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New Life’s a Beach tri coming to Erie (OMG, I think I can do this one)

By | February 4, 2014 9:06 am | 0 Comments

 

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.

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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.”

Save $5 on Jog ‘n Hog registration

By | January 17, 2014 1:39 am | 1 Comment

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Mark your calendars, the race directors of the annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog are once again offering a discount for those who sign up on the first day registration opens — February 2 — GroundHOG day, of course! On that day only, use promo code 2014SAVE5 to get $5 off your registration fee.

Here’s more info from the race directors:

Pepperoni ball lovers rejoice – the 3rd annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog will be held on June 14 at 8:30 a.m. at Presque Isle State Park.

Here’s how the race works: Runners start at Beach 1 on Presque Isle and run out two miles to the Beach 6 parking area where they stop and eat either six or three pepperoni balls. Participants will then run back two miles to the starting line on expanded stomachs.

The Jog ‘n Hog is open to everyone age 10 and up. All runners receive a t-shirt and a coupon for six free Stanganelli’s pepperoni balls (in addition to the balls they will eat on the course). For more details and to register visit www.jognhog.com/events/erie.

Like last year, the gastrointestinally brave can register in the “Whole Hogger Division,” which involves eating six pepperoni balls at the race’s halfway point. Those who are less confident in their eating ability can register in the “Half Hogger Division” (3 balls).

Racers who form teams of 12 or more people will each receive an additional $5 refund off their registration after the race. Teams are limited to 20 people.

 For more information about Jog ‘n Hog visit www.jognhog.com or “like” Jog ‘n Hog on Facebook.

More: Q&A with Boss Hogs of Jog ‘n Hog

 

 

Wee preview of the St. Patty’s Day shirt

By | March 13, 2013 5:27 am | 1 Comment

ERC St. Patrick’s Day race director, Jim Lang, offered this preview of the race shirt. Rejoice — no gold this year! (Thank you, Jim). ;-)

Check it:

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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.

 

Things I found — 2/28/13

By | February 28, 2013 1:25 am | 0 Comments

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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.

Worth Reading:

* 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….)

Video of the Week

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.

You know Runner’s World’s Mark Remy was going to jump all over this opportunity, right? Click & enjoy!

 T-shirt of the week

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Eco-tank available here for $30.

 

March Forth and run a 5K Sunday

By | February 27, 2013 2:00 am | 0 Comments

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Itching to start racing? Get an early start on spring race season at the March Forth Against Crime  5K on Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Proceeds benefit the Erie Crime Victim Center (a very worthy cause) AND…Erie Runners Club members receive a $2 discount on the $20 entry fee.

The premium is a knit hat and the organizers promise a roaring fire to keep you warm after the run!

Not enough to get you there? Consider this….you’d have a chance to support, cheer on, and encourage kids who are trying to get their lives back on track using the tool we ALL know has kept us sane — Running

We have participating with us again this year a program called Juveniles on the Run, where a group of juvenile offenders have been physically training with their parole officers to run a 5K.  It provides them with a sense of accomplishment as well as discipline (and health, of course), and was a huge success last year.  I believe we have approximately half a dozen juveniles who will be racing this year.

That makes me want to race AND bring my cowbell, but then…you know I’m a sucker for newbies.

The race application can be found here.

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.