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Erie marathon results & photos

By | September 14, 2014 8:33 pm | 0 Comments

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More to come on today’s marathon, but..for now, you get results links & photos. (I’m tired). :)

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle full results here.

Erie Times-News photos here. (Hey…I know that guy in photo No. 9)

GoErie Street View marathon photos here and half marathon photos here.

Area runners tell us about their first time going 26.2

By | September 12, 2014 1:01 am | 3 Comments

In honor of this weekend’s Erie Marathon at Presque Isle, I asked area runners to tell me about their first time running 26.2.

Here’s what I remember about my first marathon:

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My first was Erie in 1999 and, at that time, it was run all through the city. I couldn’t tell you where we went, but I think we did loop the peninsula. It finished in Perry Square.  I remember getting to the 25-mile mark, which was the final water stop when some guy said “you’re almost there” and I had an overwhelming urge to punch him because I thought…a MILE is not almost there. STOP LYING TO ME. When I got to the courthouse, I could see the finish line which was set up right across from the Erie Police Station on Perry Square & I was like…oh, thank God…there it is. Thank God I can stop running soon.

Then, the volunteer told me I had to go around the block. I was like…what? uh…ok…so I got to State street & tried to turn over and another marshal said…”No, no, no….you have to go all the way around…go to French Street up there!” I nearly cried. I think I did cry, actually. I felt so entirely sorry for myself.

When I finally got to the finish line, I was relieved and happy to see that that my time was, like, 4:15 or something (I’m probably the only runner on earth who doesn’t remember their race times or PRs). My whole family — my parents & all my brothers and sisters — had come down to surprise me.

I remember trying to sit down on the curb and my dad (a former runner/marathoner) told me I couldn’t…that I had to keep walking and…again…I wanted to punch someone. :0)  Apparently, I get mean when I’m in pain.

 

Here’s what everyone else had to say:

If I was going to run one it had to be big, so my first was in New York City in 2009. An unforgettable experience and the start of my obsession. Marathon/ultra #24 & #25 coming up in October!!  — Karen Manganaro

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The Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2013 was my first marathon. It was an amazing experience. I’m registered to run it again this year. They do such a wonderful job of organizing it and the city is so supportive (I can think of very few stretches where there wasn’t anybody cheering us on). The neighbors vie for the best entertainment along the route, which makes for a wonderful race.

The experience was so positive that I registered for and ran the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon in Canton, Ohio, half a year after Toronto. Despite being an inaugural run, this race, too, was extremely well organized.

Because of these great experiences, I’m a marathoner now until my body gives out. ;) The training program, I find, helps me organize the rest of my life. I have to get the running in, so I better be clear about how I’m getting everything else done! — Rob von Thaden

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Sunday (Erie Marathon at Presque Isle) will be my first. I did all the training, but I’m still nervous as heck. — Dennis Albrewczynski

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Pittsburgh, 2009! It was the first of two for me so far. Great course, a lot more hills than expected, but definitely enjoyable and I went back for a 2nd time in 2011. I would like to do more, but the training is so time consuming that it may be awhile before I can train for another one. — Amy Cronk

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Pittsburgh in 2001. I had trained in San Francisco and was a nervous wreck. I had trained using the Galloway method. I remember how hard it was to walk in the early miles. I was afraid I would never catch up. Then, something really cool happened. Around mile 21, I realized I did not have to walk anymore. My 24th mile was my fastest and I had a kick at the finish line. I loved the fans and the cityscapes. — Paul Bressen

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Dublin, Ireland, 2001.  Just 2 months after 9/11 and 6 months after losing my mom.  I was so nervous, but the race was full of folks from around the world wearing FDNY caps, and long-lost family members were at every water/Guinness stop.  It was an amazing atmosphere, and I made friends I still communicate with today. I had the time of my life! — Mary Connerty

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Athens Marathon 2012. OK, Athens, Ohio but still…. It starts with a downhill first mile, more or less…I never got over that and it crippled me in later miles. Live and learn. — Al Warner

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My first marathon was at Presque Isle in 1977. I had a 3:20. My last marathon was in New York City with Bruce Yount in November of 1997. Bruce died two months later in Mexico. I’ve run 103 marathons and am one of six runners who ran their 100th marathon at Boston! — Mike Filutze

