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Peak Mountain Challenge
Henry Sullivan, 14, of Clymer, won the Peak Mountain Challenge run, barreling up the mountain in 2 minutes and 30 seconds to win the season ski pass. Desiree Thomas, 26, Fairview, won the women’s pass in 3 minutes and 45 seconds.
Complete Peak Mountain Challenge results can be found here.
ERC Personal Endurance Classic
Seventy people took the endurance challenge and participated in the ERC’s Personal Endurance Classic on Saturday morning. Rain in the first few hours of the 12-hour event, didn’t dampen enthusiasm or stop the runners/walkers who did 1-mile loops around the Presque Isle ponds.
I intended to do 12, but ended up doing 21. (More on that later). Of special note were the Urso sisters — Jenna, just 10, did 20 miles! Her little sister, Jessica, 6, did 11!
Jessica, 6, Jenna, 10, and my daughter, Lauren, 11.
Complete results can be found here.
P.S. If you’ve never done the Endurance Classic…you really should give it a try next year!
Here are a few photos:
What a FANTASTIC weekend to run/race. Plenty of race results to share today.
* Beat Beethoven 5K here.
* Allegheny Swimming & Diving 5 miler here.
* Race for Recovery 15K & 5K results here.
* Wine Fest Stride & Stomp 5K here.
* Bemus Point 15K here.
* BattleFrog 15K & 5K Obstacle course (near pittsburgh) here.
* The Great Race (pittsburgh) here.
Dan & I battled the Frog…and….wow…was it tough, but fun…but tough. It was a real eye-opener for my runner-only husband who has a new respect for his Tough Mudder wife. When my muscles recover enough to use a mouse, I’ll write all about it. I’m only half kidding – every single part of my body hurts today — my forearms, my biceps, my quads, my hamstrings, my toes, my back, my abs….. This is me today thanks to DOMS after the BattleFrog:
More to come on today’s marathon, but..for now, you get results links & photos. (I’m tired).
Erie Marathon at Presque Isle full results here.
Erie Times-News photos here. (Hey…I know that guy in photo No. 9)
More than 100 people headed out to North East on Sunday, August 31 for the 2nd annual Bull Dam Trail Run. Looks like the participation numbers were pretty evenly split between the 5K & 10K options.
Complete results can be found here.
Lots of photos (I think taken by Pat Krott) can be seen here.
Photo by Mike Conway for GoErie Street View
Windy conditions made for a rougher swim than is typical at the Presque Isle triathlon, but it sure didn’t seem to slow anyone down, with the majority of participants completing the swim in less than 10 minutes. After the swim, participants made one full loop of the park on their bikes and then ran a 5K, returning to the starting spot at the Cookhouse Pavilion.
The race sold out again this year, with more than 450 participating in the individual or relay event. The long-sleeve light blue shirts that participants received were soooo nice that I found myself wishing I’d just sucked it up and done the race!
* Complete results can be found here.
* Photos by Mark Bowen can be found here.
* Photos by GoErie Street View’s Mike Conway can be found here.
Dan Rice Days 5K
More than 225 participated in Saturday’s Dan Rice Days 5K in Girard
Top honors went to:
1. Dylan Stevens, 24, 16:07
2. Alexander Zarger, 25, 16:51
3. Dan Dygert, 38, 17:18
1. Grace Trucilla, 17, 19:02
2. Carlee Constable, 15, 20:22
3. Olivia Messina, 17, 20:46
Complete race results here.
Another 200+ participated in the LECOM 5K in Millcreek also on Saturday morning.
Top honors went to:
1. Dustin Thomas, 23, 16:23
2. Justin Allen,25, 16:37
3. August Sander, 23, 17:22
1. Jennifer Harkey, 24, 19:40
2. Sarah Brassard, 27, 19:53
3. Carrie Chelich, 22, 20:24
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.