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Sneak preview: Mother’s Day 5K shirts

By | February 25, 2014 1:18 am | 0 Comments

I got a sneak preview of the design for this year’s ERC Mother’s Day 5K shirts. Check it out:

mom shirt

Shirts will be purple this year.

Registration is now open! Cost is $17 before April 30th ($20 after) and kids 12 and younger are just $10 ($15 after 4/30).  Note that there is no additional fee to register online — and it’s quicker and easier for everyone if you do so.

The race is…duh…on Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 11, at Beach no. 1 at Presque Isle State Park where…God/construction crew/weather willing, we’ll be enjoying the brand new ERC pavilion for pre- and post-race festivities.




Free 5K for ERC members

By | February 19, 2014 6:05 am | 0 Comments


Did you know that Erie Runners Club members can do the Poker Run 5K on Saturday, April 19 for FREE! 

Haven’t renewed your ERC membership? You can do so here. Cost is $15 individual or $20 for a family membership. Not sure if you are a member? You can check here.

Membership in the Erie Runners Club entitles you to discounts on many of the ERC races, discounts at local sporting goods stores (including Achille’s Running Shop) and the monthly ERC newsletter — delivered by email or snail mail (or you can even elect to receive both).

Note that the free race does not include a race T-shirt. If you wish, you can add that on for $6. Or, if, like my family, you have more race T-shirts than closet space, you can elect not to get a T-shirt. (I don’t know about you, but I love it when race directors give you the option of not getting a t-shirt…I have SO many).

You can register for the Poker Run here and there is no additional cost for online registration for ERC members. (Race is $10, plus a $2 registration fee for non members). Note that the ERC membership list will be checked on race day to be sure those who registered as members actually are members.

You’ll flip for ERC Valentine’s Day Race (Feb. 9)

By | January 22, 2014 1:00 am | 0 Comments


Chocolate candy flip flops from

Dan Albaugh, race director for the Erie Runners Club’s annual Valentine Prediction Run & Walk (Sunday, Feb. 9), typically tries to pick an unusual premium (hey, it’s not easy to entice runners to race in February!) and this year he’s picked what I predict will be a winner with most folks: flip-flops.

Yes….flip-flops in ERC colors with the ERC logo…so wherever you go this summer, people will know you’re a runner (Though, your calves usually totally give it away).

May the best pace prognosticators win

Whether you are a 6:39-minute-miler or a 13:45-minute-miler, you can win the Erie Runner’s Club 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 prediction 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. The race director WILL tell you that it’s between 4 and 6 miles, but you will not have an exact distance (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 that note above? You win CHOCOLATE. Combine that with the flip-flops and you’ll see it’s worth dragging your butt to the peninsula to run on Sunday, Feb. 9

Cost is $20 until January 29 ($10 if you don’t want the flip-flops). After January 29 the price goes up $5.

Application & more information here.

Peek inside the shelter

By | January 20, 2014 1:26 am | 0 Comments

I recently got a sneak peek inside the picnic shelter that the Erie Runners Club is building at Beach No. 1 at Presque Isle State Park. The “inside” part is a kitchen, with it’s own separate fireplace. It’s a work in progress (thanks to ERC member and building contractor, Joe Dobrich, who, along with his crew, have put in countless hours on the project). Completion is expected for spring races! Cool what your race fees helped to buy, eh?






ERC (and more) news & notes

By | January 10, 2014 1:28 am | 0 Comments

Random notes from/about the Erie Runners Club:

Spring 1/2?

Are you interested in a no-frills spring half marathon? Jim Lang from Big White Trailer timing is trying to gauge interest in an event.

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, I’m looking for interest in a revival of the TNRL Spring Half. Weekend after St. Pat’s on the multi-purpose trail at PI. Start & end at the cabins. I’ll need 25 people who WILL do it (not probably) and I’ll go through the effort of putting it on. $15 to register online, $20 to mail it in. Very low budget. Probably chipped & split.

On the trails. 3 road crossings that will probably NOT be manned – you’ll be responsible for crossings. (I’ll try to get marshals to cover them, but no promises.) Respond here or DM me ( Twitter @BigWhiteTrailer.

Time to renew

ERC membership renewals are due by February 28. The fastest, easiest and cheapest way to do so is online by you can also fill out a printable application and mail it in, too.  Remember to indicate whether you want paper or a emailed newsletter. (I think you can still choose both.)

Quad ski race postponed

The Quad Ski Race has been postponed to Sunday, January 19th. yes…on the very week of the polar vortex. Forecast for Saturday is rain and 45…not good for cross country skiing (or golf courses who don’t want 300 cross country skiers tearing up their greens!).

St. Pat’s Day –  online registration is cheaper

The ERC’s Saint Patrick’s Day Distance Festival is now online and ready to go. To encourage online registration, the price is discounted $2 from teh print application fee. Online registration also has later deadlines than the paper app. The paper app, when available, will be here.

