fall because our competition all have half marathons as part of the event. We formed a committee to examine the issue and (a) decided to add a half and (b) stage it on Saturday. By adding the half we projected a total field of about 3,000 runners for all three events. That size we hope will make the CCM more attractive to potential sponsors. That would provide an enhanced revenue stream for the FTC and increase the economic impact on the town.

CCAC: What awards will be presented for the half-marathon?
CCM: We plan to offer about $4,000 in prize money as well as merchandise awards. We are in the process of determining the structure, but we plan to spread the money around  including in the age groups. So with first place money at $500.00, I don’t expect we’ll attract an elite field. But I would expect, we’ll see some good regional runners, especially because the marathon is again the USATF-NE Grand Prix Championship. We will also give medallions to all finishers. One aspect we are working on is giving awards to runners who do both the half and whole similar to what Disney and Bermuda do.

CCAC: Will an elite field be recruited or is this a race for locals and mere mortals instead?
CCM: We do not see this event as elite at all.  Mortals are our target runners, be they local or from afar.

CCAC: Can you give us a hint what the course will look like?
CCM: It is a variant of the old "River Dogs" half marathon course that ran in Falmouth in mid-March for about 3 years about 5 or 6 years ago. The race will start on Main Street at the CCM starting line at 7:30 am and then turn down Walker Street to surf drive. The course will turn east following the FRR course, make a loop off of Scranton Ave, then back to Surf Drive to the Bike Path, down the bike Path to Woods Hole and then follow the Marathon Course past Nobska Light,  do part of the Coffee-O course in reverse and finish in Town Hall Square. Except for the rolling hills for about 3 miles around Nobska Light, the course is pretty flat.
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CCAC: Most marathon/half-marathon couplets run the same day.  Why did you choose to run the half-marathon on Saturday and leave the marathon on Sunday?
CCM: The reasons were that (a) we could utilize our existing facilities, parking, etc.; (b) we would not disrupt our existing Sunday race organization, logistics, volunteer base with a Saturday race; (c) while we would use our existing infrastructure for marketing, registration, and administration, we’ll have a separate half marathon director with his or her own volunteer cadre to handle race day logistics (course monitors, waterstops, medical, and start and finish area management); (d) the economic impact on Falmouth would be greater because more folks would come for the weekend, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, shopping in stores. Based on surveys of runners in previous years, we expect that the economic impact on Falmouth will increase from about $1.3 million to $1.8 million. It would create a real Cape Cod Marathon Running Festival! For the first year we plan to limit the field to 800 because we want to make sure that our systems work well and that we can focus on quality rather then quantity. If things go smoothly, then we’d consider increasing the field incrementally in future years.

CCAC: Is this perhaps a sign that you’ll be making marathon weekend a destination event for families and adding a family 5K or kids mile to the calendar?
CCM: That is one of the goals. The FTC already provides financial support to running programs in the Falmouth Schools and certainly tying that into marathon weekend certainly makes sense. But this year we’re going to focus on the mechanics of adding the half.

CCAC: Will the half-marathon be making a bid for a USATF-NE Grand Prix slot or will that be an honor that remains with the marathon?
CCM: For the time being, we hove no plans to bid the half. Traditionally, the half marathon has been a spring race in the GP series and the marathon has been a fall event. That tradition has worked well over the years.

CCAC: The marathon and the Falmouth Track Club have a long history of donating proceeds to worthy causes in town.  Does the half-marathon have a special charity recipient?
CCM: Not specifically. Our goal has always been to donate to a variety of local charitable and community-based non-profits. Last year the FTC,  through the CCM, donated $22,900 to some 33 different organizations.  Our hope is that we’ll be able to increase that.

CCAC: With sponsors like New Balance, Staples and Dunkin’ Donuts, the marathon and relay events have been able to expand into first-class, high caliber events.  Will the half-marathon have similar sponsor backing and has a primary sponsor been named yet?
CCM: We are working on a half marathon sponsor.

CCAC: With a field cap of 800 and potentially strong interest in this new event, when will registration be open?
CCM: Registration will open on Feb 1st.

CCAC: Marathon weekend isn’t complete of course without Courtney dancing to the tunes of the Baja Brothers.  What kind of celebration is on tap for Saturday afternoon … or do the poor half marathoners have to wait 24 hours for their party?
CCM: Right now that has not been firmed up, so as of now they’ll have to wait. But in the meantime, they can amuse themselves by running the marathon and/or relay on Sunday and partying in a variety of local watering holes on Saturday evening.

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For more information on the Cape Cod Marathon Half, stay tuned to the Cape Cod Marathon website and don’t forget – registration opens 1 February 2011.

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