Thursday, October 31, 2013

2013 November Races

Below is list of upcoming races in November. Check the club calendar for a few more races in November.
Saturday November 2
  • iSPACE 5K Run/Walk into Space, 9:00 am, Scarlet Oaks Campus, 3254 E. Kemper Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241,
  • Cincinnati Right to Life Pro-Life Saver 5K Run/Walk, 10:30 am, Lunken Playfield, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Race Information
Sunday November 3
Saturday November 9
  • Fighting Hunger 5k Run and Walk, 8:30 am, Matthew 25: Ministries, Blue Ash OH,
  • 9th Annual LCPL Taylor B. Prazynski Memorial 5K Run, Walk and Roll, 9:00 am, Waterworks Park, Fairfield OH,
  • Turkeyfoot Trot 5K Run/Walk, 9:00 am, St. Barbara Church, Independence KY,
  • Run the Park 5k, 10:00 AM, Versailles State Park, Versailles IN,
Monday November 11
Saturday November 16
  • Divine Dash, 9:00 AM, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cincinnati OH,
  • Girls On The Run Fall 5K, 10:00 am, Sawyer Point Park, downtown Cincinnati, OH,
  • The Sugar Bush 10K & 5K Trail Race, 10:00 am, Hueston Woods State Park, College Corner OH,  
Sunday November 17
  •  Woodland Lakes Christian Camp Campfire 8K Trail Run & 5K Trail Walk, 3:00 pm, Woodland Lakes Christian Camp and Retreat Center, Amelia OH, 
Saturday November 23
Sunday November 24
Thursday November 28

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 Straight Street Climb - November 24

The Straight Street Hill Climb is a .36 mile race up Straight Street in the CUF neighborhood. The race was started by the Clifton Track Club in 1976. The Climb features a bike challenge in addition to the road race. The race will begin at 9 a.m followed by the bike challenge at 9:30 AM.
Early bird registration is $10 and $15 on race day.Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby.
Awards for top three finishers in 5 running divisions: Youth (ages 12 and under); Teen (ages 13 thru 17); Men's Open; Women's Open; and Masters (ages 50+). For more information or to register, go to
  • DATE: Sunday, November 24, 2013
  • TIME: Road race at 9:00 AM followed by cycling challenge at 9:30 AM.
  • PLACE: Straight Street, Cincinnati OH.
  • INFO: .36 mile Race up Straight Street in the CUF neighborhood. The Climb features a bike challenge in addition to the road race. Early bird registration is $10 and $15 on race day.Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby. For more information or to register, visit or the Facebook Page.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

2013 Grand Prix Update - October

The Runners’ Club of Greater Cincinnati is doing a Grand Prix Series in 2013. The goal of the Grand Prix is to include and recognize members that do many of the races that the club puts on or supports. So far, about 85 club members have participated in at least one Grand Prix Race.
 The next race in the Grand Prix will be the Run Like Hell 5k followed by the Straight Street Climb on November 24. The next C Race is Run Like Hell 5k on October 26. To be eligible, you need to be:

  1. RCGC Member in Good Standing for 2013 
  2. Volunteer for two club supported events. 
  3. Run at least 7 races – 1 Race needs to be a “B” Race and 1 Race Needs to be a “C” Race No worries! There is still time to catch up and only 7 races are scored including one “B” race and one “C” race.
Below is a list of the top club members for scoring through the Cliftonfest 5k(For a full listing, go to
Top 10 Females in the RCGC Grand Prix 

Carol Siderits 939
Lisa Roa 572
Stacey Herdering 490
Melanie Miles 440
Olivia Connaughton 400
Karen Wilson 389
Nurys Diaz 336
Lisa Kirk 332
Cherie Norman 303
Cindy Cranmer 284
Top 10 Males in the RCGC Grand Prix

Seamus Gordon 510
Ryan Woolley 491
Thom Meyer 486
Jerry Patton 449
Martin Hovey 435
Greg Roa 430
Jeffrey Schwab 426
Gary Payne 401
Harvey Lewis 397
Robert Platt 395
Jason Reed 394

