Run Across Erie County Saturday

By | November 19, 2014 6:16 pm | 0 Comments

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The 10th Annual R.A.C.E. (Run Across Erie County), an informal group run from — you guessed it — one border of Erie County to the other is scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 a.m. There is no charge to participate. No application to fill out. No shirts, awards or timing. The course is fully open to traffic and there will be no marshals or course markings to guide you.  In fact, it’s not even really a race…more of a big group long run.  Everyone is welcome.

The group is meeting at Avonia Park (at the lake) in Fairview at 7:30 a.m. They will then shuttle to the start near Crossingville, Pa., for the 19-mile run back to Fairview. After finishing, they’ll gather at the Avonia Tavern to carbo load!

Race organizer Mike Vieyra said the weather should cooperate. Forecast is for a warm spell (39 to 43 degrees).  Mike also said they are also looking for volunteers to help with shuttling to the start and providing a mobile aid station to give out water, electrolyte and GU gels.

You don’t have to do the whole 19 miles. You can jump in at some point along the course. See a map of the course here.

Endurance Classic Saturday

By | October 14, 2014 1:53 am | 0 Comments

How many times can you run a mile 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.

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.

Two years ago, I participated in this race for the first time, and I LOVED it. I’m planning to be there this Saturday. I have no plan on how many miles to run…we’ll just see what I feel like doing.

You can stay and run for 12 hours. You can come & go. You can run 4 miles 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.

Oil Creek 100 trail runs

By | October 13, 2014 8:40 pm | 1 Comment

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Dr. Dan Young finished the 100 mile OC100 race in 23:44 — 16th out of 93 finishers! Photo by Lee Ann Reiners.

This past weekend was the premier ultra race in the area — the Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs.  The Oil Creek 100 include three distance choices: a 50K, 100K and 100 miles. Race director, Tom Jennings’ attention to detail, legion of dedicated volunteers, and years of directing experience have put this race at the top of a lot of ultra runners’ to-do list.  Can’t believe people would clamor to run umpteen miles through the rugged terrain of Oil Creek State Park? Um….this race sold out in 90 seconds last year. Doesn’t that just about say it all?

Considering I don’t even like marathons and the first time I ever ran at Oil Creek with friends, I started throwing F-bombs on the switchbacks, I don’t think you’ll ever find me running the OC100. So I have to live vicariously through those who are up for the challenge.

Here are two great reviews — one from Erie runner Pat Krott who did 100 miles & one from the guy who calls himself the Detroit Runner who did the 50K.

Among this year’s local finishers (apologies if I missed anyone!):

50K (31. miles)

Scott Russell, 43, 6:13

Edwin Gray, 59, 6:30

Tom Rinke, 51, 6:49

Christopher Spriegel, 39, 7:21

Katie Beam, 36, 7:36

Tim Augustyniak, 45, 7:38

Jason Johnson, 29, 8:06

Michael McCullough, 35, 8:10

Jeff McCullough, 27, 8:10

Daniel Kalie, 52, 8:17

Sean Donachy, 42, 9:09

Julie Robinson, 9:09

Megan Shearman, 33, 9:09

Jeffrey Corklin, 51, 9:26

Dennis Albrewczynski, 46, 10:27

Tisha Chase, 40, 10:27

Jeff Thomas, 44, 11:02

Samantha Oas, 39, 11:43

Christine Vassen, 43, 13:06

Jane Cooper, 45, 14:03

100K (62 miles)

Melissa Pastore, 53, 13:22

Brian Smith, 49, 13:52

Patrick McMahon, 40, 15:55

Barnabe Gamez, 38, 16:03

Madelyn Hoover, 24, 16:50

Craig Buck, 31, 17:50

Greg Henning, 60, 23:19

100 Milers

Dan Young, 54, 23:44

Pat Krott, 30, 26:54

Karey Elliott, 40, 28:34

Brennan Donnelly, 26, 29:10

Jack Shaver, 27, 29:59

Matthew Gray, 30, 31:31

Complete race results can be found here.

Erie Runner wins North Face Endurance Challenge 50K

By | June 16, 2014 8:19 am | 0 Comments

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Congrats to Erie runner, Dino Montagna, 32, who recently WON The North Face Endurance Challenge— a 50K trail race in Sterling, Virgina.

According to the challenge organizers, “the course keeps runners on their toes with ever-changing terrain. Overall, the course consists of 50% single-track, 30% dirt or gravel double-track, 10% gravel carriage road and 10% paved road.”
Local finishers are below, in bold.
Top three men overall:
1. Dino Montagna (32), Erie, 3:58:10
2. Steve Hoogland, Springfield, VA, 4:08:20
3. Alberto Camerdeil, Caracas, Venezuala, 4:15:52
Top three women overall:
1. Kara Waters, Ellicott City, Maryland, 4:26:10
2. Alex Wang, Great Falls, Virginia, 4:32:11
3. Sonja Hinish, Arlington, Virginia, 4:35:22
315: Sharon Wesoky, Meadville, 7:13:07

Things I found while looking around — 12/12/13

By | December 12, 2013 2:31 am | 0 Comments

Worth reading

* Life advice from ultra happy ultrarunner Hal Koerner

* What’s for dinner? Need inspired?  11 athletes share their favorite meals.

* Car versus deer versus runner. (This is the kind of crap that would happen to me.)

