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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Potato Creek Trail Runs August 9th, 2014

Hello to all. 

Due to the Indiana Trail 50/100 and various other race conflicts in the month of April we have decided to move the race to a warmer month with fewer races.  The 2014 installment of the Potato Creek Trail runs will take place August 9th. 2014 at 8:00 AM.  The month of August will offer different challenges than what we experienced in April.  The main one being the heat.  Hydration will be key this time of year.  In addition to the heat we also anticipate bugs; and, seeing how it is the upper Midwest,  please plan for crazy weather. 
 I am currently working on a more accurate, less confusing route ( if that's at all possible). I am also in the process of forging the first place awards for this years race.  I will also be making other awards for people who have supported us over the years.  More on that later.

Currently we are using T&H timing out of Valpo. Todd and his crew do an excellent job.  We will be working to get online registration up and running shortly.  Mail in registration should be linked on the menu on the right hand column. 

As questions arise please email me at senatorb9@gmail.com or give me a call on my personal mobile phone at 574-596-3860. 

Thank you

Senator

2014 mail in registration

Sunday, April 28, 2013

http://www.thtiming.com/images/2013_potato_trail_overall.pdf

Here are the results of our race yesterday, April 27th!  Thank you for the continued support of all of our racers. We couldn't do this with  our your support!!

Special shout out to all of our volunteers  that make this even more enjoyable to Brett and me! We couldn't have done it with out you.....literally, we couldn't have!! From set up, attending to racers and clean up.......you guys 'da bomb!!!

Oh, do us a favor, take a moment and give us some feedback!  We can't improve if we don't have suggestions!  We want to be known as the most racer friendly in the State!  Help us achieve that!!  Thanks again, Senator and Leslee (Race Mom)

Monday, January 28, 2013

A quick post and a brief introduction:

The online link for registration on the right hand column should be good to go.  If you prefer snail mail you can print out the entry form and waiver from the link.  You then fill that sucker out and mail it into me.  I have worked hard to find an affordable online registration service that doesn't charge you guys an arm and a leg to sign up.  T&H is as affordable as they come.

Potato Creek Trail Runs welcomes Runningwod.com.  This free online training guide is provided by Rich Airey the former record holder of the 10,000 meters event at Monmouth University, and a life long running coach. .   The running WOD site promotes strength training as well as a sensible approach to periodic volume training.  Click on link listed in the sponsor's column and check out his great site. Rich can be reached at Ronin Athletics in San Marcos, CA. Phone: 732.966.7985
http://twitter.com/#!/richairey
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hello Everyone.

We are all set to get the race rolling again.  As of right now I am working with T&H timing out of Valpo to get the "online registration"  up and running.  The mail in link for registration should be go to go.  Also I have listed a link on the right hand column for the data junkies.  It gives all the GPS info one could want.  I used a Garmin 310xt to record the distances.  As you look over the course please remember you have a 1/2 mile spur (out and back) to the finish line.  This means you will not have that distance recorded 2 and three times if you should choose to run either the marathon or the 60K distance.  There is also an elevation profile please take advantage of this and look it over.  Also, with this data please note the split times.  Although my pace was terrible it will show the distances between each of the aid stations along the way. ( I think i was sick or something ;-) )
New this year the course will be run counter clockwise on the hiking trails.  This should result in the speedsters really having a fun and fast course.  Its not that we have all that many hills anyways.   We are looking to change the course direction on the hiking trails according to it being a current odd or even numbered year.   This pertains to the wide, groomed hiking trails only.  The park dictates that we run against the flow of the mountain bikers for the safety of everyone involved.
Check back here often as we will be putting in updates with pictures of awards, shirts, and pictures of the course and general comments about the race.

Respect,

Brett


Monday, May 7, 2012

Hi guys!   I hope you all have recovered from the run on the 28th.  I am looking at my calander for this coming weekend and it shows a new, local 10k and 50k in Michigan City.  If possible please show up and give support to our local grass roots trail running events. 
Tryon Farms 10/50k

Respect,

Senator

Monday, April 30, 2012

2012 Overall Results

Thank you to everyone who endured less than perfect conditions for the second annual Potato Creek Trail Runs.  I think 2012 will be remember as the "Sleet" year because as the race got underway the sky's opened up with freezing cold rain and sleet for the first 2 hours.  

