Friday, August 30, 2013

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2014 Medals

We have quite a few friends in Disneyland right now for the Disneyland Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare. At the race expo our friend Charlie Gessner took photos of all the medals (except kid races) for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events. Each medal is a new design.

Family 5K

Minnie's 10K

Donald's Half Marathon

Mickey's Full Marathon

The Goofy Challenge (Half and Full)

The Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half and Full)


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fall Race Season is Here

The members of Team Tizzel do not like fall. It means the end of summer's nice weather (we like the heat over the cold), boating, and dining outside. Fall ushers in the cold Chicago winters. The only good thing is fall brings race season. Time to earn some frequent flier miles as Holly adds more states to her 50 State Marathon Challenge.

While many of our friends are heading to Disneyland for runDisney's Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and Half Marathon, we are heading to Utah and Idaho for Holly's first marathon of the fall season.

We're flying into Salt Lake City early enough to take a drive to see the lake and the Mormon Temple. Our hotel was strategically picked to be within walking distance of two microbreweries. Friday, we'll make a 3 hour drive to Pocatello, Idaho - the location of the race. We're meeting up with one of Holly's friends for lunch at.....wait for it.......a microbrewery. Saturday is race day. Dave is going to be challenged by this one. The first part of the race is all on back roads that don't seem to have any cross streets to cut around. After the race we are getting back in the car and heading to Park City, Utah for a few nights. We have some good dining reservations made and hope to get in some outdoor activities.

In October we will travel to New Jersey for the Atlantic City Marathon and in November we're off to Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia Marathon.

In honor of our friends doing Disneyland this weekend, here's our video from the 2010 Disneyland Half.   You can find the Disneyland 5K video on our video page.

If you didn't know, we launched an ebook about spectating races. Check it out at or click the link over to the right.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Special Announcement: Team Tizzel Launches

We are very happy to finally announce our newest project. Team Tizzel has launched a new web page,, in support of our new ebook titled Race Chase: Expert Advice About Seeing Your Runner on Race Day. We've created a complete guide to spectating a distance race and helping runners get the most from the experience. Holly and Dave have logged many hours on both sides of the race course so it's only natural that they publish a guide to help folks enjoy race day.

Race Chase: Expert Advice About Seeing Your Runner on Race Day contains over 40 pages of tips, tricks, advice, pictures, and illustrations. The book teaches spectators how to analyze a race course so they can maximize viewing opportunities, use technology to support their runner, and to ask the right questions at the race expo. We jammed a bunch of knowledge into one document. We also added a bonus section about navigating Walt Disney World's Marathon Weekend.

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Race Chase: Expert Advice About Seeing Your Runner on Race Day is available for purchase right now for $6.99. Credit card purchases are handled by PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account. Once you complete the transaction process you will get an email link to download the PDF file. We chose a digital version over a print version so it could be accessible during race day via smart phones and tablets, and of course printed out.

Here are a couple sample pages:

Not really into running or watching a race? Well, here's a reason to buy our book: Net proceeds collected from sales in 2013 will be donated to Avon's Breast Cancer Charities as part of our fundraising efforts with Team AllEars.

Please support our efforts by buying the book, letting your friends know about it, make an added donation to fight breast cancer through our Avon page, and follow us through the social media outlets:

Twitter: @teamtizzel, @racechasebook
Facebook: Team Tizzel, Race Chase: the Book
Avon Donation Page: Teamtizzel
Race Chase: The Book Page:

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

2013 Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon Report

Here is Holly's race report from last month's Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Chicago.

Dave and I were really looking forward to a fun weekend in the city for the Rock and Roll Half marathon.  Dave was signed up for the 5k and I was going to do the half.   We had our friends Eddie and Anna coming up from Atlanta, Pam and Stan from downstate, and Laura and Richard from the Chicago area.   Unfortunately, Dave had to make a last minute trip to NY so he wouldn’t be joining us after all.

