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More Her Times 5K notes

By | September 30, 2014 11:30 am | 0 Comments

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Currently, there are 713 women registered for the 5K and 104 kids registered for the Her Times 5K this Saturday!

I’ve received a lot of last minute registrations and, so, at this point, I’m probably out of shirts. If you try to register online & aren’t given a shirt option or…aren’t able to order the size you want…that’s because I’m sold out.  I order based on the preregistered numbers, adding on nearly 75 shirts for late entries, but….seems they’re pretty much gone now. Those who registered by the deadline are guaranteed a shirt.

Online registration will be closed on Wednesday. After that, you’ll need to register in person at Packet Pickup (Best Fitness on Friday from 4-7 or at the Rotary on race day morning starting at 6:30).

* Please note that current registration prices are: $20 for the 5K ($15 without a shirt) and it is CASH or CHECK only. (I have no means to accept credit/debit cards at packet pickup).

The weather doesn’t look promising — 50s & rain – but it’s fine for walking/running. (Not so fun for volunteers, but..). The race goes on rain or shine. Only thunder & lightening can cancel the event…and, in that case, we’d likely delay the start for a 1/2 hour or so to see if the boomers pass over & move on.

Our kids’ race sponsor Erie Moms & Dads have purchased bags for us this year — nice reusable shopping bags for everyone! (Check out ErieMoms&Dads online community)

This year, massage therapists from Nash Chiropractic Healthcare will be on-hand offering free pre & post-race sports massages.

We’ll have HT5K finishers stickers (like the OBX stickers) at the finish line. If you want one, please feel free to take one…if you don’t, just decline…we can use them from year to year.

ALSO….I just got an offer from Erie Ale Works microbrewery to quench your post-race thirst:

“If any HerTiimes 5Ker brings their bib in to Erie Ale Works, we’ll give them a buck off their growler fill!”

Packet pickup:

* Pre-race packet pickup will be held at Best Fitness on 12th street from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 3. These are the only hours you’ll be able to pick up your packet — Best Fitness is just letting us use their space — they will NOT have the materials before or after 4-7 p.m. on Friday. Packets will not be available at the Erie Times-News (as they were in past years) either.

* You CAN pick up for friends. If you plan to pick up for a LOT of friends (more than 4) — please, please, please, send me an email (hertimes5K at aol.com) in advance and I’ll do my best to have the separated & ready for you to pick up in one lump on Friday — be sure to tell me which name to have them under.

* If you can’t make it to packet pickup, you can pick up on race day morning at the Rotary Pavilion starting at 6:30 a.m.

Parking & Babysitting

* Parking is NOT available anywhere near the Rotary Pavilion because we need the entire width of the road for the race. Follow the signs to park at Beach No. 6 or Beach No. 8….both are less than a half mile to the Rotary Pavilion. You can also park in the “Cabins” parking area. You should NOT park on the road or in the grass anywhere along the main road because the park rangers WILL ticket you (trust me).

* Babysitting will be held in one of the cabins next to the Rotary Pavilion…you must sign your child(ren) in and out. Children cannot be dropped off before 7:35 a.m. and must be picked up by 9:15 a.m.

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Post-race refreshments

I’ve been shopping! Post-race refreshments for 5K runners will be available in the Rotary Pavilion — fruit, water, some pretzels, animal crackers, some Tootsie rolls, etc.

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Other notes

You may want to review these race notes that I posted a week or so ago.

Race course map

Also…here’s a course map:

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~ Heather Cass, Her Times 5K Race Director

Her Times 5K Race News & Notes (FAQs)

By | September 17, 2014 1:16 am | 0 Comments

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I typically include these race notes & instructions in the race packet, but….since I’m too lazy impatient  pressed for time to stuff bags, which I actually don’t have anyway….I thought it might be good to just post them here and maybe send an email to the registered participants (assuming I can figure out how to do that).

A few registration notes:

1.) Early registration deadine is THIS FRIDAY. You must register by then to be guaranteed a shirt on race day. After Friday, the prices goes up to $20 and shirts are no longer guaranteed (it’s likely you’ll still get one, but…we don’t guarantee it).

2.) If you’ve mailed in a paper registration, you’re not in the system yet. I have to manually type all those in myself and…well, I’ll be honest…I haven’t even opened the envelopes yet. (I’ll get it done before race day).

3.) When you register online…it will tell you the race is $12…on the next screen you order a shirt, which adds on the $5 which brings the total price of the race (pre-deadline) to $17 (We have to do it that way if we want to give you the option to opt out of a shirt altogether).

4.) There is no additional fee to register online (the race absorbs the cost). Please register online. Please.

Packet pickup:

* Pre-race packet pickup will be held at Best Fitness on 12th street from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 3. These are the only hours you’ll be able to pick up your packet — Best Fitness is just letting us use their space — they will NOT have the materials before or after 4-7 p.m. on Friday. Packets will not be available at the Erie Times-News (as they were in past years) either.

* You CAN pick up for friends. If you plan to pick up for a LOT of friends (more than 4) — please, please, please, send me an email (hertimes5K at aol.com) in advance and I’ll do my best to have the separated & ready for you to pick up in one lump on Friday — be sure to tell me which name to have them under.

* If you can’t make it to packet pickup, you can pick up on race day morning at the Rotary Pavilion starting at 6:30 a.m.

 

OK….so…here we go….things you need to know about the  HER TIMES 5K — Oct. 4, 2014 at Presque Isle State Park’s Rotary Pavilion (located between beaches 6 & 8 on the lake side):

• The race goes on rain, shine, snow, sleet or hail. No weather will stop the race with the possible exception of lightening, in which case, we’ll have a rain delay.

• There will be NO water stops on the course. Please carry water with you if you think you might need it. There WILL be water at the finish line and in the Rotary Pavilion after the race.

• If you picked up your shirt and race number on Friday night, you need not check in anywhere on race day morning. Just report to the start line in front of the Rotary Pavilion before the start horn at 8 a.m.

• You must have your bib number and it must be pinned to the front of you (on top of your clothes/jacket).

• You must have a bib number to get results and to be eligible for awards. There is a computer chip in your bib. You need your bib.

• We start at 8 a.m. sharp.

• There are restrooms at the Rotary, but not many, so expect LONG lines. Do what I do and stop at the Ranger Station or McDonald’s on your way down.  I will try to get some porta potties again
this year.

• Park at Beach 6 and walk .3 miles to the start (Rotary is between beaches 6 & 8).

• Beach 8 is also available for parking and is also .3 miles from the start.

• Don’t park on the road or side of the road, or the rangers will ticket you.

• There will be absolutely NO PARKING at the Rotary Pavilion. The race takes up the entire width of the road, so no cars are permitted.

• Day-of-Race registrants may not get a shirt on race day. We will give you a discounted price or you can choose from the shirts that are leftover. We won’t order for size unless we need dozens.

• Babysitting will be held in the first cabin to the right of the Rotary (if you are facing the pavilion from the road) – it’s just a few hundred yards from the pavilion and will allow us to keep
the kids safe and contained (and out of the race “traffic” in the pavilion). A troop of Girl Scouts and their leader will be babysitting. You must sign in and you must pick up your child by 9:15 a.m.

• DJ Kelly will be playing all your favorite women’s power songs to get you raring to race.

• Kids races are informal and start about 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. with the Toddler trot, then the ¼ mile, then the ½ mile, then the 1-mile race.  Kids can do whatever distance they want. They will not be timed.

• The race course start/finish has changed is a loop (of the main road) with a dog-leg start/finish. Stay on the inside lane at all times.

• Road marshals will help guide you. If you have the energy/breath, please thank them. They are all volunteers.

• There are no separate divisions (or awards) for the run/walk. You can run, walk or do a combination of both. Walkers will be asked to line up in back at the start.

• If you are running, you should be COLD at the start. If you are comfortable, you are overdressed.

• If you are walking, you should dress for the weather because you won’t get as heated as the runners.

• Bring a warm, dry shirt or sweatshirt to change into if you’re staying for the kids’ races/awards. You’ll get very chilled after running when your body cools and sweat dries.

• When you finish, run into the “chute” next to the clock. Volunteers will tear the bottom portion of your bib number off.

• Its’ IMPERATIVE that you not go back through the finish line chute (or go in & come back out) once you finish so that results are accurate. If you go back to finish with a friend, please
don’t go through the chute again — it really causes problems.

• There will be water at the finish line.

• There will be fruit, coffee and refreshments in the Rotary Pavilion after the race.

• Run results will be posted at the Rotary a ½ hour or so after the race. They’ll also be posted online at www.bigwhitetrailer.com and www.goerie.com/blogs/runnersnotes and www.erie-runnersclub.org.

• There are age group & overall awards. In past years, we’ve begun just handing them out at a booth/table after the race when results are finished, rather than wait for a formal ceremony since few want to wait around for the ceremony. We’ll likely do that this year, too.

• There will not be an ambulance on site.

• The people helping at the race are all volunteers — please be patient & courteous.

• Race feedback is welcome at hertimes5K at aol.com.

Also…here’s a course map:

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~ Heather Cass, Her Times 5K Race Director

 

Her Times 5K – 26 days away!

By | September 8, 2014 9:36 am | 0 Comments


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Heads up: There are just 27 days until the Her Times women’s 5K.

We’re all busy women and things sneak up on us even when we know they are coming, like the first day of school and Thanksgiving. So here’s a heads-up: There are just 27 days until the Her Times women’s 5K at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park.

If you haven’t registered yet, do it now at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Erie/HerTimes. It’s just $17 ($12 for the race, $5 for a shirt) until Sept. 19.

If you haven’t started training, it’s not too late! No, 27 days is not enough time to go from the couch to running a 5K, but it’s plenty of time to go from the couch to walking a 5K (3.1 miles). Start walking 20 minutes every day for a week, add 10 minutes to your daily walks every week and by race day, you should be up to 3 miles.

Yes, you can walk. Lots of women do. You can also run, jog or do a combination of jogging and walking. Whatever gets you to the finish line will work.

Why should you? We asked some of the past Her Times 5K participants:

“This is one of the only opportunities for women to come out and support each other through fitness. It’s a no-pressure event, and it’s tons of fun. Last year was my first 5K ever, and it was awesome.” — Carol Dabrowski, 26, Lawrence Park

“My friend talked me into trying the Her Times 5K three years ago (I was never a runner). Since then, I’ve run two half marathons! This year, I convinced my sister to come from Ohio to do the Her Times 5K with me.”  — Shannon Slimich-Primavere, 38, Union City

“My twin sister (Lisa Bannister of Erie) and I have been doing the Her Times 5K for four years. It’s really great to see so many ladies together, cheering for each other.” — Lori Bannister-Kavala, 35, Ashtabula, Ohio

“I participate in the Her Times 5K every year and encourage all my friends to do the same. The super positive atmosphere of this 5K is like no other. At the Her Times 5K, every finisher is treated like the winner she is.” — Rhonda Berlin, 41, Millcreek.

“Her Times was my first 5K in 2012. Now, I’ve completed in dozens of 5Ks and mud runs. Her Times is great for women of all ages and abilities.” — Beth Ann Wallace, 33, Conneautville

“I did the Her Times race for the first time last year with my daughter and stepdaughters. It was a very empowering and emotional experience. It was great to see so many women supported by their families and loved ones. I told my daughters that it wasn’t all that long ago that women weren’t even allowed to run in a road race and now, we have one that is just for us! I’m honored to be a part of it.” — Sherry Beckwith Chamberlain, 38, Findley Lake, N.Y.

“My mom and I ran the Her Times 5K last year for something to do together. It was the first 5K for both of us. I’ve done three more races since and I’m training for a 10K. I encourage all women to try this race because it’s such a supportive and positive environment. The Saturday morning training sessions at the beach are helpful to those who have never run before (see sidebar). I’m hooked on running now!” — Amy Bacon, 40, Girard

“When I did my first Her Times 5K in 2012, I signed up and trained alone.I was new to running and didn’t really have any running friends yet. It didn’t matter though, it was like I had 500 friends when I got to the race. The women were all very friendly and the fact that it was just women made it less intimidating for me. I highly recommend the race to any woman of any age or fitness level.” — Jen Kelly, 40, Harborcreek

You can be like them. You can be one of us. Just sign up!

 

Her Times 5K -VITAL INFO

Saturday, Oct.4

Rotary Pavilion (between beaches 6 & 8)

Presque Isle State Park

Women’s race before Sept. 20 – $17

Women’s race after Sept. 20 – $20

Free baby-sitting, for those who sign up, will be provided for runners registered by Sept. 19. Number and ages of children should be submitted with your entry form.

Kids race before Sept. 19 – free

Kids race after Sept. 19 – $5

Register online for free at: https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Erie/HerTimes or download an application at www.erie-runnersclub.org (click on “regional events calendar”)

Race proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts Western Pa.

