Occasional Fun items to keep us smiling through the pain of winter training!

NOC Welcomes Emily’s Return…

From Sharon:

The Niagara Olympic Club is pleased to welcome back our alumni runner Emily Hughes!

Emily, a graduate from Governor Simcoe Secondary School and Queens University, has returned to St. Catharines and joined the coaching team at NOC.

With NOC in steady expansion mode, it’s really great that Emily is now on Board!

(The temporary sketch is designed to encourage Emily to provide a picture or two for the website!)


A Quick Reminder…

From Sharon:

Monday is the start of fall clean up to put the rail away.  Athletes who are racing on Tuesday, can come to practice to do their warm up, while their parents help with the rail. 🙂

thanks a bunch!
Animation image of two carved pumpkins

Fall Clean Up Time (An opportunity for new Members’ parents to meet the “old” ones!)

But it has to be done…

From Sharon:

We would like to start the fall clean up at the track.
First on the agenda is Monday, October 1st.
We need parents to help put the rail away. JP will be there early to get things started, but then his love of coaching will pull him to the trails.  The putting away job is much easier than the spring job of setting up.  Many hands make light work!!!  and this will get it done quickly. 
Please let JP know ( you will be available to help so we know that we will have a big crew.

Thank you!

“Believe it, Achieve it”

Correcting a problem…

We understand that some of our followers had a problem using the link to XC Camp 2012 pictures in the previous Post.

We’ve corrected this by moving all the pics to Google+ and making the album “public”.

The previous Post link has been changed accordingly, but the new pictures link is also here.

XC Camp 2012. For The Record…

Buckle your seatbelts, grab a comforter and settle in for a bumpy ride.

Bill has published a pictorial slice of life at this year’s XC Camp.

Be warned by the picture here. It can get rocky…

We hope that good times were enjoyed by all…

We are awaiting reports and pictures from this weekend’s XC-Camp near Short Hills Provincial Park (the best kept secret in the Niagara Region).

We have to “hand” it to the Coaches for coming up with such a great idea, and planning it in “minute” detail.

It “wound” up with a Picnic for athletes and their families.

“Watch” this space for more info and pics!

Introduction to running drills for all of our Members…

Sharon shares:

Take a look at this video introducing competitive running drills..

Absorb and enjoy.

Everyone is dashing to NOC for the Cross-Country season

They just can’t be stopped.

As Summer begins to wane, and the grass begins to green, we seek pathways, steps and hills.

A change of style, a change of pace, and just like that we’re ready to race.

Easing into the change of pace…XC Season

We’ve been looking at blogs that discuss the many, many aspects of Cross Country running.

Please feel free to suggest more that you’d like to follow, and we’ll incorporate them subject to our Coaches’ approval.

This one looks interesting, covering the basics for newcomers.

We also welcome funny ones that are hill-arious…

Having fun while you run is always in fashion, just ask the designers

Picture Courtesy of The National Post

Perhaps this is something we should be promoting as a major Summer event for all active Niagara Region people whose 40th birthday occurs in that year?

From National Post:

It’s very difficult to flourish as a runner if you dread every step you take. The fashion world, a group not particularly synonymous with strenuous physical activities (at least not during the day), seized upon this notion recently by combining exercise with good times when a group of fashionistas gathered this past Sunday at a track in Toronto to celebrate the 40th birthday of Bustle Clothing’s creative director, Shawn Hewson.