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With all due love & respect to Presque Isle State Park (we love you…we really do), there are many more places to run in the Erie area than the peninsula. In this occasional series, I’ll introduce you to some other really nice places to run in the tri-state area — some well-known & some off the beaten path. Today, we’re taking a drive down Route 430 to Findley Lake, N.Y.:
From Erie, Addie’s is a quick drive out Route 430 until you, literally, run into town. Take a right on Sunnyside Road in Findley Lake and Addie’s is maybe a mile down the road on the left.
There are four main reasons I <3 Addie’s (and, no, they are not paying me — in cash or frozen treats to say this):
1. The selection of flavors is incredible. And the taste is incredible — Addie’s is the Smith’s hot dog of local ice cream.
2. You can have more than one flavor in your cone. Just tell them you want “New York cheesecake” AND “praline’s ‘n cream and you get BOTH in your cone. (I’ve heard people ask for three flavors). Just try that at another ice cream place without getting a dirty look and “we don’t do that.”
3. It’s inexpensive. A “kiddie” waffle cone, which is the equivalent of a “large” at any other ice cream store, is like $3. And, yes, they take debit/credit cards. (I do believe there’s a minimum charge though.)
This is my friend, Cindy, with her “kiddie” cone:
4. I like running around Findley Lake. It’s just over 5 miles if you go all the way around, it’s mostly flat (some hills on the way to Shadyside Drive) and the scenery/views are beautiful in any season (even winter…though Addie’s isn’t open then). And…if you run around the lake you’ve kinda-sort “earned” the ice cream, right?
If you go running in Findley Lake, here are a few other things you should know:
1. There is free parking near the boat launch/swimming area, which is located to the right as soon as you come into the town of Findley Lake. It’s best if you park there, run, then drive down to Addie’s…or run down (but remember…then you gotta run back on a belly full of ice cream).
2. There are public restroom facilities directly across from the boat launch/public parking lot. The toilets are the eco-friendly, park-type toilets (the kind where there’s a note on top telling you to “keep the lid closed”), but there’s running water and space to change clothes/clean up.
3. There’s not much of a berm on the roads around the lake, but…drivers are friendly and used to people walking/biking — it’s is a recreation area.
4. If you’ve got a bit of daredevil in you, you may want to try the rope swing in the large tree near the parking lot. This is particularly refreshing after you run around the lake and before you head down to Addie’s. If you do jump in the lake and you take off your $200 Garmin watch, don’t forget to pick it up when you leave, like I did. *sigh*
Here’s Dan doing a backflip off the rope swing (not recommended!):
5. If you do go swimming, be aware that Findley Lake is very seaweed-y. My environmental friends tell me this is good — seaweed is the sign of a healthy lake, they say. But…it’s also pretty dang creepy when it’s curling around your arms and legs and neck.
More info about Findley Lake here.
*** Where should I run next? Got a suggestion on future run locations to cover? Want to submit your own? (I accept guest posts!) Comment or send me an email to zipdang22 at aol dot com (spelling out to avoid spammers).
So I get this press release about a new triathlon & I think…ho, hum…whatever…the uber-athletes who try to kill each other at the Quad and the Edinboro Tri will be thrilled. Another event to add to their summer schedule.
But then I read it and….HOLD THE FREAKIN’ PHONE!
People, I can finally cross “triathlon” off my bucket list!
I’m going to post this on FB right now & all my fun-loving fitness peeps will be on it like white on rice. I’ll have a 20-member contingency by 2 p.m. It’s just $57, which isn’t bad for a tri…and remember, no hotel or travel costs as it’s in our own backyard. AND…note that kids as young as 9 can participate.
Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce that the Life’s a Beach Triathlon will be coming to Presque Isle State Park on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
The Life’s a Beach Triathlon, recently named one of the best new sports events in 2013 by SportsTravel magazine, is not your typical triathlon. The event features a 200-yard “Almost Anything Goes” swim where participants are allowed to use boogie boards, swim fins, mask and snorkels, water wings—almost anything to help them feel comfortable and enjoy the water. The bike is only five miles and is for fat tire bikes—beach cruisers and mountain bikes—as some courses may actually involve stretches of beach riding. The two-mile run is laid back and includes some of the Life’s A Beach Challenges—obstacles to break it up in a fun way.
