The view from my porch.
“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Kathrine Switzer, women’s marathoning pioneer

Keep the faith, KEEP running!

Check out the RSR website. There’s a bunch of fun stuff going on there during the month of June.

FROM ERNIE – Philadelphia Marathon weekend November 17 -18 at Philadelphia

https://philadelphiamarathon.com/

Just for fun:
PROPER T-SHIRT ETIQUETTE – http://www.psychowyco.com/id74.html

THIS WEEKEND
06/02 – LEVEE LOOP – (4.5 miles?) Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:
06/10 – 2018 JOSH MILLER MEMORIAL 5K Run/Walk sign up on Active.com
07/14 – CREED BREAST CANCER 5K RUN/WALK – www.breastcancerrally.org to register.
07/22 – LAKE PLACID 140.6 Ironman
07/28 – Lehigh Valley Zoo’s RUN WILD for Animal Conservation https://www.lvzoo.org/event/run-wild/
09/06 thru 09 – CAMP RUNABOUT – https://www.camprunabout.com/
09/10 – Boston registration opens Monday, September 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET
09/15 – THE SCRANTON DUATHLON is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – ATLANTIC CITY 70.3 Ironman
09/29 – DELAWARE WATER GAP BLAZIN’ 5K Walk/Run

https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Stroudsburg/DelawareWaterGapBlazin5KRunWalk

10/06 – Oil Creek 50K 100K 100 mile Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual STEAMTOWN
11/18 – PHILLY MARATHON – https://philadelphiamarathon.com/
12/08 – KNIGHT’S KRIS KRINGLE 5K

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

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The view from my porch.
WHEN YOUR LEGS CAN’T RUN ANYMORE RUN WITH YOU HEART! – Author unknown

I am so PROUD of this running community! We have so many wonderful people dedicated to making the RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON happen. It would be easy for many to think and say how lucky we are to have our own home town marathon! But the truth is luck has little to do with this event happening. This event happens because we have some dedicated wonderful people with a vision and commitment to holding a first class event! The commitment goes far beyond just raising money, included is the pride in shared community service!
Training for a marathon is generally 16 to 18 weeks of hard work. Holding a marathon is a year round continuous effort. The Red Cross and race management meet and work all throughout the year. When we are finished running we get to go home and celebrate and lick our wounds. Race management stays and cleans up behind us and begins preparation for the next year.

Over the years I have run the full marathon course as a self-supported training run. Running it on race day with full support of race management sure is a heavenly experience compared to doing it alone! On race day we runners shine! We run our best and we are adored and thanked for our efforts. But I feel I MUST point out that without the efforts of race management and all the MARVELOUS VOLUNTEERS we wouldn’t get this opportunity! PLEASE THANK ALL VOLUNTEERS!

I’ll see y’all Sunday! Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K, LET’S DO THIS!

TO THE STADIUM!

Good luck to those training and running elsewhere this weekend!

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
05/20 – 5th Annual Jacobsburg 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race Jacobsburg State Park
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk sign up on Active.com
07/14 – CREED BREAST CANCER 5K RUN/WALK – www.breastcancerrally.org to register.
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
07/28 – Lehigh Valley Zoo’s RUN WILD for Animal Conservation https://www.lvzoo.org/event/run-wild/
09/06 thru 09 – CAMP RUNABOUT – https://www.camprunabout.com/
09/10 – Boston registration opens Monday, September 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!
12/08 – Knight’s Kris Kringle 5K

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

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The view from my porch.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. – Rumi

I LOVE MARATHONS! But I’m not so good at being silent when I run! It’ been a while since I’ve finished a marathon. I will carry a light but I really hope I finish before sundown!

Dick Waibel called to my attention that the RFR 5K is being dedicated to Lorraine Hamel who was killed by a car while running this past February. http://www.poconorecord.com/news/20180510/run-for-red-to-be-dedicated-to-avid-runners-memory

Cinder Cancer Derailers 5k – the event was EXCELLENT!

