Monthly Archives: September 2007

Guest Review: Lewis & Clark Marathon

In order to spice things up here I asked Anderson runner Brian Rayl to write a review of the Lewis & Clark Marathon in St. Charles, MO. If you would like to submit a review e-mail me and we’ll see what we can work out. Enjoy!

Five Central Indiana Runners traveled west to the Lewis and Clark Marathon September 16th in St Charles MO. Wray Jean Cornwell,Carolyn McKinney, Ann Morris and myself competed in the marathon and Sherry Robertson and Kathy Wehrley ran the half marathon. Ideal weather and a cool temp at start time made for an enjoyable race. Sherry placed 4th in AG with a 1:34:57 PR, Ann placed 4th in AG with a 3:52:57 BQ. Kathy finished with a 2:09:59, Carolyn at 4:03:04 Wray Jean at 5:06:47 and I finished in 3:40:30 PR.

The marathon and half marathon racers start out together on paved roads and cross over the Missouri River before heading into Historic St Charles at which time the half marathon finishes and the marathoners continue on the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is an old abandon railroad bed lined with crushed stoned. The marathon course continues out to the 19.5 mile mark before turning around and heading into the finish. Overall I would describe the course as flat with the only significant hill crossing over the Missouri River.

There was plenty of water/sports drink on the course and also a couple of stations that had Gu. The out and back we could hit the same water stations twice. Some individuals had brought out pretzels and orange slices for the competitors.There was food and refreshments at the finish area but it did seem like it was starting to run out.

Ultramarathonman Dean Karnazas who also ran the marathon was on hand to sign books and or bib numbers and also for photos.

The only negatives were the finish chute was a little crowded as some runners basically stopped just after the finish banner, also early in the course around 3 – 5 miles some runners cut across the course at the port-o-let facilities.

Overall I enjoyed the event, my family went out with me and I was able to see them along the course and this made for a fun training run for me. Now it time to focus on the Chicago marathon on Oct. 7.

I also included a little comment from the Lewis and Clark website

The 6th Annual Lewis & Clark Marathon and Half-Marathon was the biggest and best one yet! 4,400 runners and walkers completed either the full or half marathon on a new course that began at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights and finished under the Lewis & Clark Statue in historic St. Charles’ Frontier Park.

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Cross Country Course in Downtown Indy

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal the Indiana Invaders track and running club has joined with The Finish Line, St Vincent Sports Performance Center, and the End Result Co, to create a championship cross-country course and training venue along the White River.

The 20-acre development, which includes a parcel behind the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on IUPUI’s campus and another between 10th and 16th streets along Fall Creek Parkway, will include two international championship cross-country courses and additional trails connecting the courses.
The venue-to be called the Indiana Cross Country Arena at White River State Park-will cost just under $100,000 to develop, said Invaders director Greg Harger. All funding will come from corporate sponsors.

Thanks to the Indiana Track Club for providing the link to this information.

Races on Sept 29

I will be joining my wife and her family at the Turn up the Volume race supporting Ovarian cancer this weekend. I’ll be racing the 4Mi run, my wife and sister-in-law will walk the 3 mile walk, and the parents-in-law will be doing the 1 mile walk. Some good ole fashion family fun!

Turn Up the Volume to BLAST Ovarian Cancer begins at 9am at Victory Field in Indianapolis. This event raising money for Ovar’Coming Together and is being hosted by Tuxbro.

8th Annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5K begins at 10:30am at IU’s Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. All proceeds benefit the Olcott Center for Cancer Education. In conjunction with the World Wide Day of Play there will be lots of activities for the kids. Hosted by Ken Long & Associates.

Cole Porter 15K Run & 5K Run/Walk (pdf) begins at 9am at the Circus Building in Peru. It is being hosted by the Peru Rotary Club to benefit the rails to trails program.

Little Run on the Hillside 5K begins at 8am at Northview Christian Life Church’s XC Courses in Carmel. Proceeds earned during the event are used towards programs for the church and school (Saint Louis de Montfort Catholic Parish) such as tuition assistance, strengthening our community outreach program for the homeless, and supporting a food pantry for the poor in Hamilton County.

2nd Annual 5K Carmel Lions Run/Family Walk for Sight (pdf) begins at 9am at the Carmel Lions Club. All proceeds will go towards screening pre-school children’s vision.

Putnam County Museum 4Mi Run/2Mi Walk is at DePauw’s Nature Park in Greencastle starting at 9am. Contact Lee Stewart for more information.

Cory Apple Festival 5K is at the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department beginning at 9am. All proceeds benefit the Perry Twp Volunteer Fire Department. Prize given for best apple themed costume.

Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk (doc) begins at 8:30 am at the Fowler Town Park Shelter House near Fowler, IN.

McDonald’s 2nd Annual 5K Community Walk/Run begins at 3pm at the Greenwood McDonalds on State Road 135. Contact Carol Hoskins for more information.

SUNDAY

Kay Roberts Memorial Trot for the Cure 5K begins at 8:30 at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

WEEKEND WEATHER

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Time to Change the Shoes

After a good 440 miles it is time to lay my old shoes to rest. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 were a great shoe, it is sad to put these old friends to rest. But not to worry I am wearing a new pair of the same shoe, so you could say they are relatives. I look forward to many more good miles with this new pair, they have done me well so far! I’m not shedding any tears and neither should you. The old pair will still be around for awhile as work/regular shoes. We spend too much money on running shoes for them to just be thrown away with still so much use in them.