I drove into the city Saturday morning and picked up Eddie and Anna and we headed over to the Expo and met up with everyone else.    The Expo seemed smaller this year.   I picked up some compression sleeves.   I’m still not sure that I am a fan of them.  I definitely don’t see me wearing them for a race, but they did feel nice after the race.  Also picked up a pint glass, my go-to race souvenir.    We spent some time trying to find my name on the 5 Year runner wall.   I am one of 281 people who have run all five of the Rock and Roll Chicago Half Marathons.   I’m registered for next year already so I hope to keep the streak going.   

After the Expo we battled traffic and headed to our hotel to check in.   There we met up with Laura and decided to head to Wrigleyville to show everyone around.   We had a great lunch at Goose Island Brewing and then we had a few more stops around the area.  Next year we need to do more hydrating of the non-alcoholic variety!!  Before we knew it we were jumping in a cab to meet Richard and have dinner at Scoozi’s.   We all enjoyed dinner and made our way back to the hotel to try and get some sleep before the early wake up call. 

I didn’t sleep well at all and was really tired when we all met in the lobby.   I was worried how my foot would hold up.    I am suffering from Plantar Fasciitis and I had just started a painful shock treatment to try and cure it.  This treatment was making my calf really tight.    I was a bit worried but I had a great group of running concierges!  Eddie, Stan, and Richard all did a great job of keeping me going.   

We had a lot of fun the first few miles.  We even had a beer break from our great cheering section!  I was feeling good until Mile 7 when the pain started in my foot.   It just kept getting worse.   Stabbing pain with every step and it was really affecting my gait.   I was pretty much just barely lifting my foot of the ground to minimize the impact.   Also it was getting warm.   We ran through the dreaded McCormick Place tunnel and it was so warm in there and very stuffy with no airflow.   I got really dizzy but didn’t want to panic anyone so I just slowed to a walk when we got out of there and I finally felt better.   It wasn’t the prettiest finish I have ever had and I was certainly glad to be done.   My worst time of all five I have done.    The treats at the end of this race are so worth it: Popsicles, Chocolate Milk, Jamba Juice, and of course beer! 

After the race we all made it back to the hotel to shower and then headed to the Haymarket for lunch.  Good food, but the beer was just ok.   

In case you missed it, this was the race where our Team AllEars mascot, Fozzie from The Muppets, ended up swimming in the Chicago River.   To get more of the story and video, check out this post from a few weeks ago.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Successful Pennsylvania Beer Tour - Part 3

This is the last post about our recent beer tour in Pennsylvania. Our first post showcased a beer bar in Lancaster and a nanobrewery in Manheim. Our second post explored two microbreweries in Mount Joy. In this post we visit Troeg's Brewery in Hershey.

What made Troeg's different from our other stops is that it is a full production brewery. Guests can register for a full guided tour or they can take a short self-guided tour that describes the brewing process. The tasting room was large - like college gym large. There were several long communal tables along with some regular tables off to the side walls. There's an outdoor beer patio and a snack bar serving upscale counter-service food.

We hit the brewery between the lunch and happy hour times and noticed the bar fluctuated between calm and slammed. There were plenty of bartenders on hand so the beer flowed quickly. They were also very good at helping guests select the right beers. We started off with samplers of everything on the left of the menuboard, plus the pils, triple, and an unlisted porter.

All the beers were good and very true to their styles. Of course Holly and Dave preferred the dark beers and ordered up pints of the stout and porter. For food, we tried the beer cheese fondue, pretzel, and the day's special popcorn: BBQ spices and browned butter. The pretzel and popcorn were good, but we were not the biggest fans of the fondue - a little oily and congealed - hard to eat.

Troeg's had a very nice gift shop - a little too nice. We spent a few dollars here on t-shirts, bottle openers, and a tap handle (which we collect). The company recently built this facility with the tourist in-mind (next to Hershey Park) . With that said we would not describe it as touristy. The tasting room still had a local vibe. We would definitely visit Troeg's again.