GIVEAWAY: 2013 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies

Let the Summer of Giveaways continue to roll on, and as a Parma girl, I’m pretty excietd about this one! Next up, the 2013 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies.

The Third Annual Run/Walk for Pierogies will take place at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus on Saturday, July 6, 2013. The event benefits the American Cancer Society (Parma Area Relay for Life) and All Faiths Pantry.

I run this 5K in 2011 and in 2012.  In its short existence, we’ve had a blast and the race organizers have taken feedback each year to make the runners experiences better, leaving us with smiling faces and pierogies to eat post run/walk. I even just discovered the race photo gallery from 2012, which includes some awesome shots – including the best race photo I’ve ever taken.

For 2013, Race Director and Parma City Council President Sean Brennan (center in picture) included the creation of a Facebook page for the event (click over and “like” it today!), and if you are super speedy, one of the race medals:

Yes, those are golden pierogies. Do not eat these. Eat the ones from Little Polish Diner.

You know you want to eat some of Parma’s finest cuisine after covering 3.1 miles on your feet, so register over at the site today.  Online race registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children before Friday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m.

On a side note: You can be really styling by buying a PIP “Will Run For Pierogies” t-shirt from my Spreadshirt T-Shirt shop(Buy a shirt between now and race day and I’ll donate $2.50 per shirt sold to the race’s charities.)

…or how about you run this 5K by WINNING AN ENTRY FOR THE RACE HERE ON POISE IN PARMA?! Enter to win today…

  1. Mandatory first entry: Leave a comment telling me why you want to win. It’s that easy!
  2. Subscribe to PIP via a RSS feed service or Feedburner email (see box on the right side of the screen). Please let me know if you do by commenting on this post.
  3. Follow @poiseinparma on TwitterPlease let me know if you do by commenting on this post.
  4. Twitter users can get an extra entry each day by tweeting “I am ready to #RunForPierogies thanks to @poiseinparma! #MovingParmaForward″. Please let me know each day you tweet this by commenting on this post.

You have until Sunday, June 23rd at 11:59PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced on Monday the 24th. Make sure to leave a separate entry for each one of these tasks that you accomplish. Since these tickets are for a local event on a specific date in Parma, I suggest that only those that can use the race entry enter to win!

Stay up to date with all the happenings on the Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies by visiting the race’s Facebook page.  So enter the race entry giveaway today!

Disclosure: All photos are care of the race’s Facebook page. In exchange for running this giveaway, one lucky PIP reader will receive one race entry in return. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

event recap: OBA Cleveland July Blogger Meetup: Run for the Pierogies 5K

The seventh official meet up of the Cleveland chapter of the Ohio Blogging Association is in the books! Not only did we meetup for a great cause, it was also held in conjunction with the first official nationwide FitBloggin’ Local meetup!

Those in attendance on Saturday the 9th included:

Held at the Tri-C Western Campus in Parma, we arrived bright and early at The American Cancer Society Parma Area Relay for Life “Run for the Pierogies” 5K. We knew we were in for a flat course:

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(picture source: that note says “will do the course x2 and then finish on the other side of the circle)

…but I’m not sure if we were all ready for the heat and humidity! With a 9:00AM start, we were all pretty sweaty by the time we were done with those 3.1 miles!

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Me with Ryan (that man is a running machine) and my unofficial running coach Kali.

I FINALLY got to meet Morgan – hurray for Parma bloggers!


As for the run: it was an interesting one. I was tempted by the idea of a PR on an uber flat course, so I decided to try out a 4 minute run/1 minute walk plan. Everything was going smashingly through the first two miles. As I ran by the second mile marker, the man yelled “21:28” and I was ecstatic. A two mile PR for me!

Ah, but the celebration was quickly cut short when the side stitch from hell attacked my right side. I was reminded that I had a five mile long run on the schedule for tomorrow, so I committed to walking through it. It took me until the third mile marker, but with the finish line in sight I sucked it up and ran to a finish right around the 36 minute mark. Absolutely fine by me!

With another 3.1 miles in the books, I celebrated as only as those from Parma should: by eating pierogies:


…well, I didn’t eat them (there were no gluten free pierogies for some reason), so Team PIP’s official taste tester did:


That’s one happy race spectator. I was so happy to see the tag line of this blog finally come true!!

To continue the party, we headed over to Luna’s Deli Restaurant in Parma Heights for a solid Saturday morning breakfast. Discussion topics included how ridiculously humid it was, our thoughts on the social media reaction to the Casey Anthony verdict, the plethora of food and beer events this summer and our general love for hanging out with one another. Good times all around!

LONG STORY SHORT: While chugging my post-race coffee and enjoying some make-shift savory oats, I looked around the table to see the glow of healthy, happy Clevelanders. It was great to see life long runners along with brand new ones gather for a Saturday morning race. It just proves that you can take up a healthy life style at any point in your life. Why not make that moment today?

