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The purpose of this blogsite is to allow full access to the team, practices, history, and future events. Please check back with this blog throughout the summer and fall for new updates on the team. Feel free to share it with friends and family who follow the program!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ready to Run!

Enough with the practices, let's run a race!

Just a few days until this crew gets to test itself against West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.  Tuesday the 3rd of September is opening night at Elburn Woods.  Come join us at 4:45pm for the start of something special.

Baggo Tourney Nets Great Turnout and Profits

The team hosted their Baggo tournament on Sunday, and completed the day with 16 youth division teams, and 16 adult division teams.  Winners of the youth division, (and a new set of Baggo boards and bags), were Joey Brandonisio and Jake Obremski.  In the adult division, Mike Pollastrini and Scott Glennon outlasted Phil and Nick Albano to take the cash prize of $250.

The team was the real winner, however.  Raising just over $1,000 on the day, coupled with a victory in the Booster Club Test Drive a few days prior, we will be able to cover the costs of our new varsity uniforms, meet sweat bottoms for the team, and a donation to Marklund Home.

Thank you to every family who came out, donated their time, talent and treasure to make this a complete success.

Marklund Visit a Huge Hit!

The team spent two hours with the clients of Marklund Home in Geneva, getting to tour the facility and play soccer, baseball, and even take a few on nature walks. While we were there, we also had the chance to see the glider/swing that was purchased with the many years of donations that the teams had made to Marklund.  This is a rewarding experience for the clients, because they love the TLC.  It was equally rewarding for our runners, because few have ever had the opportunity to experience giving the gift of time, in this way.  Thank you, runners, for being terrific role models, and for lending a hand to the Marklund Community.

The Marklund Home will host it's first ever 5K on Sunday, October 27th.  We'd like to send some of our runners back to help out with the event. Please let Coach Clarey know if you are interested.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Baggo Registration is Open! Date Set for August 25th at Harter Middle School

The team will host their 2nd annual Baggo Tournament to help defray the costs of new meet sweats.

Please consider joining us for the tournament on Sunday, Aug. 25th by registering via email to KANELANDXC@GMAIL.COM   Please offer your team name, and names of the two participants.

12:00 pm   High School and Under Division Begins:  Winners get matching sets of Baggo Boards/Bags

1:30pm   Adult Division Begins:  $250 Cash Prize to winning team, with prizes for 2nd and 3rd too.

Double elimination tournament, with registration fees of $20 per HS/Under team, $40 per Adult Team.

Portions of the proceeds will be shared with the Marklund Home of Geneva; home of some of KXC's biggest fans!

Email any questions to the same address of KANELANDXC@GMAIL.COM

Day One - T-minus 12 Hours!

Can't wait to see everyone in the morning!  A few things families should look for when their runner returns from practice tomorrow:

1.  A Weekly Itinerary:  This is the road map for our week.  Everything we think you should know, SHOULD be on the itinerary.  If not, there's contact info and parents should text, call or email.

2.  A Marklund Waiver:  There is a volunteer liability release and photo waiver that should be signed and brought back at 11:55am for our trip over to Marklund.  Bus leaves at 12:10pm, driven by Coach Ecker.  We will stop at Alice's Place after we finish at 2:30.  Parents can pick up at Alice's, or meet at KHS at about 3:45.

3.  Team Building Day Waiver:  There is a liability release for our trip to Silver Springs on Thursday.  Please have this signed and brought back to Coach Clarey on Thursday morning when we meet at the Sugar Grove BP at 7am.

Right now, we have about 25 athletes preparing for the season... in a few hours, we'll see if there are any surprises.  :)