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On Sunday, hundreds of Biggest Loser 1/2 marathon & 5K participants were introduced to my running life — traversing the hills in and around Penn State Behrend when the college hosted this year’s Biggest Loser event.
Judging by the comments, the weary looks on the runners’ faces and this guy:
…I’m thinking most didn’t care for the course.
But, here’s the thing….it’s a challenge. If you spend all your time running on the nice, flat peninsula or a treadmill, then you’re not doing yourself any favors. Hills make you stronger. And if you’re used to them, they can give you a substantial advantage in a race.
Now…that said..here’s what I was doing on Sunday:
We cheered for the half marathon participants, and it was fun. We chalked inspirational messages on the road, blared the ’80s channel from our car, and gave the runners lots of high fives and cowbell (Sam, our dog, not a fan of all the cowbell).
Dan actually went out early that morning, with a Biggest Loser route map in hand, and did the half marathon course. I didn’t run because I absolutely refuse to walk in a race and I’d have killed myself to not walk in the B.L. race and I’ve got a triathlon next week (my first!). I can’t risk injury/fatigue now. The tri wins.
It was a spectacular morning for a run, though it did heat up considerably by 10 a.m. While I know the course was more challenging than most people around here are used to, I do hope they enjoyed the views and scenery available in my beautiful stomping (running) grounds and the gorgeous green campus of Penn State Behrend.
* Complete Biggest Loser results here (5K & Marathon)
* Hundreds of photos from the 5K here.
Here are a few photos I took:
Cute Superhero costumes.
Adam Rowe, 2nd place finisher.
We chalked the names of people we knew were running. I even brought chocolate for my friend, Jen.
Leading woman at the half way point…not sure if she ended up being the women’s overall winner
Billy Kuhn, 14, goes to my daughters’ school and turned in an impressive, 2:04 on a tough, hilly course!
I love this barn that I pass on my drive to & from work every day. I’ve taken pictures of it in all seasons.
Cheerleaders laying down on the job.
Definitely the most colorful runner.
It says: U Love this!
The Law Day 5K is always one of the most competitive 5Ks in the Erie area. I’m thinking it has something to do with the driven, competitive type of folks who are drawn to law and law enforcement professions. The winning time? 15:02. That’s not a misprint. And while Aaron (Mr. 15:02) is not a lawyer, he sure can run with the big dogs.
Aaron Rowe, 33, 15:01
Justin Allen, 25, 16:03
Peter Boyd, 39, 16:47
Carrie Chelich, 22, 20:13
Emily Dopierala, 28, 20:47
Pamela Wassell, 50, 21:10
Complete results here.
See 102 photos by Goerie Street View photographer Mike Conway here.
Those ran the race received these ERC flip-flops (Pix from Jenny Turak)
The ERC’s Valentine’s Prediction Run results were posted this weekend.
Here are the results by predicted pace (remember, the winners in this race are those who are closest to their predicted pace, whatever that is).
And, here are results in traditional form , i.e. by order of finish.
Wow…what a great weekend to race and there were plenty of opportunities.
Here’s a round-up of weekend race results.
Her Times 5K at PISP on Saturday. 725+ women!
Muddy Viking adventure run on Saturday in nearby western N.Y.
Pump Kin Run at Gannon University on Sunday — 200 runners.
OC100 Trail runs (Oil Creek, Pa.) — 50K, 50 Miles, 100 Miles. Kudos to all the local runners who went the distance on one hot race weekend in the woods of Titusville!
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, email@example.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!
Chris Mrozowski, 51, of North East, crosses the line carrying an American flag at the Biggest Loser Run/Walk 1/2 marathon at Presque Isle State Park on Aug 17. Mrozowski carried the flag the whole race in memory of the Boston Marathon. JARID A. BARRINGER/ERIE TIMES-NEWS
The Biggest Loser race
More than 2,000 participated in the two The Biggest Loser events with (I’m guessing here) probably 70% of those folks coming from out of town, which is just what the Erie Sports Commission had hoped would happen.
For those of you confused about the role of the Erie Sports Commission in Erie, let me clear it up a bit. They are a division of VisitErie (Erie Visitor’s Bureau), it is their job to bring major sporting events to town that will bring tourists. Hence, The Biggest Loser race series. Of course, the Erie Sports Commission doesn’t have the expertise or staff to put on a major race, so they partnered with the Erie Runners Club, which, of course, knows all about putting on big races and has volunteer power (thank you volunteers!) and equipment to make it happen.
So, what does all this mean to Erie runners? Well….since this race appears to have went well, it’s likely it will be back next year AND, it’s likely Erie may see more “big” races coming our way, too — perhaps a Color Run or something similar. That’s good for Erie and for Erie runners.
