More than 700 participated in the ERC’s St. Patrick’s Day Distance Festival this weekend — 452 in the 5K, 256 in the 10K and 10 in the 2 mile walk. It was cold, but the roads were clear (some puddle-dodging required) and there was no precipitation falling…that’s about as good as it gets in Erie in March.
Top honors go to:
1. Andrew Holland, 35, 17:09
2. John Lacy, 18, 17:14
3. Michael Williamson, 21, 17:19
1. Lori Beth Nunemaker, 22, 21:04
2. Kelly Latimer, 30, 21:08
3. Andrea Patmore, 32, 21:15
1. Justin Allen, 25, 35:21
2. Eric Walsh, 45, 35:27
3. Andrew Holland, 35, 35:42
1. Brittany Kaltenbaugh, 22, 41:44
2. Emily Ahrens, 20, 41:49
3. Kelli Proctor, 36, 42:22
There was some complaining about the new awards structure that race director Jim Lang instituted. Here’s what he said about it. AND…he’s welcoming comments):
It was my decision to change to 10% depth (1 minimum) instead of 3 in each age group. I feel about awards the same as I feel about finishers medals – they should mean something. 3rd (of 3) is not the accomplishment that 3rd of 30 is. Awards should reflect that.
In addition, last year’s awards resulted in nearly half of the awards purchased being wasted. Incomplete age groups and folks leaving without them left 2 boxes of plaques with nothing to do with them. That’s wasteful, and a real pain to deal with.
The 10% awards was NOT an attempt to be cheap. It was an attempt to make the awards meaningful and less wasteful.
I would consider 20%, min 1, up to 5 deep. If we were to go back to 3 in each age groups, I would restrict it to pre-reg, so if there are only 2 registered by 1 week out (when awards are ordered), there would only be 2 awards. If there is nobody in the age group, we would get no awards. Or something else.
IMHO – awards/plaques/medals are just clutter. It’s the accomplishment that matters…not the token. As a race director, I know how expensive medals are (that’s why I don’t give medals at my race) and I know that the majority are never picked up.
Complete results for the 5K, 10K, 2 Mile Walk and the St. Pat’s combined 15K (those runners who took the challenge and did BOTH the 5K & the 10K) and the Winter Series results (Turkey Trot, New Year’s Day 5-Miler and St. Patrick’s Day) can be found at BigWhiteTrailer.com.
Photos, photos, photos
Photos from GoErie’s Street View here.
My photos are below.
Groooovy beach towels
Speaking of the ERC Winter Series….this year’s series premium was a very cool tie-dye beach towel in your choice of five colors. Missed out on the series prize? Don’t fret, I have it on good authority the club will be selling leftovers at the ERC merchandise table at future races. No word on the price yet.
Also…if you missed out on the ERC flipflops (premium from the Valentine’s Day race), you can now purchase those for $10.