Monday, September 30, 2013

Congratulations Wilson!!!: Kipsang sets new Marathon World Record

Wilson Kipsang enjoys his new marathon world record in Berlin

Wilson Kipsang, so vocal about his aspirations of setting a new world marathon record in Berlin on Sunday, made good on his quest with a 2:03:23, taking 15 seconds off the previous record set by Patrick Makau in Berlin two years ago.

Read the full story from Peter Gambaccini and Runners World:

Photo by: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Take away: Records are made to be broken; Barriers are meant to be overcome

What barriers are in your path? What records can you break? Who will you inspire today?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunnyside Cross Country: Fun Run

Thursday was a great day for our final day of cross country for 2013 and for our Fun Run with the Jefferson HS cross country team. 

Thanks to the Jefferson HS team for joining us and Way to Go Sunnyside Runners!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Journal & Courier Fitness Calendar: Week of Sept. 24th

Fitness Calendar Link

Purdue Boilermaker Half marathon and 5K: 8 a.m. Oct. 19, Ross-Ade Stadium, 850 Steven Beering Drive, West Lafayette.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: 10 a.m. Oct. 19, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, 5500 Indiana 38 East. Visit
Halloween Hustle 5K/10K: 9 a.m Oct. 26, Covington City Park, 1 City Park Drive, Covington. Costumes are encouraged and kids 10 and younger are free. Download a registration form
GO WILD! 5K/10K and 1K Kids' Fun Run: 8:45 a.m. Nov. 16, Happy Hollow Park, 1301 Happy Hollow Road, West Lafayette. The kids’ run is at 8:45 a.m., the 10K is at 9 a.m. and the 5K is at 9:15 a.m. The races support the work of the Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center. Visit
Fall Time Trial Series: 5 p.m. Sept. 25, the intersection of S. River Road and 350 West. The individual time trial has a 10-mile course that goes along South River Road. Fastest times will be rewarded. Free for Purdue University Cycling Club members, $5 per event for non-members. For more information,
Adams Mill Covered Bridge Half Marathon and 2-Mile Run: 9 a.m. Sept. 28, Carroll County Community Center, 908 E. Columbia St., Flora. The 2-mile run starts at 9:15 a.m. Visit
SIA Track Attack 5K / 10 K: 8 p.m. (10K), 8:05 p.m. (5K) Sept. 28, SIA Recreation Center, 5500 Indiana 38 East. Onsite registration fee: 10K, $50; 5K, $30. Registration is from 7 to 7:45 p.m.
Running with the Lions 5K: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28, Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, 4449 Indiana 43 North, West Lafayette. For more information, visit
Carry the Torch Walk: 3 p.m. Sept. 29, Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Resource booths will be available from 1-6 p.m. Purdue University's Cancer Culture and Community program and Community Cancer Network have organized the event. For more information or to donate or register, visit .
Planet Adventure Wabash Heritage Trail Marathon: 8 a.m. Sept. 29, Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, 200 Battleground Ave, Battle Ground. The event includes a marathon, half marathon and quarter marathon. Visit
The Boilerman Triathlon: 9 a.m. Sept. 29, Raineybrook Lake, 1000 W. 500 South. The event is a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Parking is available at McCutcheon High School. Visit
Walk to End Alzheimer’s: noon Sept. 29, Cumberland Park at North Salisbury Street and Kalberer Road. Visit
West Point Cadet Park 5K: 9 a.m. Oct. 5, Cadet Park 4799 Indiana 25 South, West Point. Register at
Paws N Sneakers Walk: 11 a.m. Oct. 5, SIA Recreation Center, 5500 Indiana 38 East at the east gate entrance. Registration is at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $20 for a walker with up to two dogs and $35 for a couple with up to four dogs. Visit www.lovingheartanimal
Tri-N-Run Fun Run: 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Tri-N-Run, 13 N. Earl Ave. The 3-mile fun run loops around Murdock and Columbian parks and back to the store.
Qdoba Dino Trail Run Series: 9 a.m. Oct. 12, France Park, 4505 U.S. 24, Logansport. A 15K starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:10 a.m. For more information, visit
Roamin’ In Yeoman: 1 p.m. Oct. 13, Hollow Acres Golf Center, 8291 U.S. 421, Monticello. The race is 4.45 miles. For more information and registration, visit
NAMI Fall Classic: 2 p.m. Oct. 13, the former Lafayette Municipal Golf Course, 800 Golfview Road. The event is for mental illness advocacy and is a 2- or 4-mile walk/run. For more information,
West Lafayette Farmers Market 5K: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Cumberland Park, in the farmers market location, in West Lafayette. The run is sponsored by the Wabash River Runners Club and is the third Wednesday of the month through October. Entry for non-members is $3 or join the club for $12 a year, $20 per couple or $25 per family. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

