Plenty of racing options this past weekend with two Presque Isle 5K races and another 5K and a 1/2 marathon just down I-79.
Run for Parkinson’s 5K
Nearly 150 participated in the 5K Run for Parkinson’s on Saturday with Adam Rowe, 32, (Ripley, N.Y.) taking first overall with an 18:09 (5:51 pace) and Kristen O’Brien, 23, (Westminster, M.D.) taking first female with a 22:46 (7:21 pace).
Complete 5K Run for Parkinson’s results here.
Miles for Mercy 5K
Ninety-two finishers completed the Miles for Mercy 5K on Sunday morning with warm, but windy conditions. Top honors: Joseph Hunt, 32, Erie, with a 20:55 (6:20 pace) and Dawn Betza, 45, Erie, with a 24:27 (7:25 pace).
Complete Miles for Mercy 5K results here.
Thunder Run 5K
Just down I-79, Meadville hosted the Thunder Run 5K on Saturday morning with more than 100 finishers completing the race.
Prep for Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon
Dan and I drove down to Sandy Lake, Pa., to Goddard State Park (about an hour down I-79) to participate in the Prep for Pittburgh 1/2 marathon. It was a nice race and we’d definitely do it again. As I was warned (AFTER I signed up), it was far from flat. There were plenty of hills, but they weren’t as bad as I had built them up in my head (I made mountains out of rolling hills) and I found the course to be a nice change of pace and a chance to use different muscles and challenge myself to run a 1/2 on something other than a totally flat course. That said, I was totally cursing the race director when I came upon a fairly big hill just after the 12-mile marker.
There were less than 100 participants, so Dan & I did well. Dan was 13th overall and took 2nd in his age group with a 1:34 (7:13 pace). I was 20 minutes behind him, finishing with a 1:55:11, but got 1st place in my age group. Sucks to be a guy, eh?
We didn’t see anyone else from Erie there, but here are complete results.
By the way…. the Prep for Pittsburgh course has permanent wood mile markers that say HM (see photo below)…and you can see the course here…so you could drive down and run it anytime. There’s a prologue at the beginning to make up the extra mile. But…you could skip it and just run around the lake for a nice 12 miler.
It’s a nice paved trail that would also be fun to bike. There are restroom facilities with running water and dogs are welcome (on a leash…pick up after them). It’s much like Presque isle’s Multipurpose trail, but with more hills…and, it would seem, less traffic. But, I can’t say that for sure because I’ve never been there in the summer. It’s also mostly shaded by trees.