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News & notes: Bull Dam run, Erie Marathon, TNRL and more

By | August 28, 2013 1:53 am | 0 Comments

A few random running news & notes:

Bull Dam run is Sunday

Sunday morning (9 a.m.) is the 2nd annual Hitting the Trails run at Eaton Reservoir (Bulls Dam), 10021 Ashton Rd, North East, PA 16428. The race director is offering both a 5K course and a 10K (more challenging, more trail) course. Here are all the details:

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.

AND….there will be pancakes after, provided (and cooked) by the Greg’s Boy Scout Troop 82 of North East who are benefitting from the race. NOTE: There are not age group awards for this race because it’s a fundraiser, but…there are pancakes…and that’s better than any medal, plaque or certificate, right?

Registration, application and more information here.

Erie Marathon needs you

The Erie Marathon committee sent out the following plea earlier this week. If you’re not running, consider giving back and volunteering. (I’ll be working registration on Saturday and I’ll be road marshaling (and CHEERING) on Sunday).

19 Days until the ERC Marathon/Half Marathon and we need volunteers!
Races cannot be held unless there are volunteers and the Erie Runners Club has the best!

We need people for parking on Sunday, 5:00 am. and we need  Road Marshals, Sunday, 6:30 AM

If you are confirmed, Thank you!

Not sure, Contact David Comi at 814-881-0060 or Teresa Wigham, twigham@roadrunner.com.

Please leave your name, phone number, email address, the area you would like to work and shirt size.

TNRL is Wrapping Up !?!

Seems like just yesterday Jim Lang was telling us that the Tuesday Night Racing League was starting up again and here it is already winding down. Fall schedules and shorter days make it hard to continue the TNRL after September. And, besides, it’s something to look forward to in the spring, right?

There are just two TNRL’s remaining. They are:

September 3, 2013 – North East Cherry Runs – Gibson Park, North East

September 10, 2013 – 6:30 start – Evanoff home – 4550 South Hill Rd, McKean PA (Season Finale!)

More info about TNRL here.

Newsletter Stuffing  moved to Sept. 3

Note that due to the Monday holiday, the ERC newsletter stuffing “party” will be moved forward one evening to Tuesday, September 3 at 7 pm. at the Plymouth Tavern (usually in the front room). First, you help collate, fold, tape and label the ERC newsletter, then you enjoy free wings, pretzels and beer/softdrinks courtesy of the club.

Biggest Loser race photos

The Biggest Loser official race photos are up and they are free, free, free for you to download! Check them out here. (Mine are…as always…appalling. I will never give you my bib number…never!).

BTW — word has it that race is being moved to Penn State Behrend next year. Waaaahhhh?  Hit the hills my friends, no avoiding them up here in these parts!

 

Running is free. Racing is not.

By | September 27, 2011 3:14 am | 9 Comments

My husband came home from running the half-marathon at the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle on Sun., Sept. 18 and told me about an Erie runner who boldly stood at the start line, talking at length about how he did not pay to race. Yet, there he stood, at the start line, ready to run 13.1 miles with all the other people who ponied up.  He even bitched about how he would probably place in his age group but it wouldn’t count because bandits don’t get race times (No check/cash? No chip. No chip? No time).

For those of you who are new to racing – people who race without paying are called bandits and while some may debate whether they are “stealing” anything from anyone, I think most would agree it’s just a crappy, low-life thing to do.

Mr. Bandit said, “why should I have to pay to run around the peninsula?”

Um, you don’t, but kindly step over to the multipurpose trail and drink from the park fountains, my friend.

Mr. Bandit felt justified in running for free because the day-of-race fees were outrageous.  I’ll give him that (it was $100, I think to do the half on the day of), but… the reality is that those day-of-race fees for the Erie Marathon events are deliberately meant to be outrageous to discourage people from waiting until the morning of the race to sign up. Put another way, it’s a whole lot cheaper to preregister – even as late as the day before.

You can’t imagine the work that goes into putting on a race like the Erie Marathon (and remember it’s all volunteer…all of it) and last-minute registrations and day-of-race registrations make it impossible for them to plan, so they discourage them.  That’s the race directors’ prerogative.

But, what bugs me about Mr. Bandit is that he could’ve legitimately run that race for free — with a bib number and a chip — had he volunteered a few hours of his time.

