Thursday, April 30, 2009

Save Men's Track at UC
Recently, I saw articles in Run Ohio and the Cincinnati Enquirer about the University of Cincinnati eliminating scholarships for Men's Track & Field, and Men's Cross Country. To find out how you can help, visit

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mile 22 of the Flying Pig now the Crest Smile Mile

Late last week, I read an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer that Flying Pig Marathon Mile 22 is now the Crest Smile Mile. This morning, I did some poking on the web and the Flying Pig website to confirm. Our fluid station is located at the smile mile and with just five days left, I have about 5 slots open to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, you can only do so online in the next two days. Just do the following:
  1. Go to the Flying Pig Website Volunteer Page
  2. Click Sign-up with registered group
  3. Find the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati on the Pulldown Menu and type the password PCC (all capital letters).
  4. Fill out the information
Who knows, maybe P& G will give the volunteers(i.e us) free samples of Crest Toothpaste and other goodies.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Doughnuts Join List of Healthy Foods

According to this article from the UK, Doughnuts can be on the list of healthy foods and it brings back to mind a great SNL commercial parody.
Survey for First Time Marathoners
Have you completed your first marathon within the past year? If yes, tell me about your experience!
Elizabeth Loughren is an Exercise and Sport Psychology Ph.D. student at Temple University, in Philadelphia, and also a marathon runner. For her dissertation, she is looking at first time marathon runners (newbies), their motivations for completing a marathon, and their intent to run another marathon. If you have completed your first marathon within the past year, she would love to hear about your marathon experience! Listed below is the link for the online survey. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
First-Time Marathon Survey

If you know of any other first time marathon runners, who ran their debut marathon within the past year, please pass along the survey information.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Are Running Shoes a Waste of Money?
Interesting article about running shoes that I came across this morning. Read and let me know what you think. I may have to rethink buying those $120 running shoes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Local Runner Raising Money for Uganda
Last December, current RCGC member and past club President Mike Smith had the opportunity to travel to Uganda to volunteer in a couple of orphanages near Jinja, on Lake Victoria. He plans to return to Jinja in June to again volunteer in the same orphanages. He is raising
money to assist them in the work they are doing, as well as give a couple of the
family members, who he stayed with, to visit the United States. As part of his
fundraising, he is participating in a 50-mile trail run the week after the Flying
Pig. If you would like to support him in his effort, you can make checks out to
“Hope for Uganda” and send donations to:

Hope for Uganda
1802 Williams Avenue
Norwood, Ohio 45212

Thank you for your support and best of luck with your continued training for the
Flying Pig.

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Poll is Out
The new poll is out! This Saturday, April 25 is the Saint Joseph Home 5k which is one of the hardest 5k courses that I have run so this poll focuses on what local race has the toughest 5k course. Vote now! I limited it to current since the only past course that I still have nightmares about is the Spaghetti Knob 5k(circa 1998) and I never ran the Memorial Day Race Course at Mount Storm Park(legend has it that the course was redesigned in 1993 since the prior one was too hilly). If I missed a local race with a difficult course, please add it to the comments section. Also, if there were past races that had difficult course, also add those .
Flying Pig Marathon Volunteer Update

If you plan to help out at the Marathon and definitely would like T-shirt, you have until this Friday April 24 to sign-up(After all they have to sort and get together about 2,000 T-shirts for the various charities, groups and individuals). If you wear a small, sign up now to guarantee yourself a T-shirt. The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati has a waterstop at mile 22 and we still can use people to help out. Mile 22 is where the marathon really begins for the marathoners and your support and encouragement means plenty to them. If you are running the marathon, please encourage your friends and family to help out. If you're not running, join us for a little fun and help us help the runners at mile 22. To volunteer at our waterstop:
  1. Go to the Flying Pig Website Volunteer Page
  2. Click the Sign-up with registered group
  3. Select the Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati, use the password PCC (case sensitive).
  4. Fill out the information
If you have any questions or problems, let us know.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Poll Results

Here are the latest from the Spring Poll. The question was Are you running the full Flying Pig Marathon? 26 people voted in the poll and Running the Full was the runaway winner with with 16 votes followed by I want a life beyond work and running with 7 votes. Thank you to those that voted. The full results will be up until Monday.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Memorial Day Race XXXIII

Cincinnati's second oldest race is back this year at Armleder Park at 9:00 AM on May 25, 2009. Since most runners are swimming in T-shirts, the club has decided to make the Memorial Day Race T-shirt an optional purchase for 2009. In order to entice you to purchase one, the race will feature technical shirts for the preregistration price of $10. 

Monday, May 25, 2009 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
PLACE: Otto Armleder Memorial Park, 5059 Wooster Road, Cincinnati OH 
PREREGISTRATION: $10.00 General Public and $7 Runners' Club Members / Age 21 and Under. Technical Shirt available for $10. Preregistration ends Monday May 18. 
INFORMATION: Spectator friendly flat 5K (3.1 Mile) Course. Real bathrooms. Food, awards and doorprizes follow the race.  Get the flier or register online.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

One Week Left to Vote in the Poll
There is about a week left to vote on the poll question - Are you running the full Flying Pig Marathon? Vote Now!
RCGC Group Run Updates for Spring
Beginning Wednesday April 8, the Hyde Park Group Run will return to meeting at Hyde Park Square to get ready for the Spring Running Season.
There will be no 9:00 AM Run this Sunday April 12 (Happy Easter everybody).
Beginning Sunday April 19, the Sunday Group Run will return across the river and meet downtown at It's Just Crepes on Court Street. The April 19 run will cover the hills and bridges of the Flying Pig Half Marathon Course. The run will be approximately 9 miles but a shorter distance of 4 or 5 miles can be arranged.

Weekly Group Run Details:

For more information contact us.
* EPT - refers to RCGC president time which is about 10 minutes behind Eastern Daylight Time
Group Runs with UC Running Club
The UC Running Club meets at Gettler Stadium every Saturday for 10-12 mile runs at 11:00 AM. If you want to know what the line of death feels like, come on out. Contact Adam Hehr at for more information.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Educational Seminars at Mercy Hospital - Western Hills and Mount Airy

While cleaning out the club mailbox today,  I came across the following which might interest some runners.   

Mercy Hospitals Western Hills & Mt. Airy are offering an educational seminar focused around orthopedics and podiatry.  Titled Get a Leg Up: Preventing and Treating Knee, Ankle and Foot Injuries.   Join Mercy to find out not only how to treat knee, ankle and foot injuries — but how to prevent them. You’ll receive valuable information from podiatrist Dr. Renee Ash, with the Foot and Ankle Specialists, and Dr. Sameh Arebi, of Freiberg Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at one of Mercy’s two special complimentary seminars near you!

Seminar Details

Monday, April 20th

Mercy Hospital - Mount Airy
 – 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Classroom (adjacent to the Cafeteria on 2nd floor)

Tuesday, April 21st

Mercy Hospital Western Hills:
Time:  6:00 to 7:30 pm
Western Hills HealthPlex Conference Center (adjacent to the hospital)

The seminars are FREE, no registration is required, and light refreshments will be served.

Call 513-853-5398 for more information — join Mercy and learn from the experts how to put the spring back in your step!