Cambridge Sports Union Member Eleonora Mendonça Selected as a Torch Bearer at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games
Honored for her impact on the U.S. women’s running movement and participation in the first women’s marathon at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles
Cambridge, Mass., July 8, 2016 – Cambridge Sports Union (CSU), New England’s premier athletic club since 1962, announced today that lifetime CSU member Eleonora Mendonca has been selected to be a torch bearer at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eleonora joined CSU in 1974 and made an immediate impact on the women’s running scene in greater Boston by being a top finisher in road, track and cross-country races. In addition, she was instrumental in launching the running movement in Brazil in the mid-1970s, and successfully lobbying to get the women’s marathon added to the Olympic Games. (more…)
posted by kcabot in Stories on July 8, 2016
Long-time Cambridge Sports Union member and Brookline resident Gordon MacFarland, age 65, was inducted into the Cambridge Sports Union Hall of Fame on December 6, 2014.
A member of CSU since 1999, Gordon MacFarland is a life-long runner who has run competitively in New England since 1985. He was ranked 3rd nationally in his age group by USA Track and Field in 2009, 2011, and 2013. He is founder of the Vermont City Marathon and been involved in the management of various road races. Gordon has been a model of consistency and commitment to running over the years, encouraging both veterans and newcomers to the sport. Following his passion for running, Gordon recently retired from a career in financial management and now works for Marathon Sports.
Gordon joins prior-year inductees Larry and Sara Mae Berman (co-founders of CSU) and 1984 Olympic marathoner Eleonora Mendonca in the CSU Hall of Fame, as well as Duke Hutchinson, Pat Robinson, Henry Finch, Lisa Doucett, Sumner Brown, Diane McLaughlin, Catherine Farrell, Jon Waldron, Terry McNatt, and Sue McNatt.
posted by kcabot in Stories on May 29, 2015
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…)
posted by kcabot in Stories on March 3, 2014
Long-time Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) member and Needham resident Susan McNatt, age 46, was inducted into the Cambridge Sports Union Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
A member of CSU since 1990, Susan McNatt has been a tremendous asset to the running community, in addition to an active and dedicated contributor to CSU. She has a long track record of competitive running over the past 30+ years, including being on the national all-American team at the Kinney (now Foot Locker) high school championships in the early 1980s, and competing as a Division 1 scholarship athlete at Northwestern University. She finished in the top 20 at the highly competitive Tufts 10K in the late 1980s. More recently she won the USATF New England Cross-Country Series masters’ division in 2012.
But impressive as Susan’s running resume is, CSU also honors the personal qualities that make her one of the most highly regarded runners in New England. A physical therapist by vocation, Sue is always generous with her time and knowledge, and brings a warm energy and positive outlook to every running experience. She has volunteered at countless events and advised and encouraged dozens of runners, both veterans and newcomers to the sport.
A mother of three, Susan is also an avid cross-country skier and an active member of the Needham community. For several years she has captained a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Needham, Dedham and Wellesley, raising thousands of dollars to benefit cancer research, support, and programs.
Susan joins prior-year inductees Larry and Sara Mae Berman (co-founders of CSU) and 1984 Olympic marathoner Eleonora Mendonca in the CSU Hall of Fame, as well as Duke Hutchinson, Pat Robinson, Henry Finch, Lisa Doucett, Sumner Brown, Diane McLaughlin, Catherine Farrell, Jon Waldron, and her husband Terry McNatt, inducted in 2012.
posted by kcabot in Stories on January 10, 2014
CSU has refreshed our apparel design, and will be placing an order for new singlets on the morning of Monday, March 18th!
Place your order here: https://www.signmeup.com/site/
Check out the new design here: http://csurun.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CSUshirt_A3.jpg
And sizing chart here: http://csurun.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Podiumwear-Size-Chart.png
For anyone who would like a new singlet, please place your order by Sunday night (March 17th). The process can take 3-5 weeks, so we’re placing the order on Monday with the hope that we’ll have the new singlets in time for the Boston Marathon.
Please note: an additional order will be placed at a later date as well.
If you have any questions, please contact Patrick at email@example.com.