Friday, June 28, 2013

Run for the Ribbons

Congrats to Jefferson High School Cross Country Coach Dave Howell, Edgelea Elementary Teacher Jill Howell (definitely related) and their team of volunteers for another successful year of Jeff Track Camp. It's great to see the kids get a chance to run and have fun.

And, Thanks to WLFI for highlighting healthy activities for all ages.
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Kids as young as 3 'Run for Ribbons'

Updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2013, 11:31 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 27 Jun 2013, 11:31 PM EDT
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -
Nearly 50 kids ran, jumped and hurdled as part of a physical education program Thursday.
June 27 marked the 44th annual track meet through Lafayette Jeff and the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department. Kids ages 3 through 8 got out to "Run for Ribbons." Some of the activities included sprints, hurdles, and the high and long jumps.
Coordinator Dave Howell says it's a great opportunity for kids to have fun, but also a chance to promote physical education.
"They realize that running is fun. Sometimes running is used as punishment. But these kids really enjoy it and they enjoy physical education,” says Howell.
Thursday marked the end of three weeks for the program. Howell says the older kids will have their annual track meet Friday.
The video can be seen here





Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Jefferson High School Cross Country 2K/4K

Wednesday, June 26th

Even with heavy road and utility construction in the area and having to share the field and track area with soccer, the annual Jeff HS Cross Country fundraiser was held tonight. There was a tidy little group of runners lead by contingent from the Cross Country teams. And, thank goodness, the clouds gave just enough of a break from the sun and heat.

A great job to all who ran.

Purdue Half Marathon & 5K Training Programs !!!

Half Marathon Training Program


When: Training will take place over 12 weeks.
Informational Sessions: 7pm, Wednesday, July 24th and 8am, Saturday, July 27th
(attend only one of these sessions)

Training Start Date: Monday, July 29th
Training Finish Date: Saturday, October 19th (Event Day!!!)

Where: A weekly group run will originate from various and alternating park locations including: the Lilly Nature Center/Celery Bog, Happy Hollow Park and Tapawingo Park.

Cost: $50 (This cost does not include registration in the Purdue Half Marathon.)

This training program, targeted towards the 2013 Purdue Half Marathon, will provide the beginner and intermediate runner, under the direction of a certified coach, the training and tactics needed to complete the 13.1 mile distance of a half-marathon.

Further, participants can also expect weekly delivered training plans for the duration of the program, a weekly group run with hydration support and nutrition support a technical shirt along with support and encouragement from training organizers and fellow participants.

Registration: Complete a standard Parks & Recreation activity registration form, indicating Half Marathon Training under the “Class” category. The form is available online at the Parks & Recreation Department website as well as at the Parks & Recreation office and the summer program booklet. Deliver the completed form and the registration fee to: West Lafayette Parks & Recreation, 1101 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906. The form may be delivered via US Mail, Drop Box or Walk-In. Also, registrants may phone in the information during regular business hours and register via the use of a debit or credit card. Park & Recreation Office, 765-775-5110, Morton Center 765-775-5120.


Presented in cooperation with
The information form can be downloaded here.
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5K Training Program


When: Training will take place over 6 weeks.
Informational Sessions: 7:30pm, Tuesday, September 3rd and
7:30pm, Wednesday, September 4th
(attend only one of these sessions)

Training Start Date: Monday, September 9th
Training Finish Date: Saturday, October 19th (Event Day!!!)

Where: A weekly group run will originate from various and alternating park locations including: the Lilly Nature Center/Celery Bog, Happy Hollow Park and Tapawingo Park.

Cost: $25 (This cost does not include registration in the Purdue Half Marathon 5K.)

This training program, targeted towards the 5K event associated with the 2013 Purdue Half Marathon, will provide the beginning runner, under the direction of a certified coach, the training and tactics needed to complete the 5K (3.1 mile) distance.

Further, participants can also expect weekly delivered training plans for the duration of the program, a weekly group run with hydration support and a technical shirt along with support and encouragement from training organizers and fellow participants.

Registration: Complete a standard Parks & Recreation activity registration form, indicating Half Marathon Training under the “Class” category. The form is available online at the Parks & Recreation Department website as well as at the Parks & Recreation office and the summer program booklet. Deliver the completed form and the registration fee to: West Lafayette Parks & Recreation, 1101 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906. The form may be delivered via US Mail, Drop Box or Walk-In. Also, registrants may phone in the information during regular business hours and register via the use of a debit or credit card. Park & Recreation Office, 765-775-5110, Morton Center 765-775-5120.


Presented in cooperation with
The information form can be downloaded here.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

WRRC Summer Picnic

A great time was had at today's Wabash River Runners Club summer picnic. 




Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wabash River Runners Club: Great turnout for June's Farmers Market 5K



Runners come together for monthly race at farmers market

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013, 11:51 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013, 11:51 PM EDT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -
Eating healthy and getting exercise go together especially well Wednesday evening in West Lafayette.
More than 140 runners came out for the monthly Farmers Market 5K, hosted by the Wabash River Runners Club. The club holds the races on the third Wednesday of every month, coinciding with the West Lafayette Farmer's Market.
Organizers say the races are a way of showing support for runners in the community.
"Running can be isolating when you are training for particular events and this gives an avenue for everyone to come together," said Mark Acher, treasurer of the Wabash River Runners Club. "It's close, convenient and coincides with the farmers market."
Wednesday's turnout was the highest the club has seen so far.
The next race will be July 17.
Registration is free for club members and $3 for non-members.

See the video here

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

2013 Running Fitness Camp

Lafayette/West Lafayette Area Student-Athletes and Parents:

During the month of July, Performance Running will be presenting a Running Fitness Camp. This program will provide student-athletes running-based fitness training during their down time between sport seasons in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It will also provide willing and able-bodied parents and siblings the opportunity to engage in a physical activity side-by-side with their student-athletes. The program will make use of the paved trails, open fields, stairs and shade (necessary during summer afternoons) at Happy Hollow Park.

Costs:                 $10 per student-athlete or $20 per family
Slots Available:    limited to 50

See more details under the tab "Register for upcoming group classes".
 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Valpo Life That Matters: Sue Brown-Nickerson

Check out this great article on our RRCA Indiana State Rep. Sue Brown- Nickerson.

Thanks, Sue, for setting such a great coaching example!

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WRITTEN BY BARBARA JO ALFREDSON


Giving back, being a role model and teaching kids how to have fun by getting involved with running is why Sue Brown-Nickerson is a Valpo Life That Matters.
In August of 1978, a small group of 19 people led byJim Tarka, John Bobalik, and Chuck Strehlow held the first meeting of the Calumet Region Track Club.That modest gathering was the beginning of the running club now called the Calumet Region Striders (CRS). The Calumet Region Striders is a group of people joined together by a common interest in running. (http://www.calstrider.org/ )
Brown-Nickerson has been running as far back as she can remember. She ran track in high school forChesterton Coach Steve Kearney and now they have been reconnected coaching for CRS.
Working full-time as a professional in her field, Brown-Nickerson still finds time to volunteer for CRS. From2000-2005 she was President of CRS and in 2005 Brown-Nickerson saw a need for a Youth Running Program in our area. After volunteering for AAU meets and witnessing kids coming from as far away as Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Anderson and South Bend, IN and not seeing participants locally, she did something about it. She formed the Junior Striders Youth Running Program where she has served as the Director andHead Coach.
Read the rest of the story here

Sunscreen for Athletes

Please check out this great article by Active.com

Active Gear Scout: Sunscreen for Athletes


Sun protection is essential to prevent skin damage and skin cancer. When you're shopping for sunscreen, make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection. Check to see if it's waterproof or water-resistant. A waterproof sunscreen maintains its Sun Protection Factor level after 80 minutes of exposure to water, according to the Melanoma Foundation. A water-resistant sunscreen maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure.
A sunscreen with a higher SPF doesn't necessarily mean it's better.
SPF blocks the ultraviolet B rays (UVB), which cause sunburns. The SPF number on a label refers to the product's ability to block the sun's harmful rays. For example, SPF 15 sunscreen allows a user to stay in the sun 15 times longer before burning. The average time it takes a person to burn without sunscreen is about 15 to 20 minutes, according to Americanskin.org. If you wear SPF 15, you'll be protected for 300 minutes, or 5 hours (SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes).
SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent and SPF 45 blocks 98 percent,Skincancer.org says. Products with an even higher SPF don't offer much more protection. Remember, no matter what SPF you use, you do need to re-apply.
There are endless amounts of sunscreens out there. The Active Gear Scout tested these popular products to see how well they lasted during tough runs, swims, bike rides, boot camps and daily outdoor activities. From smell to protection, here are the results.
\nFind more popular products on GearUp.

See the full article and product referrals here

Indiana Mr. Track and Field honor surprises Lafayette Jeff's McQuay

Story courtesy of Ken Thompson, JCOnline.com



The last thing Carl McQuay expected this weekend was to be named Indiana’s Mr. Track and Field.

“I didn’t even know they had an Indiana Mr. Track and Field,” the recent Lafayette Jeff graduate said Saturday. “I just thought they had Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball.”

McQuay received the award at a banquet Friday night on the eve of the Midwest Meet of Champions in Fort Wayne. Even though McQuay earned two state championship medals at the IHSAA Boys State Track and Field meet on May 31, he was unprepared for the moment.

