Friday, June 6, 2014

Get your legs pumping at Findley State Park!

With the warm weather in full force, our anxious legs can’t wait to hop on a bike and ride off into the sunshine! So what better place to get those legs pumping than at Findley State Park on Route 58 in Wellington? I recently took my first ever venture out to Findley, and learned that the breathtaking 838 acres holds something for everyone.

I have always heard the rumors of the beautiful camping sites, beach, and stunning views of Findley, but did you know that it is also home to a renowned mountain bike trail? Off one of the many hiking trails, the sun pokes through the trees and illuminates a lush green forest with a small trail, marked by a friendly sign reading “Thorn Mountain Bike Trail”. But don’t let the tweeting birds and surrounding wildflowers fool you, the Thorn is one wild ride.

A twisting 9 miles of single loop track through heavy woods, the Thorn offers terrain that is both challenging and exciting.  Climb steep hills, round 180* turns, and face obstacles like log rides and even teeter-totters! Sounds fun, right? You’ll also be looping around their lake, and taking in all the beauty that the state park has to offer.

Feeling like taking a more relaxing route first? Not a problem. With 7 other bike trails, and amenities like Frisbee golf, canoeing, and fishing, Findley’s got you covered. You can even pick a day to engage one of the naturalist programs that they offer, including fishing, crafts and even archery!

Every day is a great day to visit Findley State Park, but the one I picked was extra special. The Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was visiting on the same day, and announced his future efforts with Findley to work on some of the campsites and amenities there. Get a whiff of fresh air, and keep an eye out for the improvements at Findley State Park!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

It's about time to spring to your feet!

Oberlin Earth Day 5K
I think it is safe to say that after such a bitter cold winter all will be sprinting into spring and summer, even the non-runners!

Here is a list of spring/summer Lorain County races to get you motivated for the season ahead...

Saturday, April 19  Oberlin Earth Day 5K
Location: Tappan Square, Oberlin
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Distance: 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 26th  Home Run for the Homeless
Location: All Pro Freight Stadium, Avon
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Distance: 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Location: 226 Middle Avenue, Elyria, OH
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Distance: Half Marathon - 13.1 miles or 5K 

Saturday, May 17 Run for the Red
Location: Bur Oak Pavilion in the Black River Reservation, Elyria
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Distance: 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 14  Run@ the Ridge 5K
Location: Pioneer Ridge by Del Webb, North Ridgeville
Time: 8:00 A.M.
Distance: 5K Run/Walk

Location: French Creek Reservation, Sheffield, OH
Time: 7:00 A.M.
Distance: Half Marathon - 13.1 milesor 5K

Location: Copopa Elementary School, 14168 W. River Rd., Columbia Station, OH
Time: 8:00 A.M.
Distance: 13.1 Miles (for both races) 

Location: Elyria Police Station – Kerstetter Way
Time 8:00 A.M.
Distance: 5k & 1 Mile

Location: Lakeview Park, Lorain, OH
Time: 8:00 A.M.
Distance: Triathlon - 1/4-Mile Swim, 14.3-Mile Bike, 5K Run   Duathlon - 5K Run, 14.3-Mile Bike, 5K Run

Location: Wellington Athletic Field, Wellington
Time: 8:30 A.M.
Distance: 5K & 10K 

Sunday, August 3 Journal Jog
Location: Black River Landing, Lorain
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Distance: 5K Run & 3K Walk

Location: Linwood Park, Vermilion
Time: 7:00 A.M.
Distance: Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 20k Bike — 5k Run
Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 40k Bike — 10k Run
Vermilion Harbour Triathlon

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Who said we need warm weather for adventure?

Some might say that it's a bummer when it gets this cold and the snow piles up here in North Central Ohio, but we know better! If anything the new obstacles only help us reach our target heart rate faster. It's also a great opportunity for some winter specific adventures to be had beyond just adding a lower temperature to the riding and hiking you can do year round on and near the BRaB.
Cycling the Back Roads and Beachse route
A great way to get those legs pumping is by snow-shoeing! If you've never tried it, the Lorain County Metro Parks are a great resource, and even if you're an old pro you can rent a set and head out of your own!

Keep in mind you can find plenty of great cross country skiing in this part of Ohio too. Parks like the Black River Reservation and the North Coast Inland Trail allow you to ski right here in Lorain County. Grab a pair of skis and head out at your own pace for a great afternoon!

And of course you can never go wrong with strapping on a pair of ice skates to get your blood pumping. North Park Ice Arena is waiting for you!

Vermilion Valley Vineyards

After your beat from your workout and need to warm up, head inside one of the great wineries just off the BRaB route, then crash here for the night at a hotel or B&B and try the next thing on your winter to do list in the morning!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New dining options along the BRaB route

As BRaB fans already know there are plenty of great dining options along the route. Here's a new one to add to the list: Treehugger's Cafe in downtown Oberlin. All the food is made fresh to order. Almost every item on the menu is organic. The menu features crepes, salads, wraps, soups and delicious desserts! Yum!

You'll find Treehugger's in the East College St. Building where Sprouts used to be. We're sad to see Sprouts go, but happy that such a great option has stepped in to fill the space!