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“Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.” – David Sarnoff,

COWABONGA! Football is over for a few months! It happens every year, but it still catches me off guard and unprepared! What fishing video will I watch as I spin, or elliptical, or run on my treadmill!?

Saturday night the NYRR Millrose Games were on TV and they were REALLY exciting and inspiring! The competition is soooo exciting! After watching this event I had a hard time sleeping, I couldn’t wait for Sunday morning to try running!

So I ran what I could Sunday morning and soon it was afternoon and time for some leisurely spinning and now I must decide what am I going to watch on TV while I spin? I’m flipping through the channels and I come across women’s beach volley ball. These women are very athletic and they really give their all to the competition! I found myself thinking if only think that if they could overcome their modesty problems and decrease the size their uniforms their fan base will surely increase dramatically!

Soon the volley ball is finished, now comes the Crossfit Games. Again the show is the women’s division. This is especially interesting to me as several of our local runner girls have switched their fitness programs primarily to crossfit! The competition amongst these women is fierce! They’re athleticism is obvious, their struggling to the point of complete failure had me pumped and working much harder than I planned.

In the end the difference between winners and losers is their level of talent and their level of commitment to training and competition! Some appear to simply refuse to finish second! As far as Mr. Sarnoff’s statement is concerned I disagree with greatly. I feel competition may reveal flaws in some people’s character while in a far greater amount of people competition enhances their character! I believe competition can and does bring the very best out of people! Some of the best competitions in our fitness community are also the most supportive uplifting people I know!

RUNNERS KNEE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHQBXSoks08

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RuUq411v3Y

THIS WEEK & WEEKEND
02/19 – FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org

02/19 – National Run at the Mill Day!

Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.
There is zero on the Pocono Area Running Club website calendar???

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RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

4/1 – Knowlton Moving Together 5K – http://www.active.com/columbia-nj/running/distance-running-races/knowlton-moving-together-5k-run-walk-and-fun-run-2017?int=

04/01 – KUTZTOWN FOOLS RUN – 10M & 5K Runs
From Rod – you may not really need to be a complete fool but being a little crazy helps!

04/02 – SCRANTON HALF MARATHON – plus this REALLY COOL training program! – https://runsignup.com/scrantonhalftraining

04/17 – BOSTON – http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

04/29 – ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/08 – STEAMTOWN – http://steamtownmarathon.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON – http://ymcarun.com/?gclid=CKWliNvm0NECFYaCswodctoGEw

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html
12/09 – The Knights of Columbus Council 13935 will be sponsoring its 7TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE 5K RUN/WALK at Matamoras Airport Park on. The run will be starting at 9 with the walkers leaving 15 minutes earlier. More info when available.
Bill Gaa – 570.445.9551 – wdg2001@gmail.com

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
Valentine’s Day is a religious tradition for some while for others it’s simple one more excellent reason to lavish your sweetie with CHOCOLATE treats. Whatever your reason get in a GOOD run and CELEBRATE your day and life! And if you don’t have a sweetie have a double dose of chocolate goodness for yourself! YOU DESERVE IT!

FROM DEBBIE LENNOX:
4/1 – Knowlton Moving Together 5K – http://www.active.com/columbia-nj/running/distance-running-races/knowlton-moving-together-5k-run-walk-and-fun-run-2017?int=

Every so often you will hear someone use the term “real runner”. I HATE that term with a passion! As far as I’m concerned if you lace up some running shoes or strap on some prosthetics and give running your best try you are a real runner! You may not run fast and you may not run far but if you heart and soul you love to run you are a “REAL RUNNER!” I was blessed to run with Don McNelly in several marathons, perhaps you did also and may not have known it. This man was the epitome of a “REAL RUNNER”:
Don McNelly

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/09/don-mcnelly-whose-passion-running-led-744-marathons-dies-96/97726204/

RESULTS
02/12 – SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
5K – 77 27:03 3387 REHRIG JIM NAZARETH PA M 73
10K – 34 48:11 3338 MILLER LEE BANGOR PA M 58

THIS WEEK & WEEKEND
02/19 – FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org

02/19 – National Run at the Mill Day!

Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.
There is zero on the Pocono Area Running Club website calendar???

WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE HERE?

