Valley News – August 2

Several of you out there in the Lehigh Valley are now in training mode for your fall goal half marathon or marathon. I’ve run my fair share of long runs – sometimes solo, sometimes with friends – and know how grueling the miles can be after a while. I’d love to connect you guys through the website and help you find some people to train with. Please leave a comment below if you are looking for a training partner this fall and let’s see if we can hook you people up!

September 11 – Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon for Via
October 9 – Steamtown Marathon
October 23 – Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon
November 13 – Harrisburg Marathon
November 20 – Bucks County Marathon
November 20 – Philadelphia Marathon

September 10 – Amish Country Bird In Hand Half Marathon
September 11 – Capital Blue Cross Harrisburg Half Marathon
September 11 – Lehigh Valley Health Network Half Marathon
September 11 – Sol Lipton Run Fest
September 18 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
October 1 – Hands-on House Half Marathon
October 16 – Hershey Half Marathon
October 23 – Oktober Lauf Fest
October 23 – Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Half Marathon
October 30 – Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon
November 20 – Philadelphia Half Marathon

Tomorrow night is the final summer 5k for 2011. This FREE race is hosted by Lehigh Valley Road Runners. Obviously, folks are loving the fact that this no-frills race doesn’t cost them a cent this year, the proof is in the numbers – the races have been averaging 155 racers. Registration opens at 5:15 am, race begins at 6:30 pm. Stick around afterwards for free hot dogs on the club. Bring a covered dish to share and join the feast that follows! It’s a lot of fun and should be a great night to finish off the series.

This Thursday’s Family Hike will be held at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus. The hike starts at 1:00 pm and hikers will stroll through the woods on a woodland boardwalk, past the creek and a frog pond. The trail is jogging stroller friendly (but not street stroller friendly). Bring water to drink, bug spray and sun lotion and plan to have a great time. RSVPs are encouraged via LVRR website.

The final LVRR Kids Summer Series races take place this Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 am. Remember, if your kids ran in 4 of the 6 events they will receive a free t-shirt commemorating their summer races. This year’s winning t-shirt design and slogan are shown in the News section of the LVRR website. Congratulations to Christopher Chambliss and Hope Green, the winners of this year’s design and slogan contest!

Aardvark Sports Shop is holding spike nights every Thursday evening at both their shops for local high school and college cross country runners. Spike night hours are from 5:00-8:00 pm. Compare XC spikes from Brooks, Saucony & Nike. You will receive a free Aardvark XC themed t-shirt with your purchase and I’m betting all of you college students are totally going to dig the free pizza! *** There will be NO SPIKE NIGHT on AUGUST 11 in Bethlehem due to Musikfest!!! *** Spike Nights will run through September 8th.

You’ve waited all summer for it. Wait no longer! Next Thursday, Aug. 11, is going to be one rocking night at Bear Creek! Forget Musikfest. I can guarantee less crowds, better food, and an intimate environment with live music. I will be ordering a light food platter. It’s not going to be enough to feed you if you are starving, but it should be a nice sampling of what is on the Bear Creek menu. In order to pay for this I’ll be selling raffle tickets for a 50/50 raffle. Half the money will go towards the platter, and one lucky winner will get the other half of the money. Sounds like a good deal, right? Raffle tickets are $5 each. (Hey, this website hasn’t made me rich (yet) so I gotta do something …) Please RSVP so that I can give Bear Creek a head count. Thanks everyone!

There is also a little contest going on right now sponsored by Bear Creek Resort, just for us. If you register for any of their three upcoming events (Bear Creek Challenge 8/13-14, Bear Creek Adventure Race 8/21, Big Bear Trail Run 10/16) you will be entered to win a very exciting prize. You will get one entry per race. Please read the details for this contest. You MUST enter “LVRS” for the question “How did you hear about this event?” during the registration process. Don’t come to me if you do this wrong. I have nothing to do with this contest other than telling you about it. The prize for this contest is one free night’s stay at the resort.