05/06 – Lilac Bloomsday Run 12 K (Spokane, WA) – http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/
Philip Svoboda – 01:32:53
Some races don’t provide finish info…some do! Here’s the finish info for Phil who is one of our original Mill Rats. Phil made a turn to the left and wound up in Spokane. Most important is he won his LAST name group! As Itze would have said, if the other Svoboda’s could have beat him they would have been there!
Overall place:
11,188th
Time up Doomsday:
06:46
Pace per mile:
12:27
Average pace for 65-year-olds:
16:59
Top Results
Placed 56th among 352 people the same age
Top Results
Placed 4,242nd among 15,410 people from Spokane, WA
Top Results
Placed 8,736th among 30,478 people from Washington
Top Results
Placed 1st among 1 person with the same last name
Top Results
Placed 6,262nd among 15680 males
Top Results
Placed 43rd out of 157 among 65-year-old males
Top Results
Placed 147th out of 670 people in your age group
Top Results
Placed 15,126th ahead of 21,380 people up Doomsday Hill

06/10 – JOSH MILLER MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK – 800 Block – Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Sign up on Active.com
FROM ANGELA – After such a long winter, the beautiful weather is finally here and there is still time to register for the 2018 Josh Miller Memorial Race.

This is a great event and beautiful tribute to Trooper Miller and a wonderful way to support students at both Northampton Community College, as well as, the Lackawanna Community College Police Academy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at angelatullo@verizon.net or call 570 213 2882.

Thank you in advance for your support. – Angela

FROM SARAH NAUGHTON Hi Rod – hope things are well in your world. Hoping you can add the LINDA CREED BREAST CANCER 5K RUN/WALK to the emails you send out. This year’s event is Saturday, July 14th. www.breastcancerrally.org to register.
I’m also attaching the flyer for circulation. Thank you very much for your help in promoting our event!

CAMP RUNABOUT – https://www.camprunabout.com/
I personally think this camp is AWESOME! I signed up last year but didn’t go due to my physical condition. I won’t be going again this year but if I could I would! In 2019 the camp is being extended to two sessions! Please look it over!

THIS WEEKEND:
Let’s get ready and be sharp for the RFR! It’s still not too late to enter or volunteer!

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk sign up on Active.com
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
07/28 – Lehigh Valley Zoo’s RUN WILD for Animal Conservation https://www.lvzoo.org/event/run-wild/
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!
12/08 – Knight’s Kris Kringle 5K

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

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The view from my porch.
If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning. ~Mahatma Gandhi – from Kevin Cook

Becoming a better/faster runner requires training HARD and SMART! You can be a better runner if it is REALLY important to you! Make your dream a reality!

The Krawitz Memorial was really cool!

Phil Svoboda came in from Spokane Washington to visit family and came over to run with us! Phil, like many of us, found inspiration and friendship with Ed!

This was my very first foot race 25 years ago! As I finished in WAY last place Sunday I was followed by two police cars. As we went down Dreher Ave a person across the street hollered JAIL BREAK??

Jim Thorpe half & 5k – I can’t find the results but I do know several local runners had excellent times there!

FROM BILL GAA – Knight’s Kris Kringle 5K on 12/08/18. Please send me the info again Bill.

Let’s have some fun! Here’s a couple of good local options for this weekend. or you can fly to Spokane and run with Phil.

THIS WEEKEND:
05/05 – FROM JIM MANELLO – Hi Rod – For all your dog-loving runners out there.
The West End Park and Open Space Commission is pleased to announce the annual 5K9 Trail Leisure Run/Walk at the West End Regional Park on 578 Evergreen Hollow Road in Chestnuthill Township on Saturday, May 5 at 10am (registration begins at 9am). The run/walk is open to all ages and abilities and the “Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail” will be available for those wishing a leisurely walk on a firm and stable surface accessible to all wheeled devices. Dogs are WELCOME as long as they remain on a leash (6′ max.)

Registration is $20/pp and children under 12 are FREE! The first 100 pre-registrants will receive a Bandana. Door Prizes, Raffles, Vendors and Refreshments will be available.
Register at RunSignUp.comhttps://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Brodheadsville/5K9LeisureTrailRunWalk
Note: This is not a timed competitive event. Just an opportunity to run or walk with your dog.
For additional information, contact Bernie Kozen at 570-992-9733 or bkozen@weposc.org<mailto:bkozen@weposc.org

05/06 – Cinder Cancer Derailers 5k Run – Rudy's Tavern 90 Washington St, East Stroudsburg

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/35492

05/06 – Lilac Bloomsday Run 12 K (Spokane, WA) – http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
07/28 – Lehigh Valley Zoo's RUN WILD for Animal Conservation https://www.lvzoo.org/event/run-wild/
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!
12/08 – Knight's Kris Kringle 5K

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

What am I missing? What else belongs here!
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The view from my porch.
“It’s a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do.” – Alan Sillitoe

Sunday is the 36th annual Edwin Krawitz Memorial Law Day Race Judicata – 5 mile race and 5K fun walk/run. We will be celebrating the memory of Ed by doing what he loved best, running! Ed was a proud man! He was proud of his wife, his son, and his daughter! He was proud of his family, his community, and of his friends. I was reminded by Ralph Bender of how proud he was to sing in a barber shop quartet. He was proud to be an attorney and being part of the Monroe County Bar Association. Okay, no he wasn’t perfect!

