Monday, August 30, 2010

Bridging the Gap

The Bridge of Flowers 10k Classic was conceived in 1979 and has remained on approximately the same course ever since that first competition. The one notable exception is that (back in the early days of the race) the runners actually ran across the Bridge of Flowers. However, in the 1980's the Bridge was rehabilitated and the course was slightly altered. What has not changed is the beauty & charm of the village and the warm & friendly people of Shelburne Falls. This year’s race was the sixth race in the New England Grand Prix Series and it was another great day of running and team camaraderie for the GCS-Triad Racing Team.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Showdown in Sandown

This past Saturday was the Sandown Old Home Days 5 Miler which served as the 6th of 7 New Hampshire Grand Prix Races. And, with Gate City holding a very slim lead over host Greater Derry, it was important that our club get a good turnout for this “Showdown in Sandown”. Fortunately, we did have a good turnout. Unfortunately, we still got smoked. More on that later …

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fitness University 2010

Fitness University recently wrapped up it's 2010 schedule of clinics with Finals Day on August 1st and I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what a phenomenally great program it is! Fitness University is a FREE running fitness program for children ages 3 to 14. It was originally developed in 1989 by the Gate City Striders, as a way to help promote the importance of fitness, fun and good health. Through June and into July, running clinics are held in Nashua and surrounding towns. Kids are instructed on how to warm-up, stretch, run and have fun while doing it. They learn about healthy eating habits and staying safe. Then, the fun culminates on Finals Day with games, prizes, and plenty of laughter for all.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Trevor and Leann Ward (and the gracious help of all their amazing GCS volunteers) this year's Fitness University Program was a huge success! From the 497 kids that showed up for the first clinic at Fairgrounds Junior High, to the 500 plus that came out for Finals Day at Nashua South, it looks as though everyone has caught on to what an awesome experience this program really is!

On a personal note, this was the first year my daughter Emily (3) got a chance to really partake in all the fun of Fitness University and she just had a ball. The volunteers helping out with the activities for her (and all the age groups) were so incredibly patient and energetic. That kind of positive energy really rubbed off on the kids and you could see it in their faces every moment they were out there. Kudos to them and everyone at GCS and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for making this great event happen!

Below are links to pictures, articles and information about this year's clinics:

Pictures from Finals Day & Various Clinics
from the Fitness University Facebook page

Summer Program Promotes Healthy Lifestyle for Kids
from the 8/1 edition of the Nashua Telegraph

More Information About the Fitness University Program
from the Fitness University Website