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A full-time event timing and production company staffed by people who love what they do.

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At this point you are basically guaranteed the complimentary entry. So whether you want it or not, tell us what you're m...
09/14/2020

At this point you are basically guaranteed the complimentary entry. So whether you want it or not, tell us what you're missing this fall. Otherwise we've giving them both to Terri, which sure would be swell, but we'd imagine she'd like to share the love. :)

Happy Monday!

For years, we've had the pleasure of being part of the unique energy and excitement created by the Cantina Kids Fun Run 2020! The event, now in its 13th year, is a fundraiser for Children's Healthcare at Saratoga Hospital and traditionally has brought out hundreds and hundreds of children and their families to Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.

It has gone virtual this year, with all the info you need at the link below.

As a sponsor of the event, we receive 2 complimentary entries that we're going to raffle off in a very simple way: if you'd like your chance for 1 of them, simply comment on this thread with the name of any 1 race timed by us that you've previously participated in that was not held this year. On Mon, 9/14, we'll randomly pick 2 of you to receive the codes for the child in your life - along with get to think about the races we can't wait to see happen again.

https://www.saratogahospital.org/classes/events/cantina-kids-fun-run

Are you participating in the VIRTUAL Malta 5K & 10K presented by GlobalFoundries? Don't forget to report your results an...
09/10/2020

Are you participating in the VIRTUAL Malta 5K & 10K presented by GlobalFoundries? Don't forget to report your results and upload your photo by the end of the day on Sunday! You can report them on your confirmation page (included in your confirmation email). If you need any help email [email protected].

Tell your friends it's not too late to register! Registration closes at the end of the day on Sunday. Here's the link: https://zippyreg.com/register/malta5k10k

For years, we've had the pleasure of being part of the unique energy and excitement created by the Cantina Kids Fun Run ...
09/09/2020

For years, we've had the pleasure of being part of the unique energy and excitement created by the Cantina Kids Fun Run 2020! The event, now in its 13th year, is a fundraiser for Children's Healthcare at Saratoga Hospital and traditionally has brought out hundreds and hundreds of children and their families to Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.

It has gone virtual this year, with all the info you need at the link below.

As a sponsor of the event, we receive 2 complimentary entries that we're going to raffle off in a very simple way: if you'd like your chance for 1 of them, simply comment on this thread with the name of any 1 race timed by us that you've previously participated in that was not held this year. On Mon, 9/14, we'll randomly pick 2 of you to receive the codes for the child in your life - along with get to think about the races we can't wait to see happen again.

https://www.saratogahospital.org/classes/events/cantina-kids-fun-run

On Saturday, August 29, beneath dark and wet skies, 300 of us took the streets for something that has become so rare: a ...
09/04/2020

On Saturday, August 29, beneath dark and wet skies, 300 of us took the streets for something that has become so rare: a road race. It was unlike any of the over 1,500 races we've been part of over the past dozen+ years, with just 1 or 2 people starting every 10 seconds. And that was just one of numerous changes required that made the event similar to a present-day retail shopping experience - with the added safety advantage of ample space and being outdoors.

Halfway through, the skies cleared, revealing the beauty of the Helderberg Escarpment just above the Altamont Fairgrounds, and an enjoyable day for doing the the thing we love.

As shared yesterday on the Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon page, all virtual participants are invited to com...
09/01/2020

As shared yesterday on the Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon page, all virtual participants are invited to come get their super sweet items from our office today / Thur / next Tuesday. You're welcome to send someone else to get your items for you.

Items not picked up will be delivered/shipped at the end of next week / into the following week.

9/7 is the deadline to get in your virtual run - see the results here: http://helderbergtohudsonhalf.com/

And welcome to September!

The weather was not going to stop what we had worked so hard to make happen. Held in a radically new format for road rac...
08/31/2020

The weather was not going to stop what we had worked so hard to make happen. Held in a radically new format for road racing, just 2 started every 10 seconds, on their own start lines. Congratulations to the 300 who participated and thank you for your adherence and respect for all the rules and changes required to bring the event to life.

08/24/2020

Here's a neat video that shows not just one of the coolest vantage points in the entire Capital District (which happened to be part of yesterday's Thacher Park Trail Running Festival) but ALSO includes the venue for this Saturday's Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon. #SweetView #TimeToRace

Photos from ARE Event Productions's post
08/24/2020

Photos from ARE Event Productions's post

08/17/2020
The Saratoga Palio #melsrace

The Saratoga Palio Melanie Merola O'Donnell Memorial Race was created in 2006. Through unimaginable tragedy, her family and friends came together to honor her life - with what quickly became an iconic event; a must-do race, and an inspiring experience to thousands over the past 15 years.

