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Whether you are a 6:39-minute-miler or a 13:45-minute-miler, you can win the Erie Runner’s Club’s Valentine’s Day Prediction Race because the “winners” are the runners who can most accurately predict their race pace not the ones who cross the finish line first!
It works like this: You will be asked to predict your pace-per-mile, based on the road and weather conditions that morning, and race organizers will calculate your predicted finishing time. Those participants who finish the run in a time closest to their predicted pace will receive a choice from a delicious selection of chocolate awards. Racewalkers are welcome to compete.
The distance? That’s the unknown part of the equation. I can tell you that it’s between 4 and 6 miles, but you will not have an exact distance (because then it would be too easy to calculate your pace).
For the sake of fairness, you are asked to refrain from wearing a watch or other timing or pacing device during the race.
Did you see what the winner gets? CHOCOLATE. That’s totally worth dragging your butt to the peninsula to run on Sunday, Feb. 8.
The races starts at 10 a.m. in front of the Rotary Pavilion.
Cost is $12 until January 28 ($30 if you want a race shirt — “A top-quality Silk Touch Performance polo shirt w/ERC logo. Available in men’s and ladies’ styles.”). After January 28 the price goes up $5.
Application & more information here.
Two things to know about running/racing at the peninsula — it’s almost always colder/windier down there (not always, but in winter, that is almost always the case) and the park does not use any form of salt/cinders, etc. on the roads & pathways…so it’s often icy/snowy there even when the main streets are clear.
Over the years, I’ve learned to keep my ice cleats in the car so that I always have them with me because I never know what the roads/path will be like at the peninsula.
I was glad I had them for today’s New Year’s Day 5-miler, though…thankfully…it was more snowy than icy.
Nearly 350 people elected to start 2015 on the right foot by participating in this morning’s event.
Top three men:
1. Chris Lemay, 18, Conneaut, OH, 29:222. Michael Williamson, 22, Erie, 29:483. Mathew McClellan, 29, Meadville, 29:59Top three women:1. Katie Kuttenkuler, 30, Wattsburg, 33:342. Gabby Kennelly, 21, Waterford, 34:40
3. Andrea Patmore, 33, Erie, 35:17
Women – Ginny Sackett, 51, Erie, 36:51
Men — Douglas Basinski, 43, Pittsburgh, 30:57
Complete race results can be found here.
Kick your new year off in the best way ever — by gathering with a couple hundred kindred souls at the ERC’s New Year’s Day 5 mile race on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State park.
This is the 2nd event in Winter Series
WINTER SERIES: The ERC New Year’s Day 5-mile race is the second event in the series. To qualify for the series award, you must have already completed one of the distances from the Turkey Trot, complete this race, and then you must pre-register for and complete one of the distances at the St. Patrick’s Day Distance Festival, scheduled for March 14, 2015. You can also qualify by volunteering for all three races or by a combination of running, walking &/or volunteering.
Registration will likely be closed online soon, but check it out here. Day of Race registration begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.
Saturday’s weather was perfect (for winter) for the ERC’s Snowflake 5K at Presque Isle. More than 200 participated with top honors going to:
Michael Williamson, 22, 16:40
David Cilley, 36, 17;34
Adam Rowe, 33, 17:57
Brooke Adams, 24, 18:47
Grace Trucilla,17, 19:26
Nighthawk’s Wife, 30, 21:02
Complete results here.
Save the date, er ….dates for all your favorite ERC races. Here’s the official lineup for next year:
ERC RACE CALENDER FOR 2015
|1/1/2015||Thursday||New Year’s Day 5M Race||Rotary Pavilion|
|2/8/2015||Sunday||Valentine Prediction Race||Rotary Pavilion|
|3/14/2015||Saturday||St. Patrick’s Day – Distance Festival||Rotary Pavilion|
|4/18/2015||Saturday||5K Poker Run/Walk||ERC Pavilion||Third Saturday in April|
|5/10/2015||Sunday||Mothers Day Race||ERC Pavilion|
|6/21/2015||Sunday||Father’s Day Race||ERC Pavilion|
|7/19/2015||Sunday||Presque Isle Half Marathon||ERC Pavilion||Third Sunday in July|
|8/2/2015||Sunday||ERC pavilion Beach 1 mile race||ERC Pavilion||New 1 mile race.|
|8/16/2015||Sunday||UPMC Hamot 10k / Mayor’s Cup||2nd & State||Third full weekend in August|
|9/13/2015||Sunday||Erie Marathon||Rotary Pavilion|
|10/3/2015||Saturday||Her Times 5k||Rotary Pavilion||First Saturday in October|
|10/10/2015||Saturday||Presque Isle Endurance Classic||Shelter #2||Changed from 10/17/15|
|11/26/2015||Thursday||Turkey Trot||ERC Pavilion|
|12/12/2015||Saturday||Snowflake 5k||Rotary Pavilion||Second Saturday in December|
A few FAQs regarding Thursdays ERC Turkey Trot
1. What time does it start?
5K Run & Walk – 8:30 a.m.