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My first marathon was the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2014. I was worried that I was going to be swept, but ended up with a time I was very proud of. I never had that “I will never do another marathon” thought. I was very surprised how sore I became around mile 22. I’ve signed up for the Dopey Challenge for 2015 at Walt Disney World. Jay Williams

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Pittsburgh in 1991. Started at 9:45 a.m. and it was hot as hell. I walked A LOT. It was awful. I had no idea how to train. 17 was my longest long run. What a fool. I said I’d never do another one. Ha! I did 6 more. — Ginny Sackett

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My first was in Pittsburgh this past May. My Garmin watch did not work so I just ran with no idea how I was doing. Thought the hills were easy after running in Erie. Wanted to finish in four hours, finished at 3:48. Was ready to sign up for another marathon on the car ride home. Running my second one in less than a month. — Susan Ellsworth

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Baltimore Marathon in October 2013 with my mom, Cyndie Zahner, and her friends – Robin Smith, LeAnn Parmenter and Heather Cass. It was the best running experience I’ve had, although it was also the toughest. There is nothing like running your first marathon alongside your mom and some of her best friends who become some of yours. They really inspired me the entire way, kept me happy and laughing and brought me through the difficult miles. Although I wish it was my first and only, I am running the same marathon again this year! — Jessie Zahner

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Chicago 2012 with Tracy Scotch, Tina Gruber, and Julie Watts. The whole experience was fantastic!! We had no idea what to expect, or if we trained well. The course was fun, people cheering with signs and bands the whole way, it was a great marathon try for the first time! — Kristen Currier

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My first marathon was in Erie in October of 1984. It was a cold, gray day and the race was 2 loops around P.I. Survived pretty well with a 3:30. 14 miles had been my longest training run. I guess I didn’t know any better because I didn’t hurt too bad….until I got home and had to crawl up the steps to my second floor. — Ron Krystek

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I’ll let you know mid-day on October 5th. — Jen Kelly (running her first 26.2 at the Wineglass Marathon)

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Marine Corps in 1987. I was woefully undertrained. Collapsed at the finish line and spent time in the med tent. Walked downstairs backwards for days. Redeemed myself a couple years later in Erie. — Chris Borgia

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Marine Corps in 1982, and I LOVED it. I was very nervous going into it, so I started really slowly, just jogging along with the huge crowd. I started feeling good and picked up the pace. The crowd was fantastic. When I finished, my first thought was “I can’t wait to do that again!” I ran nine more, and each of those times, I swore “never again!” — Fiona Branton

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Presque Isle Endurance Run…don’t know the year. I finished and went to a wedding feeling very accomplished. First “real” marathon was the first Baltimore marathon in October of 2001. Security was very tight as it was just after 9/11. There were helicopters patrolling the course. — Jan Vieyra

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Pittsburgh, 2002, I think. My marathon PR. There were only about 2,500 runners – enough that I never ran alone, but few enough that after the first mile I had open road ahead of me. — Jim Lang

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Erie Marathon in 2005. It was warm out during the month of September, so I was struggling and my Uncle Mike jumped in and helped me finish. My 2nd one in 2012 was much worse. — Adam Rowe

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I did my first marathon being undertrained (I thought running one day a week was enough – LOL) and with a lot of prayer. Often succumbing to despair, I continually had to remind God that he needed to “help me out a little down here.” I also panicked as I thought they might sweep us off the course for going too slow (no watch) until a really nice RATIONAL guy assured me we were doing great. We finished in 4:19. When I saw that finish line I was overjoyed with a sense of accomplishment! I felt even better when everyone was impressed that I was now a “marathon runner!” That was 8 years ago and I’ve been doing them ever since. — Carol Crandall

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My first attempt was at Cleveland in 2012. It was a DNF. At mile 23, I had severe cramping due to lack of water/electrolytes. Following week I ran Buffalo, no troubles, nice race. — Pat Krott

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Cleveland Marathon 2010! I loved it! I ran a 3:48:39. I ran Cleveland because that is where I was born and raised!!! — Allison Jeric-Carroll

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Marine Corps marathon in 2013. Training went really well, stuck to the program decently. Didn’t miss any long runs. Race day mistake, knew I would need to stretch after we got started since it was 40 degrees in the corrals, but a mixture of adrenaline and the elbow-to-elbow course for the first 3-4 miles prevented me from making myself pull over to stretch. Finally stretched around mile 5-6 but it was too late. Felt tight and crampy at the halfway point, wondered how I would keep going, but knew quitting wasn’t an option. The spectators, my awesome family at various mile markers, and fantastic signs got me through. Finished much later than I wanted to or planned to, but I high-fived the Marines lining the hill to the finish and powered through to the finish line on my own two feet. Was also running in memory of my uncle who died from ALS and had collected donations from supporters….so that was a huge motivator! — Tracy Jenks

