stuff ’round the mill
There are two training or play periods per day. One begins sometime before sun up and last until noon. The second one begins at noon and last until sometime after sun down. PAHLEEZ don’t tell me you can’t find time to exercise and improve you health! Your good health may very well be the most important gift you can give to yourself, to your family, and to your community. A little exercise goes a long way towards improving the quality of your life!
Have you ever had folks tell you that you are crazy, you train too much? Have you ever been out training alone and thought if you only were sane like everybody else you’d be home sitting on you couch snacking and watching TV? Have you ever thought to yourself why do I do all this training I must be crazy? If any of this is true for you gotta go hang out with these boys and girls, THEY will make you feel and look SANE!!!
DOUBLE IRONMAN – swim 4.8 miles – bike 224 miles – run 52.4 miles.
TRIPLE IRONMAN – swim 7.2 miles – bike 336 miles – run 78.6 miles.
QUINTUPLE IRONMAN – will somebody please do the math here; I’m feelin’ SO lazy I gotta go out for a run!!!
NEWS FROM THE YMCA
INDOOR TEAM TRIATHLON (I.T.T) – Sunday, April 7th at 8am
No matter what your specialty is (swimming, biking, running) you can put together a team and bring your best forward! Register your team in advance or on the day of the triathlon at the YMCA. For more info, contact Tamara at 570-421-2525 ext 141.
POCONO 4000 -
Saturday, April 20th at 7:15am
Calling all Runners and Walkers, the Pocono 4000 will be held at the Pocono Raceway! Complete 4000 meters (2.5 miles or 1 lap) around Pocono Raceway track. Pre-registration will be accepted ONLINE or at the YMCA UNTIL April 7th. Late registration will be taken on the day of the Run at 6am. The first 200 registrants will receive a technical runners t-shirt. On the day of the race, participants will enter through Gate One and park in the Paddock Parking Lot. Awards will be held in the Victory Lane after.
FROM HOWIE FRANK
I read this very beautiful story below about the Iditarod, and it immediately occurred to me how we could apply some of the principles, the traditions to our own races, beginning with the Run for the Red marathon. I know there’s a tremendous difference in scale, but the warmth of the recognition process makes it so special, for both runners and onlookers.
Let’s face it; marathoners have to climb two mountain ranges, just like the Iditarod mushers, to finish the race – the long training workouts and the race itself.
Alaska town honors every Iditarod finisher
By MARK THIESSEN
NOME, ALASKA — The winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has come under the burled arch in this western Alaska outpost, but that’s just the beginning for this community, where every musher to finish the race gets a hero’s welcome.
The town’s sirens blare when each of the more than four dozen competitors is about a mile out, and the mushers are all treated like royalty as they cross the finish line under the famed arch on Front Street, and have their pictures taken with fans.
“People come running out of their homes, pouring out of the bars on Front Street, to all run down to the chute and welcome the next team in,” said Laura Samuelson, director of the city’s Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum and former official finish-line checker. “It’s very exciting.”
For more than three decades, residents of this old gold-rush town have greeted mushers at all hours of the day and night as they complete the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which spans two mountain ranges, dangerous Alaska wilderness and the wind-whipped Bering Sea coast.
“The tradition of welcoming mushers into Nome is very important because you figure anyone who comes this far on a team of dogs, from Anchorage to Nome, and takes 10 days to get here, or three weeks to get here, they all deserve the same recognition and the same appreciation for making it this far,” Samuelson said.
This year’s Iditarod began with 66 teams March 2 at a ceremonial start in Anchorage. The official 1,000-mile race for mushers and their teams of dogs started the next day about 50 miles north of Anchorage.
Mitch Seavey won the race Tuesday evening, edging second place musher Aliy Zirkle by 24 minutes. But the reveling will continue as the rest of the remaining mushers – 11 had scratched and one had withdrawn as of Thursday morning – trickle into town over the next few days.
The mushers, heck, even cruise ship passengers and other visitors, are always “heartily welcomed in Nome because this really is the edge of the earth, and it really is the end of the trail,” Samuelson said.
Nome and dog mushing are part history lesson, part love affair.
