Volunteer Your Time at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

It is a little known fact that without volunteers, the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon wouldn’t happen. The expo wouldn’t be set up, packets wouldn’t be stuffed, the kid’s marathon would be mayhem, there wouldn’t be any race signage, the relay checkpoints would end up with errors, and the races themselves wouldn’t have extra help in directing them on the race course.

Volunteers make the race what it is. It takes over 1,000 people giving their time to orchestrate and support the events on race weekend. There are a few new ways to volunteer where runners and non-runners can help make the 41st year of the race, one of the best yet, especially those who are making Toledo their first race.

Saturday

This is a great opportunity for those of you who are running one of the races to help give back to your favorite race! Wouldn’t you love to help us in setting up signage for the races? Saturday calls for a lot of work in Lot 10 (where the after party takes place), inside the Glass Bowl (the finish line), and some of the signage for the start line.

Sunday

If you are an experienced runner who isn’t running a race this year, but still wants to take part in the race day atmosphere, we would love your help at the start line with corral assignments. Making sure runners start in their correct corral makes the start of the races less stop-and-go.

If you aren’t a runner and have always wanted to know what running a race is like, one area where we can always use more help is out on the race course as a course marshal. Course marshal’s have a dual job in my opinion; make sure the runners are following the correct race route and cheering on every runner as they pass, letting them know that they have fans, even if they’ve never met! This is also a great area for our experienced runners to volunteer for. Again, we can never have too many course marshals to ensure the safety of our running family.

We do have other volunteer opportunities available, but these are our newest areas that need help this year. Most volunteer jobs require four hours or less of your time and you also receive a Mercy Health Glass City Marathon volunteer shirt! When you give your four hours or less, it makes a direct impact on the race itself. Every volunteer counts regarding the success of the race.

If you don’t want to volunteer alone, sign up a friend or family member and share the fun and energy of race weekend!

Can’t wait to see our volunteers on April 22 and 23!

Registered & Ready to PR

Turns out that I was certain that I registered for the Owens Corning Half Marathon, but after looking into it, I hadn’t registered at all! I had to remedy that right away naturally. Now I am officially running the half on April 23 and pretty damn excited about it.HalfMarathonRegistrationMy race training has hit a few speed bumps this month, but I still have plenty of time to get into PR shape for the Owens Corning Half Marathon. If I hit my goal time then it will be around a 20 minute PR.

Register before the end of the day on February 15 before the next price increase!
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Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Training Fail

Training?
What is this word…training?

Someone needs to give me the definition because my body isn’t cooperating with what I think training consists of.
Small things have kept me from training for the Owens Corning Half Marathon in the way that I should be. 14222187_10157363894880335_2494141829670239866_nI have had to miss some of my favorite parts of race training so far and I just hate it. The race is still three months away so I don’t feel like I’ve fallen behind, but it is still hard falling behind the group. The Dave’s Running Shop Marathon In Training group provides a fantastic program to train for the half marathon or the marathon. I have a fun group of people to train with and I don’t want to be left behind in a sense because my body is stupid af.

My most recent ailment is an oldie but a goodie. When I lost 40# a few years ago, my spine was used to being ‘hugged’ by the excess weight. When I lost it, my back wasn’t strong enough and I slipped a disc in my lower back. I have worked HARD to strengthen my back and avoid the movements that easily slip my disc again. I have made great strides, but sometimes the smallest things set it off. What made my disc angry this time? I was rolling over in my sleep. I would love to pretend that it was my side job as a ninja, but I’m a badass and haven’t ever been hurt as a ninja.

I have had two good nights and three good days with my back and I’m going to get back to race training tonight. Just think lovely thoughts (name that movie) for me that running won’t hurt! I have a lofty PR goal for this half Marathon and I need to keep my head in the game.
I am excited to get back in the gym, but I know that I need to wait a few more days for that. Holding any additional weight would surely anger my back at this moment and I’ve been spasm-free and I want to keep it that way.

If I’m thinking as an adult, I know that I need to let my body heal fully so I can keep doing the things that I want to do and the things I need to do.
Fingers crossed.

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Free Race Entry Giveaway

With 2017 just weeks away it is time to look ahead and make plans for your vacations, family functions, shenanigans, tea parties, and races. My first vacation of 2017 is extremely early in the month, I don’t have my shenanigans or tea parties planned out, but my race schedule is solid.

