|The Gem City Classic is Dayton’s premier race. Every October runners from all over converge in the heart of the Dayton to enjoy a 15K or 5K while seeing the sights and sounds that give our city it’s namesake, the Gem City! Participants are treated to a flat and fast course that crosses rivers, passes metroparks and memorials and finishes right outside of iconic Dragon Stadium. Every participant receives a beautiful finisher medal featuring the Dayton skyline, free race photos, and awesome post race food. 15K participants get a hoodie and 5K participants get a long sleeve shirt. Come out and see why the Gem City is one of the most anticipated running events of the year!|
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The Air Force Marathon is back for it’s 24th year with a weekend full of race distances and events! Join us at the start line in September for the marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, Tailwind Trot 1K Kids’ Run, and Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge Series. Stop by the Health & Fitness Expo September 17-18th and join us at the Gourmet Pasta Dinner held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. All Air Force Marathon events are open to the public. Learn more here!
|The Brook Mills 10K is a beautiful and scenic 10K course that starts and finishes in downtown Bellbrook but winds through the lovely roads that make Bellbrook so special. Runners are treated to a scenic course finisher medals, long sleeve tees, great post race food, free photos, a live DJ, locally sourced stained glass overall and age group awards, and in 2020, the event plays host to the RRCA State Championship! This is truly one of the best 10Ks in the state of Ohio!|
|The Historic Germantown 8K is a flat, fast, certified, and chip timed race in beautiful Germantown, Ohio on the first Saturday in August. Located just southwest of Dayton, Ohio, Germantown is a small and historic town founded in the early 1800s. The race begins and ends at Veterans Memorial Park and takes runners alongside the river, right through the historic covered bridge (built in 1872), and finishes by blazing through the lovely downtown that has been added into the National Historic Register.All runners will receive a Tech Tee, custom finisher medal, and a lot of great food at the finish. There are cash prizes for the top 3 runners and handmade in the USA wooden awards for all overall and age group winners three deep. The event also has a 1K kids’ fun run with dog tag medals for all children who finish! A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting the efforts of the Historical Society of Germantown.|
|The Crossroads 5K is a flat, fast, certified, and chip timed race in Vandalia, Ohio on the second Saturday in July. The event is the first of four in the Miami Valley Race Series where runners will earn a finisher medal at each that will connect to a fourth medal after completing all events in the series (the Historic Germantown 8K on August 1st, the Brook Mills 10K on August 22nd, and Gem City Classic 15K on October 10th are the other three events).
Located just minutes north of Downtown Dayton, Vandalia is extremely accessible and perfect for an early summer showdown. All runners will receive a singlet, custom finisher medal, and a lot of great food at the finish. There are cash prizes for the top 3 runners and handmade in the USA wooden awards for all overall and age group winners three deep. The event also has a 1M kids’ fun run with dog tag medals for all children who finish! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Vandalia Recreation Fund.
Join us Saturday, October 5, 2019 for the 15th Annual Alex Ritchie Memorial 5k. Pre-registration is open now! You must be registered by September 29th to be guaranteed a t-shirt! For the 10-year-old groupings, the top three will receive awards. Top 3 male and top 3 female will win medals.
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Race Begins: 8:30am
Race Day: $25
Pre-registered Family: $50
Family on Race Day: $70
PRE-REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/Huber5K2019
Race will take place at the YMCA at the Heights
For questions, contact Heather Hogge at 937-236-9622 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Go?
What: 5k for Kelli Run/Walk
When: August 18, 2018 at 9am
With the final moments of 2013 ticking away as I type, my over-achieving type brain has been focusing on my goals for the coming year for several weeks now. I’m not sure why we, as humans, tend to see the beginning of the new year as the time to re-evaluate our lives and set new goals, but I know I’m not the only one who takes some time to reflect on where I am and where I’m going as another year draws to an end.
What can we all do to set realistic goals for the coming year and make sure we set ourselves up for success? It seems to me that the key to success is really straight forward and probably something you’ve heard a million times before–the key to success is setting SMART goals. You’ve heard of SMART goals before, right? Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-bound. Okay, so we know what it means, but what does it actually mean in practice?
For 2013, I set all sorts of goals for myself. I was new at this whole blogging thing this time last year, and I saw all these other healthy living bloggers posting their 2013 goals on their blogs, so I found myself doing the same. I set personal goals, professional goals and fitness goals. I lived up to a few of them, but the main problem was that I set so many goals, I couldn’t really focus my attention on anything in particular. Aside from the SMART philosophy, if I can give you one piece of advice, it would be to set one or two important goals for yourself, and focus on those and those alone. Save the rest for future years.