The city – now with a population of about 3,500 – exists because of gold, and dog teams helped gold miners get to their stakes in the decades before snowmobiles. It also was the foremost mode of transportation for generations of Alaska Natives.
“The Iditarod, more so than anything I know, for me, is among the quintessential Alaska,” said Richard Beneville, a tour company operator, school office and chamber of commerce officer.
“It’s dogs, which are a tradition in the Native culture as well as the non-Native culture, it’s the transportation, the communication, the social aspects of it,” Beneville said. “And to see these men and women coming across the finish line a 1,049 miles to me is stunning.”
The welcome process begins on a gravel road four miles outside town, where a spotter for the local radio station, KNOM, waits for each musher to hit Farley’s Camp, a collection of cabins along the Bering Sea coast. The spotter alerts the station that a musher in on the way, then will broadcast live as they shadow the musher past the Nome River and into town.
When the musher is about a mile and a half out, the town’s siren blows, letting everyone know the musher is on his way.
Once the musher comes off the sea ice onto Front Street a few blocks from the finish, a police car with its lights flashing takes over as the official escort. The weary musher then guides the dog team down the city’s business district, sometimes slapping high-fives with fans lining the street.
The celebratory atmosphere is like “Mardi Gras with dogs,” Beneville said.
Greg Bill was at the finish line this week like he has been for the past 40 years, and said it’s an important tradition for the mushers. “It’s really heartwarming because they just traveled a thousand miles,” said Bill. “Some of them have family here to greet them. Others don’t.”
Howard Farley, 80, is one of the founders of the Iditarod, first run in 1973. He helped organize the Nome finish, and placed in the second to last paying position in the first race – back when the finish line consisted of Kool-Aid sprinkled over the snow.
“We’re not going across town,” Farley said. “We’re racing a thousand miles over treacherous Alaska wilderness.”
GROUP SOCIAL & TRAINING – RUNNING – CYCLING – SWIMMING:
AMERICAN RIBBON MILL on ANN STREET in Stroudsburg
Mill Rats run/walk/cycle – 7:30 AM daily – Wed evening at 5:15 PM – walkers & runners from very doable walking paces through running paces from 12 mpm to 7 mpm. Distances are from 3 miles to 20 and more at times. There is a fit for you, please join us!
POCONO FAMILY YMCA – http://poconoymca.org/ Group social/training runs – 6 pm Tue & Thur evenings, meet at the front door. Dan Rusk and Scott Ewing email@example.com – FROM SCOTT – Runners do not have to be members of the YMCA or any other organization to run with us. We encourage beginner runners to come out with us and highly recommend runners should wear reflective vests/jackets/hats/gloves when running, especially with the Y group on Tues/Thurs.
POCONO AREA RUNNING CLUB – www.poconoarearunningclub.com – firstname.lastname@example.org – & FACEBOOK.
TRI POCONO MULTISPORT CLUB – Jeff Silvernale – 570-807-0349 – email@example.com and FACEBOOK
READY SET RUN (shoes & running apparel plus all sorts of running/walking paraphernalia) – 431 Main Street, Stroudsburg – Trish D’Imperio – firstname.lastname@example.org – Facebook.
VERTICAL EARTH MOUNTAIN SPORTS – 762 main street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 – 570-872-9088 – http://www.verticalearthinc.com/events – This is a fabulous bike and bike paraphernalia store!!!
LISA PIZZUTO – ESU Women’s swimming coach and ADULT SWIM PROGRAM DIRECTOR – LPizzuto@po-box.esu.edu
UNLIMITED PERSONAL TRAINING – 1240 North 9th St. Stroudsburg, PA Across from Grey Chevrolet on rt 611.
570-242-8910 – Kelly Scot Smith
PRETZEL CITY SPORTS – http://pretzelcitysports.com/adventure.html a great resource for races all over eastern PA
RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/
If you wish to be added or removed from “stuff ’round the mill” send me an email.
PLEASE SEND ME ANYTHING YOU WISH TO HAVE INCLUDED HERE.