* Did you know funny guy Will Ferrell is an avid runner & marathoner? Yep, Buddy Elf goes long.

 

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Video of the Week

Next time you have to run on a treadmill, may you do so with the enthusiasm of Meatball, the Corgi on the playground carousel:

T-shirt of the Week

This is a DIY Santa shirt…perfect for Saturday morning’s ERC Snowflake 5K!

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Instructions here.

 

 

Can you endure?

By | October 16, 2013 7:20 pm | 0 Comments

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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.

Pat Krott’s Western States report

By | July 10, 2013 5:59 am | 0 Comments

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Erie runner Pat Krott recently completed his first Western States Endurance Run, a prestigious 100-mile trail race in California that is considered one of the toughest endurance events in the country. Pat got it done in a little over 25 hours. Think about that….running/moving for 25 HOURS!

He recently wrote a report for irunfar.com – read it here.

Congrats, Pat!

Weekend Race Results (Congrats to Pat)

By | July 1, 2013 1:09 am | 0 Comments

The rain stopped just in time for the Fahey/Ferko races in Harbocreek on Saturday morning. Results here.

Also Saturday morning — the Kids for Saint Nick’s 5K. Results here.

And, on Sunday, The Bemus Point Summer 10K was held  in nearby Bemus Point, N.Y. Results here.

There were several Erie area runners doing ultra distance this weekend including Dan Young and Christine Vassen who ran at Run Between the Suns, a 12-hour endurance trail run event in Franklin, and Pat Krott who ran Western States 100 Miler in 25:30:29 in triple-digit temps in Auburn, California (which makes me feel like HUGE baby for whining about a humid 15-miler on Saturday morning!).

Congrats to you, Pat! (Please forgive me for blatantly ripping these photos off your Facebook wall. :0) )

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Guest Post: Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs R.D. inspires newbies to go the distance

By | June 11, 2013 1:51 am | 0 Comments

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Tom Jennings, ultra marathoner, race director of the Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs

Guest post  by Christine Vassen

Trail Runner magazine asked readers:  Tell us someone awesome you’ve met through trail running.

I paused when I saw this and thought immediately of Tom Jennings, race director for Oil Creek 100 (and an amazing trail runner himself). I meet Tom at an Erie Runners Club 12-hour endurance event. He was the ‘100 mile guy with the funny things on his shoes.  I was way too intimidated to ask him what they were. I learned that Tom was an ultra runner and I figured that ultra runners never spoke to newbies. (I was wrong on that fact.)

The next year, I read about the Oil Creek 100 trail runs and e-mailed Tom to ask several newbie questions, such as: “Are there really bears out there?” Tom humored me and patiently answered all my questions. I started training for my first marathon.

February in northwestern Pennsylvania is snowy/icy. Jack Frost hits us hard.  As race director, promoting the 50K newbie angle, Tom offered to take a group of us out for the 5-mile loop. I figured, 5 miles = no problem. We arrived and Tom greeted us enthusiastically. We headed up the bike path to the trail. Tom was in great spirits telling us how easy it was. I was already struggling and we weren’t even on the trail yet!

Tom consistently checked on us that day and sent a follow-up e-mail that afternoon to make sure we’d make it home OK. At one point, I realized he was breaking the trail in the snow and I thought this seemed insane. But, to me, that’s what’s trail running is about. Meeting people who make the impossible seem normal and entirely doable.

Last year, I suffered a serious injury. As Oil Creek approached, I had to be there. I couldn’t participate, and I couldn’t even stand and cheer. My loving husband, who couldn’t understand why I wanted to be there, drove me to the race and set-up a sleeping bag on the ground at the finish line. He agreed to leave me there while he went for some food. It started to drizzle. Tom checked on me periodically. Thankfully, Tom covered me up at one point to make sure I didn’t get completely drenched. He understood why I wanted to be there. Only an awesome trail runner would understand.

I got to watch Tom at the Burning River 100, which he is training for again this year.  At 3 a.m., Tom was still making the run look easy. He was laughing and having fun. The next year, I was back at BR100 volunteering at an aid station for much of the day. Last weekend, I participated in a supported Oil Creek training run. Tom goes out early and puts fruit and water at critical points along the trail. At the end of the day, he gathers everything up and leaves zero trace. He also helps maintain the trails.

I would have never had such amazing experiences if Tom had ignored my e-mail or laughed at my silly newbie questions.

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Christine Vassen, above, completed the Oil Creek 50K in 2011. You can read her account of the experience here.

Things I found 5/30/13

By | May 30, 2013 1:48 am | 0 Comments

Worth Reading

* Build a better core with these 5 Workouts for Stronger Running

* And….once you work on your core, you can maximize your mobility with these 6 exercises. (Um..seriously, don’t discount mobility, the lack of it causes many injuries because we compensate with crappy form).

* Yes, You Can Run an Ultramarathon (Tips, guides, advice here…see links to more info at the bottom of this intro article).

* Long run on a hot day? Suck down a slushie first.   “A new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that runners who drank a ten-ounce slushie (made of blended ice and sugar water) were able to run 19 percent longer before exhaustion in 93-degree heat than a control group drinking the same ice-cold beverage in liquid form.”

P.S. I’ll have More hot weather running tips posted tomorrow!

 

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Tshirt of the week

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Available here for $20.