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.