Friday, 20 April 2018

26 Miles, 26 Dedications - Chapter 4


     Well here we are.   Most of us training for both the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon are in taper mode as race day is just a few weeks away.  We're counting down the days, and we're anticipating the excitement of that glorious Sunday morning.  I know I've said it before, but I still find it funny that as a kid my buddy Arron would also say, "come on a run with me," but I would just look at him like he's crazy.  Over 20 years later, I'm about to run marathon number 4.

     Although it baffles me, it also still makes me smile a lot.  I'm proud of what I've been able to accomplish since I began running, and I'm also proud of all the good we've been able to do for the Mario Lemieux Foundation with each fundraising campaign.  I always set the main goal to raise $2500, in hopes that we can exceed that goal.  We've done so every year, and this year is no different.  We've been able to raise $3615 to date, and I'm still hopeful that we can hit $4000 raised come race day.  I'm honored and humbled by everyone's generosity each and every year.  I can mainly only say thank you, so....THANK YOU!  Over the course of five years, you all have helped raise a total of $17,349!  HOLY MOLY!  I mean really, HOLY MOLY!  (Did I mention HOLY MOLY?)  Again, this is outstanding and I could never have done this without any of your help.  That is why I say that WE have done this, as a team, because WE DID!

     Anyhow, as I've done every year, and will continue to do so as long as I can, I'd like to dedicate my miles on race day.  I've seen a lot of sadness posted on Facebook the last few months, as well as years.  This one is a rough one but still one that I wish to type.  With that being said, here are my 26 miles, with 26 dedications.

Mile 1 - Mrs. Donna Koffler.  Normally, I dedicate mile 1 to three people who I will always continue to honor.  But this time, I wanted Mrs. K to have mile 1 all to herself.  I've been thinking about Mrs. K a lot lately.  It's mainly because I wanted to tell her that I met this really awesome chica name Edyta.   My family loves her, and of course I do too.  I'm 100 percent positive you would as well.  She'll also be running her first marathon on the 6th.  I know you've watched over me a few times, but don't worry about me this go round.  Do me a favor and watch over her.  Keep whispering in her ear to keep going, no matter how hard it may get.  I know she'll be able to finish, but just in case she needs that extra push, give her a nudge for me, OK?  Thank you.

Mile 2 - Lou Majetic and Cy Clark.   You guys didn't think I forgot about you, did you?  Nope.  Always going to dedicate a mile to you.  God bless you both.

Mile 3 - Phillip Droulia.   Philip, you were just recently called upon and no longer with us.  I've only met you once, but I've hung out with your sister many times as I'm very close with her best friend Bonnie.  You sister and mom have always spoken very highly of you and are super proud of you.  Rest in peace young man, and always be the angel they need to watch over their shoulders.



Mile 4 - Marie "Sue" Bivona.   Sue, we all miss you here at BCD Travel, and the news of your passing was something none of us wanted to hear.  Thank you for always being you, and thank you for always keeping in touch with everyone after your retirement.  We miss you, and we'll always remember you.

Mile 5 - Ken and Joyce Freeman.   Mr. Freeman was one of my Scout Masters growing up, and I was friends with his daughter Kim as well.   The Freeman's just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently, and I still owe them a card.   So for now, happy 50th!  Mile 5 is for the both of you.

Mile 6 - The Humboldt Broncos.  #sticksoutforhumbolt    Most of you have already heard of the tragedy that befell the team.  There really is not much more I can say except that I hope the young men that were lost in the accident are resting in peace, as well.

Mile 7 - Alex Homerosky.   Alex's brother Matt was a bartender I had met while DJing so many years ago in down town Pittsburgh.  I've not seen you in many years Matt,  and I'm sorry for the loss of your brother.

Mile 8 - Melissa Jo Rose.  I've not met Melissa and just know that she was a friend of my friend Danielle Fitzpatrick.  I'm glad that you are in a better place now, and I know my friend misses you.  RIP.

Mile 9 - Terry Whitworth.   I've not seen you in quite some time either Noelle, and I'm truly sorry for your mom's passing.  My condolences to you and your family.  RIP.

Mile 10 - Janet Polen.   Janet was the mom of another friend from high school.  Jim, may your mom rest in peace, also.