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RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

4/1 – Knowlton Moving Together 5K – http://www.active.com/columbia-nj/running/distance-running-races/knowlton-moving-together-5k-run-walk-and-fun-run-2017?int=

04/01 – KUTZTOWN FOOLS RUN – 10M & 5K Runs
From Rod – you may not really need to be a complete fool but being a little crazy helps!

04/02 – SCRANTON HALF MARATHON – plus this REALLY COOL training program! – https://runsignup.com/scrantonhalftraining

04/17 – BOSTON – http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

04/29 – ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/08 – STEAMTOWN – http://steamtownmarathon.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON – http://ymcarun.com/?gclid=CKWliNvm0NECFYaCswodctoGEw

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html
12/09 – The Knights of Columbus Council 13935 will be sponsoring its 7TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE 5K RUN/WALK at Matamoras Airport Park on. The run will be starting at 9 with the walkers leaving 15 minutes earlier. More info when available.
Bill Gaa – 570.445.9551 – wdg2001@gmail.com

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein

Einstein came up with many good metaphors for life! We must keep our balance, we must keep moving…forward not backward!

One of the favorite procedures in cycling for long and fast distances is drafting or slipstreaming. In some events like Ironman competition drafting on the bike is not legal because it gives those behind the leader a BIG advantage. The irony is it is legal to draft in the swim and on the run. In either case those behind the leaders find less resistance and can keep the pace with the leaders much more easily.

When drafting is practiced fairly the leader after absorbing the resistance gets to fall to the back and take advantage of the draft while another moves up and takes on the role of breaking through and moving forward.

The same could be applied to a community. If the community wishes to remain in a union every so often a new someone or perhaps a group of new someone’s must step to the front to do the hard work, to absorb the resistance. The ideal person or group is hopefully not looking to only enhance themselves, or to change the direction, but to absorb the resistance unite the effort so the community can continue growing and move forward.

Or…the community can break back into splinter groups and wander aimlessly…

Marathons are getting very expensive! I believe my first marathon in Atlantic City was $30. I believe my first Boston was $50. This year’s NYC is $295. And as big as entry fees have grown they don’t include the travel and assorted expenses. I don’t know if I could afford to run the 6 to 12 marathons per year I once did!

OMG! That’s it! It’s the cost of marathoning that hurts my knee, not the joy filled miles I cherished every step of! (VERY big smile here!)

Here’s a little proposal:
National Run at the Mill Day! 02/19

I have consulted with the powers that be and we are declaring the third Sunday of February to yearly be our National run at the Mill Day! So please join us and bring a friend Sunday February 19 at 7:30 am for a run and fellowship at THE MILL!

You don’t need to buy a membership or receive an invitation to be a Mill Rat. BUT it does help to have a cute tale…

THE SUPERBOWL TAILGATE TROT 10K – dumb me, I can’t find the results on the website. ?? http://lvrr.org/races/superbowl-10k/

THIS WEEKEND
02/12 – SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/

Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.
There is zero on the Pocono Area Running Club website calendar???

MILL RATS – training and coffee as usual!

WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE HERE?

If you don’t want to receive these emails please let me know!
rod@haskertextiles.com or rodhasker@gmail.com

RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
02/12.
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

04/01 – KUTZTOWN FOOLS RUN – 10M & 5K Runs
From Rod – you may not really need to be a complete fool but being a little crazy helps!

04/02 – SCRANTON HALF MARATHON – plus this REALLY COOL training program! – https://runsignup.com/scrantonhalftraining

04/17 – BOSTON – http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

04/29 – ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/08 – STEAMTOWN – http://steamtownmarathon.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON – http://ymcarun.com/?gclid=CKWliNvm0NECFYaCswodctoGEw

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html
12/09 – The Knights of Columbus Council 13935 will be sponsoring its 7TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE 5K RUN/WALK at Matamoras Airport Park on. The run will be starting at 9 with the walkers leaving 15 minutes earlier. More info when available.
Bill Gaa – 570.445.9551 – wdg2001@gmail.com

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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“Get going. Get up and walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.”
-Ron Hill to Jerome Drayton during the 1970 Boston Marathon

YEOOOOW!! IT’S SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!

It’s been said that there are folks trying to get Super Bowl weekend made into a National Holiday!?? That makes me feel foolish! At my house it’s been a national holiday since 1967! I HOPE y’all catch up soon!

