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stuff ’round the mill
The only tactics I admire are do-or-die — Herb Elliott

Herb would have been proud at Shawnee Saturday, there was plenty of “do or die” on Shawnee Mountain!!


EXCELLENT is the word that pops up when I think of this event. PERFECT…no, the event needs a little tweaking. The course YEOW, it is as magnificent as it is a tough one.

1 – The miles and miles of smiles on the faces of girls who participate in Girls on the Run! The confidence, pride, and joy they exhibit, along with their families and their coaches is wonderful! In our community the Girls on the Run program, much like the Girls Scouts and the YMCA programs are having a positive difference in the lives of our future young.

2 – Big victories. The fierce competition in the numerous groups, from the individual group through the team efforts is inspiring to watch. Individual and teams struggled with all their might to gain every second, every place, all the way to the finish line!

3 – Bigger victories. Many somewhat athletic and reasonably conditioned folks hiking, jogging, and slogging their way to a finish with pride and joy in themselves, some cases in their team mates finishing.

4 – The biggest victories. The “potato couch crowd” folks that got up and accepted challenges from friends (maybe enemies) and struggled through something they probably never thought they could do but DID DO IT!

When the 2 person teams started I headed out onto the course in the reverse direction. I find that the best way to see what’s up and help people that may be in a little over their heads and may be struggling a bit. There were folks in this event that it would be very easy to say they didn’t belong there; they weren’t in good enough shape! I identify with them, I’ve been in more events I didn’t belong in due to poor condition then I like to admit. But then again they were the events I learned some of my best lessons at. I eventually came to meet a woman climbing up the dirt mound and she was very close to heaving everything she eat recently out onto the ground. This 40ish year old mom was teamed up with another woman of her age but that woman wasn’t having any issues at the pace they were going. I turned around and went back up the mound with these 2 young ladies and offered all the encouragement I could. The woman who was suffering greatly kept telling me how her teenage son, 20 year younger than her, had finished 3rd overall in the individual competition. Her pride in him and the encouragement from her team mate carried her through to the finish. As she crawled through the mud pit I was so proud of her and her victory by persevering and finishing! She said she’d never do this again but I suspect the girl just may be out there again next year.

The stories that can and will be told of individual triumphs over and over again by the participants and volunteers will grow in and evolve well beyond the truth, but that’s okay, we’re all friends and members of a community growing in stature, filled with the love and joy that is found outdoors in the heat and cold of competition! A little fudging of the truth adds to the overall flavor of the event.

My one recommendation for the event is for an Iron Division next year. Three full loops of the course, 15K, with the Iron runner’s beginning with the individual runner and carrying through as the team events are conducted. Jim if you are willing to do this I’d like to be the first entry in the division cause I’m sure to be the last outta the mud pit for the 3rd time! And should there not be any interest in this idea, will you please look the other way, may I have your blessing to do it unofficially next year?!?!?!

TO OUR FITNESS COMMUNITY LEADERS: Are we going to do as a memorial event concerning the Ross Township tragedy? Should we come up with an event to help the healing and honors those we’ve lost?

COWABONGA! This is going to be a monster course and event!

When Race Directors get together, bad good things happen! The PA Trail Dogs (Hyner View Trail Challenge, Rothrock Trail Challenge, Prowl the Sproul 10K) have teamed with the Tyoga Running Club (Green Monster Trail Challenge, Pine Creek Challenge), the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Lock Haven University to offer a world class wilderness trail experience in one of the most remote sections of the Pennsylvania Wilds – the Eastern States 100.

Only the hardiest of runners will complete this circumnavigation of Pine Creek. A Pennsylvania Scenic River. The largest creek in the United States. The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. The river route that supplied the lumber that built America. The Iroquois called it Tiadaghton – the River of Pines. Or is it the Lost or Bewildered River? After 100 miles of multiple 900 – 1200 foot climbs and equally punishing descents, the second definition will seem appropriate.

Headquarters will be the beautiful Little Pine State Park and adjacent Happy Acres Resort. A true oasis in the middle of what will seem like endless nowhere to those who brave the trails. A lake for boating, fishing, or just cooling off after pushing your body to the max. Your choice of public or private campground accommodations within steps of the start-finish areas. Sites for tents or for large RVs. Rustic cabins, deluxe cabins (even several with Jacuzzis), or yurts. A nature center, playgrounds, a beach, a pool and a game room for family to enjoy while you are taxing your body. A convenience store for last minute items and hand dipped ice cream. A restaurant and bar to unwind and prefuel or refuel.

Runners will experience portions of some of the most scenic and most challenging trails in Pennsylvania. The Mid State Trail – Pennsylvania’s wildest footpath. The Black Forest Trail – the crown jewel of Pennsylvania’s long distance hiking trails featuring hills, rocks, and on average, a vista for every mile of trail. The West Rim Trail – a backpacker’s favorite for experiencing the Pine Creek Gorge. The Donut Hole Trail, the T Squared Trail, the Long Branch Trail, The Tiadaghton Trail, and several shorter connector trails will round out the 100 mile loop.

