More on the Color Run

By | August 7, 2014 9:27 am | 0 Comments

I asked Emily Biddle, Communications Manager of the Erie Sports Commission, a few more questions about the Color Run.

Where exactly is packet pickup?

Packet pickup at the mall is going to be in Center Court. The best place to enter will be the mall entrance near Sears, but being so centralized, it will be accessible from everywhere. Participants should make every effort to pre-register at the mall on Thursday or Friday to avoid what could be long lines on Saturday morning. It’s from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

How many are participating?

The race sold out at 10,000 participants! (Can’t WAIT to see that many people colorful and happy in Downtown Erie!)

Will they be dividing runners into waves? Will we be assigned a start time?

Yes, the race will go off in waves. The first wave will leave at 8 a.m., and they will go off every few minutes until 9:30. To the best of our knowledge, waves have not been assigned. Participants will just line up. This is a high-energy race, so the race directors will have plenty more going on (pre-race party including music, dancing, Zumba, giveaways, etc.) while you wait to take off.

What if it rains?

The event will happen rain or shine. Fortunately, it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day! The only weather event that would lead to a cancellation will be severe weather (lightning).

What about parking?

As far as parking is concerned, several parking lots have been identified for this race. Free parking will be available at in three lots identified in the race guide (E. 4th and French, E 4th and Holland, and E. 7th and French). In addition, EMTA shuttles will be running from 6:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to bring participants that park along the bayfront into downtown. The trolley will run from the Intermodal Center lot to Perry Square, a shuttle from Liberty Park and Ride to Perry Square, and another shuttle from the 12th and Lincoln St. Park and Ride, to Bayfront Convention Center, finishing the run at Perry Square. On street parking will be available as well. For anyone concerned about parking, however, the best advice I can give is to give yourself plenty of time and arrive early! The parking is there, it just might take longer to get to. The Color Run race directors have a fun morning planned, and there will be PLENTY going on prior to the 8 a.m. start of the race! J

Further, parking will be available at the two internal parking decks at Peach&7th, and Peach and 9th. It’s important, though, that those people planning to park there ARRIVE EARLY! They’ll close off at 7;15 to prepare for the race, and won’t reopen until after the last wave of runners have been sent, approximately 9:30 a.m.

Anything else we need to know?

The biggest thing to remember, other than arriving early, is just to have fun and enjoy! This is the largest event series in the country, one that travels all over the world. It really is going to be an incredible experience for everyone, and is going to be a spectacle in Downtown! We want everyone to come out, see what’s going on, and have a blast!

Things I found while surfing around — 8/7/14

By | August 7, 2014 2:21 am | 0 Comments

Worth Reading

Sometimes these types of articles annoy me and I realize I’m preaching to the choir here, but there’s some thought-provoking info in Salon’s 10 reasons America is morbidly obese.

Are you new to running and just can’t seem to get your breathing right and/or keep getting side stitches? Runners World has some good advice for you. 

I love this woman for being true to herself: Maggie Vessey’s Racing Outfits Punch up Track Fashion. A true trendsetter.

Got a bumper zucchini crop this year? Here are 35 healthy things you can make with it.   I can’t wait to try this and this (I totally just bought a shredder thing so I can make it) BTW…if you are drowning in squash, I’m jealous because I’ve gotten, like, two zucchini and one yellow squash out of my garden this year. I don’t think the square foot gardening thing is working out for us.

Runner Claire Wyckoff elevates running route mapping to an art form — making drawing with Nike+ Map.

Worth watching

In no way related to health or fitness or running, but too awesome not to share. Also, she reminds me of my daughter when she was a baby. Enjoy!


T-shirt of the Week

You know who you are. LOL.


Color Run news & notes

By | August 6, 2014 3:54 pm | 0 Comments

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Are you ready for the Color Run on Saturday? I am! I read my race guide, the race FAQ, and these tips for cleaning up. And I picked up some white T-shirts (5 for $10 this week at A.C. Moore!) and a white ballcap ($3, also at A.C. Moore) to protect my blonde locks. I’m doing the run with my daughters and college-age niece and I can’t wait to see a crowd of 10,000 lined up in Erie for a race! I think it’s going to be very cool.

I also think it’s going to be impossible to get in & out of the city and to park. My plan? Park a few miles away & bike or walk to the start. (If it were just me, I’d run, but I know I won’t be able to talk the girls into the extra mileage).

Here’s some race news & notes from the Erie Sports Commission:

The Color Run, the single largest event series in the United States, will make its highly-anticipated stop in Erie Saturday, as 10,000 participants will run or walk in the colorful race. The Color Run is an untimed 5K race in which thousands of participants start the race wearing white and are doused from head to toe in different colors at five color zones along the event course.

Race check-in/packet pickup will be held on Thursday and Friday from noon to 6 p.m. at The Millcreek Mall Center Court. All participants are encouraged to attend.

The pre-race party and day-of-race packet pickup will begin at 6 a.m. in Perry Square, and will feature music, dancing, pre-race stretching, Zumba and giveaways. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. on West 6th Street in front of the courthouse, with waves of participants beginning every few minutes until 9:30 a.m.

