Thursday, October 30, 2008

Great Bearcat Run Preregistration Ends Early Next Week
Mail in entries for the Great Bearcat Run 5k Run/Walk must be postmarked by this Monday November 3. Online Registration is open until Tuesday November 4. Get the flier or register online now before you forget and the price goes up! Go to this link for more information.
Bob Roncker's Running Spot Grand Opening - Loveland Store only
For those that live in Northeastern suburbs of Cincinnati, Bob Roncker's newly opened store in Loveland will have a grand opening celebration beginning this Saturday November 1 and ending November 9. During this time, there will be giveaway, raffles, and 20% off fall and winter apparel. You can go to his website for more information.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Run Like Hell Recap
I attended this race from 1995 to 2002 and stopped going in 2003 due to other races that I wanted to do and the post race kept giving runners and walkers less and less and the price kept going up and up. The biggest disappointment in 2002 was that it was a Halloween race with no Halloween candy. I went back in 2007 just to check it out and the race especially the post race party definitely was better than 2002 since they had Halloween Candy plus other things. In 2008, there was a new location just down the road due to the construction at Xavier University. Thank goodness, the rain stopped about two hours before race time so more runners and walkers would experience this race. The course was the same as we ran through the Walnut Hills Cemetery with runners and walkers (including me) dressed in costume. The biggest complaint about the race that I got was the start as people ended up running through cars at the first turn onto Dana. Most people had a good time at the post race party as everything is free except the beer and wine. The post race although not as good as the Reggae Run(but what race is) was much better than 2002 and a slight improvement over 2007. I missed out on the burgers, goetta sandwiches, and hot dogs due to the long lines but not the giant chocolate chip cookies by the Panera Booth and of course they had a better mix of Halloween Candy. The highlight of the event is the costume contest which I did not win but there is always next year.
Daylight Saving Time Ends this Weekend
Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November which is November 2. Be sure to set your clocks back this weekend. About Daylight Savings Time.
October Poll Results
Here are the updates from the last poll. The last poll asked what gets you out of the house to do a race. 33 people voted in the poll and tradition was the big winner with 22 votes i.e either it is a race that you always did or the race has a great tradition. I really did not specify. Tied for second place place was the race reputation and the race distance(I hear another another poll question) followed by race uniqueness. I have a feeling that most people may be sick of polls so the next one will be up around November 10 and to give you time to look at the full results. Thank you to those that voted.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Club Race Calendar
Check out the club calendar for Cincinnati Road Races. It includes 5Ks, 10Ks, Marathons, Half Marathons, and just about any other distance that you could imagine running. It includes Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati events, and a few regional and national races but mainly Cincinnati and Northern KY local road races. Access the club race calendar.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Miller Lite Lope 5k Recap

This past weekend I was a glutton for punishment. This is one of my favorite races for a couple reasons. They have a nice t-shirt at a great price(One of the few races that I will open my wallet for and get the t-shirt), the venue is the Miller Brewery located outside Trenton Ohio, and the best awards of any race large or small. If you win your age or weight division, you get a case of Miller Lite or if you are under the age of 21 or a tea totaler, Premium Root Beer or Vanilla Creme Soda. The course is a flat two loop run around the brewery. I missed last years due to technical difficulty, but even after doing the Reggae Run the night before, I was not going to miss the 22nd. I was disappointed that the t-shirt was short sleeve as they usually gave a nice long sleeve t-shirt but the design did not disappoint. Also, attendance seemed down from 2006 when I last ran it but it was a great day to run on a Sunday afternoon. Runners and walkers get separate starts as walkers start a half hour before the runners. The post race was bagels, water, and fruit. The awards ceremony seemed to go on for awhile but you always stay to see if you won your age group or division and male runners seem to be the last one that they get to. The biggest shame is that more people do not either know about this race or with the number of races in Southwest Ohio, it gets difficult to fit a unique race like this into your running schedule.
Reggae Run Recap
The Reggae Run is Cincinnati's largest 5k. I have run every one except the 1rst one (out of town) and the 13th one(severe case of Triskaidekaphobia). This past Saturday was the 15th Reggae Run and certainly did not disappoint. They have a great course but extremely crowded, a great reggae band and great party (the best post-race that I have ever seen). This might be my last one as a runner as the 1 mile warm-up to the start from where I park and the sea of several thousand runners and walkers in the race carrying me to the finish is starting to be too much. Maybe next year I will volunteer so I can see how they put this amazing race together.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Great Bearcat Run - November 9, 2008
After a brief hibernation, the Great Bearcat Run returns to the University of Cincinnati Campus on November 9, 2008 at 9:00 AM. Proceeds benefit the UC Running Club and the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Program. It also pushes the number of races in the Cincinnati area back to 1000.

Race Details
DATE: Sunday,November 9, 2008
TIME: 9:00 AM
PLACE: UC Campus, Gettler Stadium, Cincinnati OH
COST: $16 preregistered - General Public; $12 for Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati Members and $12 to UC Students/Faculty/Staff. Mail in Entries must be postmarked by November 3. Online Registration open until Tuesday November 4. Race Day Registration is $20 and opens at 8:00 AM near Gettler Stadium. No discounts on Race Day.
INFORMATION: 5k Run/Walk begins by Gettler Stadium, tours the pathways of the UC Campus and finishes in Nippert Stadium. Postrace features bagels, beverages, bananas, and doorprizes. Sponsored by the UC Running Club, Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati, Bob Roncker's Running Spot, RoadID, VitaminWater, and Waltz Business Solutions.
Two Races in October Cancelled
During the blackout, I found out that two races normally scheduled for the month of October were cancelled. They are the Hyde Park Minstry in Motion and the Fire Hydrant 5000 in Lebanon. It now drops the number of races held in the Cincinnati area to under a 1000.:)
Back after the Blackout
You may have noticed that over the past two weeks there was little to no activity on the blog. Well Cincinnati had a severe windstorm that knocked out power and it also knocked out my internet for almost two weeks. With no internet, the only thing that I could could do is run. Now that I have internet, I will add several updates over the next couple of days.
17th Annual Run Like Hell
Run Like Hell isn't your normal 5K. Join thousands of costumed runners for the biggest and "Best Fun Run in Cincinnati" (voted by Cincy Magazine in 2007)! Enjoy food, drinks and live music by Forehead at the After Party!
Want to do more than just run? Form a team! Put together a group of your co-workers, friends or family members for a Run Like Hell fundraising team! The CF Foundation staff will help you along the way with tips to make your team successful. With your help, make CF stand for "Cure Found"!

Race Details
DATE: Friday,October 24, 2008
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Corner of Dana and Woodburn Ave, Cincinnati OH
COST: $30 preregistered. Mail in Entries must be postmarked by October 15. Online Registration open until October 18(no online processing fees). Race Day Registration is $35.
INFORMATION: 5k Run through Walnut Hills Cemetery begins as daylight ends. After the run, find the food and drinks you need to re-fuel, and the live music to get you rocking through the night. For more information, visit