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Spring Track 2014

New Balance Blazers track club


First Day of Track Practice, April 9

A record 60 youth athletes showed up for the first day of practice! Thank you for supporting our program.

Please visit the Photo Gallery for additional photos.


Introduction

The New Balance Blazers track club is coached by Bill Martin, head coach of the New Canaan high school boys track & field and cross country programs. Coach Martin brings 30 years of Division I college and high school coaching experience for both men and women. Considered one of the top US mid-distance runners in the late 70's and early 80's, Coach Martin's running achievements include multiple All-American honors in both high school and Division I college, multiple Olympic trials qualifier, Olympic Finalist, Millrose Games Champion, and multiple USATF national champion.

The New Balance Blazers track club is grateful for the sponsorship and funding from New Balance New Canaan, and the personal involvement of Ron and Tina Rosenfeld. Please support our local New Balance New Canaan retail store!


Registration

Online registration is open on this website. The cost is $175 per child for the spring track season. Please sign up by Wednesday, April 9, the first day of practice! For information, call 203-801-0050.

Membership in the New Balance Blazers track club entitles each child to:

  • Highly qualified coaches and individualized goal setting and training
  • Paid registration fees for meets and races attended by the team
  • USATF insurance coverage for practices and meets (information about coverage and terms)
  • Free New Balance Blazers singlet uniform top and jacket (Note: you must order by April 11 - see bottom of page)
  • 20% discount on athletic shoes and running apparel at the New Balance New Canaan store

 

You must register for a USATF membership. Cost for an annual youth membership is $20. When you register, please designate the club as the New Canaan Running Club (club number is #324).


Practice Schedule

Practices are held Wednesdays and Fridays 4 pm to 5 pm, and Saturdays 8:30 am to 9:30 am, at the New Canaan High School Track.

During the week of April 21, practices are held on Monday, April 21, on Friday, April 25, and on Saturday, April 26. No practice on Wednesday, April 23.


Meet Schedule

Date Event Time Location Teams
May 1 (Thu) Away Meet 4:15 pm Newtown HS
12 Berkshire Rd.
Newtown, CT
Newtown (host), New Canaan, Nutmeg, Schaghticoke, Tomlinson
May 7 (Wed) Home Meet 4:00 pm New Canaan HS
11 Farm Rd.
New Canaan, CT
New Canaan (host), East Ridge, Fairfield Woods, Scotts Ridge
May 14 (Wed) Away Meet 4:00 pm New Fairfield HS
54 Gillotti Rd.
New Fairfield, CT
New Fairfield (host), Bethel, New Canaan, Wilton, Whisconier
May 24 (Sat) Away Meet 9:00 am Pomperaug HS
234 Judd Rd.
Southbury, CT
Nutmeg (host), Danbury, New Canaan, Wilton
May 31 (Sat) State Championships (Qualifiers Only) 10:00 am Manchester HS
134 Middle Tpke E
Manchester, CT
CT Middle School Championships (Qualifiers Only)
June 5 (Thu) Conference Championships (Qualifiers Only) 4:00 pm Ridgefield HS
70 Prospect St.
Ridgefield, CT
Western Connecticut Conference Championships (Qualifiers Only) Hosts: East Ridge / Scotts Ridge
June 14 (Sat) New Canaan Mile 6:00 pm New Balance New Canaan store
128 Main St.
New Canaan, CT
All welcome to register for the New Canaan Mile road race
June 22 (Sun) Connecticut Junior Olympics TBD Litchfield HS
14 Plumb Hill Rd.
Litchfield, CT
Athletes compete in 2-year age groups (9-10, 11-12, 13-14)

 

Order of Events

Running Events Field Events
(start concurrently)
50 m hurdles long jump
4x100 m relay high jump
1600 m run discus
100 m dash shot put
400 m dash  
200 m dash  
800 m run  
4x400 m relay  

 

Uniforms and Gear

Please order your child's free New Balance Blazers' jacket and singlet running top by April 11 to ensure delivery to Coach Bill Martin before the first meet. Coach Martin will hand out the running gear at practice once the team order arrives. Select the correct size and decide whether or not you wish to personalize the jacket with your child's name. Additional official New Balance Blazers gear is available for purchase.

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Spring 2012 Recap

The New Canaan Running Club completed a successful inaugural Spring 2012 session with more than 40 athletes participating in the club and able to compete in several track meets and one road race. We witnessed hard work and commitment, tremendous growth and improvement among runners, and appreciation and enjoyment. We would like to thank New Balance New Canaan for their sponsorship and support, the coaching staff, and the various town bodies that permitted us to use the high school track and Waveny Park for practices. There are several lessons that we the organizers and sponsors learned from our first session and we will make several changes that we expect will improve future sessions (see the Fall 2012 session for more information).

Highlights

  • More than 40 athletes joined the New Canaan Running Club
  • 10 week program with practices 3x week
  • Athletes improved fitness, learned different track events, commitment and dedication, friendship and teamwork
  • Sponsorship from New Balance New Canaan to operate club, purchase equipment and provide team shirts
  • Several races and meets, including 3 mile Bunny Boogie road race in Darien and 2 track meets at Staples HS in Westport, select athletes also participated in Middle Scool State meet in Manchester, CT Junior Olympics in New Britain, CT and Regional Junior Olympics in Uniondale, New York
 
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