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I officially start training with Dave’s Marathon In Training Group on Tuesday, January 3. I am pretty sure I am going to be registering for the Owens Corning Half Marathon. After two failed full’s I think I’ll stick to the half distance for a year and try a third stab at a full in the near future. I finished the first but I inured my knee during the race, I had to DNF the second because of my heart, I hope my third attempt in the future will work out.

As the head Ambassador for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon I get to spread holiday cheer by giving away TWO free race entries. My great team of Ambassadors have all given away their free race entries and now this is your final chance to win! How fantastic would your holiday be if you received an entry to the race you were already planning on running on Sunday, April 23, 2017?

If you want to run the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Owens Corning Half Marathon or the Medical Mutual Glass City 5k, then you have a chance to win a free entry! The giveaway runs from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 12 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Each registrant has the opportunity to submit up to six entries.

Each form of entry WILL be validated if selected. If you say you followed on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or posted a blog comment, then please do so. If I draw your name for the free entry and you have not fulfilled the requirement your entry will be disqualified.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The fine print…
*The free registration does NOT apply to the Yark Subaru 5-Person Relay or the Findley Davies Kids’ Marathon
*Winner will be announced & must respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.
*After claiming the entry via email the winner will be notified with code for online registration.
*Free entry code expires on January 31, 2017.
*Winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.

Good luck!

Giving Tuesday with the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

The final week in November is definitely consumer driven in nature.
Thanksgiving – another day of consumerism now
Black Friday
Small Business Saturday
Keep Buying All the Things Sunday
Cyber Monday
Giving Tuesday

Of all of these days, Giving Tuesday is the lesser known for sure.
After you start your holiday shopping and go hog wild buying and buying and buying, it is time to give back on this day. Consider donating to one of the many charities that the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon supports.

Select any of the 13 charities from this page and give generously to one or more of the organizations in need. Help the marathon reach their goal of raising $50,000 to donate to their charities. Help us celebrate Giving Tuesday!

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Dave’s Marathon In Training Program for the 2017 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

2017-spring-mitI was a solo runner for 5+ years.
My pace was constantly changing due to my heart issue. I was self conscious about how I looked when I ran. To tell you the truth, I liked the solitude.

I had the opportunity to train for the 2016 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon with Dave’s Marathon In Training group this past spring and it was a game-changer in my running life. Never before have I been immediately welcomed to a group and had such a great time running with other people. I still enjoy my solo runs, but now I have a running family that I can run with anytime.

Like it or not, 2017 is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your spring race season. No matter what your goal is, to qualify for Boston or just to have fun and finish the race, the Marathon In Training program will work for you.
The spring Dave’s Marathon In Training offers nine different pace groups for each the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and the Owens Corning Half Marathon. The training includes a training plan, three group runs each week (speed, tempo, long run), discounts to Dave’s races, weekly emails with tips and explanations of workouts, coupons to Dave’s Running Shop and some amazing swag. Ohhhh, the swag!

For registering for spring 2017 Dave’s Marathon In Training you’ll receive the following:
A North Face backpack. North Face, people!backpack A Nike 1/4 zip pullover for those long winter training runs.quarter-zip A Dave’s Marathon In Training t-shirt.shirtRegister before December 10 when the price for Marathon In Training increases. The training begins the week of January 2 so it’s time to pick your race and register for 16 weeks of fun!
I’m already signed up and can’t wait to get back to running with the group.

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon 2016 Winners

Recently I’ve had friends talk about recent PR’s or the PR’s they almost hit at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. This year’s race had perfect weather and a great new course for each of the races. Everyone had a great time on race weekend but there were a few people who had the best weekend…the race winners!13043290_1175717379113480_7119538303870390751_n

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon
Men’s Winner – Robert Gititu. Robert lives in Newport, Ky. and had a finish time of 2:27:25.
Women’s Winner – Laura Berry. Laura lives in Raleigh and had a finish time of 2:58:08.

Owens Corning Half Marathon
Men’s Winner – Nicholas Too. Nicholas lives in Grand Prairie, Texas and had a finish time of 1:04:01.
Women’s Winner – Veronica Maina. Veronica lives in Lansing, Mich. and had a finish time of 1:13:45.

Medical Mutual Glass City 5k
Men’s Winner – Jason Kessler. Jason lives in Perrysburg, Ohio and had a finish time of 15:56.
Women’s Winner – Mo Sheahan. Mo lives in Toledo and had a finish time of 20:17.

Congratulations to all of the winners, all of your training paid off!
See you all next year on April 23, 2017 for the 41st Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.