5/28/2018 Steve Bable, Scott Orlando, And Loretta Harland 2018 Tallmadge Memorial 5K


Tallmadge Memorial 5K

Tallmadge, OH

Steve Bable

Finish Time:  22:55

Division Place: 2nd

Overall Finish:  48th

Loretta Harland

Finish Time:  26:13

Division Place:  3rd place

Overall Finish:  91st

Scott Orlando

Finish Time:  22:17

Division Place:  3rd place

Overall Finish:  37th

Race Review by Scott Orlando

It was a hot and humid day in Tallmadge Ohio for the annual Tallmadge Memorial 5K.  I have never competed in this race before and I must admit it was the chance to win a free pair of running shoes which made me register.  This race had Team ER all over it!  Josh Ritchie of Ritchie’s Sporting Goods and Mickey Rzymek of North Coast Multi Sports who are both Team ER members organized the race.  Team ER manager Henry Hauenstein led the runners through the course on his mountain bike.  The course is primarily out and back with a small loop connection.  Most of it is through residential streets.  Like most Josh Ritchie courses he starts you fast and hits you hard on the return.  This time in the form of a hill in the late part of the second mile.  The heat, humidity, and hill got the best of many runners as they chose to walk that part of the course.  I believe training runs up hills in the humidity of Florida the week prior to the race really helped me in the hot race conditions.  I was a little surprised by my finish time as I expected to be much slower.  All racers were greeted at the finish with a nice medal and lots of water.  The misting tent was also a nice post race touch to help runners cool down.  The race was well organized and I really enjoyed it.  Especially walking away with a new pair of running shoes!  It was great to see Team ER member Loretta Harland also place in her age division!

5/26/208 Ken Frankenbery Crystal River Triathlon Series Race #1 Crystal River, FL


Crystal River Triathlon Series Race #1

Ken Frankenbery

Finish Time:  1:13:48

Division Place:  1st place

Overall Finish:  37th

Race Review By Ken Frankenbery

Crystal River Florida Sprint Triathlon:  600 Yard swim/15-mile bike/3-mile run

It has been almost 2 years since my last Triathlon. A torn hamstring had sidelined me and I was looking for test race.

After heavy thunderstorms all night, things cleared but left us with a hot & humid morning. The race was well organized, started at 7:30 am sharp, and would be my first ocean swim.

The salt water definitely helps with buoyancy, and with 80 plus degree water temp, no wet suits were allowed.  I started in wave 2, people were well spread out so not a lot of people swimming over top of you.  I stayed calm at the start-had a decent swim and came out 5th in my age group.  I had a fast transition, passing 1 person there.  The bike was a super flat out and back.  It was tricky not to draft with all the bikes out there.  They had spotters and getting within 3 bike lengths of someone was grounds for disqualification.  You had to plan your passes.  I passed one more person in my age group.

I had a solid bike leg – averaged 21.7 MPH.  The last 5 miles the heat/humidity started to hit me.  Another good transition put me right behind 3rd place and I went by him as we started the run, then picked off the other 2 before the ½ way point.  Like the bike, run was a simple out and back.

I suffered on the run from the heat, but my hamstring felt great. Finished 37th overall (just over 300 total), 1st in my class.

Felt great to be back racing!!