It sounds like everyone has been racing and training hard so far this month, many of you gearing up for the fall race season. If anyone is racing their very first race, whether it’s a 5k, half marathon, marathon, trail race, ultra race, etc. send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) mentioning your name (obviously) and your race so that I can give you a shout out when the big day arrives. I will live vicariously through you guys this fall while I get this herniated disc taken care of.
We’ve got a big weekend ahead of us on the race calendar. This Saturday is National Trail Running Day, something I have never heard of before this year but hey, it gives me an excuse to hit the trails once again. More details on that below. Local races this Saturday include the Trout Creek Trot 5k in Slatington and the 7 Miler at 7pm in Lehigh Parkway which is part of Run Lehigh Valley’s point series races. (See race calendar for more details.)
Beyond the Valley on Saturday there is the Mount Cuckoo 15k taking place in Adamstown, an interesting race which Stephan Weiss has concocted, pitting road runners and trail runners against each other as the race is run half on the roads and half on the trails. You can also head over to Schuylkill County for the Run for the Eagles 5k or drive to Montgomery County Community College for the Livestrong Challenge 5k or 10k races. I know of at least one person locally who is running that one. Good luck!
On Sunday the Livestrong Challenge continues, Run4Sam 4 mile race is taking place at Gring’s Mill Park, and the Bear Creek Adventure Race will be happening at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie. This sounds like a fun race! It will include some orienteering, 4-8 miles of trail running, 8-12 miles of mountain biking, and water and rescue strategies.
Speaking of the Bear Creek Adventure Race, don’t forget that the Bear Creek Contest is still going on! You have one more day to enter, a winner will be chosen on Saturday. If you plan to enter the BC Adventure Race or the Big Bear Trail Run which takes place on October 16, do it today or tomorrow and select “LVRS” for the question “How did you hear about us?” you will automatically be entered to win a free night’s stay at the resort. Remember, the contest ends tomorrow.
RUNNER’S CHOICE AWARDS
The Runner’s Choice Awards is a fun contest in which you select your favorite local races. The survey includes a variety of race distances and types, fill in only the races you wish to include for you choices. If you’ve never run one of the race categories, no problem, just skip that one. There are three spaces for you to enter up to three favorite races, just rank them accordingly. Voting ends August 31 (two more weeks!) Why am I doing this? I thought it would be fun to see which races rank up there as a local favorite. It might also help local race directors when it comes time to plan their races. Vote today!
Run Wild at the Zoo is need of volunteers for their race which takes place on August 28. There is a 5k and 10k race as well as a family fun walk. Volunteers are needed at registration, water stations and for the awards ceremony. All volunteers will receive a race day commemorative bracelet and all day admission to Lehigh Valley Zoo. If anyone is interested, please contact Alan Raisman at email@example.com or by phone at 610-799-4171 x. 224.
NATIONAL TRAIL RUNNING DAY
There is a group run at Nockamixon State Park this Saturday morning that will be meeting up to celebrate National Trail Running Day. The run will begin at 9:30 am and we will run a loop around the lake which is approximately 8-9 miles. Following the run we will head over to Becker’s Corner, a cute restaurant just down the road, to refuel from our run. Meet at the Tower Road trailhead just off Route 611. Please visit the event page for details and directions.
LVRS WEEKLY RUNNING CHATS
Let’s talk about running! I have installed a brand new group chat feature on the website. It is located on the new toolbar here on the website which you will see on the bottom of all pages throughout the site. The button is shown on the right. You will connect via one of your online networks (Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo) and once connected you can talk with everyone else in the group chat room. Each week we will have a certain topic to focus our discussion on. Chats will take place every Wednesday. This week let’s start it at 10:00 AM and get a feel for how this will go. This week’s chat topic: Goal Fall Races and Your Current Training. Hope to see you in the chatroom! Remember, you need to come to http://lvrunningscene.com and click the chat button in the bottom toolbar on the site.
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