Santa Clarita Track Club
Newsletter for August 17, 2009
In this Issue
Cross Country Sign Ups
Thursday COC Summer Series
Summer Slimdown
Quick Links...
Wow, we are already closing out our second week of the season and how awesome has it been so far?  Is it everything you hoped it would be?  I sure hope so, running should be fun and to me that is the most important thing.
I want to hit on a handful of points this week so bare with me:
  1. Thanks to all the parents joining us for practice.  Your involvement is critically important for safety, encouragement to the kids and also to myself and all the coaches. 
  2. It's been hot so continue to be drinking lot's of water during the day and bring a bottle to practice.
  3. Hopefully you are all starting to feel more in shape.  This marks a time where we will take another step up in practice, both in distance and intensity.  You guys are all doing great so keep up the hard work.  This past week we mixed practice up a little with some hills and some intervals.  Hills are especially important for strength while the intervals help to get the speed up in your legs.  Anticipate both types of workouts increasing in the near future.
  4. The kids triathlon went off very well for the first attempt out here.  We had 12 total kids half of which were from our club.  That is great and they each did a great job.  Make sure you congratulate the latest additions to the triathlon community: Alex, Jonah, Elijah, Kaylee, Colton, Ryan, Abby, Niko, Aiden, and Dakota.  I may be forgetting someone so please forgive me in advance for that.  Let me know and I'll include you in the next letter.  Anyway, these guys experienced first hand how hard and rewarding racing a triathlon is.  Great job you guys!!!  I think we actually had a puker, great job Alex, nothing better than chunky breakfast on the ground at the end of a tri!!
  5. Let me finish with a bit of encouragement: I want you guys to take charge of your running potential.  Like I said at the first practice, each of you has the ability to improve!  Some have the ability to be the fastest in your age group, others enjoy running and are just happy to be out here, and some of you just want to get in shape and may not even enjoy running that much.  Whatever your reasons for being here, I want you to set some goals for yourself.  While you are at practice give it your all, the pain only lasts while you are running!  Well maybe sore muscles last longer but that is great.  I want to encourage each of you to reach farther at each practice.  Challenge yourself and see what you can accomplish by the end of the season, you might surprise yourself!!!
  6. We don't want injuries so if are having continual or sharp pains that are causing you to change the way you are running please let me know.  I want each of you to be running strong through the end of the season!
  7. If you ever have questions for me, please catch me after practice or shoot me an email.  I'd love to hear from you.
Cross Country Sign Ups
We are accepting signups for our 2009 Cross Country Program. You can download the paperwork by clicking the following links: Sign Up Paperwork & XC Parent Handbook,  2009 Cross Country Flyer Please bring your paperwork to practice.
Storm Cross Country Features: 
  • Youth Conference Competition with meets in Simi Valley, San Fernando Valley, & Ventura County.  
  • For Boys and Girls ages 6 - 16 in all athletic abilities. (Running Required!!!) 
  • Athletes compete on a course ranging from 2 K to 4 K depending on age.
  • Athletes eligible for Post Season, with possibility of competing for the National Junior Olympics.
  • Team Awards Banquet at Santa Clarita Sports Complex. 
  • Memory book, or video of season given at the banquet.
  • Experienced Coaching Staff
  • Fun Fun Fun!!! 
For More information contact David Summer at 661-644-0322 or
Practice Schedule for August 17 - August 22
Monday:   August 17th at 6:00pm-Heritage Park(Corner of McBean and Newhall Ranch Road-Park in Lot off McBean and 
        Fairview Drive, we meet by the playground)
Tuesday:  August 18th at 6:00pm-Central Park(meet at basketball courts)
Thursday: August 20th at 7:00pm-No official Practice but, run at the COC Cross Country Race Series -3 miles race($5 entry fee) There is also a 400m Kiddie Run at 6:45pm
Saturday: August 22nd at 8:00 am-Central Park(meet at basketball courts)
Thursday's COC Summer Series
Thursday evenings is the final Cross Country race, it's a 3 mile race, this race is totally optional, the cost for the race this week will be  is $15.00 and will include an In-n-Out Burger Dinner. The race starts at 7:00pm,
There is also a 400m (1 Lap around the track) at 6:45 for younger kids, the cost for this race is $2.00, (does not include In-n-Out.)
The Signal's Summer Slimdown Contest
I entered and was selected to compete in the Summer Slimdown Contest, I will need your help, as the summer progresses there will be weigh in, and a voting period, I will need you to create an account at in the contest and to vote for me. Click here for a link to the contest. You will need to create an account on their website in order to vote, please do that today, and track my progress. I will also be posting a blog in the community section of the Signal, Please look for them and reply. 
Update, Thanks for your votes, I have been returned to the competition this week. I will continue to work hard on losing weight. so far todate I've lost 14.5 lbs and am now at 35.3% Body fat, I started at 36.4% so thats 1.1% of body fat loss.
This week we will be voting to return Robert to the contest. So if you can, vote for Robert this week.

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club