Ramsey at the south end is nothing more than a collection of houses and seasonal residences. You will cross Pine Creek on a former railroad trestle before climbing to the panoramic Ramsey Bend Vista. The north end is Blackwell. A tiny village with the historic Blackwell Hotel restaurant/bar and a small convenience and gift store. You will cross a unique one lane steel grate bridge that bends in the middle prior to climbing Gillespie Point – The Matterhorn of the Alleghenies – the only true peak in Pennsylvania.
In between are miles of hills, rocky hollows, diverse forest and endless views. Wolf Path. Cougar Run. Hemlock Mountain. Jerry Run Falls. Single track, old logging roads and abandoned stone quarries. Deer, bear, bald eagles, and rattlesnakes may be seen. Other than the 14 well-stocked aid stations we will provide, the only civilization centers you will pass through are Ramsey, Blackwell, Hyner Run State Park and Slate Run – a tiny village featuring the Hotel Manor and Wolfe’s General Store.

Can’t live without something from Wal-Mart or *gasp* a shopping mall? Pack a lunch and plan to spend all day on the road. Welcome to the PA Wilds.

The Eastern States 100. Not for beginners.

Coming August 16, 2014.
Race Directors: Denny Colegrove and Craig Fleming

08/24 – BLUE VALLEY FARM SHOW 5K at 5:00 p.m. at the farm show in Bangor. Info at 610-588-1925 until 8-21st then 610-588-2818
This 5K has long been a staple in our community’s race event schedule! The 5 PM start is a time that makes warming up fairly easy, it may very well be where the phrase “on a hot August night” began! A great event at a wonderful farm show that shows the history of this area and the progression of the machinery involved in that history. Oh yeah, food, there is some fantastic food available to re-load burnt up calories!

08/25 – The “River Rat Triathlon” –

Training – a few of us (including our stroller rolling aid station) will be doing a 20 mile training run from mile 3 to mile 23 of this year’s RFR course. We will meet at Hickory Valley Park, mile 23 at 6:30 am, should you care to join us. We plan to be finished in time to get to Blue Valley to do some speed work!

What am I missing?


AMERICAN RIBBON MILL at the west end of 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 – Group social/training runs – 6 pm Tue & Thur evenings, meet at the front door. Dan Rusk and Scott Ewing – 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.


TRI POCONO MULTISPORT CLUB – Jeff Silvernale – 570-807-0349 – and FACEBOOK

READY SET RUN (shoes & running apparel plus all sorts of running/walking paraphernalia) – 431 Main Street, Stroudsburg – Trish D’Imperio – Facebook.

FIRST STRIDES – Women’s Beginner Walking and Running Program

VERTICAL EARTH MOUNTAIN SPORTS – 762 main street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 – 570-872-9088 – – This is a fabulous bike and bike paraphernalia store!!!


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 – a great resource for races all over eastern PA

JESSICA DEPETE AT FREE FLOW ACUPUNCTURE – Keeping runners up and running since 2005!
435 Main Street (3 doors down from Ready Set Run!), Stroudsburg PA 18360


If you wish to be added or removed from “stuff ’round the mill” send me an email.

08/24 – BLUE VALLEY FARM SHOW 5K at 5:00 p.m. at the farm show in Bangor. Info at 610-588-1925 until 8-21st then 610-588-2818
08/25 – The “River Rat Triathlon” –
08/26 – FIRST STRIDES Stroudsburg Middle School – 6:15 pm
08/27 – FIRST STRIDES Brodheadsville Pleasant Valley School Complex – 6:15 pm
08/31 – STROUDFEST –
09/07 – RACE FOR RESICA 5K on September 7th at the East Stroudsburg South High School Stadium. Registration forms can be picked up at Resica Elementary School. Please email: with any questions. Mail completed forms and a check to: Race for Resica 5K, 1 Gravel Ridge Rd., East Stroudsburg, Pa 18302. All proceeds go to rebuilding the Resica Elementary Playground.
09/08 – VIA MARATHON –
09/08 – 17th Annual Harrisburg Half Marathon –
09/09 – FIRST STRIDES Stroudsburg Middle School – 6:15 pm
09/10 – FIRST STRIDES Brodheadsville Pleasant Valley School Complex – 6:15 pm
09/16 – FIRST STRIDES Stroudsburg Middle School – 6:15 pm
09/17 – FIRST STRIDES Brodheadsville Pleasant Valley School Complex – 6:15 pm
09/20 – ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA – 8th Annual RUN@WORK Day and the 2nd Annual RUN@School Day, nationwide fitness efforts.
09/21 – Trails 4 Tails Ultra Run and Relay –
09/23 – FIRST STRIDES Stroudsburg Middle School – 6:15 pm
09/24 – FIRST STRIDES Brodheadsville Pleasant Valley School Complex – 6:15 pm
09/29 – POCONO LAKE REGION 13.1 – the marathon route will begin at the Lakeside Elementary School in Honesdale, PA and the finish line is at the Wallenpaupack Area High School track.
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 –
10/13 – The 18th STEAMTOWN MARATHON – registration opens 4/1
10/18, 19 & 20 – The Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival –
11/10 – THE RIVER RAMBLE – Ready Set Run, 431 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-424-6431
12/07 – 3rd ANNUAL JINGLE JOG 5K RACE & FUN Walk – Proud Participant of the Hudson Valley Grand Prix 5k Series

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