Here are the current club members who have done at least one B race:
Women: Holly Carey, Olivia Connaughton, Nurys Diaz, Janis Hoover, Jennifer Hughes, Marilyn Hunter, Lisa Kirk, Melanie Miles, Rachael Moore, Betty Moscove, Cherie Norman, Becky Parr, Donna Payne, Lisa Roa, Susan Russell and Carol Siderits.
Men: Jeff Allen, Seamus Gordon, Michael Haller, Nick Haverkos, Martin Hovey, Ed Hunter, Harvey Lewis, Thom Meyer, Tim Molony, Jeff Oates, Jerry Patton, Gary Payne, Robert Platt Jason Reed, Greg Roa, Jeffrey Schwab, Jeffrey Smith, Scott Spicher and William Stolz.
Club members who have done a C race: Gina Meyers, David Nelson.
For more information about the RCGC Grand Prix, visit the club's Grand Prix page.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

2013 RCGC Run Like Hell Team

The Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati has a club team for the annual RUN LIKE HELL 5k on Saturday evening, October 26th at 7:30 PM near the campus of Xavier University! To register as part of our team, please go to and search for "Runners' Club of Greater Cincinnati". We will be dressing up in costumes this year but we have not decided what to wear.  Costumes suggestions are welcome! Send costume suggestions to  

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

2013 Halloween Runs in Greater Cincinnati

As any kid knows, October 31 is Halloween which means food and dressing up in costume.  If you can not wait that long, there are few Halloween themed races the next couple of weekends to celebrate.   Here are a few of them:
  • Running Scared 5k, Saturday October 12, 6:00 PM, Veteran's Memorial Stadium, 1600 West Street, Reading OH - A flat 3.1 mile course through a “spooky” cemetery, ending at a fabulous Halloween Fest!  Participants are encouraged to run/walk in costumes. After the race, people are admitted to the post race party where they can listen to a hot band or have a cold beer. They can enjoy food and drinks from generous sponsors and listen to the live jammin’ band while they stay toasty warm inside or gather around the roaring fire outside.  Proceeds benefit Youth Education.  Visit for more information.
  • Mud-o-Ween 5k, Saturday October 19, 10:00 AM, Countryside YMCA, Lebanon OH - Take on the muckiest challenge! Three miles on all terrain trail run. You won’t come out clean after you slide down the ravine and run the creek trail. Forget about tires or barrels as obstacles– worry about fallen trees to block your way. Think you can cross the pond and still be recognized by your friends? Come race dressed as your favorite super hero if you dare. See what you can accomplish at the Countryside YMCA Mud-O-Ween! Stay for the After-Mud-Celebation and Harvest Party to try a muddy dog or hot pig pork sandwich for lunch. Visit for more information.
  • 28th Annual Ghost N Goblin 5k Run/Walk, Tuesday October 22 6:30 PM, RiverScape MetroPark, 111 East Monument Avenue, (downtown) Dayton, OH  - The Ghost N Goblin 5k has been a Dayton Halloween tradition for 27 years! Presented by the Ohio River Road Runners Club, the Ghost N Goblin is expected to be the best and biggest ever! Post race party with Domino’s pizza, refreshments and a D.J. Unique technical long sleeve-shirts with pockets for the first 3000 registered. Proceeds benefit The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. Visit for more information.
  • A Brave Halloween 5K, Tuesday October 22  6:30 PM, Oxford Community Park, 4601 Fairfield Rd., Oxford, OH 4505 - Come dressed as a runner or dressed up for Halloween! Post race party with Larosa’s pizza. Proceeds benefit the Talawanda Track and Field Program.Visit for more information. 
  • Great Pumpkin Run, Saturday October 26 8:00 AM, Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 St. Rt. 132 Clarksville, OH - Get ready for the run of a lifetime! Traverse through challenging terrain, view scenic sights and beautiful views before maneuvering through a mile of one of Ohio's largest corn mazes! Find the way to the finish, and be welcomed by friends, family, and a huge farm festival! Visit for more information.
  • Undead 5k, Saturday October 26 4:00 PM, Kingswood Park Mason, OH - A 5K run/walk like no other. Runners will traverse 5 kilometers of Zombie infested terrain.  No worries, all the Zombies want to do is after eat your brains and feast on your flesh.  Obstacles and challenges will be strewn about the course, making the Undead 5K even more horrifying. The object is to survive and cross the finish line with your "health" intact. Obstacles are designed to present choices - Gamble and go through Zombie territory or play it safe? All registrants receive a T-shirt, Finisher Medal, and entry to the post-race Zombie Jamboree complete with music, food and, of course, beer. Visit for more information.
  • Run Like Hell 5k, Saturday October 26 7:30 PM, Dana and Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati OH - Run a 5K in costume... Through a cemetery... To a party at the finish. Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit for more information.
  • Trick or Trot 5K/10K and Kid's Spooky Sprint, Saturday October 27 9:00 AM, Corwin Nixon Park, Mason, OH - Fast Halloween run and walk that starts and finishes at the boo-tiful Corwin Nixon Park, just behind the Mason Community Center and Mason High School, in northern Cincinnati. Come have fun with the whole family at this spooktacular race. Tackle the boo-rific 5K or challenge yourself in the double-loop 10K. Then celebrate your monster of a victory with food, drinks, and music. Stick around for the costume contest, the free Kids Spooky Sprint, and trick or treating. Race benefits the Fetal Hope Foundation whose mission is to provide support, provide information, fund research, increase awareness and be an outlet for leading medical information pertaining to fetal syndromes. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

