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Volunteers are the lifeblood of any race and especially true for any Erie Runners Club races. The ERC is an all-volunteer organization. Nobody gets paid to put on races or to direct them, but….there are perks given to those who volunteer.*
Little known fact: In most of the ERC races, if you volunteer in some capacity, you get a free entry which can be used for that race (either for you or for someone else) or for a future ERC race.
BTW, there are plenty of jobs you can do that will still allow you to participate in the race (packet pickup, registration, etc.). Why do you think you see the Cass’ working so many packet pickups and registration tables? Those race fees add up when you have two or more family members running!
Interested in volunteering for a future ERC race? You can contact that race’s director directly (say that three times fast). Find contact info for most local race directors here or you can email or text ERC President, David Comi at 814-881-0060.
Got a group (scouts, sports, church, etc.) that needs to raise funds? Round them up and have them volunteer for a race! The ERC will donate $5 for each volunteer you provide. A few notes on this program from Comi:
This money is donated in lieu of the t-shirts we usually give our volunteers. Your group can also use this time to qualify for community service hours, if needed. So it can be a great fundraiser and more, along with a fun time for all. I can be reached at 814-881-0060.
We have a limited number of entries to The Color Run to provide to volunteers who help us at two upcoming events on May 17 and June 22–The Zombie Run and The Biggest Loser RunWalk. For volunteers who help us out at both events, we will provide a free entry to the sold-out race, coming to downtown Erie on Saturday, August 9. Volunteers must help at both events in their entirety to receive the free race entry, and should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for more information.
* The volunteer policies are always set by the individual race director, so check to be sure the director offers a free entry for volunteers — the information provided above is exclusive to the ERC races, not all local/regional races.
Every morning before I go downstairs to exercise or go out to run, I glance at the front page of the morning newspaper and this made me smile big this morning:
A page 1 story about the ERC pavilion project. I love the headline and it’s so nice to see this awesome project finally get some much deserved ink!
Pick up a paper today & get the whole story.
More than 700 participated in the ERC’s St. Patrick’s Day Distance Festival this weekend — 452 in the 5K, 256 in the 10K and 10 in the 2 mile walk. It was cold, but the roads were clear (some puddle-dodging required) and there was no precipitation falling…that’s about as good as it gets in Erie in March.
Top honors go to:
1. Andrew Holland, 35, 17:09
2. John Lacy, 18, 17:14
3. Michael Williamson, 21, 17:19
1. Lori Beth Nunemaker, 22, 21:04
2. Kelly Latimer, 30, 21:08
3. Andrea Patmore, 32, 21:15
1. Justin Allen, 25, 35:21
2. Eric Walsh, 45, 35:27
3. Andrew Holland, 35, 35:42
1. Brittany Kaltenbaugh, 22, 41:44
2. Emily Ahrens, 20, 41:49
3. Kelli Proctor, 36, 42:22
There was some complaining about the new awards structure that race director Jim Lang instituted. Here’s what he said about it. AND…he’s welcoming comments):
It was my decision to change to 10% depth (1 minimum) instead of 3 in each age group. I feel about awards the same as I feel about finishers medals – they should mean something. 3rd (of 3) is not the accomplishment that 3rd of 30 is. Awards should reflect that.
In addition, last year’s awards resulted in nearly half of the awards purchased being wasted. Incomplete age groups and folks leaving without them left 2 boxes of plaques with nothing to do with them. That’s wasteful, and a real pain to deal with.
The 10% awards was NOT an attempt to be cheap. It was an attempt to make the awards meaningful and less wasteful.
I would consider 20%, min 1, up to 5 deep. If we were to go back to 3 in each age groups, I would restrict it to pre-reg, so if there are only 2 registered by 1 week out (when awards are ordered), there would only be 2 awards. If there is nobody in the age group, we would get no awards. Or something else.
IMHO – awards/plaques/medals are just clutter. It’s the accomplishment that matters…not the token. As a race director, I know how expensive medals are (that’s why I don’t give medals at my race) and I know that the majority are never picked up.
Complete results for the 5K, 10K, 2 Mile Walk and the St. Pat’s combined 15K (those runners who took the challenge and did BOTH the 5K & the 10K) and the Winter Series results (Turkey Trot, New Year’s Day 5-Miler and St. Patrick’s Day) can be found at BigWhiteTrailer.com.
Photos from GoErie’s Street View here.
My photos are below.
Speaking of the ERC Winter Series….this year’s series premium was a very cool tie-dye beach towel in your choice of five colors. Missed out on the series prize? Don’t fret, I have it on good authority the club will be selling leftovers at the ERC merchandise table at future races. No word on the price yet.
Also…if you missed out on the ERC flipflops (premium from the Valentine’s Day race), you can now purchase those for $10.
If you’re registered for the St. Patrick’s Day distance festival race on March 15 and you want to pick up your packet and timing chip early, you can do so on Friday, March 14 at the Beach No. 1 pavilion from 1 to 7 p.m.
Note, though, that the race is at the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday. There will be no parking near the Rotary on race day — park at the cabins, Beach 6, Beach 8 or the cookhouse.
Try the trails?
If you’re not doing the ERC St. Patrick’s Day race and you want to try trail running, Mike and Jan Vieyra are inviting you to join them and other ERC runners for a training run on a 5-mile loop over the river and through the woods– Asbury Woods, that is. Meet at the picnic shelter (behind the Asbury barn, across the street from the Nature Center) at 7:30 a.m. Several folks are planning on running multiple loops at various paces.
ERC President & Turkey Trot race director, Dave Comi, is dangling a carrot to encourage attendance at the summer membership meetings. He’s offering a discount on Turkey Trot registration to every member at the May 12 meeting (place to be announced, but it is often at the Asbury barn). You can sign up for just $17, which includes the sweatshirt.
Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month. In the summer, they’re held outdoors at local picnic shelters. The club provides hot dogs and soda, members often bring something to share (chips, cookies, fruit, etc.), but you don’t have to. Families welcome.
The post-race festivities for the Presque Isle Half Marathon will not require a drive up to Waldameer this year. The picnic and awards ceremony will be right at Beach No. 1 in the new ERC shelter. Race directors are encouraging you to bring your outdoor chairs and beach gear and spend the day relaxing…after you run around the peninsula, of course. The premium this year is a beach towel. Perfect!
From the ERC:
Today is the last day to register online for St. Pats to qualify for the winter series premium, it is a beach towel this year. The order will go in on Monday and due to the expense of the item we will not order more then applications that are completed by today. If you want a shirt the deadline is next week and we do not plan to order extra shirts for day of race. Races are chipped timed with a disposable chip and there will be a Friday pickup at the beach 1 pavilion from 1-7. Still looking for volunteers for road marshal and finish line, please let me know if you want to volunteer and if you qualify for the winter series premium call me tonight after six at 814-474-3282 so I can order your premium.
I got a sneak preview of the design for this year’s ERC Mother’s Day 5K shirts. Check it out:
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.
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.
Chocolate candy flip flops from Cafepress.com
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).
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.
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?
Random notes from/about the Erie Runners Club:
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 (email@example.com). Twitter @BigWhiteTrailer.
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.)
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!).
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.
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.
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!