Spring is here, Age Group Nationals has already taken place and all the usual signs of the end of racing season are upon us. But wait! Isn’t there just a little bit more ice for one more? Nothing wraps up the racing season better than… another race! Registration is now open for the annual Bay State Spring Jam. You’ve heard the stories, now come experience the excitement.
The Bay State Spring Jam is our annual club race. It’s not the big, formal thing like we have in November. It’s a bunch of club members coming together to have some fun and do some racing. It’ll be just just like race (a ref, timers, etc) but with more merriment. How many races do you know that hand out chocolate bars at the end?
Race day is Saturday April 25 at Rodman Arena in Walpole
Check-in with start at 5:00pm, on-ice warmups around 5:30 and racing about 6:00pm. We have the ice until 8:00pm so racing will be done by 7:45. After the races, we’ll have pizza, dessert, awards and our annual meeting.
Since we’re renting extra ice, the cost will be a stamp on your Walpole Winter (or “Intro” or “New Member”) card plus $10/skater. If you’ve run out of sessions on your card (or you have just a Bedford card) then the cost is $35/skater. These prices include pizza and drinks. The cost of non-skaters that would like to eat pizza is $5 per person.
This is a club race, so the competition will be friendly and informal. If you’ve never raced before, this is the best way to start. We’d really like to encourage all of our newer skaters to try it, it’s fun!
When registering, you’ll need the following for each person racing: name, age, recent race time (333m or 500m). If you don’t have a time, register anyway. Ask a coach at the next practice to time you. Registration will close on Monday April 20. Please register early so we know how many people we’ll have. Plus, if you’re registered then I won’t remind you every time I see you.
Just like a real race, this can’t happen without volunteers. Lots and lots of volunteers. Volunteers get free pizza! Please e-mail BayState Speedskating
to volunteer your services. We need:
– meet clerk
– block chasers (at least two, four is better)
– water bucket filler
– timers (six)
– lap counter
– heat box manager
Pizza and drinks will be provided, but it would be great to have some people bring desserts, salads, etc. Let me know if you’re interested in bringing something.