Guess the Gap Winner:  James Kaminski of Michigan City.  James guessed with in 32 seconds the gap in time from the first half marathon  finisher and the first Ultra finisher.  It was a great guess as James was the second person on the list behind Larry Bigler.  James wins the Nike + tomtom powered GPS trainer. 
The numbers:  The Gap in time was 4:51:22.  Jame's guess was 4:50:50.  Nice job!

2012 Potato Creek Trail Runs


Overall Finish List

April 28, 2012



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Results by T&H Timing.

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Half Marathon

Place Name City Bib No Age Gender Age Group Total Time Pace

1 BRET PETE VALPARAISO IN 66 47 M 1 Top Fin 1:32:03.00 7:02/M

2 DAN GORBICS ELKHART IN 34 38 M 1 2-99 1:40:51.00 7:42/M

3 MARSHALL RANDALL 97 54 M 2 2-99 1:42:53.00 7:51/M

4 RANDY KOZEL GRANGER IN 46 33 M 3 2-99 1:49:36.00 8:22/M

5 PHIL SCRUGGS PLYMOUTH IN 78 38 M 4 2-99 1:50:15.00 8:25/M

6 LISA VIERGUTZ NILES MI 86 43 F 1 Top Fin 1:52:01.00 8:33/M

7 DEAN SCHMIDLAPP PLYMOUTH IN 76 52 M 5 2-99 1:56:06.00 8:52/M

8 LEONARD FISH BREMEN IN 27 42 M 6 2-99 1:57:09.00 8:57/M

9 TRACY NEMTUDA PORTER IN 62 39 F 1 2-99 1:57:16.00 8:57/M

10 ADAM SCHLEMMER GOSHEN IN 75 49 M 7 2-99 1:58:48.00 9:04/M

11 KRIST GEYER LAPORTE IN 32 30 M 8 2-99 2:00:24.00 9:11/M

12 JONATHAN ARROWSMITH SOUTH BEND IN 3 34 M 9 2-99 2:05:19.00 9:34/M

13 KEN LARSON CHESTERTON IN 50 53 M 10 2-99 2:07:41.00 9:45/M

14 RANDY BENDER OSCEOLA IN 9 51 M 11 2-99 2:09:27.00 9:53/M

15 BRUCE BRADLEY GRANGER IN 13 41 M 12 2-99 2:09:51.00 9:55/M

16 JIM CULHANE CROWN POINT IN 20 46 M 13 2-99 2:09:58.00 9:55/M

17 PAULA TURK ELKHART IN 84 54 F 2 2-99 2:10:49.00 9:59/M

18 NIC KLADIS 102 33 M 14 2-99 2:13:09.00 10:10/M

19 LARS RISHAUG 99 41 M 15 2-99 2:15:42.00 10:22/M

20 REV. JOHN PATRI RILEY, CSC SOUTH BEND IN 71 55 M 16 2-99 2:15:43.00 10:22/M

21 JAN SPALDING MISHAWAKA IN 80 48 F 3 2-99 2:16:10.00 10:24/M

22 JOE WARD CHESTERTON IN 89 50 M 17 2-99 2:16:12.00 10:24/M

23 ANDREA LEHR VALPARAISO IN 52 37 F 4 2-99 2:16:23.00 10:25/M

24 DAVE MAHAR DOWAGIAC MI 56 61 M 18 2-99 2:17:18.00 10:29/M

25 RYAN EDGECOMB COLUMBUS IN 23 38 M 19 2-99 2:17:23.00 10:29/M

26 RUSSELL HOCHSETLER SOUTH BEND IN 40 56 M 20 2-99 2:17:34.00 10:30/M

27 KREG GRUBER GRANGER IN 36 44 M 21 2-99 2:17:39.00 10:30/M

28 ANDREA BEALL NEW CARLISLE IN 7 42 F 5 2-99 2:18:59.00 10:37/M

29 ERIC BOSWELL CROWN POINT IN 12 33 M 22 2-99 2:21:40.00 10:49/M

30 EDWARD ERICKSON SOUTH BEND IN 25 61 M 23 2-99 2:23:27.00 10:57/M

31 THOR THORDARSON 98 48 M 24 2-99 2:23:51.00 10:59/M

32 DERRICK WALKER ELKHART IN 88 26 M 25 2-99 2:24:58.00 11:04/M

33 HOLLY MUMAW SOUTH BEND IN 60 35 F 6 2-99 2:28:16.00 11:19/M

34 TRISH TAYLOR MICHIGAN CITY IN 82 34 F 7 2-99 2:31:55.00 11:36/M

35 ALECIA LOTYSZ CHICAGO IL 54 26 F 8 2-99 2:32:22.00 11:38/M

36 DEBORAH RADECKI SOUTH BEND IN 67 55 F 9 2-99 2:32:46.00 11:40/M

37 KENNETH BARTELS GRANGER IN 6 27 M 26 2-99 2:34:13.00 11:46/M

38 JIM RAYMOND HIGHLAND IN 69 63 M 27 2-99 2:39:05.00 12:09/M

39 AARON POLLOCK 94 36 M 28 2-99 2:47:57.00 12:49/M

40 EILEEN VARGA 101 28 F 10 2-99 2:49:22.00 12:56/M

41 MATTHEW BROCK SOUTH BEND 14 31 M 29 2-99 2:50:42.00 13:02/M

