HARRC After Dark 7K

by: Kelly Leighton

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On Friday night, I ran my first 7K. It was better than any Friday night happy hour I have been to.

The HARRC After Dark, now in its’ fifth year, is put on by the Harrisburg Road Runners Club. As a HARRC member (which is very affordable and worthwhile), the race was only $20. I even talked Sara into joining me!

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The race started at 7 p.m., and the crowd gathered around the starting point, located at Kunkle Plaza, which is by Front and State Streets in Harrisburg.

It was a gorgeous night with low humidity, and a great crowd showed up to partake in 4.34 miles. With a ready, set, go, we were off. The course takes you towards the Walnut Street Bridge, before descending down to the path next to the river. The first half mile was a little crowded, but eventually, everyone settled into a place and pace.

To distract myself, I focused on picking people off in front of me. My watch beeped for the first mile just as we passed the marker for it. 6:44. Whoops! I have a bad habit of going out way too quickly in shorter races, so I knew I needed to reign it in, or I’d pay for it dearly. For me right now, that was way too fast of a pace for a 7K. I am not in the shape I was three years ago.

I slowed to a low seven-minute pace, and continued to try and pass people. Right before the second mile, we ran up the ramp to the path near the Governor’s Mansion. We ran down Front Street away from downtown, passing the second mile marker (7:11) until we hit the turnaround, marked by an orange cone and a friendly volunteer. I was so happy to turn around and be running toward the finish line as opposed as away from it. I also loved this part of the race because we were able to see all the other runners.

The third mile marker didn’t come as quickly as I’d have liked, but I keep a consistent pace, logging that mile in 7:10. We passed the Governor’s Mansion again, and I knew it was less than a mile until we were done, and unless something bad happened, I’d be under 31 minutes. We passed the fourth mile marker (7:07), just before the Sunken Gardens, and I reminded myself it was only a third of a mile, then I could be done.

I crossed into the finish chute at 30:24. Since this was my first 7K, it was an automatic PR.

This was a very well-organized race. There were signs for each kilometer and mile, and the course was easy to follow. After the race, everyone is invited to shower and enjoy pizza in the YMCA’s gym before the awards ceremony. I even got a sweet trophy, and am your state champion in the 7K for women 25-29. Though, to be fair, it’s a pretty small race!

I’d highly recommend this race, and it’s definitely going on my calendar for next year.

Categories: Fitness, Harrisburg, Running

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Sofia Talvik to perform at 2 Harrisburg-Area Locations

by: Becky Chan

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Sofia Talvik

Sofia Talvik will be playing two shows in our area while on her “mini tour” 20 state, two-month, 47-show tour in the U.S. She will be playing at The Millworks in Harrisburg on Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. and Metropolis Collective in Mechanicsburg on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.

With five prior albums as well as numerous EPs and singles, Sofia is traveling to 20 locations in the United States to promote her newest — and sixth — album, Big Sky Country. She is traveling in an RV around the country in hopes to share her new music with as many people as she can.

“Even though this young lady is from Sweden, I’d place her at the forefront of the American vanguard. One listen will tell you why and how.”  –PopDose

Sofia would describe her music as “Nordic Americana.” Americana is a music genre that is derived from several music styles that are native and dear to America, such as folk, country and blues. The Nordic influence comes from Sofia’s heritage. She grew up in Norway, and her music is greatly influenced by this as well.

“I don’t have a background or education in country or roots so I just sort of wing it,” Sofia told me in an interview. Sofia started classical piano lessons at the age of 8, which isn’t the inspirational start to Sofia’s music career that you think it might be. After piano lessons were a bit of a failure, Sofia took her interest in music into her own hands. She got a guitar and taught herself how to play and also how to sing.

Sofia travels a lot and lives a rather nomadic life. She says this allows her to connect with people and places from all over, and that these life experiences provide the most inspiration to her music. She feels inspired by the music she’s been listening to her whole life. She’s even heard that her music has a slight Irish influence to it, although the Irish don’t agree.

At Sofia’s upcoming shows you can expect to hear her recount her experiences of her life as a musician through her music. She will open her heart through her music and connect with the audience. You can expect it to be a personal experience, and you will leave feeling as though you’ve made a new friend in Sofia.

Learn more about Sofia Talvik.

Local sports bars provide perfect NFL setting

by: Jimi The Intern

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I love sitting at home on a Sunday in the fall, flipping to the RedZone channel (the best sports invention since the yellow first down marker) and losing the remote.

But, sometimes we are forced to creep out into the world to be what they call “social,” and if I’m venturing out on a Sunday the place needs good beer, wings and a lot of TVs.

So when I do talk my self into walking out into the brisk fall air, I usually end up at one of these local altars to the sports we love.

Underdog Sports Bar and Grill, Paxton Street, Harrisburg

Although it doesn’t have the classic dive bar feel following the fire, it does have a lot to offer on a Sunday afternoon.

Great burgers, dozens of wing sauces and $10 craft beer buckets with an extensive list of beer that will satisfy any craft brew lover.

Arooga’s Sports Bar and Grille, Multiple locations

I really shouldn’t have to say much about Arooga’s. It is one place that you know you can go to watch the games on Sunday. Countless TVs, an ever expanding draft list and of course some great food.