“I wasn’t expecting to win the award,” McQuay said. “I was talking to one of my friends at the table when they called my name. I didn’t pay any attention. It feels pretty good to claim it, but it’s all because of God and hard work."

Continue reading the full story here.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Running Events Supporting Youth Running

Please consider squeezing into your busy summer schedules these running events. each supports young runners in our community.

The Jeff H.S. Summer 2k and 4k Run/Walk
registration form

The Wea Stampede 5K
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The Jeff H.S. Summer 2k and 4k Run/Walk
          Lafayette Jefferson High School

Where: Sidewalk areas around the school  
When:  Wednesday June 26th at 6:00 pm
Registration: begins 5pm at the track/stadium
Cost: $6 if post marked by June 21st  $8 evening of race


Name__________________________________Age______________

Address_______________________________Phone#______

City________________________________Zip______________

Make checks/donations payable to Jefferson High School Cross-Country
Mail to Dave Howell 1801 South 18th Street Lafayette  47905
For more information call 772-4700 ex 2848



Waiver:
I hereby state that I am physically conditioned and prepared to participate in the Jeff 2k/4k.  All risks associated with this event are assumed by the participant or his or her legal guardian as indicated with the signature below.  In case of emergency, I hereby authorize the staff of the event to act for me to undertake appropriate medical steps toward the welfare of myself in any emergency requiring attention and I hereby waive and release the event staff from any and all liability or illness associated with the event.


Signature:___________________________________________
Parent or guardian is required if participant is under 18 years of age

I believe in the runners high and I believe that those who are passionate about running are the ones who experience it to the degree possible.  To me, the runners high is a sensational reaction to a great run!  It’san exhilarating felling of satisfaction and achievement.  It’s like being on top of the world and, and truthfully…there’s nothing else quite like it!   --- Sasha Azevedo

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The Wea Stampede 5K
2nd Annual 5K race benefitting the Wea Ridge
Running Club
June 29th, 2013 in Lafayette, IN

Course: The race will be held on the McCutcheon Cross Country Course at Wea Ridge Middle School, at 4410 S. 150 East (south 18th Street) in Lafayette. Parking will be available in the south parking lots of Wea Ridge Middle School. The course is a typical cross country course, consisting of some trails, open grassy sections, and a challenging hill.

Registration:Race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 8:30 a.m.
Pre-registration will be taken via mail. Please make sure any pre-registrations are postmarked by June 25th, 2012. Any registrations received after June 28th will be returned via mail.

Race Time: The race will begin at precisely 9:07 a.m.

Entry Fee:$20 for pre-registered entrants. There will be an additional fee of $5 day of the race. For runners who do not wish to receive a t-shirt, $5 will be subtracted from the fee.

Make checks payable to:Wea Ridge Running Club

Mail to:McCutcheon High SchoolQuestions: email –lboener@tsc.k12.in.us
c/o Larry Boener       or call 765-427-5230
4951 U.S. 231 S.
Lafayette, IN 47909

Age Groups: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over

Awards: Overall male and female and top three in each age/gender division

Host: The McCutcheon Cross Country Teams

Timing:Participants will be provided with bib numbers. Event will be hand timed. Results will be provided using HyTek Race Manager.
There will be post-race refreshments for participants.
Name: _________________________________ Age on race day: ______ Gender:       M        F
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________  State: _______  Zip: ______________________
Phone #: (_____) ______ - ____________  E-mail: ___________________________________
T-Shirt Size:XSSMLXLXXL3XL
**Please limit one runner per form. For multiple runners, fill out multiple forms.
For race staff use only:
PaidAssigned bib number _______
Waiver and Release: I recognize that participation in this event may involve certain hazards. I understand that I should not participate unless medically able. I assume the risks associated with involvement including, but not limited to, falls, contact with participants, effects of weather, road and traffic conditions; these risks being unknown and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and release, and considering the acceptance of my application, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the Wea Ridge Running Club, Wea Ridge Middle School, McCutcheon High School, the Tippecanoe School Corporation, all sponsors and hosts and their representatives and successors from any claim of liability arising from my involvement in this event. I do hereby consent to the use of my name and/or photograph in connection with publicity about the race.

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    Signature     Parent/Guardian (if participant under 18)


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mary Cain does it again!

Story and pic from USATF

One week after setting the American junior and high school record in the 800-meters, 17-year-old high school phenom Mary Cain established the American high school 5,000m record and grabbed the USA Outdoor Championships “A” standard Saturday at the Portland Track Festival.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Lyme Disease 101

Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Below is an excerpt from and a link to a terrific general explainer on Lyme Disease produced by Catherine A. Hill and John F. McDonald from Purdue's Department of Entomology. This is information every trail runner should review every year.
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Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease. In Indiana, the risk of contracting Lyme disease begins in late spring and continues into summer. Because of the potential health effects of Lyme disease, you are encouraged to learn more about this disease and how to take precautions that can reduce the risk
of transmission to you, your family, and your pets.