Working closely with the family and committee for over a decade, the bond we have developed with them makes it clear why this event was so popular - they have poured their hearts into creating an experience! A word that reflects shared moments with others; something that we are all craving right now.

And so we ask you to find 7 minutes to watch this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu0jimj4Dyk

It is filled with images and quotes that showcase how meaningful this event has been. Pictures that show the community spirit and togetherness that have resulted - and, in very simple terms, the true essence of why races are so special.

This final running will be conducted virtually from 9/18 through 9/28. We encourage you to consider being part of it. Consider that such a decision doesn't only motivate you to cover either a 5K or 13.1M, but that making the choice to be part of this allows for the event to continue to provide good and opportunity within our own community, and the joy that such selflessness can bring.

Claim your spot at:
https://zippyreg.com/register/palio

It truly was a gorgeous morning for racing at the Froggy Five Mile & Hard as Hell Half Marathon! Lauren Carnahan led the...
08/09/2020

It truly was a gorgeous morning for racing at the Froggy Five Mile & Hard as Hell Half Marathon! Lauren Carnahan led the way in the inaugural 13.1M and Shaun Donegan notched himself 1st in the 13th Froggy. Congratulations to all who joined us and we appreciate your trust in us and also you following the rules required to make events happen. Lastly, a big thank you to our volunteers who were spread out near and far to help you navigate your way and cheer you on.

The Capital Region's very own Anny Stockman continues to re-write the record books - even if it took 2 years after she c...
08/05/2020

The Capital Region's very own Anny Stockman continues to re-write the record books - even if it took 2 years after she crossed the finish line. :) Anny continues to run, and hopefully by next year she'll have the opportunity to set more records at a race in our area.

You only have one body. Make it strong. Keep running. And if you're ready to get out there, adequately apart from others...
08/04/2020

You only have one body. Make it strong. Keep running. And if you're ready to get out there, adequately apart from others but still in earshot of the music and the energetic announcing that makes you truly feel alive, we've got you covered with our August line-up of the Froggy Five Mile & Hard as Hell Half Marathon, Thacher Park Trail Running Festival, and the Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon.

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07/30/2020

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Need some fresh air? Our Froggy Five Mile & Hard as Hell Half Marathon on Sun, August 9 is just the ticket to get you ou...
07/24/2020

Need some fresh air?

Our Froggy Five Mile & Hard as Hell Half Marathon on Sun, August 9 is just the ticket to get you outdoors in a beautiful place, spread out across miles of challenging terrain with rewarding views.

Whether you're looking for a race effort - or simply want to change up your routine at a low key event aimed at providing a fun atmosphere from a safe distance, join us!

Space is limited and reg closes (if not sooner) on July 31.

https://www.areep.com/events/froggy/

And yes, you get that sweet bandana. :)

Looking to race? The Adirondack Brewery - ADK 5k is happening on Sat, Sept 19 at 10AM in Lake George.Space is limited an...
07/23/2020
ADK 5k

Looking to race? The Adirondack Brewery - ADK 5k is happening on Sat, Sept 19 at 10AM in Lake George.

Space is limited and the event has been modified to meet all COVID-19 guidelines - grab your spot by Mon with code 'AREEP' to save $5.

https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/LakeGeorge/ADK5k

The ADK 5k is on Saturday September 19, 2020.

While we are asking that you bring your own mask/face covering, participants in our August 9 Froggy Five Mile & Hard as ...
07/16/2020

While we are asking that you bring your own mask/face covering, participants in our August 9 Froggy Five Mile & Hard as Hell Half Marathon will also be going home with one of these super cool bandanas! Space is limited and the start will be staggered over several minutes to maximize preventing any type of extended interactions between participants. For full details about these difficult races held on beautiful courses, visit here: https://www.areep.com/events/froggy/

We miss seeing this every weekend. Seeing it on Wnyt-Tv Newschannel 13 made us more emotional than we expected.Look at t...
07/02/2020
Capital District Challenge

We miss seeing this every weekend. Seeing it on Wnyt-Tv Newschannel 13 made us more emotional than we expected.

Look at them go. 😍

Pure Awesomeness!

We don't know a more fitting phrase for how happy, humbled, and thrilled we are to see and learn about what the CDC is inspiring us all to do - and Team "HR7260", whose youngest member is 62 years old, has 2 inspiring videos that aired on NBC yesterday that is sure to motivate us all.

Click the link and check out the videos at both the *top* and *bottom* of the link.