Mile 11 - Dolores Yanosick.   Dolores' granddaughter Kelly graduated from RMU many "Moons" (see what I did there) ago.  I met Kelly and her sorority sisters while DJing at McCoy's place, and still see Kelly often, but usually at a race.  Just this past weekend I saw her at the Pirates 5k/10k and she told her dad, "don't let that pink hair pass you up!"  She also told me to make sure he wasn't behind me.  Kelly is one fast little bugger, though!  I'm super proud of her and all her racing accomplishments, and I'd like to dedicate this mile to her late grandmother.

Mile 12 - Robert J. Morrow.   Hi Mr. Morrow.  I work with your daughter here at BCD Travel.  I know you know this, but she's pretty awesome.  She's been with BCD way longer than I have, and she's taught me and others a lot.   I also know that she misses you very much since your passing.  We'll take care of her here for you.  RIP, sir.


Mile 13 - Dorothy Egan.    Dorthy was my friend Amy's grandma.   I don't have to tell anyone who Amy is as everyone has seen plenty pictures of our running group.  Never met Amy's grandma but may she RIP.

Mile 14 - Stanley "Butch" Sieracki.  My friend Jill and old roommate Adam lost their father recently.  I've never met Mr. Sieracki, but this is the best way I can think of to honor him.   Watch over us all Butch.


Mile 15 - Justin Tyburski.   Justin was the cousin to my roommate's brother in law Chris Zona and and his sister Dr. Elizabeth Zona.  RIP Justin.

Mile 16 - Debbie Carasone.   Debbie was a friend of my sister Jodi, and the God Mother of my niece Marissa.  I did not know her personally, but I know she was near and dear to their hearts.  I'm glad you are no longer in paid Debbie.   RIP.

My sister Jodi and Debbie
Mile 17 - Richard E. Lieberum.   Richard was the uncle of one of our Jeckyl And Hyde regulars, Jessica Shoop.  Jessica has been a fan of "DJ Qwik" for many years as well as a friend.  I hope your uncle is doing well in the heavens above Jess.  My condolences to you and your family.

Mile 18 - Stanley Frank Konarski "Stush."  Stanley was the father of another one of my co-workers, Susan Sullivan.   I've know Susan for as long as I've been in travel.  I'm truly sorry for the loss of her father.  RIP Stush.

Mile 19 - Margaret Oberleitner.   Ms. Oberleitner was the grandmother of another friend from high school, Jamie Stiffler Richardson.   RIP.

Mile 20 - Marlene Bell.   Marlene is the sister to Beverly Goldberg and aunt of Adam F. Goldberg.  I LOVE The Goldbergs show on ABC.  I love my child hood in the 80s.  When I watch the show, I can relate to Adam's character a lot.  I'm 3 years older, but it seems like if we grew up in the same area, we'd for sure have hung out.  What he did with a video camera growing up, I used to do with my boom box and a tape cassette.  Of course he was smart enough to keep everything and come up with a great idea in Hollywood, and I'm just a singer in a cover band (with a full time job so no worries!)   Adam's mom reminds me a lot of my mom, just with more swearing (according to TV anyway.  I'm the one with the mouth in the family.  Just don't tell my mom.)  Anyhow I've interacted with both on Twitter, and it's nice to be able to treat them both as they treat their fans:  we're all just normal people doing different things in life.  Two of the nicest people I have not met, and I know that the loss of Marlene was hard for them based on what I had seen when they talked about her.  Marlene gets mile 20.  RIP Ms. Bell.  (PS - Adam, your mom still needs her blue check mark on Twitter.)

Mile 21 - The RMU Men's Basketball Team and The RMU Cheerleading Team.   Thank all of you young folks for doing so much for Jimmy Spagnolo, his sister Lily, and their family.   They appreciate all that you have done, and I know those of us that have met Jimmy and his family do as well.  You are our future, and you are all doing some great things, with so many more great things in your futures.  Thank you. (Photo credits: Lacie Spagnolo)



Mile 22 - Robert Lee Lancaster.  Robert was the brother of one of my running coaches, Suzanne Lancaster-Natter.  Robert passed away a few years ago as well.  Robert, coach has taught me and so many other "newbies" on some of the best ways to not only run, but enjoy ourselves while doing so.  She's an endless ball of energy, and always keeps us smiling and going.  I wanted to find a way to repay her, so this mile is for you.  RIP.


