Run the 2013 ODDyssey Half Marathon and You Could Run Home With $30,000.00

The fourth annual ODDyssey Half Marathon will run on June 9, 2013, and this year, thanks to new sponsor OCF Realty, there will be a big new twist – one runner will have the chance to go home with a $30,000.00 down payment for a new house.

The ODDyssey is Philadelphia’s Spring half marathon. It is a serious endurance race utilizing the latest technology in timing (think ezpass), is USTAF certified, boasts prize money for the winners, introduces a beautiful Fairmount Park course and has professional photographers. But, it was innovations like this contest that led to the ODDyssey being recognized in February as one of the 100 best road races in North America by for putting “their runners as their top priority.”

The ODDyssey has incorporated fun (and optional) elements like costume contests, free massage, free beer and secret challenges throughout the race course for those runners who want to add a little adventure to their race day. OCF Realty is sponsoring one of those secret challenges. Every runner who successfully completes the OCF challenge and every runner who wins their age category will have their name put into raffle. One runner’s name will be drawn and they will have the opportunity to attempt one 60 foot cornhole toss to win a $30,000.00 down payment on a house!

“We are really excited to partner with the ODDyssey Half Marathon.” Says Ori Feibush, President of OCF Realty. “It is the perfect time for a contest like this. The housing market is heating up again, mortgage rates are very low and prices are starting to rise. I think for the past couple of years, people have been reserved about buying a home. With the market improving, this contest invites runners to start dreaming again.” It begs the question, “If you won, where in Philadelphia would you want to buy?”


OCF Realty is Philadelphia’s leading neighborhood real estate brokerage. Specializing in property management, commercial and residential leasing, and real estate sales and development, OCF Realty has its finger to the pulse of real estate news and development trends in Philadelphia. With its local real estate offices, community-centric coffee shops, and the Naked Philly blog, OCF Realty combines an expert team with unconventional strategies to stay light-years ahead of the competition.

Rumspringa Half Marathon

Saturday, April 21st 2012 9:00 A.M
Adamstown, Lancaster County

“Celebrating Lancaster County’s German History”

Rumspringa is a Pennsylvania German term meaning “running around” and generally refers to a period of adolescence for some members of the Amish that begins at the age of 16 and ends either with the youth choosing baptism within the Amish church or instead leaving the community. During this time a minority of young Amish might experiment with dressing “English”, driving motor vehicles and consuming alcohol.

The Rumspringa half marathon starts and finishes in Adamstown, PA which is located in Northern Lancaster County just on the edge of Amish country.  The midsection of the course will lead you through Amish farmland. Obviously while running you will be on your best behavior, however the race finishes in front of an award winning micro-brewery, so you will be able to do a little “Rumspringa” after you were “running around” for 13.1 Miles.

Uberendurance Sports caters to a certain type of runner, one who does not need a glitzy expo, a shiny medal (the finisher award this year is a cuckoo whistle) , rock bands or a celebrity telling them how awesome they are. Instead, they focus on a course that is fun and well supported, but also more challenging than the average pancake flat big city race (translation, yes there will be hills). They have awesome German themed Aid stations and the best post race food that you will ever find at a race.

To top it off, every runner will receive a free Stoudts beer to rehydrate at the post race party were you will be entertained by live German music. There will be a raffle of a German cuckoo clock and give out imported handmade German weather houses as agegroup awards. If you think you are not fast enough to win of these awesome awards, dress up in German or Amish attire and you have a shot of winning one of these weather-houses for best dressed runners.

The race offers unique awards: German weather houses which come directly from the Black Forest of Germany. There are five aid stations along the route, the Octoberfest aid station even offers Bavarian-style carbohydrates. After the race all participants are invited to recover at Stoudtburg Plaza where you will be offered refreshments and german food & pastries. The post-race party begins at 11:00 am with live German music, Stoudt’s beer, an award ceremony, cuckoo clock raffle and the Best Amish/German-dressed Runner Award.


Visit Uberendurance Sports for more details and to register. 

A New Challenge: The Hat Trick

A running festival sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? Runner’s World will be hosting a 3-day running weekend in Bethlehem from October 19-21 which will include a 5k, 10k and half marathon. The events will be arranged in such a way as to offer runners the opportunity to compete in all three events, thus earning the hat trick title. Also included in the weekend-long events will be a youth run.

The festival and races will take place near Bethlehem’s Steel Stacks which  have become the epicenter of Bethlehem over the past year. Runners will be able to view various running films beginning Friday, October 19. Runner’s World is expecting between 5,000 to 6,000 runners to participate throughout the weekend.

I have searched for a race website and have not found one. Hopefully we will have more information soon.

Here is a map of the RW Half Marathon route – course map

UPDATED TO INCLUDE: Website and registration information has been found!

Shout Outs!

Trail & Truskey Aug 11 030

You couldn’t ask for a better weekend to race. The leaves are changing color and Sunday morning’s temperatures are currently forecasted at low 40’s in the morning and warming to 60’s for a high. All of you who are racing the D&L Heritage Marathon or Half Marathon are going to have a perfect set up to race!

