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Weekly Announcements Sept 17th, 2020

Good Afternoon Striders!

Congrats to Marie Ghilardi for completing her first marathon this past week!
Congrats to Thomas Cantara for ranking 2nd in NH in Virtual Boston Marathon finishing times!
Congrats to all those who have completed their virtual Boston marathons!

If you know anyone who has run an new PR or a significant race accomplishment, please let me know!

GCS Apparel: – just a few days left!The online store is active to order your Gate City Strider Apparel. Order by Sept 20th. Contact Amy Mallette Doyle if you have any questionshttps://mintprintworks.printavo.com/merch/gcs/?page=1

Gate City Striders Social Distancing Series #3 supporting Marguerite’s Place – Sept 21st!
Just a few days left!
The concept. Join the Gate City Striders for our third installment of the Social Distance Running charity event! What started as a way for us to enjoy our sport during the COVID-19 shut down, has turned into an amazing way for our running club to give back to our local community. Put quarantine training to good use supporting a great cause. Participants can run on a treadmill, on the track, or by using a GPS.The beneficiary. Marguerite’s Place. Marguerite’s Place, Inc. helps women with children achieve self-sufficiency by providing them with safe, stable, transitional housing along with emotional, educational and supportive services. We hope to help with their efforts.The race distances. Each participant can will run a virtual 5k to be completed any time before or on Monday September 21st.http://www.lightboxreg.com/gate-city-social-distance…

Mine Falls Fall Trail SeriesRegistration is OPEN for the Mine Falls Autumn Trail Series! Here’s your chance to earn some cool swag, race the 4M course with friends, and optionally purchase a really nice Champion fleece with the MFATS logo!http://www.lightboxreg.com/2020-mine-falls-autumn-trail…

NovemberfestDue to Covid-19 the 22nd Annual Novemberfest will be held virtually on Sunday November 22, 2020. This event, hosted by the Gate City Striders, benefits the Nashua Childrens Home, and the wonderful work they do.Novemberfest has always been primarily a social event and a successful Novemberfest has been when we had a standing room only crowd in the bar at Martha’s Exchange. While we can’t gather as usual this year, the Nashua Children’s Home still needs our support. We are still offering some terrific raffle prizes of value greater than your entry fee.Entrants are encouraged to run the 4-mile Novemberfest course anytime before Sunday November 22, 2020 to be included in the race results.http://www.lightboxreg.com/novemberfest_2020

From Greater Lowell
We’d like to invite the Gate City Striders to run in our free virtual marathon relay series: the Boston to Baystate Virtual Marathon Relay. So far, our virtual events have been members-only, but we thought it would be more fun if GCS ran this one too.Virtual relays will be weekly, for five weeks, beginning on the day of the Boston Marathon on Monday, September 14th and ending on the day of the Baystate Marathon on Sunday, October 18th.Competition is at the individual and team level.Leg distances are 5k, 5 miles, 10 miles, totaling 26.2 for the team.You can coordinate with your teammates and run a different distance each week, or the same. If you run your leg, but your team doesn’t make the distance that week, you still qualify to earn points in the individual division.Team size is 3-5 runners. A team member can run up to 3 legs of different distances in any given week. If you decide to just run solo and compete on the individual level, that’s fine too! The price is right at $0!
For more information and to register, sign up herehttp://glrr.net/boston-to-baystate-virtual-marathon…/

Other NewsIf you have any ideas for races or challenges that we can run during Covid, We’re all ears. I do know that the 26×1 mile challenge WILL be making it’s return in the near future, likely on the track. And there have been some rumblings about a mini-track meet setup distantly, but in person. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any ideas. stephenrrouleau@gmail.com

Take Care and See you on the Roads!
Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders