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Kiwanis Club and Tom Torlakson to hold annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health, Saturday

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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Race Overview and Welcome

Dear Friends, Sponsors, and Fitness Enthusiasts:

We know you will enjoy the 37th Anniversary of the Holiday Run and Walk for Health and Health Fair in Antioch, coming on December 14, 2013. We invite you to participate in this year’s run, walk & health fair. Use this event as a goal for increasing your own personal fitness and energy—and that of your family!

Three decades! This event is the longest “running” fitness event in East Contra Costa—and is one of the earliest and most steadfast events promoting fitness and clean living in Northern California. It’s been possible to carry on this tradition and spread this message due to the generous support of sponsors and the tireless energy of hundreds of volunteers. If you’d like to join our planning committee for 2014, let us know. We need your ideas and help.

We welcome your feedback. We’re always looking to improve and expand. As a result of our generous sponsors, the recent event proceeds benefited the Orin Allen Rehabilitation Center, local youth groups and service clubs, Contra Costa County Schools and Contra Costa Libraries, and Senior Centers. Those awards were given at the Annual Awards Breakfast held in February! This year we will continue to offer similar benefits to our great local organizations.

The Antioch Kiwanis Club of the Delta invites you to share this unique health awareness and fitness action event in 2013…Join in on the fun & the health of it! Click here to download a race registration form or click here to register on-line!

For more information, please visit http://holidayrun.org.

See you on Saturday!

Sincerely,

Assemblymember Tom Torlakson
Race Founder
Paul Schorr
Race Director
Antioch Kiwanis Club of the Delta
37th Holiday Run and Walk for Health

 

 

Holiday Run and Walk for Health Race History

In 1977, current California State Superintendent of Public Education, Tom Torlakson, a teacher and coach at Pacific High School, and Mike Hurd, the Antioch High School Cross Country coach during the 1970s, decided to pull together a new East County event. One in which their runners could participate after the Cross Country season ended, and one that would involve their community more in running.

In the 2nd year, Torlakson approached Clark Gelhaus—a teacher as well as a swimming instructor and fitness enthusiast—and the Delta Kiwanis Club to help with the event. Both the Kiwanis and Gelhaus enthusiastically embraced the Holiday Run.

The event’s organizers have continued to expand and transform the event to make it enjoyable and meaningful for participants.

A 10K race was added by 1979. In the 1980s, the race was moved up to Raley’s Shopping Center to take advantage of the nearby Contra Costa Canal trail. In 1987, the Holiday Run’s “School Participation Challenge” was initiated as a way to get younger students involved in the race and fitness.

In 1991, the race moved to the nearby Delta Memorial Hospital, now Sutter Delta Medical Center, allowing the use of their facilities for race headquarters. The walk was added to attract parent participation, seniors, and the growing number of recreational walkers.

In 1995, Delta Kiwanis made the Byron Boys Ranch—recently renamed the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Center—a targeted beneficiary of the financial proceeds of the event. Youth groups remain major beneficiaries to this day. A health fair was added and in 1997 our name evolved once again, to the “Holiday Run and Walk for Health.”

New participation challenges were also added. A Libraries Challenge gave our wonderful local libraries the opportunity to become beneficiaries of the event. Though their participation, libraries are awarded funds to buy up-to-date materials on fitness and nutrition.

In 2006, the Holiday Run and Walk for Health moved to the Contra Loma Regional Park with the cooperation of the East Bay Regional Parks District. This spectacular location was well received by a record-number of runners in its first three years.

We have worked together to celebrate three decades of family fun and fitness! We continue to believe that the “Holiday Run and Walk for Health” has great potential to grow and bring its message of fitness and family health to hundreds of others in our community

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Delta RC adds indoor track at new location in Antioch

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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RC enthusiasts race at Delta RC’s new indoor track in Antioch.

By Allen Payton

Delta RC Hobbies has opened a new, indoor, asphalt track at it’s store in Antioch. That allows races to gain greater speeds than on their dirt tracks.

Located at 1400 West 10th Street, across from the County Fairgrounds, Delta RC is a full service radio control hobby retail store.

“We currently have four courses or tracks and hold racing events on a weekly basis,” owner Kraig Terazono said. “We strive to create a family fun atmosphere and cater to all levels of the RC hobby from the backyard basher to an expert level competitor.”

The other courses are located in the back of the fairgrounds, accessible off L Street at 18th Street, and behind the little league baseball fields off W. 10th Street in Antioch – across from the store.

