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Posted: August 28th, 2013

A few random running news & notes:

Bull Dam run is Sunday

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.

Erie Marathon needs you

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,

Please leave your name, phone number, email address, the area you would like to work and shirt size.

TNRL is Wrapping Up !?!

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.

Newsletter Stuffing  moved to Sept. 3

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.

Biggest Loser race photos

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!


Posted: August 6th, 2013

Tonight’s Tuesday Night Race League run is in Waterford, but it’s not the Waterford 5K course.

Meet on the west side of Waterford Square. Intersection of W North Park Row and Walnut Street.

Jim typically offers both a short course (4 miles or less) and a longer course (6+ miles).

Run starts at 7 p.m. and runners of all ages & abilities are welcome. This is a great way to make new friends/meet runners and…it’s free. It’s also informal (no bibs, chips, formal timing, etc.).

More info on the TNRL here.

Posted in: TNRL
Posted: July 15th, 2013

A note from Jim Lang regarding the Tuesday Night Race League:

It’s just a name. You do NOT have to be fast or furry to come out and run. Sometimes we have clocks & timing, other times we just go out and run. The key is that it’s happening all over Erie County (and sometimes just outside) and is open to anyone.Come out & have a good time.

Post-race there is usually water, sometimes snacks, and sometimes “adult” beverages. Anyone is free to bring anything they like, to hoard or to share. Unless I don’t know your name, or you tell me you don’t want the info posted, I’m going to write down what you did, how you did it, and gossip about you “afta-afta” the run.

All information is available at (spelled just like it sounds). Check out some of the results (and the comments) about the events.

Our current schedule:

• July 16, 2013 – Pleasant run around the Lake – Lake Pleasant – 12100 Lake Pleasant Rd. (Parking lot on east side of road) – 4.33 Mile Route

• July 23, 2013 – Pleasant Ridge Park – Fairview – Around the block. This time, the courses will be well marked. 3.8 miles and 5.02 miles (yeah – bet on that) • July 30, 2013 – Get Buried at Asbury – Asbury Park, south of 38th on Asbury – Barn parking lot.

• August 6, 2013 – Waterford – NOT the 5k. West side of Waterford Square. Intersection of W North Park Row and Walnut Street. Short Course – Long Course

Posted in: TNRL
Posted: June 3rd, 2013

Tonight is the Erie Runner’s Club newsletter stuffing night. All hands are welcome and you’ll be compensated with beer, soda, chicken wings and pretzels after the work is done.   Meet at the Plymouth Tavern in the loft by the 2nd bar at the patio at 7 p.m. All are welcome. This is a good way to meet other runners…get to know others as you chat and fold, stuff, tape and label.

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) the TRNL offering is at Liberty Park. Starts at 7 p.m. More info on the Tuesday Night Race League here, but basically it’s a casual gathering of runners (all ages and abilities) who get together once a week to race (or just run) courses around Erie County. There’s usually a short offering (3-5 miles) and a longer one (6-8 miles).  There’s no cost to participate…but there’s also no fancy bibs or chips or awards. There is a clock and Jim Lang usually brings water, too. Sometimes the other runners bring other…ahem…refreshments.

Posted in: ERC, TNRL
Posted: May 21st, 2013

Jim Lang, owner of Big White Trailer timing, has resurrected the Tuesday Night Race League, a casual and totally free weekly “race” or run series (depending on how you want to handle it) held in various places throughout Erie County.

Here’s the basic who, what, when, where and why about TNRL from Jim’s TNRL page on his website:


Me, you, and anyone else that wants to get out


An opportunity to get out and run a “race” at various locations in Erie County. There will be at least one REAL race this summer, perhaps more. They will be announced well in advance.


Tuesday Nights, 7:00 pm. Mid April to Mid September or Early October


Locations throughout Erie County.


Why not? This is an opportunity to get out, run a different race every week, and generally have a good time.


It’s what happens afta the race. If you don’t get the reference, check out “The Karate Kid“. Mr. Miyagi is a real hero here.

So, it basically works like this.

Jim picks various locations all over Erie County and plots an informal course for runners to “race.” (I put that in quotes because while it’s called the “race” league — some of us just show up to run with other people).  There is typically a shorter distance (3 to 4 miles) and longer distance (5 to 6) for you to choose from.