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Erie marathon in 2002. First big item on the bucket list after my mom died. I’ve been chasing down the other bucket list items ever since. — Doug Oathout

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My first is 10/4/2014. Going to learn a lot, I’m sure. It’s a trail run that is almost 6,000 feet of ups. I’m going to walk a lot, but that’s OK. — Stephen Haeseler

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My first was the Pittsburgh Marathon this May. It was my first time running anything more than a 5k. I trained for six months and ended up tearing something in my foot at mile 18. I walked Miles 20-21 and ran the rest in severe pain. I’m looking to redeem myself at the Cleveland Marathon in 2015. — Jon Wolff

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I wanted to run a marathon before I turned 40 and I ran my first marathon 3 days before my 40th birthday. It was the God’s Country Marathon in Coudersport, Pa. I was only there to run the half with my friend Jan, but when I finished the half, I decided to keep going! People say the course is extremely hilly, I would refer to it as mountainous! But, after crossing that finish line, I wanted more. I couldn’t wait to run my next marathon! — Cathi Mitchell

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle this weekend

By | September 10, 2014 10:16 am | 0 Comments

It’s marathon weekend in Erie! Thousands of runners from across the country will descend on our fair city this weekend for the annual Erie Marathon (and half marathon) at Presque Isle. I’m working packet pickup on Saturday (Rotary Pavilion) and always enjoy talking talking with race visitors, answering their questions, and introducing them to the gorgeous park we have the good fortune to run around anytime we want to. (You do realize that not everyone has a 13-mile asphalt trail or a giant body of water to run around, right?).

Dan is taking on the full marathon, I’m doing the half and, I”ll be doing it half-heartedly as I haven’t made racing much of a priority this year. Sometimes I tire of the competition. But I never tire of the camaraderie of group runs and you could argue that a marathon/half-marathon is just one big-a#$ group run.

For the first time, there was a cap on registrations for the Erie marathon & the half. This surprised a lot of folks, particularly local runners who are used to registering for everything at the last minute — but it’s going to result in a better event for those that got in under the wire. For instance, with a cap, the organizers were able to order marathon & half-marathon shirts — something they haven’t done in the past because the quantities were always so in flux with people registering late. Also, you’ll find plenty of running room, adequate facilities, and, in general, a smoother operation overall.

The bad news: the race directors — Mike & Jan Vieyra — who have worked for years to perfect this marathon and build it into a well-known, and much-loved destination race, won’t be returning as directors next year. It’s unfortunate, but understandable. As the race director for a 5K, I know the amount of work that goes into that race and cannot even fathom the work involved in putting on a marathon (not just by the directors, but the entire marathon committee, volunteers, ERC members, etc.).

Here’s hoping someone steps up to the plate for the 2015 marathon and agrees to continue what Mike & Jan (and all their helpers) have worked so hard to build.  Personally, I think the ERC should make the marathon director a paid position — it’s grown to the point where it’s a lot to ask of a volunteer and it makes enough money to pay someone to take responsibility. Plus, that person would, ultimately, answer to the ERC board, so they’d have control over the quality and management of the race.

ANYWAY….here are  a few notes about this weekend’s event from Jan & Mike:

Your training is done and race day is only five days away and you might be nervous and are probably now trying to do everything possible to maximize your performance on race day.  We want to help maximize your Erie experience so that is what this note is all about.

We are planning to start each event on time: 7:00 AM marathon and 7:30 AM half.

Arrive at the park earlier than you think you might need to on race day:  enter the park no later than 5:45 AM as traffic will become congested.  Carpool, stay in lanes and follow parking volunteer’s directions.  Do not stop to ask questions!  Glow sticks will guide you the 0.25 miles from your lot to the start.

“Everything happens at the Rotary Pavilion” is what we like to say – packet pickup, pasta dinner, expo, starting line, finish line (half and full), post race Lake Erie dip, post race party and results/awards.

You will receive a timing chip and a race bib that you will need to wear on race day.  You will not be an official starter or finisher without the chip being worn on your shoe or an ankle strap.  The bibs are color coded to assist our volunteers to properly direct you on the course and to identify you for our event photographer.

