Due to the holiday, the January meeting will be moved to January 8th at 7:00pm at the Dennis Senior Center. Discussion will focus on banquet plans and the general destruction of runners occurring at the Winter Grand Prix. Happy New Year!  ** Update: We’ll be welcoming guest speaker Amy GiaQuinto from Personalized Fitness Solutions in Harwich. She’ll be focusing on how core strength can help in running and will be available to field any training and conditioning questions you want to bring. And don’t forget the pre-meeting 5-6 mile run at the Senior Center at 5:30!

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Hi everyone, there will be a New Year's Day Brant Point Runners' 5K run at 10:00 AM Wednesday January 1, 2014. Hope to see you there! Bob.
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Snoopy Rock - Susan LajoieSuperbly hosted by Conrad Languth, we tackled the hills of Brewster for Grand Prix #1. Led by Justin Torrellas (17:34) and Dawn Varnum (21:34), Happy Trails leaped to the head of both the Overall and Mixed team categories, just barely edging out Nauset Surf. No Men’s or Women’s teams were able to fully field on Sunday leaving the divisions wide open for the taking. Now that the dust and rust has cleared, we move on to The Lost Dog in Dennis. With some heavy weather in the forecast, we expect to be fully sogged, if not snowed. Should we end up with more snow than expected, stay tuned to the website and the Facebook Page for race updates. [Results]

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All the race results, scoring and standings in an embedded spreadsheet for you to browse, slice and dice. Use the arrows at the bottom to scroll through the tabs that are hidden to the right. Click on the icon of the screens in the lower right to view the spreadsheet in full screen mode.

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  Our Grand Prix series kicks off Sunday at Conrad Languth’s home in Brewster. It is one of four races with a "pot luck" designation in the schedule, which means runners and walkers are expected to bring a food and/or beverage contribution, in addition to the Club’s stipend to the host for booze. An opinion expressed after last year’s series was a preference for a return to earlier year’s practice of having more races operate out of members’ homes than in commercial essen und trinken establishments. So this year there are two such and two other pot lucks. At Conrad’s, the advice is to seek parking on Stonybrook Road. Sunday appears to be the only non-rainy day for a while.

  Typically at the first couple of Grand Prix races, lots of members renew their annual membership, which makes the registration process a bit more complicated, so, if you could download a membership form from the club website, fill it out in advance, and bring it with you, that would expedite matters (Ed. or just renew on-line!). Please note that the family membership fee on the form has not been changed yet to reflect the new family rate, which is $30 for first two family members, by name, and $5 for each additional family member, by name. Also, we could use more volunteer help at the first couple of races, so if you are willing and available, please show up, sign up on the volunteer roster, work, and party after the race.

  In addition to the racing schedule, please remember that CCAC Night at Marathon Sports at Mashpee Commons is on Thursday, December 12th, from 6-8pm. Good food and drink, and discounts!

  At our regular monthly meeting, members approved arrangements for the Annual Banquet, which will be held Saturday evening, February 1st at the Doubletree Hotel near the airport rotary in Hyannis. This year the charge to individuals will be $40, down $5 from last year, and it will include one free drink ticket. The rest of the details will be contained in the invitation, which will be mailed in the not too distant future. Your club also voted at that meeting to continue our contributions to Cape Cod Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, and the Cape Cod Child Development Center.

  The Board of Directors will caucus after the December 22 Grand Prix race and select the five members to be awarded a Boston Marathon Invitational Entry (a waiver of qualifying time). There are more than five applicants, of course.

  Our January meeting will be held on the second Wednesday at the usual time and place, for a reason which will be obvious when you look at next month’s calendar.

Happy holidays!

~ Larry

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It’s Winter Grand Prix time so we’ll have lots to talk about at this month’s meeting – that’s this Wednesday, 4 December, at the Dennis Senior Center at 7:00pm. But first, we’ll welcome Angelina Bologna from Hands of an Angel Massage Therapyfacebook-icon in Dennis to speak about the benefits of regular massage therapy for athletes. Then we’ll get down to business and talk about Grand Prix logistics, the annual banquet plans, BAA marathon waivers, a possible fall version of the Chatham Harbor Run, and more. And we’ll have pizza and drinks – so where will you be on Wednesday evening??

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Didn’t get in to Boston 2014 and still want to punish yourself over the Hopkinton and Newton hills? Here’s your chance! The club has received 5 Invitational Entries for 2014. Fill out the application and send it to the mailing address or e-mail address noted and get ready to run! Decisions of awarding the entries will be the responsibility of the Board of Directors who will base their judgments on active involvement in club activities, general running and multisport participation, and volunteer work at local races. If submitted to the BAA before 31 January, the race entry fee with the waiver is $325. On 1 February, the cost goes up to $425 so don’t delay!

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