10K Run/walk – 9:40 a.m. (estimated)
NOTE: The 5K has until 9:40 to finish. At 9:40, organizers will start the
2. Where does it start?
Beach 1, Presque Isle State Park
3. What time should we be there?
If you’ve picked up your chip (you can still do so TONIGHT at the BelAire
Hotel from 4-8),you should plan to be there by 8 a.m. for the 5K and 8:45
for the 10K. If you haven’t picked up your chip, leave a 1/2 hour
4. Where should I park?
Beach No. 1, if you arrive early enough. When the Beach No. 1 parking lot
is full, there will be “lot full” signs and you’ll need to park at one of
the shuttle bus parking spots. There will be shuttles from Rainbow
Gardens, the Tom Ridge Center, Beach 6 and the West Erie Plaza. Be aware
that you should only park in legal parking areas only to avoid ticketing.
Do NOT park on the side of the road.
5. Where should I not park?
Do NOT park alongside the road, even if you’re “all the way off” the
road. The inbound lanes need to be kept free of parked cars because of
the change to a two-way traffic pattern, and the outbound lanes need to
be kept clear of parked cars so the runners have as wide a course as
possible on the closed roadway. Rangers will be there and they have
ticketed in the past.
6. Are there shuttle buses again this year?
Yes, there are shuttle buses that will be running to Beach No. 1 from
Rainbow Gardens (Waldameer), the Tom Ridge Center, Beach no. 6 AND the
West Erie Plaza.
7. Does my chip have to be on my shoe?
Yes. Lace it into your shoelaces. It must be low to the ground for it to
register, so do not carry it in your pocket or wear it any higher than
your shoe or your time will not register.
8. Is there a start mat?
Yes. Runners and walkers have 15 minutes to get
across the start mat. The start mat is on the main road (not the old Lake
Road). You’ll access it at the northernmost lot entrance to beach 1 lot.
The start is about 30 yards north of that entrance. You will be gathered
in the parking lot at Beach No. 1…when the horn blows, you’ll pour onto
the road & go).
9. So we’re not lining up on the road?
Some will, but there is not room for all the race participant to line up on the road,
so you’ll be spilling over into the parking lot. When the horn blows, you’ll pour
onto the road. The start mat is 30 yards north…so you have time to get in position.
10. What’s a start mat?
A start mat allows everyone to have a more
accurate time. Your chip starts/beeps when you cross the start mat. At
that point, your race has started. Without a start mat, your time might
be skewed if you were, say, stuck way in the back of the pack. A start
mat allows for everyone’s time to start when they actually cross the
11. Are there water stops on the course?
No, please plan accordingly. There will be water at the finish line. And,
of course, full refreshments at the post-race party location at Rainbow
Gardens at Waldameer.
12. Can I still pick up my packet?
Yes…pick it up at the BelAire on TODAY (Tues., Nov. 25 from 4-8 p.m.). or
on race day morning at Beach no. 1.
13. Can I pick up packets for other people?
Please do, but make sure you tell them that you are picking it up. If
you’re picking up for a lot of people, please do the volunteers a favor &
write the names done on a list you can hand to them. Also, to save the
volunteers time looking for packets that don’t exist, make sure the
people you are picking up are actually registered and that they haven’t
already picked it up themselves.
14. Can I pick up my packet on Wednesday?
Nope. See you Thursday morning.
15. Is the race sold out?
No, not yet.
16. Can I just run with my friends without paying?
No. It’s just not right. And we will judge you.
17. Are there going to be turkey feathers on the course for doorprizes
No feathers, but be on the alert for “tridents” and “hatchets”, if you
see one pick it up and bring it to rainbow gardens for a prize.
18. Are there restrooms?
Porta potties only at the race site. Plan accordingly.
19. Can I pay with my credit card?
No. Cash or check only — that goes for registration and any ERC
merchandise (including leftover shirts/sweatpants) that will be sold
20. My shirt is too big/too small, can I exchange it?
After the race, you may bring your shirt to Rainbow Gardens (where the
after party is) to see what is leftover. You may exchange your shirt for
a different size (if available) at that time.
21. I got a sweatshirt, but I really wanted a long-sleeve t-shirt, too.
Can I buy one?
Any leftover race shirts will be for sale at Rainbow Gardens after the
race. Bring cash…the club does not take credit cards.
22. Where’s the party after the run?
Rainbow Gardens. There will be a DJ, awards/results, food, coffee, etc.
23. Can I switch races?
Yes, but you must tell them at packet pickup on TODAY (4-8 at the Bel
Aire), or go to the registration table the morning of the race and tell
them you want to change divisions.
24. How many are running?
Right now, I believe there are 4,000 registered for one of the three
25. If I registered for the 5K can I run and walk?
Yes. There is no longer a judged walk.
26. Are there awards & when will they be distributed?
There are awards three-deep in 5-year age groups and also in weight
classes (Clydesdales & Athenas) and also top three overall and top
masters in the 10K and 5K. Awards will be distributed at Rainbow Gardens,
about 1/2 hour after the race finishes.
