ERC’s Valentines Day Prediction Run – Feb. 8

By | January 21, 2015 5:19 am | 0 Comments

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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.

Jog ‘n Hog Registration Opens on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2)

By | January 20, 2015 4:42 am | 0 Comments

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Organizers of the annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog invite you to test your running mettle in a different sort of fashion:

The Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog has been called one of Erie’s “most fun and freakiest traditions” – “a test of physical strength … of mental endurance …of gastronomical fortitude.”

Runners and pepperoni ball lovers alike will lace up their shoes for the fourth annual Jog ‘n Hog on Saturday, June 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Presque Isle State Park.

Registration opens February 2 (GroundHOG Day) at www.jognhog.com.

Here’s how the race works: Runners start at Beach 1 on Presque Isle and run out two miles to the Beach 6 parking area where they stop and eat either six or three pepperoni balls. Participants will then run back two miles to the starting line.

The Jog ‘n Hog is open to everyone age 10 and up. All runners receive a t-shirt and a coupon for six free Stanganelli’s pepperoni balls (in addition to the balls they will eat on the course). The gastrointestinally brave can register as a Whole Hogger, which involves eating six pepperoni balls at the race’s halfway point. Those who are less confident in their eating ability can register as Half Hoggers (3 balls). The race also features the hidden $50 bacon ball and the popular Pace Pig.

Racers who form teams of 15 or more people will each receive an additional $5 refund off their registration after the race. Teams are limited to 20 people.

For more information about Jog ‘n Hog visit www.jognhog.com or “like” Jog ‘n Hog on Facebook, www.facebook.com/jognhog.

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Zombies Take Over Presque Isle

By | October 9, 2014 11:10 am | 0 Comments

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Don’t forget about the Erie Playhouse’s Zombie 5K this Saturday at Presque Isle State Park’s Beach No. 1

Online registration is closed, but you can still sign up on tomorrow at the Playhouse or on race day at the park. Here are all the details:

 

Join us for the 3rd annual Zombie 5K at Presque Isle State Park – Beach 1/Runner’s Pavilion. Online registration is now CLOSED.

Participants may register at the Erie Playhouse on Friday, October 10 from 9am -8pm or race day.*

  • Runner/Zombie $25 includes t-shirt – register by Oct. 5 to guarantee a t-shirt.
  • Participants must be 12 years old by race day.
  • Registration begins at 7:30am/Race time 9:00am
  • Runners, Zombies and Spectators will be expected to sign a photo release and waiver upon arrival.

A Zombie 5K is a fun race that is 3.1 miles in length. Runners wear flag football belts with two “brain flags” and zombies try to eat their brains (take the flags) along the course. The runner with the most flags and the best time is the Winner. The zombie with the most flags is crowned the “Most Lethal.”

Spectators are welcome.

Rules and Stuff:

Things to leave at home:
1. Weapons
2. Pets
3. Bad attitudes
4. Extra stuff that is valuable – we don’t have lockers or a coat check. You will get your t shirt after the race so you don’t have to worry about that.
5. Alcohol

Things to Bring:

1. $5 cash if you are having your makeup done. (see Zombie Rules)
2. Good attitudes
3. ID for registration
4. Proper attire for the weather

Runner Rules:

Your objective is to finish the race with your “brain flags” still attached. (It’s just a flag football belt with two flags – but that just doesn’t sound as fun). The winner will be the runner with the best time AND the most “brain flags”.
1. Your flags must be visible throughout the race -not tucked into your clothing, secretly safety pinned or glued; and by all means do not try to smuggle in extra flags.
2. Do not injure the Zombies. They have been instructed to “act” like they will kill you, not actually harm you in any way.
3. Complete the race after you have been “killed”, it’s still fun.
4. Turn in your belt and any flags after the race at the registration table.

