Monday, February 29, 2016

Re-Discover Mohican State Park Lodge

Selfie at Mohican State Park Lodge

Being together with my family on getaways have built some of the best memories of my life. Of course, I never just remember being on the beach, or being on the boat. I most remember the marathon game of ping-pong with my dad or the rictor-scale measuring belly-flop from my brother at the pool. Creating some of those new memories are made easy at Ohio State parks, including Mohican State Park. 

The Mohican State Park Lodge lies right in the middle of the extremely popular and incredibly massive Mohican State Park, which is 1,110 acres in size and includes 5 miles of the scenic Clear Fork Branch of the Mohican River that runs through. The recreational opportunities available to the park visitor include fishing, hiking, picnicking, camping, mountain biking, hunting, horseback riding, backpacking, and boating.

There's so much to explore, that you can't possibly do it all in just one day. That's why thousands of people a year choose to stay at the Mohican State Park Lodge by reserving one of its 96 guest rooms. Lodge rooms are available in double, queen, and king size, and are all complete with fantastic amenities to make your stay relaxing and comfortable. flat screen televisions with DVD players, balconies, patios, free wifi, coffee makers, mini fridges, and full baths are just some of these amenities. All rooms are smoke-free, and some are pet-friendly

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Chili Bowl Classic 5K Recap

Photos by OHventures

Nothing gets me fired up more in the wintertime than a hot bowl of chili (see my post containing my Award Winning Chili recipe)! So, needless to say, I was thrilled to learn about the Chili Bowl Classic 5K that took place in downtown Cleveland on February 27, 2016! This annual event made promise of 10 different varieties of chili at the finish line - which was definitely motivation to run faster!

The event kicked off at the Galleria at Erieview Tower (which was the same setting for the Tackle The Tower event last year). The place was jam-packed with hundreds of runners, proof that chili makes the people come together. The race packet consisted of a commemorative soup mug and a long sleeve race shirt (pictured below). 


The race began at 9:30 AM, which gave time for the sun to come out and warm things up a bit. The skies were sapphire blue, and the weather was just right as we started running the course, which took us past some of the best landmarks in Cleveland: the Cleveland Convention Center (which happened to be hosting a Comic Convention that morning, so you can imagine the war of the comic book nerds versus the runner nerds that ensued), the Browns Football Stadium (oh, sorry, I mean First Energy Stadium), and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! It was a looped course, so we were lucky enough to run by these places twice!

I finished with a time of 26:15, a respectable time especially with my lack of training. At the finish line, I had the opportunity to congratulate one of the few dogs who ran (and beat me, by the way). Sadly, the dog couldn't enjoy the next part of the race: the CHILI!

Photo by Hermes Road Racing

The lines for the chili were pretty much a free-for-all. I would suggest making things a bit more organized next year, as the huge crowds made it difficult to get served (the chili-tasting portion is open to non-runners for $5, so there were even more people here than before). But, after waiting patiently, and navigating through the troves of hungry humans, I managed to score me 6 out of the 10 chili dishes to taste.

Photo by Hermes Road Racing

Each chili was made by a different group, many police and firefighter groups from Cleveland. You were to fill out a ballot with your favorite and place it in the ballot box so that the votes could be counted and a winner could be crowned. Aside from not tasting all 10 chili entries, it also was just so hard to choose since they were all so different and all so good (save for one entry, which I shall not name here). The different varieties were: beef, bean, beef & bean, turkey, white, and veggie! So, as you can see, it was hard to choose which to vote for (thankfully way better choices than we have in the presidential primaries right now).

Photo by Hermes Road Racing

The winner of the chili trophy and cash donations was the Cleveland Police Foundation. But the real winners were all of us runners who had the chance to dine on all of that delicious chili!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

AkRun & Crawl: After Dark

It's the milestone 10th year of the AkRun & Crawl! To celebrate, this year we're doing things AFTER DARK with a Flashlight Glow Run along the Towpath Trail followed by an epic bar crawl in the Merriman Valley on May 21, 2016 with a race start of 9:00 PM

Our 5K run follows the scenic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through the Merriman Valley before joining your friends for a pub crawl to celebrate your finish in style. Participants receive glow necklaces and accessories to wear while running, and are encouraged to bring flashlights to illuminate the trail. 

Registration also gets you an official AkRun & Crawl t-shirt, and a beer mug for access to special drinks and free food at the 5 participating bars: Johnny J’s, Shots, Woody's Tavern, The Corner Bar, and The Lazy Gator. There will even be cake and special "birthday drinks" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of AkRun & Crawl!

Race registration begins at 7 PM, with a 9 PM race start in front of BCG & Co., located at 1735 Merriman Road in Akron. Join us at 9:30 p.m. as we kick off the Pub Crawl at Johnny J's, located in the Liberty Commons Shopping Plaza at 1282 Weathervane Lane, Akron, OH 44313. Race results will also be announced at this location. 

What are you waiting for? It's just $35 for the glow run & pub crawl, so come join the fun at the #AkRunAfterDark !

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Celebrate Leap Day in Grandview

Leap Day is February 29 and Destination Grandview is teaming up with Yelp and Drink Up Columbus for a fun evening filled with all the classic Leap Day traditions: yellow and blue decorations, all the rhubarb you can eat (and drink!) and of course the main man himself, Leap Day William! Leap Day is that special day when you can do all the things you normally wouldn’t – real life is for March!

If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’ve probably never seen the 30 Rock episode “Leap Day,” but that’s OK – we’re going full Festivus and celebrating this made-up TV holiday on Monday, February 29 from 6-8 PM on Grandview Avenue.

Leap Day William will be strolling Grandview Avenue from 6-8 PM to hand out candy. Be sure to don your best blue and yellow outfit because Yelp will be giving away prizes to everyone wearing the traditional Colors of Leap – and you don’t want to be caught wearing anything besides blue and yellow or else! Poke your eye, pull your hair, you forgot what clothes to wear! You can also pick up the limited edition Leap Day 2016 t-shirt at, designed by Grandview screenprinter Outfit Good.

Look for rhubarb beer, cocktail, food and other Leap Day specials from Grandview businesses like Watershed Distillery, Stauf’s, The Avenue (mixing up a special Leap Day Blue Bee’s Knees cocktail), Matt the Miller’s Tavern, Honeykiss Bakery (with homemade rhubarb pie), Smokehouse Brewing and more – the full lineup of participating locations and specials will be posted on Yelp and Facebook
Grandview businesses still interested in participating can email Cheryl Harrison

Head to Giant Eagle Market District in Grandview at 8 PM for the official Gnarley Leaps Away Leap Day Afterparty featuring five different version of MadTree Gnarley Brown and a rhubarb spritzer. Market District is also the “Official Rhubarb Sponsor” of Leap Day 2016.