So you’ve decided to take the plunge and join VCTC. You’re going to be glad you did. We have 5 levels of membership, Junior and Senior $10, Single $20, Family $30 and Lifetime $500 (which includes free races too!) Family membership covers multiple family members at the same address. Room mates sharing an apartment must each have Single Membership. Membership runs until Dec 31st, but if joining after Sep 1st then it runs through to the Dec 31st of the following year since you will have missed most of the free stuff like the summer barbecue.
We’ve tried to make this easy. Under the main tab that brought you to this page click on the “Membership Application” drop down tab or just click here VCTC Membership Form 2013.pdf. This takes you to the Application Form for you to print off and fill in. Then either:
a) Mail it with a check to VCTC, PO Box 341, Bronx, NY, 10471, or
b) Bring it with a check to any club event, or
c) Pay using PayPal BE CAREFUL to select the New Membership, not Renewals, but we still need the Application Form as in a) or b) above.
What happens Next?
VCTC Online Member Page.
Why not go the Member Page on the VCTC website and complete your profile and tell us all about yourself.
Stick up some photos so we know what you look like – that really helps folk get to know you. If you’ve any great running related videos you can stick them up too. How about posting a Blog or saying “Hi” to people. If you're not sure how, then go to the How, Where, Who tab above.
There are many Groups you can join on the website but we urge all Members to join the Members Group as it allows us to email you with important club details such as buses to races and social functions. This is a closed group that the only approved people can join. You'll also find useful discussions, minutes of Club and Board meetings and the Club Directory.
PRs. We like to know all about your past Personal Records. Go to the Member PRs sub-tab to see the distances we focus on (almost all distances from 800m to 100 miles+. We want to know how well you do in future races so we can congratulate you when you do well, as well as respecting times achieved in the past, regardless of whether you were super-fast. Remember this personal and you’ll see from everyone else’s PRs that we love everyone, not just the HS Jocks. Send your to firstname.lastname@example.org and that includes any you achieve later on. We can look at NYRR results but checking others is tricky.
Register Yourself with NYRR as VCTC. If you intend racing, and note that many don’t, and that’s ok, but if you do you may run New York Road Runners races. Joining NYRR gets you a discount in all their races but remember to register (or change) your club as VCTC. This lets us find all the VCTC results together easily and means your results score points for the Club.
Race Results. OK, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here but while on the topic I need to tell you to send all your FUTURE race results to Peter Coy at email@example.com or to his address given in the Newsletters. He copies them with those of everyone else in the Newsletters. No need to send NYRR results since he will find those, if you are registered with them for VCTC (as mentioned above).
Singlet and Gear. Now to what you really want to know. Bobby Asher is in charge of Club Gear and is usually at events with gear on hand, so just let him know what you want in advance. He’ll also have VCTC jackets, socks, T-shirts and maybe even kit bags too, so bring your check book or cash if you want more. We have set up payments online through PayPal. Take a look. For singlets, if Bobby isn’t around, Bette usually has some stock in her car too, and Kevin will have some in his apartment nearby he can fetch but tell them in advance if you want a singlet and when they can meet you.
Newsletter. Dave King and Norris Ogard produce the Newsletter every couple of months and this will be emailed to you. They are always interested in new stories and race reports so feel free to send some in. Typically less than 600 words is best, plus a photo. You can find copies of the Newletter on the website by clicking here.
Any Questions? If there is anything more you’d like to know email Gene or Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org or anyone else for answers. Email addresses are on the website for directors and most other people so don’t hesitate to ask, or ask anyone at the events.
And we really look forward to seeing you!
Not sure yet?
Fair enough, perhaps you don’t know us are a tad shy about starting out running with people you may think are so fit that you won’t fit in. Don’t worry, most of us started out that way and you don’t have to get fit before approaching us. We’ll help you get there. So why not come along and try us out to see if you might like us before you commit. Or just join us for breakfast and a chat (or look at us from a distance till you feel comfortable enough to step forward. Just say, ‘Hello, I’m thinking about VCTC and wanted to meet you first. My name is ...’ and you’ll be made immediately welcome.