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By Heather Cass Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: August 12th, 2013


Posted: August 6th, 2013

Oh…now this is good news — the organizers of the Eaton Reservoir Trail run (also known as the Bull’s Dam run) — a 5K run or a 10K single-track trail run — have lowered the price to $20 AND…that includes post-race pancake breakfast! Woot! Woot!

This race is a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts (Troop 82 from North East), who know how to lay a trail and how to whip up some fluffy pancakes, so…why not put this unique race on your Labor Day weekend to-do list?

BTW, any friends or family who are coming with you but are not running the race can eat breakfast for just $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12.


Team registration is now available, too. So…get your buddies together and do it together.

If you’ve already registered….

The race director will be issuing you a $5 refund (the race was $25) at registration and…if you wish to be added to a team, you can still do that, too. Just email the race director. You can find his contact info on the race’s website.

Hope to see you all there!

Dan and I are definitely running…and it’s my birthday on 9/1, so…you have to let me win. Also, I love cheesecake. And carrot cake. And chocolate cake. And ice cream cake. I love cake. Bring cake. (Just kidding…do NOT bring cake…this girl don’t need it!)


Posted: July 31st, 2013


Tired of racing around the same concrete circle at Presque Isle State Park? Get off the beaten track and head east to the Eaton Reservoir (also known as “Bulls Dam” in North East for the 2nd annual “Hitting the Trails” run.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 1

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Eaton Reservoir (Bulls Dam), 10021 Ashton Rd, North East, PA 16428


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.

Dan & I love Eaton Reservoir. Here’s why.

Registration, application and more information here.

Posted: July 15th, 2013


In the mood for a little mid-week racing? Take a short country drive out to Waterford and participate in the annual Waterford 5K on Thursday. (July 18).

You missed the early deadline, so you’ll have to pony up $25, but I hear it’s worth it. I have several friends who always do Waterford (I’ve yet to make it out there and this year isn’t looking good either!).

The race starts right at South Park Row in Waterford (main square in the middle of town) at 7 p.m.

Application & information here.



Looking ahead to next week, you can try your hand, er, feet at a little Friday night racing action in Harborcreek on July 26 at The Chase 5K. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Harborcreek Municipal Building (Route 20, just before Walmart).

The race benefits the St. James Cross Country team and some of it (less than a mile) is run through a well-groomed dirt trail.

Application & information here.

Posted in: Racing
Posted: July 12th, 2013


There’s a new 5K in town and…believe it or not…it’s NOT at Presque Isle State Park. :-)

The inaugural Seize the Day 5K race benefits The Epilepsy Project and it will start and finish at Jerry Uht Park in downtown Erie. Racers will not only get a T-shirt, but they’ll also get a SeaWolves ticket for that evening’s game, a photo op with C Wolf and entry to the Finish Line Festival, which they say includes lunch and refreshments!

Date: Saturday, July 27

Time: 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K run/walk

Registration: $25 preregistered by July 23. $30 after 7/23. Online registration at BigWhiteTrailer. Paper application here.

Posted in: Fun Runs, Racing
Posted: July 10th, 2013

Coloured chicken running

You’ve got a choice of three 5Ks this Saturday — two in eastern Erie county and one at Presque Isle State Park.

* The Armed Forces 5K starts at 8 a.m. at Beach No. 1 at Presque Isle State Park. Day of race registration is $20. Application & information here.

* The Our Lady of Mercy Chicken Run 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. in Harborcreek. This is a brand new race and it offers a division for the Chicken Littles (10 and under) who can participate for free. All the Chicken Littles get a finishers ribbon. Day of race registration is $18 for the big Chickens. Application & information here.

* It wouldn’t be the North East Cherry Festival without the Cherry Fest 5K on Saturday morning. Starts at Gibson Park at 9 a.m. and day of race registration is $20. Application & Information here.

I’ll be in Edinboro on Saturday morning doing the Quad bike race. If you’re participating, too, check your start time (and get some valuable race info) here.

Posted: June 19th, 2013


In the mood for a 5K, you can get your fill this wekeend with three 5Ks in as many days.

Friday, June 21 (6 p.m.)  — The Fun Run in the Sun 5K in Harborcreek Community Park benefits Habitat for Humanity and offers a post-race picnic. $20 day of race. Application here.

Saturday, June 22 (9 a.m.) — The Run for Shelter 5K is an Erie Runners Club race to raise money for the Beach No. 1 Shelter project. The race starts — where else! — Beach No. 1 at Presque Isle State Park. This is a great race and a great cause to support because, let’s face it, we runners have PLENTY to gain by supporting this pavilion project (you know…like a warm, dry place to congregate before & after Beach No. 1 races!!! $25 day of race. Application here.

Sunday, June 23 (8 a.m.) — The Alex Johnson Memorial 5K XC race starts and finishes at the Greene Township Building on Tate Road in Greene Township (Tate Road is just a couple miles up the road from the i-90 Wattsburg exit). Take note of the XC in that race name — this is a cross-country race, so…you’ll be hightailing it through grass and, given the rain we’ve been having, a wee bit of mud, too. $25 day of race.  Application here.

