Monthly Archives: June 2007

June 30 and July 4 Running Events

Since the big July 4th Holiday is coming up, I decided to go ahead and publish both this weekend’s races and also the couple that are on the 4th as well. I will publish races for the 7th next Thurs.

June 30 Races

Firecracker 5K Walk/Run starts at 7:30 at the Clay County YMCA in Brazil.

Wabash River Runners Club 26th Annual 4Mile Fun Run Summer Scamper, starts at 8am in West Lafayette.

Haynes-Apperson 4 Mile Run (pdf) is directed by Club Kokomo Roadrunners and is run at Kokomo Central Middle School at 8am. There is a pre-race pasta dinner on Friday night!

July 4th Races

Firecracker 5K Run located in Portland, starting at 8am.

CarmelFest FREEDOM RUN & WALK 4.5 Mile run starts at 8am and 1.5 Mi family walk at 8:05am. Event is located at Carmel High School and managed by Tuxbro. This event benefits Donate Life Indiana. Award given to most patriotic outfit!

Fast Track Mile located in downtown Terre Haute. Organized by the Wabash Valley Roadrunners Club, the mile race includes a scored school division. Women race at 8:15 and men at 8:30.

Chesterfield Optimists 5K and 10K (pdf) located in Chesterfield (just east of Anderson). Starting at 8:30am this is a pretty good race with a pancake breakfast, and Chesterfield Town Parade following.

Fowler 5K Run/Walk located northwest of Lafayette. $5 entry and pancake and sausage breakfast afterwards!

Weekend Weather

The current forecast for July 4th is 89 with Isolated T-storms.

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Favorite Runs

Enjoy changing scenery? Like the soft surface of trail running? How about seeing wildlife on every run?

Those are all experience you can have at one of Central Indiana’s best running spots. Mounds State Park, in Anderson has a little bit to offer every runner. Mounds may be one of the smallest state parks at only 280 acres, but there are still enough trails to please most runners.

The biggest problem with Mounds is that there isn’t much flat trail to run on. So whenever you get hurt you have to cut Mounds out for a little while. I personally run a 3 or 5 mile loop (or some combination) whenever I run there. I know of runners who have completed 20-milers out there! Yuck! There are probably 6-7 decent size hills with names like K-Hill, Cinder Block, and Step Hill. Many people do interval workouts including one of my favorites the Spaghetti Bowl. It is hard to describe each hill or workout, or even the courses, but here is a good map of the trails. The trails are described in this brochure (pdf) available at the gatehouse.

Mounds is home to the Anderson Road Runner’s 26th annual 5 Mile Run the Mounds. This year it also hosted the DINO Series 5K and 15K races. It is also home to Highland High School and Anderson University’s Cross Country courses. Needless to say, in the fall it is a busy place with high school and college runners everywhere!

I would encourage every runner to spend some time at Mounds. I’ve seen at least one deer each of the times I’ve run out there the past few weeks, including a doe and 2 fawns! My recommendation is to take it easy the first couple of times out there and like any training slowly build up mileage and intensity. It can be a brutal run, but it is so fun.

There is a small entry fee: $4 per carload M-Thurs and $5 Fri – Sun and Holidays. Or get a State Park pass for $36.

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Race Results Roundup 6-23-07

An excellent weekend to race weather-wise! I know I enjoyed it and almost 1,000 others did as well!

Columbus’ Firecracker 5K was won by 19 year-old Nick Arensmann in 16:50 (5:25). Lynn Marsh, 24, won the women’s division in 19:44 (6:21).  Russel Fox won the walk in 33:38 and Jenny Rumph won the women’s division in 40:05.  I’ve seen Russel in action, he’s quite impressive!

Fisher’s Freedom Festival 5K had 516 runners and 79 walkers.  Chris Swisher, 24, of Fishers won in 15:00 (4:51), beating out a tough top 15, including Kyle Carey of Pendleton, Gary Romesser of Eagle Creek, and a wide range of high schoolers.  The top female, Steph Dueriger, was actually 11th overall with a time of 17:08 (5:32). Twelve-year old Patrick Montgomery won the 5K walk in a time of 33:14.  He was walking with fellow twelve-year old Brook Byrd who finished in 34:56.  Both are from Fishers. (Did they run part of it??)

