4 Things to consider before you get your first elliptical trainers

For those in need of a cardio machine that works out more than just your lower body muscles, the elliptical trainers are the perfect fit. The arc movement of the elliptical trainer is as simple as walking or jogging but before you hit on the buy now button here are a few important factors that go into buying the perfect elliptical trainer.

The Budget

For a lot of the buyers especially the newbies getting value for money is important and since elliptical trainers are available in all price ranges it’s important to do your homework right before making any decision.

For occasional users who want to avoid the high cost of the fancy frills, an elliptical trainer between $500-$600 is ideal whereas the high-end models are priced around $1500-$4000 but come with unmatched features and durability.

Resistance and Braking System

One of the most important factors that go into making a buying decision is the resistance and braking system as they impact the price, workout efficiency and durability of the model. Elliptical trainers with an Eddy Current brake system are highly recommended as these use magnets for resistance.

You can control resistance with the press of a button and they are also silent thus proving a convenient option. Lower or mid-range trainers with this system come with a flywheel that weighs around 10-15 pounds whereas the top end models have a heavier flywheel.

Pro Tip: Trainers with heavier flywheels are fluid in motion and if not mentioned, don’t forget to ask about it.

Space available

The space needed to use and store an elliptical trainer varies according to the make and model. Those elliptical trainers with the drive system and flywheel in front are often easy to store and move as they are foldable.

Those models with a drive system and flywheel in the rear are bulkier and cannot be folded. Elliptical trainers with a center drive system have the flywheel on any of the sides and are the most compact of all and can be folded. Also, models with transport wheels are easier to move around.

Console

Irrespective of the make or model a console with an LCD screen is a must. The screen should be clear and big i.e. about 8-10 inches and should display all important workout stats like the calories burned, time spent, etc. from a comfortable distance.

Some mid-range models also come with a cup holder, a built-in fan, an extra tray, reading rack etc. The higher-end models come with a console that is compatible with both Android and IOS devices and has other fancy frills like built-in speakers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi compatibility and even a wireless heart rate monitor.

Also, most of the models will include about 10-25 inbuilt workout programs to get you started on the right track.

Event Details: Half Marathon

  • Race: BB&T Gate City Half Marathon  (13.1 Miles)
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
  • Location: Center City Park, Downtown Greensboro, NC
  • Address: 200 N Elm St  Greensboro, NC 27401
  • Time: 8:00 am

Race Description

Only in the Gate City will you experience Southern Hospitality at its finest! Come run in Greensboro, NC at the BB&T Gate City Half Marathon and 8K on Saturday, April 6, 2013, and enjoy a course that starts and ends on historic North Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. Center City Park serves as the start and finish line host arena where runners will enjoy a lively post-race feast with live entertainment, a feast hosted by Carrabba’s, massage tents and beer garden only steps away!

Participant Bibs:

Every competitor shall be provided with number bibs, which must be worn conspicuously on the FRONT when competing. The number bibs are to be worn as issued, cutting or folding numbers is not permitted. No athlete shall be permitted to participate in any competition without the appropriate number bib.

Half marathon runners will wear BLUE bibs; 8K runners will wear GREEN bibs. Runners are responsible for checking their bib for accuracy. Runners may not switch races without authorization and without obtaining the appropriate bib. Runners may not switch numbers with any other runner or use any bib other than the bib assigned to him/her.

Transfer:

Once a number has been assigned to a competitor, no other competitor may use it.

Timing Verification:

Participants are responsible for making sure the timing device is worn correctly and is working properly prior to the race.

Course Marking:

The half marathon and 8K will be adequately marked at strategic points to keep competitors on course. Orange chalk marking will be available at all mile markers, course signage, and course monitors to assist runners.

Course Monitoring:

Turns and major intersections on the course will be monitored by Intersection Volunteers. A lead vehicle will be provided for each race.

Shortening the Course:

Any competitor who has been found by the Race Committee to have gained an unfair advantage by intentionally shortening the route of the race shall be immediately disqualified from the race.

Medical Assistance:

Two medical tents are located on the course. They are combined with the Water Stations located at miles:
Mile 4.15 Mile 10 ½
Medical assistance is also offered at the Finish Line.

Water Stations:

5 Water Stations are located along the half marathon course. Every station will have Primo Water and Lemon Lime Gatorade. There are 2 stations along the 8K course.

Course Closing:

The course closes three and a half hours from the start time of the race.

Gear Check/Gear Retrieval:

Gear Check will be available at Center City Park at the Pavilion at the start of the race. You will receive a white Tyvek bag in which to place your belongings. Please do not check any valuable items. Write your bib number on the envelope. Your race bib number will be used to verify your bag when you pick it up at Gear Retrieval at the end of the race.

Restrictions:

For the safety of yourself and the other participants, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. If you are seen in violation of one of these you will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.