Mile 23 - Tony Bowen Sr. and Garnet Weaverling  Tony was the brother of one of my team members, Phyllis Troy.  He passed away unexpectedly just recently.  My condolences to Phyllis and her family.  RIP Tony.  Ms. Weaverling was the Aunt of another of my team members, Stephanie Yuhas.  I know Stephanie was very close to her aunt.  May she too, rest in peace.

Mile 24 - Mildred Weber.  Mildred is the grandmother of an SCRR member that I've gotten to chat with a few times, Jessica Curcy.  Sbe had recently passed.  RIP.  While I'm at it, I'd like to add your dad to this mile Jess.  I don't know his name but I saw that you posted he had been recently diagnosed with cancer.  He gets to share this mile with your grandma.

Mile 25 - My brother Jason.  You've had a rough go for a lot of the past 5 -10 years.  I know it hasn't been easy.  I know we also didn't hang out a lot when you were little.  Once I moved on from high school to college, and then to the Navy, I wasn't around as much as I could have, and should have been.  But, I've always said you are one of the smartest people I know.  You're one of the most artistic.  You're also one of the most passionate.  You have grown so much in the last two or three years, and more so in the last year.  You're headed in the right direction, and no matter how hard it may get, or even how much you may be tempted to swerve from your current course, stay on the path you're on right now.  You're doing big things.  You're doing great things.  I'm proud of you each and every day, and I love ya kid.  (Even tough you're gonna be 39, you're still a kid to me.)

We need to recreate this one!
Mile 26 - Edyta and her daughter Zosia.  Edyta, although we knew each other for years, you came into my life at the right time.  You compliment me to no end, and you encourage (others will say enable) my quirky behavior.  You make me laugh and you make me smile.  You are my Polish Princess Leia.  You get mile 26 because when you get to this point in the race, I'll be there to cheer you across the finish.  Once I'm done, I'm coming back for you to see you to the end.  I love you.


There are .2 miles left!  We'll leave the last .2 for all my friends and family who will be cheering us all on to the end.

     For those of you I may have forgotten, I'm sorry.   There will be other races, and I hope to remember you all when the time comes.

With that, let's keep on running Pittsburgh.

Sinceriously,

Chuck Hull
The Running Jedi

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PS - I wanted to do a special dedication to Jimmy and our friend Deanna.  If you missed the video, please watch below (and 'til the end.)



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Friday, 23 March 2018

Don't Ever Forget To Have Fun!


     Last year it seemed like all I was doing was training for something.  Come to think of it, I really was.  I went from a marathon, to a half marathon, to an attempt at a 50 mile trail run, to yet another marathon and more.  I remember from The Great Race on to the end of October I was register to run any random type of race.   It seemed as if I was not giving myself a break.  I really wasn't.  But, was I having fun?  Oh yeah.  I was having a lot of fun!

     I'll admit, there were days where I just didn't want to run anymore, however those days were very few.  I really have gotten to love running and just about everything that comes with it.  I enjoy being outside no matter the weather.  I enjoy listening to all the sounds around me (and not particularly the ones coming from me.)  I just like being...free.  I was free from work.  I was free from technology and social media.  I was free from everyday life.  I was free to just run, look around, and smile.  There was no better feeling than lacing up my shoes, stepping out the door, and simply taking off down the road.  It was intoxicating and invigorating.  And again, it was fun!

The classic Dan Potash photo bomb....
     Most days were simple.  I felt like I got a lot done, and I felt great.  I felt happy.  But, there were those days when I felt like what I was doing was too much and it did feel like work.  It wasn't supposed to, but sometimes that just comes with the territory.  Running long distance races is one heck of a commitment.  It takes up a lot of your time if you even have that to spare.  It takes a lot of dedication, and it takes pure drive to stay on the right path.  You will always try not step off of said path and head into a different direction, but you may slip up and find yourself headed that way.  Although I never really strayed from my path, (and again I admit that there were days I just wanted to stop) I asked myself if I was over doing things?  Was I giving myself enough rest, and was I eating right?  I'm pretty sure I answered yes to all of those questions, and when I look back at it all, I was still having fun.