Zombie Rules:

Your objective is to dress up like a Zombie and capture as many “brain flags” as you can.
1. No biting – sorry, this includes eating runners’ brains.
2. No hitting
3. No tripping
4. You can only pull one flag at a time. If we see you grab more than one, you will be disqualified. Please don’t touch the runners except for grabbing their flag.
5. You can crawl, sit, climb trees, stumble, roll, whatever, but please don’t put the runners in danger.
6. You can growl, hiss, moan, bark, etc. Acting is strongly encouraged. Please remember the key word –ACTING. We want everyone to have fun and stay safe!
7. If you sign up as a Zombie you must wear makeup. You can do your makeup yourself or choose to have your makeup done by one of our professional makeup artists. The cost is $5 for a basic makeup.
PLEASE BRING CASH - you will pay the makeup artist directly.
8. No fake weapons. No real ones either.
9. Turn in all Brain Flags after the race.

Zombies will be competing for the following titles:
1. Most Lethal (1st & 2nd place) – the zombie who gets the most “brain flags”
2. Best Zombie Costume

Race Day

Check the weather! We race rain or shine! Dress accordingly.
Consider carpooling. Parking is available but limited. Nothing ruins a fun day like a parking ticket.
Give yourself time! The race begins at 9am sharp. Registration and makeup will begin at 7:30am. Zombies who need makeup should definitely come early!
Make your way to the Runner and Zombie registration tables, get a number and get ready for fun.

Race Day Schedule

7:30am – Registration opens. Registration is located at the new runner’s pavilion. Proceed to registration tables to receive numbers, belts, and further information.
7:30am – Makeup will be available for zombies.
8:40am – Review of rules for all runners and zombies at starting line.
8:45am – Zombies will disperse and hide along route.
9:00am – Race begins. Air horn #1 will signify beginning of race.
9:05am – Zombies attack. Air horn #2 will signify beginning of attack.
Air horn #3 – will signal the end of the race and call in all zombies.

After the race, proceed to your registration table. Turn in your number, belt, and flags and hang out while we calculate the winners. You will receive your T-Shirt when you check back in. Water will be provided.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at the stage near the registration tables.

Good luck! Have fun! See you there!

Jog ‘n Hog registration window closing

By | June 10, 2014 2:52 pm | 0 Comments

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If you want to participate in this Saturday’s Jog ‘n Hog at Presque Isle State Park, your window of opportunity is nearly shut. Registration ends at midnight tonight!

Jog ‘n Hog is an event that will test you physically, mentally and gastronomically. Participants jog 2 miles, stop and hog on a large quantity of food, then jog 2 miles back. Each race features food that is unique to a particular area of the country. Is your stomach up to the challenge?

Glow Run info & course map

By | May 22, 2014 7:13 am | 0 Comments

Ready to get your Glow on? Details on this Sunday’s event from the race organizer’s website:

Sunday May 25, 2014
Festivities Start 6:00 pm  – Race Starts at 7:45 PM
Penn State Behrend Campus, Erie, PA
Parking lot across from Erie Hall and next to the Tennis Courts and Baseball Fields on College Drive.

The first annual Glow Run 5K is here in Erie.  Fun for runners and walkers alike the Glow Run promises to be a visually and physically exhilarating event as this 3.1 mile race takes participants through the heart of the Penn State Behrend campus Memorial Day Weekend.

With nearly 3,000 people expected this will be one of Erie’s biggest fun runs of the entire year.

Starting at sunset, join other runners/joggers/walkers decked out in all manner of glow and neon paraphernalia as you complete the course and maneuver through mile marker glow stations like a neon forest, black light tunnel and a laser light chute. For the finale, celebrate at the post-race party with live DJ and laser light show.

This is a family event so all ages are welcome to participate! *Children in strollers are free but all other children must register and pay to participate.

Pre-Race and Post-Race Party

You’re going to want to come early and stay late for the Glow Run 5K Erie. Pre-race, grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors like Bite by the Bay, listen to live music, mingle at our sponsor tents and visit Glowtopia to get your neon paint glow on. We’ll have paints available and an airbrush artist on hand.

Don’t miss the Finish Line Celebration with an exciting line up bands and DJs.

  • Teatime for Three
  • DJ TZ
  • C Brown
  • Ill Noyz
  • Random Union
  • Elias

Packet pickup

You can pick up your race package either on Saturday or Sunday before the race. If you can, we encourage you to pick them up early on Saturday due to the large amount of people that are registered.

