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February 6th, 2013

What charities are you benefitting when you run a RAM Race?

One of the best parts about the running and tri community is the tight knit bond with charities across the nation!

You may not realize how much you are helping local charities by participating in Chicagoland races, but just by signing up you are making a contribution to some amazing organizations. RAM Racing works with a different charity for all of our local events, and we love it! The money raised from one event can help a small charity reach their donation goals for the entire year.  Find out a little bit about each of our charities and the different groups they benefit.

100 Club of ChicagoCinco de Miler Charity – This organization provides for the surviving spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics who lose their lives in the line of duty.  This includes all federal, state, county and local officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook County. Since its inception, the 100 Club of Chicago has served 247 families with more than $9 million, of which more than $4 million was devoted to educational assistance for the dependents.

MisericordiaNorth Shore 1/2 Marathon Charity – Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.

Blade Runners – Terrapin 5k & Music Festival Charity - Chicago Blade Runners is a group dedicated to helping amputees interested in running.  They have over 20 members who range from competitive athletes to recreational runners. The group is filled with great people who motivate and push each other to have fun and achieve their goals.  If you are an amputee who is interested in running or an able bodied runner interested in being a guide, the Chicago Blade Runner’s would love to welcome you join their group.

Gilda’s Club – Bucktown 5k Charity- Gilda’s Club Chicago opened their signature red door in 1998. They provide a warm and welcoming meeting place where men, women and children diagnosed with cancer, and family and friends, join with others to build social, emotional and informational support as an essential supplement to medical care. Membership and their program is free of charge. Gilda’s Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in their home-like clubhouse.

Black Diamond - North Shore Turkey Trot Charity - Black Diamond Charities is a Charitable Fundraising Organization formed to Support and Empower the lives of Children in need, as well as, Armed Forces Personnel who have served in Defense of our Freedom, and their families.

Ronald McDonald House Charities  - Hot Chocolate 15/5k Chicago Charity – RMHC improves the health, well-being and education of children through their core programs. The four houses in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of hospitalized children. The Houses allow families to eat, sleep and find the emotion support they need just blocks from where their child is receiving treatment. The world’s largest Ronald McDonald House opened at 211 E. Grand Ave, in downtown Chicago last year! With 14 stories of care and comfort, the House is able to accommodate 86 families each night offering a rooftop healing garden, a kitchen filled with home-cooked meals and supportive conversation.

Children’s Oncology Services, Inc - Big Foot Triathlon Charity – believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood.

Through the magic of childhood experiences (such as summer camp) they help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc offers participants:

  • diversion from their illness
  • opportunities for success and control
  • friendship and unconditional acceptance from those who understand
  • information, answers and validation
  • reasons to adopt a positive, “fighting” attitude
  • something to look forward to
  • memories that comfort when times are hard

 

Thank you for helping us support the local charities of Chicagoland Rammies!

       

August 24th, 2012

Bucktown 5K History & 2012 Preview

Attention #Rammies: the Bucktown 5K, or as Maureen of the I Heart Pikermis blog calls it “one of my favorite race[s] in the whole city.” is on September 16th, less than a month away! #Rammies like Heidi of the Tumblog HEIDI READS YA are getting ready!

“Well, it’s official. I’m running my first 5k in September. I’ve started training for one multiple times, but not had one to work towards so I give up. This time I actually have to be ready for one. … This will be great. It’s a good reason to really push myself for something I’ve wanted to do for a while, as well as get my exercise and diet back on the right track.”

Haven’t done the race before? Check out this vintage race video, also featuring interviews with officials from the race’s official charity partner: Gilda’s Club Chicago!

If enjoyed that, you’d also probably like the 2010 and 2011 race videos as well. Any veteran #Rammies see yourselves in the videos?

Similar to Maureen above, Lauren of the Lauren Runs weblog describes the Bucktown 5K as “one of my favorite races” in her 2011 race report; and she was a fan of last year’s goodie bag, “This year’s race didn’t disappoint in the swag:A super track jacket? Don’t mind if I do. It fits great, and has pockets” for 2012 RAM’s Best of Competitor design team has taken the next step with a technical fleece that any runner will adore featuring the Bucktown 5K’s new Chicago-centric logo!

