Friday, April 18, 2014

Lake, Geauga, Eastern Cuyahoga 2014 road racing calendar

Road running races in or near The News-Herald's coverage area of Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties in 2014.
April 19: Jellybean Jog 5K, Mentor High School

April 23: Earth Day Run 5K, Cleveland Heights

April 26: O24 24-hour race, Chapin Forest, Kirtland

April 27: Healthy Solon 5K, City of Solon Community Center

April 27: Maple Sap 5 Mile, Chardon

May 4: Fleet Feet 5K, Landerwood Plaza, Pepper Pike

May 4: West End Y Run 5K,Willoughby

May 10: CLE Trail Marathon, Willoughby Hills

May 11: The Race, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst.

May 11: Lake Health/Red Raider Booster/Pump and Run and 5K, Painesville

May 17: Madison Red Bird Run 5K Run/Walk, Madison North Elementary School

May 17: Faith, Hope and Charity 5K, Middlefield

May 24: Father Kline 5K and Rose Wilson Walk, Veterans Park, Mentor

May 25: 1LT Michael L. Runyan 5K Run/Walk, SPIRE Institute, Geneva

May 25: Blossom Time Run 5.25 miles, Philomethian Intermediate School, Chagrin Falls

May 26: University Heights Memorial Day 4-mile Run, John Carroll University

May 31: Johnny's Run 5K & 1 Mile Run, Mentor

June 1: Race for the Place 5K, Beachwood Place.

June 1: Riverside Cares 5K and Kids Fun Run, Riverside High School

June 1: Freedom Dog Fest 5k Run and 1.75 Mile Mutt Strut, Aurora Dog Park.

June 7: Mayfield Heights Run for Life 5K, The Boneyard, Mayfield Heights

June 8: Trot with the Cops 5K, Bexley Park, South Euclid

June 8: Captains Charities 5K, Classic Park, Eastlake

June 8: Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run, West Woods, Russell Township

June 11: Flag Day 5K, Deepwood Center, Mentor
June 13: Lake Cow-nty Stampede 5K, Lake County Fairgrounds

June 14: Get Winded 5K, Euclid YMCA

June 15: Run for the Goal, Beachwood

June 15: Lake Health Half Marathon and 5K, Kirtland

June 21: Ahuja MedicalCenter 5K, Beachwood

June 21: Next Generation 5K, Lake Erie College, Painesville

June 21: Sabre Run at Communion of Saints 5K, Communion of Saints School, Cleveland Heights.

June 22: A Most Excellent Race 10K, 5K, Beaumont School, Cleveland Heights.

June 22: Run for the Hills 10, Willoughby Hills

June 22: Woodland 5K, Holden Arboretum, Kirtland.

June 28: Willoughby Lions 5K, Willoughby South High School

June 28: Eastern Lake Co Relay For Life 5K Fun Run/Walk, Perry High School

June 29: Danny Parmertor Memorial Run 5K, Mayfield Village

June 29: River Rampage 5K Mud Run, Perry Outdoor YMCA

July 4: Aurora Fun Run 5K, Aurora Library

July 5: Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras 5K Race & 2 Mile Walk, Fairport Harbor

July 12: The Rainbow Run 5K, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills.

July 13: Debbie Hudacko Memorial Hat Trick Run and Walk, Parkview Pool, Mayfield Heights.

July 13: Johnnycake Jog (Ohio's Finest Five Miler), Lake County Fairgrounds

July 18: Friday Night Lights 5K, Mentor High School

July 20: B'nai B'rith Health Run 5K, Warrensville Center Road, University Heights.

July 20: Sunrise Run 5 miles, Painesville 

July 26: Windmill 5K, Conneaut

Aug. 2: St. Gabriel Sprint  Community Day Run 5K, St. Gabriel Parish, Concord Township

Aug. 3: Kathleen Neitert Run For Hope, Aurora.

Aug. 3: Mayfield Wildcat 5K Run, Highland Heights

Aug. 8: Perfect “10” Miler, Lyndhurst

Aug. 10: Run for Diabetes, Madison Township Park

Aug. 23: Lake Health/Uniersity Hospitals Run For Life, Mentor

Aug. 24: Vino and the Beasts 5K obstacle run, Geneva
Sept. 1: Aurora Labor Day Classic 5K, Aurora

Sept. 13: Chardon Brewfest Run for Suds 5K, Chip's Clubhouse, Chardon
Sept. 20: Diabetes Family Run, Ashtabula

Sept. 21: Nature Center Hike & Run, Shaker Heights

Sept. 27: Footprints for Fatima, John Carroll University, University Heights

Sept. 27: Anytime Fitness Miles for Mutts 5K, Concord Township

Sept. 28: Run for the Grapes 5K, Geneva

Oct. 4: Fall Run for Autism 5K, Mentor

Oct. 5: Race for a Safe Place, Aurora.

