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Finish Medal Display Rack- $25

 

12243397_955502504522125_2121772756324176549_nWhat a great Gift for the runner in your life! Aiden and Isaac are selling these hand crafted, oak display racks for your race medals. Made with furniture quality wood, your rack will look beautiful in any room. At just $25 these are affordable gifts.

Want a customized message across the top? No problem! For just $5 more, the boys will stamp your favorite motivational phrase, your name or any thing you want that is about 25 letters.

The proceeds go to pay for them to attend Boy Scout Summer Camp and 90% of the work is done by Aiden and Isaac. Our neighbor, Russ helps with the power tools and they do the rest. They are also earning a woodworking Merit Badge and valuable business experience.

To order, private message me and we will get your Medal Rack done! We can ship it or deliver it locally. If we ship it, we will just charge whatever UPS charges us and zip it to you! Cash Check or PayPal is accepted.

Dan Clark

DuracellDan@gmail.com

 

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What if We Age Graded The Tom Walker Half Marathon Results?

The top 4 women all score  over 78%.
The top 4 women all score over 78%. (photo credit: Leonard Grill)

The 2015 Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon brought out some top regional runners. The Women’s side was won by Joy Miller from South Carolina in 1:22:03 while a local runner, Mike Hensley, won the Men’s race in 1:13:53. The depth of the field was impressive too. The spread between the 1st place woman and 4th place was just 1:28. The women ran together for much of the race, pushing each other to fast times.

  • 14 runners finished under 1:25:00. That’s 14 runners averaging faster than 6:30 per mile.
  • The top 20 runners all averaged under 7:00 per mile
  • 11 of the top 20 men were Masters runners (over 40 yrs old).
  • At least 10 runners score over 75% on the age graded scale

So what would the top 10 Overall look like if we age graded it? Basically, Age Grading is a way to handicap the performances of various athletes based on age and gender. USATF Masters uses this simplified chart to give you a feel for the scale:
100% = Approximate World-Record Level
90+% = World Class
80+% = National Class
70+% = Regional Class
60+% = Local Class

(If want to know more about Age grading or how it works, click this link: http://www.usatfmasters.org/fa_agegrading.htm )

Name Age Gender Gun Time Pace Age Grade %
JOY MILLER 28 F 1:22:03 6:15 79.46
SABRINA HECK 20 F 1:22:43 6:18 79.43
MIKE HENSLEY 30 M 1:13:53 5:38 79.02
BETSY SUDA 34 F 1:23:31 6:22 78.61
DAN CLARK 43 M 1:18:13 5:58 78.52
ANNE ELISE CREAMER 25 F 1:23:25 6:22 78.16
STEVE DETWEILER 68 M 1:40:31 7:40 76.82
LUKE JESKE 21 M 1:16:25 5:50 76.40
KEVIN SWEENY 46 M 1:22:24 6:17 76.11
DIANE MILLER 64 F 1:58:22 9:02 75.22

There was some impressive running out there and looking at the top 10 Age Graded Performances, you can see the ability levels were very similar too! Congratulations to all of you on a great race.

Want to see how you would come out with an age graded time?

http://www.runnersworld.com/pace-calculators/age-grade-calculator

Full Race Results:  http://georesults.racemine.com/Start-2-Finish-Race-Management/events/2015/2015-Tom-Walker-Memorial-Half-Marathon/results?preview=1

Fall Race Recommendations

Do you have your fall race calendar set? The last few weeks I’ve had several people ask me what races I’m getting ready for. Honestly, I don’t have a good answer. My fall schedule is still somewhat up in the air. I have some friends who are registered for an October / November marathon as a big target race. Others who are looking for a trail ultra and some who are looking forward to a bit of fall cross country running. To help you make a plan, here are my personal recommendations. All of these are either races I’ve done before or I have first-hand knowledge of the race organizers and I have faith that they will put on a great race.

August 22nd  https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Alachua/2014XC5kChallenge

Alachua XC 5K Challenge- I ran this last year and it is a TOUGH course. Be ready for grass and hills. The course is also beautiful and the race is well organized.

