Loon Lake 5.5K

The Loon Lake 5.5K has become a tradition for my sister Traci’s family, as they always visit her in-laws at their lake house over the 4th of July weekend. I never seem to be able to get off work for this one, but Ben’s run it the last couple of years and this year Colleen did, too.


How is that NOBODY in our group remembered to take a single picture at this race?

Traci posted her best time ever this year, placing second in her 40-44 age group at 33:19, which comes out to 9:45 a mile. I think this might be the first time she’s raced below the 10-minute pace, and she was psyched. “I think all that interval training we’ve been doing this summer really helped!” she said later when I went to pick up the kids.

Ben had the fastest overall time in the family, though he’s still not in shape and started out  the race trying to coax a fast time out of his 9-year-old cousin Monroe. She won her age division at the Waterfall 5K Trail Run, but her legs were tired from tubing so he eventually left her and finished in 32:00, which averaged out to a pace of 9:21 a mile.

OK, looks like Traci did take a pic of Madison -- in the kayak parade, not in her running shoes...

OK, looks like Traci did take a pic of Madison — in the kayak parade, not in her running shoes…

Madison, 14, whose primary training is swimming, finished in 40:31, at 11:15 a mile. Monroe finished a few minutes later at 46:06, a pace of 13:29 a mile. Their dad, Gunnar, finished in 46:33, a pace of 13:36 a mile — which is pretty good, considering he usually walks most of the race. (My nephew Mason got credit in the results for a 46:32 finish, but I found out later he slept through it. Apparently his bib was stuffed in somebody’s pocket as they crossed the finish line.)

Colleen was the last finisher in our family group at 59:17, but she was pleased because that was just a few seconds slower than her Waterfall 5K time and this race was a bit longer. Her pace came out to 17:20 a mile.

I’m bummed that I didn’t get to run this race — at least in part because apparently nobody remembered to take pictures! Also, it would’ve been fun to meet Noel Schafer, who commented on my Waterfall Trail Run post that that was his red truck in our pre-race picture. He won the masters category for the 5K at that race, and he won the 45-49 men’s age group at Loon Lake, running a 23:52 — a 6:59 pace. Good job, Noel! 

Unlike Traci, I probably wouldn’t have placed at this race. Her time would’ve only been good enough for 4th in my 45-49 age group. (I just love it when older runners outperform younger ones.) But it would’ve been fun to run this course after hearing about it now for several years. 



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4 Responses to Loon Lake 5.5K

  1. Jon Pontzius says:

    Legal performance enhancer discovered in the nutrient betaine July 8, 2013 Betaine — a nutrient found in shellfish and beets — boosts athletic performance by nearly six percent when added to a sports drink, according to a study supervised by Ithaca College’s Exercise and Sport Sciences Chair Thomas Swensen.

    “Betaine may contribute to creatine synthesis, which improves, strength, power and short-term performance,” Swensen said. “Future research should elucidate the mechanism of how betaine supplementation improves performance.”

    Dissolve 2.5 grams of betaine (either powder or tablet form) in a 20-ounce sports drink, and drink half in the morning and half in the afternoon.


    Sixteen college-aged cyclists were tested three times in order to measure how the sports drink and betaine beverage affected performance variables such as average and maximum peak power. The first test established baseline performances. The subjects then consumed half of either the commercial drink or betaine beverage twice a day for seven days and were tested again.Three weeks later, the subjects repeated the process with the opposite beverage.

    Results: one week of betaine supplementation increased peak and mean anaerobic power by 5.5 percent compared to baseline measures in recreationally active college-age men and women.

    The study is published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (open access).

    References: a.. J Luke Pryor, Stuart AS Craig, Thomas Swensen, Effect of betaine supplementation on cycling sprint performance, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1550-2783-9-12 (open access)

    • tischcaylor says:

      Hmm…. This would seem to lend credence to that beetroot juice concept we were fooling around with a year or two ago. Good to hear from you, Jon. I was thinking of you when I drove through Whitley County to pick the kids up from Loon Lake on Saturday.

  2. shafernoel says:

    Thanks so much! It was great seeing your sister and her family at the Loon Lake race. My running buddie and me will be doing both the Waterfall and Loon Lake runs next year. We will see you then.. until then.. Happy Running!!

    • tischcaylor says:

      Just found your blog, Noel. Wow, you do a ton of races. So cool you’re thinking about the Indiana Trail 100. I volunteered at that last year and would like to try the 50. (Not sure if it will be 2014, though… need to see if I can do a marathon first, ideally some time this fall.)

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