My one bugaboo with Arooga’s is the cross-team contamination. I don’t care if there is a Chargers fan with a Phillip Rivers jersey is sulking in his beer because they choked, again. But I do care about that Ravens fan cheering another Joe Flacco pass interference call or that Eagles fan that thinks Chip Kelly is the second coming of Vince Lombardi.

Slow your roll and wipe the cheese whiz off your face there big guy.

The Boro Bar and Grill, Multiple locations

Famous for their wings but they also offer a unique experience in that they will pretty much put on any game. One day it seemed like a Packers bar, another day it’s full of Pats fans.

Their new location on Front Street, taking over for Big Woody’s, will make it easier to find those infamous wings. They don’t have a wing special on Sundays, but their wings are the most reasonably priced in the area.

Midtown Tavern, N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg

With 40-cent wings and 5 Yuengling pitchers, it’s a great place to pig-out and enjoy one of their many TVs that line the perimeter or on the giant projection screen on the wall.

If Yuengling isn’t your style anymore (for me it’s never out of style), they do offer a solid beer list including all of your Troegs favorites.

Quaker Steak and Lube, Gateway Dr, Mechanicsburg

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100 oz Lube Tube’s (beer tubes) for $12 and 25 different wing flavors is all you really need to know about watching football at Quaker Steak on a Sunday.

This bar is a western-PA original so you can expect to find throngs of Steelers fans with their faces full of sauce and maybe some Iron City if they have it.

MoMo’s BBQ & Grill, Market St, Harrisburg

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The thing that always gets me back to MoMo’s is their stuffed BBQ baked potatoes. Oh my Lanta they are amazing. TVs line the entire bar so no matter where you sit you will have a great seat for all of the action.

Also, their great beer list doesn’t hurt.

Pro tip: They are home to a soccer fan club so a few Sundays might involve a little bit of “futbol,” but a little culture never hurt anyone.

Brewhouse Grille, State Rd, Camp Hill

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While it’s not you typical sports bar in that you are not surrounded by TVs so to catch the game you will need to be sitting near the bar.

Sitting at the outdoor bar might start to get a little chilly late in the season but at the start sitting outside can make it feel like you’re standing around a tailgate.

It doesn’t matter where you’re watching the games. All that matters is that FOOTBALL IS BACK.

You’d be hard pressed not to find a bar now that doesn’t have a 50-inch flat screen or six of them for that matter and a great beer list to kick back on a Sunday to watch America’s favorite game.

What is your football watching spot around us? Let us know, were always looking for new places.

Categories: Food/Drink, Sports

Craft Beer 101: Shandies and Radlers

by: Tierney Pomone

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Hurry, quick, before summer dies, grab yourself a shandy. It’s been hotter than hot this week which is makes it the perfect time to pick up (or make) a shandy. But, what exactly is a shandy, and how can you make one at home? It’s easier and more refreshing than you think.

Originating in 1922 as one of the original “beer cocktails,” the Radler (or Shandy) was given its name presumably due to its popularity among cyclists in German. I know, it sounds random, but see radler means cyclist in German and around this time frame cycling became extremely popular. Cyclists needed a refreshing, thirst quenching beverage on their journeys, so pubs started mixing lemonade with beer in a 50:50 mixture.

The official inventor is credited to Franz Xaver Kugler, a German pub owner, who upon receiving a swarm of cyclists mixed the beer and lemonade to ration his beer supplies. What a grand idea! Radlers are known by many other names including shandy, alster, and reldar.

Just like their plethora of names, the shandy can be made in a variety of ways depending on who you ask. The origin of shandy comes from the Shandygaff served in England and made with a 50:50 mixture of beer and ginger ale or ginger beer creating the perfect Midtown Mule. Some make shandys with carbonated lemon soda, some make them with grapefruit juice or carbonated grapefruit juice. The decision, ultimately, seems to come down to your personal preference. The one thing that can be agreed upon is that they are meant to be refreshing, hydrating, and low ABV.

The two most easily recognizable shandies would be Curious Traveler and Leinenkuge’s Summer Shandy. Both have the unmistakable lemony flavor added to a German-style wheat beer. Step off the beaten path with me to explore some lesser known shandies such as Narragansett Del’s Shandy, Widmer Brothers Hefe-Shandy (if you see this tell me!), Stiegl Radler, UFO Big Squeeze Shandy, or Sam Adam’s Porch Rocker. I can’t speak to all of them, but I did pick up a pounder can of the Narragansett Del’s Shandy when we were in Asheville and enjoyed every drop of it when we were camping the following weekend.

If you’re up for it, you can easily make these at home, too. Grab your favorite wheat beer, blonde ale, or even IPA and make a 50:50 mixture in your glass of beer + lemonade/lemon soda/grapefruit juice/grapefruit soda. Personally, I like it exactly as Zeroday Brewing makes theirs: half Cheap Date and half lemonade and just a splash of ginger beer. If you’re having a party, garnish them with a lemon or maybe even a strawberry for a different flavor. You can even make pitchers of them if it’s that kind of day. Go nuts with your shandies and radlers, maybe use a bit of orange in there too? I want to hear about what you come up with!

Categories: Craft Beer

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