Ed loved to run, any time, any place, any distance. He was good at running. He was an inspiration to our community, despite his being an attorney.

Join us Sunday morning at the Morey School in Stroudsburg (across the street from WAWA) sign up from 8 to 9:15. Race/walk at 9:30. Snow, rain, or shine. It’s a beautiful course. There is day of registration.

Come and join us in a race and a joyous celebration! You don’t have to like lawyers; you don’t even have to be nice to them at this event. It’s actually best not to be too nice to a lawyer as they aren’t accustomed to it and they can get kind of needy and follow you around as if you were an ambulance.

All we ask is you have kind thoughts and maybe a prayer for Edwin Krawitz one of the finest men to ever walk the face of this earth!

Good luck to those headed to Jim Thorpe!

Take a loved one for a run/walk!

THIS WEEKEND:

04/29 – Ed Krawitz Memorial – Law Day 5 mile race and very inaccurately measured 5K fun run.

04/29 – Jim Thorpe half & 5k – https://www.halfmarathons.net/pennsylvania-jim-thorpe-half-marathon-5k/ https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/JimThorpe/InauguralJimThorpeMarathon5kaswellandFREEkidsrace
Wednesday night run alternating between The American Ribbon Mill (Ann St. Stroudsburg) and Dave’s (Smith) Shop (8th & Phillips St. Stroudsburg) each week. At 5:15 – more info call or text Elissa Schoening @ 570-972-4271

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:
05/06 – Cinder Cancer Derailers 5k Run – Rudy’s Tavern 90 Washington St, East Stroudsburg

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/35492

05/06 – Lilac Bloomsday Run 12 K (Spokane, WA) – http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

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the view from my porch/ Pocono Bike Club info

FROM JEFF SILVERNALE
Notes for group rides.

The Pocono Bike Club sponsors a group ride every Tuesday evening starting promptly at 6:05 from Stroudsburg High School. There is always an “A” ride, almost always a “B” ride and most times a “C” ride. When the weather is nice the group swells to 20+ riders. I believe the following descriptions are accurate, or only off by a mph or so.

· “A” ride – 19+ mph (no waiting –any pre-emptive excuse for potentially being dropped will be met with constant attacks). Pace-line experience is a must. It isn’t necessary to pull your turn, but would be poor form if you “win” after avoiding the lead all day. Distance is 20-30 miles and extends to 40+ miles as daylight permits.

· “B” ride – 16-18 mph (will wait at key intersections to regroup). Pace lines may or may not form and riders aren’t required to ride in tight formation, but may want to use the ride to “practice” a tight pace line. Distance is sometimes shorter than the A ride depending on rider ability.

· “C” ride – slower than B, rate depends on rider ability (no drop). Pace lines are not likely to form for long (if at all) or be very tight. Distance is always less than the A ride by as much as 25% depending on rider ability.

Every rider must wear a helmet and sign a waiver (ride leaders will have forms available). As for a bike, anything is fair game, but be prepared for good-natured razzing if its 20+ years old, or stunned silence if you show up on a beach cruiser.

There is an “A” group ride on Thursdays at 6:05 also from the HS, but it isn’t sponsored by PBC and we make no provisions for any other rider class (i.e. sit in and hang on or bring a GPS). We welcome “A+” riders but we may inadvertently coerce them to the front and attack them constantly, not necessarily trying to be butt-holes about it but you get a lot of that in the “A” group – either that or it’s just me.

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The view from my porch.
“The marathon is not really about the marathon, it’s about the shared struggle. And it’s not only the marathon, but the training.”
-Bill Buffum

I watched the 122nd Boston Marathon on TV last night…for the 3rd time!

Results for the St. Luke Half @ http://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/
There were a bunch of local runners there, check them out.

Four or five weeks ago Grammie quit training for the St. Luke’s Half. She was angry with me and she declared she couldn’t stand being around me for more than 2 hours so she wasn’t going to run the event. I responded “you’ll just have to run faster than me and leave me behind.”

