Sunday, July 24, 2016

Broncho Community 5K

Photo published for Broncho Community 5K - Alumni Challenge

Event Description

 The Broncho Community 5K - Alumni Challenge will be held on Saturday, July 30th, 2016, at the former Lafayette Municipal Golf Course, 800 Golfview Road, Lafayette. Registration and check-in is 8:00-9:15 a.m at the Club House. The Kids Fun Run (one mile) will be held at 9:15, with the Community 5K and Alumni Challenge immediately after at 9:30. The 5K is open to the public, all runners/walkers are welcome!
Awards will be presented at the conclusion of all athletes. The entry fee is $25 per person for pre-registered or $30.00 on race day. All registered participants will recieve a race shirt. Childern 10 and under can participate for free in the Kids Fun Run, but will have to register for the 5K. All proceeds will go to helping the Jefferson Broncho cross country team and the building of the new cross country course!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Colorado Springs trail running

A great little vacation in Colorado Springs with the family lead to some mountain trail running opportunities. I feel for all my mid-western friends as the weather could not have been better. Check out that vert gain and the overall elevation on the last pic.

Wish you were here......







Track Olympic Trials underway this week


The USA Track & Field trials are underway this week in Eugene, OR (aka - Tracktown, USA). 

The full schedule & list of results can be found HERE

Farmer's Market 5K series


Please consider participating in a great run event series in our community, the Farmer's Market 5K series. Check out the details below....



West Lafayette Farmers Market 5K Series
2016 5K Fun Run/2-mile walk series
Sponsored by: Wabash River Runners Club with Race Support from Tri-n-Run
 The 2016 runs will be held at 6:30pm on the third Wednesday of each month:
RACE DATERESULTS
MAY 18 Overall, Age Group
JUNE 15 OverallAge Group
JULY 20
AUGUST 17
SEPTEMBER 21
OCTOBER 19
This is a fun run that does NOT include shirt or prizes. However, various running related  door prizes (and kid prizes for our younger participants) are provided to some lucky runners after the run!  You will get an accurately measured course and your finish time.  Post-race refreshments will be provided. While this is a timed event, all runners, walkers, novices are welcome to participate. The focus is on exercise and fitnessalthough obviously racers are also welcome. Walkers are particularly encouraged to participate and may walk either the 5K or a shorter distance determined by the individual.
There is no pre-registration: RACE DAY REGISTRATION ONLY! Entry is free for WRRC members although all participants must register and sign a waiver. The entry fee for non-members is $5 (maximum of $20 per family) or you may join the club and run for “free”. Annual memberships are $15 per individual, $25 per couple, or $35 per family (Join here).
The course runs on the trail system around Cumberland Woods in West Lafayette with the start/finish area at the Sagamore West Farmers Market location at Cumberland Park (just north of the intersection of Salisbury and Cumberland Streets).
The registration area is located at the picnic shelter behind the Farmer’s Market and towards Cumberland Woods.
For 2016 there will be 5K series awards: male and female in the following age groups:
  • 17 and under (youth)
  • 18-39 (open)
  • 40-49 (Masters)
  • 50 plus (Grandmasters).
The series awards will be based on the total time for your best three times. You must run at least three races to be eligible for a series award.
Participants are encouraged to come early and shop at the Farmers Market prior to the 5K fun run/walk. The West Lafayette Farmer’s Market is held from 4-7 pm every Wednesday in May, September, and October and from 4-8 in June, July, and August.
If you have questions or require additional information, please contact WRRC via email @ runlafin@gmail.com.

Fall Season Training - full speed ahead

Here in July, we are underway with full distance marathon training for fall events. If you haven't started already, review your training schedule and get the ball rolling. 

Half marathon and shorter distances events still have time to develop a training plan and get started. 

Whether you need just a little assistance in finalizing your own plan or if you are starting from scratch, I'm glad to assist. Simply reach out to me via EMAIL so I can assist you in reaching your goals. 

Below are some of the more popular longer events. Remember, there are many 5K events around that can be added to your plan training plan or be a target event as well. 

Locally - 


Regionally -
CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon logo

Image result for chicago marathon

Nationally - 

Image result for new york marathon

Spring Season Wrap

Congratulations to everyone who participated in one or more of the spring running events locally, regionally or even nationally. In addition to many 5K distance events, some samples of longer events include....

Locally - 

Regionally - 


Indy Mini-Marathon

Nationally -

Image result for boston marathon


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Great performance from local runner at 2016 USATF Masters Indoor Championship


West Lafayette resident Leandra Funk continues to provide inspiration for all levels of runners by competing in and performing well at the 2016 USA Track & Field Masters Indoor Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, NM.