For some there will be super bowl races! For some there will be super bowl parties! For ME and others there will be super bowl TRAINING! My training will begin on the McDade Trail with a run distance to be determined by my knee and an assortment of NEW physical concerns that have developed. My mental concerns haven’t changed, I AM nuts! BUT I will toe the line and give it my best go!! The atmosphere on the McDade trail is so heavenly uplifting! And Scott and Itze, and many fond running memories are ALWAYS there!

The run will be followed by coffee, chocolate, an assortment of foods and drinks that will give Grammie and my doctor night mares!

It’s all about what Ron Hill said; finish the heavenly race! As individuals we are so limited. But as family, as a united community, we can do ANYTHING! That should be our goal! That must be what we are about! Let’s RUN together!

Here’s 3 items I found very interesting:

https://iancorless.org/2017/02/02/wardian-nails-the-world-marathon-challenge/

https://iancorless.org/cycling-for-runners/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-investigates-hidden-motors-and-pro-cycling/

THIS WEEKEND
02/05 – THE SUPERBOWL TAILGATE TROT 10K is a local Superbowl Sunday tradition. 2017 will mark the 16th year for this race. Each year local runners brave the elements and meet at the LVRR Clubhouse in Lehigh Parkway for some chilly race day fun. An open pit fire keeps racers warm before and after the race. http://lvrr.org/

Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.
There is zero on the Pocono Area Running Club website calendar???

MILL RATS – training and coffee as usual!

WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE HERE?

If you don’t want to receive these emails please let me know!
rod@haskertextiles.com or rodhasker@gmail.com

RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
02/12.
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

04/01 – KUTZTOWN FOOLS RUN – 10M & 5K Runs
From Rod – you may not really need to be a complete fool but being a little crazy helps!

04/02 – SCRANTON HALF MARATHON – plus this REALLY COOL training program! – https://runsignup.com/scrantonhalftraining

04/17 – BOSTON – http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

04/29 – ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/08 – STEAMTOWN – http://steamtownmarathon.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON – http://ymcarun.com/?gclid=CKWliNvm0NECFYaCswodctoGEw

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html
12/09 – The Knights of Columbus Council 13935 will be sponsoring its 7TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE 5K RUN/WALK at Matamoras Airport Park on. The run will be starting at 9 with the walkers leaving 15 minutes earlier. More info when available.
Bill Gaa – 570.445.9551 – wdg2001@gmail.com

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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When things are going great, plenty of people will stand by you, but it’s the people who will stand by you even when things aren’t going great who count. These are the people who will cheer you on and encouraging you during the toughest times. These are the types of people you want in your life. – Oprah Winfrey

Don’t you love a frosty cold morning! Isn’t amazing how soon after we begin running in the fresh clear cold air we begin to not even notice the cold! Our bodies are amazing! We can endure so much more than we realize before we challenge ourselves and break through the barriers we thought were unbearable! Cold heat, they can’t harness us! I begin so many runs feeling as thought I should have just stayed inside and rested only to suddenly find myself moving easily and having a REALLY rewarding workout! I just need to give myself a chance! My body wants to work! Sometimes I just need to ignore the laziness in my mind and RUN! (or trot/walk)

Give yourself a chance! Go out and do the very best you can! YOU are worth the effort! YOU can improve your health and fitness! Good health, fitness, and happiness are within your grasp! The decision is yours to make!

And with Oprah’s thought in mind choose your training partners wisely. Train with those that lift you up, avoid those that try to make you feel small!

FROM JIM DUDEN – Rod, Hope all is well. I was at a meeting at the Governor Pinchot Grey Towers Historic Site today in Milford, PA, with the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and other Agencies. During part of the meeting, they told me they have this great race every year. It is a very special place. I know you would really enjoy this Place. Here is the info for the race coming up in May. Thanks Jim Duden

http://www.greytowers.org/race/

THIS WEEKEND
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.
There is zero on the Pocono Area Running Club website calendar???

MILL RATS – training and coffee as usual!
I headed to the McDade Trail just north of Smithfield Beach.

