Thanks to all who attended the CSU Running Section meeting on January 25. Here are the minutes and next steps…. Attending: Catherine Cagle, Geoffrey Kent, Jon Waldron, Terry McNatt, Pat Robinson, Gordon MacFarland, Andy Barron, Michael McHugh, Maria Klein, Bill Cohen, Tom Dmukauskas, Del Williamson, Stephen Peckiconis, Charlie XX, Gail Breslow
• With several races outside Boston
• Winter long runs: Several Sundays are set with races, and the Soup Run is March 28, but beyond that, we are still looking for volunteer hosts.
o Catherine Cagle will continue to coordinate long-run schedule, soliciting volunteers for specific dates. Catherine is to e-mail runners with a list of available dates to solicit “hosters.”
o Catherine and/or Tom Dmukauskas will update the CSU on-line calendar with specific information as available (including start time, address, etc.).
• CSU Yin Yang Series for 2010 is a go!
o Folks should send race ideas to Geoffrey Kent and Catherine Cagle, who will put together a schedule of races
o At least one Thursday eve and one Saturday morning Fresh Pond race should be on the schedule, because CSU “stands out” in the crowd
o All of the races should once again be T-accessible, to promote car-less options
o Architecture for Humanity 5K on May 1 is once again a candidate, by popular demand!
o Bunker Hill Race is also a possibility
• Fresh Pond summer series 2010 starts Thursday eve, June 3:
o Gail Breslow will work on getting permit from City of Cambridge again
o We discussed moving the starting location so it would be easier for new folks to find, but decided its location is part of its uniqueness. Instead, we will put more explicit location info on our web site
o Jonathan Wyner will post on coolrunning.com, and see about adding a link to the posting to increase info about start location
o Stephen P will explore posting on New England Runner’s web site
o We agreed to keep track of weekly times, and give small awards for top-time-of-the-season, most-improved, most-frequent runner, etc.
• 2010 relay or team race opportunities:
o Stephen Peckiconis and Pat Robinson are coordinating men’s/women’s teams for the USATF national indoor master track competition in March– contact them if interested
o Reach the Beach 2010 is already full
o Green Mountain trail relay is a possibility – contact ?? if interested
o Lake Winnipesaukee relay is a possibility – Geoffrey to ask Andy Donaldson if he is interested in organizing it
o Cape Relay May 1-2 (Quincy to Provincetown) is a possibility – anyone interested in organizing?
o Cape Cod Marathon relay has been popular in the past – something to consider for fall
o Vermont City marathon – anyone interested in running 13.1 as part of two-person relay should contact Andy Barron
• Volunteer opportunities:
o CSU is confirmed to volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank in January 2011
o Tom Dmukauskas will follow up with the “Back on my Feet” organization that works with homeless people to see what we might be able to do
o Volunteers will be needed for Corporate Challenge, Mt. Washington, Tufts 10K, which should be added to the CSU on-line calendar
• Input to USATF re Grand Prix races and process:
o Stephen P. reported that 440 people voted on the Grand Prix race selection, an all-time high
o The vote was very close between the top two “menus” of races….
o On-line process was very successful, and will be done again in 2010 with some tweaks
o Address any feedback to Stephen or to Steve Vaitones
• Indoor track situation this winter:
o We agreed that BUAEC has had some “bumps” this winter, but it’s still a world-class facility, good to have an indoor running option in the heart of winter, and great that so many CSU runners are coming together at one time
o No changes to be made through this season, other than greater communication with current staff re schedule conflicts, and work-out postings from Terry and Jon
• Longer-term coaching for our current adult population, and options for younger runners:
o See Jon Waldron’s thorough summary and next steps for details about this
• On-line membership and payment processing:
o Gail, Catherine, and Geoffrey to coordinate with Larry Berman to ensure we have one database with up-to-date info, regardless of whether people have signed up on-line or by check
o Gail to check with Larry regarding renewal reminders to those whose memberships have lapsed
o Gail and Catherine to ensure that new-member intake process for those signing up on-line is air-tight
• CSU clothing items – high-tech T-shirts?
o Geoffrey Kent will arrange for a few high-tech (short- and long-sleeved) CSU shirts to be “mocked up,” and we will sell them on an order-ahead and pay-as-you-go basis
o We agreed that the Marathon carbo-load party would be a great place to promote these
• Other CSU business: having finished the business of the meeting and the pizza, we adjourned at 9:15 pm
Comments, additional ideas are always welcome!