Grammie is one of the folks whose biggest barrier is starting. Getting out the door or getting on the treadmill or peloton machine is her challenge! Her mind, her body, her soul, will not let her quit once she has started. She is simply the hardest working PERSON I’ve ever known in my life! And when it comes to her family she always finishes second, or third, somewhere down the list! She is an inspiration when it comes to work ethic and sacrifice for the good of others!

Sunday was a glorious day! The early miles seemed to go easily and quickly! Grammie was on her game, smooth and steady. At any time after 9 miles she could have left me easily. My back and leg let me know they might allow me to continue all day if I cared to but it would be at an agonizing price.

The farther we went the more determined grammie became to finish WITH me. She would stop at the bottom of hills and wait as I couldn’t run downhill. She wanted to at least finish hand in hand with me as long as she would be one second ahead of me. Finishing ahead of me was the only win she expected! The only win she felt she deserved. After 54 years of marriage she feels she deserves to finish ahead of me in at least one race.

As we crossed the finish line I held back as much as I could but it became evident we both have short arms. Our time was 3:48.44. She probably could have been four or five minutes ahead of me and waiting for me to cross the line but she chose we should finish hand in hand. She’s gonna have to learn to leave me behind if she wants to win over me!

A woman at the finish line quickly said “Grammie (Bonnie) we’ve been waiting for you!” She was first and she was the only 70+ female athlete to run there Sunday! As Itze always said, “if they could have beat you they would have been here!”

Now she says she’ll never do that again but she’s been on line checking her splits and figuring out where and how she could have gone faster. She’s a sick girl! It looks as though our competition will continue. Lord willin’!.

PS – With chip timing if you cross the start line one second before the person you’re running with and cross the finish line exactly together you just won by one second. Or you can let them cross finish line a second before you and have a tie if you really don’t want to lose. Pahleez! don’t tell Grammie! (really sneaky smile!)

Take a friend for a run! Maybe we should start a “take a friend for a run day!”?? Then again it should be 365 days per year!

THIS WEEKEND:

04/29 – Ed Krawitz Memorial – Law Day 5 mile race and very inaccurately measured 5K fun run.

04/29 – Jim Thorpe half & 5k – https://www.halfmarathons.net/pennsylvania-jim-thorpe-half-marathon-5k/ https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/JimThorpe/InauguralJimThorpeMarathon5kaswellandFREEkidsrace
Wednesday night run alternating between The American Ribbon Mill (Ann St. Stroudsburg) and Dave’s (Smith) Shop (8th & Phillips St. Stroudsburg) each week. At 5:15 – more info call or text Elissa Schoening @ 570-972-4271

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:

05/06 – Cinder Cancer Derailers 5k Run – Rudy’s Tavern 90 Washington St, East Stroudsburg

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/35492

05/06 – Lilac Bloomsday Run 12 K (Spokane, WA) – http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

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Eastern States Cup Endurance Series sponsored by the Pocono Bike Club

FROM JEFF SILVERNALE

Eastern States Cup Endurance Series sponsored by the Pocono Bike Club.

Unbeknownst to many in the community was the little-known fact that the largest Endurance Mountain Bike Race on the East Coast was held literally in our back yard on Sunday April 22nd. And where is Stroudsburg’s collective back yard you might ask, well that would be Glen Park where nearly 300 riders along with their families, supporters, vendors, volunteers and spectators congregated to host the first race in the 2018 Eastern States Cup Endurance Series. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the terrain we have access to on a daily basis (and dare I say take for granted) is actually a highly regarded and prized location for mountain bike enthusiasts. The trails in our very own back yard are seriously world-class with riders from every state on the East Coast as well as much further inland such as Colorado and even coming down from Canada to warm up for a spell. A great number of people have been flocking to the cycling community for all different reasons, but the greatest reason by far is pure enjoyment. I’m a roadie myself, but can fully comprehend the excitement of nearly careening off the edge of a cliff or into a tree at break-neck speeds and the sheer joy of successfully navigating the difficult rocks, roots, jumps, logs, trees and all manner of hostile impediments that stand in one’s way from top to bottom of the mountainous course all to determine who has a shot at the podium with the fastest times.