I wanted to give a bit shout out to Leigh Mallonee who is running her very first half marathon this weekend at the D&L Heritage Half Marathon this weekend!

And to Chris whom I met at VegFest this year. He is running his second marathon this Sunday at the D&L Heritage Marathon!

Also running are Kimberly Nagosky, Lori Flamisch George, Diana O’Brien, Courtney Merring Landau, Debra Bednar, Jim Diehl, Beverly Siegfried, Michael Postorino and Kimberly Moyer Bachman.

Also taking place this Sunday is the Oktober Lauf Fest down in Pennypacker Park outside of Philly. It is a beautiful park to run in as well, I was down there for the Half Sauer Half Kraut race this past summer. Good luck to all those running that trail half marathon as well!

Run strong and break a shoelace!



Valley News – September 20


Short post this week.

Is it just me or is this month flying by? Didn’t we just START September last week? I’m looking at the calendar and this weekend is the last one of the month. Pretty soon we’ll be seeing this …

The LVRR group run scheduled for 6:00 pm this Thursday has been moved up to 5:00 pm. The group will run a short 4+ mile loop through the Parkway and finish by 6:00 pm. You can view other LVRR group runs on their website at: All are welcome to attend; you do not need to be a club member to join the runs.

Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem
Bruiser 5k – Allentown
Dragonfly 5k – Nazareth
Lehigh Valley Buddy Walk – Breinigsville
KMF Race for Ovarian Cancer (Half Marathon) – Williamsport

Angel 34 5k/10k – Northampton
Sloppy Cuckoo (trail half marathon) – Philadelphia
Heart to Heart 5k – Sellersville

I would also like to draw your attention to the October event schedule. It looks like October is going to be a busy month!

ALSO – Mark your calendars! The St. Luke’s Half Marathon will open registration for it’s 2012 event on October 1st. Last year the race sold out in early February. Don’t miss out on the race that was voted the Favorite Local Half Marathon by local runners in this year’s Runner’s Choice Awards.

One final thing …

Do you know where this is? The location is somewhere in the Lehigh Valley. The first person to get it right will receive an LVRS shirt, fresh from the printer! Post your answer in a comment below.

FYI – LVHN Marathon for Via Opens More Race Spots

Apparently, due to an overwhelming demand from racers, the LVHN Marathon for Via has opened up additional spots in their upcoming September 11 race. Late registration will close on Sunday at midnight.

Registration for the 5k Walk which takes place on Saturday, September 10 does not have a registration deadline. The walk will take begin at the new SteelStacks in Bethlehem and use the newly renovated Greenway.

Final Chance to Register for LHVN Marathon

Today is the last day to register for the September 11th LVHN Marathon for Via!

Registration closes tonight at midnight. Follow this link to register.

Marathon – $95
Half Marathon – $60
Relay Team – $250
5K Walk – $10 per individual, $50 for team of up to 10
Pasta Dinner – NEW! ($20 adults, $12 children 12 & under)

Volunteers: There is still time to volunteer – sign up before the end of August.

Walkers: There is still time to register – registration does not close for the walk. The new walk course at SteelStacks in Bethlehem uses the newly renovated Greenway. Walk with your friends, family and co-workers on September 10.

The LVHN Marathon for Via is certified and times can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Run in support of people with disabilities.
The LVHN Marathon raises money for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities. Via provides therapeutic services for children, employment solutions for adults and helps people live a life of significance in the community. Learn more about Via’s programs.

National Running Day: June 1

People run because it feels great, but behind that feeling are a million different reasons. Some run to clear their heads, others to gossip with friends. Some use running as a motive for traveling to far flung destinations, others to keep their waistlines in check. This year’s National Running Day is a celebration of that passion and an occasion for runners to share the enthusiasm that gets sneakers laced and bodies out the door.

Now in its third year, National Running Day continues to connect runners of all ages and abilities in what is traditionally viewed as an individual sport. National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.

Celebrate National Running Day this June 1st by scheduling a run, joining with friends for a group run, or come to Lehigh Parkway and run the LVRR Summer Series 5k! The 5k begins at 6:30 pm and is FREE, followed by a potluck picnic. It’s always a great time and you can bet I’ll be there, enjoying the entire evening of running fun.

Here are some interesting facts I thought you could appreciate:

The typical American runner …
• Is one of nearly 43 million in the U.S. 1
• Is just over 41 years old and has been running for 13 years 1
• Runs an average of 26.1 miles each week 1

Americans are running all over the place! In the last 10 years …
• 48% more people are running and jogging 2
• 38% more people are running and walking on treadmills 2
• 16% more people are trail running 2

American runners love to compete!
• More than 500,000 people finished a marathon in the U.S. in 2010. 3
• More than half of the nation’s runners want to run a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon this year. 1
• The half-­marathon is the nation’s fastest growing—and most popular—race. More than 5 million people finished a half-­marathon in the last 5 years. 4
• American teens are racing in record numbers. Last year more than 1.5 million high school students ran competitively for their schools. 5