Photo credit : Dan Stoner. A view of a hill at the XC Challenge.
Photo credit : Dan Stoner. A view of a hill at the XC Challenge.

September 19th : http://www.gatorzone.com/schedule.php?sport=crosm

The Mountain Dew Invitational at UF is a tradition for high school and college runners. If you can run fast enough to get in the race as an open runner (8K for men and 5K for women) it is a fast field and fun event. If you don’t want to run with the speedsters, come out  to see some of the top college runners in the country and the best talent in the state for the high school races.

Running with the young guys at the MtDew XC Invitational.
Running with the young guys at the MtDew XC Invitational.

October 11thhttp://www.lloydclarkesports.com/raceregistrationALhalf.asp

The Alachua Lake Half Marathon is new this year, being organized by veteran race director Bobby Burk from Lloyd Clarke Sports. There is also a Prediction 5K at the same time so if you’re not up for 13.1, do the 3.1. Considering Lloyd Clarke Sports puts on some of the best local races, you can be assured this one will also be top notch!

October 17thhttp://www.lloydclarkesports.com/raceregistrationY5k.asp

Y-5K at Camp McConnell- Another inaugural race from Lloyd Clarke Sports, set at the YMCA Camp. Be ready for more than just a race with games and family fun after the 5K.

October 17th : http://www.rattlesnakerun.com/

Running with Rattlesnakes sounds fun right? The Rattlesnake Run in San Antonio Florida (just north of Tampa) is a fun event attached to the Rattlesnake Festival. Snake shows, fair food, bounce houses, and tons of fun await you after the finish line. I’ve run this one a few times over the years and it is always a good one.

October 25th: http://www.1stplacesports.com/pumpkin.html

Pumpkins line the course of this Jacksonville tradition. Run 10 miles through a beautiful and historic cemetery to get in the mood for Halloween. This is a fun, well organized event and you will go home with a free pumpkin.

Paved, flat and scenic. A nice 10 miler for sure!
Paved, flat and scenic. A nice 10 miler for sure!

November 7th: http://www.1stplacesports.com/mandarin.html

Looking for a fast 10K course to hit as the weather cools off? The Mandarin 10K is a safe bet. Flat, fast course and plenty of competition to pull you through. Early November is usually cool enough to shake off the summer slog and finally hit a fast race!

You'll find some top talent on the Start line at the Mandarin 10K. Flat and fast course.
You’ll find some top talent on the Start line at the Mandarin 10K. Flat and fast course.

November 26th:  http://www.lloydclarkesports.com/raceregistrationTT.asp

A Thanksgiving Day Tradition! The Turkey Trot has a 10K and 2 Mile so you can burn off as much turkey as you need to. Half trail and half pavement through the Tacachale Campus in east Gainesville.

You could win a Turkey Trophy! Fun event  and a nice Thanksgiving tradition.
You could win a Turkey Trophy! Fun event and a nice Thanksgiving tradition.

Shifting Gears: A Lesson from Jimmie

Jimmie is a weight lifter and personal trainer. He is built like a power lifter and has thrown around some impressive chunks of iron in his day.  I’ve known Jimmie since 1998 from the old Gold’s Gym days and back then if you offered to bet me $1,000 that in 2015, Jimmie would be running regularly and cranking out frequent 10 milers, I would have taken that bet. Then I would have offered to up it to $10,000.

I would have lost.

Train Harder
Train Harder

Jimmie had an injury recently and can’t do all the upper body work like he has for so many years. So in his words, “The sun’s still gonna shine so I better go workout.”

That means running. I’m impressed that he can shift gears like that. We all have setbacks in training: Injuries, time constraints, bad weather, or just low motivation. When you hit one of these problems shift gears and become solution oriented. You still have to work out! The fat’s not going to burn itself! Train Harder.

Plan Your 2015 Race Calendar ! (at least up to April)

Plan your 2015 race calendar!

