Canton Charge 5K
1st place age division
29th out of 533 overall
Finish time 23:24
Canton Charge 5K Race Review.
This was my second time competing in the Canton Charge 5K. This is an unusual race as it starts and finishes indoors at the Canton Civic Center. The race conditions were less than ideal. Outside temperatures were in the brisk teens and their were heavy winds making this challenging course even tougher. After leaving the Civic Center runners are quickly welcomed by a long steady incline for most of the first mile. The course then turns onto a brick side street in the second mile which features the largest hill on the course. Runners then make their way through several other brick side streets before returning to the main road. The brick roads are hard on the feet and ankles so many runners opted for the sidewalks that made a smoother run. The course returns to the main street for a flat fast finish. Runners were greeted at the finish line with high fives by the Canton Charge Mascot and members of the Canton Charge Dance Team who presented finisher medals. I have to say that this was probably my slowest 5K and most challenging of the year. Even though the race field was much larger than last year and I ran slower, I still managed to win my age division. All runners received long sleeve tech shirts, custom finisher medals, Canton Charge ticket vouchers, and a post race party that included Michelob Ultra, pizza, and lots of other snacks. A new feature to this year’s race was the 0.0 race. The 0.0 race provided an opportunity for non runners and walkers to participate. Run Canton, who organized the race, yet again did an amazing job. They offer fantastic events with great race swag. Every race they organized this year grew in participation from the previous year. All of their events are worth checking out!
Bowman Cup 5K
3rd place overall female alumni
2nd place age group
Finish time 23:10
4th place age group
Finish time 21:53
Race Review by Scott Orlando
The Bowman Cup 5K race is part of Kent State’s homecoming celebration weekend. The race is in its 17th year. This was the first year out of 6 that I have participated where the weather was actually decent for running. Race time temperatures hovered in the low 60’s with just a slight breeze. The course continues to be the same as in years past and features a fast flat first mile followed by some sneaky slight incline in the second and third mile. You can’t really see much of the incline, but runners can certainly feel it grinding away on their legs in the final two thirds of the race. This year a lot of runners achieved course records do to the unusually nice running conditions. The course field was relatively small compared to most years. typically this race draws 500 – 600 participants, but this year dipped down to around 300 runners and walkers. I think the drop in participation has to do with the number of new races offered the same weekend. In the past runners received tech shirts, football tickets, and some sponsor promotional items. This year runners received basic t-shirts and a race bib. The race swag and value of this race needs to improve to compete with the increased competition of the new races on the schedule. Overall it continues to be a nice well organized event.
Run Now Wine Later 4.5 Mile Run
Gervasi Vineyard Canton, Ohio
1st in age group
Finish time: 34:00
Another great race by the fine people at Run Canton. This year’s race doubled in size from last year with over 1100 registered and sold out fast. This was my first real race back from calf injury and my goal was to just finish with no re-injury and average around an 8:00 minute mile. The race conditions were perfect in the low 60’s with a very slight breeze. I was shocked early in the race to find myself in the lead pack with such a large field. I wasn’t really focused on pace or speed as I was just happy to be running again. My first mile was faster than I had thought it would be around 7:18. I slowed down a little in the second mile which had some rolling hills and then picked up my pace for the last third of the race. I was surprised that I averaged 7:33 mile pace and finished 1st in my age group for the second year in a row. As always with a Run Canton event, racers received great race swag and custom finisher medals. The real draw to this race remains Gervasi and the wine! Register early next year if you want to get in on this great race as I am sure it will sell out fast!
Maize Valley 5K Beer Run
October October 1, 2017
Finish time: 37:31
Finish time: 23:39
This was the first year for Maize Valley to offer the 5K Beer Run. I have to say from the start this was one of the most enjoyable running events I have done in a long time. The weather was perfect and Maize Valley is a special place with unique things to do and see around every corner. The true cross country course took runners in heats on grass trails through vineyards, pine tree farms, a corn maze, and a small wooded area before looping back around to the finish. The course isn’t fast especially when weaving up and down the rows in the vineyard and pine tree farm but not many races can provide the views, terrain, and experience that Maize Valley does. Finishers were greeted with big smiles, custom medals, and Maize Valley craft beer. All participants received embroidered Maize Valley Brewery quarter zip tech pullovers. For a first time race Maize Valley did an amazing job. I look forward to doing this one again next year!
Ledges To The Lake Adventure Triathlon
2nd place relay team
Finish time 1:15:35
This was the 4th time competing in this race but the first time as a relay. Stephanie completed the 3.5 mile run leg and I completed the 3K kayak and 15K bike legs. Stephanie had a great run and was the fastest female runner on the course. She was just steps behind a small group of the top male runners as she made her way to the boat house for kayak leg transition. The first place relay team runner was the fastest runner on the course giving his team a huge 6 minute lead. I made up 3-4 minutes on the leading relay team with a strong kayak leg using my Stellar SR Multisport Surf Ski. This was probably my fastest time in the new boat so far. I was able to make up a little more time on the 3 lap 15K bike course but we came up just a little short. The first place team beat us by just under 1 minute. Our finish time was the 5th overall fastest finish time in the race field. The weather was perfect for the race and Cleveland Metro Parks did a very nice job organizing and hosting the race.
Gretchen ran the Sequoia Wellness Miles for Meals 5K, benefiting the Ben
Curtis Foundation for Kent City Schools.
September 16th, 2017
2nd overall female
Finish Time: 21:29 (6:55 average/mile)
September 10th 2017
Olympic Distance Triathlon
Finish Time 3:34:52
Overall Place 718
Age Division Place 40
Ashley….1st AG, Mike….15th overall, 6th AG, Steve…..16th overall, 5th AG
United States Canoe and Kayak Association Ohio State Championships
Grand River Landing Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Race Result: 2nd place in 6 mile race unlimited class
This was my first time competing in the Ohio State Canoe and Kayak Championships held at the Grand River Landing in Fairport Harbor. Two races were offered at the championships. A 6 mile shorter race and a 10 mile long race. Canoe and Kayak races are divided into many classes based on the size and style of boats being raced. Everyone in the specific race competes at the same time on the same course but are really only racing against other boats in their class. Recreational, standard, and racing boat divisions in several size boat classes were all offered at the championships. When I arrived at the race I was still debating what class and boat to use for the race. Because of the extremely windy conditions I decided to race in the 6 mile unlimited class using my Stellar SR Multisport. This is a 19’2″ long surf ski that I felt would track better and cut through the wind if I could keep it upright. My other option was to use my Stellar S16 Advantage, a 16′ kayak, and compete in the long boat division. Had I used the Stellar S16, I would have been the smallest boat in the long boat division filled with some very fast racers all of which had 18′ racing boats. Using the Stellar SR and competing in the unlimited class seemed like the right choice. The weather conditions were less than ideal for the river course. The high winds made the up river portions of the course difficult and even treacherous at times. The course finished a little shorter than 6 miles but I was fine with that and beat from fighting the wind and upstream currents. In the end, racing the Stellar SR paid off as I finished 2nd behind a strong kayaker who has won the event several times. The race was well organized and a lot of fun.