With the imprint of winter has finally landing upon us, runners and walks are beginning to revert back to their old winter running and training ways. There is hope an incessant blast of 40 degree and above temperatures will remain, but there likely are more winter salvos to be fired before spring.
Trying to find a race to train or to maintain can be a conundrum. However, the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR) is one group that has a solution.
Beginning in December, the LVRR launched its third annual Ice Scraper 5K Winter Series, a collection of four monthly races at Lehigh Parkway. Over the past two years, the event attracted more than 300 runners. This year hasn’t been any different as 300 or more registered runners participated in each of the first two events.
Loretta Dodson, one of the organizers of the event, said the winter series was initiated as another seasonal option to the organization’s summer series. Dodson also stated the races tend to attract new members.
“We thought the winter series would be good to help train and it would give runners another option to keep running,” said Dodson, who has been the longtime cross country coach at Parkland. “We have had a good turnout over the past few years and we tend to have a lot of local runners. However, I remember one woman, who grew up in Bethlehem and was now living in Colorado, ran the race while she was in town.
“When we look back, we have exceeded expectations about our turnout for the races.”
There are two races remaining in the series, Feb. 21 and March 13. Cost of each race is $10 and registration online is available at www.lvrr.org. Runners may join the LVRR for a fee of $20 for an individual and $25 for a family.
Along with the Ice Scraper 5K Series, the LVRR is sponsoring the 15th annual Super Bowl 10K also at Lehigh Parkway the morning of the game Feb. 7. This race has been among the more popular ones in the Lehigh Valley and quickly tends to sell out.
However, race registration is still available and cost is $30 that includes a long-sleeve, tech t-shirt. The race is also famous for its post-race treats, such as soft pretzels, hot soup, pizza, and hot dogs. It always tends to be an enjoyable morning.
The LVRR also is offering its “Race Bundle” that features registration to the Super Bowl 10K, the Emmaus 4-miler (April 10) and the South Mountain 10-miler (Nov.6) for a fee of $85, a $10 savings based on individual fees. Registration for the package must be completed by Jan. 31.
Other races in the near future that are just outside the Valley are the Cupid’s Chase 5K in Trexlertown Feb. 13 (email@example.com), and the 26th annual Shiver By The River 10K in Reading on Feb. 14 (www.pretzelcitysports.com)
So, don’t be discouraged with the winter blahs. Keep running!
Any information on races and training methods may be submitted to the paper. Comments and suggestions are also welcomed.
Jeff Moeller is a frequent contributor and has been running since 1982.