42 RAY JUESTEL VALPARAISO IN 41 45 M 30 2-99 2:54:13.00 13:18/M

43 MATT TAYLOR LOWELL IN 83 45 M 31 2-99 2:56:46.00 13:30/M

44 LARRY BIGLER HAMLET IN 10 66 M 32 2-99 2:56:51.00 13:30/M

45 JAMES KAMINSKI MICHIGAN CITY IN 42 72 M 33 2-99 2:56:52.00 13:30/M

46 MICHAEL GAINEY ANGOLA IN 30 60 M 34 2-99 2:58:56.00 13:40/M

47 PAUL BECKWITH 100 56 M 35 2-99 2:58:57.00 13:40/M

48 RANDY GORDON LAKE STATION IN 35 43 M 36 2-99 3:05:23.00 14:09/M

49 LORI VIRGIL GRANGER IN 87 53 F 11 2-99 3:08:04.00 14:21/M

50 JANE FULLER HOBART IN 29 65 F 12 2-99 3:13:11.00 14:45/M

51 CHERYL LYONS VALPARAISO IN 55 43 F 13 2-99 3:17:13.00 15:03/M

52 SAM SCHWEIZER SOUTH BEND IN 77 63 M 37 2-99 3:35:52.00 16:29/M

53 AMY FEWELL SOUTH BEND IN 26 44 F 14 2-99 3:36:05.00 16:30/M

54 KAREN ALKEMA SOUTH BEND IN 2 35 F 15 2-99 3:36:05.00 16:30/M

55 JUNE CROUSE LA PORTE IN 18 66 F 16 2-99 3:47:17.00 17:21/M

56 KATE PAUL 95 41 F 17 2-99 3:56:41.00 18:04/M

57 SARA JESSUP 96 42 F 18 2-99 3:56:42.00 18:04/M

58 DELORIS RHODES ELKHART IN 70 60 F 19 2-99 4:11:47.00 19:13/M

59 SHIRLEY HAMILTON WALKERTON IN 37 63 F 20 2-99 4:11:48.00 19:13/M



Marathon

Place Name City Bib No Age Gender Age Group Total Time Pace

1 JAKE GILLETTE GOSHEN IN 33 25 M 1 2-99 3:41:54.00 8:28/M

2 JOSHUA BAKER BROWNSBURG IN 5 29 M 3 2-99 4:21:46.00 9:59/M

3 RON BOCIAN CHESTERON IN 11 52 M 4 2-99 4:22:08.00 10:00/M

4 KIRK VANOOTEGHEM YORKTOWN IN 85 40 M 5 2-99 4:37:18.00 10:35/M

5 JOHN STEWART COLUMBUS IN 81 0 M 1 0- 1 4:37:20.00 10:35/M

6 KARRIE SCHEUB SCHERERVILLE IN 74 36 F 1 2-99 4:53:59.00 11:13/M

7 JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN CHESTERON IN 15 56 M 6 2-99 4:58:21.00 11:23/M

8 JESSIE HARDY SOUTH BEND IN 38 25 F 2 2-99 6:09:26.00 14:06/M

9 STEVEN SANCHEZ PORTAGE IN 72 47 M 7 2-99 6:09:26.00 14:06/M

10 PAUL CHERRY BURNS HARBOR IN 16 61 M 8 2-99 6:15:41.00 14:20/M



60K Ultra

Place Name City Bib No Age Gender Age Group Total Time Pace

1 MARK LINN GOSHEN IN 53 47 M 1 2-99 6:23:25.00 10:18/M

2 RACHEL KASER NORTH LIBERTY IN 43 34 F 1 2-99 6:26:01.00 10:23/M

3 BENJAMIN LAUER INDIANAPOLIS IN 51 26 M 2 2-99 6:53:23.00 11:07/M

4 DANIEL CROUSE SHEBOYGAN FALLS 19 35 M 3 2-99 7:12:10.00 11:37/M

5 IDAHO BILL KULWICKI SOUTH BEND IN 49 53 M 4 2-99 7:16:34.00 11:44/M

6 KAREN ERBA WINONA LAKE IN 24 42 F 2 2-99 7:25:42.00 11:59/M

7 WILL NOONAN NEW YORK NY 64 42 M 5 2-99 7:28:31.00 12:03/M

8 ANDY MCGRAIL GRANGER IN 57 51 M 6 2-99 7:32:01.00 12:09/M

9 RUSS MESSMANN INDIANAPOLIS IN 58 30 M 7 2-99 7:48:18.00 12:35/M

10 STEVE KULWICKI MISHAWAKA IN 48 31 M 8 2-99 7:53:55.00 12:44/M

11 CHAD KOHORST CHICAGO IL 45 31 M 9 2-99 7:54:49.00 12:46/M

12 RYAN BEALL NEW CARLISLE IN 8 43 M 10 2-99 8:49:07.00 14:13/M

13 ANDREW HARDY SOUTH BEND IN 39 26 M 11 2-99 9:25:47.00 15:13/M



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Special Thanks to our few sponsors who were kind enough to donate of their own personal time, as well financially to make this race possible.

Metro Run Walk 574-257-7867  http://www.michianarunning.com/

Crossfit South Bend:  http://www.crossfitsouthbend.com/

The Fit Club:  http://www.the-fit-club.com/






Monday, April 23, 2012

Packet Pick Up.

