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By Heather Cass Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 13th, 2013

ERC St. Patrick’s Day race director, Jim Lang, offered this preview of the race shirt. Rejoice — no gold this year! (Thank you, Jim). ;-)

Check it:

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Note that this proof is short-sleeved, but the race shirts are actually long-sleeved.

The race is this Saturday at Presque Isle State Park’s Rotary Pavilion. There’s a 5K at 9 a.m. and a 10K at 10 a.m. Run one or run both and earn that “distance festival” on the race shirt.

Day-of-Race entry is $20 and you’ll have to buy the shirt separately (if available). Remember to bring cash or check because the ERC doesn’t take credit/debit.  (Please, please, please, ERC…..invest in a little cell-phone credit card swiper or something, nobody carries cash these days!)

Race details & application here.

 

Posted in: ERC, Racing
Posted: February 27th, 2013

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Itching to start racing? Get an early start on spring race season at the March Forth Against Crime  5K on Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Proceeds benefit the Erie Crime Victim Center (a very worthy cause) AND…Erie Runners Club members receive a $2 discount on the $20 entry fee.

The premium is a knit hat and the organizers promise a roaring fire to keep you warm after the run!

Not enough to get you there? Consider this….you’d have a chance to support, cheer on, and encourage kids who are trying to get their lives back on track using the tool we ALL know has kept us sane — Running

We have participating with us again this year a program called Juveniles on the Run, where a group of juvenile offenders have been physically training with their parole officers to run a 5K.  It provides them with a sense of accomplishment as well as discipline (and health, of course), and was a huge success last year.  I believe we have approximately half a dozen juveniles who will be racing this year.

That makes me want to race AND bring my cowbell, but then…you know I’m a sucker for newbies.

The race application can be found here.

Posted in: Local running, Racing
Posted: April 13th, 2010

Saturday is the ERC’s Poker Run 5K — a low-key fun run/walk to start out the summer racing season.

Each finisher gets a poker hand and the best hand can earn you some nice prizes. Jokers earn you an instant prize.

You’ll get your poker hand when you cross the finish line. They used to hand cards to you along the course so that you would “build” your hand as you ran, but that proved impractical as runners either wouldn’t grab the cards or lost them along the way.

Word to the wise Poker Runner: Get there early for the best swag. This is a race in which there is no set premium…the silkscreener is simply instructed to “clean out his cupboard” and put the Poker Run race logo on whatever he’s got to get rid of.

It’s first-come, first-serve….so if get there early, you could score some really cool stuff — like a jacket or windbreaker.

If you get there late, you’re probably going to be stuck with size XL cotton gym shorts or a woman’s “tiny tee” that might fit your 6-year-old.

(It’s like a 2-for-1 race. Consider the registration table race your Poker Run warm-up).

Race starts at 9 a.m. at Presque Isle Beach #1 (NOTE: Beach #1…not Rotary!).

Race application here.

Posted in: Racing
Posted: March 15th, 2010

When I poked my head outside at 7 a.m. on Saturday, it was shaping up to be beautiful race day weather. By the time we left at 8 a.m., however, it was raining and the temperature had dropped.

Good thing I had packed several clothing options — I had everything from shorts (yes, that’s the optimist in me) to a hooded sweatshirt. Ended up opting for a t-shirt, windbreaker and tights — just right.

The 5K was wet, but fast. I was surprised it was over so quickly. I ran it at a pretty consistent 8:05 pace. I can do 7:30s in the 5K, but…knowing I had to do a 10K a half hour later …I decided to stay at the 8:05…which was fine for me (been struggling lately anyway).

When the 5K was done, we grabbed a snack & some coffee and waiting for the 10K to start. Now…THAT race FELT like the full 6.21 miles, particularly when we hit the turn around at Beach 1 and ran full-out into the wind. I was swearing…I thought to myself, but….a friend running next to me confirmed that she heard a few choice words out loud.