Awards at the Life’s a Beach Tri are not only for the winners. Anyone who stumbles, fumbles, hulas, limbos or crawls across the finish will get a cool, themed award for their efforts. Top Slacker awards – those who enjoy the race the longest – in each age group and overall will also be presented.
The Life’s a Beach Triathlon is open to participants 9 years of age and over. Register today for only $57 per person. The event will also include a free run for kids under 9. Registration for the kids run will be held the day of the event.
“It’s my goal to bring down the intimidation factor most people feel when they look at doing a triathlon,” said race founder Kip Koelsch. “Life’s A Beach Triathlon breaks that down with short distances, a user-friendly swim, no need for fancy bikes, fun obstacles and a laid back beach attitude. This is triathlon for the masses.”
“We are excited to bring the Life’s A Beach Triathlon to Erie,” said ESC Executive Director Ron Sertz. “This event will be a fun alternative to your normal triathlon and a great opportunity for families and groups of friends to compete together in a great, healthy atmosphere.”
The single most important thing you can do to stay motivated to exercise—especially through an Erie winter—is to make fitness friends.
Were not for my running friends, I wouldn’t be out running (and laughing) through five frigid and hilly miles in the dark on a Wednesday night after a long day at work, I wouldn’t be running 55 hill repeats on a lakeside golf course on a snowy-blowy Tuesday night, and I wouldn’t be laying on my back in six inches of snow doing leg lifts in a snowstorm.
I consistently tell my running friends that I hate them for making me do this stuff, but…you know I secretly love it, right? You know you would, too.
Wondering how to make fitness friends that will keep you motivated?
Look no further than Lawrence Park where chiropractor and fitness enthusiast Steve Krauza heads up Team Adrenaline.
I first met Steve Kruaza when I interviewed him for a story for the newspaper in 2011. (Read it here). A study had just been released (don’t recall what it was now), identifying Erie county as home to the least healthy people in the state. He was really bothered by that and it inspired him to start Team Adrenaline.
He told me that his goal was “To make Erie County the healthiest county in the Commonwealth by 2024,” and I remember thinking “I love your spirit, man, but that’s an awfully high bar.” Despite my skepticism, however, I admired his gumption and, as a former fat chick who had experience the life-transforming power of regular exercised, I hoped he would succeed.
While he may have a ways to go to make all of Erie County fit, he’s sure made a dent in east county.
The last workout I attended (yep, I finally “drank the Kool-Aide” and bought a punch card), 23 people showed up to workout in near-blizzard conditions. That’s dedication.
This happened. That’s me in the pink polka-dot hat.
It best be described as an “organic” or “urban” workout. All the workouts are done outside year-round using minimal “equipment” beyond what nature or the venue provides (curbs for box jumps, bleachers for running, etc.). See video below.
Workouts are offered on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. at Iroquois High School, Thursday nights at 6 p.m. at Liberty Park and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. at various locations (Check before you go on Saturday…these workouts are often held at Harbocreek Community Park, Shades Beach, Presque Isle, etc.).
Workouts typically last an hour and they are never the same (though you will see the same elements — planks, sprints, pushups, etc.).
The workouts can be done at your own level and modifications are given, so these workouts are good for people of any fitness ability and/or age.
I’d also say that this is perfect for people who have trouble staying motivated. The team makes you accountable…and they make it fun…so you’ll want to show up.
Your first workout is always free…and feel free to bring a friend, too.
Then, if you like it and want to join the team, you’ll need to buy a “punch card” with a specific number of workouts on it, each workout is one punch. Cost of the cards range from $7.50 to $10 a workout, depending on the size of the punch card purchased.
BUT….Right now the punch cards are on sale for 1/2 price until January 1st. The half price breakdown is this: 6 workouts = $30. 12 workouts = $54. 24 workouts = $96. 35 workouts = $122.50.
The nice thing is that you only “pay” for the workouts you come to (and Doc is know to throw freebies in there from time to time), and the cards never expire.
Camaraderie. Inspiration. Motivation.
