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Weekly Announcements Nov. 10th 2021

Hello Striders!

Congratulations to both Tara Roark-Towle and Raymond Boutotte who were 2 of only 9 runners to complete the 2021 USATF New England All Terrain Runner Series!

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

GCS EXECUTIVE BOARD – TREASURER

After many years of service, Diane Dunklee Clifford is stepping down as treasurer at the end of her term. We’re currently looking for someone to take over for her. Please let me know if you are interested.

NEW HAMPSHIRE GRAND PRIX!

Great showing this past weekend in the last New Hampshire Grand Prix event. Nice to see many striders out there. Results are still being tabulated.

BEST OF BOSTON – November 15th

Join us on November 15th at the Nashua Country Club as we honor the fastest male and female from New Hampshire in the annual Henri Renaud Awards Night. We’ll also be honoring the fastest male and female Gate City Strider. Light apps will be served along with a cash bar. We do ask that since it’s inside, that you are either vaccinated or please wear a mask.https://www.facebook.com/events/577668030212994/

MILL CITIES IS BACK – WE NEED YOU! DECEMBER 5th

Currently in need of runners in every age group. Please sign up soon!Mill Cities Relay is coming soon, and WE NEED YOU to help us reclaim the title after a narrow defeat in 2019 from the Greater Lowell Road Runners.It is time to start putting together teams for this year’s Mill Cities Relay – taking place on Sunday, Dec 5th. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! 2019 was our clubs first loss in 12 years, and we need your help to get back on top!!! Our club wins because of the participation of everyone!For those who are new to the club, The Mill Cities Relay is a 5-leg, 27ish mile race from Nashua, NH to Lawrence, MA. It is an epic event! The relay race began 37 years ago (in 1984) as a way of celebrating the end of the local road racing season and it determines bragging rights among the 22 participating Merrimack Valley running clubs. The race starts not with a starting gun, but with the drop of a ceremonial Mill City brick. The five leg distances are 5.6, 4.7, 2.5, 9.4 & 4.7 miles and points are awarded to teams in 18 age/gender categories. Teams finishing in the top 3 in their division get a brick trophy with a small plaque on it.Any current club member is eligible to participate in this year’s race – free of charge! Each relay runner gets a commemorative MCR gift and the post-race party at the Claddagh is not to be missed.Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSefV3z3w8Sstf…/viewform

MOBILITY MONDAYS

Strider Shelly Walker-Adams is be live streaming on Monday’s from Nov 1st until Dec 13th at 7pm. Each week she’ll be focusing on ways to improve our running stride, core stability, balance, flexibility and yes.. how to use that foam roller. Along the way she’ll throw in some challenges. Stay tuned for the link to participate.

NOVEMBERFEST

Annual Novemberfest race to benefit the Nashua Children’s Home is coming up soon. November 21st at 11:33am. Sign up today! https://www.facebook.com/events/125576122863090/Bob Thompson is also looking for some volunteers. Please contact him if you are interested in helping out

RUNNER OF THE MONTH

This month’s runner of the month is Courtney Hawkins. Read more about her here: http://gatecity.org/runner-of-the-month/

PAL/GCS VOLUNTEER REQUEST

GCS membership: the PAL striders are hosting the USATF JOXC NE championship this Sunday! Youth teams from all over New England will come to Nashua to compete. We hope to put on a premier event but are really short volunteers for Saturday for course set up and clearing as well as Sunday for various areas. If you have a leaf blower and are available to help starting around noon Saturday we could really use your help!Meet at Nashua HS South! No leaf blower but have a few hours you could spare? We need help with course set up too!If you have some time you could spare over that weekend, please consider signing up to volunteer, link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0448a4a82fa1f85-nashuaIf you have questions, please let me Jennifer Jordan know

USATF-XC – RACHEL’S RUN

Our friends in the Greater Lowell Road Runners are putting on the 8th Annual Rachel’s Run on Saturday Nov 20th – the day before Novemberfest. This is the last race in the USATF XC series. Find out more information here: http://glrr.net/rachels-run/

PENNICHUCK RETURNS!

The weekly Pennichuck runs start tonight from Pennichuck middle school at 6pm sharp. Meet in the parking lot and go get reaquainted with our old pal Deerhaven. Please wear lights and a reflective vest.

WINTER WARRIORS – FLEET FEET

Winter Warriors will be returning on Monday and Thursday evenings starting December 2nd. They’ll start on the “North” route that Thursday.CALENDAR

  • Nov 15 – Best of Boston Awards Night – Nashua Country Club
  • Nov 20 – USATF XC – Rachel’s Run; Tyngsboro, MA
  • Nov 21 – Novemberfest – Nashua
  • Dec 5 – MILL CITIES! – Nashua->Lawrence

Stay tuned! Much more to come!

Take care and see you on the roads!

Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders