ERC race dates for 2015

By | December 8, 2014 4:51 am | 0 Comments

Save the date, er ….dates for all your favorite ERC races. Here’s the official lineup for next year:


1/1/2015 Thursday New Year’s Day 5M Race Rotary Pavilion
2/8/2015 Sunday Valentine Prediction Race Rotary Pavilion
3/14/2015 Saturday St. Patrick’s Day – Distance Festival Rotary Pavilion
4/18/2015 Saturday 5K Poker Run/Walk ERC Pavilion Third Saturday in April
5/10/2015 Sunday Mothers Day Race ERC Pavilion
6/21/2015 Sunday Father’s Day Race ERC Pavilion
7/19/2015 Sunday Presque Isle Half Marathon ERC Pavilion Third Sunday in July
8/2/2015 Sunday ERC pavilion Beach 1 mile race ERC Pavilion New 1 mile race.
8/16/2015 Sunday UPMC Hamot 10k / Mayor’s Cup 2nd & State Third full weekend in August
9/13/2015 Sunday Erie Marathon Rotary Pavilion
10/3/2015 Saturday Her Times 5k Rotary Pavilion First Saturday in October
10/10/2015 Saturday Presque Isle Endurance Classic Shelter #2 Changed from 10/17/15
11/26/2015 Thursday Turkey Trot ERC Pavilion
12/12/2015 Saturday Snowflake 5k Rotary Pavilion Second Saturday in December

PISP in winter – your guide to water fountains and open restrooms

By | October 28, 2014 9:54 am | 0 Comments


Erie runner Dennis Albrewcynski posted this Presque Isle State Park  runner PSA on the Erie Runners Club running groups Facebook page this weekend: “FYI, most of the restrooms at PISP are now closed.”

As anyone who runs at the park year-round can tell you (and probably learned the hard way), at some point the park shuts down most of the restrooms and water fountains. Freezing water lines, you know.

A series of runners responded to Dennis’ post, listing the restrooms they believe stay open year-round at the park.

I decided to go straight to my source at PISP — Ryan Rager, assistant park manager — for a definitive rundown of exactly where you can find relief at the park from now until late spring:

The restrooms at the following locations are open all year at the park:

- Ranger Station

- Rotary Pavilion

- The family-assist restroom at Perry Monument (the one in the middle)

The following water fountains are open all year at the park:

- Vista 4 by The Feather

- Breeze way of Rotary

So there you have it — do your business by the time you get to the Rotary Pavilion (between beaches 6 & 8) or plan accordingly.

P.S. Consider this my personal Winter Running at PISP PSA — it becomes very, very desolate on the back half of the park in the winter. Please don’t run alone. If you were to get injured or feel threatened in any way — you are miles from help.

Bobcat Cross Country Run 5K

By | April 2, 2014 1:57 am | 0 Comments


Looking to relive your high school cross country running days….or recapture your youth by racing as it was intended to be…go easy on your knees….or just looking to challenge yourself with something different?

The Bobcat Country Cross Country Run 5K is a true cross country run on the scenic campus of the Wattsburg School District. Don’t be scared off by the word “Wattsburg” — the schools (all the district’s school are on one large campus) is just a 10-minute drive from I-90 down Route 8 (school is on Route 8).

The race is Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 31 at 9 a.m. The event also includes a 1 mile Kids Fun Run and a family and friends non-competitive 5K Fitness Walk.

A cross-country run (read grass…trails, etc.) is not like any road race you’ve done. It’s a true challenge.

Entry fees for the5K events are $20 if registered before May 16 and $15 for the Kids Fun Run. Prices go up $5 after 5/16.

Application & information here.

Slush Run 5K

By | March 18, 2014 1:10 am | 0 Comments

With a forecast of 37 degrees and rain/snowshowers, there’s a pretty good chance there could actually be slush at Saturday’s Slush Run 5K in downtown North East.

Race starts at 10 a.m. at Gibson Park. Cost is $20 and includes a long sleeve t-shirt (not guaranteed to late registrants.

Awards to the top overall male and female in the run & walk – each will receive a bottle of local wine and bragging rights. Age group awards go to the top three males and females in each category: 12 and under • 13-17 • 18-30 • 31-49 • 50-69 • 70 and over.

Application & info here.

You can be a superhero

By | March 5, 2014 1:44 am | 0 Comments


Superman socks, $13 at Target

Bust out your Batman glasses, Spiderman suit, or Superman cape for the Be A Hero 5K run/walk (5K or 2-K) on Sunday, April 13. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or wear their favorite superhero t-shirt for the race to be held at Beach No. 1 at Presque Isle State Park.

Why the capes and superhero garb? Because the race benefits the Erie Community Child Abuse Task Force,* which consists of various agencies and organizations that deal with child abuse, and they say that each and every one of us have the ability to be a hero to a child.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three males and females. (no age group awards). You have a choice of a 2K run/walk for families and youth in grades K-8 or a 5K run for adults and children in grades 7-12. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students before April 1, $5 more after.

Register online here.

* About the Community Child Abuse Task Force: The CATF is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through advocacy, education, and public awareness.  Members hope to decrease the number of child abuse incidents while also strengthening the delivery of parent and caregiver support services to families.

First-time marathoner goes the distance for friends

By | March 4, 2014 8:22 am | 0 Comments


Melody Amendola, left, Michele Chereson, center, and Kelly Gibson, right, are photographed at Chereson’s home in Millcreek Township on Feb. 15. Chereson ran a marathon to raise money for the two women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. JACK HANRAHAN//ERIE TIMES-NEWS

Erie Times-News sports writer, Mike Copper, had a great story about a Millcreek Township woman who recently ran the Walt Disney World marathon. Though she’d never run more than 6 miles, she signed up for the race to support her daughter and ended up running for two of her friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Michele Chereson estimated she’d run 6 miles — none of them competitive — throughout her entire life before the summer of 2013.

The Millcreek Township resident never even had the urge to enter a basic 5-kilometer event, let alone finish one. She registered for the Jan. 12 Walt Disney World Marathon more as a way to honor her daughter Emily Chereson’s desire to complete a 26.2-mile race.

However, in the midst of training, learning of the plight of two close friends dramatically boosted Chereson’s own desire to run. She knew Kelly Gibson was already undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer when she learned that Melody Amendola had received the same diagnosis.

“My intention was to run in support of my daughter,” Michele Chereson said. “I wasn’t that interested (in the marathon), but when I found out about Melody, I told Emily, ‘You know, if I’m going to do this, I’m doing it for them.'”

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March Against Crime 5K – March 2

By | February 12, 2014 1:16 am | 0 Comments


Other than the ERC’s annual St. Paddy’s Day race, we don’t get many opportunities to race in Erie in March. Probably because few race directors are willing to take their chances on the weather. For that in-like-a-lion-out-like-a-lamb adage…we all know that in Erie, that’s really May.  March is unpredictable. We could have a blizzard or it could be 65 degrees, you just never know. (Though, it seems the safe bet this year is cold & snowy!).

But, apparently, the Crime Victim Center of Erie County isn’t afraid of little ‘ol Jack Frost, they are, once again, hosting their March Against Crime 5K on Sunday, March 2 (snow be damned!) at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle State Park at 9 a.m.

Registration is just $20 ($2 less for ERC members if you register today) and includes a short-sleeve t-shirt. If you want a long sleeve t-shirt, add $5. You must register today if you want to be guaranteed a shirt. The easiest way to register is online, but if you prefer a paper app, you can print one…just be sure to get it postmarked today.

They’re offering early packet pickup on Friday, Feb. 28. You can find details about that & any other race info here.


Color Run set for Aug. 9 in Erie

By | January 31, 2014 6:15 am | 0 Comments


Have you heard? The Color Run — the self-billed “Happiest 5k on the Planet” —  is coming to Erie on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Time, location & details have yet to be announced, but you can sign up to join the  VIP list, which I’ll assume means you’ll be one of the first to know when more details are available.

What Is The Color Run?

From their website:

“Also known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet, we love chucking paint and making people smile. At more than 1,000,000+ Color Runners strong, The Color Run is on almost every single continent on EARTH!

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

1. Wear white at the starting line
2. Finish plastered in color!

The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

It’s a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. We’re making rainbows all over the world, come join us!”


Reminder: Jog ‘n Hog Discount Day is Sunday

By | January 31, 2014 1:55 am | 0 Comments


Don’t forget that if you’re planning to ….um….indulge in the Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog on June 14 that registration opens Sunday, February 2 (GroundHOG day) and you can get a $5 discount if you use the code: 2014SAVE5 (only good on Feb. 2).

More details here.


Save $5 on Jog ‘n Hog registration

By | January 17, 2014 1:39 am | 1 Comment


Mark your calendars, the race directors of the annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog are once again offering a discount for those who sign up on the first day registration opens — February 2 — GroundHOG day, of course! On that day only, use promo code 2014SAVE5 to get $5 off your registration fee.

Here’s more info from the race directors:

Pepperoni ball lovers rejoice – the 3rd annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog will be held on June 14 at 8:30 a.m. at Presque Isle State Park.

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 on expanded stomachs.

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). For more details and to register visit

Like last year, the gastrointestinally brave can register in the “Whole Hogger Division,” which involves eating six pepperoni balls at the race’s halfway point. Those who are less confident in their eating ability can register in the “Half Hogger Division” (3 balls).

Racers who form teams of 12 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 or “like” Jog ‘n Hog on Facebook.

More: Q&A with Boss Hogs of Jog ‘n Hog