I had one primary goal for 2013 though, that I really followed through with. My goal was to complete a virtual challenge called “13 in 2013“, which essentially boiled down to completing 13 running races (of any distance I chose) during the year. I truly believe that the reason I achieved this goal is because it stacked up to the SMART theory on goal setting. Let’s break it down.
Specific. Yep, this goal was very specific and very clear on what I needed to do. I had 12 months and 13 races to complete. Easy enough, and definitely not ambigious.
Measurable: Absolutely, this goal was measurable. I kept track of my races on my blog throughout the year, so I could always check my progress. I knew at any given point in the year how many races I had completed and how many more I had to go to meet my goal.
Attainable: I had never really kept track of how many races I had done before, but I never doubted that this goal was attainable. I thought it might be a stretch, especially pushing myself to get out the door for races during the cold weather months here in Dayton, but that’s what made it a goal. If it wasn’t challenging, it wouldn’t be worth aspiring to achieve. But, it wasn’t so far out there that it seemed impossible.
Relevant: Running 13 races in 2013 was a relevant goal for me as I’ve become something of a fitness junkie and running races is a fun social activity for me. Plus, it keeps me active and gives me something to blog about. Running is a hobby, so this goal fit my lifestyle seamlessly.
Time-bound: Yep, this goal definitely met the time-bound criteria. All 13 races had to be completed between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013. Done and done.
I can’t remember another new years resolution that I’ve ever followed through on 100% in the past, but I’m proud to have completed the 13 in 2013 challenge. As I look forward to 2014, I’m certainly going to bear this example in mind with my goal setting for the year. Because let’s face it–why bother setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves that are going to leave us feeling like crap when we can’t succeed? Set a goal that is SMART for 2014, and maybe this time next year you’ll be sitting here thinking, “Wow, I actually lived up to my New Years Resolution last year.”
A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal published a piece called “Ok, You’re a Runner. Now Get Over It.” Naturally, my social media feeds were blowing up about this article (although my sample was obviously skewered because I follow so many runners, running blogs, and other running publications.) Runners World wrote a great “come-back” piece to the author of the original, and one other blogger whom I follow regularly wrote a response as well.
Dear Mr. Stafko,You don’t know me, and I’m sure my opinion doesn’t actually make one bit of difference to you. In fact, you’re glad that I’m writing this letter, because that means you accomplished your goal–you stirred the pot and generated a great deal of hype around your recent Wall Street Journal article. Congratulations, you’ve managed to mildly irritate (or maybe even offend) more than 15 million people. Here’s my response to your article, written in list form to keep it simple and readable.1. I have a 13.1 sticker on my car (and a triathlon sticker, but that’s not really the point). I am sitting here thinking about those stickers as I write this, and considering why I like having them on my car. I can tell you that no one has ever commented on them to me, and while I am driving down the road, I am certainly not thinking “wow, if feels so great to think that every car behind me knows that I’ve completed a half marathon.” So no, I don’t put those stickers on my car for attention. I put them there for myself, to remember what I have accomplished. Finishing the races that those stickers represent are some of the proudest moments in my life. Those stickers are a constant, visual reminder to myself of how far I have come and what I have accomplished. And you better believe that after I finish the Disney Princess Half, I’ll be swapping out my generic 13.1 sticker for a Mickey shaped one.
2. I wear clothes like my new Brooks “Run Happy” shirt because they are comfortable and cute. I don’t wear those types of clothes out in public on a regular basis, but rather only after I have been out on a run or at the gym. If I need to stop at the grocery store on my way home from the gym, I am not going to think twice about it. Again, it’s not a cry for attention…this is just convenience, plain and simple. And why did I choose to buy a “Run Happy” shirt? Because it makes me happy. It makes me smile. It’s a good reminder to myself that running is a privilege, not a chore. And that’s good enough for me.
3. Why do running stores and running magazines (or running blogs) for that matter exist? Because they serve a niche of the population and they serve it well! The WSJ article notes that Runners World has 660,000 subscribers and that 15.5 million people finished running events in 2012. If I was seeing numbers like that and I was an entrepreneur, I would cater to the masses, too! I subscribe to Runners World and look forward to my magazine arriving each month. I’m lucky enough to have not one, but two specialty running stores (Up and Running and Runners Plus) located within 10 miles of my home, and I frequent them both. Note to the WSJ author: these stores actually carry more than just shoes and clothes as you claim. You can buy your hated 13.1 or 26.2 stickers at these stores, for starters! Or you can stock up on foam rollers, hats, sweaty bands, GPS watches, heart rate monitors, water bottles, fanny packs, and nutritional supplements, just to name a few things.