Women’s Couch to 5K training program starts Aug. 9

By | July 29, 2014 2:10 am | 0 Comments

I just learned that Best Fitness in Erie is going to offer a free women’s Couch to 5K training program again this year. I hadn’t heard anything & thought maybe they had decided not to do it this year, but…I just learned yesterday that it’s on! And the same woman — the lovely, sweet Emily Smith — will be coaching again this year.

I know that several dozen women participated in the program last year and had a great experience. You run or run/walk at your own pace from Beach 1 with the encouragement of coach Emily and the other participants. It’s a very supportive environment and a great place to take your first steps to lifelong fitness.

The program runs on Saturday mornings at Beach No. 1 at Presque Isle at 8 a.m. starting Aug. 9th. You must register in advance. Here are all the details:

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Her Times 5K course & shirt

By | July 28, 2014 1:02 am | 0 Comments

As you may or may not know, I’m the founder and race director for the Her Times women’s 5K in Erie. This will be our 9th year and I know dozens of women (hundreds?) who got their start by training for this race and accomplishing something they thought they never could!

I shared the following info on the Her Times 5K fan page on Facebook (go ahead, like it….then “follow” it so you see all the posts…liking it is not enough anymore since the overlords at Facebook control the Internet…but, I digress…) but I figured I should share it here, too, in case any of you want to train on the course in advance.

The Course

Here’s the course for the Her Times 5K — same as last year:

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The Shirts

This year’s shirts will be charcoal gray with a teal & white logo. Very sharp looking. (Note the shirts will be the same as we did last year, which were a last minute departure from previous years. They are just a wee bit more snug, so if you like a looser shirt, order a size up).

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Babysitting changes

Also…new this year…babysitting will be moved to one of the cabins right next to the Waterworks area. It’s only about 500 yards from the Rotary pavilion. Moving babysitting accomplishes two things: It provides a more secure location for the children and the babysitters who are charged with watching them, and it allows us to use the Rotary Pavilion fully before & after the race — providing more room to gather, talk, chat, share, socialize…cause we women tend to like to do that.

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 (jimlang@bigwhitetrailer.com). 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!

 

Just Write 31 ~ Winners

By | October 8, 2013 1:58 am | 0 Comments

In 2005,  shortly after developing and launching Her Times magazine at the Erie Times-News, I said to my boss:

“You know what we should do some day? A woman’s 5K. Just for women. Encourage them to get fit and run or walk it. We could run a story and a training schedule in the magazine. They used to do a woman’s race here and it was awesome. I really miss that race. It’s really empowering.”

Running had changed my life. I knew I could help others change theirs, too.

I don’t remember my boss saying much about it. I didn’t expect her to. I was just sort of tossing it out there as a “someday” idea.  But she must’ve mentioned it to her boss.

Later that week, the executive editor of the newsroom said, “I hear you’re putting on a women’s 5K.”

“Uh…uh…um…well, do you think I should?,” I stammered. “I mean, do you want me to? Uh, um…well, I mean, I guess I can. Let me make some calls.”

Nearly 400 women signed up for the inaugural Her Times 5K in October of 2006 and all but a handful of them finished the race despite freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Yes, snow…in October.

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Eight years later, at the 8th annual Her Times women’s 5K on Saturday, we have perfect weather –sunny and warm with no chance of rain. I’m in the kitchen of the Rotary Pavilion, checking on the post-race refreshments when, out of the corner of my eye, I see a woman streak by the windows outside.

Oh, crap. I think I just missed the winner.  Dang it.

I finish up inside and jog out to the finish line, camera slung over my shoulder. Hopefully Greg, the Erie Times-News photographer, got the winner’s photo. By the time I get there, the fastest women are starting to stream in.

“Go Ange! Nice run!” I yell.  6th overall.

“Pam! Nice race, girl!” 8th overall.

And so it goes. I know many of the women by name. Maybe even most. Definitely the majority. They are my friends, my running partners, my family members, my coworkers, my former high school classmates, my loyal blog readers…and my daughters. They were just 2 and 4 when this race started. This year, at 10 and 12, they are running the 5K by themselves.

I see my friend Dave near the finish line and I ask, “Hey, who won?”

“There were two winners,” he said. “They came in holding hands.”

“What?” I ask. “Mother & daughter? Was it Pam McCormick and one of her daughters?”

“No,” he says. “I don’t think they knew each other, but I don’t know. I didn’t recognize them.”

Huh, that’s weird. Competitive women at that level don’t do that.