The full document can be found at the following link.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

5th Annual Tail-N-Trails

This WLFI.com story can be found at this link
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Updated: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013, 4:49 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 01 Jun 2013, 4:49 PM EDT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -
The cloudy weather Saturday morning didn't stop some dog owners from taking their canine friends out for a little run this morning.
 
More than 130 people came out to the 5th Annual Tails-N-Trails 5K at the Tippecanoe Amphitheatre.
 
The event was organized by Almost Home as a way  to raise awareness about the shelter and encourage people to adopt a pet.
 
Executive Director Michelle Warren says Saturday's race is just one of the many things going on at the shelter.
 
At midnight the organization also opened its doors for their 48 hour Midnight Madness Adopt-a-thon.
 
"It's been fun. A lot of hours [of work] so far and we have several more to go. We are looking forward to the rest of the excitement. We're just grateful to have so many people out here with us on behalf of the animals," said Warren.
 
This year's race helps kick off the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100,000 Challenge.
 
That challenge runs from June 1-August 31 with the goal of saving as many animals as possible.

Run for the Red 5K

This WLFI.com story can be found at this link
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Updated: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013, 4:58 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 01 Jun 2013, 4:57 PM EDT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) -
Another race in Lafayette Saturday morning is raising donations for local Heroes.
 
More than 75 people came out for the Run for the Red 5K /10K Saturday morning.
 
The event is part of the Red Cross's Heroes Campaign.
 
The campaign raises money for various veteran services around the area.
 
Volunteer Services Director Liz Wallace says they hope to raise around $1,100 from Saturday's race.
 
"We're pretty excited with the turnout. It's a little lower than expected, but we were also competing against another couple of running events today that we know of. We are very happy that the rain managed to pass us by and we had pretty good weather for a run," said Wallace
 
Every spring the Red Cross holds the Heroes Campaign.
 
Wallace says the goal of the campaign is to raise $80,000.

West Lafayette's Burgess takes 2nd in 3,200 at state to lead four area medal winners

West Lafayette third in 3,200 relay; McCutcheon's Burton fourth in 400

Written by Nathan Baird www.jconline.com

BLOOMINGTON — West Lafayette’s Bobbie Burgess thrives on the hills and wooded trails of the fall cross country season.

The senior admits that running circles on synthetic tracks in the spring challenges one’s concentration. But at Saturday’s state meet at Indiana University, one of the area’s most decorated distance runners locked her focus on one runner: Mishawaka sophomore Anna Rohrer.

Burgess could not catch the Caveman standout, a cross country national champion, but she managed one final milestone in a stellar career. The future Georgetown runner finished as Rohrer’s runner-up at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

“It’s definitely enjoyable to do it that way and end on a high note,” said Burgess, who finished seventh in the 3,200 as a junior. “It just takes a lot of dedication to make sure you’re getting better; staying on top of things, even more than you were the day before.”

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Congratulations, Ladies!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lafayette Jeff sprinters capture three state championships

Johnson takes 100, McQuay 200; Duo joins Wallace, Green to win 400 relay

Written by Nathan Baird, www.jconline.com; Photo by Greg Flint


BLOOMINGTON — The anxiety preceding Friday’s boys state track and field meet churned Lafayette Jeff coach Larry Griggs’ stomach all week.

What if someone on the Bronchos’ 400-meter relay team dropped a baton? What if seniors Carl McQuay and Lucas Wallace got tangled up while elbowing each other down the stretch in the 200?

It wasn’t until after Lafayette Jeff’s second state championship of the night — the result of a flawless, record-setting run by that 400 relay — that Griggs stopped shaking.

Behind three state championships and six total medal-winning performances, the Bronchos were the 2013 state runner-up at Indiana’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

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Purdue professor preparing for Grand Slam of Ultrarunning

story by Mary-Jane Slaby www.jconline.com


Sitting at Star City Coffee & Ale House with a book, Bryce Carlson was taking a break from running.

An avid runner, his first marathon was the Chicago Marathon in 2004. He did several more after that. Then he started doing longer distances — 50K, 50 miles or even 100 miles. He ran races that were timed — 8 hours or 24 hours — to see just how far he could go.

An assistant professor of anthropology at Purdue University, Carlson regularly ran in the late afternoon or early evening. It was the perfect time to reflect on the day and plan as he ran.

But earlier this week, Carlson stopped running.

Read more at story link