The Bucktown goodie bags have been popular in the blogosphere for years, back in 2007 Delane of the Euphoric Agony wrote:

“So my real reason for running 5K races is the swag. I’ve pretty much eliminated races that have just have a cruddy t-shirt unless it for a really great cause. Thus my motivation for running the Bucktown 5K was the hoodie and hat.”

Also, this year #Rammies will again be treated to the Taste of Bucktown for the third straight year. Local restaurants and food vendors will be handing out samples of their cuisine to participants. All registered #Rammies receive 3 tickets redeemable at these fine local establishments in the post race party: Olivia’s, Starfruit, Choppers and West Town Bakery!!

Finally, for the first time #Rammies you have a chance to vote for the official location of the race after-party! Visit our Facebook page here to vote on the best of the 4 available drink or food specials! What do you think #Rammies, where do you want to spend your post-Post-Race Party?

By: Charlie Danoff / charlie@ramracing.org

Attention #Rammies: the Bucktown 5K, or as Maureen of the I Heart Pikermis blog calls it “one of my favorite race[s] in the whole city.” is on September 16th, less than a month away! #Rammies like Heidi of the Tumblog HEIDI READS YA are getting ready!

“Well, it’s official. I’m running my first 5k in September. I’ve started training for one multiple times, but not had one to work towards so I give up. This time I actually have to be ready for one. … This will be great. It’s a good reason to really push myself for something I’ve wanted to do for a while, as well as get my exercise and diet back on the right track.”

Haven’t done the race before? Check out this vintage race video, also featuring interviews with officials from the race’s official charity partner: Gilda’s Club Chicago!

http://vimeo.com/6994303

Any veteran #Rammies see yourself in the video?

Like Maureen, Lauren of the Lauren Runs weblog calls the Bucktown 5K “one of my favorite races” in her 2011 race report; and she was a fan of last year’s goodie bag, “This year’s race didn’t disappoint in the swag:A super track jacket? Don’t mind if I do. It fits great, and has pockets” for 2012 RAM’s Best of Competitor design team’s taken the next step with a technical fleece that any runenr will adore featuring the Bucktown 5K’s new Chicago-centric logo!

IMAGE: http://www.bucktown5k.com/files/this-is-your-goodiebag_bucktown.jpg

The Bucktown goodie bags have been popular in the blogosphere for years, back in 2007 Delane of the Euphoric Agony wrote “So my real reason for running 5K races is the swag. I’ve pretty much eliminated races that have just have a cruddy t-shirt unless it for a really great cause. Thus my motivation for running the Bucktown 5K was the hoodie and hat.”

Also, this year #Rammies will again be treated to the Taste of Bucktown for the third straight year. Local restaurants and food vendors will be handing out samples of their cuisine to participants. All registered #Rammies receive 3 tickets redeemable at these fine local establishments in the post race party: Olivia’s, Starfruit, Choppers and West Town Bakery!!

Finally, for the first time #Rammies you have a chance to vote for the official location of the race after-party! Visit our Facebook page here to vote on the best of the 4 available drink or food specials! What do you think #Rammies, where do you want to spend your post-Post-Race Party?

Hyperlinks:
http://www.iheartpikermis.com/2011/10/bucktown-5k.html
http://heidireadsya.tumblr.com/post/26836145040/bucktown-5k
http://www.gildasclubchicago.org/reddoorrunners.html
http://www.bucktown5k.com/charity/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR-0QnrVs-c
http://laurenruns.com/2011/10/04/bucktown-5k-race-reportaka-push-yoself/
http://oliviasmarket.com/
http://starfruitcafe.com/Home.aspx
http://www.choppers-chicago.com/menu.html
http://www.westtownbakery.com/
http://euphoricagony.blogspot.com/2007/09/bucktown-5k.html
http://running.competitor.com/2011/12/features/best-of-competitor-2011_43777/8
http://www.facebook.com/RamRacingOrg/app_190322544333196

August 17th, 2012

Terrapin 5K & Music Festival – 2012

Following the ’09 Terrapin 5K, Liz Plosser wrote in her race report for Time Out Chicago “Exercise, endorphins and beer? Last night the Terrapin 5K had to be the city’s happiest happy hour.” that tradition carried through this year’s event on August 2nd and was improved by the expansion into a Music Festival!

Participating and covering the event, NewCity correspondent Zach Freeman wrote:

“Milking the pre-Lollapalooza music festival vibe that’s in the Chicago air in early August, RAM Racing has expanded the music-festival part of the event, with race grounds including two stages, merch tents, LOTS of port-a-potties and plenty of food and beer”

“And when it comes to post-race partying, Terrapin delivers the goods in the form of six musical acts and a relaxing festival environment.”

“Organization (gear check, etc.): For the most part, these guys have events like this running like a well-oiled machine.”

The award for best dressed of the #Rammies goes to Erica Reid of the ericareid.com weblog

“Then, several years later, I started running, and learned that there was a Grateful Dead themed 5K called the Terrapin 5k, to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday. Last year, I was most excited about this race, cause I wanted to run it as Bob Weir. Then I fell off my bike. HEARTBREAK. So this year, I was UNSTOPPABLE. I did an amalgamation of old and young Bob, with jean shorts (look they have their own Facebook page!), a Ratdog tank top, a guitar, and a gray wig and beard.”

Erica Dressed as Bob Weir by Fuzzy Gerdes on Flickr!

Her husband, and fellow #Rammies member, FuzzyCo Blogger Fuzzy Gerdes of the FuzzyCo weblog was also kind enough to blog about the race:

“The main indication she was Bob Weir was the Ratdog tanktop she made, so she got lots of ‘Happy Birthday Jerry’s’. Cie la vie. Shaun and I ran a nice fast (for me) 5K and Bob Weir ran pretty fast for a 64 year old man (or for a woman who last year was unable to run this race at all because of her injuries).”

Also, just as he, Erica and Shaun did after Big Foot and South Shore, they made another race review podcast! Listen/download here (mp3).

Lindsay of the weblog Running the Windy City was impressed by how many #Rammies she saw!

“When we arrived I couldn’t believe how many people were there. It was incredible! I love that people want to spend their Thursday evenings running”

Pete of The Lakefront Trail weblog wrote

“There’s nothing like a well organized 5k with great music, great beer and partying on the lawn in front of Soldier Field with your neighbors to rejuvenate the tired marathon training soul. … The combination of a well-run race, great bands, great beer, and a beautiful setting, the Terrapin 5k is worth every penny.  Oh yeah, it makes things all the better when you can run a race p.r. and place in your age group!”

Alicia M was amongst those who thought the corrals worked well, as she commented on Facebook

“I’m ridin the wave too! I have to say I enjoyed the wave start. It is rare during a 5k that size I can hit my natural stride without constantly weaving in and out of people! But thanks to spreading it out I was able to. My husband PRed and I got my second best time :) thanks RAM Racing!”

I Heart Pikermis blogger Maureen agreed

* “This is the first time in a long while that I think that the corrals were correct.”
* “Mile 3:  My legs definitely feel heavy.  I just want to be done.  My mantra during this mile?  “One step ahead is one step closer to beer.”  I’m not joking.  I was purely motivated by the Magic Hat at the finish line.”
* “My beer was delicious.  Totally worth sweating through my clothes to get it.  I LOVE RUNNING!”

See also her 2011 T5K Race Report!

Beer is a great motivator and Lauren of http://laurenruns.com also loved hers, especially because it was part of an event supporting the Chicago Blade Runners!!

“Chicago Blade Runners were manning the Beer Tent, and there is a lot of overlap between this group and the Dare2Tri paratriathlon club I’ve been volunteering a bit with this year.  Yea for friends who will pass you a free beer! And yay for fundraising!”

Thanks to all you #Rammies who attended the Terrapin 5K and all of our spring and summer events! Look out next week for a spring/summer RAM Recap as well as a preview of this year’s Bucktown 5K!! If you haven’t signed-up, hurry, register here! Time is running out!!

By: Charlie Danoff / charlie@ramracing.org

August 10th, 2012

South Shore Tri – 2012

Official South Shore Triathlon 2012 Video by Brit Williams / RAM Racing

Saturday, July 28th was the 2012 South Shore Triathlon. Incredible morning on Chicago’s South Side where triathletes competed against their peers and themselves through challenging swim, bike and run courses with Sprint, Aquabike and Kids-Tri events! A bunch of you #Rammies were kind enough to post race reviews, and for that we say thank you!! Any time you post a race report please let us know via Facebook and Twitter!

