Strider members are active with races, coaching, and more. Here is some fall news from your fellow club members.
Tony Dalisio starts Running Fox Coaching
Member Tony Dalisio has started Running Fox Coaching with the mission to "empower people to reach their athletic, fitness, and health goals." Running Fox Coaching provides low-cost, customized training plans and coaching for running, triathlon, and general health and fitness goals. Visit the Running Fox Coaching Facebook page for more info and future weekly group runs.
Also, on October 18, Tony won the 5-mile trail race at Augusta's Bond Brook Tread Fest, with a time of 32:44.4. Congratulations!
First BCS Youth Running Club is a Success
Alicia MacLeay (yours truly) enjoyed volunteering this fall with the inaugural Belgrade Central School running club (photo below). The club met twice weekly after school for six weeks and had more than 50 members from grades 1 to 5. BCS Physical Education teacher Carrie Brennan organized the club with the help of first grade teacher Laura Dunbar. Several members of the Messalonskee cross-country team also volunteered regularly, helping out with and encouraging the younger runners.
Many of the elementary school runners worked toward running a 5K. The final week of the club, more than 20 participated in the Central Maine Ski Club run biathlon on November 7, and 25 club members ran the Save Your Breath 5K in Augusta on November 8. All of the club members finished the season with a one-mile timed run.
After the success of the fall running club, plans for a spring club are being made.
"Happy to still be able to run," says Jerry
Member Jerry Allanach in Illinois shared the following thoughts on racing in Maine and getting older:
"I once again was able to fit in a Maine race this year as I was home the weekend of the Maine Marathon. The weather was perfect and it was great to be running in Maine again—ran my best marathon in about five years. I moved to Illinois in 1988 but so far I have managed to complete at least one Maine race each calendar year since moving. I have now finished at least one Maine race in each of the past 36 years.
Since turning 65 last year I noticed that my age group place is almost always a small number so I recently looked at the races that I have run this year. It appears that anyone that is still running at my age has outlasted most of the competition! I found that in the races that I've run that the 65-69 age group comprises only 1/2 to 1% of the field! I didn't run the Chicago marathon, but looked at the results and out of approximately 32,000 finishers only 194 were 65-69.
So getting old does have some advantages. You get to place more often in races. After all, how often when you are young do you get to simultaneously win and also finish last in your age group as I did in a 10K in Florida with about 200 total runners?
Great job, Jerry! Keep it up.
Fourth at TARC 50K
Brendan Gilpatrick said he was "pretty happy with 4:23 and fourth overall at the TARC 50K" on September 12 in Carlisle, Mass. Brendan is also the race director of the Farm To Farm Ultra Run held each October in Freeport.
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On Saturday, November 7, Central Maine Ski Club held a running paintball biathlon at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville. A number of Strider members of all ages raced in the event and several helped out by volunteering at the race and the simultaneous Quarry Road Fall Festival.
Biathlon race distances ranged from 1K up to 5K, depending on age. Racers ran two or three laps, depending on their age, with paintball target shooting between each lap and mini penalty laps for each paintball shot missed,
Below are a few pictures from the fun event. Though the pictures mainly show the many youth participants, high school, college, and adults raced as well.
Check out the Run Biathlon Results (PDF).
Central Maine Striders officers Patrick Guerette, president, Tracey Cote, vice president, and Kate Cooley, secretary, are all stepping down at the end of 2015. We're thankful for all of their work over the past three years supporting the club and its members, and we look forward to seeing each of them at club races and events in the future (stay tuned for more thanks to them).
Their departures mean the club has three club officer positions to fill for 2016—an opportunity for other members to step up and help support our Central Maine running community.
2016 Strider Officer Positions
The President works with club officers, club members, and the local community to further the club's mission. The President is expected to understand the club's constitution, policies and procedures, and financial and legal situation. Specific duties include representing the club, presiding over monthly meetings and setting agendas, renewing the club's status with the Road Runners Club of America and communicating with the RRCA (for example: submitting club races to the RRCA calendar, clarifying relevant questions, etc.). When appropriate, the President works with businesses to secure club sponsorships. As with all board members, the President serves as a liaison to local runners, races, and the local running community.
The Vice President assists the President on the above and other duties and acts as the President in his or her absence. The Vice President also helps coordinate the club's annual meeting and other social events.
The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes of all board meetings, ensuring their accuracy and availability, and keeping membership records updated.
Each club officer position is for a two-year term, with the option of one renewal.
If you're interested in any of these club positions or would like more information on getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations for the ballot can be sent to email@example.com. All nominations should be in by or at the next board meeting on Tuesday, December 8, at 6 p.m. at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville (boardroom, second floor).
Once the 2016 ballot has been set, voting will take place at the club's Tuesday, January 12, Annual Meeting at Maine-ly Brews in Waterville. Members also will be able to mail in or email their votes beforehand.
As mentioned above, each club officer position is a two-year term. At the November 3rd club meeting, attendees voted on the following updated term limits:.
Term Limits: All club officers have term limits of two (2) years with an option to run for an additional two (2) years in the same role. After four (4) consecutive years, club officers must vacate their current office. This officer may hold another position within the club following his or her four-year term. Officers may run for a previous position in which they had reached term limits so long as a minimum of one (1) term (2 years) has passed, or they are appointed due to an unexpected vacancy.
Established in 1975, our Central Maine Striders running club is the oldest, active running club in Maine. Please consider supporting the club—and runners of all ages, abilities, and interest levels in the Central Maine area—in a volunteer role.
At the November 3, 2015, meeting, the club voted on and approved the following update to the Central Maine Striders club bylaws:
All club officers have term limits of 2 years with an option to run for an additional 2 years in the same role. After 4 consecutive years, club officers must vacate their current office. This officer may hold another position within the club following their 4 year term. Officers may run for a previous position in which they had reached term limits, so long as a minimum of 1 term (2 years) has passed, or they are appointed due to an unexpected vacancy.
Full club bylaws can be found below.
Below you'll find meeting notes from the November 3, 2015, Central Maine Striders club meeting.
All interested members are welcome to attend future club meetings. The next one is Tuesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.
in the Alfond Youth Center Boardroom (2nd floor), 126 North Street, Waterville.
Run and shoot paintballs in a fun family-friendly event to support the Central Maine Ski Club on Saturday, November 7.
Paintball 5K Run Biathlon
Saturday, November 7
Quarry Road Trails Recreation Area, Waterville
9 -10:30 a.m. Check-in and registration
9:30-10:30 a.m. Target range open for practice (paintball guns and instruction provided)
10:30 a.m. Run biathlon with two shooting sessions (distance and start times vary by category)
Adult and high school students run 5K; grades 5-8 run 3K; grades 1-4 run 1.5K; kindergarten and younger run 1K.
Registration fee: $10 youths and $15 adults ($5 added to fee for day of event registration). All proceeds benefit the Central Maine Ski Club.
The paintball biathlon is part of the Quarry Road Fall Festival happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall festival events will include trail walks, dryland dog sledding and fat bike demos, a hay bale maze, pumpkin bowling, family orienteering, face painting, and hot cider and refreshments.
Central Maine Ski Club is looking for volunteers for the biathlon (setup, timing, course monitors, registration, etc.) and the fall festival. Contact Caroline Mathes for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To pre-register for the biathlon (encouraged), please visit:
For more info: 207-397-3477 or www.centralmaineskiclub.org