Good morning. A couple quick notes for this week and – finally – the finished Stryders Grand Prix slate for 2021. Thanks to all who turned out for last week’s June Business Meeting, when we also finalized the Summer Picnic Saturday, July 10 at the MWR Facility in Ballston Spa. We have a pavilion reserved from 1-5 p.m. and we’ll be throwing our traditional summer picnic with food and beverages provided by the club. Other details, including an RSVP to attend, will be on the way soon. But save the date.
Regular club events are on schedule for this week:
• Monday Trail Run – 6 p.m. at Spruce Mountain. Details below.
• Wednesday Night Workout – 6 p.m. at the Saratoga Spa State Park. Meet at the “Stryders Bench” in the grass across from the Little Theater parking lot. Optional dynamic warmup at 5:50 p.m., otherwise be ready to roll at 6 p.m. sharp. Coach Mary Fenton is on point this week, details below.
• Saturday Run/Walk – 8:30 a.m. at the Warming Hut at the Saratoga Spa State Park.
• Sunday Long Run – Noon at TBA. Check the Stryders Facebook page later in the week.
Have a great week!
Monday Trail Run – Spruce Mountain
Here’s the scoop for tonight’s Mix-It-Up Monday Trail Run from Dan Flanagan:
This is another Saratoga PLAN property: The newly re-routed Spruce Mountain Trail, located roughly 20 minutes north of Saratoga Springs in the Town of Corinth, is a 2.5-mile hike leading to the mountain's summit and historic fire tower. The trail is a moderate to difficult hike, so we will run what you can up and run down!
52 Spruce Mountain Rd, Porter Corners, NY 12859-1715, United States
Post run: We are going to the Brookhaven golf course restaurant after the run/hike for anyone that wants to join us! For a $10 burger and beer!
Workout for Week of June 14
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2021 Stryders Grand Prix
The officers and members finalized the 2021 Stryders Grand Prix during last week’s Business Meeting. We have 11 races scheduled, including two of our Camp Saratoga Trail Series events, the Freihofer’s Run for Women (sorry guys) and the FallBack 5 Trail Run. The first virtual 5k was included and the next – a 1-mile event starting this Saturday and running through June 26 – will also be in the series.
The volunteer requirement will also return. To be eligible for prizes you’ll need to earn at least 1 volunteer point. They can be earned at various Stryders-related events, from the trail series to parties. Feel free to run all of the Grand Prix races and your best six finishes will count toward your score. Runners who complete at least six races and earn a volunteer point will also be eligible for a Grand Prix participation award.
Here’s the 2021 Stryders Grand Prix:
Late April – Stryders Virtual 5K
June 19-26 – Stryders Virtual 1-Mile, 6/19-26
July 4 – Firecracker 4, Saratoga Springs
Aug. 2 – Camp Saratoga Trail Series #1
Aug. 30 – Camp Saratoga Trail Series #5
Sept. 11 – Malta 10K
Sept. 25 – Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
Oct. 9 –Pumpkin Challenge 10K
Nov. 7 – FallBack 5-Mile Trail
Nov. 14 – Stockade-athon 15K
Early December – Stryders Holiday Virtual 5K / In-person event TBA
Stryders Virtual Mile
In-person races are returning with a flourish but we’ll continue to offer virtual options from time to time, including our Virtual Mile scheduled to begin Saturday and run through Saturday, June 26. Click here for details and to register.
We will also collect optional donations for the virtual races, with proceeds from the June event earmarked for the club’s general fund and to the Roundabout Runners’ wintertime salt crew for the paths in Malta used by the Sunday Run Group.
The Virtual Mile works as a perfect prep for the upcoming Firecracker 4!