Want to join the OBA fun in August? Don’t worry – I won’t make you run again! On Thursday, August 11th, OBA will head to Progressive Field to watch our Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers! Check out the OBA Facebook event page for more details!

Parma Fish Fry Guide: German Central Club

How time flies – it was two weeks ago Team PIP met up in full force to enjoy one last fish fry during the 2011 Lenten season. And how this got buried in my Live Writer draft folder I’ll never know! Hans, PIP Mom, the infamous Aunt Kathy, her husband Phil and I joined forces to dine at the German Central Club on Parma’s Southwest side.

Picture and more info from the Parma Chess Club website (that even exists?!): German Central was founded on October 16, 1924. German immigrants purchased thirty acres of wooded land on York Road in Parma. It became a central meeting place not only for Germans, but for many other ethnic groups… German Central sponsors open-to-the-public dances two or thee times a month. Fish Fries are held during lent and in the fall. A social evening is held every Wednesday. Those interested can play cards, table tennis, table foosball, etc. All functions are open to the public.

The German Central Club is located at 7863 York Road just north of Sprague Road. Crazy Aunt Kathy and Phil had gone to this fish fry a few weeks back and called me on their ride out of the parking lot with nothing but praise. The place was rockin’ when we arrived at 5:00PM. We waited for ten minutes before making it up to the serving line, filled with a plethora of Germans:


As Hans ran to the bar and snagged a beer, I checked out the menu and we made our selections:

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While the German Central Club does purchase frozen fish, the process is something they are quite proud of. They purchase frozen Icelandic cod and thaw it in their refrigerators for several days. Then when ready, they hand batter each piece:


There was a baked version as well. Boy was I happy to see zero breading! A gluten free fish fry option DOES exist!


Each adult meal came with your choice of potato pancakes, a baked potato or pierogies. While their pierogies were not homemade, the server said “but they are very good”. Hans would be the judge of that…


To maximize his food intake, I gave him my pierogies and Hans ordered the potato pancakes:


…and we ordered a baked potato on the side for me. Each meal came with the usual sides of coleslaw, applesauce and a slice of bread:


…and your choice of dessert:



Clockwise from top left: lemon poppyseed (with Aunt Kathy), chocolate pudding, some sort of almond cream cake, chocolate cake.

Here’s what we thought on the fish fry dinner from the German Central Club:

The fried fish: Their fish already got the “thumbs up” from Aunt Kathy from her previous visit. Hans agreed with her, enjoying the breading the most. However, he was still lovin’ on the perch from the week before and couldn’t get past the memory of the Nice Place Café. If we’ve learned anything this year, cod is NOT my husband’s favorite fish. That said, Hans did enjoy the German Central Club’s offering, noting each piece was a good size, well seasoned and moist inside.

The baked fish: I was so incredibly happy to be eating at a fish fry! When we were in line, Phil said he thought his previous baked fish was a bit on the salty side. I agreed with Phil, but a strategic selection of a bit from the outside and a bit from the inside mad for a nice bite of fish. Perfectly baked, the fish was very moist and very flaky. I would gladly return and order it again.

The potato pancakes: These looked like those hash browns you get at a popular fast food joint, no? Hans would agree, but more of the mini variety. Nothing to write home about.

The baked potato: Nothing out of the ordinary, but properly cooked and a deal for $1.00. I was very happy to see this on the menu as well.

The pierogies: As I noted, I asked if these were homemade. While they weren’t, the server on the line was right: these were DARN tasty for not being homemade. From the dough to the filling, PIP mom and Hans were quite pleased with this side dish. Another solid pierogi has been found in Parma, Ohio!

The applesauce and the bread: The standard options.

The coleslaw: My guess: the coleslaw wasn’t homemade. It was mayo based and probably not creamy enough for some, but I appreciated this less dressed slaw. I like to be able to taste the rest of the ingredients. I’d say this was one of the best I had all season.

The desserts: The German Central Club had quite the assortment of desserts to choose from. Hans said the pudding was a store bought mix, but when you haven’t had it in awhile, “it hits the spot”. PIP Mom noted that in usual German style, the cakes were a bit on the dry side, but the frostings and fillings helped to balance them. Let’s just say there wasn’t a crumb leftover from the last course!

LONG STORY SHORT: The reason for the popularity of this fish fry was clear. Lots of food for reasonable prices combined with the support of a strong community always seems to be a winner. We were all quite pleased to have this as our last dinner of the Lenten fish fry season. The good news: the German Central Club brings back their fish fries in the Fall, so you don’t have to wait quite as long to get some solid Lenten fare! Thanks again to Aunt Kathy and Phil for the great fish fry tip!

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