Several road closures will take effect due to the event’s location. On Friday, August 8, State St. will close between North and South Park Row beginning at noon, and between South Park Row and 7th St. beginning at 5 p.m. On race day, the following roads will close from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.: W 10th between Sassafras and Myrtle, W 10th between Cherry and Poplar, Liberty St. between W 10th and W 11th St., W 11th between Walnut and Chestnut, and W 11th between Sassafras and Peach. No parking will be available beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday on the race route, including on State St. between North Park Row and 11th St.

Parking will be available in surface lots downtown, in addition to garages and surface lots along the Bayfront. EMTA shuttles will run from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to transport participants from the Bayfront lots to Perry Square. Participants are encouraged to arrive and park early.

The race route and more information is available at

Make sure that you

Know the lingo: Expo

By | August 6, 2014 1:44 am | 0 Comments

When you’re just getting started in a sport, it’s hard to learn all the lingo. Running and walking, like any sport, has it’s own special language and local phrases. Each week, I’ll define a term or phrase that will help you not only walk the walk (or run the run), but talk the talk.


In the days before a race, vendors set up booths in a large space for runners (and the public) to browse. Most expos have products for sale, free samples, and chances to enter giveaways. Not all races have expos, but most marathons (and many large half marathons) do. If your race does have one, that’s where you’ll find packet pickup.

From the Runner’s World’s Glossary of Running Terms.

Just Write 49 ~ Freedom (child’s play)

By | August 5, 2014 3:35 pm | 0 Comments


A bead of lake water mixed with sweat rolls down and drips off the end of my nose into the sand below me as I settle down into the sand on my elbows (body lifted, butt down) for 50 partner plank claps. About 20 of us have gathered for an early Saturday morning Beast on the Bay training session at Presque Isle’s Beach No. 1.

John is lining up next to me with his partner for plank claps. “Hey,” I say. “Lisa said you guys might do some tri training at Findley Lake tomorrow. Let me know when you’re going. I might join you, if that’s OK.”

“Are you doing Presque Isle?” he asks.

“No, but I like tri training. It’s kinda fun.”

“OK,” he says with a laugh.

More sweat drips off my face. The sun is hiding behind morning clouds, but the humidity more than makes up for the heat. I want to wipe my face, but my hands are covered in sand.

I groan and whine and hang my tongue out in an effort to commiserate with the rest of the gang, but I’m actually really loving the whole thing. It’s fun. It’s fun to do something different. It’s fun to have no idea what the leader is going to tell you to do next. It’s fun to challenge yourself. It’s fun to jump into the lake and roll in the sand at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Who does that? Not most 42-year-old mothers.

This is how I play.

I get up at 5 a.m. on Saturday so I can meet my marathon-training friends for a quick 6 miles before the Beast training. Then I run another 5 miles with two other friends after the Beast training. Just because I want to. Just because I can.

I’m not really training for anything — just the Beast on the Bay and the PI half marathon in September (which I could — and often do — on any given weekend).

I’m enjoying the freedom of a nearly blank race schedule, untethered to any training plan or charts or mileage requirements. I can do whatever I want right now. No plan is the boss of me.

I can go to speedwork or I can skip it. I can run 12 on Saturday or I can run 5. I can go to a Team Adrenline workout on Tuesday or I can swim laps. I can go for a bike ride on Thursday or I can go hiking in the gorge with the dog.

Mile repeats at a 7:50 pace? OK.  Join friends for a 20-miler to North East? Sure, why not. Bike from Behrend to Sara’s? Hell, yeah. Swim, bike, then run around Findley Lake Sunday morning? Count me in.

I used to be so regimented, so adamant about what I did on which days and exactly how far I had to go on those days. I thought discipline and strict adherence to a plan was key to staying fit.

Now I know the real key — friends who make fitness fun and give me lots of opportunities to play.


About Just Write
“What ends up revealing itself when free writing is that everything has meaning. That is a magnificent gift of writing. If we write from a free heart-gut place, our souls start speaking.

Bull Dam Run – August 31

By | August 5, 2014 1:05 pm | 0 Comments

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The Bull Dam Trail Run  (at Eaton Reservoir in North East) is back again this year and race director Stephen Haeseler is, once again, offering two distances — a nice, flat, grassy 5K and a more challenging 10K that weaves through the woods.

This is the third annual trail run at Eaton Reservoir (locally known as Bull Dam). The race will be in the morning of Sunday, August 31. This is the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.

The 5K course: The 5K course is a very flat wide path that travels about 1 lap around the reservoir. This is a great course if you would like to try trail running for the first time. The scenery is beautiful and you can’t get lost if you keep the water on your left.  The trail itself is a mixture of gravel and grass and just a bit of asphalt at the spillway.  Historically the spillway is dry in late August early September but there is are no guarantees and you may get your feet wet.

The 10K course: 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.

Both the 5k and 10k involve one lap of the reservoir. Both courses have common areas for water and first aid if required. Near the conclusion of the race we will be running right next to Ashton/ Black road for less than one half mile. This surface is gravel and grass with a little tar and chip. We will have traffic signs in place but safety it will the participants responsibility. You will be crossing 2 boat launches. There will be no marshal directing traffic. This will be at your own risk.

This would be a great chance to try a trail run and to race in a place other than Presque Isle State Park. Dan & I and the kids frequently walk the dog around the Eaton Reservoir, but I told you all about it a couple years ago.

Race registration info here.

Weekend race results

By | August 4, 2014 1:59 am | 0 Comments

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