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ERC Turkey Trot 2014 theme

By | March 26, 2014 1:48 am | 0 Comments

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Turkey Trot 2014 — Hungry Games Edition

You heard it here first!

(Unless, of course, you ran into T-trot R.D. and ERC President, Dave Comi, who is handing out these temporary tattoos).

 

Random running news

By | March 7, 2014 1:48 am | 0 Comments

St. Pat’s Packet Pickup

If you’re registered for the St. Patrick’s Day distance festival race on March 15 and you want to pick up your packet and timing chip early, you can do so on Friday, March 14 at the Beach No. 1 pavilion from 1 to 7 p.m.

Note, though, that the race is at the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday. There will be no parking near the Rotary on race day — park at the cabins, Beach 6, Beach 8 or the cookhouse.

Try the trails?

If you’re not doing the ERC St. Patrick’s Day race and you want to try trail running, Mike and Jan Vieyra are inviting you to join them and other ERC runners for a training run on a 5-mile loop over the river and through the woods– Asbury Woods, that is. Meet at the picnic shelter (behind the Asbury barn, across the street from the Nature Center) at 7:30 a.m. Several folks are planning on running multiple loops at various paces.

Think Thanksgiving…in May

ERC President & Turkey Trot race director, Dave Comi, is dangling a carrot to encourage attendance at the summer membership meetings. He’s offering a discount on Turkey Trot registration to every member at the May 12 meeting (place to be announced, but it is often at the Asbury barn). You can sign up for just $17, which includes the sweatshirt.

Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month. In the summer, they’re held outdoors at local picnic shelters. The club provides hot dogs and soda, members often bring something to share (chips, cookies, fruit, etc.), but you don’t have to. Families welcome.

Beach Party for the 1/2

The post-race festivities for the Presque Isle Half Marathon will not require a drive up to Waldameer this year. The picnic and awards ceremony will be right at Beach No. 1 in the new ERC shelter.  Race directors are encouraging you to bring your outdoor chairs and beach gear and spend the day relaxing…after you run around the peninsula, of course. :-) The premium this year is a beach towel. Perfect!

 

ERC T-Trot results & photos

By | November 30, 2013 6:30 pm | 0 Comments

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Well, we’ve certainly had better weather for the ERC Turkey Trot. (But, then, we’ve also had MUCH worse). The course was quite icy, particularly the 10K….so it looked from the car when we left the5K and went to the party.

Dan & I were signed up to do both races and planned to run the 5K with the girls and the 10K ourselves, but it was just too cold to make the kids wait in the car and I got too chilled in between. We headed up to the party and drank more than our share of coffee & hot chocolate.  Unlike us …65 runners didn’t wimp out and did both the 5K & the 10K.

There were a total of 3019 in the 5K and another 600 in the 10K.

Complete results here.

Photos (228 in total) from the GoErie Street View here.

 

 

More ERC Trot news, notes

By | November 25, 2013 6:44 am | 0 Comments

From the ERC Turkey Trot directors:

MONDAY and TUESDAY
1. Packet Pick-up: Bel-Aire Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 West 8th St.. Packets can be
picked up on the Monday (today, November 25) prior to Thanksgiving from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm and the Tuesday(Novermber 26) prior to Thanksgiving from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm. This is the only time to come to the Bel-Aire for pick-up. The Bel-Aire is kind enough to let us use their facility. Do not call the Bel-Aire
concerning this event.  Day of race registration  and pick up will be Thursday morning, November 28 from 7:00 am until 8:30 am for the 5K, and until 9:40 for the 10K
2. You may pick up the timing chip and shirts for someone else.  There are a few registrations left, they will be sold first come first serve today.  Cost of race is $15, cash or check only.  I will post on Facebook and it will be on the twitter feed when we sell out.
3.  There will be red turkey trot pajama pants for sale- plaid are $15 and polka dot are $18, you can buy a brick for the pavilion and there will be vendors and ERC merchandise for sale, no credit cards.  Checks and exact change will be appreciated.
THURSDAY
1. Parking instructions- Beach 1 parking will fill up early, please try to car pool, there are 3 parking lots on the bay side and parking at the Stull, all are less than 1 mile from the start and there are over 200 spots.  DO NOT PARK ON THE ROADS, THE PARK WILL TICKET.  There is parking at the Ridge Center and there will be a shuttle bus.  Waldameer will open the overflow lot next to TREC but they will not open the large lot across the street.  There will be shuttle buses from the Waldameer Rainbow Garden lot.  Unless you are early this is where you will need to park. 
2. There is NO BAG CHECK, please bring extra layers of old clothes and do not forget to pick them back up after the race.  Do not ask volunteers to watch your stuff.
3.  The 5K run and the 5K walk will start at the same time, 8:30 , if you are in the walk please go to the back, your timing chip is going to put you in the right race.  It must be on your shoe, do not forget it.
4.  Last minute information can be found on the ERC Website-twitter feed http://www.erie-runnersclub.org/index.php and also on the Erie Runners Club facebook page.

