Happy April Fool’s Day! 

Our Grand Prix race series is in full swing, we have had two GP events to date and the next event is scheduled for 4/7/18 – Washingtonville Scholarship Run, which is also our race of the month.  The last day to sign up for the Grand Prix race circuit is 4/30/18.  Let’s all get out and support the scholarship run and represent ORC!

At our March meeting, we discussed two key items:  the $1000.00-dollar amount appropriated for a local high school scholarship and the inter club challenge.  We have decided to table the scholarship until 2019, circling back with a subcommittee in the fall to determine the criteria for eligibility.  The inter club has been postponed until later this year with a non competitive challenge amongst the clubs, followed by a group pot luck lunch.  Stay tuned for updates in the near future.

Our ‘Monday Miles’ are still on the calendar.  We will be adjusting the weekly schedule with some POP UP races during the warmer months which will be scheduled for Tuesday evenings.  Track season official begins on 4/4/18 with Drew Priest leading our workouts.  These are held at Monhagen Middle School in Middletown NY beginning at 5:45 pm and all abilities are welcome
The Run4DT Sweet corporate challenge is open for teams to sign up as well as the Triple Challenge which involves the Classic 10k, Ruthie 5K and the R4DT.  Please see our website for links to all.
Classic training runs are set to begin on Sunday, 4/8/18, 9:00 am at Middletown High School.  Wayne Beam will be leading the charge.

I am looking forward to our April monthly meeting on Wednesday, 4/4/18 at Old Erie in Middletown NY starting at 7:00 pm.  We have a full agenda including a guest speaker, Derek Somerville.  He will be discussing among other things, the art of using K Tape
A quick bio is below:
My name is Derek Somerville. I have been running for about 12 years and since December 2014 run over 12,000 miles while completing about 45 marathons with 12 in 12 days all under 4 hours, a handful of 50Ks, a 100K that resulted in a Virginia state record for a 50 mile split, a 70 Miler, 3- 100 milers and a 200 mile run from Charlottesville to Williamsburg, Va. 
I am the owner of My Pace Racing and Nutrition. I am a practicing Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant of 13 years, certified nutritional adviser and certified USATF coach. I currently train clients out of Granite Barbell in Campbell Hall. 
I have been using kinesiotape in practice at nursing homes and outpatient clinical settings as well as with personal training clients for 5 years with certification from Rock Tape. 

As we welcome our April showers and look forward to spring peepers, I wanted to suggest an idea that developed in Sweden, it’s called Plogging.  While running outside, bring along some trash bags and pick up any litter you may see along your route. It’s an eco-friendly work out and a win win!

Embrace Your Pace, revel in being outside, on the road, whether solo or with groups, enjoy the time shared with one another.  Life happens fast!

Happy Trails!
Valerie K.
President, ORC

April 2018