All posts by roblapensee

I’m directing a race (kind of)

Hello everybody, I’m the guest race director for this week’s free Run Niagara 5k. This thing is really taking off – Run Niagara has received some good press, been featured on the radio and on local TV. Don’t forget, we are back at Merritt Island Park in Welland (enter at the end of Cross Street) this ...

Free timed 5k run series launches in Niagara

A new free running series is launching in Niagara with the promise of great times every Saturday morning this summer. The Niagara Falls International Marathon invites everyone to Run Niagara, weekly five-kilometer timed runs that are absolutely free for all to enjoy. The next free 5k is set for Saturday, July 7 at Merritt Island ...

5k race recap: Happy Half and 5k

Let’s start this one off with a question: when can you consider yourself a runner? For me, the answer is simple: if you run you are a runner. What else are you? My wife, Julie, who runs a couple of times a week, stops short of calling herself a runner. She’s in denial – all ...

Officially amazing

Got some ‘grape’ news today. (hehe – never gets old) The email I’ve been waiting months finally found its way to my inbox – I’m now a Guinness World Record holder. Last October I ran the half marathon at the Niagara Falls International Marathon in a grape costume in a bid to set the Guinness ...

Why I loved running the Boston Marathon in the wind, rain and freakin’ cold

How do you know a runner ‘crushed’ a marathon in the worst weather conditions imaginable? They tell you. I mean, who doesn’t love a good ‘Hi, I’m a runner and I ran a marathon’ story. I got one for the ages. Yep, I’m that runner. Last Monday (April 16) I ran in the 122nd Boston ...

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I did it!

Just a quick update – I finished the half marathon at the Niagara Falls International Marathon today dressed in a grape costume in 1 hour 19 minutes and 13 seconds. That’s a fast enough time to set a new Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon dressed as fruit – unofficially. Now I need to ...

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Tomorrow is the big day

In just over 12 hours I’m going for it! Tomorrow is Oct 15, the big day, the day I challenge the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit. I’m wearing a grape costume.  I’ve got a good feeling something special is going to happen tomorrow. I’ve worked hard all summer. It’s ...

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