Distance:  400m
Result:      1st
VIDEO

Distance:  60m
Result:      3rd
VIDEO

Distance:  200m
Result:      2nd

Congratulations, Leandra!!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Spring Training



Winter is lingering on with us here in the midwest. But, I've started to see shorts on the ever increasing number of runners hitting the sidewalks and parks these days. Spring can't be too far away. 

And, with every spring comes the chance to train for a running event; be it your 1st event, your fastest event, a new distance event or a coming-back-from-injury or time-off event. And, I'm here to help you.

As for Group Training, I won't be offering group training this Spring for our traditional early 5Ks and Half Marathon. If you are interested in group training and you are local to our area, I'm happy to refer you to my friends at Tri-N-Run or Fleet Feet. They put on well run & support training programs each year.

If you are not local the area, please check in with a couple of your local specialty running shoe stores for training plans they may offer or know of.

As for Individual Training, if you are local to the area or not, I always stand ready to assist you with tailored training specific to you and your individual needs and goals. By having your own coach in your corner, you can have the confidence that you are training wisely in an effort to get you to your start line healthy and ready.

Just email me at mark.acher@gmail.com with your interest and I'll connect with you to get started. You'll be ready to get out there just as soon as Mother Nature starts to loosen her grip.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Teen Sports Faces a Nutritional-Supplement Debate

A question of whether companies should market their products to young athletes


U.S. Olympic hopeful Michael Andrew, near above, is 16 and endorses a supplement company called P2Life. PHOTO: CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES


Friday, January 8, 2016

Myers Pedestrian Bridge reopening


I know the official reopening is tomorrow. But, since I'm be that way all the time (in my running shoes), I thought I'd check on it. And...yep...I found it open already. 

Thanks, Cites of Laf & WL and contractors for the remodel. So glad to get away from the auto traffic. 

ORU freshmen are all wearing fitness trackers in pioneer program



ORU freshman Eden Watson, 19, works out while wearing a Fitbit in the Aerobic Center at ORU in Tulsa, Okla., taken on Jan. 6, 2016. All incoming ORU freshmen are being required to wear Fitbit watches as part of ORU's whole-person philosophy, spirit, soul and body. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
By Bill Sherman                        TulsaWorld.com
Eden Watson can tell you exactly how many steps she has taken today, and how many minutes of aerobic exercise she has accumulated this week.
The Oral Roberts University freshman is not alone. All 900 incoming students at ORU can do the same thing, and the school itself has access to each student’s data.
Watson, a 2015 graduate of Jenks High School, is part of a pioneer program that requires all incoming freshmen at ORU to wear Fitbit health and fitness tracking watches on their wrists to record their heart rate and physical activity all day, every day.
The devices are not new. They have been popular with fitness advocates for some time.

And ORU’s emphasis on mandatory physical fitness is not new. It’s part of the school’s whole-person educational philosophy initiated a half century ago by the university’s founder, the late Oral Roberts.
The full story can be found HERE. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020; Eight Edition


Head do this LINK for all the details and links. 

Table of Contents

Message from the Secretaries

Acknowledgments

Executive Summary

Introduction

Chapter 1. Key Elements of Healthy Eating Patterns

Chapter 2. Shifts Needed To Align With Healthy Eating Patterns

Chapter 3. Everyone Has a Role in Supporting Healthy Eating Patterns

New "Dietary Guidelines" Recommends Eating Less Sugar & Meat


New "Dietary Guidelines" Recommends Eating Less Sugar & Meat



CSPI Praises Specific Recommended Limits on Added Sugars and Saturated Fat at 10 Percent of Calories Each
January 7, 2016
Americans should be eating more fruits and vegetables and less added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, according to the federal government’s new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The once-every-five-years publication, written jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services with the advice of an expert panel of scientists, provides the government’s basic nutrition advice and forms the basis for much federal, state, and local food policy.
Notably, the 2015 Guidelines released today recommends consuming less than 10 percent of calories each from added sugars and saturated fat. The evidence is strong, the Guidelines states, that diets with less meat are associated with reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Moderate evidence indicates that those eating patterns are associated with a reduced risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer, according to the publication. Teen boys and adult men also “need to reduce overall intake of protein foods by decreasing intakes of meats, poultry, and eggs and increasing amounts of vegetables or other underconsumed food groups,” according to the Guidelines.
............................
“Of course while the government publishes this earnest and well-intentioned advice, the soft-drink, restaurant, snack-food, meat, and cheese industries will continue to spend billions of dollars promoting foods and beverages that directly contradict that advice,” Jacobson said. “Those sophisticated marketing campaigns make it harder for Americans to eat diets that will protect against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other serious diet-related problems.” 
The full story is available at the Center for Science in the Public Interest website.