Oct. 5: Lakeland Community College Clocktower Run 5K, Kirtland

Oct. 12: Jump Back Jog, Beacwhood.

Oct. 12: Northern Ohio Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K, Fairport Harbor

Oct. 26: Beachwood 5K run, Fairmount School, Beachwood.

Oct. 26: Rabbit Run 5K, Madison

Oct. 26: Madison Avenue School's Hallo Dash 5K, Riverside High School

Nov. 1: EATON-Euclid 5K, Euclid

Nov. 27: YMCA Turkey Day 5K, Painesville

Nov. 27: Aurora Turkey Trot


Sources: Hermes Cleveland, HMA Promotions, calendar, Greater Cleveland XC, Northeast Running Club 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Winning the office pool before the final

March Madness tournament pools have been a fun endeavor for me since I was in high school.

Back in the mid-to-late 1990s at Harvey, I ran a very popular tournament pool, getting a sizable percentage of the student body playing and involved.

Since those days now long passed, tournament pools have been an annual rite of passage.

This year's office pool at The News-Herald, though, is perhaps the most unique I've ever seen.

Heading into the national championship game, of the 58 brackets that were submitted, NONE have points left in the title game. That's what happens when Florida gets beat by UConn, and so many other seemingly viable options are off the table and were long ago.

As a result, the winner was decided in the semifinals. Only two of the 58 had points left in the Wisconsin-Kentucky game, and with a Wisconsin win, the best the second person could do was seventh. With a top-three payout, that's not going to get it done.

So here we are in our office, with virtually nothing riding on the national title game.

In 2004, I took a chance on Georgia Tech and rode them all the way to the national final against UConn. If the Ramblin Wreck would've won, it would've netted me first and second in two pools for a payout of more than $1,000. It didn't happen, but it was fun to dream.

Unfortunately for our office, there will be no such dreaming, because our prognostication fell a bit short.

- Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mentor boys track and football teams hosting unique event on April 6

The Mentor boys track and football teams are teaming up for a special event on April 6.
The Cardinals are holding their first Cardinal Pump & 5K Chase.
What's a pump and 5K chase?
It involves bench pressing and running three miles.
The event is open to the public. The registration fee is $25. The cost for kids 14-and-under is $15. All proceeds benefit Mentor's boys track and football teams.
The bench press will be held from 7-8:30 a.m. The more you bench, the more time you can shave from your 5K race (up to 10 minutes). The minimum weight is 45 pounds for men and women. The maximum weight is 225. Individuals can attempt between 0 to 10 reps.
For example, women can earn one minute off of their 5K race if they bench 100 pounds. For men, the beginning weight is 1,350. If the weight is reached, men can earn one minute off their 5K. The weight increments for both women and men increases to 100 pounds per each minute credit.
Following the bench press, the 5K will be held at 9 a.m. The start and finish is inside Jerome T. Osborne Stadium. Runners who chose not to bench or earn 0 credits will start like a normal 5K race.
For more information, e-mail or call 440-479-4651.
Click here for an online entry form.

-Theresa Neuhoff Audia


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Berkshire coach Julie Cole's running rules

My desk is a mess as I'm in the process of wrapping up girls basketball and beginning boys track previews. I attempted to clear away a little clutter when I found an e-mail I treasure from Berkshire boys and girls track coach Julie Cole, who is my running hero.

The e-mail is about a year old. Julie was kind enough to send it to me when I asked her for some running tips when I fell into a rut.
The best part of her e-mail was the following line: Here's JC's Training 101.
As you can imagine, the training tips are not easy.
She started off by explaining to me the body responds to stress. She explained the SAID principle - specific adaptation to imposed demand. She explained it goes hand-in-hand with supercompensation.

I'd like to paraphrase what she wrote, but it's a little over my head so I'll quote her directly:

"If you've never run a step and go out for a half mile, that's plenty of stress and actually breaks down the body a bit.
On the next day, maybe you just go for a walk to recover. At that time, the body gets the idea that it needs to do something to keep up with what you're putting it through and it recovers just a little bit stronger (supercompensation).
As you continue adding training stress (mileage, intensity) and follow that up with recovery days, adaptions will occur and you get stronger, faster, and the workouts feel easier.
However, if you never vary the duration or intensity (very common for the average jogger), you get to a point where you're no longer challenging the body and you actually start to lose fitness, even though you're still doing the same 4-mile run.
You're still burning the calories, but as far as the psysiological changes, you're going in reverse. (This is really what the whole "no pain, no gain" thing is about)."

