As we near Christmas and the New Year, I wanted to reach out to you one last time with an update to wrap up the 2016 season. Not only do we have a recap of the HPP/Social Committee’s Christmas Bash, but also some toasty results from the 5th Annual Full Ham Triathlon, hosted by the PBC Men’s Sweep Team.
I would also like to take this opportunity to include a great stocking stuffer this season, for those of you who are like me and plan to be more organized as a New Year’s resolution for 2017.
With another successful Bash in the books, PBC stayed true to form with spiked eggnog (thank you Santa!), 12 Days of Christmas on repeat, Santa riding in on his German engineered sleigh, decorating ornaments in the Belly Button Bakery, and tons of toys donated to Toys for Tots in the spirit of Christmas. We were also able to introduce a few firsts to our special guest Saiyidah Aisyah, who is the first Woman’s Single Sculler ever to represent Singapore in last summer’s Olympics. She claims she has never had eggnog, bourbon, or even the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap. Fortunately for her, we were able to give her all 3 at the same time!
Getting to the action packed portion of our update, we bring you last weekend’s 5th Annual Full Ham Triathlon results: link
The Ham consists of a 10k erg, running 10k down the toe path to Chain Bridge and back, and 30 Exorcist Stairs at the end to separate the mentally unstable from the sane. This year the organizers of The Ham were generous enough to make entry fees a minimum of $10 towards the Potomac River Sports Foundation. The PRSF sponsors athletes in the High Performance Program, since they unfortunately face financial difficulties while training full time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Thus with gratitude, the HPP recorded times and counted stairs for those participating, to bring you results from each leg of the race that you see in the link above.
This week’s shout out obviously goes to Mike Cunningham, who not only torched the 10k run to Chain Bridge,
but finished 30 stairs (AFTER the erg and run) in 26 minutes. Even though this year was the first year that times were “officially” taken and stairs were counted,
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Mike was able to best any time recorded from years past. This makes him the new course record holder and subsequently the most unstable of us all.
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Honorable mention goes out to all of those that fit in the mentally unstable category, for even taking on this feat of strength and endurance. I would also like to say congrats to those who attempted, but unfortunately were not able to finish, as agreeing to even participate takes a certain level of guts. One example of this is the tragic accident between Sadie Quarrier and Lena Wang, who couldn’t coordinate at the top of the Exorcist Stairs and both ended up slipping and falling all the way to the bottom.* Luckily enough, both were able to walk away with minor bruises to their egos and sore legs from carrying overbearing attitudes. Footage was pulled from an overhead security camera after the incident, to show what exactly happened:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading my 2016 updates, and for making Potomac Boat Club what it is today. While we as coaches try to instill the values and culture of PBC on the next generation, it is really you that sets the example and makes everything possible for us to do so.
In this respect, and in the spirit of Christmas, volunteers have put together an awesome PRSF Calendar for that dedicated rower in everyone’s family. With pictures submitted by PBC members, each month has scenes of PBC and the Potomac River that corresponds to that specific month. To preview the calendar, please visit this link.
IMPORTANT! If you are interested in purchasing a PRSF Calendar, please email Olwen Huxley with your order. She will follow up with you and make sure that Santa gets your order right. Please make sure to order these soon, as that time of year is quickly approaching.
Hope everybody is able to spend time with your families during Christmas and have a safe New Year’s Eve. From us in the HPP, we wish you the best and look forward to seeing all of you logging those kilometers in this Winter at the boat house.