45 Verge team members came out to wrap up our indoor track season today, participating in the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Turbo jav, Shot Put, Softball Throw, and Standing Long Jump. It was so much fun and I'm immensely proud of everyone!
From the very first "Go!" they were swept up in the excitement of cheering each other on and giving their best efforts! The amazing thing about meets is that not only are they an awesome opportunity to bring together the incredible diverse group we have and for them to show off their individual strengths, but that even those who are hard to motivate in practice can't help but get excited and run like their feet are on fire, with smiles on their faces, and some competitive grit. It's a joyous thing to witness and be part of.
The meet ended with a ribbon award ceremony - ribbons to all for each event they did with results recorded, including 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each track event heat and field event. Additional 2016 special award medals going to Makai Yerkes (BARRIERS AWARD for committing to believing in himself and facing and overcoming personal and athletic challenges and fears), Will Gannon (CONNECTIONS AWARD for his social growth and incredible team spirit he displayed in supporting his teammates consistently at practices), and Tyler Buckley (THRESHOLD AWARD for most improved athletically, and developing much independence). These three guys are some of the original crew who started with us almost 2 years ago, come to 2-3 practices a week, and they have come a long way. Will has run several 5k's with the team and with dad, PR'ng most of them and has become quite a social dude with his teammates. Tyler runs more, further, on his own now, and even lets his competitive spirit motivate him. He claims to not like running, but I think he's pulling our legs or got bit by the running bug and doesn't realize it. Makai now runs with Lexington HS and is an assistant coach for us when he comes to help at practices, often gaining frequent remarks from parents about what a great coach he is.
Thanks a million to the parents who helped with timing, ribbons, field events and anything else you got sucked into! Volunteers - as always, you are invaluable and we are lucky to have you! Thank you all. Great work team!! Spring season starts April 23 - see you soon.
We met our goal for our annual donation drive this fall! THANK YOU to all who gave in support of VERGE and our athletes and families. Donors will be recognized in our upcoming Newsletter.
We were also a recipient of a donation from the John Thomas & Special Friends Fund in November. THANK YOU so much for including us in your family.
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JUMP for VERGE! - This January, you can also help support us by having fun jumping with us. VERGE will receive 25% of proceeds. Bring your friends!
A few pics from today's race. The team had a great time at the Concord Rec. Dept.'s Sleepy Hollow 5k and 1 mile Fun Run this morning! Some great costumes out there too. Nice job everyone - JJ, Ryan, Jenna, Win, Neal, Kristen, Oliver, James, Ben, Luca, Eduardo, Marcus, Daniel, Matt, Steven, Yisak, George, Bernie & Tim (and Shaggy), families, and volunteers Minnie, Christina, Abby and Ella!! Congrats to those who ran their first race.
I think "best costume" has to go to Steven (Captain America), "best finish" goes to Win (Goofy) (Steven and Daniel a close second), and "best moment witnessed by AJ" goes to Oliver having a blast doing the warm up to Thriller and Ghostbusters. Huge thanks to Gretchen and her classmates for their awesome bake sale which raised $100 for Verge!
Then it was on to Boylston for a great practice!
The crazy wind early this morning was a bit threatening, but it turned into a beautiful day for running at the Mayor's Cup XC race in Franklin Park! Here's a glimpse of a XC race through 8 year old Jaden's 1.1 mile race with the 6-10 year olds. Such a fun morning.
Great job Jaden! He focused on staying focused today and PR'd by 40 seconds. He ran his first race last year, where he was very nervous and unsure of what to expect, but this year he was confident and relaxed.
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Great day for running at the Flutie 5k! TIm's brother, Peter, joined us today and led the way to a 2nd place age group finish, with Makai trailing not far behind for a 5k road PR!! Makai's been working hard on his HS XC team this year and we're so proud of him! Ryan and Coach AJ finished next, followed by Ryan's dad, Will and his dad, Makai's dad, then Andrew, our anchor, bringing it home for the team with his priceless excitement when he crosses a finish line. Tim's mom finished with Andrew and his mentor. Great job everyone!