When I get the results from my timing guy a half hour or so later, I recognize the winner.  Jill Brugger, 34, of Erie, has won before. I look to see who is in 2nd place — Aimee DeYoung, 40, of Saegertown. David must’ve been mistaken. If she’s from Saegertown, it’s unlikely she and Jill knew each other. But, then, maybe they were friends…or family members.

They have the same finish time: 21:01 (a 6:47 per mile pace).

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On Sunday morning, Dan and I are up early again. We’re off to another 5K, this time to run it, not direct it. I get the newspaper out of the box and pull out the sports section to look for the Her Times 5K coverage.

There’s a photo of Jill and Aimee (of course Greg got it) crossing the finish line. According to the story below the photo, the two women had never met until they were trading positions back and forth for the first two miles of the race. They started talking and, at some point, they decided to share the victory and cross the finish line hand-in-hand. Two winners.

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My tears wet the newspaper.

It’s all so perfect. I can’t believe it happened. Compassionate competitors. Gracious winners. At my race. It’s everything I stand for. It is every reason I do the race. Every reason I started the race. Women supporting each other. Cheering each other.  Women growing stronger and more powerful by sticking together.

Sometimes nice guys girls do finish first.

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Monday Motivation: Stronger together

By | October 7, 2013 1:29 am | 0 Comments

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Much more to come on this story, my friends.

Her Times 5K results & photos

By | October 6, 2013 6:25 pm | 0 Comments

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Me (in the green shirt in forefront) with an airhorn in hand…ready to start the race!

Oh, where to start?

There’s so much to say/cover/reflect on…. and, well, friends, it’s late Sunday night and it’s not looking good for me to put together a profound blog post, so let’s just go with a straight results & photos post for now:

Two inspirational winners

For the first time ever, the Her Times 5K had not one, but two winners.  Jill Brugger, 34, of Erie, and Aimee DeYoung, 40, of Saegertown, crossed the finish line hand-in-hand, in 21 minutes, 2 seconds to win the 8th annual Her Times 5K.  According to the Erie Times-News, “the two had never met before, but were batttling back and forth throughout the race. They decided to help each other finish strong and end the race in a tie.”  Read the story here.

I’m not sure I can put into words how much I love that. What a wonderful and visible demonstration of the spirit of this race, which has always been about women coming together to support each other and grow stronger together!

Kudos to Jill and Aimee for being not only awesome athletes (that’s a 6:47 mile pace!), but really awesome women, too.

Complete 5K race results can be found here

Note: We had some issues with the timing system and several runners times were not recorded. As we hear about them (please email jimlang at bigwhitetrailer.com), results are being updated. This, of course, can mean some shuffling in the age group winners, as some runners that were not recorded may now be added and bump previous award winners down. I’ll do my best to make it right for everyone. I can make new awards (and, no, I won’t be asking for any back).

Got an award coming? Still want a shirt?

I’ll be at the Plymouth Tavern (State Street, Erie) on Monday night at 7 p.m (till about 8 or 8:30) to help with the Erie Runners Club’s newsletter stuffing. I will bring race awards & leftover shirts to sell ($5 each, mostly smalls & mediums left). First come, first serve on the shirts.

If you have an award coming and you plan to pick it up (anyone can pick up for you), please shoot me a quick email at hertimes5k at aol.com so I can be sure I still have an award to give you (see the “note” above). If I don’t, I will happily make one (but it’s likely I will then need to deliver/mail to you, so email first so your trip downtown isn’t wasted).

See 91 photos from the GoErie Street View crew here.

Here are the photos I took….steal whatever you like, ladies. My photos are your photos. (I soooo wish this version of blog software would let me do a slideshow, but it won’t…so I have to put them in here like this…which is highly annoying, I know.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoke to soon: Her Times late registration fee is $15

By | October 1, 2013 4:57 am | 0 Comments

My bad. I wasn’t thinking when I announced a $10 registration fee for late registrants for the Her Times 5K. I was thinking I’d give the discount because we’re out of shirts and, frankly, it’s easier to deal with nice round figures on race day morning. But, my timing guy pointed out to me that it’s unfair to those who registered early & opted out of the shirt and only got a $5 discount (So they paid $12).

While I hate to retract my words, I’m going to do that because it’s only fair to those 70+ who registered early & opted out of a shirt.

So…late registration fee is $15 with no shirt.  (Still a nice “round” number to deal with from a cash standpoint…and it covers my other race expenses — timing & food, etc.).