Welcome to CSU!
The Cambridge Sports Union is one of the Boston area's premier running, skiing and orienteering athletic clubs boasting members from all corners of greater Boston, Massachusetts and beyond. CSU's running section hosts training runs throughout the year in Boston area locations including the Commonwealth Avenue stretch of the Boston Marathon course, Boston University's indoor track, Fresh Pond in Cambridge and the trails of Walden Pond and the historic Battle Road. CSU members participate in a variety of races including the New England Grand Prix series championships, Pub Series, Mt. Washington Road Race and the Boston Marathon among many offerings that make Boston a running Mecca(!?).
Come share in the combined 'centuries of running wisdom' Cambridge Sports Union members have to offer by joining us at a workout!
Back by popular demand — the Annual CSU Ice Cream Bicycle Tour, otherwise known as the Tour des Glaces, is Sunday, July 27! We will depart promptly at 10:30 am. Meet at Concord (MA) Center, on the green, by the water fountain.
This is a leisurely bike ride to THREE houses of Delectable Dairy Delights: Bates at Kimball’s (Carlisle); Erickson’s (Maynard), Kimball’s (Westford). Almost everyone can do all or some of the bike ride … The ice cream eating is by far the most strenuous activity of the trip. (START TRAINING NOW!!) Although physically challenging (the ice-cream eating), the trip for over 30 years has been alleged to be calorically neutral, unless you insist on jimmies and/or whipped cream.
The entire loop is about 52 miles, BUT you don’t have to do the whole route… Many proud veterans of the ride have stopped after the first or second cones (easy routes back to Concord). Bring your friends, your families, and especially your bicycles <and helmets>! Hope to see you there!
posted by kcabot in Events on June 18, 2014
CSU is organizing a 1 day hiking traverse across the Presidential Mountain range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on Saturday, June 28th. This is a challenging point-to-point hike of about 20+ miles, although there are points to exit early if needed/wanted.
Here is some information about the hike: The plan is to meet at the trailhead at 5:15am and start hiking by 5:30am. The trail starts at the Appalachia parking area on Route 2 in New Hampshire. We will start up the Valley Way trail and take Watsons Path to the summit of Mt. Madison. From there we will take Gulfside Trail, including the spurs that go over the peaks of each Mt. Adams, Jefferson, Clay, and Washington. From the summit of Mt. Washington we continue on the Crawford Path over Mt. Monroe, Eisenhower, and Pierce. The hike will end on Route 302 in Crawford Notch. We will leave cars at the end of the trail, or arrange for pick-up, and return to collect the cars left at the start.
Here is a map of the route: http://www.everytrail.
Please come prepared with food and snacks for a long day, as well as warm clothes, rain and wind gear, comfortable hiking shoes, and blister protection. Also bring a headlamp and a map of the Presidential Range. The hike is exposed above tree line for most of the day so we need to be prepared for everything.
Please let us know if you’re interested in joining or have questions!
posted by kcabot in Uncategorized on June 18, 2014
As we do every year, CSU volunteers at the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Race, held this year on Tuesday, June 24th in the Boston Common. As usual, CSU will be stationed at the start/finish line near the medical tents to assist the Red Cross. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 6pm; the race starts at 7pm; and we should plan to be there until around 8:15pm.
In addition to enjoying a nice evening visiting with fellow club members, giving back to races that we run so often, CSU also receives $30 for every volunteer — which goes to help fund our club activities, events and race fees throughout the year. Friends, family and co-workers are also welcome!
If you’d like to volunteer, please email Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted by kcabot in Events on June 18, 2014
On Saturday morning (March 1), Tyler Andrews, a former student who also ran for CSU between his high school and college running careers, set a world record for the fastest half marathon run on a treadmill. He accomplished the feat running on a machine set up in front of the Marathon Sports store near the Boston Marathon finish line in front of a crowd that included friends, family, members of the media, and a few people who arrived at the store expecting to buy shoes and ended up staying for the drama.
You can hear the story of Tyler’s record-setting run on NPR’s “Here & Now” here:
You can also read Jon Waldron’s account of the event here:
posted by kcabot in Race Reports on March 3, 2014
By Terry McNatt
In case any of you missed my previous few write ups, I’ll summarize the McNatt family plan for school vacation week. We fly out to Minneapolis Friday, visit with Sue’s sister Marcia, drive to Madison Saturday (5+hrs), visit with my parents in nearby Middleton, drive up to Hayward Wednesday (5+hrs), Kyler skis the Barnebirkie 3K Thursday, we ski the Haakon/Korte/Birkie Saturday, drive to Minneapolis (3 hrs) Sunday and fly home to Boston. What could go wrong?
The Thursday winter storm in the Northeast was winding down just in time for us to get out on our Friday flight to Minneapolis. Unlike most people heading out for February winter vacation week, we were heading off to where it was even colder and snowier than Boston. We arrived in town with plenty of time to get in a sunset ski as the temps dropped into the single digits. A great meal with Sue’s sister Marcia, hubby Leif and cousin Lars along with some homebrew octoberfest on tap while checking out the Olympic events of the eve made for a relaxed beginning. We were enjoying another brisk barely above 0F am ski when Leif suddenly lurched to stop behind us, garrhgh! He was skiing classic and had cranked/pulled his groin, which left him to double pole the last 3-4K back home. While Leif began to rest/rehab his groin, we packed up and headed out for Middleton Wisconsin with light snow falling. You would think these Minnesotans would know how to drive in the snow by now considering the winter thus far, but nooooo. We had barely been on the road 10 minutes when we saw the first gumby stuck crunched sideways and backwards into the left guard rail. By the time we escaped the traffic glommage of Minneapolis, I had counted 10 plus cars in the ditch. The snow followed us all the way to Middleton and there was one last yahoo off the road right before our last exit, but we completed the drive with no personal off-roading. (more…)