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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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
How many times can you run around this pond (and a little more) in 12 hours? Find out on Saturday during the Presque Isle Endurance Classic.
The event starts Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. and the course is simple — it’s a 1-mile loop that starts and finishes in front of Cabin No. 2 (West of the Rotary Pavilion) at Presque Isle. How many times you want to run that mile in those 12 hours is up to you.
Here’s how race director, Mike Vieyra, explains the Endurance Run:
The primary purpose of this event is to promote cardiovascular fitness in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment. Many individuals will run/walk a distance beyond that they have previously achieved or set a personal goal that is meaningful to them. It is a personal thing and not a competition with other participants.
There are no trophies or prize money to be handed out but we do offer the option to purchase a commemorative plaque that is personalized with your name and accomplishment (miles).
This event was started 30+ years ago by some of the founding fathers of the Erie Runners Club to test the endurance of some of the local runners. It still stands today as a personal test of ones endurance whether it be running or walking or any combination thereof because of the tireless efforts of Rick Ferko and his long time volunteers. Rick’s battle with cancer ended shortly after the 2006 Endurance Run.
Proceeds from the Endurance run — including an additional donation you want to make — are put toward the Rick Ferko Spirit of Social Work Scholarship that gives an annual award to a social work student who exemplifies Rick’s dedication and enthusiasm.
Some people do 1 mile. Some do 10 miles. Some do their age (harder when you’re older, of course) and some people do 64 miles.
Last year, I participated in this race for the first time, and I LOVED it. Sadly, I have to miss it this year (but it’s for a happy reason — we have a family wedding on Saturday).
You can stay and run for 12 hours. You can come & go. You can run 4 in the morning and come back and do 10 after lunch – it’s your race. It’s your challenge.
Race details and application are here.