This is not an all-inclusive listing and has some out of town events listed along with local races. This is also just a listing for upcoming races from now to April, 2015. The one thing they have in common is that I have run them all and feel comfortable recommending them to you. As you select races, it is a good idea to ask fellow runners and get a feel for the event. Check the comments on Active.com or other websites. Look at Athlinks.com to see previous year’s results and you can check on the size of the event, the times and other runners who have done it so you know who to talk with. Researching your races is one of the best ways to ensure you spend your registration money on events you will enjoy. Please add comments to this post about upcoming races you would recommend to fellow runners. Also, refer to the RRCA guidelines for selecting a race. http://www.rrca.org/education-advocacy/buyer-beware/

January 24th– Matanzas 5K, St Augustine. One of the fastest, most competitive 5K races in the state. If you’re looking for a PR time on a flat course with a well-run event, this is your race. http://www.matanzas5k.com/

January 31st-Newnan’s Lake 15K, Gainesville. One of the oldest running events in the area with over 34 years of history. This is a flat course, a well-organized event and is a nice stepping stone to a Half Marathon later in the season. http://www.lloydclarkesports.com/images/2015_Newnans_Lake.pdf 

February 8th– Tallahassee Marathon. This is a flat marathon course which I found surprising in Tallahassee! It is a great smaller-scale marathon, similar in size and feel to the Five Points races. They always have cool speakers at the expo and it finishes at the FSU track.  http://www.tallahasseemarathon.com/

February 14th -15th– Five Points of Life Races: Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K, Gainesville. The largest running event in town with an expo and lots of runners. Not super-fast courses for the Half Marathon or Marathon but you get to see a lot of Gainesville and run through Ben Hill Griffin Stadium! http://www.fivepointsoflife.com/race/registration/

February 21st-22nd– Gasparilla Distance Classic, Tampa, FL. Pick from a half marathon, 15K, 8K or 5K. This race weekend features pirate themed medals, a huge expo and everything you’d expect to find at a major national event. The courses are all along Tampa Bay so the scenery is nice and the elevation change is minimal. http://www.tampabayrun.com/

You could win a Pirate, a Pine Cone or a Tortoise!
You could win a Pirate, a Pine Cone or a Tortoise!

March 7th– Race the Tortoise 5K, High Springs. Still looking for that fast 5K time that you almost hit at Matanzas? Here’s your shot! There are some slight inclines but this out and back course is pretty fast. Cool tortoise trophies for the winners and a good breakfast after the run. https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=2980

March 14th– Gate River Run 15K, Jacksonville. This is a mega-race with 20,000 runners, a huge expo and tons of fun surrounding the race. It is worth the trip to Jacksonville for this national class event. If you don’t feel like driving, take a bus with the Florida Track Club.  http://www.gate-riverrun.com/

March 14th– Run for Haven 10K & 5K, Gainesville. If you’d rather not run in the massive crowd at River Run, this is a great local race that benefits Haven Hospice. A scenic course through Town of Tioga with a fantastic party atmosphere after the run is a great way to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day!  http://www.havenhospice.org/haven-run.aspx

March 28th– Trail of Payne, Gainesville. Run through the woods at Payne’s Prairie for a challenging trail 10K. Getting out into nature with a little dirt and mud feels good!  http://www.active.com/micanopy-fl/running/trail-run-races/trail-of-payne-10k-2015?int=

April 11th– Flatwoods 5K, Gainesville. Not quite ready for a full trail experience like Trail of Payne? Here’s a nice one! The course is a lime rock road loop through beautiful Austin Carey Forest. You are lucky to run out on the trails because they are not open to the public! A fun event, beautiful scenery for the run and awesome pinecone trophies!

April 18th– Sweet H2O 50K, Lithia Springs, GA. For the trail runners who really want to get out into beautiful wilderness for a long time, this is your event! 31 miles of challenging trails with 2 creek crossings and some spectacular views. It is a short road trip away, just NW of Atlanta. http://www.dcrr.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=157961&module_id=43382

April 22nd– LGAA 5K, Gainesville. Join some fun loving runners at Ironwood Golf course for a weekday 5K! We run some on grass, some cart path and finish up at the clubhouse where you get a full BBQ dinner and $1 beers. Gather a team and compete in the team challenge.  http://www.active.com/gainesville-fl/running/distance-running-races/lgaa-5k-and-corporate-team-challenge-2015