But…primarily because this “team” is like a family and that’s one of the big reasons why it works. You’ll end up with more than workout buddies, you’ll end up with friends — the kind of friends who are really good for you — who inspire you to laugh and sweat and live in the moment….and to do pushups in 7-degree weather and to try a triathlon and to dress up like characters from “A Christmas Story” and run through the streets of Erie.
Read Eloise’s take on T.A. in her post: Better Than I Used to Be
Visit krauzachiro orcall 898-2346 or email: frontdesk (at symbol) krauzachiro.com (NOTE: I don’t put the @ symbol in email addresses in my blog posts or the person ends up with gobs of spam, but you need to use it in that address if you email Steve).
You’ve got options this weekend with four 5Ks in the area:
Friday evening is the Twilight 5K at Penn State Behrend — a candlelight run through campus. Kids fun run starts at 6 p.m., 5K starts at 6:20 p.m. and 2-mile walk starts at 6:25 p.m. Application and information here.
There is, apparently, another Zombie run this weekend at Beach No. 11 at Presque Isle State Park. I hadn’t heard anything about this event until I saw it listed on the ERC’s upcoming regional race list. According to the race application, proceeds benefit Special Olympics.
Sunday morning is Safenet’s annual Halloween trail & sand adventure — the Boo Run Run 5K at Beach No. 9 at Presque Isle State Park. Costumes are encouraged…and are always creative! Prizes for the best costumes. Information & application here.
A few random running news & notes:
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please leave your name, phone number, email address, the area you would like to work and shirt size.
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.
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.
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!
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)
Well, well, well…..Erie kicks arse! Our area is nicely represented at this year’s Boston Marathon coming up on Monday, April 15.
Here are the hometown (and near enough for us to claim them as ours) runners who’ll be going the distance in Beantown:
You can follow them. Here are instructions, per Mike Vieyra:
The Boston Marathon, like a lot of big marathons, offers a runner alert function that sends either emails or texts regarding the progress of runners during the race.
Note that this proof is short-sleeved, but the race shirts are actually long-sleeved.
The race is this Saturday at Presque Isle State Park’s Rotary Pavilion. There’s a 5K at 9 a.m. and a 10K at 10 a.m. Run one or run both and earn that “distance festival” on the race shirt.
Day-of-Race entry is $20 and you’ll have to buy the shirt separately (if available). Remember to bring cash or check because the ERC doesn’t take credit/debit. (Please, please, please, ERC…..invest in a little cell-phone credit card swiper or something, nobody carries cash these days!)
Race details & application here.
* Who in your life has an eating disorder and what can you do about it? It’s more common than you think, especially among runners and, it’s not just women.
* Eggs got a bad wrap years ago, but they are seriously one of the best things you can eat (yep…eat the WHOLE thing, even the yolk, that’s where all the nutrients are!). Shape magazine gives you 20 quick & easy ways to cook them.
* 6 tips for running with your dog (I just bought a gentle lead to try with Sam. I will report back!)
* What’s the optimal running cadence? Find out here.
What every woman wants to wear to the weight room:
Available here for $26.96
Looking for a new challenge? Try the Presque Isle Light House climb on Monday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join park staff for a chance to climb the 78 spiral iron steps to the top of the tower. There’s no fee, but registration is required and space is limited. Participants must be at least 44 inches tall to climb the stairs. For information and registration, call Brian Gula at (814) 217-9632.
See what else the park is offering in March (some fun stuff) at Matt Martin’s NWPA Outdoors blog.
Also…..don’t forget that Yoga, Pilates & More is offering another runner’s workshop on Saturday at 11 a.m. This workshop will focus on the lower limbs and, really, is there any part more important to a runner? I found Elyssa’s last workshop to be really useful & informative.
* Knee trouble? Lots of great info about it at Athleta.
* Ever wonder what happens to your body during a 30-minute run? Wonder no more.
* 12 salads worse than a Big Mac (not sure I agree, but….)
Did she seriously just as Mo Farah if he had ever run before? Props to Mo for being so kind and gracious to this obviously clueless and completely unprepared reporter. Sad, sad, sad, lady.
Eco-tank available here for $30.