2/9/2019 Gretchen Snyder, Mike Williams, Scott Orlando, and Christine Churpek. Frostbite 5K Prediction Race Munroe Falls, Ohio


Frostbite 5K Prediction Race

Munroe Falls, OH

Scott Orlando

Predicted Time:  23:55

Actual Time:  23:57

Overall Place:  2nd Place

Christine Churpek

Predicted Time:  25:57

Actual Time:  25:54

Overall Place:  4th Place

Mike Williams

Predicted Time:  25:30

Actual Time:  24:38

Overall Place:  51st

Gretchen Snyder

Predicted Time:  24:15

Actual Time: 25:14

Overall Place:  58th

Race Review By Scott Orlando

Once again the Frostbite 5K Prediction Race lived up to its name!  About 150 dedicated runners braved the cold temps that were in single digits (with wind chill) to test their skills at pacing and predicting their finish times.  Team ER had a great showing with 4 runners competing.  Christine Churpek made her Team ER race debut with style and enthusiasm finishing 4th overall just 3 seconds off of her predicted time.  I finished 2nd overall just 2 seconds off of my predicted time.  For me this is always a fun and unusual race.  Because most runner including myself tend to choose a predicted race time much slower then their normal 5K race pace, the run feels more like a big group tempo run rather then a race.  I personally had to keep telling myself to slow down in order to meet my prediction.  Terry Fox and Summit Athletic Running Club have this event dialed in and Josh at Ritchie’s Sporting Goods had the results in record time.  Everything was very well organized and planned.  A huge thank you to the volunteers that stood in the cold to help.

2/9/2019 Michael Homula Sweetheart 5K Massillon, OH


Sweetheart 5K

Massillon, Ohio

Michael Homula

Finish Time:  21:00

Overall Place:  5th Place

Division Place:  2nd Place

Race Recap by Michael Homula

EnMotive Ohio and Ohio Challenge Series did another great job putting on the Sweetheart Run 5k today. For the second year in a row, the temperatures were frigid and it snowed much of the race which I suspect lessened the turnout (only 138 runners). Still an amazing race.

I finished in exactly 21:00 minutes (6:46 per mile pace).
I was 5th overall and 5th among males.
I finished 2nd in my age group.

So, a pretty good day. I wanted to run slightly faster (target was 20:30 for this race) but at about the 1 mile mark I felt my left shoe slipping and knew my laces came untied.

This was my first race as a member of Team-ER and I hope I did my new squad proud. I received a few compliments on the racing singlet (people loved the colors).

One note, I used a Boom Nutrition gel 30 minutes before the race. This is my first experience with their product (I used to use a competitor but have to commit to those committed to you) and the product rocks. Great taste, all natural, and I felt it kick in right about the starting gun. Great job, great product, I am now hooked.

12/31/2018 Great New Year’s Eve 5K Stow, Ohio


Great New Year’s Eve 5K

Stow, Ohio

Josh Ritchie

Finish Time:  19:59

Overall Place:  6/413

Division Place:  1/18

Roy Miller

Finish Time:  23:40

Overall Place:  45/413

Division Place:  5/18

Scott Orlando

Finish Time:  24:17

Overall Place:  55/413

Division Place:  5/20

Gretchen Snyder

Finish Time:  24:45

Overall Place:  61/413

Division Place:  3/24

Loretta Harland

Finish Time:  29:01

Overall Place:  168/413

Division Place:  5/16

Jerry Lynch

Finish Time:  30:16

Overall Place:  198/413

Division Place:  17/23

Race recap by Scott Orlando

The Great New Year’s Eve 5K has become an annual tradition for several Team ER members.  This year we saw the the largest turnout of team members at any single race of the season with 6 members competing and another team member helping to run the event.   Like most years the weather was the greatest challenge for runners.  Instead of the usual bone chilling temperatures and fierce wind chills, this year runners battled heavy rains and strong winds.  413 runners braved to tough conditions to compete.  Weather aside this 5K course is one of the most challenging that I face all year.  If you aren’t pushing hard up one of the many hills and inclined sections you are running straight into strong headwinds.  There is never a time that this courses doesn’t challenge you mentally and physically.  It was fantastic to see so many team members compete in this last race of the year.  Josh Ritchie had an outstanding run finishing 6th overall and winning his age division.  Gretchen Snyder also had an impressive run earning 3rd place in her division.  Summit Athletic Runners Club along with the help of Ritchie’s Sporting Goods and North Coast Multisports did an excellent job managing the race.

11/30/2018 Josh & Gianna Ritchie Run Rudolf Run 5K North Lawrence, Ohio


Run Rudolf Run 5K

Clay’s Park North Lawrence, Ohio

Josh Ritchie and Gianna Ritchie

Finish Time:  32:55

Overall Place:  108/500

Division Place:  4/46 (Gianna)

Josh ran the Run Run Rudolph 5K with his 11 year old daughter who was competing in her first 5K.
The course consisted of 2 loops around Clay’s Park which was filled with festive holiday lights and music.

Gianna did an outstanding job in her first 5K finishing 4th in her age group out of 46.