Buzzards Roost 10K with just under 100 participants had an excellent field.  Mark Diveley finished in 35:59 (5:49) Another tough front pack, 5th place was still under 39 minutes.  First place female Rachel Young, ran 40:45 (6:35).  This race attracted high school runners from Alexandria, Noblesville, and Hamilton Heights.

This weekend was also the USATF meet in Indy.  There were some impressive times coming from the meet. This included meet records falling in the 100m and 200m dash, and the 1500 with Alan Webb running a 3:34 (about a 3:50 mile). To make a comparison from this weekend’s results at the USATF meet:

  • Bernard Lagat won the 5K in 13:30 (4:20)
  • Shalane Flanagon won the women’s 5K in 14:51 (4:46)
  • Swisher’s 15min 5K would not have competed in the men’s and would have earned him 2nd in the women’s division.
  • Abdu Abdiraham won the 10K in 28:13 (4:32)
  • Deena Kastor won the women’s 10K in 31:57 (5:08)
  • Diveley’s 10K finish (35:59) would not have competed in the men’s nor the women’s.

They are flying!!


Do you have any race results from the weekend?  Tell us about your race by clicking on the comments section and leaving a comment.



Race Day: Buzzards Roost 10K

On a rare, cool and rainy day (one of the first in awhile), the Buzzards Roost was far from its normal hot misery! The weather conditions made this an excellent day for PRs and great races.  That is precisely what happened for me.  While I didn’t set a 10K PR, I did set one for the Buzzards Roost course in the countryside surrounding Arcadia.  I ran a 42:22 (6:50) with splits of 6:19, 6:25, 6:54, 7:08, 7:03, 7:07, 1:23. This got me 13th place overall and 1st in my age group (netting a $25 gift card).

The course is exceptionally flat, until about 3.5 miles then it has 3 or 4 moderate size hills, but at that point in a 10K they can be cruel.  The race finishes with a flat last mile.

A rare evening race, starting at 6:30pm, it is usually boiling hot, but the nicer weather made for a great event.  99 participants ran and walked helping raise money for Hamilton Heights Cross Country Team.  Race results are posted here.

Runner’s Forum is a sponsor of the event and gave away gift certificates as door/raffle prizes and for all age group winners.

Expertly organized by Evan Achenbach, I’ve not been disappointed with this race (this is my 3rd year).  Three water stops support the runners, and spectators can watch the runners at the start, 1 mile, and the finish area without moving! Turns were brightly marked with orange paint and finally, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department helps manage traffic at some of the busy intersections.

How did your race go this weekend? Leave a review in the comments section.

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Weekend Roundup – June 23

This weekend is another good one for racing. You’ve got a variety of locations and a couple different distances and/or organizations to support!!

I will be running the 28th Annual Buzzards Roost 10K. Despite the evening start time, its a well organized race, and age-group winners get Runner’s Forum gift certificates. Not to mention its part of the Anderson Road Runner’s Road Race Series.

So without further ado:

9th Annual Firecracker 5K (pdf) this 5K race is on a USATF certified course in Columbus, IN.

Carefree Crocodiles 5k Run/Walk and 1Mile Fun Run located in Greenwood, you get the chance to run with and support the Crocodiles (Carefree’s Swim Team!).

10th Annual Race for Grace 5K located in Logansport, all proceeds from this race benefits the Lazarus Fest, a ministry of Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Fishers Freedom Festival 5K is possibly one of the cheapest races at $5 for the 5K. Part of the Fisher’s Freedom Festival (obviously) all proceeds benefit the Roy Holland Memorial Fund and the Roy Holland Backpack for Kids program.

7th annual ALANA (A Life Always Never Abortion) 5K RUN/WALK is located in Lafayette with all money supporting the Tippecanoe County Right to Life.

2nd Annual Longhorn 5k run/walk located in Selma (near Muncie).

Judah Jog 5K located in Judah!

28th Annual Buzzards Roost 10K an excellent race located in Arcadia at Hamilton Heights Middle School. This is an evening race 6:30PM.

Twin Sisters 6 Mile Trail Run has been CANCELLED FOR 2007, but may return in 2008.


Which race do you plan to attend this weekend? How did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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