Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Outside of running little "thing"

There are so many little outside of running "things" runners all can be doing to help stay healthy and become better runners.  The outside of running exercises, injury prevention work, and mental focus activities should all be on the runners' checklist at the beginning of the day, it is just a matter of if you end up getting any of them checked off with your busy daily schedule.

I wanted to share with everyone this little youtube video to help keep the knee area healthy, loose, and happy.  I can do without the music in the demo but, the video makes sense and it just one of those things that takes 2-3 minutes out of a day and can be done anytime & anywhere. The benefits are 10x the actual effort put in. 


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Race for the Bacon 5k/10k--awesome new Wisconsin race. Check it out


Contact:  Chris Ponteri, Race Director at 262-758-9226 or

Race for the Bacon Coming to Milwaukee

In what promises to be one of the most unique and entertaining fitness events of the summer, organizers have announced the inaugural Race for the Bacon 5k and 10k race to be held at Wisconsin State Fair Park on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

The race is just the appetizer for a night of bacon-themed fun. Event organizers are lining up an all-star roster of local food and drink companies and chefs to produce bacon-inspired dishes.  And the winners of the race will receive bacon, giving new meaning to the phrase “bringing home the bacon”.
“Contrary to what many people think, runners aren’t all about eating healthy,” said event organizer Chris Ponteri.  “We like to indulge in guilty pleasures, and I can’t think of any food that fits that description more than bacon.”

Ponteri, who also organizes the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon at the Pettit Center, came up with the idea for the Race for the Bacon early last year and approached Wisconsin State Fair Park officials with his idea over the summer.  “They were immediately sold,” he said.  “It goes well with the fair and some of the other events they do there.”

The race will start and finish right outside the Cousin’s Amphitheater in the center of the park grounds. The course will go through the grounds and also feature a lap on the famed Milwaukee Mile race track for the 5k runners and two laps for 10k runners.  The Mile is the oldest auto racing track in the United States.
The post-race party and awards ceremony will be held at the Cousin’s Amphitheater immediately following the race.  Organizers are in the process of lining up food vendors and will be working with a well-known local caterer to coordinate the party.  Live music will also be featured on the amphitheater stage.

The Race for Bacon has selected MS Run the US to be its charity partner.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to MS Run the US, which is a non-profit founded by Ashley Kumlien of Brookfield.  For more information on MS Run the US, visit its website at
Sponsors on board so far include Performance Running Outfitters, Fit Milwaukee, ThunderDome Running, and Running in the USA.  Additional sponsors will be announced when they become available.

Registration for the Race for the Bacon will open on Friday, February 24 at  The race website is  More information can be found on the Race for Bacon Facebook page.

Friday, February 17, 2012

ThunderDome Running Race Team Action (Records & Medal Performances)

2012 has gotten off to a blazing start for the ThunderDome Running race team. Through mid-February the race team already has one race record in the books and two top 5 individual race performances in USATF National meets.

The ThunderDome Running team of Eamon McKenna (Milwaukee), Cal Kromm (Oshkosh), Aaron Nodolf (Menomonee Falls), and Matt Thull (Milwaukee) set the Ice Breaker Indoor Marathon relay record placing first in the 110 team relay field in a time of 2:12:44.The race took place on Jan 21 at the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis, WI.

Over this past weekend Keith Mulhollon, fresh off his 5th place finish at the USATF National Master's 1/2 marathon champs in Florida the previous weekend, raced to a 3rd place finish at the Master's 8k Cross Country National champs in St Louis. A crazy double for Keith a week apart coming from the 70 degree race temps & high humidity of Florida to St Louis where on race day it was 18 degrees and 25 MPH winds.  Keith took control of the 8k cc race early on and pushed the pace working to take the kick out the the field but just came up a bit short finishing 3rd in a time of 26:15. A national USATF medal stand performance and an awesome way to wrap the week.

Next up for the ThunderDome team is the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k (the worlds largest 8k) in Chicago on Sunday March 25 and the Martian Invasion of races in Dearborn, MI. If you ever wanted to see first hand one of the most organized and well run races in the entire Midwest check out the Martian Invasion of races on April 14 this year.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The 2012 ThunderDome Running Race team is out of the gates

This past Sunday the United States Master's road race 1/2 marathon championships took place in Melbourne, Florida.  ThunderDome Running's Keith Mulhollon (Lake Geneva, WI) raced to a 5th place finish in 71:29 in some pretty tough race temps and humidity.  Big congrats to Keith especially going from the 30 degree temps here to the hotbox that was Florida over the weekend. The overall master's 1/2 marathon champ was Mbarak Hussein of Albuquerque, New Mexico finishing in 69:39.  Keith's next race has him hitting the United States Master's 8k cross country championships this upcoming weekend in Saint Louis.

New for 2012 the ThunderDome Running Race team is a USATF registered club. We are accepting individual runner team applications for the 2012 race season---so please inquire about our new racing team & individualized coaching opportunities through ThunderDome Running.