If you don’t want to receive these emails please let me know!
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RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
02/12.
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

01/28 – The Beast of Burden 200 Mile Ultra Marathon Series is not a race…Sure, there’s a timing clock, a start/finish line, and some truly awe-inspiring world-class runners who will travel from the far corners of the globe to toe that line and race that clock on one of the flattest, fastest and most runner-friendly surfaces on the earth in hopes of setting new world records. But, that’s just a centerpiece for what really makes the Beast Ultra special. This event is our semi-annual family reunion for ultra-runners as unique as yourself.

http://www.beastofburden100.com/home

02/05 – THE SUPERBOWL TAILGATE TROT 10K is a local Superbowl Sunday tradition. 2017 will mark the 16th year for this race. Each year local runners brave the elements and meet at the LVRR Clubhouse in Lehigh Parkway for some chilly race day fun. An open pit fire keeps racers warm before and after the race. http://lvrr.org/

04/02 – SCRANTON HALF MARATHON – plus this REALLY COOL training program! – https://runsignup.com/scrantonhalftraining

04/17 – BOSTON – http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

04/29 – ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/08 – STEAMTOWN – http://steamtownmarathon.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON – http://ymcarun.com/?gclid=CKWliNvm0NECFYaCswodctoGEw

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html
12/09 – The Knights of Columbus Council 13935 will be sponsoring its 7TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE 5K RUN/WALK at Matamoras Airport Park on. The run will be starting at 9 with the walkers leaving 15 minutes earlier. More info when available.
Bill Gaa – 570.445.9551 – wdg2001@gmail.com

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

This very applicable to our running also. If we don’t challenge ourselves we don’t improve! Take a chance! Go farther, run faster, than you ever have before! Try something you think is impossible! You may be surprised at the athlete inside of you! Do it with pride and joy on your face and in your heart!

FROM LISA FLORY – Hi Orange Shirts!!

I’m sending this email to all of you to make all of you aware of the changes that have been going on with the timing team. When Scott passed away none of us wanted to see all the good work he had started timing local races end. We met and we agreed that we wanted to continue on with timing the events for him. That first year was incredible!! We had more people than we needed showing up to time races and it felt great to know we were doing what we could to keep his memory alive. We kept up timing the races the next year and we still had a great team showing up at the races and again it was awesome to keep timing for Scott!

This year we noticed a big difference in the team. We still were out there timing and we still had great people showing up but as usually happens with these things people had started moving on with their lives and with training and doing all the things that they had going on in their lives. As they should!! Time goes on and so does life. The only problem with this is that it was slowly becoming a job for my family to keep the team going and the same people were the ones left to handle the races. SO to make this story short, after stressing over it and feeling as though I was letting Scott down, I approached both Suzanne Ewing and Trish D’Imperio to see if we could come up with a solution that could keep Scott’s team going forward.

The decision we came up with is that Trish and Ready Set Run will take on timing the local races. She has also agreed to let us borrow the equipment for a few local races that we know meant a lot to Scott. They are the Law Day Race, The Greythound Hustle, the Scott Ewing YMCA 5K, and the two annual GOTR graduation events. It makes me feel good to know that we can don our orange shirts a few times a year and cheer on the runners at some races! Also, Trish will be looking for help with the races she will be doing as well so anyone that wants to help out can do that too.

I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with all of you over the past 3 years as we timed and cheered at the races around the area!! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
FROM BILL GAA – Matamoras–The Knights of Columbus Council 13935 will be sponsoring its 7th Annual Kris Kringle 5k run/walk at Matamoras Airport Park on 12/09/17. The run will be starting at 9 with the walkers leaving 15 minutes earlier.
Awards will be given in various age groups. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund the various charitable organizations in the Tri-State area supported by the Knights.
Applications will be forwarded when completed.
Thanks for your help.
Bill Gaa 570.445.9551
wdg2001@gmail.com

FROM LVRR
THE SUPERBOWL TAILGATE TROT 10K is a local Superbowl Sunday tradition. 2017 will mark the 16th year for this race. Each year local runners brave the elements and meet at the LVRR Clubhouse in Lehigh Parkway for some chilly race day fun. An open pit fire keeps racers warm before and after the race.

TIME: 9:30 AM

AGE GROUPS: 10-19 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+over

FROM ROD – hmmm? So if your 75 be prepared to race folks 14 years younger than you!?!?!?

AWARDS: $75, $50 & $25 cash prizes to overall male and female; Gift Certificates and custom prizes will be awarded to top 3 in Age Groups. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the top overall masters Male and Female.

NOTE: You must register by 1/21/17 to guarantee an event t-shirt.