I triple-dog-dare you to do ALL of them! (And if you do…you need to tell me so I can give you your props!).

Kids can try a Du

Also this weekend, is the What are you Du-ing this Summer Kids Duathlon in Fairview on Saturday at 9 a.m. Details on that here.

Posted in: ERC, Local running, Racing
Posted: June 9th, 2013


OK…all you old  former seasoned track stars, check this out:

My name is Doug Stratton and I’m an assistant coach at Penn State Behrend. We’re happy to invite the community to our brand new and fabulous on campus track & field facility. We have an all-comers meet Friday June 14 with registration beginning at 5:00 and the track meet beginning at 6:00.

We hope to have at least one other, depending on how this first one goes. We hope to have athletes from youth to adult join us. We plan on running the 100, 400, 800 and 1600, as well as long jump and a couple throwing events. Once we know how long this all takes, we’d like to add a 5k for our next meet.

The fee is $5 per event, with a $10 limit and three event limit. So if someone does three events they’ll get one free. We’re extremely happy with how our facility turned out and we’d like it to be a community asset. I know already many of the Erie Runner’s Club members have been up and ran some laps. Please invite any and all so we can have a great first meet. The track is at the top of the hill accessed by a road at the back of the large parking lot, adjacent to our softball and baseball fields. Some might know it for the youth soccer fields next to where the track is.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to call me or our head coach Greg Cooper.
Doug Stratton – 814-504-2385
Greg Cooper – 898-6239

I’ve never heard of anyone (locally) offering an adult track meet, so spread the word about this unique opportunity to test your meddle on Penn State Behrend’s brand-spanking new track!  Bring the kids….bring the spouse….and bring water (you’re going to need it)!

Posted in: Racing
Posted: June 7th, 2013

What’s your “bucket list” race…the one you want to do before you die?

1.  Boston, 2. New York City, 3.  Disney marathon/ half  for the goofy combo  — Amy Cronk

Boston Marathon! No contest there. — Mary Connerty

Boston. — Paul Bressen

Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 marathon in Las Vegas. — Jameel Gavin

1. Boston 2. New York 3 . Disney. 4 . Runner’s World Half in Bethlehem, Pa. — Ramon Patron Jr.

Goofy Challenge at Disney World! — Tracy Jenks

Hatfield & McCoy Marathon on  June 14, 2014.  State number 50 for me. — Dale Werner

I really would like to run the Disney World Marathon and someday I will but it probably won’t be for another 8 or 9 years (after my kids graduate). — Sandie Sweet

Marine Corps Marathon. And the Leadman Ironman n Bend Oregon…starts with a 5k mountain lake swim…..eek! — Mary Kay Snyder-Migdal

Any race that pushes my limits to the point of breaking. — Eric Ellis

The 100K at Oil Creek 100. I will never be fast enough to consider the full 100 miler but the 100K is possible. — Christine Vassen

I HAVE to run the next Nike Women’s Half whether in DC or San Fran because they give away a Tiffany’s necklace at the end of the race instead of metals! I have to have one! Also, the Moab Half Marathon in Utah looks amazing because of the awesome scenery! — Jessie Zahner

Western States 100, Hardrock 100, Marathon des Sables. — Patrick Krott

Great Wall of China marathon. — Doug Oathout

I’ve been lucky enough to run most of my bucket list marathons. In October I’ll be knocking the Marine Corps marathon off my list. The remaining race(s) is the new Disney World Dopey – consisting of a 5k, a 10k, a half marathon, and the full marathon. Looking to run that in January 2015. — Karen Manganaro

I’ve completed my “bucket list”. All that is left is my “F_ _ _ it” list. Marathon #11 is on that list. That’s what happens when you get old. — Cyndie Zahner

The original marathon course in Greece. — Michael Morris

New York City marathon! — Lou Montefiori





Posted: June 5th, 2013

Ready to race? Here’s what’s going in & around Erie this weekend:

Art & Sole 5K — Saturday (Erie)

Right here close to home, but…(stop the presses) NOT at the peninsula, is the Art & Sole 5K, which benefits the Inner-City Art House (a really worthy cause). You’ll run through the streets of Erie with the start and the finish at the Art House at 10th & Holland. Those who place get super cool art gifts made by kids from the art house….so run hard!  Race starts at 9 a.m. More details here.

The PR Run (1/2 marathon & 5K) — Saturday (Oil City)

Wow, the race director of this Oil City race sure knows how to lure runners. Who doesn’t want a PR and where better to set one than The PR Run on the Samuel Justus Trail in Oil Creek.  This event offers a 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) distance and a 5K, too.  Race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. More details here.

Run from the Nun 5K — Saturday (Ashtabula)

This 5K race is in nearby Ashtabula, Ohio. Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Short Park. Here’s the application, but…that link appears to be broken, so if you want more info, call the race director, Steve Wychock at 440-964-2035.

Raising the Dough 5K — Sunday (Bemus Point)

Help the Maple Grove H.S. Class of 2018 raise the dough by hoofing it around nearby Bemus Point, New York. Race starts at 9 a.m. in front of Bemus Point Elementary School. More details here.


Posted in: Racing, Uncategorized

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