Tired of hanging around for awards ceremonies?  We are going to have an awards tent/booth near the finish area, where results will be posted, and where you will be able to claim your award within 30 minutes of finishing.

The best advice we have for spectators is to travel to the race with your runner.  This will let them see you start and then walk only 0.2 miles to see you again at the 5.8 mile point.  Reverse this trek and they can see you at 13.1 (half marathon finish) and then again at 18.9 and the marathon finish.  If they don’t want to leave quite so early, there will be limited parking available beginning at 7:30 at The Cookhouse Shelter and the Niagara boat launch (see maps on website).  If 7:30 arrival is still a bit too early, there are five vistas (parking lots) within the first two miles after entering the park that provide great viewing of the race and Presque Isle Bay.  All five lots are on the right side of the roadway and within a few feet of the race course.

In an effort to keep you fueled, we are adding a third GU gel station near mile 15 in addition to the station that is near mile 8 and 21.  All of the gels will be vanilla flavor.

It appears that the forecast is calling for a cool morning race day so if you wear something to keep warm that you plan to discard, please discard it either to the side of the starting area or at aid stations along the course.  We collect, launder and donate the clothing to the Salvation Army.

May your miles fly by!

Your race directors,
Jan and Mike Vieyra

Erie Marathon filling quickly

By | May 9, 2014 9:04 am | 0 Comments

If you’re thinking of doing the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle in September, you better get registered soon. Word is the marathon is poised to sell out by the end of the month.

From the marathon race directors, Mike & Jan Vieyra:

We are closing in on being only four months out from our 41st annual Erie Marathon and I wanted to drop you a note to let you know what we are up to.  With Erie being the marathon in 2013 with the highest percent (in the world) of marathon finishers qualifying to run Boston, our registration numbers are up considerably.  As we mentioned in our New Years Day message to you, we have capped each of our 2014 events at 1,250, approximately the numbers we entertained last year.

Since registration opened this year, we have been way ahead of last year’s registration rates.  However, in the past few weeks we have experienced a significant jump in registrations.  So, before we post any further messages concerning our cap status on our website we wanted to share it with you to give you a chance to register if you haven’t already done so.  We currently have 310 marathon and 825 half marathon slots open.  I expect the marathon to be full in about two weeks but the half will likely take until August to fill – things could fill sooner than I expected as this email might create a surge.

A message will be posted on our website regarding “open spots” once the marathon is down to only 100 spots.  Once that word gets out, I would expect it will be only a matter of days before the marathon is filled.  So if you haven’t signed up yet and are thinking of joining us this September, you should make up your mind soon…. very soon.

Good luck with your training!

Just Write 30 ~ Marathoning from the other side

By | September 17, 2013 1:03 am | 1 Comment

“OK, so everything you need is in the bag. Your chip, bib and pins are in the white envelope,” I say as I hand the navy blue Erie Marathon bag out the open window of the Rotary Pavilion to the marathoner on the other side. He’s from Michigan.

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He takes the bag and says, “I have a question,” and I get all warm and fuzzy inside. I love questions at marathon packet pickup. I relish the opportunity to share my love for Presque Isle and the knowledge I’ve acquired by running, biking, skiing and rollerblading (remember when everyone was rollerblading) nearly every dang square inch of it.

He wants to know exactly where the race starts and he wants to know where to park and how early he should arrive. I explain that the park road is down to one lane once they mark the course in the wee hours of the morning and the Rotary Pavilion is 3.5 miles in, so he’d do best to hit the entrance of the park no later than 5:45 a.m.  I tell him that volunteers will be there to help him park, that he might want to hit the bathhouse in the parking lot before he walks over the marathon start, which is right in front of the building we’re standing in. I also tell him that he should really cross the road and go check out the beach before he leaves. I tell him that our sunsets are legendary.

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I want him to like us — Erie, the marathon, the beach, the runners club. I want him to say good things about us to his friends because Erie deserves to be loved. It’s a pretty sweet life we have right here on the great lake.  And, our runners club is a gift to all of us — active and thriving and growing. Few cities our size (if any) have runners clubs that are as organized, welcoming, and active as ours. Ask anyone who has moved away.