MARATHON RECORDS – While most marathons won’t allow anyone to compete under 18 years of age, here is a list of the recognized world records beginning at 4 years of age: http://www.arrs.net/SA_Mara.htm

THIS WEEKEND
Saturday – I will be running the McDade Trail. If you’re interested in joining me send an email and I’ll give you the specifics. I am doing the trail in sections and intend to cover the whole trail from Hialeah to Milford over 5 or 6 weeks. THEN I plan another “just for giggles” 50K from Milford to Hialeah sometime in June or July. Let me know if you’re interested.

MILL RATS – training and coffee as usual!

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RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
02/12.
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

01/28 – The Beast of Burden 200 Mile Ultra Marathon Series is not a race…Sure, there’s a timing clock, a start/finish line, and some truly awe-inspiring world-class runners who will travel from the far corners of the globe to toe that line and race that clock on one of the flattest, fastest and most runner-friendly surfaces on the earth in hopes of setting new world records. But, that’s just a centerpiece for what really makes the Beast Ultra special. This event is our semi-annual family reunion for ultra-runners as unique as yourself.

http://www.beastofburden100.com/home

04/02 – SCRANTON HALF MARATHON – plus this REALLY COOL training program! – https://runsignup.com/scrantonhalftraining

04/17 – BOSTON – http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

04/29 – ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/08 – STEAMTOWN – http://steamtownmarathon.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON – http://ymcarun.com/?gclid=CKWliNvm0NECFYaCswodctoGEw

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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Here’s a cool piece of history I’ve never seen or been aware of before. The statue of “The Starter” George Brown who started the Boston Marathon from 1905 to 1937.

On race day in Hopkinton there are bleachers and structures galore as you approach the start line. I suspect few have ever noticed the statue and fewer have had an opportunity to read the plaque beneath it. The statue was created by Michael Alfano.

Photos attached, Lord willin’!


RALPH BENDER has managed to get Frank into the John Handcock Elite Field which includes some very neat perks! Details from Ralph to follow.

Some days I feel SO FREAKIN’ DUMB! Chikita Grandota called to my attention the NYC Marathon lottery entry has opened so I went there 3 times over 3 days and I have FINALLY completed the entry into the lottery! I’ve never run NY and I REALLY want to!! SO, I’m in the lottery…I think???

HOW TO START YOUR OWN RUNNING CLUB – http://www.active.com/running/articles/how-to-start-your-own-running-club

THIS WEEKEND
I will be running the McDade Trail from Hialeah Sat @ 7:30 if anyone cares to join me. YMMV (your mileage may vary)
Scott says he’s pretty busy but he’s gonna try to make it.

I suspect there will be Mill Rats draggin’ their tails and spinning their tales as usual.

Train train train 18 weeks to RFR Pocono

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RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
02/12.
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

01/28 – The Beast of Burden 200 Mile Ultra Marathon Series is not a race…Sure, there’s a timing clock, a start/finish line, and some truly awe-inspiring world-class runners who will travel from the far corners of the globe to toe that line and race that clock on one of the flattest, fastest and most runner-friendly surfaces on the earth in hopes of setting new world records. But, that’s just a centerpiece for what really makes the Beast Ultra special. This event is our semi-annual family reunion for ultra-runners as unique as yourself.

http://www.beastofburden100.com/home

04/02 – SCRANTON HALF MARATHON – plus this REALLY COOL training program! – https://runsignup.com/scrantonhalftraining

04/17 – BOSTON – http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

04/29 – ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/08 – STEAMTOWN – http://steamtownmarathon.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON – http://ymcarun.com/?gclid=CKWliNvm0NECFYaCswodctoGEw

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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“What are you prepared to give for your dream? If it is not everything…stop pipe dreaming.” – T.F. Hodge

I had a dream. It’s not fake news, but it may be a fake dream…

It was a Tuesday morning in the month of May in the year of 2037. The 32 annual Pocono Marathon has started on Sunday morning at 7am! It was now sun up and it appeared as if it would be a bright beautiful morning. I was blazing down the road towards the Stadium! I was summoning all the strength and courage I had to give my all to my finishing kick, I felt GREAT! There was no doubt I would finish under 48 hours; as long as I didn’t trip!

As I turned onto the track I glanced to the left and saw the clock counting down. The sun was glaring in my eyes, I could see what appeared to be the figure of a person hanging on to the clock post. As I came round the turn I could see over at the clock and it was Don Jewell feebly hanging on half asleep.