     One thing about me that most people know is that I always want people to have a good time and enjoy themselves.  I'm an entertainer.  I need to make people laugh and smile.  I need them to feel good about themselves, and if I can help I will.  It's one of the reasons why I DJed for over 15 years, and one of the main reasons why I sing for a band.  If everyone is having a good time, I know I did my job.   And if you are, then I certainly am.  But, if neither of us are then we're all in a little bit of trouble.

     By the time I was done DJing, I was getting really tired and bored of it.  Music had changed way too much from when I started.  Half of the time I was not sure what anyone listened to anymore.   Between Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart radio, people had access to countless amounts of music.  A lot of that music you don't hear on the radio, but that style of music music was what I was always playing.  It was hard to take a request from someone when I had never even heard of the band or artist.  I always made it a point to try to keep current with the tunes by listening to the local top 40 stations, or even by checking the billboard charts.  I would even make a note or two of the songs I didn't have so that I could check them out later and maybe add them to my catalog.  But, it was still a new game and I just didn't want to keep up with it anymore.  I was no longer having fun as a DJ.  My band came along at just the right time though.  (Rock on brothers and sisters!)


     I look at running as no different for me.  Again, it's something I really grew to love and enjoy.  It never really feels like work at all.  I began to meet a lot of great people and connect with so many in a number of different ways.  I've been able to both learn from and even encourage other runners to just keep going and give it their all.  I do all of this while smiling, and I'm smiling because I'm having fun.

     I even wondered if I was going to be able to still have fun when I decided to give pacing a shot this year.  I knew there was a a greater responsibility that came along with pacing, but I couldn't let that change who I was or what I could do.  It hasn't.  In fact, I think it's made me even more aware of not only how much fun I'm having but how much fun everyone else is having, too.  Do we have an end goal in mind?  Sure we do, and we're all talking, joking, and laughing for miles at a time.  Running may be healthy, but we all know that laughter is truly the best medicine.

     It's also no different for me when it comes to having my picture taken while I'm out on the run.  If I see you, I'm going to make a face.  To quote Bill Murray in Stripes, "that's the fact, Jack!"  It's as simple as that.  I might be the self proclaimed Running Jedi, but I'm also a certified goofball.  Sure, there are some pictures out there with my wonderful smile, but if I see you with a camera, you know what's coming next.  You know it. I know it.  We all know it!

    So, whatever you do and where ever you are going, I beg of you: do not ever stop having fun!  I turned 45 years old in February and even moved up an age group, but those were the only things that had changed.  I'm still running.  I'm still smiling.  I'm still having a good time.  I don't care how many muscles it takes a person to frown.  The biggest muscle we have is our hearts, and it's our hearts that keep us going.

    With that, keep on running Pittsburgh.  If you happen to be with me, let's make sure we have some fun.

Sinceriously,

Chuck Hull
The Running Jedi

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My girlfriend Edyta and I, Pens 6.6k

My friend Amy avoiding my
picture shennanigans

Amy, me, and Stephanie, Harvest Moon Run


Amy, me, and Sara, Hell on Hills


Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva
thinks he can take me....



Great sequence of pictures right here....






St. Patrick's Day Run

What to think about during a run.....



Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Bon Jovi wants us to Keep The Pace




     Wait.  That's not how the song goes.  I think it's Keep The Faith.  Well, OK.  I know for a fact that it's Keep The Faith, but I was struggling with a pun my latest blog post title.  We're almost a full two months into the marathon training season, and things seem to be going pretty well.  Everyone is tacking on the miles and from what I can hear, also becoming very rungy (translation: run hungry.)

The Pittsburgh Marathon Kick off Run
     This year one of the things I wanted to do was become a little more actively involved with SCRR.   I wasn't quite sure how I could do that so I chatted with a few of the coaches I knew and came to the conclusion that pacing would be a good start.  I know how much it helped me when I joined, so I wanted to return to the favor to others as well.  It didn't matter if someone was running their first or second marathon, or maybe even their fifth.  I still wanted to help other runners achieve their goal as I had been helped to do so these past two years.  And with that, I was added to the 2018 Steel City Road Runner's Pace group.  No pressure there, right?