Over several hours at the packet pick up, runner after runner is surprised at how smooth the process is (“Wow, really? Everything I need is in here? I don’t have to stand in three different lines to get my bib and chip and shirt?”) Several runners tell me they “do Erie” every year. They say that they keep coming back because it’s well organized, they love the park, the volunteers are great, and the price is right. It’s a nice, flat course, too — a B.Q. course, for sure.

We finish up at packet pickup about 7:30 p.m. and I stop at Walmart on my way home to buy a coffee carafe.  Dan and I need to report to Beach 6 at 5 a.m. to help park cars, then I need to head over to the Old Lake Road crossover by 7 a.m. to road marshal.  That’s a volunteer shift that is going to require more than a 20-ounce cup of coffee.

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Our alarm goes off at 4 a.m. We stumble out of bed to make a couple pots of coffee — one for the carafe and one to drink. I pull on a few layers of clothes because it’s a chilly day to stand outside for hours on end.

When we get to Beach 6, I get a fancy orange cone flashlight to wave drivers on (which ends up giving me a nice shoulder and upper arm workout).

I get another swell of pride when I see just how down-pat the ERC volunteers have even the parking situation. There are volunteers with cones in each row and one “traffic director” at the main entrance to the lot, feeding cars to different rows. When one row gets backed up, he feeds a few cars to the next row. It looks chaotic, but it’s actually a really smart and efficient system.

We rock.

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There’s no stop sign for the crossover spot that Greg and I are road marshaling, but an outstretched hand from a tall guy in a bright yellow safety vest standing in the middle of the driving lane has the same effect.  Cars are held up for less than 30 seconds as runners cross from the main road to the Old Lake road. Whenever there’s a long enough gap to let a car or two go by, we wave them through.  Only one guy is nasty about having to wait. There’s always one.

We cheer. We direct the runners to take a right turn. We tell them they look strong. We tell them there is water just ahead. We tell them they look better than the zombies handing out water at the Thundering Herd water stop (Halloween theme this year).

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I marvel at how these water stop folks not only drove quite a way to get to the marathon to volunteer, but they got up early enough to get dressed up and made up. They have fun with it, too. Several of the “zombies” pretend to follow the runners, dragging a leg. They joke. They  talk and behave in character. They provide not just water and Gatorade, but a fun and welcome distraction for weary runners.

A few hours in, I regret drinking all that coffee as I dance around, hoping they all think I am just trying to stay warm.

I scan the runners on both sides of the road, looking for familiar faces (and gaits…funny how we get to know each others’ running forms, eh?) so I can yell out words of encouragement to friends. And husbands:

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I’m having so much fun that when the last of the marathoners shuffle by and the “sweep” biker rides up and tells us we can go, I’m almost sorry.

Almost.

I did have nearly a pot of coffee in me at that point. Chalk that up to another running lesson learned the hard way.

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About Just Write
“What ends up revealing itself when free writing is that everything has meaning. That is a magnificent gift of writing. If we write from a free heart-gut place, our souls start speaking.”

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle State Park

By | September 15, 2013 6:26 pm | 0 Comments

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If you’re wondering what #AJO is …Google it…then pass on a little kindness.

So….let me sum this up quickly: The weather was perfect for marathoning, everything ran like clockwork thanks to the ERC and their tribe of awesome volunteers, thousands of runners were pleased/impressed with Erie/the marathon/PISP, and hundreds left with new PRs and BQs.

*  Read the story in the Erie Times-News here.

* Complete results here.

* GoErie.com StreetView photos here.

(Yeah…that’s all I got right now….it’s late and I was up a couple hours before the sun today.)

