Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Glass City races are on the 2015 calendar

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015- The fun begins on Saturday with an expo and family friendly activities.

Findley Davies Kid’s Marathon

The biggest kids run around, the Findley Davies Kid’s Marathon includes runs for kids ages 2-12.
    Location: TBD (UT Campus)
        • Start Time
          • 11:30am — Meet the UT Football Players, with Agility Angels Dog Show to Follow
          • 12:00pm — 1/4 Mile Run, with 1/2 Mile and 1 Mile Run to Follow
        • Suggested Age Groups
          • Ages 2-3 — 1/4 mile
          • Ages 4-12 — 1/2 or 1 mile

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
• Marathon, Half Marathon, & relay team start -- 7am
• 5K start – 7:15 am

• Marathon Course is supported from 7 am – 1 pm
• Post Race Party in parking lot 10

The Overall Glass City Marathon Field Limited to a total of  9,000 Participants
Marathon: 2,000 Runners
5 Person Marathon Relay: 300 Teams/1,500 Runners
Half Marathon: 3,500 Runners
5K: 2,000 Runners/Walkers

Which race should you do? I personally, will be participating in the Owens Corning 1/2 marathon. I found that not having access to a treadmill, regularly, over the winter, makes long runs difficult in NW Ohio. I will save my 20-mile-long-run-legs for summer miles & a Fall marathon. :)

How should I train?
There are many online training plans. There are books & magazines with many options to choose. I, personally, have had much success using Hal Higdon's free online training schedules. I have tried numerous plans that all exacerbated an old injury. Hal Higdon's plans have yielded results, personally, & I am looking forward to including speed work, this year.

A local perk is having free, weekly, group runs at the local running stores. Many find these doubly productive as training and for socializing. Dave's Running Shop is sponsoring supervised, weekly training starting in January. There is a free informational meeting on January 3rd at the Maumee Indoor Theater at 9AM for Q & A. The training program is not free...

What are all the races distances?
A 5K is equivalent to 3.1 miles.
A half marathon is equivalent to 13.1 miles.
A marathon is 26.2 miles.
A marathon RELAY consists of a TEAM of runners each participating in a portion of the race course.
Leg 1 – 5.1 Miles
Leg 2 – 6.1 Miles
Leg 3 – 4.4 Miles
Leg 4 – 5.3 Miles
Leg 5 – 5.3 Miles
This sounds like a party to me! :)

Depending on your goals and foundation, any of these distances are eventually attainable. I started as a "walker" & weight lifter.

Speaking of where I "started", check out this energetic Ambassador Sarah Speer.

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