Tidewell Hospice 5k

  • November 14, 2015
  • Awards 3 deep in each Age Group
  • All participants receive a performance tech shirt
  • Enjoy post race celebration with food, DJ and family activities
  • Helping people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion
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IMG Academy 5k

  • October 10, 2015
  • IMG Academy
  • All participants receive a finish medal
  • Under Armour t-shirt for all
  • After party, music, food vendors, beverages and a silent auction
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Take Stock in Children 5k 10k

  • March 06, 2016
  • 5k, 10k, Fun Run
  • Chipped Timed
  • Awards based on Chip Time
  • Awards 3 deep in each Age Group

Health Fit 5k

  • March 26, 2016
  • Awards 3 deep in each Age Group
  • All participants receive a performance tech shirt
  • Enjoy post race celebration with food and music
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HIT THE DIRT RUNNING – Here’s how to get started.

Turn off-road

Trail running is truly as simple as taking a normal run and doing it on dirt.  So first, you need to find some trails.  A local run club or trail running group can provide both training and camaraderie and a wealth of information on local races and places to train:

Fuel right

Since it often takes longer to cover a distance on a trail and you’re less likely to find a convenience store along the way, carring enough fuel is an important consideration for trail runners.  How many calories do you need?  A good rule of thumb is your body can only process 200 – 300 calories per hour while running.  Since you typically burn over 100 callories per mile, and typically run more than two or three miles an hour, your body still goes into a calorie deficit.  Spreading out the timing of your trail calories can keep the bonk at bay.

Running Trails is Dirty Business

Don’t stress over getting your shoes dirty.  It’s just going to happen and you will need to just get over it.  If you obsess over paces, splits and distances, you will need to let it go and relax.  Take that energy and use it to focus on the ground in front of you.  There’s no zoning out on a trail run.  You’ll quickly realize that even a quick look up to enjoy the beautiful views, and bam, you might roll your ankle or face plant.

The right tools

Proper shoes, apparel, hydration, lights and data can make a big differance on the trail.  Trail shoes will offer distinct features that their road counterparts lack:  Traction, Protection and Stability should be carefully considered based on the conditions of the trail you will be running.  There are a variety of ways to carry water, calories, apparel and safety equipment.  Handheld bottles and waistpacks work well for shorter distances, while specialized backpacks with internal bladders and compartments for longer distances.

Stride Right

Practice good technique and pacing.  Trail running tends to require more dynamic movement and a shorter stride will normally result (170 – 180 spm).  On the trail, you need to read your body’s effort rather than relying on mile splits, and think more in terms of run duration than actual distance covered.

Trail safety

A primary concern for aspiring trail runner is getting lost – especially on long backcountry treks.  As a basic precaution, when you leave to hit the trail, make sure to tell someone where you are going and when they should expect you to return.  To minimize your risk of getting lost, study your route beforehand.  Google Earth is a good resource for many popular trails.  If possible carry a map.  GPS watches are also a good tool to have at your disposal.  Just make sure that there is a feature that will plot your way back.  The Garmin Fenix 2 has this feature and is easy to use.


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