Hello Runners! This years Potato Creek Trail Runs are bigger and better than ever. The course is listed above at Garmin Connect. This email contains important race info regarding packet pick up, the park location, camping,and race day instructions.




PACKET PICKUP: Packet pickup this year will take place at Metro Run and Walk on Friday 27th from 10AM-7PM EST. Runners can also pick up their race packet the morning of the race at 7AM on the 28th. Metro Run and Walk can be found at 3522 N. Grape rd.. Mishawaka In. 46545 574-257-7867 www.michianarunning.com.



Potato Creek State Park: Is located in the Eastern time zone. The address is 25601 state road 4, North Liberty Indiana, 46554. The park is 3,840 acres. Camping is available. Last year the park charged us a 2 day minimum for camping. Reservations for camping can be made via telephone 1-866-622-6746 or made online at www.CAMP.IN.gov . Calls can be made from noon til 4PM M-F. Noon til 3PM Sat-Sun. Reservations made online can be made 24/7 365 days a year.



Race Day Instructions: The race will begin promptly at 8 AM EST. The start/finish area is the Orchard Shores East picnic area. In the event of overflow parking, please use the large parking lot located a few hundred meters up the hill at the Nature Center. There should be ample parking in these two lots. Please do not Park on the grass this year. We will have a mandatory meeting at 7:45AM to go over the course and address any concerns you may have. Bathrooms are located at the Orchard Shores picnic area (vault toilets) and flush toilets and running water are just up the hill at the Nature Center.

Drop downs in events will be allowed this year. If at anytime you need to drop down to the next event you may do so; but, you must announce your intentions to the nearest A/S captain. Your finisher award will show the corrected distance.

The course has three aid stations. Horseman's a/s is 3.67 miles from the start. The Nature Center a/s is located 2.18 miles away with 5.85 total miles. The next a/s is Peppermint road. It is the driveway to the property managers house. It is 3.17 miles away from the Nature Center and 9.02 miles into the course. The final a/s is back to the Nature Center which is 3.87 miles away and 12.89 total miles. The finish is located .17 miles to the west at Orchard shores.



MARATHON RUNNERS: Please check in at each A/S on your final loop.



ULTRA RUNNERS: We will have a area for drop bags at the Nature Center. This is about the center of the course and easily accessed. Pacers will be allowed for the final loop. Pacers must not carry water or supplies for their runner. During the final loop ultra runners and marathoners must check in at each aid station. The course is closed after 6PM. We will have a/s cut offs for this years ultra event. Runners must leave the Horseman's a/s by 3:45PM, outbound Nature Center by 4:15, Peppermint A/S by 5 PM.

Basically runners must maintain a 15 minute mile when leaving Horseman's a/s at 3:45 PM.

I am not in the business of forcing people to drop and every effort will be made to accommodate the runners.



If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or email.

See you all at the race!

Senator Brett 574-596-3860

senatorb9@gmail.com