2013 Reggae Run Recap

The Reggae Run is one of the Cincinnati's largest races. 2013 marked the 20th running of the Reggae Run. It was held at Ault Park in Hyde Park but due to outgrowing Ault Park, they moved it to Eden Park beginning in 2013 which meant a new course.  I had run most of them but the 1rst one(I had not yet begun to run), the 13th(case of Triskaidekahobia) and the last 2. Since they changed the location, I decided to try it again and check out the course since I liked the course in Ault Park.  The course for the Reggae Run was a point to point course that started near Sawyer Point Park on Eggleston and finished near the Gazebo in Eden Park.  It was flat for the first mile and and uphill for the last 2 miles.  If you ever ran the Flying Pig Marathon or Flying Pig Half, you are familiar with the climb up Gilbert. Conditions for the run were humid despite the rain earlier in the day. Crowd attendance seemed down from when I last did it on 2010.  Again the post race at Eden Park was terrific as this year I was able to get pizza, subs, grilled cheese, desserts, beer, wine etc. You may have to attend it to just check out the post race.  Also, back was the Ark Band who played on despite the rain after the race.  I may  run it again in 2014 but I will see since there are about 5 other races on the same Saturday that I may need to check out. Race Results.  

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Upcoming Races October 2013

Below is list of upcoming races in October. Check the club calendar for a few more races in October and the fall running season.  
 Saturday October 5
  • Loop For Lana 5k, 9:00 am, Columbia Sussex Building, Crestview Hills KY,
Sunday October 6
 Saturday October 12
Sunday October 13
Saturday October 19
Tuesday October 22
Friday October 25
  • Aruna 5k Run for their Freedom, 7:00 pm, University of Cincinnati - Main Campus - Sigma Sigma Commons, Cincinnati OH,
    Saturday October 26
    Sunday October 27

    Tuesday, October 01, 2013

    Cliftonfest 5k Run / Walk Recap

    About 75 runners and walkers flocked to Burnett Woods for the inaugeral Cliftonfest 5k Run / Walk.
    Conditions were cloudy but cool  for some fast times to be run on a rolling course in aropund and through Burnett Woods. Congratulations to the overall men's winner Matthieu Gancedo and overall women's winner
    Taryn Surtees. Mathieu ran a time of 17:42, followed by Josh Horn in 19:28.  Taryn ran a time of 19:32 and was the  followed by Annie Rose in  22:59. Go to for a complete list of results.
    Thank you to sponsors CVS for the water, Bruegger's for the bagels, Bob Roncker's Running Spot for the overall male female runner awards, Skyline Chili for the overall walker awards.  A special thank you to the Hughes Football Team for course cleanup and manning the fluid station.
    Cliftonfest 5k Results