ERC Turkey Trot packet pickup

By | November 24, 2013 12:50 pm | 0 Comments

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The ERC’s Turkey Trot early packet pickup party is TONIGHT and tomorrow night at the Bel Aire Hotel (W. 8th St.). Here are all the details. Please note — these are the only times/days you can pick up your packet early. The BelAire will not be able to hand out packets–they are simply the venue the club is renting for the packet pickup party.  If you can’t pick up your packet on Monday or Tuesday, you’ll have to do it on race day morning.

Picking up for a friend? A few tips

You are allowed to pick up packets for friends. As someone who routinely helps at packet pickup (and who will be there on Monday & Tuesday night), here are a few tips if you are doing that:

1. Write all the names down on a piece of paper that you can hand to the person working registration.

2. Make SURE the people you are picking up for know you’re picking up for them. (lots of people show up and find that they have no packet because a friend picked it up for them).

3. Make sure the people you think are registered are actually registered. (we spend a lot of time looking for people who never followed through & registered).

Packet pickup party details

OK…now…here are all the details on packet pickup from the ERC:

WHERE: Bel-Aire Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 West 8th St.

DAY/HOURS: Monday, Nov. 25 from 4-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2-8p.m.

ABOUT THE EVENT: There will a party this year at packet pick-up. Mini expo, snacks, refreshments and some fun give-aways. party will be to benefit the Erie County Diabetes Foundation (ECDA).

QUESTIONS:  uropa40@aol.com or 814-881-0060.

Registration

Online registration is now CLOSED and don’t bother mailing them either…they will NOT get there in time. The only option now is to register at the packet pickup party….if there are still spots left. At last check, they were within a couple dozen of a sellout.

Trot art

By | November 21, 2013 5:38 am | 0 Comments

Blatantly stolen from a running friend’s Facebook feed….this year’s ERC Turkey Trot art:

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The ERC is reporting that that race is almost sold out. They expect it to do so by early Saturday, so…if you’re still on the fence…decide soon!

ERC Trot Course Notes & Map (New 5K course)

By | November 13, 2013 6:03 am | 0 Comments

Important notes about the Turkey Trot courses from the Erie Runners Club:

Due to issues faced in the past, the race has been adjusted in an effort to reduce congestion on the course. Instead of the out & back we’ve used for the past 2 years, we’ve extended the lake-road course a bit to take advantage of the two roadways we have available. Instead of an out & back (walk) and a loop + Out & Back (run), the new (combined) course is a keyhole course. The first & last half mile are congruent, but the middle 2 miles are a loop.  Folks that start in the back (walkers, mostly) will be asked to KEEP LEFT on the lake road to make room for returning runners.

5k participants have 1 HOUR to finish.  After 1 hour, the finish line is closed to set up for the 10k start.  (This means that folks starting in the back may only have 50 minutes or so to finish. Walk quickly)

10k Start MAY be adjusted pending the return of walkers.

START & FINISH LINES HAVE BEEN MOVED:
The Start is 0.17 miles NORTH (further onto the park) of the Beach 1 bath house. ALL 5k events will start together (walkers in the back, but chips to accommodate).

5k Course Description:

Start at 5k start/finish line (0.17 miles north of beach 1 bath house)

Proceed north approx 1.5 miles.

Turn right onto main beach road. (Entire outbound roadway is reserved for our race)

Proceed to nature center road.

Turn right on nature center road

Turn left onto Beach 1 roadway

Proceed to finish line.

5k Course Map (Map My Run) 

10k Course Description:  (10k Will start at 9:40-9:45 – depending on how long it takes to get into position).  DO NOT APPROACH THE START UNTIL AFTER 9:30 AM..