As I ran a little farther down the back stretch I saw my grandson Jake and Grammie helping my daughter Lisa Flory with her walker into the stadium. Evidently the past few years have been hard on Lisa, of course she is now in her early 70’s! Red Cross Volunteers were rolling 2 people onto the track in wheel chairs. They were Bob Wertz and Bill Carlton and they were clapping and cheering wildly.

As I rounded the last turn and headed for the finish line both Bob and Bill tried to stand but they just kept falling back into their wheel chairs. Lisa began to tilt to one side and thank God Jake and Grammie kept her from falling over! She was mumbling “dad you MUST run faster! Don kept tight hold on the timing clock with one hand while extending the other to shake my hand all the while mumbling over and over again, “Rod you gotta work on your speed!”

It was the fastest marathon I had run in several years, it did take a few days but I had RFR number 32 under my belt!!! YES, Jesus love me!

FROM STEVE MIKELS – Rod
I am going to send you this every year until a Mill Rat shows up! – Steve

ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – NASHVILLE – APR 29, 2017
A Little Bit Country… A Whole Lot Rock ‘n’ Roll
Sheryl Crow. Bill Belichick. Kellie Pickler. YOU.

Join some of America’s most recognizable names and add the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon or 1/2 Marathon to your list of accomplishments.

Named a Bucket List race by Runner’s World Magazine, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville event is one of the best spectator-supported courses in the U.S. More than a race, its live music, unforgettable sights, an awesome medal at the finish and the lasting feeling of total pride. It’s the run that rocks – make sure you’re a part of it!

Save $10 when you register using the code VISITMUSICCITY.

REGISTER TODAY – http://www.runrocknroll.com/
Many will shed a tear over this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXfLl3qYy0k&feature=youtu.be

FROM BRETT JENNER – Rod, not sure if you’re a member of USA Triathlon but if you are then you may have received this month’s issue of USA Triathlon magazine titled “The Workout Issue”. I am happy to report that they have included a workout that I wrote in this issue so be sure to check it out on pg32. It is a running workout titled “The Fastest Mile”.
Enjoy!

From Rod – Brett is a very fine athlete and EXCELLENT coach who spent some time here in the area with us training and competing in ironman and local events! He was/is a blessing to those he touches!

THIS WEEKEND
01/11 – Boston training trip – please send me an email if you want to go along. Leaving at 5am plan to be back by 8pm.
WHAT ELSE?

RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
02/12.
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
02/19
03/12

01/28 – The Beast of Burden 200 Mile Ultra Marathon Series is not a race…Sure, there’s a timing clock, a start/finish line, and some truly awe-inspiring world-class runners who will travel from the far corners of the globe to toe that line and race that clock on one of the flattest, fastest and most runner-friendly surfaces on the earth in hopes of setting new world records. But, that’s just a centerpiece for what really makes the Beast Ultra special. This event is our semi-annual family reunion for ultra-runners as unique as yourself.

http://www.beastofburden100.com/home

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY

http://www.tgny100.com/

10/15/2017 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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When you cross the finish line, no matter how fast or slow, it will change your life forever – Dick Beardsley

I have a concern about runner etiquette as it applies to FB. Let’s say you’re out driving in your car and you pass a runner you know well. You smile and wave and as you continue down the road you begin thinking about how your runner friend appeared to be struggling! He/she looked like death warmed over, absolutely terrible!

Here’s the question:
Do you quickly post on FB that you saw said runner and he/she looked TERRIBLE?
Or:
Do you quickly post on FB that you saw said runner and lie saying he/she looked AWESOME?
Or:
Do you quickly turn around and go back to take a pictures to post on FB so everyone can see how FREAKY the runner appeared for themselves!
Oooor:
Do you just open another can of beer and continue driving and mind your own business?

14 weeks from this coming Monday to Boston. 19 weeks from this coming Sunday to RFR.

THIS WEEKEND
SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
01/08

LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
01/15

RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
01/08
02/12
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
01/15
02/19
03/12
DATE: February 5, 2017
TIME: 9:30 AM

AGE GROUPS: 10-19 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+over

AWARDS: $75, $50 & $25 cash prizes to overall male and female; Gift Certificates and custom prizes will be awarded to top 3 in Age Groups. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the top overall masters Male and Female.

NOTE: You must register by 1/21/17 to guarantee an event t-shirt.

