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Weekly Announcements Apr. 14th, 2021

Hello Striders!
It was great seeing all the Striders out running and supporting others this weekend!First off, start out like we always do:
– Congratulations to Susanne Yee – completed her first marathon!
– Congratulations to Gabriela Webber – New Marathon PR!
– Congratulations to Mark Crane – New Marathon PR!
– Congratulations to Tara Roark-Towle – New Half Marathon PR!
– Congratulations to Christopher Simard – New Marathon PR!
– Congratualtions to Courtney Hawkins – New Marathon PR and First overall woman at the Cheap Marathon!
– Congratulations to Gina Joubert – 2nd place Age Group and a BQ!

If you or someone you know has had a significant race accomplishment, please let me know! stephenrrouleau@gmail.com

Scholarships

The Gate City Striders is now accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships! This scholarship is open to high school or college students who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution, including a college, university or vocational school in the fall of 2021.
Read all the details and download an application from http://gatecity.org/gate-city-strider-scholarship/
Applications are due May 1st and recipients will be notified by May 19th.http://gatecity.org/gate-city-strider-scholarship/

Gate City Running Festival

While we can’t have the GCS Marathon/Half Marathon this year, come join us on May 16th for a downhill FAST mile race down the Broad St Parkway and a fast out and back 5k. Register here: http://www.lightboxreg.com/gcsmarathon_2021

GCS/GLRR Challenge

Starts this coming Monday!!
Still have that sour taste in your mouth after we lost the Mill Cities Relay to Greater Lowell by a single point back in 2019? Here’s our chance to win back some redemption. Greater Lowell has challenged us to a team challenge. Teams of 3 will compete for 6 weeks – two individuals will run a 5k, the third will run a 10k. Those results will be submitted each week, and the points will be scored based on age groups like we see at Mill Cities (open (m/f/coed), sub-masters (30-39) (m/f/coed), masters (40+) (m/f/coed), etc). In the end, the points will be added up and a winner will be crowned. There is also an individual component. Everyone is a part of our team here! Start thinking of your teammates, come up with a great name. Sign-ups and more info here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/250791246732448

GCS Half Hunt

Grab a fellow teammate and pair up to complete the GCS Half Hunt this April! Run around Nashua and complete the 13.1 listed items while documenting your adventure to complete your Half Hunt. https://www.facebook.com/events/205022660973275/

NEW HAMPSHIRE GRAND PRIX

We’re back this year to defend our NHGP title! ALL runners are welcome. Every runner counts, every point counts!
• Virtual Track 5k – Any track, May 1 through July 1. Info to follow.
• Bill Luti 5M – Concord, NH, July 17
• Sandown 5M – Sandown, NH, August 7
• Rail Trail 10k – Lebanon, NH, September, date TBD.
• Manchester Half Marathon – Manchester, NH, November 7 ($5 discount code available)

Spring Trash Clean-up:

We’re currently working on a spring trash cleanup event both on roads and in the parks. We’ll have more information and sign-ups shortly! Part of GCS giving back to the community!

STILL MORE TO COME!

We’re currently working on several items including some in-person activities. We’re developing a plan to have in-person outdoor track following all protocols, Carolina is hard at work figuring out Fitness University this year and the Mine Falls Summer Trail Series race directors are also hard at work developing a plan. The city of Nashua is currently not allowing us to use their tracks or fields until school is out. While we are continuing to work with them, please let me know if you have any connections in neighboring towns where we might be able to meet as a group on the track. Stay tuned! Much more to come!

Take care and see you on the roads!
Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders