Why run Athens? A look behind the marathon and its 50 years of success

This year the Athens half and full marathon celebrated 50 years of success, with over 700 runners competing. The annual event attracted all types of athletes, those running for speed and those just hoping to finish.

“Being a college student and training for a half marathon made for a pretty busy schedule,” Ohio University freshman Sean Collins said. “But I didn’t put any pressure on myself to beat some crazy time. I just wanted to say I finished and I worked hard.”

The Athens full marathon is a Boston qualifier, therefore runners from across Southern Ohio and West Virginia traveled in hopes of achieving a quick time. The majority of the course runs along the flat bike path towards Nelsonville, making for a smooth and quick race for seasoned runners. For a complete list of results, and to see who qualified for Boston, click here.

With encouragement from locals, friends and family, runners were cheered from start to finish. Though the marathon is one of the smallest in Ohio, energy and positivity were in abundance, pushing participants towards personal records. The race is a great opportunity for first-time marathoners who need an extra push, and for serious racers who thrive in an upbeat environment.

Looking to tackle a half or full marathon next year? Check out registration.

Want to get an inside look on the race? Check out this video:



A sip of Athens: inside the community’s favorite coffee spot


Court Street Coffee is one of the many local coffee spots that attracts students and locals. Though their menu features traditional drinks, they also serve unique items like the Court Street Mocha and a variety of organic teas. The space is big enough so that, even on a crowded day, the atmosphere is relaxed and quiet. Take a peek inside this Athens gem:



Run, rest, repeat: the latest in women’s running


Rise and shine runners! Here’s what you need to know to get your day started on the right foot (pun intended):

Bad Ass of the Day: Alyson Felix

Felix is an Olympic medalist who competes in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m. She also models for Nike women’s track and field line AND works alongside ACTS College Summit, a program that encourages high school juniors and seniors to work towards their goals.


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Look good, run good.

Nike just released their new LunarEpic low flyknit, a shoe that is designed to fit like a comfortable sock. It’s light weight, but offers ample support for your longer runs. The foam at the heel absorbs impact and helps you achieve the desired ‘heel-to-toe’ running motion. Plus, it comes in tons of cute colors AND gives you the option to design your own. What more can a girl want?

Order your Nike LunarEpic’s here !!


Daily Fitspo

For those of us who need an extra push to make it to the gym (or trail) today…


Recipe of the Day

Check out these ‘piña colada’ stove top oats- easy, filling, and restoring after a long morning run. Don’t have all the toppings pictured below? Not a problem. You can substitute any fruit for the bananas, and regular peanut butter works in place of the almond butter. To keep it super simple, just sprinkle some granola on top and enjoy!

Need a break from running today? We’ve got you covered.

Though you may love running, forcing yourself to hit the trails seven days a week is dangerous and damaging. Your body needs time to recover (at least a day) and restore to help build muscle. Even better, try taking 2 days off and using one of them to tackle a new workout. Don’t be concerned about burning the calories or staying in shape- with the right type of exercise, this won’t be a problem.

Don’t know where to get started? Check out these three alternate workouts that burn more calories than a 3 mile run!


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6 flavors that shouldn’t exist

Every once in a while a food company comes out with a new flavor that sounds disgusting but winds up a big hit (pizza Goldfish, anyone?). But for every success, there’s about 100 million failed products that desperately need to be buried forever. The products below didn’t even try to sound good- they were doomed from the start. Take a look at some of the worst of the worst:


  1. photo via flickr

    Plain Spaghetti-O’s don’t have the reputation of a fine cuisine to begin with, but they reached a new level of low with these flavors.  Beefy TacO’s? Cheesy PizzaO’s? It’s a six year-old’s dream, and everyone else’s nightmare.


    photo via Google Images

    M&M’s have successfully created dozens of flavors, adding peanuts, pretzels and caramel to their tiny chocolates. And with so many successful alternatives to the traditional M&M, why throw cinnamon into the mix? Learn to quite while you’re ahead, Mars Inc..


    photo via Google Images

    Once it hits October, it’s safe to say almost every food and drink comes with a pumpkin spice option. Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin Oreo’s, Pumpkin spiced cereals, etc.. You know who should stay out of the pumpkin frenzy? Pringles.


    photo via Google Images

    These Pringles sound so awful they deserve their own post. Pringles have been established as the perfect salty snack for when you’re feeling unhealthy but not to the point of potato chips. There’s no room for chocolate in such a snack…ever.

    photo via Flickr

    The idea of a Caribbean Gold drink sounds relaxing and fancy, but not when it looks like a bottle of pee.


photo via Flickr

Since the label is ripped off it’s hard to tell what exactly this snack is supposed to be (some sort of fried crisp?)- but that’s irrelevant. There are two words that matter and are enough to drive away anyone with taste buds: Mountain Dew. It’s a drink, not a food. Let’s keep it that way.

The Ridges provide a serene escape

Living on campus close to academic buildings is convenient for students, but also presents the danger of falling into a habitual existence. Walking down the same bricks, waving to the same people, eating at the same places. I never wanted to fall into a routine like that- to the point where I lacked the desire to explore. On my long morning runs, I forced myself to venture off campus in hopes of finding new and exciting ground. At first, all I found was endless miles of bike path and, of course, Walmart.

A few weeks later, I stumbled upon The Ridges. I was aware that it was an extension of campus which had previously been an insane asylum. I expected to find typical research facilities with professors walking around, and not much scenery.

Instead, what I found looked deserted and eerie. Beautiful red brick buildings graced with ivy stood amid the silence. Parts of the brick had eroded, creating a look of authenticity and age.  The structures were unique as was the trail, which took me up a massive hill and spilled into a thick wood. Along the side there were gravestones that had clearly withstood the test of time.  I followed along, mesmerized by the stillness and smell of fresh pine.

Sunset at The Ridges, photo by Julie Ciotola

My first experience with The Ridges soon led to dozens more, and each time I went back I discovered something new. I found an endless hill that led to a stellar view of the sunset. I found a long staircase that dropped off on a brick road. I found graffiti covering an old silo. Best of all, I found myself lost amid the trees surrounded by the unknown.

For non-runners, The Ridges provide a more calming escape. The different trails are ideal for a long hike. The air is fresh and the noises are natural, a dramatic change from downtown Athens. Even on a sunny afternoon, The Ridges are rarely crowded with people. Sometimes the only mark of civilization is muddy tracks or paw prints etched on the path.

At night the atmosphere is cool and spooky. The graveyards are much less inviting, yet they provoke thoughts of the asylum’s patients who lived and died there. With the only light being the moon’s natural glow, a walk through The Ridges is a much different experience. Taking the time to stop and appreciate the dark sky is perhaps the best part, because scores of stars are visible from the top of the cemetery hill.

Evening hiking, photo by Julie Ciotola

Whether it’s a morning run, afternoon hike or evening trip, The Ridges offer a solemn escape from chaotic life. It’s a staple of the Athens community for its rich history and opportunity for endless exploration. The only requirement is an open mind willing to wander.

For more information about The Ridges, check out http://www.forgottenoh.com/Ridges/ridges.html