Delta RC Hobbies also carries a full line of RC helicopters, boats, airplanes and accessories.

A calendar of events and weekly racing schedule can be viewed on their website at www.deltarc.com.

The retail store is open seven days a week with hours Monday through Friday 11am to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call them with any questions you might have at 925-778-2966.

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There’s lots of room to race at Delta RC’s new indoor track.

 

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There’s a large work area at Delta RC’s new indoor track.

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C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing and boating event at Brannan Island on June 15

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

WHAT:

Children with a broad range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a good time and a lifetime of memories as they join enthusiastic volunteers at the “Catch a Special Thrill” (C.A.S.T.) for Kids event.

WHEN:

Saturday, June 15 from 8 am – 1:30 pm

WHERE:

Brannan Island State Recreation Center

FEATURES & FESTIVITIES:

  • C.A.S.T. for Kids offers children from 7-16 years old with special needs and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating, and encourages continued participation by developing fishing skills for the kids and their parents.

  • The free event provides a day of fishing on a boat, onshore activities, and a BBQ lunch.

  • Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, a hat and a commemorative plaque.

  • California State Assemblyman Jim Frazier will make a special appearance at the event.

  • Spartan Bass Club and local fishermen will provide fishing boats and their expertise. The BBQ lunch will be provided by the Kiwanis International. Cal Fire will provide emergency services for the event.

CONTACT:

Martin Gerber, C.A.S.T. Event Coordinator; 916-376-9614, mgerber@water.ca.gov

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Max Muscle and Reebok to hold Crossfit Clinic

Friday, June 7th, 2013

 Max Muscle and Reebok to hold Crossfit Clinic

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Enjoy summer fun in the sun at Antioch Water Park, starting Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Treasure Island Summer Enjoy summer fun in the sun at Antioch Water Park, starting Memorial Day weekend

Arrrgh, matey! Come on over and enjoy acres of swimming and fun in the pools and water slides at the Antioch Water Park, this summer, starting Saturday, May 25th during Memorial Day weekend.

 

 Enjoy summer fun in the sun at Antioch Water Park, starting Memorial Day weekendWEEKENDS ONLY

May 25th, May 26th, May 27th, June 1st, June 2nd, August 17th, August 18th, August 24th, August 25th, August 31st, September 1st & September 2nd

 

REGULAR SEASON OPENS JUNE 6th

OPEN DAILY:
June 6th – August 13th
11am – 6pm Saturday – Thursday
11am – 7pm Friday

 

RATES

Saturday, Sunday, Holidays $14

Monday – Friday $12

Daily after 4pm $6

Senior & Active Military $6

Free Parking!

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2013 Season Passes Available

Enjoy unlimited visits to the Antioch WaterPark 2013 Treasure Island Summer Season.

Antioch Resident: First 3 $65ea/$48.75 with discount

Additional: $55 ea/$$41.25 ea with discount

Non- Resident: First 3 $70 ea/$52.50 ea with discount

Additional: $60 ea/$45ea with discount

 

Group Rates Available

10 or more guest ~ 3 day advance purchase

Monday – Friday: $10

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: $12

50 or more large groups

Monday – Friday $9

 

The Antioch Water Park is located at 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531, across from Deer Valley High School, between Deer Valley Road and Hillcrest Avenue.

For more information and a brochure, click here.

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Golf Column: Use the ground for leverage

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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By Ron Parish, PGA Director of Golf, Lone Tree Golf Course

I passed on a quote I heard from the great instructor Jim Flick at a training seminar in last months article, “Golf demands you learn the game on it’s timeline”, well worth reflecting on if you seem to be practicing hard and not having much in return. Remember, trial and error are part of the game and part of learning.

Tributes to Mr. Flick continue this month and one thing he would strongly emphasize in his teaching was “Use the ground for leverage”. I find this focus is very worthwhile for many reasons but in particular, I think the average golfer benefits more from this emphasis then some of the mainstream current Tour Pro concepts.

For starters, realize that this is an idea that the great Jack Nicklaus embraced (Mr. Flick worked with Jack regularly) and used in his own game to be one of the most powerful hitters in his day and of all time. What does this mean, use the ground for leverage? Well for starters, where are the biggest muscles in your body? They are in your legs and “tuck-us”. So if we are going to get power effortlessly doesn’t it make sense to use these muscles and not just the hands, arms, and upper torso? Especially for your average Joe who can’t get to the gym everyday. To understand using the ground for leverage, here are some other sports’ motions where the legs are used that are worthwhile comparing to and can help shed understanding for how this power can be created:

  • A field goal kicker using his “plant” leg

  • A baseball pitcher shifting off the mound

  • Snow skier shifting into the next turn.

