Originally Posted by mbp67
Thanks! Please get back to me ASAP - I am meeting with Athletics on Friday and giving a presentation.
We currently have 14 interested in our club. Most have no race experience, but three (including me) are seasoned racers.
Do you think we should set our own gates and just rent the gates? Or should we let whatever race foundation set the gates and not worry about it?
Also, do you think training with Master's during the week is a good idea for us? Most of those interested in the Club are under 21, so they can't race in Master's, right? But we could certainly train with them, no? On weekends, it looks like we are going to go to a rent a bus, go to a big mountain, and train. Probably Whiteface because even though it's farther than Sunday River and Killington, NYSEF is very reasonable in fees (though I haven't gotten a quote from any mountain yet). And we may be able to secure a private home near Whiteface. And then we'll sell the empty seats to affiliates of the university and outside members for a slight markup to put into a fund for us for the year and if any money is left over, the following year.
I'm trying to get creative here.
I'll be contacting alumni as part of our fundraising. I'll see if I can find Peter.
Sounds like you are doing a great job. Congrats! As for buying gates, etc. don't worry about that. Where ever you set your training base to be, they will take care of it. Wachusett would probably be your best option and they are very friendly to racers. Growing up in NY, I can confirm that NYSEF is wonderful and they have great coaches. If you need a contact there let me know, I have a few.
Actually they just lowered the age for Masters to 18 http://www.ussamasters.org/
(except for Regionals and Nationals.) That would get you some gate timed practice and against some REALLY good competition. Contact Gary Colwell at NE Masters for information (zepco AT msn.com.)
I'd recommend everyone in your group get a competitor's license, that way you can enter any J1-J2 race as a Senior. Tri-State has tons of events in the Boston area.