About 3 weeks ago I convinced Josh and Michael to join me to do the South Shore Triathlon that was held today. I wish that my company was a convincing enough argument for either one of them to sign up, but what really won them over was the swag. They were sold after they saw the sweet bike jersey that they would get, with an outline of the city of Chicago. Either way, we had a great morning. This is one of the best dates Josh and I have been on in a long time! – Lindsay & Josh of the Stark Stories blog.

I did Chicago’s South Shore Triathlon this morning. Last time I swam without a wetsuit. This time I wore won. My swim was faster this year – by about two minutes. But my transition from swimming to biking was slower this year – by about two minutes. The trouble with wetsuits in triathlon is – the time you spend getting OUT of them counts against  you.

The advantage gained
was not retained.
– John E. of the Rhyme of the Day weblog.

I am a triathlete! #SouthShoreTri completed. - @Leasellshomes via Twitter

Also Fuzzy and Erica, the couple who did the Podcast review of Big Foot Triathlon, were active in their race coverage again! Posting another “The Unnamed Race Reviews Podcast – Episode 03” (mp3) in addition to recapping the race on FuzzyCo (Fuzzy’s blog) and ericareid.com (Erica’s). Beyond an incredible opportunity for beginning and expereience Triahtletes to enjoy Chicago’s 63rd Street Beach, the event gave an opportunity for all of Chicago’s Triathlon community to come together, including Tri-Masters (see their race photo gallery on Facebook) and Dare2Tri who posted the video below on YouTube:

Finally, participant Israel Anotnio put out an incredibly moving race review that I’d like to close with;

There is no way I will ever know if I am better off as I am or if I would have been better off sighted. I know I would take being sighted in a heartbeat. I have heard some people who are blind say they would never change if given the opportunity because being blind is who they are. I say I have a medical condition which caused me not to have my sight, but blind or blindness is not who I am. It is not my life. Marathons, triathlons, plays, screenplays, brother, friend, lover are all things which I am. I just happened to have misplaced my sight many moons ago. I still hope that one day my sight is restore. For now, I guess I will see by experiencing. This weekend I saw what I could do on a bike and run. I know have many more miles to go to grow and get better. I also saw that I am improving. That little boy who lost his sight twenty-one years back had one tremendous experience on Saturday and will have many more in races to come. - Israel Antonio’s Blog

If you have questions or comments, please share via Facebook and Twitter (be sure to include #Rammies so we can find your tweet!). If you’d like more details on the event, please read our official press release.

By: Charlie Danoff / charlie@ramracing.org

August 1st, 2012

2012 Terrapin 5K & Music Festival Sound Check

To help prepare you for tomorrow’s Terrapin 5K & Music Festival I’ve put together a sample “sound check” for you #Rammies to get acquainted before hearing them live tomorrow night under the stars!!

If you haven’t registered, what’re you waiting for? Hurry, click here to register!! It’ll close soon!

The Smoking Popes

Mr. Blotto

Truman & His Trophy

The Kickback

Board of Governors

Elephant Gun

If you have questions or comments, please share via Facebook and Twitter (be sure to include #Rammies so we can find your tweet)

By: Charlie Danoff / charlie@ramracing.org

April 10th, 2012

North Shore Half Marathon Making Major Changes to This Years Race

In 2011 The North Shore 1/2 Marathon went from being a local race to world class event, attracting elite runners with a $10,000 prize purse.  In it’s 33rd year the event brought over 30 elite athletes representing 13 nations to battle it out for the prize purse.

2012 RAM Racing has sweetened the pot even more, making the North Shore 1/2 a true runners race.  Above and beyond the $10,000 prize purse, this year North Shore 1/2 is offering $500 to the top male and female finishers from Illinois, giving them the opportunity to walk away with $3000 if they are the overall winner.

“It’s a step towards making the North Shore 1/2 an event that attracts elites from around the world. but also helping to support the local running community as well“  said Brandon Presern, RAM Racing, Race Director.