I ran the 10K harder than I meant to or planned to — keeping an 8:07 pace — but all intentions of “taking it easy” go out the window in a race situation when the competitive side of me won’t be denied.

I am still sore today which, frankly, makes me crazy. It’s hell getting old. I used to be able to race on a Saturday, run 10 the next morning and run on Monday, too. Now…I’m “recovering” for at least a day or more. Ugh.

As I told a friend earlier…I can handle the gray hair, wrinkles and sagging body parts, but….the fact that it takes two days to recover from a run is completely unacceptable.

If anyone has any ideas how I can shorten that recovery time…I’d love to hear them. Am I missing some vital nutrient? Are my mostly-meat-free ways to blame? Did you notice that, with age, you required more time to recover from hard runs?

If you’re interested….

The St. Pat’s Day race results can be found here.

Winter Series results here.

Posted in: Local running, Racing
Posted: January 5th, 2010

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1ST PLACE ALL AROUND: Ange Donikowski Eberlein (38:15, 1st 30-34), MaryKaye Pazder (overall race winner in 34:48), me (41:50, 1st 35-39) and Lisa Oesterling (41:07, 1st 45-49).  NOTE that every one of these ladies beat my butt back to the finish line!

…is taking 1st place in your age group as I did in the ERC First Day 5-Miler event on Jan. 1.

Woohooooo!

I almost never get 1st place anymore, so I was pretty jazzed (but I played it real cool, of course. :-)   I’m not sure where all the fast 35- to 39-year-old women were on Jan. 1, but I’m glad they had something better to do because that 1st place got my 2010 racing season off to a good start.

I had a 41:50 which is a 8:22 mile pace. It wasn’t a P.R. for me in the 5-mile distance (my P.R. is actually a couple minutes faster), but it was a pretty good pace/time for me considering the snowy/icy conditions of the course. (Thank God for Yak Trax!)

I should have had a lousy race. I drank the night before. I stayed up until 1 a.m. I ran several days in a row before the race. I was underdressed.

So…what was different about this race (because, um, my whole ’09 racing season was pretty lousy)?

I had a different mindset in this race. I decided to embrace the uncomfortableness.

The truth is, I’ve gotten soft. I’ve gotten lazy. I’ve gotten comfortable plodding along at a pace that is in my comfort zone. I’ve avoided working out with those people who push me to the point of uncomfortableness.

And, all of that is fine, but…then I can’t really expect to do well come race day, right?

So, I decided to quit making excuses (I drank too much, I stayed out too late, blah, blah, blah) and just run the race beyond my comfort zone. If I crashed & burned, I crashed and burned…so what? What did I have to lose, right?

And, it paid off. I “embraced the uncomfortableness.” I did not crash and burn. I pushed myself to do better…because I know I’m capable of that.

I actually caught up to my husband (who I can never keep up with) and we ran the last mile together.

That’s the way to start a new racing season. I have a feeling this is going to be a better one.

Complete results here.

Posted: December 1st, 2009

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Another ERC Turkey Trot is in the books and it was the largest one yet with more than 2,500 runners (and it’s probably the largest ever since that’s about all the crowd the Peninsula can handle).

Dan & I helped at registration/packet pick up at the Erie Community Blood Bank garage on Wednesday evening. By the end of the night, we had just 50 timing chips left for day-of-race registration. We ran out of those by about 7:30 a.m. on race day.

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Once we were out of timing chips, we told people they could run, but…they wouldn’t have a time recorded nor would they be in the running for the awards. I was surprised at how many didn’t care and ran anyway.

There were 1,692 finishers in the 5K and 580 in the 10K….including a turkey carrying a sign suggesting we eat more pierogi.

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I’ve always done the 10K at the Trot, but this year, I did the 5K with my 8-year-old daughter (her first 5K!).  (Funny thing is….I found out I was pregnant with her before the Turkey Trot 9 years ago….and Thursday, she was there toeing the line beside me.)