West Lafayette bypass includes 6 miles of paved trails for bicyclists, walkers

The J&C headline says it all. More paved trails with NO motorized traffic! Hooray! Now, let's get out there and log some miles. 

The J&C Online story can be found here

A Great GO WILD! Ad

Nice work Amy and Thanks for sharing Donna.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Purdue Area Track Club: Fall Program Start Up Just Around the Corner

Taken from the PATC website:

"We introduce young athletes to the joys of running and the benefits one can acquire through physical activity and conditioning. We emphasize improvement of the "individual" which is easily measured in the sport of cross country by timing certain distances early in the season and comparing those efforts 8 weeks later."

"The Purdue Area Track Club (PATC) offers a cross country program for beginning and experienced age group runners. It will last from 6-8 weeks (12-16 sessions), depending on your availability and competition results."

The call-out and first practice is Monday, September 30th.

For more information and to register, go to the PATC website by clicking here.

Lafayette native sees all 50 states one race at a time

Story by Jeff Washburn & JCOnline

Soon after retiring from a 26-year career as an elementary school physical education teacher in Arizona, Lafayette native and avid distance runner Bill Wright told his sister-in-law that he was planning a vacation. 

He would run 5K races in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

"She said, 'Are you trying to run a race in every state?' and I said no," said Wright, 59, a 1972 Lafayette Jeff grad and a 1976 Purdue graduate. "I had never thought about it. At that point, I had run at least one race in 18 states. Then I decided to do the other 32."

Read the full story by clicking here
Thanks for the great story Jeff and JCOnline. And, way to go, Bill! What inspiration. 

There are many angles to this story. But, two initial take-aways are: 

1) Have a goal and stick to it, no matter how long it takes. 

2) Age is relative; you're only as old as you let yourself believe. 

Thanks for the great example, Bill. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Performance Running LLC partnering with the GO WILD! 5K & 10K Races

Performance Running LLC is proud to announce that it has been named the 

Official Training Partner of the GO WILD! 5K &10K RACES

Performance Running LLC will provide the following training programs: 

Race Distance                Training Program Duration              Training Program Start Date
                 10K                                     7 Weeks                                             September 29th
                   5K                                     6 Weeks                                             October 6th. 

For anyone thinking of challenging themselves to their first or their next 5K or 10K event, the GO WILD! Races are terrific local events that are dedicating to supporting the great work of the Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center.  

For more information on the GO WILD! Races, see the flyer below and click HERE to register. 