Top three in the 1/2 marathon:
1.) Jason Sciandra, Cape Coral, Fla., 1:18:36;
2.) Adam Rowe, Ripley, N.Y., 1:21:04;
3.) Justin Piazza, Philadelphia, Pa., 1:24:39
1.) Katie Klapthor, Cambridge Springs, Pa., 1:36:34;
2.) Shannon Morton, Erie, Pa., 1:37:56;
3.) Kelly Yanosick, Bethel Park, Pa., 1:39:48
Top Three in the 5K
1.) Brandon Snyder, Erie, 21:11;
2.) Noah Carpenter, Lake City, 21:13;
3.) Albert Cheung, Farmington Hill, Mich., 21:29
1.) Robin Affinati, West Monroe, N.Y., 22:53;
2.) Stacy Gerg, Erie, 23:44;
3.) Erin Schaaf, Erie, 24:32.
* Complete results from The Biggest Loser races can be found here.
* The Biggest Loser race photos
From GoErie’s Street View crew — 258 photos of the 5K here
From race organizers, when available, 1/2 marathon photos will be here.
UPMC Hamot Races
The Biggest Loser race may have taken a bite out of the UPMC Hamot 10K/5K race, which was once one of the ERC’s largest events, but…nearly 500 (combined) participated in the UPMC Hamot event. That’s much better than I’d have expected, so kudos to all the locals who came out to support the race.
Top Three in the 10K
1.) Leif Schmidt, Waterford, 33:57;
2.) Andrew Holland, Erie, 34:34;
3.) Dino Montagna, Manassas, Va., 34:45
1.) Katie Kuttenkuler, Erie, 42:08;
2.) Pam Wassell, Erie, 44:47;
3.) Aimee Deyoung, Saegertown, 44:48
Top Three in the 5K
1.) Michael Flanagan, Landenberg, Pa., 18:09;
2.) Philip Ruolo, Stow, Oh, 18:16;
3.) Harry Balwick Jr, Erie, 18:55
1.) Sarah Holland, Erie, 20:54;
2.) Jill Brugger, Erie, 21:12;
3.) Brie Sutherland, Corry, 21:41
* Complete UPMC Hamot 10K/5K results can be found here.
Biggest Loser Finish-Line Proposal
Just after Jenny Turak and Joe Hunt of Erie crossed the finish line of The Biggest Loser half, Joe dropped to one knee and proposed to Jenny who said “yes.” Erie Times-News photographer, Jarid Barringer caught the sweet finish-line moment:
By the way, both Jenny and Joe set P.R.s at The Biggest Loser 1/2 marathon and they took first place in their age groups! Talk about a stellar day. Congrats to the newly engaged couple!
Here are a few more photos I took at The Biggest Loser race:
Yes, it’s been a rainy summer, but the cooling showers and overcast skies do make for some decent running/racing weather. The showers stopped just in time for the Knight of Columbus’ annual Fourth of July race in Harborcreek.
Participants in the 10K outnumbered the 5K by almost double, which surprised me because it’s a tough 10K course. I took the easy way out and did the nice, flat 5K (and then felt really guilty about it, later).
Top three in each race:
5K – Men: Joshua Dunsworth, 20, 19:46; John Trucilla, 52, 19:58; and Will Law, 22, 20:03
5K women: Lauren Gronbeck, 15, 20:03; Kelly Gronbeck, 44, 20:49; and Erin Pakela, 16, 22:39
10K Men: Dustin Thomas, 22, 33:23; Michael Thielman, 22, 33:26; and Tom Brennan, 42, 39:02
5K women: Kelsey Markham, 24, 39:05; Pam Waddell, 49, 45:15; and Andrea Patmore, 31, 45:38
Complete Race Results here.
Photo by Mike Conway for GoErie Street View
Saturday was the big Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog on Beach 1 at Presque Isle State Park. And when we say big…we mean big! Race organizers doubled attendance from last year’s inaugural year of 120 participants to a total of 310 this year.
Runners had the choice to go whole hog and eat 6 balls at the 2 mile turn around…or go half hogger and eat just 3.
* Watch WICU’s coverage of the event here.
* Read/watch the Erie Times-News’ story here.
* See more than 130 photos here.
Also this weekend:
* Ripley Race to Wellness 5K — results here.
* David C. Schmidt Fathers Day 5k — results here (when available).
Saturday was the Edinboro triathlon in…you guessed it, Edinboro!
There were a couple hundred participants in the Olympic distance, sprint distance and team division combined. Results here.