The Battle of Marathon

By | September 13, 2013 8:21 am | 0 Comments

In honor of this weekend’s Erie Marathon at Presque Isle, a little historical lesson about the marathon from The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor
The Battle of Marathon, one of history’s earliest recorded battles, took place on Sept. 12 in the year 490 B.C.E.
Greek historian Herodotus tells us that King Darius I of Persia was determined to crush Athens and Eretria, because the Greek city-states had supported the Ionian Revolt and burned the Persian city of Sardis to the ground. Darius wanted revenge, and he spent four years planning his strategy. He sent an armada to pummel the cities in August. Eretria was captured first, and then Persian forces moved on toward Athens. The two armies spent several days in a stalemate, facing each other across the Plain of Marathon, neither one really willing to start the battle.
This was fine with the Athenians, who were greatly outnumbered by the Persians, and they were hoping for reinforcements from Sparta to arrive. Eventually, a large share of the Persian cavalry departed, possibly on board a ship bound for Athens. The Athenian generals took advantage of the cavalry’s absence and surrounded the Persian camp. Herodotus wrote: “The Persians … when they saw the Greeks coming on at speed, made ready to receive them, although it seemed to them that the Athenians were bereft of their senses, and bent upon their own destruction; for they saw a mere handful of men coming on at a run without either horsemen or archers. Such was the opinion of the barbarians; but the Athenians in close array fell upon them, and fought in a manner worthy of being recorded.”
The battle was a rout, and the Persians retreated to Asia, losing 6,400 soldiers to Athens’ 192. Darius’ son Xerxes I eventually took up the cause, attempting to invade Greece again 10 years later. But now the Greeks knew that the Persians could be beaten, and their confidence grew. They successfully held off the Persians’ subsequent invasion attempts, and the Battle of Marathon is regarded as the kicking-off point for the rise of Classical Greece and the birth of Western civilization.
Of course, the battle also gave its name to the long distance race of the same name. The legend holds that a Greek messenger named Pheidippides ran the 25 miles from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the rout, collapsing and dying after he delivered the news. What most likely happened was that he ran from Athens to Sparta before the battle — a distance of 140 miles — to ask for the Spartans’ help. But when Plutarch wrote the story in the 1st century A.D., he confused the story of Pheidippides with that of the Athenian army quick-marching back to Athens after the battle to protect the city from the remaining Persian forces. Organizers of the first modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896, came up with the idea of a commemorative race to honor their ancient Greek forbears. So the competitors retraced the legendary steps of Pheidippides, running the 25 miles from Marathon to Athens.
Good luck to all the runners going the distance this weekend.
I’ll see you at registration on Saturday, parking Sunday morning and then road marshaling — my own little volunteer marathon this weekend (and there are many doing much more than me…so be kind to the volunteers, please!).

Erie Marathon parking info

By | September 11, 2013 4:09 am | 0 Comments

Important notes from the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle directors:

Ready or not the races start in just four days.  We are ready and excited to get our 40th annual event underway this week end.

The key to a successful start to our day for everyone on Sunday is PARKING!  With over 2500 participants, efficient movement into the parking lots and, subsequently into a space, is a priority.

There are 2 main parking lots for participants, Lot (Beach) 6 and Lot (Beach) 8. Refer to the parking map on our website for a visual. Both lots are equidistant from the start line….approximately 0.25 miles.  There will be parking marshals directing traffic to one of these 2 lots.  In order to keep everyone moving forward, please do NOT stop to ask questions or attempt to change lanes once you have entered the park.  Vehicles in the left lane will be directed to Lot 6 which is the first lot.  Vehicles in the right lane will be directed to Lot 8, approximately 0.5 miles further into the park.  Again, the lots are EQUIDISTANT from the start.  Once you are in the lot, you will be directed to a parking space.  Please park as directed so that we may maximize the space available.

Carpooling is encouraged!

If you are being dropped off, look for “Drop Off” signs after Lot 6.  There should be no issues with leaving the park after drop off. Parking along the roadway is prohibited and vehicles will be ticketed by Park Police if in violation.  Avoid the temptation to park illegally by arriving early!

Plan to be at the park entrance by 5:45 AM.  If you are waiting until Sunday morning to pick up your packet, be at the entrance by 5:30 AM.We will NOT delay the race start for late arrivals.  After all your training and preparation don’t let a late start spoil those efforts. Let’s ensure a good experience for all by following these instructions.SAVE this email for future reference please.Good luck to all!

~ Jan and Mike

Erie loves Boston & Boston loves Erie (a BQ race at Erie qualfies you for 2 years of Boston)

By | September 5, 2013 7:16 am | 0 Comments

News & notes from the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle camp:

Two for one qualifier

The Boston Marathon website  indicates that Erie 2013 will qualify runners for two years of Boston, 2014 and 2015:

* The qualification window for the 2014 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 22, 2012 and will remain open until the conclusion of registration.

* The qualification window for the 2015 Boston Marathon will begin on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

* Registration dates for the 2015 Boston Marathon have not yet been announced.

* The qualifying standards for the 2015 Boston Marathon, shown below, are the same as the qualifying standards for the 2013 and 2014 Boston Marathon.