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Anyway…doing the 5K was a whole new experience — it was jam packed at the start. I knew we should’ve have lined up as far forward as we did, but…we, literally, couldn’t make it further back — it was THAT packed.

When it was time to go, Kelly took off, of course (rookie mistake). I was there to pull her back and set a pace she could handle. She whined quite a bit in the first mile, frankly, but…once we got to the turn-around, she was fine and she ran the rest of the way in.

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Though I missed racing the 10K Trot, it was fun to take it easy and introduce Kelly to a sport I love. I hope it becomes an annual family tradition. That is…if I can ever get the little one out of the car (she was watching a DVD on my laptop) and onto the course!

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Race results are here.

Posted: November 18th, 2009

Don’t forget that about the Turkey Trot packet pickup this week. If at ALL possible, please try to pick up your packet early (trust me…the lines are race day are crazy).

Pick them up for all your friends & coworkers, too. You are absolutely permitted to pick up as many packets as you care to!

Here’s the scoop from timing guy Jim Lang who posted this on the Erie Runners Club Yahoo group earlier this week:

If you live in Erie (or within a reasonable distance), we would
STRONGLY encourage you to pick up your packet at the Community Blood Bank garage (2656 Peach, Erie, PA) between 7 and 9 pm on Monday and Wednesday.  Come early, and beat the rush.

Please do NOT come into the blood bank proper, don’t call them and ask about packet pickup – they have their own business to run. They are DONATING the use of their garage and need to be kept free to do their business (which is helping the community)

If you live out of town, or for any reason won’t be in town until
Thursday morning, that’s fine. You can pick up your packet on
Thursday morning at Beach 1. Come early and beat the rush.

The race will start at 9 a.m. regardless of the size of the lines. Once the race starts, there won’t be any way to get onto the park until too late.  So come early.  Pick up your stuff and sit in your car (or chat with friends) until the race starts.

- Race staging

10k run – pick up your packet and go into the North lot (to the
right).  5k run & walk – pick up your packet and go into the South lot
(to the left).  We’ll move the 10k out onto the start and let them go.
Then we’ll move the 5k out and let them go.  Once the race starts, the start line “disappears” as it has to go to the finish line.

Staging description – See this document:
http://www.erie-runnersclub.org/turkey/TurkeyTrotStaging.pdf
So when you show up on race morning, you have an idea of where to go.

P.S. If you see someone on the course holding a turkey feather…or someone hands you one…take it! It’s good for prizes at the finish line. Look for people standing around collecting the feathers (and handing out doorprizes). Find them fast, it’s first come, first serve and the good stuff (like wine and great gift certificates) goes fast.

Posted: October 8th, 2009

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So far, we’ve got 300 women and 70 kids preregistered for the Her Times race this weekend.We expect nearly 100 more to register late and/or day-of-race.

The T-shirts have arrived & they are cute! A nice periwinkle color — a bluish-purple, really. Same style as last year.

Don’t forget that we have packet pickup here at the newspaper, 205 W. 12th St., tomorrow from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Please note: These are the only times you can pick up on Friday...I will be out running around the rest of the day and I am the only one who can get the race packets (the office girls don’t know what to do…nor do they have time to do it).

The weather forecast looks good, so far (knock on wood) with temps near 50 degrees and only a small chance of rain. Remember that if you are walking, you’ll want to dress warmly, but if you’re running, you’ll want to be cold at the start line because you will heat up fast!

If you aren’t signed up…you can still participate. Just come to packet pickup tomorrow or sign up the morning of the race between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion. It’s $20 for day-of-race/late entry.

OK…off to buy oranges and pretzels and coffee and pins and….oh…I’ve got a lot to do before race day! :-)

Posted: October 5th, 2009

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Results from the Allegheny Swim/Dive Club’s 5-mile race in Meadville on Saturday can be found here.

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