To Greg Rickes and the rest of his cohort, thank you for being part of the CDC and making sure that we're all pushing forward each day with a smile!

Come and get 'em! :)
06/30/2020

Come and get 'em! :)

Whether you'll be celebrating July 4th from your living room floor, a patch of grass, on the water or wherever life takes you, you can do it in style with your CDC Blanket in tow!

Pick-up from the AREEP Office (21A Railroad Ave, 12205) is available as indicated on this graphic.

We'll be emailing this out this evening as well.

YES - you can have someone else pick up for you. Please email them confirmation that you are OK with them picking up for you and have them show us that email when they get it. And YES, someone can pick up for an unlimited number of people.

We will offer more day/times next week, along with ideally a Malta/Saratoga area option as well.

06/24/2020
Capital District Challenge

Walter Cronkite may have paved the way, but Pete Rowell has responsibly taken the baton and is leading us forward as a beacon of integrity, humor, and an amazing sense of style.

Are you feeling like you need a little extra reason to smile these days? Whether it's knowing that your 4 year old is better at video editing than our team at AREEP, or your amazement that Pete Rowell's wife continues to let him wear that shirt each week, here's 3 minutes to brighten your day.

Pete also features some of your pictures with in-depth analysis only possible due to his extensive experience in the advanced field of running photography developed over the past month. He truly is a pioneer - join him on his journey by watching this epic production.

While it's a bit ironic that it should feel like an ultramarathon to put on a 5K, we are doing just that this Saturday, ...
06/22/2020
ARE's Dodge the Deer 5K

While it's a bit ironic that it should feel like an ultramarathon to put on a 5K, we are doing just that this Saturday, with our Dodge the Deer 5K. And we thought pulling it off the first year was tough - sheesh!

The event will be a CONSIDERABLY MODIFIED EXPERIENCE. Please read all the details at the event website so that we
a) Even allow you on the property
b) Act in a way that is safe for ALL attending - and enables us to continue moving forward putting on events that you love

In short, WE CANNOT WAIT TO GET THE MUSIC UP AND CREATE AN AWESOME ATMOSPHERE FOR YOU. One that we miss, SO SO MUCH. My goodness, a post with caps. But we're screaming with joy. I'm not crying, you're crying. ;)

Limited space! Grabs yours ASAP here:
http://dodgethedeer.com/

Our Capital District Challenge continues to evolve and add more features for your enjoyment!Be part of the fun at http:/...
06/18/2020

Our Capital District Challenge continues to evolve and add more features for your enjoyment!

Be part of the fun at http://www.CapitalDistrictChallenge.com

2.5 weeks to go.
10 blankets remain.

Features Update!
Based on some ideas from Dallas DeVries and Joe Benny, we've added the following features to the tracking page:
1. You can now click on any City or Team and see its Heat Map.
2. The Daily Miles graph now also shows the number of activities for each day. Its footer now also shows the total # of activities and average distance of our activities.
3. We added a new panel called "Going the Distance".

Check it all out here:
https://www.zippyreg.com/virtual/results/cdc/

2 weeks down, 3 to go in the Capital District Challenge. Check out the the leaders below! Full results here:https://zipp...
06/15/2020

2 weeks down, 3 to go in the Capital District Challenge. Check out the the leaders below! Full results here:
https://zippyreg.com/virtual/results/cdc/

Another week in the books! Our city competition placings held steady, along with Kelly Virkler and Dan Maychack's "Virklechack" squad retaining their #1 placing in the Team Division and the "you won't find me on Social Media" David Vona once again led the individual competition averaging 17.5 miles/day.

Other than that, the race is ON! Tons of jousting around in the team division, with teams switching places all week - along with plenty of shuffling in the highly competitive individual division as well.

What will Week 3 bring? Does Team Virklechack win a 3rd week - and therefore guarantee their "best of 5" victory? Does David Vona join Facebook and watch his miles plummet as he scrolls through an endless newsfeed and learns about this online world he's never experienced? Do the rest of us quit Facebook and all outside distraction, committing ourselves to exclusively healthy foods and 20 miles/day? We'll see!

We are excited to announce that we have confirmed today that - as things currently stand (and so long as the situation d...
06/11/2020

We are excited to announce that we have confirmed today that - as things currently stand (and so long as the situation does not worsen) - our Dodge the Deer 5K & Kids Races is ON for Sat, June 27.

The SAFETY of EVERYONE at the event is paramount, and so we are proceeding with some modifications to how the event will be held.

