Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lee Chamberlain Plans 7 Days On A Treadmill

British runner Lee Chamberlain is planning his second attempt at the 7 day treadmill record. In 2007, Lee ran 410 miles thinking that was the record only to learn it wasn't. So in July inside a shopping centre located in Camberley, Surrey, Lee will try and surpass the current record which is 455 miles.

Lee is training and preparing himself for the attempt and will blog his progress.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Performance of the Year

Congrats to John DeWalt for receiving the 2008 Performance of the Year award from the VHTRC.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Reverse Ring

This past weekend a few members went down to Virginia to run the reverse ring which is a 71.1 mile run on the Massanutten Trail and put on by the Virgina Happy Trails Running Club. Jim Harris, after completing a 25 mile TWOT loop the night before, ran the reverse ring. Bill Losey also completed the loop and Bob Combs called it a day at 46 miles. A new reverse loop record was set by Keith Knipling.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Charlie Engle comes to Cleveland

Tonight was the premiere of the movie "Running the Sahara" at Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland. Charlie Engle organized this expedition which enabled him and 2 others to cross the entire Sahara Desert (4,300 miles) in 111 days. They fought through injury and extreme fatigue to be the first people to reach this goal.

Here is a brief message from Charlie Engle this evening to all N.E. Ohio Trail Club members.....

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Running The Sahara

NEHST Studios is hosting a special premiere screening of the film Running the Sahara in Cleveland. Running the Sahara is a documentary narrated and produced by Oscar winner Matt Damon, directed by Oscar winner James Moll, and featuring music by Grammy winner Wyclef Jean. Running the Sahara follows three ultra-marathoners on their 111-day, 4,300-mile attempt to run across Africa's Sahara Desert. A special one-night benefit premiere of this feature documentary will take place at the Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland on Wednesday, February 18 at 7 p.m.

Running the Sahara focuses on three runners: Charlie Engle from Charlotte, North Carolina, Kevin Lin from Taipei, Taiwan, and Ray Zahab from Ontario, Canada – accompanied by a support team consisting of an MD, a physical therapist, and a logistics leader – as they attempt to become the first people to ever run across the Sahara Desert. This character-driven film delves into the life-changing experiences of the three runners as they tackle the physical and emotional obstacles in the Sahara Desert. The film delivers a message of hope and puts everyday challenges in perspective.

Tickets to the Cleveland event include admission, a gift bag valued at over $50, a cocktail reception with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a Q&A with star of the film, ultra-marathoner Charlie Engle. Proceeds from the film benefit the Rodale Institute and H2O Africa. You can purchase tickets at the door, or in advance on for $35.

Below is a preview of the documentary.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Patagonia Winterfest Sale

Patagonia announced their annual Winterfest Sale from February 10-February 19. Save 40-60% on select Patagonia products. Pick up great gear for the snowy months ahead or take care of next year’s holiday shopping while prices are right.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Wild Oak Trail 100

This past Saturday Bob Combs completed a 25 mile loop in Virginia in the annual TWOT 100. Good weather and good times were had by all.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hardrock Entrant List Up

Congrats to club member Bob Combs for making the 2009 Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run entrant list.

The fifteenth running of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is scheduled to start at 6:00 am, Friday July 10, 2009, in Silverton, Colorado. In 2009, the course will be run counter-clockwise - a big loop through the San Juan Mountains of beautiful southwest Colorado: Silverton - Sherman (Lake City) - Ouray - Telluride - Ophir - Silverton, 100 miles, 33,000' total elevation gain, 11,186' average elevation, low point 7,680' at Ouray, high point 14,048' at Handies Peak.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Summer Buckeye Trail 50K

Get your race applications in for the Summer Buckeye Trail 50K! There will not be any paper application forms this year so all registrations will be online. Merrell will once again be the official sponsor. There is a limit of 175 participants for this event. New additions for 2009 include XS shirts for better sizing for women and finisher medals. Also, three hours of volunteer work are required to be confirmed into the race. The volunteer form must be received by July 13th. Forms can be dropped off or mailed to Vertical Runner.

Monday, February 2, 2009

And the verdict is....

Buckle down boys and girls - that little rodent from Punxsutawney saw his shadow today signaling 6 more weeks of winter.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Running in the Chattahoochee Nat'l Forest in Northern Georgia

If you need a break from the snow, I just posted my report from yesterday's picture-perfect run in the mountains. Warm and 63F today in Athens, GA! Enjoy the above-freezing temps in Ohio today!