With two runners in our family, race fees add up. Dan & I save money  by volunteering (most race directors give you a free race entry for volunteering).  I worked packet pickup at the Erie Marathon on Saturday afternoon and Dan arrived extra early on marathon day & helped park cars.

So Dan didn’t shell out a $1 either, but there he stood with a chip on his shoe, a bib on his shirt and the peace of mind of knowing he earned his space at the start line.

Mark Remy, Runner’s World columnist and author of “The Runner’s Rule Book: Everything a Runner Needs to Know, and Then Some” writes this about bandits:

Rule 2.1 A — Don’t complain about the race entry fee

Hey,  no one is holding a gun to your head. Don’t like the fee? Find a smaller (read: cheaper) race. But whatever you do…

 

Rule 2.1B — Pay Your Way

Bandit a race, and your stealing, pure and simple

If you’re preparing a spirited defense—a laundry list of all the rationalizations you’ve dreamed up to justify running a race without paying for it—save your breathe (really…do). I’ve heard them all. And they’re all nonsense.

Staging a race costs real money. If you can’t afford to pay your share, there are plenty of other roads for you to use on race day.

Running is free. Racing is not.

What do you think of bandits? Does it irk you that you paid and they didn’t?

Do you just want to climb up & knock me off my soapbox?

Does the whole thing kinda smack of Ebert Beeman? Or is it just me?

NOTE: I’m going to close comments on this post now (9/29) because I don’t want it to become a series of personal attacks. 

 

 

 

Marathon results & photos

By | September 18, 2011 7:39 pm | 0 Comments

 

GoErie.com Street View photographer, Rob Frank, caught two GoErie.com staffers — Jeff McCullor and Karen Burchill — hoofing it through the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle 1/2 marathon on Sunday with Rob Lowe???

 

A runner couldn’t have asked for more perfect racing conditions for Sunday’s Erie Marathon at Presque Isle State Park with cool temps and zero precipitation. I’m sure there were a lot of P.R.’s set Sunday, including my husband, Dan, who ran a 1:35 in the half. Running Wild blogger, Rhonda Berlin, set a P.R. in the half-marathon, too.

There were 797 finishers in the half-marathon, 519 in the marathon and 137 in the 5K for a total of almost 1,500 participants.

Complete results for all three events can be found here.

Candid race photos from GoErie.com’s Street View here.

The official race photo provider was RunPhotos.com.

 

Erie Marathon update

By | September 12, 2011 5:41 am | 0 Comments

Stephanie Hall Cabelof, front, her mother, Mary Lou Rathers, and son Nick Pompeani, 14, will be raising money for the Achievement Center by participating in the Erie Marathon. Cabelof is running the marathon, her mother is walking the 1/2 marathon and son is running the 5K./ERIE TIMES-NEWS photo

Sunday is the Erie marathon at Presque Isle.  Here’s an update on the big event from co-directors, Mike Vieyra & Jan Comi:

Well, all of your training is done and now it is time to rest up for Sunday. The weather forecast is for partly cloudy with a low of 56° and a high of 67°. Our event field is up about 25% – thanks to prior participants for being our marketing department.

A few important points for you:

• Start times are: 7:00 for the marathon, 7:15 for the 5k and 7:30 for the half marathon.

• Undertrained or slightly injured? I can move you to a shorter distance at no charge through midnight Tuesday, September 13th. Email us at Eriemara@yahoo.com .

• Saturday Sept 17th – packet pick-up noon until 7:00 PM. Pasta dinner for only $10 from 4:00 to 7:00 right at packet pick-up.

• Parking – for packet pick-up you can come right to the Rotary Pavilion on Presque Isle State Park. However, on race day, you will be directed to one of two parking areas: Lot 6 or Lot 8. We will have parking marshals directing you, so please just follow their directions. All parking is approximately 0.2 miles from the start. Remember that you will need to be at the park entrance no later than 6:00 AM in order to assure yourself enough time to get parked and to the starting line.

• Spectator areas- the start/finish area along with the Cookhouse area are ideal areas for your family and friends to cheer you on. They can walk between the areas that are only 0.2 miles apart. Viewing from these sites would be at approximately the following mile markers: start, 5.7, 13.1, 18.6 and 26.2.

Refreshments and snacks will be available at the Cookhouse for a small donation to a local charity.

