@pgxc-women Here’s the latest on our Sunday race, with details about what to wear, where to go, etc. Please fill out your line on the Google sheet roster if noted below—I need to know who’s really coming to create teams. Looks like a strong open team and a strong vets team; masters runners will probably “run down.” I’m looking forward to seeing you!
FLRC U19 (co-ed)
- Banyan Love
- Ben Lambert
- Oliver Lambert
- Michelle Woods
- Patty Larkin
- Brenda Osovski
- Caitlyn Loehr
- Kim Jackson
- Sandy Gregorich
- Julie Randall
If you suddenly can’t come: Tell me by Friday night before the race. If something comes up after Friday, text me at 607-275-8383.
What to wear & borrowing a jersey
If possible, wear blue or black shorts. If you’ll need to borrow a jersey, wear a blue shirt in case there isn’t a jersey that fits well. Look for a box of jerseys in the team tent area and sign one out on the clipboard.
I had hoped to have new jerseys this year, but we’ve run into supply chain slowdowns on an order placed July 11. The new jerseys will have the FLRC logo and be a close match to the High Noon jerseys, and we’ll have sizing options in men’s and women’s.
Carpools & when to arrive
Due to COVID, we aren’t coordinating mass carpools the way we have in years past, If you missed the earlier message about carpooling, go ahead and read it; contact Amalia Skilton (@amalia on the FLRC forum) if you are vaccinated and looking for a ride.
The race starts at 11am, so I suggest you aim to arrive around 10am.
Directions & maps
The race is at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, NY. Google Maps brings it up. If you see a small GVH sign once you are near or in the park, follow it (GVH is the running club that puts on the PGXC series). In 2019, we parked in the big lot near the lower right of this photo:
The course has loops, so it’s worth taking a look at before you get there.
What to do when you arrive
Find FLRC and High Noon teammates at the FLRC tent, which Adam and I will bring with us.
Let me know you are here. (Most of you know I had back surgery last week. To avoid repeating myself a lot on race day, and so you know, the operation went as planned, the recovery is going smoothly, and I may be able to start running again in late October.)
Borrow an FLRC jersey.
There will be a central table where you can pick up your tag. If the tags work as before, they will be small rectangles that you pin with one pin to your hip. They will be organized by sub-team on pegs, so open runners (ages 20-39) should look on the peg of other open runners. Some older runners may be “running down” onto younger teams, so your tag may not be exactly where you’d expect. If you ordered a PGXC series shirt, it will probably be available in the same area - best to pick these up early in case you need to change your size.
Warm up together. We are a friendly team, and this is when new and old teammates can welcome each other and decipher the course map while previewing the course. People generally warm up in groups of 2 to 20.
Restroom if needed.
Get to the starting line 5-10 minutes before 11:00 to join the team cheer and hear announcements.
After the race
When you finish running, stick around near the finish line to cheer for teammates. Our slower runners are crucial to scoring! If you are a slower runner, congratulations on finishing!
Do a post-race cool down with others on the team. We will have runners trying to put in a few more miles, and runners who are happy to have managed the race distance, but everyone would benefit from at least a short cooldown jog before getting back in the car.
There will be post-race refreshments, provided by the PGXC series, such as bananas, oranges, energy bars, and single-serving chips/pretzels.
A half-hour or so after all runners finish, there will be an awards ceremony for individuals in their age groups (chocolate) and teams (beer) who placed well.