After reading Julie's e-mail, I realize I am back in a rut.
I can easily run three miles without stopping, but mentally that's where it ends for me. When I try to push it to four or five miles, I struggle. I'm good at blaming my inability to break the three-mile mark on the weather conditions - it's too cold, it's too icy, I don't like running on the treadmill, etc. In reality, I need to tape Julie's e-mail to my fridge and reread it daily.

Here's a running routine she gave me which is geared toward someone who runs six days a week, 30 miles per week. In Julie's running world, this training schedule is probably laughable. To me, it's nearly impossible.

Sunday - long run 7 miles
Monday - easy 4 miles
Tuesday - easy 2 miles, 2 miles at a quicker pace, 2 miles easy to finish
Wednesday - easy 4 miles
Thursday - steady 5 miles - faster than easy day pace
Friday - rest day
Saturday - easy 4 miles plus 4x30 seconds fast with 1:30 jog in between

Right now my running routine consists of about four days of running three miles each time out. I'm also lifting free weights twice a week. Sometimes I count power-cleaning my house as a workout.
I'll admit, this 40-something-year-old woman needs to step it up and quit making excuses.

So thank you JC for the awesome e-mail. It's still inspiring me one year later.

Happy trails!

- Theresa Neuhoff Audia


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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ohio boys basketball Division III final four is a heavyweight bracket

VASJ’s Tour de Associated Press Poll continues this week.

After advancing from the Garfield Heights District, which featured Nos. 1, 2, 8 and 9 in the final poll, the Vikings are in the Division III state final four, which includes No. 2 VASJ, No. 5 St. Bernard Roger Bacon, No. 6 Columbus Bishop Ready and No. 7 Lima Central Catholic.

If you’re looking for a Cinderella story, this is not the bracket to find one. All four teams are heavyweights with state tournament histories.

Let’s take a quick look at the three teams joining VASJ in Columbus:

Columbus Bishop Ready: VASJ’s semifinal opponent is making its fifth state tournament appearance. It has two state titles, in 1972 and ’73. Area fans might recognize the name from football season, when Kirtland beat Ready with a last-second field goal in a Division VI state semifinal.

Roger Bacon: The Spartans are two-time champions in three appearances in the state tournament. Most famously, the Spartans defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 71-63, in the 2002 Division II state championship game. It was the only year LeBron James didn’t win a state title while with the Fighting Irish.

Lima Central Catholic: The Thunderbirds are making their seventh state tournament appearance, including a state title in 2010. In 1992, Lima CC was leading Berlin Hiland, 62-55, with 38 seconds remaining when the Hawks stormed back to win and advance to the Division IV state title game, in which they defeated Gilmour. The ending of the state semi was detailed in a 2001 Sports Illustrated story about then Hiland coach Perry Reese.

-- Howard Primer

Filling in blank bracket part of March Madness fun

There is only one time a year a blank PDF copy of the NCAA Tournament bracket is needed.

No, not the one at which we all stare trying to figure out matchups and who will make a run between Sunday night and Thursday. The literally blank bracket on which you fill in the teams when they're announced.

That one time is between 6 and 7 p.m. on Selection Sunday.

Even in this age of instantaneous technology and information exchange, there is still something about filling in teams on a blank bracket, an anticipation of hearing about who will make it into the Big Dance.

That something fades away after the brackets are filled in after 7 p.m. on Selection Sunday and can be printed and dissected as forests everywhere become endangered.

But it's still fun while it lasts.

So while we all hear about NCAA "corporate champions" and bubble teams, just like I have for most of my life, I'll also be parked in front of the TV with a pen in my hand.

That anticipation, just like that CBS Sports intro music on the opening Thursday of the tournament, never gets old.

- Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH

Thursday, March 13, 2014

News-Herald Classic almost here

The News-Herald Classic is set for March 29 at Lakeland Community College, and we're working on two interesting preview stories on the boys side.

The boys game is set for 1 p.m. on March 29. The girls contest is 11 a.m.

To get you ready for the boys all-star game, staff writer John Kampf has two stories set for the week leading up to the game:

- Andrews Osborne center Nick Detlev: At 7-foot-2, Detlev is an imposing player. 7-footers don't roam this area very often, and the fact Detlev plays at Andrews Osborne, which is not a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, makes him a mystery. This season, he averaged 19.4 points, 14.3 rebounds and 6.3 blocks How will he fare against the area's best? Detlev also suffered through a family tragedy at age 11, a factor he discussed with Kampf.

- Mentor's Bob and Conner Krizancic: With his brother Cole (a 2011 Mentor graduate) a standoutguard for the Cardinals, Conner and Cole have made the Mentor basketball program truly a family affair playing for their father, Bob. Those days are officially over with Conner set to graduate in a few months. He'll play football at the University of Minnesota. Kampf will profile the father-son Krizancic relationship that began on the high school hardwood in 2008.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo