Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Farmers Market 5K: Today, July 16th

Distance:        5K Run / 2mi Walk
When:            Today, July 16th; event starts at 6:30pm
Where:           Cumberland Park, West Lafayette (location of the WL Farmers Market)
Registration:   No Pre-Reg. Reg at time of event only.
Cost:              Wabash River Runners Club members - free;  non-members - $3
Membership:  Annual costs $12/individual, $20/couple, $25/family

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The differences between bullying and hazing and how you can prevent it

From Human Kinetics...

Bullying and Hazing
Bullying is an act of aggression by someone or a group with the intent of harming a person either physically or psychologically. Bullying may occur by hitting, threatening, intimidating, teasing and taunting, and name-calling, or by more subtle attacks such as spreading rumors or encouraging others to reject the person. Bullies target individuals whom they perceive are weaker or more vulnerable.
Hazing is any action or situation created by a group to intentionally produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule among those wishing to join the group. Hazing is a form of bullying, but the two differ in the following ways:
1. Bullying excludes the victim from a group whereas hazing is a ritual imposed on a person who wants to join a group.
2. Bullies often act alone or in small groups, but hazing commonly involves an entire group or team.
Hazing can take many forms, including the following:
  • To make victims act in embarrassing or humiliating ways
  • To swear and yell insults at victims
  • To deprive individuals of sleep or restrict personal hygiene
  • To force victims to eat vile substances
  • To physically beat individuals
  • To force binge drinking
  • To sexually assault victims
You’ve likely heard a lot about bullying and hazing in the media of late. In one survey, 42 percent of 6th graders reported being bullied, with 14 percent being injured from bullying. Today the Internet is frequently used to embarrass, humiliate, or harass individuals through messages or video—what’s called cyberbullying. Hazing is no less frequent: 48 percent of high school students report some form of hazing. Many experts suspect that the occurrence of bullying and hazing is far more pervasive than reported because victims are embarrassed to report what occurred or are fearful of retaliation should they do so.
Some coaches tolerate bullying by older or more prominent athletes on the team. “Boys will be boys” is their attitude, and we should add that “girls will be girls” because hazing is common among girls, although less so than with boys. But even mild bullying may result in unseen but substantial harm to the victim. Bullying often leads to depression when a victim can’t see a way out, and depression can lead to suicide in extreme cases. As a coach of character you must have zero tolerance for any bullying on your team.
You should also have no tolerance for hazing. After decades of darkness, hazing of athletes by athletes is being recognized as serious misbehavior. In the past, coaches often saw hazing as part of a ritual to build team cohesiveness, and condoned or even encouraged such practices. But hazing is contrary to the moral values of the Athletes’ Character Code we have considered in this chapter. As a coach you should recognize subtle and outrageous hazing practices for what they are—the mistreatment of fellow human beings. Incidents such as the following are demanding that coaches take an active role in preventing hazing:
  • New York—Four members of a high school football team sodomized members of the junior varsity. The players were charged with a crime, and the coaches were
  • California—The senior girls of a high school soccer team forced four freshman girls to drink alcohol until the girls vomited or collapsed.
  • New Jersey—Freshman soccer players were abused physically and thrown in the mud as part of an annual hazing event. The head coach and two assistants were dismissed because they allowed it to happen.
So what can you do to prevent bullying and hazing among your team members? See Successful Coaching, 4th edition, for seven action steps.
Read more from Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition By Rainer Martens.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon & 5K: Course Map

If you haven't seen it yet, here is what you can expect for your 2014 Purdue Half Marathon course!

Training Program to start soon! Check out the opportunity here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

USA Youth T&F Champs: Full Indiana Coverage Available

USA Track & Field
USA Youth Outdoor T&F Championships - Full Indiana Coverage Now Available

Two hundred and sixty five (265) USATF Indiana members recently participated in the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 24-29 in Bloomington, Ind. We now have complete event coverage available on the USATF Indiana website; including full Indiana results, photos, and videos.

Click here to visit the event coverage page.

Also here is the link to the recap article  that highlights the twenty one (21) national champions from Indiana; including the three athletes (Ramiah ElliottLynna Irby, and Tionna Brown) who won multiple titles during the 6-day competition.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon & 5K

From the official event Facebook page: 

Happy July Boilermaker runners! We are 16 weeks out from race day, which means it isn't too late to start your training program. Make 2014 count and register today!

The website is here:

Don't forget that if a training group is your thing, the City of West Lafayette, Parks Dept and Performance Running have team up again to offer professional coaching. 

USATF: Last Weekend Saw Big Events

Last weekend was one of THE big weekends for USATF and for some great runners. The Youth Outdoor Championships were held in Bloomington, IN and the full-on, elite Outdoor Championships were held in Sacramento, CA. Take a minute and click through using the links below and check out some terrific performances.

Friday, July 4, 2014

RT @ATLtrackclub: This just in....@runmeb beat his goal and passed 22,780 runners at today's @ajcprr! Donate at #mebpassedme #ajcprr

RT @ATLtrackclub: This just in....@runmeb beat his goal and passed 22,780 runners at today's @ajcprr! Donate at #mebpassedme #ajcprr (via Twitter

RT @usatf: RT @ATLtrackclub: Start is going up! Happy 4th of July and happy 45th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race! #ajcprr

RT @usatf: RT @ATLtrackclub: Start is going up! Happy 4th of July and happy 45th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race! #ajcprr (via Twitter