Start NORTH of the start finish line (You’ll need to cross the mats to get to start position)

Proceed south to Peninsula Drive

Proceed south to base of PI Drive hill (to turnaround)

Proceed north on south-bound lane to Fischer drive (cross-road at Waterworks)

Turn around & head south to Nature Center.

Turn right on nature center road

Turn left onto Beach 1 roadway

Proceed to finish line.

10k Course Map (Map My Run)

ERC Trot news & notes

By | November 12, 2013 7:12 am | 0 Comments

2013 Turkey Trot. Photo by Andy Cowell/Erie Times-News

I’ve been trying to get you a sneak peek at the ERC’s Turkey Trot t-shirt art for this year, but I haven’t had any luck yet. What I did pry out of ERC board member, Suzy Carstarter is a pretty nice description, though:

 Shirts/sweatshirts are red and all characters are “hot” (i.e. a “hot flash” turkey, etc.).  Pajama pants are cotton red plaid and red with white polka dots with “hot to trot” on the back.

By the way, if you haven’t signed up and you’re planning to run, you better get on it. It sold out before packet pickup last year and it’s on track to do so again this year, so don’t wait.  Register online now.

Save the date(s): Trot Packet Pick up

From the ERC:

Packet pickup will once again be held at the Bel-Aire Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 West 8th St..

Packets can be picked up on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm and the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving (Nov. 26)  from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Please note: These are the only times to come to the Bel-Aire for pick-up. The Bel-Aire is kind enough to let us use their facility. Do not call the Bel-Aire concerning this event. They are simply the venue for the packet pickup party.

Any questions should be sent to uropa40@aol.com or 814-881-0060.

And, yes, you can pick up for other participants!

Course Notes (New 5K course)

Also from the ERC:

Due to issues faced in the past, the race has been adjusted in an effort to reduce congestion on the course. Instead of the out & back we’ve used for the past 2 years, we’ve extended the lake-road course a bit to take advantage of the two roadways we have available. Instead of an out & back (walk) and a loop + Out & Back (run), the new (combined) course is a keyhole course. The first & last half mile are congruent, but the middle 2 miles are a loop.  Folks that start in the back (walkers, mostly) will be asked to KEEP LEFT on the lake road to make room for returning runners.

5k participants have 1 HOUR to finish.  After 1 hour, the finish line is closed to set up for the 10k start.  (This means that folks starting in the back may only have 50 minutes or so to finish. Walk quickly)

10k Start MAY be adjusted pending the return of walkers.

START & FINISH LINES HAVE BEEN MOVED:
The Start is 0.17 miles NORTH (further onto the park) of the Beach 1 bath house. ALL 5k events will start together (walkers in the back, but chips to accommodate).

5k Course Description:

  • Start at 5k start/finish line (0.17 miles north of beach 1 bath house)
  • Proceed north approx 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto main beach road. (Entire outbound roadway is reserved for our race)
  • Proceed to nature center road.
  • Turn right on nature center road
  • Turn left onto Beach 1 roadway
  • Proceed to finish line.

5k Course Map (Map My Run) 

10k Course Description:  (10k Will start at 9:40-9:45 – depending on how long it takes to get into position).  DO NOT APPROACH THE START UNTIL AFTER 9:30 AM..

  • Start NORTH of the start finish line (You’ll need to cross the mats to get to start position)
  • Proceed south to Peninsula Drive
  • Proceed south to base of PI Drive hill (to turnaround)
  • Proceed north on south-bound lane to Fischer drive (cross-road at Waterworks)
  • Turn around & head south to Nature Center.
  • Turn right on nature center road
  • Turn left onto Beach 1 roadway
  • Proceed to finish line.

10k Course Map (Map My Run)

Props for the Trot art

By | May 2, 2013 5:45 am | 0 Comments

Check it out: The Erie Runner’s Club’s 2013 Turkey Trot shirt made it onto Shape.com’s list of 10 Hilarious Running Shirts:

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By the way… the author, Charlotte Andersen, is hilarious, too. She blogs at The Great Fitness Experiment.

Turkey Trot videos

By | November 25, 2012 6:48 pm | 0 Comments

GoErie.com’s “Random Mike” was talking turkey with some of the ERC Turkey Trot participants on Thursday.  It’s a pretty funny video — check it out here.

Also….there’s a short video that Andy Colwell from the Erie Times-News shot at the Turkey Trot, too.  See it here.