CONCORD - Starts 10/01
Saturdays @ 11:00am
Emerson Field Track (near Hunt Rec. Center, 90 Stow St, Concord)
CENTRAL, MA - Starts 10/08
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Saturdays @ 1:00pm
Tahanto Regional Middle/High School Track (1001 Main St, Boylston)
Huge thanks to Kristie Borges for capturing our meet! :)
Warm up lap, Drills, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1 mile, turbo jav, softball throw, long jump, awards.
The Peabody and Lexington/Cambridge groups came together to wrap up a hot summer season with our team meet on Saturday in Lexington! Summer attendance was fairly light, but we had a good turnout of 14 Saturday which made for a really fun morning. We were having so much fun these are the only pics we got.
Everyone was required to do at least 2 track events. Most also gave the field events a go too. Events were 100m, 200m, 400m, mile, softball throw, turbo jav, and long jump. There were a few goosebump moments, PR's, lots of smiles, and even more food. Ribbons to all with their results for each event.
Thanks Coaches! And thank you to all the families for helping whether you brought food, were assigned a job, or cheered!
Thanks all for a great kick off clinic in Peabody today! Thank you Dick's Sporting Goods for the new equipment. And thanks to Nicole Ogin who is enthusiastically coaching this group.
Nicole is a Personal Trainer and is also RRCA certified. She has done work in the Peace Corps and has coached various groups of runners including a team of blind runners. Excited to have Nicole and her energy with VERGE!
It's hard to hand off, but I was so thrilled to meet everyone and even see a familiar face from Lexington! Can't wait to get the groups together for future team events.
Have fun everyone!
Fun and working hard at the Great Bear Run in Needham! 5k, 1 mile, and the kids' 100m. Four ran 5k PR's and four others did their first race!
Big day for this guy! New race chair! Well earned, I'd say, after a full year of training in his regular wheelchair, up to a mile around the track every practice, boring drills, and working those hills to build his "puffy" muscles - those are a favorite, but I think it was really all about the flying fast downs. It's hard to stay motivated when you go faster running with your walker than on wheels.
Without support, there's no journey, and this dude's got lots. Thanks Coach Matt P. & his wife for the generous donation, Timmy's parents, Coach Matt R. for preparing him for this big day and keeping him hanging in there through some frustrating times, Timmy's mom for her incredible persistent effort, and to our friends at Adaptive Sports NE/Paralympic Sports Club - such a friendly, welcoming, kind, and fun bunch of people who are helping along the way with the resources and programs they provide. Let the journey to FAST continue! Go Timmy!
Today was a fun break to get outdoors and join our friends from Nashoba Learning Group for some fun running in the sun at the Leprechaun Shuffle 5k and Fun Run. Coaches got to relax and just have a good time running with the team. What a great event, and wonderful to catch up with teammates out there doing their thing. A few PR's and firsts out there today too!
What a blast! We had so much fun wrapping up our indoor season on Sunday, March 13, with our team track meet. Everyone did 2-3 run events and the field events of their choice. Parents, volunteers and coaches all pitched in and did an awesome job with timing, measuring, check in, recording results on ribbons, break down, cheering, and making sure everyone got to their events. Runners all did so well, giving their best efforts all around. Great job everyone!
Some of us would never stop if we weren't forced to! We haven't been hibernating. We've been wintering on the indoor track. It took a bit of adjusting to the new environment and routine (and odd size 146m, 4 lane track), for all of us I think, but we got there! Lots of new faces this season as we build on the drills, running and stretching with an intro to field events (softball throw, shot put, turbo javelin, and standing long jump), and some functional strength. The team also got their first dose of a circuit workout last week. We're preparing now for wrapping up the indoor season with our team meet in March where everyone will compete in at least 2 run events and 1 field event. Then its back outdoors!
The rain held off and temps were perfectly chilly at Franklin Park today for some cross country fun! Jaden and Jack ran the youth 1.1 mile races, and Makai and Ryan took on the Open 5k course. Great job guys!!
This guy loves running in races! While the team was practicing Saturday morning, Ryan was spreading his electric spirit and energy through Salem at the Halloween themed Witch City 5k. He’ll light a spark under your heels and illuminate your soul – look for him at your next starting line!
Spectacular day for racing at the Wayland XC Festival today! Nice job Jaden, Aidan, Makai, and Ryan!!