The Pittsburgh Marathon Kick off Run
     I'll be honest.  I was (and still am,) very nervous about being a pacer.  I've had some great coaches and teachers in this area, and they have helped me a great deal in order to finish two marathons.  Coach Betsy and Coach Suzanne were with me every step of the way, and were clearly a huge part of my success.  "The perfect 10's" is what they like to call us.  I'm not going to lie - I dig it.  They have and continue to do such a great work when guiding everyone, but could I?  I know how I feel after running 10, 13, and even 18 miles.  At about 20 miles I can feel my body cussing me out and telling me where I can go.  I get very tired, and my mind really starts to get the best of me.  It's those reasons and perhaps others that I don't want to let anyone down.  But, we're not there yet.  Why worry or even stress over something that hasn't happened and may never?  Focus on the here and now.  We've got a long training season ahead of us.  I'll have plenty of time before we ever get to that point.
Pink out run for Deanna Skvarla

     For the Dick's Sporting Good Pittsburgh Marathon Kick Off Run (and a few after that,) I took the opportunity to learn some more from Coach Betsy as well as another seasoned runner, Sara Angelilli (check out her block at http://www.sararunsthistown.com.)  If anyone can believe it, I did so quietly and made sure to observe anything that I thought would help me to learn what it takes to be a successful pacer.  All throughout the city it seemed like I was able to tell when we were speeding up or slowing down.  They always did such an awesome job of making sure that whatever we had to do, we maintained our pace.  Since they were leading the way, I dropped to the back of the pack a few times just in case anyone was struggling and needed the extra boost or chatter to get them through the next few miles.  I wanted to make sure that not only did we start together, but finished together as well.  It was a great run, and a fun one to boot, but at some point, I knew I was not going to have Betsy or Sara's help (or anyone's for that matter,) and that day came pretty quickly.

Pink out run for Deanna Skvarla
     February 3rd was the half marathon kick off run, and when we received our pace assignments, I saw that I was flying solo.  No partner in crime for me!   My first thought?  "Uh. oh."  That was soon followed by, "Oh, crap."  How am I going to do this?  Could I do this?  Am I going to  go too fast or too slow?  Will I let anyone down.  These were very real thoughts!  You'd think at the age of 45 I wouldn't have to worry about something like this, but I was.  I also knew that I was worrying myself over nothing.  I have a bad habit of overthinking things time and again and I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I was doing that morning.  So I said to myself, "look dude (I sometimes call myself dude) you got this.  You've run three marathons now, and you run pretty much 5-6 days a week.  You normally run the same pace day in and day out.  This is no different.  Sure you're not running solo and you could be leading a group of 30 other runners, but you can, and you will do this."  I really said that.  I'm not kidding.  OK, maybe not all of it, but I am pretty sure I called myself dude.

Pink out run for Deanna Skvarla
     We did have a pretty nice sized group that morning, and ready to tackle 3-5 miles.  First up a was a 3 mile loop back to the UPMC Sports Complex on the Southside, and those that needed to continue on for 5 miles would be able to do so.  A good majority chose to run 5.  Even thought it was a little cold and icy, we were all able to stick together and really enjoyed the atmosphere.  Everyone seemed to really be having a good time.  When all was said and done, we managed an overall pace of 10:04 per mile.  Not too shabby for my first solo flight!  I felt pretty proud of that.  Everything had gone exactly how I hoped it would, and more importantly, I had fun!  Now, could I do this on longer distances?  It would be two weeks before I was able to find out, and that happened just this past weekend.

Pink out run for Deanna Skvarla
     I was still nervous about leading solo again, but that was mostly because I had 15 miles on my training plan. And, because I had plans close to lunch time, I decided to do half my miles before the group run.  This time I said to myself, "OK dude (see, told ya,) you have 15 miles on your schedule today.  If you do 8 before, you should be tired enough to keep the 10:00 per mile pace with the group for 7 and see who needs to do the other 2 miles back at the garage."   Now due to my always wanting to be on time, my first 8 miles I may have run a tad bit too fast.  When I looked at my watch back at the SCRR garage, I averaged 9:23 per mile.  I could feel it in my legs, too.  Uh oh.  (Pause for dramatic effect.  Use your own sound effects if you will.)



