As many of you have heard, our running community was struck by the tragic events during yesterday’s 117th annual running of the Boston Marathon. According to news reports, nearly 160 Iowans were registered for running’s pinnacle event, and thankfully, all are reportedly safe. The Des Moines Register has first-hand accounts of the events from Iowans who were at the event in today’s online Register. The Capital Striders send heartfelt thoughts and prayers to everyone who was affected by these events. This is a tragedy for the running community and we wish everyone a safe return home.
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Congratulations and huge thank you to everyone who came out and ran Capital Pursuit. It was a beautiful day for a race, and we had a great turnout, with a record number of 10-mile runners. Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers; we couldn’t have done it without you. We’re already looking forward to next year! Find your results here.
Capital Pursuit is just two weeks away – don’t miss out on the early bird pricing! The 10-mile race is the State RRCA Championship event and begins at 8 a.m. at 8th and Locust. There also is a 5K run/walk, which also begins at 8 a.m. With two different distances, there is something for everyone at Capital Pursuit! All 10-mile runners who finish under two hours will receive medals. In addition, the first 850 registrants receive beautiful, long sleeve technical T-shirts. A portion of race proceeds will be donated to Iowa Kidstrong, Inc., as we welcome the See-Us Run Des Moines students to the 10-mile race again in 2012.
Check out the Capital Pursuit page for more race information and don’t forget to sign up by this Friday, Sept. 14 to take advantage of our early bird discount registration prices.
We’re excited to announce that we have new secured discounts to several new races for our members! See below for more details. One Hill of a Run Receive a $5.00 discount off your race entry! If you enter via the paper entry form, please write "CAPITAL STRIDERS" (plus your Capital Strider member number) on the form in big letters so the race director can make the required changes. You also can enter online via Active.com. Enter the discount code “CAPITALSTRIDERS” to receive the $5.00 discount.
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park Races Register for any of the extreme races at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park using the coupon code: RUNNINGCLUB (plus your Capital Strider member number) and receive $5 off! For more information on how to register for these races, visit the Sleepy Hollow website or their Facebook page.
- May 19 – Kosama Warrior Mud Run
- July 14 – Kosama Warrior Water Run
- Aug. 25 – Aspen Warrior Fire Run
- Oct. 13 – Run of the Living Dead
Thank you to all who attended the annual Strider Dinner Meeting on March 4, 2011. We had a nice turnout and pretty full room of 63 guests at the Raccoon River Nature Lodge. Our current president, Brian Palmer did a great job conducting the meeting and entertaining us as Master of Ceremonies. We devoured the delicious feast provided by Baratta's. Alyssa Subbert did an awesome job of educating us how to prevent injuries and proper running form. Many thanks to Alyssa for sharing.
We acknowledged a number of individuals and organizations including Scheels All Sports which received the "Golden Shoe" Sponsor of the Year award for their continued support of the Capital Striders. Jake Johnson was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award for spearheading the Capital Striders water stop during the DM Marathon and for volunteering at other races throughout the year. It was also noted that the Capital Striders annual New Year's Day Mitten Run raised nearly $750 for warm clothes that was donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa.
It was lots of fun in determining: Best Race T-Shirt Design went to Kent Bain for 2009 Drake On the Roads Oldest Race T-shirt went to Gene Harding for his mid 70's Boston Marathon Furthest Away Race T-shirt went to John Taylor for either his Thailand or Antarctica races Ugliest Race Design T-Shirt went to Chris Brooks for his 2004 Escape to Alcatraz.
There were 6 candidates up for board positions, the 5 voted in were:
Curtis Downs Chris Brooks Jake Johnson Marcia Swinney-Shay Nate Geurkink
The 5 new board members will serve a 2 year appointments and Officers will be decided by the board at the next meeting scheduled for March 22nd. You can read the new board members bios and learn more about them by visiting our FB Page. We encourage you to please post your banquet pictures to the FB page.
A big thank you goes out to our many terrific sponsors who donated very nice prizes:
- Tim Ives - The Body Project
- Chad Carlson - Stadia Sports Medicine
- Erin Hebner - Personal Best Massage
- Todd Schemper - Work Systems Rehab
- Lambert Blank, Jr., MST, CPA
- Compass Chiropractic
- Great Harvest Bread Company
- Scheels All Sports
- Massage Heights
- Optimal Health Family Chiropractic Center
- Massage Envy
Thanks for spending the evening with us ~ if we've forgotten anyone, oops and sorry, please forgive us. The Annual Dinner Committee: Bobbi Snodgrass, Mike McGinn and Randall Wilson
First congratulations to all our members who ran any of the races at last weekend's IMT Des Moines Marathon. With the Des Moines Marathon race, our formal weekend training runs schedule is completed, but we realize many of you, who train with us, might have winter races or simply enjoy the social aspects of the training runs. We will continue the weekly training runs at Gray's Lake at 7:30 am with a few exception weekends. We will NOT be running regularly scheduled runs on November 20th (Living History Farms race), November 27th (Thanksgiving), and December 25th.
These training runs will be more informal runs than the Winter/Spring or Summer/Fall training groups. What this means is that while water will be cached along the route, you'll need to pour your own. There will also not be someone typically supporting the run besides laying out water and retrieving the trash afterwords. Route maps will be sent out through the weekly e-mail blast, and if you want a copy, please print it beforehand.
As such, it is highly suggested that you join the e-mail list for the training runs to keep advised of any last second changes. If you need to join the e-mail group for the weekly maps, please click here: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1102591577404
One final word, if anyone would like to volunteer to help support these training runs, we always appreciate the offer of assistance. I hope to still see many of you out there Saturday morning.
Follow the registration instructions on GetMeRegistered.com and enter your strider member number to receive the discount. https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=3778
Online pre-registration available until midnight on Sept 22nd.
Click here for the request pacers document. The IMT Des Moines Marathon seeks experienced distance runners that have a strong desire to give back to the sport by serving as Van Meter Industrial, Inc. Pace Team Leaders for the Marathon and Half Marathon on October 17, 2010.
Marathon pace team goals will be spaced every 10 minutes from 3:00 to 4:00 hours and every 15 minutes from 4:00 to 5:30 hours. Half Marathon pace team goals will be every 10 minutes from 1:30 to 2:30 hours. Many of the 2009 pace team leaders are back for 2010, but as always there are a few positions to fill for each event. Tara Thomas is returning for her 7th year as the Van Meter Industrial Pace Team Coordinator for the IMT Des Moines Marathon.
Qualifications: • Have run four or more marathons at 15 to 30 minutes better than the time that you plan to pace, • or, have run three or more half marathons at 5 to 10 minutes better than the plan you plan to pace. • Able to maintain a steady pace with respect to the terrain for the entire distance. • Willing to act as a "moving coach" by creating an enthusiastic team atmosphere and offering encouragement and advice throughout the race.
Responsibilities: • Commit to maintain your pace and finish with a chip time between your goal time and 1 minute ahead of your goal time (30 seconds for the half marathon). • Carry a lightweight sign displaying your goal time during the entire race. • Coach and motivate your team throughout the entire race. • Wear a bright yellow (marathon) or red (half marathon) singlet that has a bib displaying your goal time on the back. • Take a two hour shift at the Pace Team booth at the Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield Sports and Fitness Expo on Friday or Saturday of race weekend, • Prepare a handout to be given to interested runners who stop by the booth at the Expo (marathon Pacers only). Examples from previous pace leaders will be provided to help you prepare your handout.