For more information on Training and to register, click HERE


Friday, September 13, 2013

National Run@Work & Run@School Day, Sept 20th


On September 20, 2013 the Road Runners Club of America will promote the 8th Annual RUN@WORK Day and the 2nd Annual RUN@School Day, nationwide fitness efforts. Company-based wellness programs, human resources departments, running clubs, running events, running shoe stores, teachers, coaches parents, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks around the country with their employers or at local schools.
The goal of RUN@WORK Day and RUN@School Day, presented by the Road Runners Club of America, is to encourage adults and children to get 30-minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either before work/school, during lunch, or immediately following work/school. RUN@WORK Day also encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity. Incorporating exercise into one’s daily routine can markedly improve one’s overall physical health.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Jesse Owens

Photo of Jesse Owens
100 years ago today, one of the greatest athletes ever was born. We should never forget, of his many accomplishments, his grace, talent and the sheer force of will he demonstrated at the 1936 Olympics hosted by Hitler's Germany. 

When you see what he accomplished, never let anyone (especially that little voice inside of you) say that it's just to hard to try or that the odds are stacked against you so why even try. 

JO - Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for 
'never letting off the throttle'

8 Habits of Insanely Fit People

For the
August 20, 2013

Just a few simple habits can make the difference between a fit person and a couch potato, an everyday worker and the outrageously successful. That's because those simple habits work.

Which running app can help you?

At this blog, a runner explores some of the apps she's used and asks for feedback on other's experiences.

Find the blog post here. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tippecanoe Youth Center fundraiser 5K, Sat, Sept 14th

Run or Walk the Wabash Heritage Trail for a 5K this Saturday. No pre-registration, $10 at the gate with 100% of the proceeds going to the Tippecanoe Youth Center 

Start time is 8am at The Trails banquet facility.

GO WILD! 5K & 10K, Kids 1K Fun Run

A Great Local Event for a Great Local Cause!

PU Prof Finishes Ultramarathon Grand Slam

MJ Slaby (@mjslaby)
Just heard that #Purdue professor Bryce Carlson met his goal to run four 100-mile races in 14 weeks. I talked to him for @jconline in May.

MJ Slaby (@mjslaby)
Carlson was 1 of 14 people to finish the Midwest Grand Slam of ultra running. He placed 4th.

Patriot's Day

"I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine."~Kurt Vonnegut

Today we remember.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Campus Carnage Obstical Course challenge at Purdue on Sept. 20th

If your up for a totally different type of "running" event, checkout Campus Carnage at Purdue.  The event is set for September 20th from 4-7pm. More information can be found here. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

West Lafayette boys, girls are leaders of the City/County pack

Story by Clyde Hughes
Photos by Brent Drinkut

After coming off a big double win at the Western Invitational on Saturday, the West Lafayette boys and girls cross country teams kept the momentum going by sweeping to comfortable victories in the City/County meet at the Tippecanoe Amphitheater Tuesday evening.

Third-ranked West Lafayette occupied the first six places in the girls race for a perfect score of 15 points to runner-up Harrison’s 53. West Side’s Delaney Barber led the Red Devil pack with a time of 20:12.

The Red Devil boys were nearly as impressive. Evan Johnson, Dominic Patacsil, Cooper Williams and Jake Cohen essentially ran across the finish line at the same time (17:04), but Johnson was awarded first place.

The full story a can be found at:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Nutrition Tips for Your Young Athletes delivers a great refresher article on Nutrition and Hydration tips for Young Athletes.

Courtesy of

Encouraging kids to eat healthy is important, but proper nutrition is even more essential for young athletes.

Athletes should build balanced plates," says Katie Jeffrey, MS, RD, CSSD, a registered dietitian, in Stonington, Connecticut. "About 50 to 60 percent of their plate should be composed of carbohydrates such as whole-wheat pasta, bread, quinoa, brown rice or a sweet or baked potato. Twenty-five to 30 percent of the plate should be non-starchy vegetables such as lettuce, greens, cabbage, broccoli and carrots. The remaining 15 to 20 percent should be filled with lean protein such as chicken, turkey, eggs, beans, tofu, nuts, seeds or lean cuts of red meat or pork."

The article goes on to cover:
Pre-Game Meals
Pre-Practice Lunch
Post-Game Meals
Hydration for Young Athletes
Between Game Snacks

To read the full article, click here.