The Winner’s Circle Running Club has the running community’s equivalent of seven winning lottery tickets. The Club secured seven club invitational entries to the 2014 Boston Marathon. These numbers bypass the normal Boston Athletic Association qualifying standards as well as any fundraising obligation. For the price of the standard entry fee ($325), seven lucky Winner’s Circle members can secure numbers for what is expected to be the largest Boston Marathon ever in terms of participation numbers.
The Boston Athletic Association’s requirements for applicants are that they must be members of the Winner’s Circle Running Club, and must be able to run a 6-hour marathon. The Winner’s Circle’s criteria for the race includes the service to the club, participation in club events, demonstrated ability to run a marathon, and motivation to run Boston this year. The WCRC Board of Directors will make the final selections at the next board meeting on Dec. 5. Applicants will be notified shortly after.
Castantini’s College Career
Beth Castantini, who scored 1,000-plus points during her basketball career at Newburyport High, is a sophomore member of the UMass Dartmouth basketball team. As a freshman starter, she averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals. She shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. The Corsairs advanced for the Little East Conference championship game for the first time in school history. In UMass Dartmouth’s opener this season — a 91-43 victory over Elms — Castantini had 10 points and six rebounds.
The Wishbone Classic
The first annual Wishbone Classic street-hockey tournament will be Nov. 29, starting at noon, at Nwburyport High. Visit Amesburysport.com to download an application. Players in grades K through 8 are welcome. Newburyport resident Pam Federico organized the event.
The annual Powder Puff football game between Pentucket and Triton will be Saturday at noon at Pentucket High. One interesting angle: Pentucket senior Julie Stasiuk will face off with her cousin, Molly Clay of Triton.