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So….a reader requested a list of area adventure & fun runs within a 2-hour driving distance and, I was like…sure, no problem. Then I spent like four hours compiling this list because there are so many! Who knew? Now we all do.
Whatever trips your trigger (mud, color, girls-only, seriously tough, etc.), there’s a race for you nearby. Heck, there are 5 cool ones right here in Erie!
BTW — there are many more races in PA, Ohio & NY…I just stuck to the ones that I felt were within an easy driving distance. If I’ve left any off the list, comment below or email me at zipdang22 at aol.
* Jog ‘n Hog — Presque Isle State Park – June 15 (Run 2 miles, eat pepperoni balls, run back 2 miles)
* Erie Day School Fun Color Run & Walk — Camp Notre Dame in Fairview — June 15 (color run/walk, not timed, very family friendly)
* 3 Mile Isle – Presque Isle State Park – July 27 (Three-mile obstacle/adventure run)
* Beast on the Bay - Presque Isle State Park – September 7 (Erie’s biggest obstacle course — 4, 6, 8 and 12-mile options)
* Mud on the Mountain — Seven Springs, PA — May 11 (7.7 mile/26-obstacle mud/adventure run)
* Dirty Girl 5K — Pittsburgh, PA — June 8 (5K mud run that caters to women)
* Project Mud — Wampump, PA — July 13 (5K mud run)
* Run for Your Lives — Wampum, PA — August 3 (5K obstacle/zombie course)
* Muddy & Messy 5K — Conneaut Lake, PA — July 27 (5K mud/adventure run)
* Warrior Dash — Long Pond, PA — Aug. 24 (3.32-mile mud run)
* Gladiator Rock ‘n Run — Export, PA — Sept. 7 (5K mud run)
* Savage Race — Albrightsville, PA — Sept. 14 (4-6-mile mud run)
* Hardcore Mud Run — Phillipsburg, PA — Sept. 28-29 (6.5-mile obstacle course with 18 to 20 obstacles -hardcore)
* Warrior Dash — Butler, OH — June 1-2— (3.2 mile mud run)
* Cleveland Challenge Urban Adventure Race — Cleveland, OH — June 8 (5K “Amazing Race” style scavenger hunt race)
* Dirty Girl 5K — Cleveland, OH — July 20 (5K mud run that caters to women)
* Color Run — Cleveland, OH — Sept. 21 (5K “color run”)
* Kiss me Dirty 5K — Kissing Bridge Ski Resort — June 1 & 2 (5K mud run for women — men can race in drag!)
* Holiday Valley Mudslide — Ellicottville, N.Y. — June 15 (3.5 or 5.4- mile mud run — no shocks, no fire, no barbed wire)
* Color Me Rad — Darian Lake, NY — June 22 (5K color run)
* Tough Mudder — Andover, NY — July 27 & 28 (10 to 12-mile obstacle course – hard core)
* Color Run — Buffalo, NY — Aug. 17 (5K “color run”)
* Hardcore Mud Run — Swain, NY — Aug. 17 (6.5-mile obstacle course with 18 to 20 obstacles, hardcore)
* Run For Your Lives — Batavia, NY — Aug. 17 (5K obstacle/zombie course)
* Tough Mudder — St. Clairsville, OH — Aug. 24 & 25 (10 to 12-mile obstacle course – hard core)
* Dirty Girl 5K — Buffalo, NY — Sept. 7 & 8 (5K mud run that caters to women)
* Muddy Viking — Bemus Point, NY — Oct. 5 (Four-mile mud run)
The best part about the Cleveland marathon? The 26.2-mile after-race party. Here we are in the beer garden…enjoying our complimentary beer, soaking up the sun and taking in a view of Lake Erie.
Sunday was the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect racing weather. It was cool, dry and sunny. It was actually pretty windy, but I never noticed that until I stopped running and was hanging around at the finish line waiting for friends to come in — then, I froze!
I ran the 1/2 and did better than I expected considering my winter-long injury report. I had a 1:54…a far cry from my 1:48 last year, but…whatever. I expected a 2:00, so…I was quite happy to see the clock reading less than 2 hours when I entered the finishers chute.
The crowds seemed thicker than usual this year…that could be because —for once — it wasn’t raining. They had entertainment along the route, including a gymnastics/cheer group, a trash-can band, a school band pep band and more.
The spectators had plenty of great signs, lots of cowbells (“I need more cowbell!”) and there were several fun costumes (I even high-fived “Ernie” and “Bert” at mile 10). I slapped the hands of lots of little kids — who can resist those little outstretched hands? These are all the things I love about a big city race — they have such crowd support.
I’m certain that 90 percent of those people were there to cheer one of the 12,000 people participating in one of the three events (10K, 1/2 marathon & marathon), but they are an inspiration to everyone along the way. It seemed that just when I’d start lagging, I’d come upon another group of people cheering and I’d pick up the pace again.
I ran a pretty consistent pace…except at the start. I think my first mile was 7 minutes because I started waaaayyy back — we should’ve made our way to the start sooner because it was wall-to-wall people and we just couldn’t move up. I think I stopped when I saw the 4:10 pace group….Dan kept pushing forward because he wanted to be with the 3:30 pace group.
It took me 3 to 4 minutes to get to the start mat. Then, I had some catching up to do to fall in with the 8:30-minute-mile runners.
I ran (and finished) better than I expected to and probably could’ve pushed a little harder, but wasn’t out to set any P.R.s.
Dan wanted to run a 3:30 marathon, but my husband found that “wall” I kept telling him about. He said he fell off pace then, but…had some Gu and got a second wind. He finished in 3:43 — three minutes off his time from last year, but…not bad considering he had to climb over that wall at the 18th mile.
Here he is (in the orange) bringing it home:
My friend Jenn Wright was doing her first 1/2 ever and she ROCKED it….finishing in just 2:09! Jenn says she’s now hooked on the 1/2. I agree…it is, by far, my favorite distance race — long enough to be a challenge and to be difficult, but not so hard that your hobbling for two days after!
Here’s Jen & I at the after party:
We go halfway!
I have yet to hear a race report from the “Marathon Mommas” Christine Vassen & Theressa Miller, but…I know they finished! The results list them coming in at 6:25. I’m hoping it was a good experience for them. I have to say that 6 hours of running would never be a good experience for me, but…I’ve acknowledged (and will admit to anyone) that distances beyond 13 miles just aren’t for me!
Now…my husband? Already talking about the next marathon. Crazy man.
Clearly violating Cleveland’s open container law…wait…is there an open container law? Hey…it’s all legal on race day, right?
Here’s my personal results.
P.S. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in downtown Cleveland which I would highly recommend to anyone. The rooms are nice and big…there’s a complimentary breakfast buffet (that they put out early on race day morning!), free wifi and nice, big bathrooms. Plus…the race starts in front of the hotel which means, no porta potties for us!
Today is Vol. 20 of “Marathon Mommas.” Come along as we follow two women — Theressa Miller and Christine Vassen — in their quest to run their their first marathon in the spring. Each week, they’ll give us a glimpse into their training and mindset as they push themselves toward 26.2.
By Christine Vassen
As we left Theressa’s for our longest run to date, I was definitely in the wrong mindset for a long run. First, I couldn’t get the number out of my head — 22 miles. We were going 22 miles. TWENTY-TWO miles. I couldn’t quite wrap my brain about the mileage. I almost asked Theressa whose brilliant idea it was that we trun for 22 miles, but I knew the answer was that I had mapped out the training schedule.
We were following the training mileage, so despite the hot and the sunny weather off we went determined to see how 22 miles felt.
Less than 1/4-mile into the run, I knew we were in trouble. Out comes a small dog – yapping away at us.
If you’ve read our blogs posts — you know I’m the dog person. I talk to the dog but generally fear the smaller dogs. My logic is the big dog will quickly kill me but the small dog will take a while to bite me enough times to get to my throat. Remember, we run on back country roads so the dogs have no fear of traffic and generally roam free. I screamed like at 2-year old, who had never before seen a dog. Theressa just shook her head and told the dog to go home. I knew we were in for a weird run if I was flipping out over a dog at 1/4 mile.
At 1/2 mile, Theressa yelled “SNAKE!”
I said, “What?”
Then I saw it. Dirt road, hot day — the snakes were back out. I’d forgotten all about them.
Great…. less than a mile into this run and I’d already been wigged out by a dog and almost stepped on a snake — wonder what the next 21 miles would bring.
Around mile 9, we’d seen definitely more than 9 dogs by that point. And for some reason, I was in full dog phobia mode. [Theressa] Actually, she was a little bi-polar. One dog she screamed at and ran faster. The next dog she would be “oh he just needs some love”. Then next she would yell at and tell the dog how much trouble it was in for coming out to see us. I have a nice healthy respect for dogs; you leave them alone and they leave you alone.
Truth, I feared a dog would bite me, which isn’t on the training calendar. One odd home owner came out and took into the house one of the three dogs that were galloping across their yard. [Theressa] BIG DOGS! Silly me couldn’t figure out why Theressa had moved to the other side of the road and picked up the pace slightly; meanwhile I was asking her why he would have only taken in one dog.
Luckily, those dogs and many of the dogs are the route were familiar to us and we didn’t have any problems. However, it did seem with each ‘woof’ I jumped out of my skin. I wondered how many dogs lived on a 22-mile route. Twenty-two hilly country miles.
It was much hotter than we expected and the new route had some familiar, as well as some new hills. We were not completely prepared for the heat but we were determined to go the 22 miles. [Theressa] Christine has conveniently left out the fact that I was out of water very early in the run and had to beg for water. It was so hot that I ponder how bad ‘country” ditch water was. Thanks to the nice people in Beaver Center, I didn’t have to find out.
The end of the route found us back on more dirt roads. Since Mother Nature turned up sunshine, there were more snakes out on the end of our run.
So, 22 miles contained eight snakes about probably 50 dogs. [Theressa] If she only seen 8 snakes, she is lucky. She missed SO MANY. I was scanning her path as well as mine. There was about a 2-foot snake right in her path at mile 21. She never seen it until I started yelling to come towards me. I fear snake more than dogs. Yep! Even the harmless garden variety snakes that were sunning themselves strike me with fear.
In the end, we did it.
Step one of adjusting to summer weather has began.
TO BE CONTINUED…