The Buffalo Chips Running Club is the Sacramento area's largest, oldest, and most friendly running club.  Although some speedy Chips belong, the majority of our members are beginning runners, recreational joggers, and middle- to back-of-the-pack fun run participants. We have a walkers group of Buffalo Chips, too, and a very active youth program, the Chip Youths. Join us for safe, friendly, advice-filled runs, jogs, or walks at one of our many workout locations. You need not be a member to participate, but once you give it a try, you won't be able to resist joining to take advantage of all the great perks available to card-carrying Buffalo Chips. It's $35/individual or $50/family for the year and there are all kinds of perks, including:

1) Anyone interested in self-propelled forward motion is welcome. Walkers, joggers, runners-from those just starting a bipedal activity to serious competitors at all distances. Here's your chance to join like-minded others for safe, congenial workouts. Kids have a program, too, with "The Chip Youths"!

2) There's a great variety of workouts:
Tuesday evenings: This is the most popular of the workouts.  Over 100 people participate in a variety of workouts, from huff n' puff intervals to an easy walk, jog or post-race recovery run.  Current location and time:  The Boy Scouts Council of America on Commerce Circle off of Hwy 160 (Canterbury Exit) at 5:30 pm.
Saturday mornings: Tempo run on bike trail, Panera on Howe Ave
Sunday mornings: Weekend long runs on the bike trail alternate with hill runs in Rescue (30 miles east of Sacramento off of Highway 50) and around Lake Natomas and the bike trail.

We invite anyone who is interested in learning the race walking technique or who wants to walk faster to contact Ann Gerhardt - E-Mail: algerhardt@ucdavis.edu

3) Fantastic venue for the Youth of our area:
Our Youth Program is designed to use running as a means of promoting FITNESS and FUN, with the objective of building CONFIDENCE and SELF ESTEEM -- and hopefully, some of the fittest kids around. This is a great sport in which parents are encouraged to come in from the sidelines and play.

The Buffalo Babes are the High School Girls All-Star Team of the Youth Chips Program and are one of the most successful young women's cross country running teams in the USA. With several consecutive years as National Champions in cross-country, this program continues to be one of the Buffalo Chips crown jewels. Make sure you visit their website to learn of their accomplishments and up-to-date news at:

http://eteamz.active.com/buffalobabes

4) You get really cool stuff in the mail. The Buffalo Enquirer, our club's bimonthly 40-50 page "newsmagazine," keeps you in touch with club activities, running events, and race results. It was awarded the Outstanding Large Club Newsletter of the Year (1992 & 1995) by the Road Runners Club of America. Two club writers have been awarded the RRCA Regional Club Writer of the Year award, too. You also receive the club roster (The Buffalo Bible ), roster updates, and Footnotes, the national quarterly publication of the RRCA.

5) We run to eat! It's easier to say "yes" to running than "no" to food! Many of the Herd gather informally after organized runs to graze at various local watering holes.

6) The Chips have non-running Social Activities, too! There are many social activities other than the club workouts. A real highlight of the year is THE BUFFALO BASH in December-this is our end-of the-year party with awards, videos, fun and free dinner! There are many other official events during the year like picnics and potlucks, and other unofficial events organized by individual Chips.

7) The Buffalo Chips General Store: Good quality club logo clothing and paraphernalia is available to all at very reasonable prices: coolmax shirts, t-shirts, singlets, shorts, socks, sweatshirts, singlets, car window decals, even temporary tattoos!

8) Meet other people enjoying a healthy life-style. Whether you've just started out on your healthy lifestyle quest or were born seeking it, the Herd is home to people of all ages, from all walks of life, and of all levels of fitness. Advice, good humor, and camaraderie abound!

9) Local Fleet Feet stores give Chips discounts!  of January 1, 2004, area Fleet Feet stores implemented a Personal Rewards (PR) Program.  Each time you accumulate $250.00 in merchandise purchases you will received a $25.00 in-store credit valid on future purchases.  No signup fee, no minimum purchase, no card to carry!!  Once you reach the $250 in purchases (sale and non-sale items!!), you will be notified about your in-store PR credit.  Each area Fleet Feet has their own PR program and is non-transferable from store to store.

10) You become a member of the RRCA. Your Chip membership includes you as a member in the Road Runners Club of America, a national umbrella organization of running clubs. It promotes grass-roots running activities and programs such as youth running, running safety, and women's running.

11) Travel with Chips on Trips. Official and unofficial trips help the Herd to migrate to out-of-town (and out of state and out of country) events by van, bus and by plane, often with reduced rates for transportation and rooms.

For more information write to: Buffalo Chips Running Club, P.O. Box 19908, Sacramento, CA 95819-0908. E-mail: buffalochips

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