A big race weekend is coming up. Big! Many GVWC members will be participating in half marathons, including the Cap City, on Saturday. Take note: if you plan to walk with us this Saturday, we will only do the 3-mile route. There will be no 5-mile route. Not only will this keep us off the race course and out of the way, but we can cheer on the race participants—including a number of walkers from the GVWC—from our “home base” at Winans.
Shortened Walk This Saturday
Because the Cap City Half Marathon goes through German Village, we need to stay off the race course. Therefore, this Saturday, we will only do 3 miles. Otto will lead the group. We will start as we normally do from Schiller Park. We’ll wind our way through the trail at Scioto Audubon to the railroad trestle where we’ll turn around to head back to Winans. There we can cheer on the Cap City Half Marathon runners and our GVWC walkers—who should be coming through between 10:15 and 10:30am. Good luck to Jim, Karin, and Vicky!
Shaking off the Rust
As we’ve mentioned, this weekend, a number of GVWC members will participate in half marathons. Coincidentally, all these races happen to be along the I-71 corridor. Jim, Karin and Vicky are signed up to do the Cap City in Columbus; Dr. Steph, Mo and Linda will get their hills on in Cincinnati’s Flying Pig; and, while in Louisville, the Smith-Applegates (Andrea, Emily and Larry) will channel their inner-thoroughbreds in the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon, a race which goes out to Churchill Downs and back. Good luck to everyone!
For most of us, spring races are tune-ups for the coming season. Spring races allow us to shake off the rust from the winter, and gauge our pace and performance under race conditions. It is a time to learn and, of course, to have a little fun—if going 13.1 miles is your idea of fun. In This Runner’s Recipe, a long distance running coach from Seattle presents five great tips for easing into the racing season (sage advice for walkers too).
First in Ohio – Cap City Half Marathon Televised Live
If you cannot make it down to cheer on the runners and walkers on Saturday, you can watch the Cap City Half Marathon live on WBNS TV Channel 10. The race starts at 8am. This is a first for a half marathon in Ohio. The Cap City Half Marathon is becoming big time – besides the live telecast, 2016 US Olympic Marathon Team member Desiree Linden will participate in the Cap City as a tune-up for the Olympics this summer in Rio. In addition, four-time Olympic Marathon Team member Abdi Abdirahman will run. Details can be found on the Cap City Half Marathon website.
Earth Day Celebration Success!
It turned out to be a beautiful day for the Earth Day celebration in Columbus Commons last Saturday. We met lots of people—and many potential new members to the GVWC. If this is the first GVWC newsletter you are receiving, we hope you enjoy it and we look forward to you joining us on Saturday mornings! Check out www.gvwalkingclub.com where, among other things, you can always find out what route will be walked on the upcoming Saturday. Also be sure to Like us on Facebook at “German Village Walking Club.”
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the GVWC booth. We congratulate Susan Moussi, who won a GVWC t-shirt just for signing up for the newsletter. Of course, if you join the GVWC, you get a free t-shirt. Check out details at www.gvwalkingclub.com.
A hearty thank you to our booth volunteers, Andrea, Deb, Karin, Helen, and David. As always, you are great ambassadors for the GVWC. Here are a few pictures from the Earth Day Celebration.
Motivation of the Week
I will be walking the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon this Saturday and in Chicago the following week. Hope to see you all in 2 Saturdays. And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!
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