Shoes should be changed around 300 – 400 miles or when you begin to see excessive wear and tear on the shoe. I ran mine a little long, but I’m a tight wad and don’t like spending money on new shoes. The long term benefits are huge and the short term ones aren’t too shabby either. My legs feel better with the new shoes. It is also smart to alternate your old and new shoes for a couple of days to help your feet adjust to them.

Some stats on my old running shoes:

Racing miles – 78.47

Easy miles – 287.5

Intervals – 57.31

Other (tempo and hill) – 16.5

Total Running Time – 23:41:47

I started wearing them June 1 and stopped at the beginning on September.

Stats from my Running Log powered by running ahead
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Race Results from Sept 22

Race for All Races 2007 5 Mile run was won by John Poray, 26, of Indianapolis in 24:48 (4:57) three and a half minutes ahead of second place. Jackie Dikos, 28, of Indianapolis was the female division and placed third overall in 29:05 (5:49). The top ten finished under 34:26 and included 3 women. One hundred and forty-six participants finished the 5 mile event.

The Bee Bumble 10K was won by Scott Colford, 36 of Logansport in 34:21 (5:33) over 4 minutes ahead of second place. Betty Funkhouser, 50, of Portage won the female division in 45:52 (7:24). Forty-three runners finished the 10K distance. The 5K was won by Taylor Holmes, 18, of Monticello in 17:03 (5:30) less than a minute ahead of second place. Jill Henady, 44, of Rensselaer won the female division in 21:44 (7:01). One-hundred and eighteen runners finished the 5K. The 5K Walk was won by Damen Clements, 50, of Crawfordsville in 26:58 (8:42) and the female division was won by Mary Miller, 47, of Bunker Hill in 32:29 (10:29). Sixty-seven walkers finished the event.

11th Annual Mill Race Race & Mayors Walk (results pdf) Greg Hottell won the 15K in 58:50 (6:18) in a tie with Jeffrey Engel for second place, they finished just over a minute ahead of third place. Roberta Meyer won the female division (15K) in 1:01:46 (6:37) about 3 minutes ahead of second place and placing 7th overall. The men’s 5K was won by Eugene Combs in 15:15 (4:54) just under a minute ahead of second place. A college buddy of mine ran 16:03. Kelsie Carlson won the female division (5K) in 20:01 (6:26) only 2 seconds ahead of second place and 16th overall. John Lucke won the 5K Walk in 29:21 (9:27) six minutes ahead of second place. Diana Kriegsmann won the female division (5K Walk) in 35:50 (11:32) about 1 minute ahead of second place and placing third overall. About 670 participants completed all three divisions.

The 2nd Annual Terre Haute 10 Miler was won by Tim Monaghan, 28, in 1:00:48 (6:04) over 2 minutes ahead of second place. Jessica Crowder, 25, won the female division in 1:05:08 (6:30) placing 3rd overall and beating 2nd place by 5 minutes. Forty-six runners finished the 10 miler. The 5K walk was by Janine Orman, 29, in 42:53 (13:48) two seconds ahead of the overall male, Scott Roman, 48, who finished in 42:55 (13:48). Eight walkers completed the 5K.

The 33rd Parlor City Trot Half-Marathon was won by Fernando Cabada, 25, from Fresno, CA in 1:06:47 (5:06), almost two minutes ahead of James Kennedy of Warsaw. Melissa Gillette, 25, of Niles, MI won the female division in 1:24:0- (6:25) placing 16th overall. She finished 4 minutes ahead of second place. Two hundred and thirty-three runners finished this event.

Congrads to everyone who raced. Did you race? Tell us about your race in the comments section.

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Forgot a Race For This Weekend

I forgot about this race, I kept trying to remind myself to put it with the list from yesterday, but I forgot. I guess it is only a big deal because the money being raised supports the Muncie Boys & Girls Club and I’m friends with the director.

It is Saturday starting at 10am. Registration opens at 9:30 it is a 5K run/walk and a 1 mile run. Race day registration is $11. It is being held at Ball State’s LaFollette Field. They will have Concannon’s Doughnuts (Mmmm). Contact jlpollack@bsu.edu for more information. I know this is a first year event being produced by Ball State Marketing students. They will have lots of raffle prizes!

Featured Blog & More

Run Central Indiana site was the featured blog of the week on Phedippidations a running podcast produced weekly by Steve Runner. Click here (mp3) to listen to the whole episode entitled Hard Days. Or you can just click here (mp3) to hear the blurb about Run Central Indiana. I’ve mentioned this self-described goofy little podcast before as well as it being mentioned in Runners’ World awhile back.

Steve and others are also hosting a World-Wide Half-marathon encouraging runners around the world to run a half-marathon on or around October 13-14. The theme is “Think Global, Run Local!” You can join this free event, especially if you are participating in the Indianapolis Marathon’s Half.

OTHER NEWS

On December 8th at 10:30am the 2007 USATF Club XC Championships will get under way in Columbus, OH. Information and Registration

You can read the Road Runners Club of America’s newsletter Footnotes here (pdf kinda large).

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