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 (results)

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

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

April 27: Maple Sap 5 Mile, Chardon (results)

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

May 4: West End Y Run 5K,Willoughby (results)

May 10: CLE Trail Marathon, Willoughby Hills (results)

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 (results)

May 17: Faith, Hope and Charity 5K, Middlefield (results)

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

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

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

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

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

May 31: Cro Run 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Eastlake (results)

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

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

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

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

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

June 8: Captains Charities 5K, Classic Park, Eastlake (results)

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

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

June 14: Get Winded 5K, Euclid YMCA (results)

June 15: Run for the Goal, Beachwood

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

June 21: Ahuja MedicalCenter 5K, Beachwood (results)

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

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

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

June 22: Run for the Hills 10, Willoughby Hills (results)

June 22: Woodland 5K, Holden Arboretum, Kirtland (results)

June 22: Dice Dash 5K, Mayfield High School

June 28: Willoughby Lions 5K, Willoughby South High School (results)

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

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

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

July 4: Race for Education 5K, Chardon (results)

July 4: Aurora Fun Run 5K, Aurora Library (results)

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

July 12: The Rainbow Run 5K, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills (results)

July 12: Run for the Ages, Chardon (results)

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

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

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

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

July 20: Sunrise Run 5 miles, Painesville (results)

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. 4: Get Your Rear in Gear 5K/Walk, Forest Hill Park, Cleveland Heights

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