Welcome to A Snail's Pace Running Club
A Snails Pace Running Club, founded in 1978, is a social club designed to accommodate athletes of all abilities. You may have seen us in our New Balance Snails Pace uniforms at local races. The club consists of four Chapters with over 300 members: the original Fountain Valley Chapter, the Mission Viejo, Brea and Monrovia chapters. Our members run at all levels of ability, so you will always have friends to run with for training and racing! There is also a Racing Team available for those who can meet the qualifying standards.
The All-Chapter Snails Cup Running Series
The purpose of this competition is to:
a. expand the membership participation at Club races
b. increase Club visibility within the running community at local races
c. create inter-Chapter competition and camaraderie
d. establish an award activity for all members at the next All-Chapter Party
e. have fun
How it works
This is an All-Chapter competition based on the Club's annual series of 12 races where members earn points based on their performances. The winner will be the member who has accumulated the most points at the end of year scoring their best nine of the twelve races. Each member turns in their time by filling out the race results sheet posted at the Club Canopy at each Club race. Unregistered "bandits" are ineligible from participating. Scores will then be computed by dividing the American Road Record for your age group and gender into your performance and multiplying by 1000. For example, if Bino McMann ran 20:30 for a 5k, his score would be computed as follows: American Road Record for 5k in M40-44 = 14:25 / Bino's time 20:30 = 0.702 0.702 x 1000 = 702 points
Members will receive an additional 100 points per Club race for wearing their Club uniform.
Additional points will be awarded to members for traveling more than twenty miles to the race (using your ASP Chapter Store as your starting point). For example, the Saddleback Half Marathon/5K in Laguna Hills is our May 31st Club Race. Using MapQuest to calculate mileage from each ASP Store, Monrovia members receive 100 extra points for driving 53 miles from their home base - the MO Store, Brea members get 50 miles for traveling 25 miles, Fountain Valley members travel 17 miles and get zero points as does Mission Viejo members for traveling one mile from their home base.
0 - 20 miles = 0 points
21 - 40 miles = 50 points
41 - 60 miles = 100 points
61 - 80 miles = 150 points
81 - 100 miles = 200 points
Series points and Club mileage will be calculated by Bob Morris then posted and updated monthly on each Chapter's website page and given to each Chapter newsletter editor to disseminate.
Racing Team members will not be eligible for this competition.
Each year at the All-Chapter Party in January, the winner will receive a gift certificate for a free pair of New Balance running shoes and a free year's renewal of their Club Dues. Their name will be placed on a perpetual Snails Cup Trophy and displayed at Snail's Pace Store their Chapter is affiliated with for the following year until the next winner is announced.
The Club Races are now being selected. If you would like to nominate a local race for consideration as a Club Race, please send your suggestions to Bob Morris by email to Bob.Morris@asnailspace.net
Criteria for a race to be a Club Race are: 1) It must be a race convenient to one of our four club chapters in Orange or L.A. County; 2) it must be a well-attended race by both the public and by club members; 3) the race should include a distance which is do-able by most club members (5k's are good, 50k's are not); and 4) it should ideally be a relatively high-profile race with good promotional value.
Please note that we strive to select one race per month (occasionally two), and distribute these Club Races equitably across the geographic reach of our four chapters. But, that is not always possible--it largely depends on what's on the race calendar.
Race of the Month
To encourage club participation and camaraderie, we designate a local "Race of the Month" throughout the year. The Club Canopy is provided with food and beverages for those attending the race.
Trail runs, beach parties and holiday parties are among the many activities our club shares. We encourage members to participate in all social events.
You will be proud to wear the New Balance uniform and distinctive jackets of "A Snail's Pace Running Club". They are an effective psychological tool at the races and can be purchased at A Snail's Pace Running Shop. When purchasing any New Balance running shoes you will receive a 10% discount.
Any especially fast members, who can meet the qualifying standards, are eligible for our Racing Team. Elite runners selected for our Racing Team receive some special considerations, thanks to our New Balance affiliation. For more information about our qualifying standards please inquire at any A Snail's Pace Running Shop for a Racing Team application form.
Our free monthly newsletter faithfully reports your race results and keeps you informed of all the clubs activities.
The ASP Running Club is Social group for all levels of runners. Members meet either at the stores or at nearby locations to go on weekly fun runs.
An ASP Running Club membership costs $30 for one year for one person, or $50 for one year for a family. To add value to your membership in ASPRC, A Snail's Pace Running Shop now offers a Membership Card entitling members to a 10% discount on ALL purchases - even sale items - at any A Snail's Pace Running Shop or our on-line shop. when you join or renew your annual dues.
Each store hosts its own chapter of the club. Click on the links above to visit a store's chapter.