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What a fantastic running weekend…hope you got yours in!
Runners had the chance to from Friday through Sunday this weekend, starting with The Chase — a cross-country-ish 5K in Harborcreek on Friday night. More than 150 participated with Alex Zarger (16:35!) and Gina Majczyk (21:09) taking top honors. Complete race results can be found here.
Also this weekend:
Conneaut Valley 5K – Results here.
Asbury Woods Ridge Run 5K – Results here.
Kicks for St. Nick’s 5K – Results here.
Pass the Pancakes 5K – Results here (when available).
Another fine weekend for race, although hot and humid on Saturday and later in the day on Sunday.
Wilderness Lodge Trail Run
I volunteered at the inaugural Wilderness Lodge Trail Run and was dang glad I didn’t run it because it looked really hot…and hard…and hilly. I was happy to stand in the shade swatting deer flies and cheering. More than 150 runners took the challenge at the lodge and completed one of the races — 20K, 10K & 2K.
The post-run atmosphere at the Wilderness Lodge was unlike most races.. Maybe it was because there was a full-service bar nearby, maybe because so many of the runners know each other (from other trail runs…from skiing at the lodge in winter), maybe because there was a campfire already burning, or maybe because there was live music. I can see this race growing larger in future years. It was more like a gathering of friends — who just happened to go out and run all over the trails, which are MUCH easier to ski!
Kudos to the race organizers for a unique addition to the local running lineup. Hope this one will be back on the schedule again next year.
Photos from the event here.
Bemus Point Summer 10K
In nearby New York, nearly 100 participated in the Bemus Point Summer 10K.
Dam Tri Triathlon
The weather — warm, but overcast — couldn’t have been more perfect for the Dam Tri in nearby Meadville. I did my first ever tri — the sprint — and it was fun. Well…maybe fun is not the right word, but it was a challenge. The swim was better than I thought it was going to be and the bike was worse than I thought it was going to be. The run was hilly, but a portion of it was through the woods, which I really liked. As a runner, I couldn’t wait to get to that last leg, the one leg I KNEW I could rock. I ran a 27:27 in the 5K, which I cannot complain about considering the 1/4 mile swim & 11.5 mile bike ride that came before it.
I’ve got much more to say about the tri and my experience there, but it will have to wait a bit. For now, you get results (here). You’ll notice a lot of Erie names (of course) among the Sprint and Olympic distances.
P.S. I ended up 5th in my age group and 78 out of 135 total in the sprint. Not too bad for my first time, especially on that challenging course!
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!
Congrats to Erie runner, Dino Montagna, 32, who recently WON The North Face Endurance Challenge— a 50K trail race in Sterling, Virgina.
Weekend Race results for the Race to Wellness (Ripley, N.Y.), the PR Run (Oil City) and the ERC Father’s Day run (Presque Isle) can be found here.
Looks like the Erie Runners Club had a nice turnout for the Father’s Day race with more than 220 completing the 5K. Top honors went to:
1. Curt Bachus, 49, Akron, 18:04
2. Kevin Haight, 15, Erie, 18:37
3. Jack Dey, 16, Erie, 18:38
1. Aimee Deyoung, 41, Saegertown, 21:08
2. Jenna Fatica, 25, Erie, 21:043
3. Kate Ziesenheim, Golden, Colorado, 31, 23:21
Saturday was the Art & Sole 5K in downtown Erie. The race, which starts and finishes at the Neighborhood Art House (and benefits the art house) has grown steadily, likely thanks to the not-often-offered city route and the one-of-a-kind age group awards (art created by students at the art house).
230 participated in the 5K with top honors going to:
Top three men
1. Leif Schmidt, 32, 16:54
2. Alex, 25, 17:07
3. Andrew Holland, 35, 17:16
Top three women
1. Andrea Patmore, 32, 20:59
2. Sarah Holland, 35, 21:48
3. Kate Amatuzzo, 29, 22:20
Complete Art & Sole 5K results here.
Bobcat Country Run
The inaugural Bobcat Country Run was held last Saturday, May 31 at Seneca High School. It was a true cross-country event with a course that included hills, grass and trail through the woods. The reviews were good for this first-time race with a well-marked course, quick results and lots of age group awards.
There was also a 1-mile kids race with age group awards (you don’t find too many of those).
This is one race you may want to put on your list for next year (scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2015). I have a feeling it’s going to grow as word spreads (and, no, it’s not far — just 8 miles from I-90).
Top three men:
1. Alexander Zarger,25, 17:52
2. Phoenix Myers, 15, 18:32
3. Hudson Harrison, 29, 19:30
Top three women:
1. Elizabeth Galkowski, 36, 25:17
2. Christine Wnukowski, 21, 27:49
3. Jenesia Buschman, 30, 28:01
Complete results can be found here.
Lots of photos from Rich Wise of Four Mile Photography can be found here.
Nearly 550 runners enjoyed near perfect running conditions (cool, but sunny) and use of the ERC Beach No. 1 pavilion for Sunday’s Mother’s Day 5K.
While there were no age group awards, every runner got a Stefanelli’s chocolate bar (waaaaay better than a plaque or medal, in my opinion) and Big White Trailer did compile official results which can be seen here.
Top 3 overall:
1. Derek Sherman, 16, 19:41
2. Nick Traud, 24, 19:56
3. Michael Clark, 17, 20:14
1. Ange Eberlein, 38, 21:04
2. Chris Hilling, 25, 22:34
3. Dawn Betza, 46, 22:40
I don’t think the GoErie Street View photographer was at the event, but…I see the club has posted nearly 500 photos from the race on their Facebook page. Check them out here.
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.
Ah…spring…when you never know what the heck Mother Nature is going to give you. Signing up for a race this time of year is always a leap of faith — you could get snow…ice…rain…wind…warmth…just never know.
Saturday brought wind and some rain, but nearly 80 still completed the 5K for Parkinson’s. Top honors went to Adam Rowe with an 18:35 and Katie Joseph with a 21:57.
Complete 5K for Parkinson’s results can be found here.
Sunday was a much better day for racing with cool, but clear conditions for the Miles for Mercy 5K. Complete results for Miles of Mercy can be found here.
More than 70 participated in this weekend’s Slush Run 5K in North East.
Top finishers (male & female) were: Dan Dygert, 37, Linesville, 17:57 & Rosie Cooper, 25, Jamestown, N.Y., 25:52
Complete results at BigWhiteTrailer.com.