There are two big running events within the next month. On Sunday, September 30, the Pittsburgh Great Race takes place. Now a classic 10K (And a 5K starting in Oakland), the Great Race brings in some of the best runners in the Tri-State Area. Not only are there individual winners. But several team competitions take place. And the Great Race has a truly great little Expo taking place on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 28 and 29) on the South Side at the IBEW hall. Stop on down. All of the local running specialty stores will be there offering great deals on running gear and shoes! Up-N-Running will be there as well. Stop by our booth and check out the deals. Or just stop by to say hi!
Locally, on Saturday, Oct. 20, we will run the 7th Annual Buffalo Creek Half Marathon. This race is a fast point-to-point downhill run on a mostly crushed limestone Rails-to-Trails. Most who have run this Half say it’s the fastest Half they’ve ever run in. They offer a nice swag bag with lots of goodies including a technical running shirt. And this year, they are providing finishers’ medals! It is a beautiful run through historical and scenic Buffalo Creek Valley into the city of Freeport. They will shut down applications at 1000 runners. And there will be no race day applications. You can pick up entry forms at Up-N-Running or go to their website: http://www.butlerfreeporttrail.org. And yours truly, the Foot Whisperer, will be the MC! Hope to see you there!!
Congratulations to the Saint Francis University Men’s Alumni Cross Country team as they blew away the competition at the Reach the Beach 200 mile relay race in New Hampshire. Of the 400 plus teams that ran in this race, the SFU Alums averaged better than 5:50 a mile beating last year’s champs by an average of 5 seconds a mile. Way to go, guys!