Pink out run for Deanna Skvarla
     Before we headed off for the run, we were advised of the minor detours due to the flooding on the trail.  That was OK.  After two years of this, I've picked up on most of our routes so these minor detours should not be an issue.  It also helps when you can still see the 9:30 group ahead of you.  I was just a little worried that I may have tired myself out much too quickly, and that I would not be able to do what I had intended.  It may not have been my smartest plan, but it was my plan none the less.  Time to deal with it.  Tired, thirsty, and a little hungry, it was go time and off we went.  After the second mile in with the group, I didn't feel as bad as I thought I would, and my mind was actually at ease.  Overall I was feeling pretty good.  Two miles in and everything felt...right.  (It also helps when you have your Honey Stinger products to fuel your body.  You can get those here: https://www.honeystinger.com. #shamelessproductplacement)

This year's training shoes: some of my dedications
and people I wanted "with" me every step of training.

     At 4 miles in I started to notice that my GPS watch was going wonky.  When I glanced at it, it showed that our group was running a 13:00 mile, and then jumped to an 8:30 mile.  Uh, what?  I had no clue what was happening so when we approached the water stop, I simply rebooted the thing.  We only had approximately 3 miles left before getting back to the garage so a quick reboot should do the trick and get us back on track.  That seemed to be the case but according to Garmin, our group ran a 6:59 mile for that 7th mile.   Say what?  I didn't feel like it but apparently our group turned into the Fast and the Furious!  Who knew we were feeling that adventurous?  I sure hope they don't ask me to pace the 7:30 group next time out!  All kidding aside, even with the slight detours our group ended the run with 8.2 miles by the time we got back to the garage.  We we able to maintain our pace, and those that needed night did a quick up and back jaunt.  Everyone else decided to head inside to donate to the CF group and grab some heavenly grub.  (Audrey Burgoon who runs for team CF makes such a great breakfast!)



Flood waters near the P3R offices.  Waters covered the
North Shore trails

     Since last weekend's run was longer than my first time out, I can honestly say I'm feeling pretty confident in my ability to be able to help pace other runners.  I wasn't sure at first, but I surely am now.  This felt really good.

     When I got home to clean up, I had some more time to think and that run as well as the previous.  Pacing definitely seems like the right thing to do this year.  I know what I am capable of doing even when I feel that sometimes I may not make it.  I think that other runners may probably feel the same way that I do.  But, if we can feel that same way together, then we can most certainly accomplish great things together.  All we gotta do is keep the pace.

With that, keep on running Pittsburgh.

Sinceriously yours,

Chuck Hull
The Running Jedi


PS: Still plenty of time to donate to the Mario Lemeiux Foundation.  The latest give away is a 2017 #teamlemieux prize pack consisting of a tech shirt, insulated water bottle, and a cooling towel. All donations from Feb 19th to March 3rd are eligible!  To donate, click the link below.  We've raised $1195 to date and the goal is $2500.  If we reach $2000 by Feb 28th, I'll be rocking and rolling in a a dress when my band plays The Hangar in Moon on March 3rd!   $2500 raised, a signed Mario Lemieux Hockey Helmet will be raffled AND I'll be running the marathon in a flamingo suit!  Donate today!

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I'd also like to take the time to thank all that have donated to my fundraiser thus far:

- Stacey Cleary, Mike Burns, Marlene Hull, Michelle Szell, Don Koffler, Eric Noll, The Walter Family, Chrissie Boden, The Hluben Family, Joanne Clark, The Fitzpatrick Family, Shannon Malady, Mario Venneri, Sam and Julie Parker, Adam DeMarco, The Haas Family, Ali Perdue, Craig Ewing, Deanna Skvarla, Sara Majetic, Amy Egan, Eric Kiefer, and Edyta Williams.  Thank you all so much! Please feel free to share the link with anyone you may know, as well!

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 Enjoy a few extra pictures from the last few runs.

Half Marathon Kick off Run at the UPMC Sports Complex
on the South Side.




Half Marathon Kick off Run at the UPMC Sports Complex
on the South Side.



The Pittsburgh Marathon Kick off Run



Half Marathon Kick off Run at the UPMC Sports Complex
on the South Side.

Half Marathon Kick off Run at the UPMC Sports Complex
on the South Side.














Just "loaf"ing around.....

Who's taking a picture of whom, Coach?