Saturday, March 26, 2011

7 Marathons in 7 days..and a 50k?

Local ultra running legend Jim Parry recently came to a Team RED meeting and told of his plans to run 7 marathon distances in 7 days starting May 23rd and ending May 29th by running the Med City Marathon. Jim is hoping to inspire and motivate kids in the Stewartville area by running his routes near the schools and encouraging anyone to join him during his runs. Knowing that Jim loves to run "ultra" distances I mentioned that we are doing a 50k at Chester Woods this year. I thought "no way is he going to be interested in running a 31 mile race after a grueling 183.4 mile week". I was wrong. Now the goal is 7 marathons in 7 days five short days of rest and a 50k trail run with some pretty decent hills. Now I think I'm motivated and inspired. RUN JIM PARRY RUN!!!!! http://mrparrysendurancechallenge.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kids age groups

Because the 5k race is part of the Rochester Track Club Youth Grand Prix Series, I am going to have awards for more youth age groups. The age groups will be 10 and younger 11-12,13-14, and 15-16.
I have noticed that the 5k run has become a real family event and I couldn't be happier.If a family wants to run in any of the races we will offer a "Family Deal" $50.00 for Mom, Dad and kids with 4 shirts or caps. You will have to contact me before race day and mail in registrations for this deal. There will be no "family" on-line registration.

Tee Shirts

I have had a few requests for tee shirts rather than caps so for this year I ordered a bunch of tee shirts in all sizes. I will reveal the design near race day. I still have a bunch of caps if if you would prefer one of those.

Monday, March 21, 2011

5k Route

5k Route
Wanna check out the new 5k route? Check out my slideshow. Matt"hurricane" and I ran the route with me snapping pictures the whole way. The lighting was perfect and even made my pictures pretty good.Enjoy!http://classic.kodakgallery.com/ViewSlideshow.action?&collidparam=152479053115.726638747115.1274183990889

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

50k Anyone?

I'm thinking about adding a 50k to the Chester Woods Races. If there is enough interest shown I will continue to pursue this idea.
I am thinking the course would be one loop of the 10 mile course adding the rest of the Zieman loop trail (about 2 miles), then the next two loops would be the same except you would not do the east meadow/campground part.
To keep it simple I would keep the price the same as the other races, only you must be pre-registered by June 1st. There will be no race day registration. The aid stations would be self serve for the first loop until the volunteers arrive,usually around 7:00AM.
I will have a short meeting on Friday, June 3rd at 6:00PM at the Chester Woods boat launch parking lot explaining the course and handing out packets bibs etc...You will have to pay a $5.00 park fee on Friday but there won't be anyone charging you at 6:00AM race day so you'll only have to pay once.
I will make up a male and female over all winner award and finishers plaques for all participants so register early so I get an idea of how many to make.

Please send me an e-mail even if you are just thinking about this race. I want to get some kind of idea how many people would run this race.
Jim Mason

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Youth Grand Prix Series

I'm proud to anounce that the Chester Woods 5k will be part of the Rochester Track Clubs Grand Prix Series.
The Youth Grand Prix Series (YGPS) is to help promote a healthy lifestyle by creating interest in running. The YGPS was created to promote participation in local running events and to recognize youth for their efforts.
There will be a very low entry price for any YGPS member and you can join the day of the race.
Here is more information about the YGPS.