Nationals Schedule and Announcements

Below you will find everything you need to know for nationals.  Looking forward to a great weekend!  Lots of info, but please take the time to read it all.
-BTC Coaches

Nationals Schedule

7:00 - 9:00 AM - Breakfast @ Courtyard Birmingham Hoover (BTC Hotel)
10:00 AM - Team Meeting and Number Pick-up @ Courtyard Birmingham Hoover (Bring $16 Cash or Check for Entry Fee)
11:00 AM - Depart Hotel for Course @ Veterans Park
11:30 AM - Course Preview Jog @ Veterans Park
5:00 PM - Opening Ceremony - Pelham Civic Center
6:30 PM - Team Dinner @ Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato ($20 per parent, $14 per kid - Cash or Check)

6:00 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast @ Courtyard Birmingham Hoover (BTC Hotel)
MEET SCHEDULE @ Veterans Park
**Plan to Arrive 75 min before the start of your race
9:00 AM - Girls 8 & Under
9:30 AM - Boys 8 & Under
10:00 AM - Girls 9-10
10:30 AM - Boys 9-10
11:00 AM - Girls 11-12
11:30 AM - Boys 11-12
12:00 PM - Girls 13-14
12:30 PM - Boys 13-14
(Awards for each race are 45 min following the start of each race)
7:30 PM - Team Dinner @ Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

6:00 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast @ Courtyard Birmingham Hoover (BTC Hotel)

Athlete Number Pick-Up

Coaches will pick up our team packet and numbers on Thursday.  We will plan to have a team meeting on Friday morning at 10:00 AM at the Courtyard Birmingham Hoover (BTC Hotel) and will pass out race numbers then.  The race entry for each athlete is $16 and we will be collecting that payment in cash or check then.  We will also accept payment for Friday Team Dinner at that time (see below for more info) if you want to just write one check for everything.  After the team meeting we will depart from the hotel @ 11:00 AM for the course preview.

Weather Forecast

The weather for Friday and Saturday looks good, but don't think that just because we are headed south it's going to be super warm!  The forecast for Birmingham/Hoover is sunny with Highs in the mid-40s during the day and Lows in the 20s overnight, so make sure you don't just pack shorts for the entire trip.

Team Dinners

We have arranged reservations for dinner on Friday and Saturday night for everyone that would like to attend.  Friday dinner will be at 6:30 PM at  Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato (click for directions). This will be an Italian buffet with salad, dinner rolls, chicken alfredo pasta and marinara/meatball pasta.  The cost of this dinner will be $20 for adults and $14 for kids.  We will pay for the dinner up front and then we ask that you pay us in cash or check.  The easiest option will probably be if you want to just include dinner payment in the check that you give us for race entry on Friday morning.  We are assuming that most athletes and parents will attend this dinner.  Let us know if you do not plan to attend dinner on Friday night.

For Saturday dinner, we have a reservation at 7:30 PM at Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (click for directions). Everyone will be able to pay for this dinner separately at dinner that night.  We know there are some families leaving on Saturday afternoon that won't be able to join us for dinner.  

Additional Jacket Purchases

There have been a few parents that have asked about purchasing one of the BTC jackets that the kids have.  We still have all youth sizes S - XL and adult sizes S - L.  If you would like to purchase any additional jackets for athletes or parents/family, respond to this email and we can bring the jackets to practice tomorrow or bring them along to nationals.  Additional jackets for athletes are $30 and $40 for parents/family (we heavily subsidize the jackets for the athletes).