MILL RAT EVENTS:
03/24 – TARC Spring Thaw 6 Hour Ultra (http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=18255)
03/24 – IRONMAN AUSTRALIA – www.ironmanmelbourne.com
04/06 – KUTZTOWN FOOLS 10M RUN – http://kutztownfoolsrun.com/
04/06 – GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE MARATHON – www.GardenSpotVillageMarathon.org.
04/13 – BELVIDERE FOX TROT 5K & 1 MILE COMMUNITY WALK – Register at: www.raceforum.com/foxtrot – 04/13 – 04/15 – BOSTON – www.baa.org/
04/20 – SYBIL LUDINGTON HISTORICAL RUN 50K http://www.runner.org/sybil on this course at 22.8 miles, there is a tiny cemetery where famous bestseller author of “The Complete Book of Running”, James Fixx is buried.
04/21 – LAKE WARAMAUG ULTRAS – 50K, 50-miles & 100K – Time: 7:30 a.m. Cost: $55 (before 4/22) Venue: Lake Waramaug State Park CT – Race Director – Carl Hunt [p] 860-355-8847 email@example.com
04/27 – MOVING TOGETHER 5K AND KID’S FUN RUN – http://www.knowltonschool.com/gym.htm
04/28 – LEHIGH VALLEY HALF MARATHON & 5K; Allentown www.lehighvalleyhalfmarathon.com
05/04 – 22ND ANNUAL CENTENNIAL SCHOOL 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Saturday, 10:00am, Lehigh University Goodman Campus – http://centennial.coe.lehigh.edu/
05/05 – LAW DAY – 30 YEARS
05/05 – BROAD STREET RUN – http://www.broadstreetrun.com/
05/19 – POCONO MARATHON – www.poconomarathon.org/
05/27 – TORTISE & THE HARE – http://www.tortoiseharerace.org
06/01 – GOD’S COUNTRY MARATHON – http://www.visitpottercounty.com/static/index.cfm?contentID=112
06/08 – LAUREL HIGHLANDS 70.5 miles and 50K – http://www.laurelultra.com/
06/14 & 15 – TARC 50 & 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN – http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=18276
07/13 – QUIET VALLEY ROOSTER RUN – http://www.timberhilltiming.com/QVRoosterRun.html
07/14 – BOILERMAKER – http://www.boilermaker.com/
07/21 – ANTHRACITE TRIATHLON 2013 – Jim Thorpe, PA
07/21 – UNCLE DAVE’S ICE CREAM JOG ‘N HOG http://www.jognhog.com/events/philadelphia/
08/10 – HERO RUSH – Albrightsville PA -http://www.herorush.com/events/pennsylvania-nj/
08/17 –SHAWNEE MTN MUD RUN & KIDS MINI MUD RUN Info & online registration beginning April 1 at www.shawneemt.com
09/08 – VIA MARATHON – http://www.viamarathon.com/
09/28 – EIGHTH ANNUAL LEVEE LOOP TRAIL RUN & WALK – www.srosrc.org
10/04 – 10/20 – HAMBLETONIAN ® MARATHON & GOOD TIME TROTTERS RELAY http://www.hambletonianmarathon.com/
09/29 – POCONO LAKE REGION 13.1 @ 8:00 AM – Wallenpaupack Area High School, stadium – 2552 Route 6 Hawley, PA – http://www.active.com/running/hawley-pa/pocono-lake-region-131-2013?dart=M&cmp=30-0-37954282&dma=Wilkes+Barre+-+Scranton&memberIdfirstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 1, 2013 @ 9:00 PM PST
10/05 – FAMILIES FIRST 11th ANNUAL 5K RACE & 1 MILE FUN WALK- Wind Gap Borough Park – Rain or Shine
Time: 9:00 AM – Registration will begin 7:45 AM on race day – http://www.penargylfamiliesfirst.org/events.html
10/13 – The 18th STEAMTOWN MARATHON – http://www.steamtownmarathon.com/ registration opens 4/1
10/19 – THE GREAT FLORIDIAN – http://greatfloridian.com/
12/07 – 3rd ANNUAL JINGLE JOG 5K RACE & FUN Walk – Proud Participant of the Hudson Valley Grand Prix 5k Series