Top Reasons to Run
• Most men and women run to stay in shape, stay healthy, relieve stress, and have fun. 1
• Running helps combat stress, emotional strain, and mild depression. 6
• Regular runners tend to be happier than their more sedentary peers. 6
• Running during old age reduces disability and contributes to a lower mortality rate. 7

1 Running USA, 2009 National Runner Survey
2 Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, 2010 Sports & Fitness Participation Topline Report
3 Running USA, 2010 Annual Marathon Report
4 Running USA, 2010 Annual Half-­‐Marathon Report
5 National Federation of State High School Associations, Historical Sport and Activity Statistics
6 American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry
7 Archives of Internal Medicine. Vol. 168 No. 15 Aug 11/25, 2008. Reduced Disability and Mortality Among Aging Runners. Eliza F . Chakravarty, MD, MS; Helen B. Hubert, PhD; Vijaya B. Lingala, PhD; James F. Fries, MD 1638-­1646

Photo Credit: Courtesy of New York Road Runners

Around The Web With Amby

Great stuff to ponder on your next run. A wrap up of this week’s articles on exercise science as tweeted by Amby Burfoot, Editor at Large of Runner’s World Magazine. You can follow Amby’s tweets at and his Runner’s World blogs at and

Ultra marathon performance linked to high training and low bmi. Nausea and blisters = big DNF problems.

Among female recreational half-marathoners, faster training paces linked to lower body fat and faster race times.

Hip abduction tip: When doing side leg raises, extra weight on legs gives no extra benefit.

Exercise nutrition expert Louise Burke’s thoughts on the risks-benefits of training with a low-glycogen supply.

Blood doping probably does more than just increase hematocrit. Benefits are likely multifactorial, include even mood.

After 30 years, long-term cross-country skiiers have lower death rate than nonskiiers.

In large cohort of nordic skiiers, those who race often with fast times have higher incidence of osteoarthritis.

Cardiac-screening study: In Singapore, ECG screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy yields prevalence of just .005 %.

The plot thickens (of course): Different genes influence runner responses to an antioxidant oil.

Fitness (vo2 max) more important than total physical activity (like slow walking) to reduce all-cause mortality.

ACSM expert warns “perhaps some important losses may even occur” from antioxidant supplements. So eat fruit, veggies.

Marathon training yields quadriceps fiber changes–some get bigger, some smaller–“very specific” to training done.

My new Peak Performance blog: Does pre-marathon travel increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis?

Happy Social Security! Exercise level at age 65 “strong predictor of well being” 7 years later.

Wow, a controlled light exercise trial with 90 yr olds! Exercise boosts muscle strength, decreases risk of falls.

Motiving people to exercise is huge challenge. Here, “10,000 steps” goal better than “30 minutes.”

Amazing how all the nitrate studies are yielding positive results. Here with subjects who have peripheral artery disease.

At a submax pace, barefoot running uses 2 to 5.7% less oxygen (is more economical) than shod running.

Viagra does not improve endurance performance (15K cycle time trial) in men or women at mod or high altitudes.

What’s best max HR formula? Croatian Army likes: 205 – (age/2).

Boston Marathon, with fast qualifying times, has < cardiac death rate than other marathons: 1/374,000 vs 1/128,000.

The more workouts per week throughout life, the stronger and more flexible the heart in old age. Conf. presentation.

Multivitamin use has no mortality effect, good or bad. Eleven year follow up of 182,000 participants.

During “block” of heavy training, extra protein reduces psych stress and may lessen performance loss.

In heat, caffeine raises body temp slightly, does not improve endurance performance of cyclists.

Among 198 beginning runners (>10:00/mile), no significant injury effect for peak force or loading rate.

Meta-analysis: Dehydration to 4% not a factor in time-trials (more like real races than “duration” tests).

Use of cooling vest during warm up for hot 10K run fails to produce meaningful performance differences.

Cardiac biomarkers back to norm 72 hrs post marathon. From Germans who have published troubling mara-heart studies.

Latest study of cardiac events in marathons: 1 death/128,000; 1 “arrest”/45,000. From total 1.4 million runners to ’09.

Great study: How training regulates gene expression, ie, endurance vs strength. Plus mitochondria and fat-carb utilisation.

Doh science: Running across the side of a hill creates many atypical forces, possibly injurious.

Post-exercise chocolate milk beats carbs-only for subsequent performance and protein synthesis.

Race Opens Spots to Aid Local Red Cross Efforts

The St. Luke’s Half Marathon reached capacity earlier this month, closing registration with a cap of 4,000 runners for it’s annual event. In light of Allentown’s recent tragedy less than a week ago, the race committee has opened up 100 spots for the 2011 event which should please those who got shut out after February 4th.

These 100 spots will cost $105 each. All of the funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley Disaster Services. This is the branch of Red Cross that goes in and aids those who are involved in tragedies such as we experienced on February 10 here in Allentown.

This special registration for 100 race spots will be available now through February 28, 2011.

Registration is available on

If you’ve already registered for the half marathon or 5k and want to help, you can donate to the American Red Cross at, by phone at 610-865-440 or by check payable to American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, 2200 Avenue A, Bethlehem, PA 18017