* The 2015 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Erie Marathon co director Mike Vieyra explains why this is significant:

“This is big news, that you can run the Erie Marathon this year and you have the chance to qualify for two years of the Boston Marathon.  It even gets better when you consider the way Boston sets your qualification standard.  It is based on the age you are going to be as of the Boston race and not the age you are in the race in which you qualified.  So it’s like getting to use a slower qualifying standard/time a year earlier for those a year away from a new age group.  That could be a 10 or 15 minute advantage.”

Who doesn’t love a two-for-one deal?!  There’s still time to register!

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Erie Stands with Boston

Erie marathon directors Jan & Mike Vieyra were at Boston this year when the bombing happened (Mike had finished, Jan was stopped at 25.5 miles).  They wanted to do something to show Erie’s support for Boston and to raise money for The One Fund , so they are offering these special 100% cotton unisex T-shirts for just $10 (proceeds benefit The One Fund). They are asking that you please pre-order your shirt. Orders placed can be picked up at the Expo on Saturday, September 14 at the Rotary Pavilion.

Volunteers needed

More volunteer help is needed, especially with parking and road marshaling. If you can help, please contact the marathon organizers.

News & notes: Bull Dam run, Erie Marathon, TNRL and more

By | August 28, 2013 1:53 am | 0 Comments

A few random running news & notes:

Bull Dam run is Sunday

Sunday morning (9 a.m.) is the 2nd annual Hitting the Trails run at Eaton Reservoir (Bulls Dam), 10021 Ashton Rd, North East, PA 16428. The race director is offering both a 5K course and a 10K (more challenging, more trail) course. Here are all the details:

5K walk runners: You’ll be running/ walking on the grass/ gravel multi-purpose trail around the reservoir. Keep the water to the right and you can’t get lost. It is a loop course. This is a great course for entry level trail runners.

10K runners: You will be running on grass, woodland terrain, dirt, leaves etc. on a majestic winding well marked trail through the woods around the reservoir. Much of this run is completed on single tract trails. There will be plenty of opportunities to pass the competition on straight-aways. This is a run that will take you through pines, hardwoods, open areas, with some challenges of minor hills challenges. This course is largely based on trail biking routes existing onsite.

AND….there will be pancakes after, provided (and cooked) by the Greg’s Boy Scout Troop 82 of North East who are benefitting from the race. NOTE: There are not age group awards for this race because it’s a fundraiser, but…there are pancakes…and that’s better than any medal, plaque or certificate, right?

Registration, application and more information here.

Erie Marathon needs you

The Erie Marathon committee sent out the following plea earlier this week. If you’re not running, consider giving back and volunteering. (I’ll be working registration on Saturday and I’ll be road marshaling (and CHEERING) on Sunday).

19 Days until the ERC Marathon/Half Marathon and we need volunteers!
Races cannot be held unless there are volunteers and the Erie Runners Club has the best!

We need people for parking on Sunday, 5:00 am. and we need  Road Marshals, Sunday, 6:30 AM

If you are confirmed, Thank you!

Not sure, Contact David Comi at 814-881-0060 or Teresa Wigham, twigham@roadrunner.com.

Please leave your name, phone number, email address, the area you would like to work and shirt size.

TNRL is Wrapping Up !?!

Seems like just yesterday Jim Lang was telling us that the Tuesday Night Racing League was starting up again and here it is already winding down. Fall schedules and shorter days make it hard to continue the TNRL after September. And, besides, it’s something to look forward to in the spring, right?

There are just two TNRL’s remaining. They are:

September 3, 2013 – North East Cherry Runs – Gibson Park, North East

September 10, 2013 – 6:30 start – Evanoff home – 4550 South Hill Rd, McKean PA (Season Finale!)

More info about TNRL here.

Newsletter Stuffing  moved to Sept. 3

Note that due to the Monday holiday, the ERC newsletter stuffing “party” will be moved forward one evening to Tuesday, September 3 at 7 pm. at the Plymouth Tavern (usually in the front room). First, you help collate, fold, tape and label the ERC newsletter, then you enjoy free wings, pretzels and beer/softdrinks courtesy of the club.

Biggest Loser race photos

The Biggest Loser official race photos are up and they are free, free, free for you to download! Check them out here. (Mine are…as always…appalling. I will never give you my bib number…never!).

BTW — word has it that race is being moved to Penn State Behrend next year. Waaaahhhh?  Hit the hills my friends, no avoiding them up here in these parts!