Whether you’re a newbie or a grizzled ol’ veteran of the Knee Knacker, it’s always interesting to learn about other people’s experiences of the event. Do you have a story to share? Let us know! Case in point, here’s Ellie Greenwood’s description of the course and the race from her 2010 run in Running Times Magazine.
Hello fellow trail runners & welcome to the 23rd running of the Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run! Seriously, where does the time go?
Planning is well underway and we’re gearing up for another fun & exciting year. I want to start by thanking our departing 2010 committee members, Bonnie Walmsley and Lucinda Iglesias. Both Bonnie and Lucinda have been integral to our committee and though we wish them all the best in their current adventures, they will be missed. Joining our crew this year are two additions that I’m thrilled to announce — Patricia Jensen and Tim Jones. Many of you know Patricia for her outstanding performances at the Knee Knacker (yes, do check the results :)) and with 9 finishes, she knows this run and our community inside and out. And most people who have spent time on the North Shore know Tim Jones who has a wealth of knowledge and leads the North Shore Search and Rescue (NSSR) team. NSSR is not only a big part of our runner’s safety on race day, they are also the recipient of our annual community donation. Welcome Patricia and Tim! And a big thank you and welcome back to the returning members of the Knee Knacker Committee… Rod Hatfull, Glenn Pace, Andrew Wong, Enzo Federico and Jeff Trigg.
But we’re not quite done yet… we are looking for 2 more key volunteer committee members for (1) Aid Station Co-ordinator and (2) Banquet Co-ordinator. If you are interested in either of these positions, please be in touch with me.
Additionally, there is a crew of over 200 volunteers that works to make the race a success each year. Without them, it just wouldn’t happen. If you will be entering the race this year, please do your best to recruit a volunteer. If you are a volunteer, thank you.
Mark your calendars! This year the entry deadline is February 28, 2011 – please make a note of the date if you want to enter the lottery. Entry info is available at http://www.kneeknacker.com/registration/. You can also check out the entry confirmation page at http://www.kneeknacker.com/registration/lottery-entrants/. We already have 183 entrants which is ahead of this time last year… when we had a record number of entrants!
Please note the entry requirement of 4 hours of community volunteer work is in place again for 2011. The period to meet this requirement is from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, and this can be performed in the community of your choice. I get questions about this every year; this can be volunteer hours of your choice, not related to Knee Knacker and completely geographically independent. You don’t need to have anyone ’sign’ for your hours, you just need to fill in the online Volunteer Requirements Form yourself to meet this requirement. The Knee Knacker Committee must receive all necessary information by June 30, 2011. We recognize that many people already contribute numerous hours for many different causes and we thank you for this.
Runners Night and Lottery
Be the first to find out the lottery results! This year Runners Night and Lottery is Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 – we’re fortunate again to have North Shore Athletics as Knee Knacker Sponsor & host of the event. Everyone is welcome – participants, friends, family & volunteers.
Join your fellow KneeKnackerers for the official Knee Knacker training runs. These will begin the first weekend in May – there’s no charge and everyone is welcome.
Race Weekend will be an exciting time. Packet pickup will be available on July 7th & 8th at North Shore Athletics with a race briefing on July 8th (mandatory for first time runners). July 9th will see the 23rd Annual Knee Knacker start at 6am, and the Banquet will complete the evening. We’ll keep you posted on details as we get closer to the day. The countdown is on…
From time to time, we will send e-mail with Knee Knacker specific updates, however we will more often post key info on the site. We do have a twitter feed so you can get real-time updates.
We’re here to put on an extraordinary event and help you meet your goals. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the 2011 KKNSTR committee members using our Contacts Form or just give me a call.
I look forward to seeing you on the trails,
KKNSTR 2011 Race Director
Yes, your Knee Knacker committee is quickly ramping up activities for the 2011 race. Stay tuned for further announcements!