Saturday, May 24th @ 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Baseball field concession stand across from Erie Hall – Penn State Behrend Campus – Look for signs
YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR PACKET IN PERSON

Sunday, May 25th starting @ 6:00 pm
Baseball field concession stand across from Erie Hall – Penn State Behrend Campus – Look for signs
YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR PACKET IN PERSON

Awards
Glow Bug  Award – Fastest male and female
Glow Worm Award – Slowest male and female
Under Age 20 – Fastest male and female
Age 20 – 39 – Fastest male and female
Age 40 – 59 – Fastest male and female
Age 60 and Over – Fastest male and female
Team Glow – The brightest team showing the best glow

Overall race winner, Glow Bugs will get a kindle and all other Individual winners get a medal.
The Team Glow award is a $100 dinner gift certificate to Pineapple Eddie’s .

Award ceremony begins at 10 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I transfer my registration?
A. YES! Just have your replacement let us know at check in.

Q. Can I walk?
A. YES! Walkers, joggers, runners, everyone is welcome.

Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no age limit. Everyone is welcome to participate. Only children in strollers are free. If a child is going to walk/run the course, we require them to register.

Q. Is the course handicap accessible?
A. There are no steps along the route, however, there will be about a quarter mile of non-paved areas that go onto some grass fields. The course is also hilly so we caution you and ask you to use your best judgement but all are welcome!

Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. Sorry, we can’t allow dogs.

Q. Can I push a stroller?
A. YES! We want you to bring the whole family so we welcome strollers. Be aware that the terrain may not always be on pavement. There are some areas that go through grass.

Q. Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
A. Sorry, we need you to sign a waiver so you will have to pick up your packet in person.

Q. Will there be strobe lights?
A. There will NOT be flashing strobe lights. There will be laser lights, disco balls, fog and black lights.

Q. Will glow gear (ie glow sticks) be provided?
A. We will not be providing glow gear. We want to see how creative you can get so we hope that you BYOG! (Bring your own glow). We recommend the Dollar Store or Party City.

Q. Will the race be timed?
A. YES! Everyone will get timing chips that need to be returned. Results will be posted online after the race.

Questions
Email angela@unitedservicecorps.com or call 814.314.9113

Course Map

As a woman who works at Penn State Behrend and regularly runs these paths/roads, I can tell you this is a hilly course. But, then, it’s at Behrend, so you knew that right? The first mile is relatively flat and/or downhill, then it’s a slow, weaving grind up & up & up. The finish is a nice downhill though. :)

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For the little racers (and some for parents, too)

By | May 21, 2014 1:20 am | 0 Comments

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Looking ahead there are some fun races coming up that would be perfect for the kids (some are kid-exclusive, some are not). Unfortunately, you’ll have to make a choice as they are all on the same day (though, it’s possible you could do a morning & an afternoon/evening event)

Muddy Buddy. Saturday, May 31 at 9 a.m.  Kids are typically not allowed to participate in the largest mud run events, but here’s one just for them at Elk Valley Elementary School.  There are short distances for the little kids and 1.2-mile and 3.5-mile options for those over 12, including adults.

Bobcat Cross Country Run. Saturday, May 31 at 9 a.m. The Wattsburg Area School District Foundation is hosting a true cross country race on the scenic campus of Wattsburg Area School District. The event includes a 1-mile Kids Fun Run and a family and friends non-competitive 5K Fitness Walk.

Golden Eagle run/walk. Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. Conneaut Valley Middle School is hosting a 2-mile fun run/walk. With a later afternoon start…you won’t have to get the kids up early (bonus!). Parents are welcome, of course.

North East Youth Triathlon. Saturday, May 31 at 5 p.m. This is a triathlon (swim-run-bike) race just for the kids (ages 7 to 18) held in nearby North East. Distances are adjusted based on age and it is chip timed (like a real tri!). More info here.

