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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, email@example.com.
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!
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.
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.
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
Tomorrow’s the day for the ERC’s St. Patrick’s Day races. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the 10K starts at 10 a.m. You’re more than welcome to challenge yourself and do the “Distance Festival” and run both the 5K & the 10K. (I am!).
Not only is this a fun event…and not only can you punish yourself with not just one but two (count ‘em, two) races in one day, but…this is the final race of the ERC Winter Series. So, you’ll be getting a special prize after you complete the St. Pat’s race if you have completed BOTH the Turkey Trot and First Day races, too. (NOTE that you must have preregistered for the winter series to get the goods on Saturday….so if you neglected to do so, it’s too late now).
I heard the Winter Series prize is a fleece blanket.
…which is good…cause you’re going to need when you cool down from your run tomorrow because it’s likely you’ll be soaked.
Yep…they’re calling for rain tomorrow. The good news, however, is that it’s going to be a fairly warm rain with temps up above the 40s, so… it will be fine (albeit sloppy) running weather. And…let’s face it, it could be 3 feet of snow… It’s happened before.
So break out the green and plan to have a little fun tomorrow and…when you’re done running, hit the showers and then head over to State Street for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It kicks off at 2 p.m. at 18th and State and marches all the way down state to Hamot on Third Street where it turns east and makes it’s way to St. Patrick’s Church.
Turkey Trot timing guy and ERC member Jim Lang posted the following on the ERC Google Group. I realize many of you who read this blog may belong to the ERC group and have already seen this, but…it’s good advice that bears repeating:
First, if you can pick up at the Blood Bank Garage on Wednesday night, it would be appreciated. Registered, too. It will save time & hassle on Thursday morning.
Carpool, carpool, carpool. Even if it’s a meetup at a grocery store or the Ridge center & come down. 2500 people, plus the locals, make for a parking problem. Please, help be a part of the solution and carpool. Please note also that the rangers are going to issue tickets on Thursday, so park legally.
We have 240 chips left. We might run out, and I won’t feel too bad. (I’ll feel bad, but geez, we’ve been talking about this all year). Register on Wednesday and avoid the rush.
If you hear folks asking where to go, tell them that the 10k gathers in the North lot, and 5k in the south lot. (Some folks will say that the lake is “North”, and it might seem so. If that’s the case, then the 10k is the “east” lot and the 5k is the “west” lot.) We’ll pull you out onto the road when it’s time. There is a stack of (adequate) maps at chip pickup.
Speaking of chips – they’re yours to keep. PLEASE tie them into your laces. Don’t tie them on top of a RoadID tag, or anything metallic, as they don’t work that way. Most of you won’t have any problem putting them FIRMLY in your laces. Look around, ask friends & neighbors about their chips, and help them out.
And if you talk to David Comi (or any of the staff down there) thank them. Thank the road marshalls. Thank the registration staff. Thank the folks out there to try to put on a great event. Thank the Sontheimers (GREAT food). And thank your fellow runners & walkers for helping to make this one of the greatest Turkey Trots in the region.