Full details here: http://www.dodgethedeer.com/

Get registered here: http://dodgethedeer.com/register

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06/11/2020

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Our Capital District Challenge saw some incredible dedication in week 1 as well as some close competition. Are YOU in th...
06/09/2020

Our Capital District Challenge saw some incredible dedication in week 1 as well as some close competition. Are YOU in the challenge? 4 weeks of action remain - be part of it at http://www.CapitalDistrictChallenge.com

And the race is heating up!

In our first week of action, over 400 of us submitted over 9,400 miles! Albany, taking advantage of its size, wins the city division, while the other 3 are relatively quite close.

On the team side, rumor has it that the captains of the top 3 teams, Kelly Virkler, Renee Tolan and Karen Bertasso Hughes, have daily text check-ins with their squads while Greg Rickes, the leader of the HR7260 - a team with an average age near 70! - is confident that his team's maturity will get them on the podium in week 2.

Meanwhile, Dave Vona knocked off 124 miles to start June, our only participant north of 100 miles.

6 days remain in Week 2 - get out there and get those miles!

If there was ever a day to lace up, today's the day. Get in the miles you know you want, and the rest of the day is just...
06/03/2020

If there was ever a day to lace up, today's the day. Get in the miles you know you want, and the rest of the day is just gravy.

Running rang, and you answered the call.

Our Capital District Challenge has launched and people are already getting out there, putting in the miles.Full details ...
06/01/2020

Our Capital District Challenge has launched and people are already getting out there, putting in the miles.

Full details at http://capitaldistrictchallenge.com

And the race is on as nearly 200 miles have already been logged today!

While it will take us every last part of these 5 weeks if we'll accomplish the goal of running/walking every street in the Capital District, here's a look at where it stands after just a few hours: https://www.zippyreg.com/maps/member-activities/heat-map/

We'll check back in with everyone tomorrow. Until then, enjoy getting in your June 1 / Day 1 miles!

It's been weeks in development to create a motivating and engaging platform that you've never seen before, and we can't ...
05/28/2020

It's been weeks in development to create a motivating and engaging platform that you've never seen before, and we can't wait until everything officially kicks off on Monday!

Make the commitment to be part of the effort - and have your miles count towards something we all create - covering the Capital District!

http://zippyreg.com/cdc/register

Hello fellow Capital Districters - just 4 days until the official kick-off!

Here's some quick things to know:
1. Anyone, regardless of where you live, can participate.
2. You can get in your miles anywhere.
3. The 'Battle of the Cities' is just 1 component of the multi-faceted event, which will also show total miles by every town with participants, along with every team, as well as how we are all doing.
4. Each week is its own mini-challenge, so we'll be showing totals for the entire series, along with how each week unfolds.
5. For those who choose to use Strava to import their runs, we'll be populating a map that highlights all the streets we've logged miles on. As a fun challenge to us all, we're hoping to see how much of the entire CD we can cover.
6. For fun, the results page will simulate the event as essentially a race around the CD. Towns/Cities/Teams will be shown looping around the 300 mile red perimeter (see image) while individuals will be going around the 100 mile blue loop that connects the 4 landmarks shown in our logo.

Help us make this the coolest collective running event the Capital District has ever seen! Spread the word - if you register and use your referral link to get 5 more to join, you get a $10 refund.

https://www.zippyreg.com/cdc/

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Hi, is the Thacher Park Trail running festival cancel?
Is the Thatcher Trail Series still being held as scheduled? Albany Running Exchange
Hi there! Posted a message on the H2H page. Curious as to so many races being canceled, most recently Boilermaker and of course Boston to name two prominent ones, I have to assume Aug 29 is no longer viable. Is there a timeline for a decision and/or some communication coming soon for folks to plan. Kindly!
When will the hotel link be updated for Albany?
Any update on hotels for Albany?
When will the hotel link be up for the Aug race?
ARE members (and friends!!) are invited to this virtual race series. $5 off registration with code: ARE. This is part of a really great race series in Syracuse. Worth the travel when regular racing resumes. ENJOY!!
Thank you! You guys are awesome, I just got my shirt delivered! I am looking forward to running this weekend. My route is already planned out. 🏃‍♀️
Well I guess there's one mixed blessing in all of this. None of the volunteers have to stand outside in the weather that we are supposed to have tomorrow. The rest of us runners would have gotten through this with a badge of badassery.
Anyone else feeling nervous about how little they have trained thus far for the Druther's Helderberg to Hudson half marathon? Or is it just me?? 😬😬 Kicking my butt in high gear to finish this in time!!
Has anyone experienced anterior tibial tendon strain? If so how long did it take you to get back to running? Also, did your doctor put you in a boot?
Looking for a good running program to get me ready for half marathon. Any suggestions?Hal Higdon?