4. Why are 15.5 million people taking to the pavement and running races each year? And why do they keep doing it when you’ve heard friends say things like “I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself” after a particularly bad race or run? I have a few theories, mostly from my own experience. Those theories are as follows:– Running is the every man’s (or woman’s) sport. You can do it with minimal equipment, without a gym membership, and without any experience. Running can be for anyone who wants to do it.-There is ample information available for free online about how to get started and how to train. There are also 5ks practically every weekend in any given town. Anyone who decides she wants to train for a 5k can simply pick a goal race, register, print out a training plan, and do it. There are countless opportunities and resources available to runners, new and old.–Running is a challenge against yourself. You can always strive to run the next race faster, train for a farther distance, or set any other goal you see fit. For me personally, having a fitness goal through running plays a huge part in my motivation to keep working out regularly.-It doesn’t have to be serious. There are so many fun races out there, like the Color Run or the Hot Chocolate 5k that I am doing this weekend.–Running can be a social opportunity, if you want it to be. Though I am usually a solo runner, I really enjoy running with my mom or sister when we have the time, and I wouldn’t have made it through my last few half marathon training runs without my friend Lauren for company. If you like the social aspect of running, check to see if your local running store hosts weekly running groups. I knot that ours do.–You will be hard pressed to find another community to be a part of that is more welcoming and encouraging than the running one. One of the best parts of running a race is having other runners urge you along when the going gets tough. Though I usually hate out and back races, I love being able to cheer for the other runners when we see them ( first the elites as they whiz past me on their way to the finish, and then the stragglers at the end–especially those at the end. Because it’s not about finishing first or last, it’s about getting it done. And the running community is simply amazing about recognizing that and supporting every runner across the finish line– from the first one to the last.In sum, running isn’t about a need for attention. More accurately, Mr. Stafko, it appears that you, in fact, actually have a deep rooted need for attention. Furthermore, the WSJ knew that by running this piece, it would cause a viral stir–because face it, mocking something that 15 million people are passionate about is surely going to get a few people worked up. So congratulations, Mr. Stafko and the WSJ–you have certainly created a buzz surrounding this piece.My suggestion to you? Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it. Sign up for a 5K race, train for it, and go run. You might just find yourself relating to those 15.5 million runners in the world after all
Everyone loves food. Every….some of us love running. So which foods are the best to stock up on while you pursue that illusive runner’s body? This is the first in a series going through each letter of the alphabet in which I’ll tell you what to eat during the day, what to eat before or during a workout and even throw a few healthy desserts in there. Let’s do this Sesame Street style, one letter at a time.
Most of us are searching for some new things to spice up our lunch and/or dinner menus, and don’t want to try anything too crazy. One of the simplest foods that can easily change your entire meal is the avocado.
Nutrition Facts: Avocados have 60 percent more potassium than bananas. Avocados are high in fiber, so avoid before runs. This will avoid an unnecessary trip to the bathroom! (speaking of which, if you need help in that area – try eating an apricot before a meal!)
There are so many different ways to use this versatile fruit. Making a salad? Dice up an avocado and mix it in with some olive oil. Making corn, peas or other mixed vegetables? Mix in some grilled avocado for a twist on an old favorite. All of these are great, but the one idea that I’m seeing in more restaurants now is to top a burger with a few slices of avocado. I feel like it works best with a turkey burger, as the tastes just seem to compliment each other perfectly. Here’s a great turkey burger recipe that I found.
Guacamole. Duh. Guacamole is made from mashing up an avocado and is relatively healthy, but eat in moderation or you’ll chock up the calories and fat. All it takes to make is to scoop out the avocado from the core, mash up in a bowl, and add things like salt and garlic to taste before blending for a few seconds. This recipe should come in under 1,000 calories, so sharing this with a few people is no big deal. Food Network recipe. Apples can also serve as a great snack after a run, or on any non-running day, especially when combined with peanut butter. Slicing up an apple and dipping it in peanut butter, the more all-natural the better, can serve as a tasty snack that won’t make your stomach churn.
One of my favorite foods to snack on before a run, or during one, for some light protein are almonds. Although expensive, the almond is very tasty and easy to eat while on the run or in a hurry.
Nutrition Facts: Almonds are high in vitamin E and are relatively low in calories. (The Blue Diamond oven roasted almonds I have contain only 170 calories, while providing 6 grams of protein per serving of 24 almonds!)
This is the section you were looking for right? I found a great way to incorporate almonds into dessert! Gross right? Well it turns out that almond biscotti tastes great! Originating in Italy, biscotti is a popular type of Italian cookie cake which my grandmother has perfected over the last 50+ years. If you don’t trust her recipe, try another great one from Runner’s World.
I hope you enjoy this series, and I hope you learn about some foods that you may have never known are healthy! Like beans? Hmm…more on that next time.