Archive - September 2015

Like Wine? Like Running? Then The Grape Gallop Is The Race For You!

The Grape Gallop, the event that pairs exercise and wine tasting, is making its third trip to Milford’s (NJ) Alba Vineyard on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Open to every level of runner, walker and wine connoisseur, Grape Gallop is a 2 or 3.5-mile romp through the vines of this picturesque New Jersey winery.

Schedule??? Registration/check-in opens at 8:30 am with a 10:00 am race start time. Wine sampling begins at 10:45 am.grape 2

Free Stuff??? Each entrant receives a long sleeved technical event shirt, a stem-less event wine glass, a reusable event tote bag, and a sampling of Alba’s award winning wines.

Entry fee is $55 for pre-registration ($60 on race day). As a cool option, Grape Gallop also offers a Designated Driver entry for $35. Those who select this option may purchase wine glasses after the event for $5 each and are not eligible for wine tasting.
“We are continuing our relationship with Alba because their wines are

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Our Interview With Pope Francis

We were so fortunate to have had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Pope Francis while he was in Philly. Many people may not realize what a huge runner the Pope is, so we chatted with him (and his translator) to learn more. So, Pope-ster, tell us about your visit to the states so far?

Pope Francis: It’s been great so far. The 3 cities I’ve been to seem like kick-ass places to run. How has your running been going over the last few years, since you’ve become the Pope?

Pope Francis: Well, to be honest, I have been running much slower. I think it’s mainly due to the large hats I have to wear all the time. They slow me down and the robes aren’t easy to run in either. That certainly makes sense. Does being Pope have any advantage for your running career? pope 2

Pope Francis: Ohh yeah, absolutely. If …

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Top 10 Movies That Inspire Us To Run

Throwback Thursday…..TOP TEN MOVIE THAT INSPIRE YOU TO RUN: Kevin. H Callahan (AKA our Guy on the Couch)

Perhaps the only thing we enjoy better than running is sitting on our couch watching a movie about running. After more debate than a senate session, here is our top 10 movies that inspire us to run. Enjoy and let us know if we got it right or wrong!…

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It’s Back…The Walpack Wilderness Challenge! This Saturday!

The Walpack Wildeness Challenge…What is it about this race that everybody loves so much??? We had to find out, so we made our way to Sussex County last summer for this event. And WOW, were we impressed! We felt like we were in the wrong time zone.

Besides being so rural and so remarkably beautiful, it was one of the most exciting races we did last year. It’s a strong candidate for our Top 10 Races in NJ feature coming soon.

Some love the run-bike-run format.  walpack2000

Others love the gorgeous country setting. “I feel like I’m in Montana.” one runner told us last year.

Others appreciate the isolation of it. After all, there is nothing more soul searching than climbing a big hill alone!

Whatever the reason, it’s become a favorite for many runners who want something exciting, challenging and of course…! This year, the event features two incredible races.

The Walpack Wilderness Challenge presents a unique distance,

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Newport Half…A Scenic, Historic And Speedy 13.1 Miles

It was hard not to be nostalgic while running this weekend’s T-Mobile Newport Half Marathon. The course provided tons of unforgettable views of the New York City skyline on a perfect day for a late-summer half.

Much of the race course meandered it’s way through Liberty State Park, which is an easy place to fall in love with. Runners were treated to a perfect view of Lady Liberty as she stood proudly in the water, sun glistening off her back. They also trotted past Ellis Island, providing many runners with a reminder of what millions went through to come to America.

But this race was about much more than just nice views and rich history. It was about great runners putting forth incredible efforts. The race was the USATF NJ Half Marathon Championships for Men’s, Women’s and Masters which brought out some of the best and brightest talent in the Garden State. …

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Sunday’s T-Mobile Newport Half…Greatest Scenery You’ll Ever See On A Racecourse

As the leaves begin to turn and the temperature drops, distance season begins to heat up.

This Sunday marks one of our favorite races of the year…The T-Mobile Newport Half Marathon is a flat, fast course that brings out some the best talent in the state for a perfect late-summer half.

This event also boasts some of the prettiest views you will ever see on a race course. Meandering through the Jersey City waterfront, the course makes it’s way through the iconic Liberty State Park where runners can see picturesque views of Ellis Island, the NYC skyline and Lady Liberty.

For many, it serves as the perfect tune-up run for a fall marathon, but we believe it’s a can’t-miss race on it’s own. We spoke with co-race director Robert Barwick, who shared his thoughts with us.…

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Well…That Stinks

So…our site was down for about 48 straight hours last week, which…well, stinks. Thankfully, we have it all straightened out now and you should expect to return to your daily dosage of running news, informative articles, amazing posts and much more. Thanks for your patience. Keep reading and keep runnin’!…

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Pier House 5K Wrap Up

Early morning fog lifted just in time for the last race of the Jersey Shore Grand Prix Series. The Long Branch Pier House 5K was the sight, and what a pretty one it was this Labor Day. With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, a tight group of runners took their marks right on the iconic boardwalk. There were people with long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, no sleeve shirts and in the few cases of some brave men, no shirts.

When each runner crossed the finish, they had their fill of ice cold water. Double-fisting two cups seemed recommended as the temperatures rose quickly. The smell of bananas and bagels was in the air as people re-energized among a sea of volunteers and spectators.

Ryan Calvert of Rumson, New Jersey is “not a runner” he says. But he set a goal for himself to run all five races in the Grand Prix and he certainly accomplished it. The …

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12th Annual Pier House 5K to Complete the Jersey Shore Grand Prix on Labor Day

Ohh, it’s Labor Day right? That means summer fun is over, right? Wrong! There are still tons of kick-ass running events, like this Monday’s Pier House 5K in Long Branch.

The revitalized Long Branch beachfront will play host to the 12th Annual Pier House 5K road race on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th. Race-time is 8:30 am. The goal of the event is to bring community-minded runners to Long Branch to witness first-hand the amazing growth and post-Sandy rebirth in the area. Organizers and sponsors also hope to inspire runners of all abilities to participate in the Golden Grand Prix events. Organized by shore area running enthusiasts, Tim McLoone and Phil Hinck, “The hope is that the Golden Grand Prix will inspire front runners, middle of the packers, and also beginners to participate annually in the shore events, contributing to an already great legacy of great shore running.” To that end, there is open and …

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Calling All Running Globetrotters. A Trip Of Lifetime With Let’s Run The World

berm 7Let’s Run The World – What are they up to now?

Last year, we reported on two adventure running trips that this NJ-based adventure travel cooperative completed in 2014. Here’s the link

So, we wanted to check in with them again to see what they are up to in 2015? We caught up with Joe Gigas the race director of the NJ Marathon and the Beauty and the Beach RunTM who is also the chief world runner at Let’s Run The World. Here’s what we found out.

First up in 2015 – Bermuda

In January of this year, Joe returned to the Bermuda Marathon Weekend and runners from Oregon, Canada and NJ joined him to compete in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge – 3 races in 3 days (1 mile, 10K berm3and full marathon). …

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