It’s very informal (Sometimes you will finish & write down your own time if Jim’s out running.) It’s basically to have fun and run in different places with friends.

There’s no cost to participate in the TNRL events and, so, there are no t-shirts, race refreshments, etc., though Jim typically brings water and the other racers bring beer or whatever (depending on the location, of course).  There are a few TNRLs that have a “real race” option in which you pay & get a shirt, etc. But, you don’t have to — you can just do the race TNRL-style for free (no shirt, no entry into the TNRL race series results).

Why participate?

1. It’s a fun way to get some mid-week speed work in.

2. It’s also a good way to get to know some other runners.

3. It’s refreshing to race somewhere other than Presque Isle.

First up: Harborcreek Community Park – May 28

The first TNRL is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 28 at Harborcreek Community Park , 5800 Firman Road. You have a choice of doing a 3.2 mile course or a 6.2 mile course.  More info & course descriptions here.

Next two TNRL events: June 4 in Liberty Park and June 11 in Corry Park in Corry.

Schedule of upcoming race locations will be updated here.

More info about TNRL here.


Posted in: TNRL
Posted: September 16th, 2012

This week’s Tuesday Night Race League offering — likely the last TNRL of 2012 — is in Fairview. Meet in the High School parking lot by the pool entrance at 6:30 p.m.

Afta-afta party at Chico’s!

More info on the TNRL here.

Posted in: TNRL
Posted: September 9th, 2012

ERC Membership Meeting

This week’s ERC Membership meeting will be held at Glenwood Park at 6 p.m.  Free hot dogs and soda/water. Bring something to share…if you want (not required).

They typically take the first shelter, next to the zoo, but it’s first-come-first-serve, so they could be at a different shelter. Look for lean people wearing race t-shirts/sweatshirts.  :-)

TNRL at Evanoff’s

This week’s Tuesday Night Race League run will be held at Fred & Rana Evanoff’s place, 4550 South Hill Road, McKean.

Don’t let “McKean” scare you off, it’s not that far out.

And, besides, what should scare you is McKean, which is notoriously hilly, especially around the Evanoff’s place.

The company and the afta-afta chit-chat make it all worth it though. ;-)

Run starts at 6:30 p.m.

Posted in: ERC, TNRL
Posted: August 27th, 2012

The Tuesday Night Race League is meeting at Penn State Behrend this week at 6:30 p.m. Meet near the tennis courts.

I believe the plan is to run the Eastside Connector trail which is paved and mostly flat (think the Karl Boyes trail at Presque Isle).

OK, OK…. it’s all downhill on the way out and all slightly uphill all the way back, but….you’ll hardly notice (until you can’t breathe) and this route avoids the BIG HILLS we usually drag you on around Behrend and …as if that weren’t all enough….you also get a sneak peek at the college’s new track-and-field facility that is nearly completed now.

If I come tomorrow night, I’ll be running at Behrend three times this week — Tuesday night (6:30 …all paces), Wednesday night (5 p.m. near Behrend Fields sign, 9 to 9:30 pace with lots of hills) and Thursday night (5:15 at Burke Parking Ramp — all paces, lots of beginners, mostly flat).  Feel free to join me any night.



Posted in: TNRL
Posted: August 20th, 2012

This week’s Tuesday Night Race League will meet at 6:30 p.m. (note the earlier start time since it’s getting dark earlier) at the Pennbriar Athletic Club, 100 Pennbriar Drive (off Route 97, just off I-90…map here), on, well….Tuesday, of course (Aug. 21).

Learn more about TNRL here, but basically, it’s a group of people who get together to run/race on summer evenings. You can push yourself and race or you can do what I do and just go for the group run & the afta-afta party/chatter (BYOBeverages).

There are usually two course options —shorter (3-5 miles) and longer (6-8 miles).

TNRL’s are a great way to meet other runners in a small setting.


Posted in: TNRL
Posted: June 20th, 2012

Here are a few photos from last nights’ steamy TNRL at Penn State Behrend’s Wintergreen Gorge trail.  Everyone seemed to run a different race because everyone got lost or took different turns on the trails, but eh…so what, right? We do it in the name of good, sweaty fun.

There was quite a crowd — probably more than a dozen runners (maybe more). I took photos after the run and many had left already.

Posted in: TNRL, Uncategorized

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