Race Photos:

PBC Sports Photography will provide official race photos. All photos will be posted approx. one week after the event.

Post Race Food & Entertainment:

Every runner is provided one free beer compliments of Natty Greene Brewery. Live entertainment will be provided by the band Rodeo AM. They will be performing at the stage on Davie Street.

In the event of an emergency, the Race Management Team will communicate with runners on the course via a colored flag system which is located at each of the 5 water stations. Please review the meaning and status of each flag prior to the race:
GREEN – Conditions are normal YELLOW – Heat index is rising; slow down; drink
plenty of fluids
RED – Dangerous weather or other potential BLACK – Race is canceled due to extreme weather or
the safety hazard; timing of race has been an emergency; staff, volunteers, runners need to
canceled; stand by for further instructions seek shelter immediately

 

 

Course

In the Center of The Gate City (aka Greensboro, NC) is a jewel of a downtown park, Center City Park. This backdrop is the perfect venue to host runners from all over the country. The races begin and end on Elm Street right in the heart of downtown. The course is rolling terrain through some of the Greensboros most historic neighborhoods.

The half marathon has a time limit of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

April in North Carolina is usually perfect for running. Average April Temperatures: Low 45° / High 73°. But be warned heat can be an issue. Temps could be in the 80s

 Aid Stations

  • Start Water, sports drink
  • 2.25 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade (Porta John)
  • 4 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade
  • 6.5 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade, gel (Porta John)
  • 7.75 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade, gel (Porta John)
  • 10.25 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade
  • 12.25 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade (Porta John)
  • Finish Line Food and drinks galore

Registration Details

Entry Fees

  • Half Marathon: $55 Until 03/06/13
  • Half Marathon: $65 Until 04/03/13
  • Half Marathon: $70 Until 04/06/13

Packet Pickup

  • Friday, April 5th
    12 Noon 10:00 pm
    Sheraton Greensboro
    3121 High Point Road at I-40
    Greensboro, NC 27407
    Phone: (336) 292-9161
  • Saturday, April 6th
    6:00 am 7:30 am
    Center City Park Pavilion,

Schedule

  • 5:45 AM Park Opens
  • 6:30 AM Late Packet Pickup Opens
  • 7:30 AM Late Packet Pickup Closes
  • 8:00 AM Race Start Half Marathon
  • 8:20 AM Race Start 8k
  • 9:30 AM Award Ceremony 8k
  • 11:30 am Award Ceremony Half Marathon

Timings/Awards

This race will be chip timed with disposable bib-chips, We ask all athletes to wear their race number on the front and visible.

All Finishers will receive a custom race medal

Prize Money

  • Half Marathon Men’s and Women’s Overall
    1st Place $1000
    2nd Place $500
    3rd Place $250
  • Half Marathon Men’s and Womens Mens Masters
    1st Place$300
    2nd Place$100
    3rd Place$50

Age Group Award

Awards will be presented to the following categories:

  • Age Groups: Under-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Race Director reserves the right to combine age groups.

Results/Photos

 

Race results will be available on race day. You can also find all your races results on www.active.com

 

 

 

Cancellation Policy

In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined.

Rules/Guidelines

Sorry, but for safety reasons, we do not allow dogs, bicycles, inline skates or any means of transportation other than running, walking or wheelchairs. Running baby strollers are allowed but must have a minimum of 6 wheels. Race Director reserves the right to reject any entry or to remove any participant from the race course without explanation.

Event Details: 8K Run/Walk

 

  • Race: 8k Run/Walk (4.97 Miles)
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
  • Location: Center City Park, Downtown Greensboro, NC
  • Address: 200 N Elm St  Greensboro, NC 27401
  • Time: 8:20 am

Race Description

Only in the Gate City will you experience Southern Hospitality at its finest! Come run in Greensboro, NC at the BB&T Gate City Half Marathon and 8K on Saturday, April 6, 2013, and enjoy a course that starts and ends on historic North Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. Center City Park serves as the start and finish line host arena where runners will enjoy a lively post-race feast with live entertainment, a feast hosted by Carrabba’s, massage tents and beer garden only steps away!

Participant Bibs:

Every competitor shall be provided with number bibs, which must be worn conspicuously on the FRONT when competing. The number bibs are to be worn as issued, cutting or folding numbers is not permitted. No athlete shall be permitted to participate in any competition without the appropriate number bib. Half marathon runners will wear BLUE bibs; 8K runners will wear GREEN bibs.

Runners are responsible for checking their bib for accuracy. Runners may not switch races without authorization and without obtaining the appropriate bib. Runners may not switch numbers with any other runner or use any bib other than the bib assigned to him/her.

Transfer:

Once a number has been assigned to a competitor, no other competitor may use it.

