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How many times can you run around this pond (and a little more) in 12 hours? Find out on Saturday during the Presque Isle Endurance Classic.
The event starts Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. and the course is simple — it’s a 1-mile loop that starts and finishes in front of Cabin No. 2 (West of the Rotary Pavilion) at Presque Isle. How many times you want to run that mile in those 12 hours is up to you.
Here’s how race director, Mike Vieyra, explains the Endurance Run:
The primary purpose of this event is to promote cardiovascular fitness in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment. Many individuals will run/walk a distance beyond that they have previously achieved or set a personal goal that is meaningful to them. It is a personal thing and not a competition with other participants.
There are no trophies or prize money to be handed out but we do offer the option to purchase a commemorative plaque that is personalized with your name and accomplishment (miles).
This event was started 30+ years ago by some of the founding fathers of the Erie Runners Club to test the endurance of some of the local runners. It still stands today as a personal test of ones endurance whether it be running or walking or any combination thereof because of the tireless efforts of Rick Ferko and his long time volunteers. Rick’s battle with cancer ended shortly after the 2006 Endurance Run.
Proceeds from the Endurance run — including an additional donation you want to make — are put toward the Rick Ferko Spirit of Social Work Scholarship that gives an annual award to a social work student who exemplifies Rick’s dedication and enthusiasm.
Some people do 1 mile. Some do 10 miles. Some do their age (harder when you’re older, of course) and some people do 64 miles.
Last year, I participated in this race for the first time, and I LOVED it. Sadly, I have to miss it this year (but it’s for a happy reason — we have a family wedding on Saturday).
You can stay and run for 12 hours. You can come & go. You can run 4 in the morning and come back and do 10 after lunch – it’s your race. It’s your challenge.
Race details and application are here.
There’s a 5K for everyone this weekend with seven — count ‘em, seven — of them being offered in nearby locations this extended holiday weekend (Monday is Columbus Day…so get out all your Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria decorations!).
Saturday’s racing options:
* 5k Run to End Trafficking – Corry American Legion, Corry, Pa.
* Harvest Hoof-It — Penn State Behrend, Erie, Pa.
* Zombie 5k — A zombie fun run put on by the Erie Playhouse at Brown’s Farm, Millcreek, Pa.
* Lucy Town 5k — Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Jamestown, N.Y.
* Hermitage House 5k Run/Walk — Hermitage House South Campus, Cambridge Springs, Pa.
* Warren SuperKwik Half Marathon Challenge — Warren, Pa.
*Lucy Town Half Marathon — Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Jamestown, N.Y.
* Pink Warrior 5k — Presque Isle Wine Cellars, North East, Pa.
Monday — special Columbus Day 5K offering
* Columbus Fire Dept 5k — Columbus Vol. Fire Dept., Columbus, Pa.
As for me, I’ll be joining four girlfriends for 26.2 miles around Baltimore, Maryland. If you care to track me, Cyndie, Robin and/or Leann, you can sign up to do so here. Don’t expect much….our intentions are to run slow, talk all the way and make Jessie & Leann’s first marathon a fun and memorable one.
What a fantastic weekend for running and racing! And, there were plenty of races to choose from this weekend:
* Allegheny College Swim & Dive 5-mile Run (Meadville) — Results here.
* Stride ‘n Stomp 5K (North East ) Results here (when available).
* Race for Recovery 15K (PISP) – Results here (when available).
* Bemus Point 15K (Bemus Point, N.Y.) – Results here
Oh…now this is good news — the organizers of the Eaton Reservoir Trail run (also known as the Bull’s Dam run) — a 5K run or a 10K single-track trail run — have lowered the price to $20 AND…that includes post-race pancake breakfast! Woot! Woot!
This race is a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts (Troop 82 from North East), who know how to lay a trail and how to whip up some fluffy pancakes, so…why not put this unique race on your Labor Day weekend to-do list?
BTW, any friends or family who are coming with you but are not running the race can eat breakfast for just $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12.
Team registration is now available, too. So…get your buddies together and do it together.
If you’ve already registered….
The race director will be issuing you a $5 refund (the race was $25) at registration and…if you wish to be added to a team, you can still do that, too. Just email the race director. You can find his contact info on the race’s website.
Hope to see you all there!
Dan and I are definitely running…and it’s my birthday on 9/1, so…you have to let me win. Also, I love cheesecake. And carrot cake. And chocolate cake. And ice cream cake. I love cake. Bring cake. (Just kidding…do NOT bring cake…this girl don’t need it!)
Tired of racing around the same concrete circle at Presque Isle State Park? Get off the beaten track and head east to the Eaton Reservoir (also known as “Bulls Dam” in North East for the 2nd annual “Hitting the Trails” run.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 1
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Eaton Reservoir (Bulls Dam), 10021 Ashton Rd, North East, PA 16428
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.
Dan & I love Eaton Reservoir. Here’s why.
Registration, application and more information here.
In the mood for a little mid-week racing? Take a short country drive out to Waterford and participate in the annual Waterford 5K on Thursday. (July 18).
You missed the early deadline, so you’ll have to pony up $25, but I hear it’s worth it. I have several friends who always do Waterford (I’ve yet to make it out there and this year isn’t looking good either!).
The race starts right at South Park Row in Waterford (main square in the middle of town) at 7 p.m.
Application & information here.
Looking ahead to next week, you can try your
hand, er, feet at a little Friday night racing action in Harborcreek on July 26 at The Chase 5K. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Harborcreek Municipal Building (Route 20, just before Walmart).
The race benefits the St. James Cross Country team and some of it (less than a mile) is run through a well-groomed dirt trail.
Application & information here.
There’s a new 5K in town and…believe it or not…it’s NOT at Presque Isle State Park.
The inaugural Seize the Day 5K race benefits The Epilepsy Project and it will start and finish at Jerry Uht Park in downtown Erie. Racers will not only get a T-shirt, but they’ll also get a SeaWolves ticket for that evening’s game, a photo op with C Wolf and entry to the Finish Line Festival, which they say includes lunch and refreshments!
Date: Saturday, July 27
Time: 9 a.m.
Distance: 5K run/walk
You’ve got a choice of three 5Ks this Saturday — two in eastern Erie county and one at Presque Isle State Park.
* The Our Lady of Mercy Chicken Run 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. in Harborcreek. This is a brand new race and it offers a division for the Chicken Littles (10 and under) who can participate for free. All the Chicken Littles get a finishers ribbon. Day of race registration is $18 for the big Chickens. Application & information here.
In the mood for a 5K, you can get your fill this wekeend with three 5Ks in as many days.
Saturday, June 22 (9 a.m.) — The Run for Shelter 5K is an Erie Runners Club race to raise money for the Beach No. 1 Shelter project. The race starts — where else! — Beach No. 1 at Presque Isle State Park. This is a great race and a great cause to support because, let’s face it, we runners have PLENTY to gain by supporting this pavilion project (you know…like a warm, dry place to congregate before & after Beach No. 1 races!!! $25 day of race. Application here.
Sunday, June 23 (8 a.m.) — The Alex Johnson Memorial 5K XC race starts and finishes at the Greene Township Building on Tate Road in Greene Township (Tate Road is just a couple miles up the road from the i-90 Wattsburg exit). Take note of the XC in that race name — this is a cross-country race, so…you’ll be hightailing it through grass and, given the rain we’ve been having, a wee bit of mud, too. $25 day of race. Application here.
I triple-dog-dare you to do ALL of them! (And if you do…you need to tell me so I can give you your props!).