  • Hockey player shifting or stopping on the edge of their skate

  • A hip throw in judo

All of the above utilize the body’s weight shifting with the strength and leverage that the legs and lower body can balance, store, and transfer. And when it transfers, it is amazing what power can be generated no matter what your size (fyi: Jack Nicklaus isn’t that tall or big). So above are some analogies, now some drills for you to try and go out and see if you can discover and dial into this concept:

  1. 1/2 and 3/4 wedges with leg work. It’s like learning to dance. Got to start slow and small before you get going to fast. Hit half a bucket of balls and vary the distance on your wedges, only hitting anywhere from 40% to 80% your full wedge distance. Vary the distance on every shot. I recommend a sand wedge. As you do this. Just listen to your legs and how the weight shifts back and forth. If you do it right, you will find that the rest of your body (the torso turn, the arms and hands swinging) will synchronize with your legs. Hit it a little fat or thin? Out of synch I will bet you. As you continue with this, keep the grip pressure light and really try and power the shot with the shift of your weight. I bet you will learn something.

  2. Step drill. Tee up a ball with a 7 iron. Set up to the ball with a normal stance but before swinging, bring the front foot all the way back to the back foot so that you are standing with feet together. Keep the knees flexed. Then start the swing back. Going forward, to hit the ball you are going to have to “step” off the back foot to get to the ball. You will really learn about the role of the back leg and foot here. Also a lot about timing. If the ball goes let of your intended line, you will have started the forward swing with your upper body. If your ball goes right of your intended line (not many do this) the lower body will have pushed to hard to start the forward swing or have started too soon. However, You are going to have to “step” forward before you completer your backswing. Play with this. Step earlier one time then the other. You will learn a lot. Allow your hands to have some hinge while you step forward. This is called loading or lagging and Guys like Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman used this to generate power. Great drill, but only do it for a portion of your bucket. I’ve found if it gets over practiced you can develop too much of a lateral motion.

  3. Heal lift” on the driver drill. Ok this one is fun. To use the ground for leverage, the weight has to coil and shift to the back leg during the swing. I think this drill really teaches that. Take the driver and set up to a teed up ball as normal. Before taking the club back, lift up the heal of the front/target foot. As soon as the heel is up (the weight will naturally shift back to your back foot) start the swing and go ahead and hit the ball. What you are going to notice is that you “really” get into your back leg this way. And if you get into it on the backswing, you are going to be able to shift off of it for the forward swing and understand what it is to use the ground for leverage.

Hey, you are going to have some swings on drill #2 and #3 that get out of synch, so don’t beat yourself up if you send one or two off line or thin/fat. That is all part of the learning. But if you pay attention, you are going to figure out what it means to use the ground for leverage and how to generate power from this concept. One last point, the key is to synchronize it. What’s that mean? Everything is in balance and working together. You will start to notice this more and more. One thing I think helps is to keep in mind that when Jack was asked what he wanted to do to hit one really big, he would always say, “I would take more time to swing”. Notice he didn’t say he would swing faster or harder, he just took more time to complete his swing and use his powerful legs

Thank you for all you do for Golf and for Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center. Please help grow the game and invite someone new to join you in 2013! The game needs you ……and them.

Your Pro,

Ron Parish, PGA

If you are interested in reviewing other articles from Coach Ron go to www.lonetreegolfcourse.com under “The Course” tab.

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Late Night Adult Skate Night at Paradise Skate Roller Rink this Saturday

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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Boating course to be taught in Antioch in March

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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Diablo Sail and Power Squadron – America’s Boating Course. Experienced people helping YOU be a safe boater.

March 16th and 23rd – A Two-Day Course.  Classes are open to the public and designed for ALL BOATERS.

BOAT HANDLING AND ELEMENTARY SEAMANSHIP; REGULATIONS, EQUIPMENT, AND SAFE OPERATION; NAVIGATION RULES and AIDS TO NAVIGATION; ADVERSE CONDITIONS, MARINE RADIO OPERATION AND COMMUNICATIONS.

For more information on America’s Boating Course and the Diablo Sail and Power Squadron, call (925) 377-BOAT (2628).

Online registration is available at www.diablosquadron.org

Location: Bridge Marina Yacht Club

20 Fleming Lane, Antioch, CA.

COST: $68 includes text and educational materials as well as lunch

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