Sunday, April 28, 2013

JCM 5K 2013

Congrats to all that competed in the Jay Cooperider Memorial 5K this weekend. What beautiful weather and a great turnout. 

The final results were available at the event. But, they will also be posted to the website along with the financial benefit for the great non-profits involved. Be sure to check out the website over the next week or so. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

27 Ways to Run Better Every Day

Below is a link to an article with some terrific helpful hints. I especially like hint #8!

In all seriousness, the take away from this article should be that it's a lot of little decisions that add up in the end to more and better running. And, it all starts with the decision to get started.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Our 200 meter track, only wetter

Unfortunately, even with abundant sunshine today, and a decent wind, our grass intramural track remains too wet to use. I guess that is what extensive rain will do.

Hang in there little track, we are coming for you next week. I know about 40 students looking forward to some repeats!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Will marathons ever be the same?

An interest article from Outside Magazine

Wabash River Flooding

This photo is from a few days ago of Tapawingo Park. And....since this photo was has rained significantly, again. This photo shows the river around 25 feet with food stage around 12 feet.

Makes for tough running in that area.

Photo credit: @davebangert

Wabash River Runners Club 2013 - Summer Events Flyer

Check out all the fun stuff happening this summer through your local running club. 

Jay Cooperider Memerial 5K set for Saturday, April 27th

I will be volunteering to work in support of this important event this weekend. It is a fundraiser for mental health awareness and directly impacts local supporting agencies.

Registration for the event closes at 11:59pm on Thursday, April 25th, and can be completed on line at: .

Hope to see you there.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

RRCA Executive Dir on CBS 'This Morning'

Jean Knaack comments on race security post Boston 2013...

Runners United to Remember

Runners from Lafayette, West Lafayette and surrounding areas will participate in a group run in support of the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

- Where: Cumberland Park, West Lafayette
- When: 6:30pm, Monday, April 22nd
- How should I show my support?
  Participate in the group run of 2.62 miles
  Wear Boston Marathon gear or colors (blue & yellow) or wear any event gear
    or simply run any any gear
  Consider donating to the officially endorsed charity, The One Boston Fund.
    Fund Information:
    Fund Donations:

Journal & Courier Column: Running in Boston's Wake....

Below is a link to a Lafayette Journal & Courier column wherein reflections are made on the Wabash River Runner's Circular Logic Marathon in the days following the 2013 Boston Marathon.

A Lafayette Sunrise

Mark Acher

Certified Coach, RRCA
Registered Coach, USATF
Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC), NFHS

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston Marathon 2013

Below is the body of an email I sent to my adult volunteers for the Sunnyside Marathon Relay Team on the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

"It's with a heavy heart that I hear the news of the tragic events in Boston today. I was able to catch some of the live streaming coverage this morning. The runners and wheel-chair competitors seemed in good form. The volunteers and fans were, as usual for the grand-daddy of all marathons, terrific. The course usually draws somewhere close to 500,000 fans. 

An act(s) such as this at this venerable event makes me appreciate the spirit of a runner; the spirit to overcome. Thanks, again, for all your help with the Sunnyside Marathon Relay Team and helping to introduce the spirit of a runner to the students at Sunnyside."

Further, when asked for comment by a local newspaper columnist in the days after, I wrote the following:

"People with bad intentions will do bad things. But, the people that suffered a loss yesterday, what were they doing? They were there supporting a pinnacle event of their fair city, they were supporting family and friends that were running as well as supporting complete strangers. And what of the runners? They suffered long ago through tough training in order to run fast enough in another marathon to score them a qualifying time that would allow them entry into this event. Or, if not hitting the qualifying time by themselves, they were in the Boston event by way of their commitment to raise money for one of 35 charities. And, how about those event volunteers and the emergency personal who were doing their best to provide for a safe environment. The finish line was taken away from a number of runners. But, a lot of us learned a long time ago, it's not about the finish line, it's about the journey and the people we connect with along the way. 

In spite of the tragedy, I am heartened that a spotlight has been shown on the people I have mentioned. 

So, innocence stolen, maybe. Strength of the human spirit revealed, definitely."

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