With only 5 months left in this year and an unspeakable amount of short time between now and some major races, I wanted to pause and share with everyone what remains on my calender for the year. Some events are still open for registration, meaning if you’re reading this then you could come hang out with me. Doooo it, you know you wanna….
Twilight Trail 8K : Willoughby Hills, OH. This will be the 3rd or 4th year I have done this race. The course is 8k/4.9 miles, 99% of course on dirt bridle trails, crosses one stream and has one major & many minor rolling hills. 7pm start, only 300 runners accepted. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Early registration is $20, day of is $25. If you register early you have the option of paying an extra $5 which goes directly to charity. With this donation you “jump up” into a more favorable age/gender bracket. The start is a little strange to explain, but basically it’s staggered and they hold off the runners who are the “better” runners so there is automatically on increase in their time (or something). So by jumping up you are able to start sooner and buy yourself a better placing at the end.
I highly enjoy the event. It has always provided me with a great challenge and the thrill of a later in the day event. If you don’t run quickly enough you can finish in the dark. After there is always amazing pizza and other food, along with people hanging out and chatting.
Shatter the Silence: Peninsula, OH. This event is a 7 mile trail run also in the evening…many people were in the dark finishing last year! I will not be running this event, but volunteering as it is one of the great events put on by Grunt Girl Racing. Proceeds from this race benefit the Summit and Medina Rape Crisis Centers. Shatter the Silence is the sister event to the spring’s “April RAINN”. What is unique about this race is the option for those who are survivors of sexual abuse/assault to order a purple shirt versus white to show their support. Remember: “Rape is a crime, talking about it isn’t”.
Moebius Green 50K: Aurora, OH. The trick about getting into this event? It’s posted only on Facebook. If you’re interested, let me know I’ll send a PDF of the entry form. For only $50 bucks this is a STEAL of an ultra. Tech shirts and homemade (right?) finisher medals. A 10K loop completed 6x, nothing too hilly or technical and a picnic following.
STOMP bike ride: Akron, OH. I have ridden the Summit Tour of Metro Parks many many years. I’ve gone with various friends and family and it has always been an adventure and a worthwhile challenge. This year they have moved the location and shortened the route options. I hear they are also eliminating the t-shirt. I am not sure why any of this has happened, and it honestly makes me sad. A great event where previously you could conquer hills for up to 100K, now the longest option is 30 miles and I think it is all Towpath. Still, I will be out there, seeing what is new and exciting.
Run Woodstock: Pinckney, MI. I am beyond excited for this festival of running! Distance options from 5K to 100 miles. Most of the main events kick off Sat morning, but the 100 mile and 100K head out Friday night. For everyone else there is onsite camping (additional charge, but minimal) and with your paid entry to any Sat event, a slew of free events Fri, Sun and Sat afternoon. Events include a 5K Fri night, a 4 mile hike Sat afternoon, a 10K Sat night and a 5 miler to end it all on Sunday. In between there is live music, yoga and general “Woodstock” theme happiness and fun. I have never been, but it sounds amazing! Oh and you are given a giant peace symbol medal where you will attach additional pins around the ribbon as you earn them by doing the other events.
Jack-o-lantern Jog 5K: Akron, OH. I have only missed this event 1x in the past 5 years and that was when I was taking an exam for my counseling license. Probably what is now my favorite 5K, but has always been in my top 3. A challenging trip through a local cemetery on paved and gravel roads, plenty of hills and support from fellow runners and volunteers. Many people dress up and there is a costume contest for adults and children. Great food afterward, since it’s part of the Ohio Challenge Series which always has Subway and chips in addition to fruit and water. One year I even used this event as a first date with someone. It ended up being one of my more comfortable first dates since I was totally in my element.
Oil Creek 100K: Oil Creek, PA. Event is SOLD OUT. However this is THE event for me this year. Two 50K loops through technical, hilly terrain of PA. I completed my first 50K here in 2010 and am looking for recapture those feelings of victory and accomplishment two years later. Tech shirt for all, buckles and oval stickers to finishers. I have the gold buckle, trying for the silver.
Bills’ Badass 50K: Peninsula, OH. Another event where you need to be on the book of faces for updates. A FREE yes FREE event where you run 6 loops of a nearly 5 mile course before torturing yourself with a final vertical climb across the street on another section. I believe the list for this year is already full. I missed out on this event last year due to the whole heart thing, but I am looking forward to it in 2012! Can’t wait to get me a badass shirt and not be on the candyass list! Tech shirts and oval stickers to finishers.
New Years Eve 5K : Stow, OH. Please don’t come find me and murder me for saying this…but this event is essentially in my backyard. If it wasn’t for the weather in Ohio this time of year I could safely and comfortably walk to the local high school. An out and back course with a few hills you wouldn’t expect, but nothing unmanageable. IMHO the draw to this event is the $30 price tag, which may seem steep for a 5K, but if you’re one of the first 600 runners your swag is an Asics Thermo 1/2 Zip pullover. I have one from last year and it is NICE it is MAGICALLY NICE.
What events are on your calendar this season? Will you join me for any of mine?