If you know of anybody still interested, they can register on-line at: https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/ErieMarathon/ at a reduced rate compared to the day before or of race day.

On-line registration will remain open through September 13th at midnight.

In other marathon news, there was a nice story in the Erie Times-News today about three generations of one family who are participating in the Erie marathon events — one is doing the marathon, one is doing the 1/2 marathon & one is doing the 5K — and raising money for the Achievement Center in the process.

Read all about this special family(pictured above)  here.

 

Take the weekend off (and random running notes)

By | August 30, 2011 6:12 pm | 1 Comment

 

Well, well, well…this almost NEVER happens in the warm season around here, but there’s not much going on (race-wise) this weekend. The only event I can find is in Spartansburg on Monday, Sept. 5. It’s the Spartansburg Fair 5K Race. More info on that here.

Newsletter stuffing moved to Tuesday

September ERC newsletter stuffing will be on Tuesday,Sept. 6 at the Plymouth Tavern in the loft area — this is a change in date from the usual (first Monday of the month) to avoid Labor Day. As always, newsletter stuffing starts at 7 p.m., belly stuffing starts after the newsletter job is done (ERC buys wings, pretzels, soda and beer).

Erie Marathon price goes up tomorrow

If you register TODAY you will save on your Erie Marathon race registration fee. Today it is $60 (marathon), $48 (1/2 marathon) and $13 (5K). Prices go up tomorrow and they go up again on the day before and day of the race (which is Sept. 18, by the way). More marathon info here.

Beat Beethoven

The Erie Philharmonic puts on a fun 5K in which you’re racing to beat the Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. It works like this: Volunteers line the course with their boom boxes and car radios turned to Jet Radio 1400 so racers can hear the Symphony from start to finish. Cross the finish line before the final note (about 30 minutes and 17 seconds) and you get a ticket to the phil. Info and application here.

Race for Recovery 15K coming up

The Race for Recovery 14th annual Run Around Erie 15 is scheduled for Sept. 25 at PISP Rotary Pavilion and includes three distance choices: a 15K, a 5K and a 1-mile. Application can be found here. Early registration deadline is Sept. 20. Register by then to be guaranteed a shirt.

Her Times women’s 5K early deadline approaching, too

If you’re planning to participate in the Her Times women’s 5K on Sat., Oct. 1 — and what woman runner wouldn’t when you get such great goodies as a reuable shopping back, a water bottle from Flab to Fab and a styling WOMENS-cut t-shirt — you ought to send in your application or apply online. Beat the Sept. 16 deadline to save a few bucks — $5 to be exact. Prices go up from $15 to $20 after 9/16 and kids race fee goes from $0 to $5 each after 9/16. Registration form here. Online registration here.

 

Erie Marathon news

By | August 6, 2011 7:58 am | 0 Comments

Notes on the Erie Marathon from the race directors:

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle

2011 News — August 3, 2011

We hope everybody is having a great summer!  Erie has had some warm weather this summer like most other places in the US.  However, Mother Nature is thinking of us already as we had a low of 63° F  last night.  The “extended forecast” for race day is a morning high of 61° F – sounds chilly right now but it won’t come race morning.

Here are a few interesting registration trends so far:

  • 55% of our entrants are female – go girls!
  • More than half are registered for the full marathon vs the half marathon or 5k
  • 50% of entrants are between the ages of 35 and 54 as well as 50% between 20 and 39.  The largest age group represented is 40-44 at 15% of total
  • 33 of the USA states are represented so far

 

If you have yet to sign-up to participate this year, you can do so at:  https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/ErieMarathon/ at the incredibly low price of $50 for 26.2 miles or $40 for 13.1 miles.  This rate is good through August 1st 11:59 PM.

We spend zero dollars of your registration fees on advertising, promotion, or applications because we have you out there to spread the word – thank you.  You, as satisfied customers have us ahead of last years registration pace by 51% with 53 days to go until the gun goes off.  We anticipate the final growth over 2010 numbers to be about 30% when all is said and done – returnees tend to register early.

For course maps, registration lists, FAQs and  more 2011 race details, visit our website, www.eriemarathon.org.

We are making it a bit easier for the family and friend spectators this year as we have rented The Cookhouse Pavilion that is located at miles 5.5 and 18.5 on the course.  This is only about 0.2 miles from the start/finish line.

See you in September,

Jan and Mike