Timing Verification:

Participants are responsible for making sure the timing device is worn correctly and is working properly prior to the race.

Course Marking:

The half marathon and 8K will be adequately marked at strategic points to keep competitors on course. Orange chalk marking will be available at all mile markers, course signage, and course monitors to assist runners.

Course Monitoring:

Turns and major intersections on the course will be monitored by Intersection Volunteers. A lead vehicle will be provided for each race.

Shortening the Course:

Any competitor who has been found by the Race Committee to have gained an unfair advantage by intentionally shortening the route of the race shall be immediately disqualified from the race.

Medical Assistance:

Two medical tents are located on the course. They are combined with the Water Stations located at miles:
Mile 4.15 Mile 10 ½
Medical assistance is also offered at the Finish Line.

Water Stations:

5 Water Stations are located along the half marathon course. Every station will have Primo Water and Lemon Lime Gatorade. There are 2 stations along the 8K course.

Course Closing:

The course closes three and a half hours from the start time of the race.

Gear Check/Gear Retrieval:

Gear Check will be available at Center City Park at the Pavilion at the start of the race. You will receive a white Tyvek bag in which to place your belongings. Please do not check any valuable items. Write your bib number on the envelope. Your race bib number will be used to verify your bag when you pick it up at Gear Retrieval at the end of the race.

Restrictions:

For the safety of yourself and the other participants, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. If you are seen in violation of one of these you will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.

Race Photos:

PBC Sports Photography will provide official race photos. All photos will be posted approx. one week after the event.

Post Race Food & Entertainment:

Every runner is provided one free beer compliments of Natty Greene Brewery. Live entertainment will be provided by the band Rodeo AM. They will be performing at the stage on Davie Street.

Communication On the Course

In the event of an emergency, the Race Management Team will communicate with runners on the course via a colored flag system which is located at each of the 5 water stations. Please review the meaning and status of each flag prior to the race:
GREEN – Conditions are normal YELLOW – Heat index is rising; slow down; drink
plenty of fluids
RED – Dangerous weather or other potential BLACK – Race is canceled due to extreme weather or
the safety hazard; timing of race has been an emergency; staff, volunteers, runners need to
canceled; stand by for further instructions seek shelter immediately

 

 Course

In the Center of The Gate City (aka Greensboro, NC) is a jewel of a downtown park, Center City Park. This backdrop is the perfect venue to host runners from all over the country. The races begin and end on Elm Street right in the heart of downtown. The course is rolling terrain through some of Greensboro’s most historic neighborhoods.

April in North Carolina is usually perfect for running. Average April Temperatures: Low 45° / High 73°. But be warned heat can be an issue. Temps could be in the 80s

 Aid Stations

  • Start – Water, sports drink
  • 2.25 Miles – Water, sports drink (Porta John)
  • 4 Miles – Water, sports drink (lemon/lime Gatorade)
  • Finish Line – Food and drinks galore

Entry Fee

  • 8k Run/Walk: $30 Until 03/06/13
  • 8k Run/Walk: $40 Until 04/03/13
  • 8k Run/Walk: $45 Until 04/06/13

Packet Pickup

  • Friday, April 5th
    12 Noon – 10:00 pm
    Sheraton Greensboro
    3121 High Point Road at I-40
    Greensboro, NC 27407
    Phone: (336) 292-9161
  • Saturday, April 6th
    6:00 am – 7:30 am
    Center City Park Pavilion
    200 N. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

 Schedule

  • 5:45 AM – Park Opens
  • 6:30 AM – Late Packet Pickup Opens
  • 7:30 AM – Late Packet Pickup Closes
  • 8:00 AM – Race Start Half Marathon
  • 8:20 AM – Race Start 8k
  • 10:00 AM – Award Ceremony 8k
  • 11:30 am – Award Ceremony Half Marathon

This race will serve as the USA Track and Field North Carolina State Championship. Please note the prize money below is for the USATF NC 8k Championship.  You MUST be a current member of NC USATF to be eligible for the 8k prize money.

  • 8k Run/Walk Men’s/Women’s Open
    Men’s/Women’s Open
    1st Place $1000
    2nd Place $500
    3rd Place $300
    4th Place $150
    5th Place $100
  • 8k Run/Walk Men’s/Women’s Masters
    1st Place $300
    2nd Place $100
    3rd Place $50

 Age Group Awards

Awards will be presented to the following categories:

  • Age Groups: Under-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Race Director reserves the right to combine age groups.

Chip Timing

This race will be chip timed with disposable bib-chips, We ask all athletes to wear their race number on the front and visible.

This race will serve as the USA Track and Field North Carolina State Championship. Please note the 8k prize money is for the USATF NC 8k Championship.  You MUST be a current member of NC USATF to be eligible for the 8k prize money.

Results/Photos

Cancellation Policy