 

 

 

Erie Day School fun color run and walk May 24 @ Frontier Park

By | May 13, 2014 1:56 am | 0 Comments

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The Erie Day School’s  Fun Color Run & Walk has been moved to Frontier Park this year and it is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.). Here are more details from the sponsor:

Boys, girls, fathers, mothers, friends and families can all get in on the crazy color fun and turn the color of a rainbow by participating in this unique event. Run or walk through Frontier Park while being colored (volunteers will be spraying colored water) the shades of a rainbow at red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple ‘color stations,’ (a complimentary white t-shirt will be distributed to all participants). A Fun Color Award Ceremony and picnic lunch will be served at the conclusion of the event. The Fun Color Run is a loop around the park property – following its paths and trails – the more loops you do, the more colorful you get. Whether you’re an experienced runner or a casual walker – this event is for you.  Please note this is not a ‘timed’ event. If the event is canceled due to unsafe, inclement weather, your registration fee is non-refundable. Headphones and bicycles are not allowed on the course. All proceeds from the Fun Color Run go towards the  Adopt-a-Scholar Program at Erie Day School.

 

You may remember I did this one with my girls last year and we had a blast. It’s a very low-key and family friendly event. You can run the loop as many times as you like and they simply spray you with color (no chalk in your face!) and there’s a nice little picnic after.

AND…the prices are family-friendly (just $25 for a family of three or more).

Registration form here.

Glow Run course

By | May 9, 2014 9:44 am | 0 Comments

Organizers of the Glow Run 5K on Sunday, May 25 (7:45 p.m.) have released the course map.

As a woman who works at Penn State Behrend and regularly runs these paths/roads, I can tell you this is a hilly course. But, then, it’s at Behrend, so you knew that right? The first mile is relatively flat and/or downhill, then it’s a slow, weaving grind up & up & up. The finish is a nice downhill though. :)

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Things I found — 4/3/14

By | April 3, 2014 1:21 am | 0 Comments

Worth Reading

5 foam rolling mistakes to avoid.

Glute activtion: 10 must-do exercises (Weak glutes are to blame for many common running ailments, including low back pain and knee and hip problems.

Solid running advice for all of us from ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes.  (“Fail boldly. The more you take on, the more you will fail. But the more fail, the more you will learn—and the more you will succeed.”)

Sore hip flexors? It may not be what you think.

Your running Rorschach Test.

Video

The next big thing in racing?

Funny stuff

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Lake Erie Speedway to Be Overrun By Zombies

By | March 6, 2014 8:21 am | 0 Comments

Looks like I can finally spill the beans on this new event at the Lake Erie Speedway, as organizers just sent out this press release:

Registration for Zombie Extreme and Zombie Black Ops races currently open

The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that The Zombie Run: Extreme and The Zombie Run: Black Ops races will be held Saturday, May 17th at Lake Erie Speedway.

The event will feature two untimed races – The Zombie Run: Extreme and The Zombie Run: Black Ops.

The Zombie Run: Extreme begins at 9 a.m. and takes place on a mud-filled, 5K obstacle course through a zombie-infested wasteland. Racers will be tested as they dodge an army of brain-thirsty undead while scrambling through a series of rugged obstacles. The Zombie Run: Black Ops starts at 9 p.m. and offers a chance to tackle a terrifying nighttime obstacle course of fire, obstacles, smoke and zombie-infested darkness.

The event will be working with the Erie Playhouse as a benefiting nonprofit.

Registration is now open at www.thezombierun.com with reduced rates available until March 31st. Zombie registration is $35 and human registration is $65. Teams of four or more zombies or humans will receive an additional $5 discount per person. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a drawstring bag. Humans will also receive participation medals while all zombies enjoy a zombie makeover prior to the start of the event. The Zombie Run: Black Ops participants also get a LED bracelet.

“The Zombie Run is a great way to add an exciting event to our race calendar and take advantage of some of the natural landscape offered here at Lake Erie Speedway,” said Branden Kaczay, Executive Vice President – Business Operations of Lake Erie Speedway. “We have the track, open land and wooded areas which creates an awesome environment for this type of race.”

“This is a themed event that will provide all sorts of fun in addition to physical challenges,” said Erie Sports Commission Executive Director Ron Sertz. “Lake Erie Speedway offers an excellent diversity as far as terrain is concerned and that will make the event even better.”

For more information visit thezombierun.com.