The last of the TNRL group at the last TNRL of 2011 last night at Harborcreek Community Park
Random notes on the Erie running scene:
TNRL wraps up for season
Jim Lang’s Tuesday Night Race League wrapped up last night with a 5K run through Harborcreek Community Park. It was a perfect night for a run and 14 people showed up to run, then we all hang around to chit-chat and drink (beer or water), though…the Cass’ had to rush home because we had homework, dinner, baths and reading time to accomplish before the girls’ bedtime which did not all happen by bedtime, but…everyone was in bed, clean and fed by 9 p.m. (that’s right….everything is a RACE for this family).
Race results & TNRL afta-afta chatter notes here.
Big thank you to Jim Lang who works hard on the TRNL and shows up all over God’s green earth every week — usually with at least one kid, often all three because his wife Jen works at night — and does this for all of us for free. This year he did do a TNRL 4-race series (paid races) and awarded plaques last night to the top male and female who completed all four TNRL races.
They were Rob Frost (no photo) and Karen Groschek (whose photo of the plaque I just blatantly stole of her Facebook page along with the group photo above which must’ve been taken after we had run home to do the homework-dinner-bath dash!). Here’s the series winner’s plaque — very nice!
There’s plenty of races to choose from this weekend:
Saturday — Beat Beethoven 5K (downtown Erie); Allegheny Swimming & Diving 5-miler (Ernst Trail in Meadville); and, for Prep & Villa alums, there’s the Villa & Prep Alumni Classic (Frontier Park in Erie).
Watch the next generation of runners
If you’re not planning to race this weekend, head on out to Frontier Park on Saturday morning to catch the next generation of runners in the Prep Rambler Classic cross country races. The races start with the youngest kids— 3rd & 4th Grade — at 9 a.m. and go until at least noon.
This is where you’ll find the Cass family on Saturday as our girls are running in their 2nd XC meet. We went out to Frontier as a team last night to learn/run the course.
We ran it twice, then did hill repeats on a steep little hill Coach Smith introduced the team to. Normally I’m not a hill-lover, but that steep hill was kinda fun…charging up on my toes.
So, last night, Dan & I ran two miles at cross-country practice, then did hill repeats, then we ran the TNRL 5K, so tonight’s after-work run with friends on the hills at Penn State Behrend is going to kinda suck for me.
Her Times 5K — 500 preregistered
Much to my utter surprise, we are at 500 people registered for the Her Times 5K on Oct. 1! WOW! We’re looking at, potentially, 650+ on race day.
We scrambled to order 100 more shopping bags, so everyone who made it in by the preregistration deadline will get a shopping bag & t-shirt (only the first 400 get water bottles though…hey, it pays to be the early bird!).
If you were not one of the first 500 people, you will not get a shopping bag, but you WILL get a shirt. I ordered almost 700, so there should be plenty, but…if I run out of shirts completely on race day, I will order more.
It’s my belief that if you pay $20 to run a race, you ought to get a shirt — you just may not get it on race day if you wait until the last minuter (or you may get stuck with a size you don’t want because…I will not order for size, late comers will have to choose from whatever is left).
I will post a bunch more notes about the Her Times race tomorrow — including parking instructions, etc.
Which race are you doing this weekend?
Did you ever think the Her Times women’s 5K participation would DOUBLE in five years?
Have you ever done the homework-dinner-bath-dash? What’s your PR?