Glen Park, many know, is tucked away in the corner of south Stroudsburg through a sleepy neighborhood of little houses and down a little hill and which is devoid of the typical rides and entertainment popular at so many other Pocono venues. But oh what a beautiful destination. The parking lot opens to a huge, grass field that is surrounded on one side by a sheer wall of stone giving it the feel of an amphitheater. On the other side is one of the quintessential Pocono streams providing that serene quality that for years has attracted visitors to the area and will do so well into the future. Tucked between the stone wall and the cool, flowing water is a non-descript path that doesn’t seem like much more than a means of getting to the next fishing spot. But it is so much more. It is the gateway to an amusement park unlike so many for which the Pocono’s are famous. That one, little, nearly-groomed trail leads to a network of arteries extending for miles to deliver nourishment to outdoor enthusiasts and pump the drug of choice (adrenaline) to those contesting their skills on the race course. So many single-track tributaries extend from the main trail that it’s hard to imagine ever traversing all of them. And that in itself may prove difficult since the trails are constantly changing as well. Some trails become washed out or hidden beneath a thick layer of oak leaves or blocked by fallen trees while others are “created” by those who see features that add excitement to their ride or who want to test their skills over new obstacles that pose a challenge or thrill. But this weekend, five trails were cleared of leaves and unmistakably marked to point each contestant in the proper direction – mostly down, and preferably at blurring speeds. And if you must know, yes, there were plenty of crashes. Some were rather benign with a bump into a tree or over-riding a sharp curve, but others were more you-tube worthy with bikes suspended in the rhododendrons while the rider was found several yards down the trail with the contents of their back-pack strewn about like a yard sale. Fortunately, injuries were minimal.

The technology that has adorned these well-honed tools of the mountain bike community has exploded in the last couple decades such that said tools cost as much as a good used car. I understand that’s hard to imagine since a bicycle has two less wheels and rather than an engine fueled by gasoline, the cyclist’s engine is fueled by protein and carbohydrates. But unlike an internal combustion engine, the engine of a cyclist improves considerably over the first 10-50,000 miles. And with each improvement is the notion that they can crank it up a notch by installing more durable and more functional components or accessories. In the past bikes were composed of a static frame with the standard components we all remember. But today, the brakes are modeled after our cars with disk brakes both front and back. Some of them use hydraulics instead of a cable. They had the requisite gears, but not the obscene ratios offered up today that allows riders to climb the steepest of hills spinning their legs like a jack-hammer while barely crawling up the hill. The most desirable component is suspension. The front forks are similar in style to that of a car’s with shock absorbers and springs, however, the technology doesn’t stop there. These can be fine-tuned for a rider’s style or preference or adjusted based on the terrain. If I’m not mistaken some are even done so on the fly. The rear suspension is more complicated and comes in several styles with various joints, springs, hydraulics and more. Suffice it to say, ain’t nobody racing for long on a bike without suspension as the constant hammering on the arms and butt will quickly dampen the spirit of even the hardiest of riders. The most recent technology is that of the “drop-seat”, whereby a trigger on the handlebar is used to lower the seat position automatically and I’m sure has severely reduced the number of “cartwheels” experienced when riding downhill.

The skills and endurance built up and honed over the years to compete at the professional level, as many of the contestants were, hardly seems like effort when it involves so much fun and camaraderie. And along with that comes the dedication of the local cycling community and enthusiasts and specifically the Pocono Bike Club who has worked tirelessly to bring this event to Stroudsburg and the Poconos and their fellow riders. They are the ones who have spent countless hours in the woods to maintain the trials with shovel, rake and axe. They spent hours designing, marking and grooming the trails and blowing off the leaves. They were rewarded with accolades from their comrades. There wasn’t a single contestant that didn’t love the course and many will be back later this year as the Pocono Bike Club hosts yet another world-class race right here in our own back yard.

Congratulations to the ever-growing Pocono Bike Club – catch ‘em on Facebook.

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The view from my porch.
When I go to Boston now, I have wet shoulders – women fall into my arms crying. They are weeping for joy because running has changed their lives. They feel they can do anything.
Katherine Switzer

I’ve made the statement on social media that the runners in the Boston Marathon Monday are amongst the most courageous groups of runners ever assembled in one event. And I MEAN it!

When the runners arrive at Hopkinton pre-race they are staged at the High School on and around the sports fields. The High School is about .9 mile from the start line. There are indoor facilities for the elites, not for the rest of us. The commoners on Monday found themselves outside in an open field in a torrential down pour with the temperature in the low 30′s and wind gust to 35 mph. I guess it could be said they were “just chillin”.

