stuff ‘round the mill
“When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’ ”
~ Unknown

Locals training for Steamtown are going to love this weekend’s training weather! We have both veterans and first timers training for Steamtown this year.

Steamtown is a true GEM! For about 10 years it was my only “home” marathon. Now RFR is my home marathon with Steamtown a close half a step behind!

The course has gone through a number of what many feel is minor changes, the most significant may the rail to trail sections which on one hand are wonderful, yet on another I don’t like them! I LOVE the fans! The rails to trails make it a bit more difficult for the fans to get to the courses edge! I for one feed off the fans enthusiasm! I love when the fans lie to me, tell me I’m almost there! Tell me how good I look! If you who are fans think you don’t make a difference, YOU ARE WRONG! YOU ARE A BLESSING!

My memories of Steamtown are priceless! There are the years I felt as though I flew through it and then there are years I struggled from the start line to the finish!

As my finish times fell off I’ve found myself being criticized by training mates and deeply hurt by those who say “I’d rather not run than take more than 6 hours to finish!” I guess when some give up there is the temptation to be negative about those who cling to past glory! But, the ridicule only hurts when I’m not training; training for a marathon is right at the top of my list of blessings! After each marathon regardless of my performance I thank the good Lord above for His gift of life and the finish of another marathon! And if it is my fate to be the crazy old man who didn’t know when to quit, AMEN! We all will die one day, let me die on the run! Big smile here, there have been several times I’ve been sure I was about to die while running! : )

The gifts of the marathon and ultramarathon have been many! I’ve never run a marathon I didn’t meet a special person that I shared some banter with along the way. There’s never been a marathon finish or DNF that I didn’t learn something important from! The things I’ve learned are about myself, my courage, my willingness or not to give in to failure!

So boys and girls “man up” let’s train! Lord willin’ I plan to see you in Steamtown!

FROM JIM – Hi Rod – Could you please put on to your calendar the following-
The 4th annual Fleetwood 5k Trail Run/walk will be held on October 1 at 9 am at West End Regional Park in Brodheadsville. This is a pleasant cross-country trail run in 244 acres of scenic park. Please join us. More info and registration form is available at www.runsignup.com/Fleetwood5KTrailRun Any questions can be directed to Jim Mannello at manelo@ptd.net
Thanks!

An article in Ultra Running magazine about the 153 mile Spartathalon:

https://ultrarunning.com/features/destinations/spartathlons-untold-story/?utm_source=Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3b585d20df-Weekly+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1577fa00f6-3b585d20df-153542577

THIS WEEKEND
08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon

Mill Rats – Sunday through Saturday – 7:30 am all are welcome. Wednesday evening at 5:20 pm. The American Ribbon Mill on Ann Street in Stroudsburg. Join us if you have a tale/tail to share.

Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

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:
08/20 – Lehigh Valley Zoo Run Wild for Wildlife Conservation, 10K, 5K and 1 mile Family Fun Walk for Wildlife

09/02 – 1ST ANNUAL SLATE BELT SPRINT – SLATE BELT YMCA – 315 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Pen Argyl PA, 18072 P 610-881-4470 W greatervalleyymca.org SLATE BELT YMCA 315 West Pennsylvania Avenue Pen Argyl, PA 18072

09/10 – VIA Marathon

09/10 – Erie Marathon

09/21 – 24 – CAMP RUNABOUT ADULT TRAINING CAMP – www.camprunabout.com

09/30 – 15th Annual Families First 5K Race/1 Mile Fun Walk – http://www.penargylfamiliesfirst.org/race_17.pdf

09/30 – CORPORAL DICKSON MEMORIAL RUN/WALK RACE – http://cpldicksonmemorial.wixsite.com/mainpage

10/01 – The 4th annual Fleetwood 5k Trail Run/walk will be held on October 1 at 9 am at West End Regional Park in Brodheadsville. This is a pleasant cross-country trail run in 244 acres of scenic park. Please join us. More info and registration form is available at www.runsignup.com/Fleetwood5KTrailRun any questions can be directed to Jim Mannello at manelo@ptd.net
Thanks!

10/08 – STEAMTOWN

10/08 – YUENGLING OKTOBERFEST 5K – http://oktoberfestrace.com/

10/15 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE

11/05 – NYC MARATHON

11/12 – HARRISBURG MARATHON

11/18 & 19 – FROM ERNEST ROUNDTREE – Here’s the date for the Philly marathon weekend Saturday November 18 is the Philly half marathon and the 8k run and November 19 is the Philly marathon

11/23 – PUMPKIN PIE 5k – Nazareth YMCA

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

RAT TRI’S:
09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack

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

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rod@haskertextiles.com or rodhasker@gmail.com

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