Travel reimbursement and gift certificates to Running Away Multisport for elite and age group runners are also a part of the new North Shore prize package.

Every thing we do, we do with the thought of adding to the overall experience of the runners,” says Presern. “From the elites to the first time 5K runner, we are always working to make sure that at the end of the day, they cross the finish line safely, but also have a great experience.

Every runner will get an North Shore 1/2 branded “track” jacket and 1/2 finishers will also get finishers medals.

Bringing a 1/2 Marathon to the Northern suburbs is something that Presern and his team look forward to every year. ” It’s a great course, and a different course 1/2 or 5K runners get to step away from the usual fair of the lake front path and run through an amazing part of our city.  It’s beautiful, challenging and historic.”

The post race party will have a live band, kid zone and plenty of food for participants of both distance races.

Registration is still available online at  http://www.northshorehalf.com/

April 4th, 2012

A Clean Chain, Is A Happy Chain

George Majarucon is our lead bike tech at the Running Away Multisport Clybourn location.  If you have a problem, George can fix it.  However, before you bring to to George, he put together some tips on how to keep your machine, clean and worry free.

A Happy Chain


Lately, I’ve been seeing bikes with dirty chains coming into the shop. As many seasoned cyclists know, it is imperative to keep the chain clean and free of any debris that can lead to premature drivetrain wear.  By cleaning the chain frequently and inspecting the chain for wear, the drive train of the bike will work efficiently.

Chain cleaning kits are a simple and efficient way to remove any contaminants from the chain.  This can be done while the chain is on the bike. Once the chain is cleaned, check if for wear; a chain measuring tool is the simple way to go. These tools are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. When in doubt, bring the bike into the shop for a quick chain inspection. If the chain is within its service limits it can still be used. If the chain does not meet standards, a new chain should be installed.

A worn chain can lead to premature drive train wear that can cause excessive damage on expensive components such as chain rings and cassettes. Also, once the chain has been cleaned, it must be dried and lubricated. When putting lube on the chain, make sure to apply lube to the rollers and not the side plates. After lubrication, turn the crank a few times. Once this is done, wipe the chain down with a rag to remove any lube from the side plates. Any extra lube on the side plates will attract debris and wear down the drive train.

By keeping your bike’s chain cleaned and well-lubed the drive train will perform more efficiently. This little bit of preventative maintenance will prevent premature wear on other costly drive train components. Now get out and ride.

Remember: Keep the rubber side down.

January 13th, 2012

Innovation- We Got It!

Brian Jacobson is our senior bike fitter, an Ironman and gear junkie.  If it’s coming out, he knows about it, here’s a preview of what you gear geeks can look forward to in 2012!  it’s going to be a great year!

Since the invention of the bicycle in the 1860′s the hunger to improve on it’s design has kept the industry growing and cyclist hungry for the next step in the evolution of the bicycle.  From the wood frame to the super light carbon rockets, changes are constant and continue.

There are several significant moments in the evolution of the bicycle: in 1885 with the invention of the safety bicycle, the early 1900′s brought us the derailleur for changing gears and it was introduced to the Tour de France in 1937.  In 1985 Shimano introduced the world to index shifting and a couple years ago introduced the first commercially successful electronic shifting system.

2012 is not going to be short on it’s own innovations for the bicycle. Hot on the heels of it’s very successful launch of it’s Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting group, Shimano has trickled the technology down to the Ultegra level drive train and has significantly reduced the cost.  Electronic shifting can now be found on road bikes, like the Felt AR3, for under $5,000.  In 2012 Shimano will be unveiling it’s redesigned Dura-Ace Di2 and which will follow Campagnolo’s footsteps and go to 11-speed.

Campagnolo has followed in Shimano’s footsteps and has introduced two electric group sets for 2012.  They have also released triathlon and time trial components, making Campagnolo a viable option for those disciplines.

SRAM has announced a new RED group will be unveiled in February, it will be even lighter than the current version of Red, which is already the lightest on the market.

2012 is shaping up to be a great year for those of us who suffer from chronic bike lust.

The good news is that Running Away Multisport will be hosting RAM U Live nights for you to check out the latest technology before it hits the market, and of course we will have it on the shelves and ready for you to ride before anyone else does!

Get Ready!

Ride hard,
Brian