It has been reported that some of the elites started and faltered a bit during the early miles, some including the winning woman Desiree Linden considered dropping but regrouped and pushed on. The elite finish times are evidence of the day everyone had out there. Our local runners that finished were amazing; I don’t care what their finish time! And the two that didn’t finish showed their courage by stepping to the line and trying!

Actually in the midst of gloomy weather of the day there were some bright performances. I wish I was a better writer, I wish I could more eloquently express in words my admiration for Sarah Rusk.

A few years ago Sarah won the women’s division of our Pocono Run for the Red marathon. I believe her time was 2:57.?? Monday she ran 3:03.?? Six minutes slower on a slightly harder course during a rain and wind storm that had elite runners finishing 10 to 20 minutes slower than previous finishes at Boston.

Anyhow Sarah had an awesome run! God bless you Sarah, you are spectacular!

And so were many many others! We watched as runners that had no idea the day could be as bad as it was just kept going and going! Common ordinary runners bonded together in one cause, to finish and in the process they kept pushing and pulling each other to the finish line of the 122nd Boston Marathon! Watching them run was inspiring!

This weekend Grammie and I are headed to the St Luke’s half. We’re both undertrained but as she is now 71 she feels she better do her second half before she becomes too old. The woman can be a naughty little tramp! She told me to enter us a few months back, then she asked me if I’m sure I can stay up with her. She has been upset that 3 years ago when we did her first I didn’t let her win. Sooooo she wants to kick my ass Sunday! She is secretly working with our kids and grandkids on a method to trip me if need be. My hearing is better than she thinks! If only my knee and back were as good as my hearing…

Let’s get out there and get healthy happy and filled with joy! Invite a friend to join you! YOU can change someone’s life for the better!

THIS WEEKEND:
04/21 – 4/21 – Knowlton Moving Together 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – https://www.active.com/columbia-nj/running/distance-running/knowlton-moving-together-5k-run-walk-and-fun-run-2018?int=
04/22 – St. Luke Half – http://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/

Wednesday night run alternating between The American Ribbon Mill (Ann St. Stroudsburg) and Dave’s (Smith) Shop (8th & Phillips St. Stroudsburg) each week. At 5:15 – more info call or text Elissa Schoening @ 570-972-4271

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:

04/29 – Ed Krawitz Memorial – Law Day 5 mile race and very inaccurately measured 5K fun run.
04/29 – Jim Thorpe half & 5k – https://www.halfmarathons.net/pennsylvania-jim-thorpe-half-marathon-5k/ https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/JimThorpe/InauguralJimThorpeMarathon5kaswellandFREEkidsrace
05/06 – Cinder Cancer Derailers 5k Run – Rudy’s Tavern 90 Washington St, East Stroudsburg

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/35492

05/06 – Lilac Bloomsday Run 12 K (Spokane, WA) – http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

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Boston Results

The view from my porch (no I didn’t move my porch to Boston! It was TOO cold and WET in Boston yesterday!)

Four of us traveled to see this event in my truck. Each and every one of us watching were amazed at the fortitude of the runners! The volunteers on course, the police, and the race management must be applauded for the commitment to make this event happen! This event is sure to be recalled for years not for the times turned in but for the courage to stay out and finish this race!

6689 Rusk, Sarah 37 F Wilmington DE USA – 3:03.38 – Stroudsburg native and past RFR Marathon winner!
1788 Baranowski, Miroslaw 38 M Brodheadsville PA USA – 2:59.29
5714 Snyder, Ricky 46 M Pen Argyl PA USA – 3:17.16
11124 Marozzi, Christopher 51 M Bangor PA USA – 3:33.40
18076 Swartz, Holly 40 F Tobyhanna PA USA – 3:45.02
22573 Schoening, Elissa 45 F Cresco PA USA – 4:02.37
16112 Arnst, Timothy 55 M East Stroudsburg PA USA – 4:04.37
27956 Hoppaugh, Bill 50 M East Stroudsburg PA USA – 5:09.34
24384 Villiano, Julie 57 F Bangor PA USA – 5:39.35
19867 Policelli, Neil 68 M Bangor PA USA – 5:39.36
23529 Cerminaro, Anthony 81 M Jermyn PA USA – dnf
28173 Jewell, Don 80 M Lords Valley PA USA – dnf

Garden Spot results:

http://my2.raceresult.com/94996/results?lang=en#1_07B109

http://my2.raceresult.com/94996/results?lang=en#2_0B1085

more soon.

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