ERC Winter Series notes

You need to know your bib numbers from the Turkey Trot & the New Year’s Day race to sign up for the Winter Series when you register for St. Pat’s. you can find the numbers in the results listings (Turkey Trot here, New Year’s Day here). The premium this year is a beach towel.

Her Times 5K Date set

The Erie Runners Club/Her Times women’s 5K date is now solid. Date is Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Rotary Pavilion. This year, we’ve also reserved the closest cabin for babysitting. This way, the caregivers can keep the kids more securely and the women can actually use the pavilion before & after the race. Yay!


ERC New Year’s Day 5-Mile race results

By | January 1, 2014 3:46 pm | 0 Comments

Nearly 300 runners kicked their 2014 racing season off on Wednesday at the Erie Runners Club’s New Year’s Day 5-Miler. Thanks to a generous dumping by the lake effect snow machine all day Tuesday, there were several inches of snow along the course. Say what you want about snow, but at least it’s easier to run on than ice!

Top three men:

1. Andrew Holland, 35, 29:08

2. Mathew McClellan, 28, 29:24

3. John Lacy, 18, 29:47

Top three women:

1. Rebecca Easly, 19, 35:04

2. Andrea Patmore, 32, 36:24

3. Gabby Kennelley, 20, 36:31

Complete race results can be found at Big White Trailer timing.



New Year’s Day 5-miler Thursday

By | December 30, 2013 6:58 pm | 0 Comments

Don’t forget about the ERC’s  New Year’s Day 5 mile race on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2014 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 15, 2014. You can also qualify by volunteering for all three races or by a combination of running/walking & volunteering.

It’s too late to preregister now, of course, but you can find more info here. Day of Race registration begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

ERC Beach No. 1 Shelter update

ERC runner and general contractor on the ERC Beach no. 1 shelter project, Joe Dobrich, recently posted a new photo of the fireplace in the pavilion. Looks toasty!



ERC Snowflake 5K set for Saturday

By | December 10, 2013 6:57 am | 0 Comments


If the weather forecast is right, the ERC Snowflake 5K will live up to its moniker on Saturday. The race starts at 10 a.m. in front of the Rotary Pavilion. Note, however, that the pre- and post-race festivities (and day of race registration) will be held at Cabin #2 in the Waterworks Area at Presque Isle State Park, next to the Rotary.

Word to the wise: There are no restrooms at the cabins, but…the restrooms will be open in the Rotary Pavilion.

The first 200 registered will get a gift boxed set of two 9 oz. stemless wine glasses imprinted with the race logo. Awards will be given in 5-year age groups.

Day of race registration is $20 and starts at 8:30 a.m. at Cabin #2. Application & information here.

This year, race proceeds will benefit the Northwest Pa. ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, and Orphan Angels animal rescue.

Word to the wise, part 2: Bring your ice cleats and/or Yak tracks. Presque Isle State Park does not use any salt on their roadways…so it’s likely there will be ice. If we’re lucky, there will be snow (which provides traction), too.


ERC Blast from the past

By | December 4, 2013 9:22 am | 0 Comments


ERC runner Tom Twohig showed me this photo someone had found at an Erie garage sale and I just had to share it with all of you. This was about the time my own parents were running, but I don’t see them here. Course…neither of them were very fast, so…

Who knows the history behind this photo? What was the “Pepsi Challenge” ? Was it a race?  Local or out of town? What’s the deal? And…How many of these folks do you recognize?  I see at least a couple: Barb Filutze, and Pat Bruno.




UPDATE: From Gary Potts: I do remember the photo and a number of people in it. Besides the people you mentioned, I also see Bill Hoffman, Mike Vieyra and others that I know by face but can’t remember their names. ( must have something to do with age) This must have been taken in Franklin, they use to have a 10K that was quite popular.

ERC pavilion going up!

By | November 6, 2013 6:04 am | 0 Comments


Say hello to the Erie runners club new Pavillion !!

Joe Dobrich, Erie runner and owner of Dobrich Electric & Service, posted this photo & comment on his Facebook page today. This Erie Runners Club Beach No. 1 shelter is going up! (Big shout out to Joe who is overseeing — and I believe donating — the general construction and electrical services for the project).

This project was years in the planning and you should all be proud. You’ve helped pay for this…through portions of your ERC race entry fees that were donated to the project. I know the Erie Marathon directors have donated at least $20K to the project and I’ve been donating a portion of the Her Times 5K money to the project for the past three years, which amounts to nearly $5K in donations. Add in other race donations, fundraisers the club did for the project, and donations from individuals and business and …we’ve got a bricks-and-mortar testimony to our commitment and love for Presque Isle State Park.

You can learn more about the shelter and see the plans here.

It’s going to be a very nice facility for the club (and for the community…this shelter belongs to the PA State Park) to use for Beach No. 1 races. While it won’t be completely enclosed (like the Rotary) it will have an enclosed kitchen area.

Be proud, my friends….look what your obsession has bought! :)