27. What’s the theme this year?
There is a “Hungry Games” theme (a play on “The Hunger Games”) and just
like in the books and movies there are different districts all with a
different color. The colors will come out in district order and when that
color is gone we will go to the next color. Please do not ask volunteers
to look for different colors in your size. However, you are free to trade
with others and look at the extra “for sale” shirts to trade.
Any questions should be sent to email@example.com
or 814-881-0060. Do not call the Bel-Aire concerning the packet pickup —
they are kind enough to let us use their facility, but they have nothing
to do with the race.
Just an FYI that the Erie Runners Club’s website is moving from www.erie-runnersclub.org to www.erierunners.club. The old site will redirect for awhile, but you may as well take this opportunity to update your bookmarks.
What? You don’t have it bookmarked? Here are 5 reasons why you should:
1. Twitter feed. If, like me, you have a Twitter account that you never use and can’t even remember the magic username/password combo to unlock it, you can still keep up to date on the latest ERC news. Jim Lang (Big White Trailer timing) posts links to race results as soon as an hour after the race finishes.
2. Area race listings. There are two areas for race listings. The ERC Club Race Listing is just the ERC races. The Regional Events tab lists races from around the area (not just ERC races). Note that race directors have to submit their own information for this — so if a race is not listed, it’s probably because the race director didn’t send the info to the ERC (or didn’t provide it in a format it could be used).
Speaking of race directing:
3. Race director’s checklist. This is a helpful resource that I frequently send to people who talk to me about putting on a race or maybe doing a race or tell me their place of employment is thinking of doing a run. The checklist gives you an idea of the work involved and a pretty solid timeline to follow.
4. Race results. Results for most area races are found here. (Again…it’s up to the director to send it in.)
5. Race course maps/where to run. Get a look at the course maps for some of the ERC races – particularly for the regularly used course, like the 5K course from the Rotary Pavilion on PISP. Also, you can find suggestions on other places in the Erie are to run.
As my daughters and I drove to our volunteer gig for the ERC’s Presque Isle Half Marathon on Sunday morning, I lamented my choice to volunteer instead of run because the weather was so perfect on Sunday — nice and cool, which is not the norm for the Erie half marathon! (Seems every year I do the Erie half, it’s 86 degrees and humid!).
However, I had a great time working at water stop #6. I’ve volunteered at a lot of races, but I’ve never worked a water stop. That said, I’ve run enough races to know the important parts — water first, Gatorade second (yell that constantly); hold the cup out with the edge pinched between finger and thumb; expect to have some spilled on you; if a runner makes eye contact, they’re taking your cup, etc. (Hmmm….actually water stop etiquette and information might be good blog topic one of these days, eh?)
ANYWAY…I was glad to be there to cheer on more than 1,100 runners who did the loop we Erie-area runners know oh, so well.
Here are the complete results.
We didn’t stay too long after we finished at the water stop and cruised back the the finish to pick Dan up, but it seems moving the post-race picnic to the start point (ERC Pavilion) went well. The picnic food (Three B’s was cooking right on site) smelled fantastic. The atmosphere was fun with DJ Kelly (Larry Kisielewski) playing music and the finish line in sight from the picnic area. Because nobody had to go anywhere for the picnic, late finishers arrived to find a party instead of a desolate finish line as they have in past years when all the speedier folks were long gone to the picnic.
Running with other people will improve your performance and it may even improve your running experience (it has for me).
The Tuesday Night Race League, an informal weekly “race” league that is free and open to anyone & everyone of any ability (walkers welcome, too) has a Facebook page now. “Like” it to stay informed about all the group’s happenings and each week’s location and distance options. Not on FB? TNRL news is also posted on Jim Lang’s Big White Trailer website.
This coming Tuesday (June 3), TNRL is at Lake Erie Speedway at 7 p.m. Meet in the parking lot. There is always a longer & a shorter run option.
The Monday beginners trail run group at Penn State Behrend is going to be moving from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Park in the Junker Center parking lot and look for the folks gathering in the corner near the soccer fields. It’s “real” trail running with a mostly single-track course and plenty of mud if there’s been a recent rain. Plan accordingly! If you’re on Facebook, join the Erie Trail Runners group to stay up-to-date. More info on the trail run here.
If you’re looking for a group to run with…or you have a group that you’d like to invite more runners to, request to join the Erie Runners Club Running Groups Facebook group.
The Erie Runners Club’s monthly membership meeting heads outdoors tonight. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Asbury Woods (barn) picnic pavilion. The club provides hot dogs/veggie dogs and all the condiments, chips, and drinks. Bring something (chips, cookies, etc.) to share…or don’t…nobody will care.
Tonight’s guest speaker is Dr. Dan Young, owner of Young Chiropractic and about 2,234 ultra marathon belt buckles…he’s a bad@#$ and he’s going to be speaking on gait analysis tonight. Learn how your gait effects performance and how you can correct it.
P.S. You don’t have to be a member to attend the meeting. All are welcome.