Registration closes January 31st
04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

10/15/2017 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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stuff ‘round the mill

New Year’s Eve Morning at Smithfield Beach is perhaps our most controversial traditional gathering. Some think it was New Year’s Day, few know for sure, and fewer really care. Compound that with River Road being closed occasionally due to weather conflicts therefore change of days, it makes it hard to determine the number of times it was observed and when it began. Scott, Dan and Bill were the founders. Scott has ascended, last I heard Bill had descended to Jamaica, and Dan is just roaming around ski slopes somewhere. I wouldn’t be so sure it was New Year’s Eve morning myself if it weren’t for the fact that many years I was disappointed because I couldn’t attend because at my factory New Year’s Eve morning was work day so I couldn’t get to the group run.

So anyhow, the morning of New Year’s Eve I got my chocolate treats together and headed for Smithfield Beach for our 8 am community run on the McDade Trail beginning at Smithfield Beach. At our Thanksgiving gathering at Smithfield it was announced we would be doing this as usual and I didn’t hear of any change of plans.

As I headed north on River Road I came to a sign at Hialeah that the road was closed ahead. Sure enough the gate was closed and locked at the Hialeah Picnic Area Exit so I turned back and parked at the Hialeah entrance.

To my surprise when I got out of my truck I found Scott standing there beside me. He looks a bit different than I remembered; he looks younger and he’s been getting lot of sun!

We exchanged greetings and some humor after which I said, “I wonder if anyone is coming?” Scott replied “no Rod, rumor has it the gathering was cancelled!” I mumbled “I wonder why no one told me?” Scott said “nobody likes you Rod, you’re an old, slow, pain in the ass!” You’re way too focused on tradition and the history of our community, stuff NOBODY cares about! I said, “that’s too bad!” LET’S RUN!

We headed into Hialeah on the snow covered dirt road and soon found the road FULL of spent shotgun shells! There must have been a war, our local hunters wouldn’t so thoughtless!

As we came to the point of taking the Hialeah exit back onto River Road or onto the McDade Trail we chose to go River Road to Smithfield with the concern that the trail footing may have been too slippery.

OMG I was really holding Scott back; he appears to be running better than ever! He just glides along almost like he is suspended in the air!

We arrived at Smithfield and headed to road, through the parking lot and right to the water’s edge. I started to take my jacket off and Scott got ALL upset and starts yellin’ at me! I told you NO SWIMMING ALONE! I said “I’m not alone, you’re here with me!” He says “ROD…YOU ARE ALONE!” I don’t get it; I didn’t feel alone! Y’all saw the picture of Scott and me with my arm around him the other day! The river was FULL of ice cubes, a person could have almost leaped from one to the other and maybe got across the river without getting wet!

So anyhow we shared my chocolate treats and that PROVES he was there because there were 2 gone when I got back to my truck, and I never could have eaten two of ‘em all by myself! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

We shared the coffee I had in my thermos and looked over the water, it was beautiful! I could just imagine myself standing on one of those ice cubes like a surfer boy. Since I couldn’t swim I just wish I had brought the fishing rod I keep in my truck along with us! Who know what size river monster could be hooked on a beautiful as it was!

We decided to head back to Hialeah on the trail, the footing looked much better than we expected. My knees were loosening up and my pace was improving. We were chatting as we finished that 3 mile section of trail so I asked Scott who he voted for as President! I couldn’t believe his response! Then he said “you?” I said “identical to you!” He replied “for some reason I figured you to be leaning the other way! We both laughed, we couldn’t believe we voted alike!

Farther down the trail Scott says to me, “Do you always talk to yourself when you’re running Rod?” I said “no, only when you’re not with me!” I thought I’d better stop and take a picture of the trail where we had run. Those are my foot prints on the right, Scotts are on the left and you can see for yourself by his foot prints, he REALLY was there! HONEST!

There are a couple of other pictures attached, I hope, one of a sign that was shot to death by idiots! I’m all for hunting and fishing! I’m all against waste and stupid!

You folks missed a whale of a good time. If you run into Scott and he denies having been there with me don’t believe him!


THIS WEEKEND
SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
01/08

LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
01/15

RAT RACES/EVENTS:

SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
01/08
02/12
03/12

FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
01/15
02/19
03/12

04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com

05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/

10/15/2017 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html

RAT TRI’S:

04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html

RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/

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