NFECSWI – half marathon

The North Face Endurance Challenge – Wisconsin

Disclaimer: I received entry into the The North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Hey guys, it’s been a busy week of blogging! However it feels good to catch up and tell you what I have been up to, and what’s happening next.

My last race was the Half Marathon for the North Face Endurance Challenge in Kettle Moraine State Park in WI.  You might recall I ran the 50k here last year and had a blast! When Bibrave had opportunities to run here again I was excited, however I could only make the Sunday races as there was a home Iowa football game on Saturday. GO HAWKS!

If you are looking for the facts of the race, check out my review at Bibrave.com.


I arrived to Milwaukee around 8:30 pm Saturday night. I met up with fellow Bibrave pros Laura B and Jessica S. They were having dinner, and I made myself at home and had some pasta too. I am pretty sure we could have talked all night, but with the 8 am race start about a 45 minute drive away in the morning, we made sure to get some rest.


Gear: Sparkle Athletic skirt, Pro Compression Socks, Addidas 7″ boyshorts, On Running Cloud Surfer shoes, Garmin Fenix, Corridor Running hat, Aftershokz headphones (never used), SPIBelt, BR tank, Buff(r), XX2i usa1

We  (Laura and I) woke up to the Arthur alarm clock…Laura’s cute dog, and I had some toast with peanut butter. We left the house and in what felt like no time, had made it to the park.


We arrived and just pulled right up to the entrance, no questions asked and were given a day parking permit, for FREE. We were guided to a parking spot, which was maybe a minute walk to the start/finish area.


I had to use the bathroom, and exchange my shirt(Laura picked up my packet the day  before, with no problems) The shirts are gender specific, tech short sleeve…anymore I never know what size to get, but I was happy I could exchange for a better fit. However I am not sure if the neck is made for someone with 2 heads, very roomy, lol.

After we took care of the things we needed, we had some time to mill around the area. There were all kinds of tents, race information, merchandise, sponsors, area races, etc. Then it was time to race.

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The half marathon was first on Sunday, followed by the 10k and 5k races. It started in waves and I was seeded into wave 5, which was no big deal. Laura chose to start with me and we would run together.

The sun was out, it was a pleasant day, but it would warm up to around 80 degrees.

The half marathon route is also part of the 50k route I ran the year before, so I knew what to expect. The trails in this park are great, true trail in my mind. There are areas of rocks, dirt, sand, and grass. There are also many rolling hills. However the trail is such you really wouldn’t need trail shoes to run them.


Laura and I came upon the first aid station, and were greeted by lots of friendly volunteers. The first thing I noticed was there was no real food, just Gels and some Tailwind and water in the same clear plastic cups.The volunteers made sure to tell us with was Tailwind and which was water.


I was not carrying anything with me but my phone, no food or drink, I had to change my fueling plan.  I knew I would be ok, as I had my toast, but with weird low blood sugar problems earlier in the summer, I like to be prepared.

Laura and I chatted some and I asked her about Tailwind, I think she mentioned it tasted fine. I am all about nothing new on race day…however I also know I can eat/drink a lot of crap and be fine. I also know an electrolyte drink and no food will get me through a half marathon.  Also I don’t do gels…. *I totally read the course guide wrong, apparently the marathon and 50k get the real food on course, the shorter distances have gels*

With my race fueling adjusted, Laura and I kept chatting away. We didn’t even hook up our music, we both ran with our headphones around our neck.

There were sections of the course that were out and back, or loops, so we would see other runners. We cheered for them, and they for us. Great field of participants. There were a few spectators out on the course too, mostly people that were familiar with the area, and knew where to go on the trail.


The trail was easily navigable with ribbon markings. Each race distance had a different colored bib, that bib color corresponded with the ribbon marking color on the trail. There were also some arrows directing runners at corners. A few mile markers were out there too.

Then all the sudden we were crossing the main road back towards the finish line, where had the miles gone? I also survived fueled by Tailwind. It was like I called my best pal up for a run…it was great, I had so much fun.  We even entertained the photographers with our mid race jumping skills.

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Thanks Laura for sharing your pictures!

Running never felt like a task, but we were always aware of our surroundings, and walked some of the uphills, and were cautious on the downhills.

We had to decide how we would finish the race, would we jump across the finish line, throw a thumbs up?

Well we both sprocketed into the air as we crossed the line. Ha…so much fun! Our time was around 2:38, which is really good considering my past few half times, and this was trail.

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Once we were done a volunteer handed us a medal, they were all the same for the weekend, but each race distance had a different ribbon. Then we were handed an empty reusable water bottle we could fill with water or more Tailwind. There was a small finishers food area with bananas, orange slices, epic bars, bagel bites and bpi products.

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Laura and I stood around snacking on some food, and noticed some greedy 5kers taking more food than necessary. I hope the people still running got their share of food.


We spotted fellow pros Kim and Lisa. They were working the North Face tent, you could play games for swag. Laura actually won a cool trucker hat playing “bags.” I was impressed with Lisa, she had completed the 50 miler the day before and she was still standing. Kim ran the 5k and placed 2nd in her AG. These pros are awesome!!!  We chatted some more and then it was time for our post race beer.


Sierra Nevada was back again for the post race fun. I love real beer!!! Laura and I took advantage then stopped to talk with another race, hey hey looks like we might do a 100 mile relay next year…or maybe not.


We found a picnic table and sat and enjoyed the sunshine. I guess you could say we closed it down as volunteers were packing up their booths.


It was sad to call it a day at the event, but I had a 4 hour drive and needed some real food. The post race real food was for purchase only. We said our goodbyes, and I was on my way home. * I will be back soon enough for the Milwaukee Running Festival*


I did make a stop in nearby Eagle, WI to get a sandwich. I stopped at some dive style bar, filled with motorcycle riders and Packer fans. I got a chicken sandwich and cheese curds (fried) and really wanted a Spotted Cow, but I had no one to drive me home.


I finished up and stopped at the local gas station to top off the tank, I wasn’t leaving Wisconsin empty handed, I grabbed a 6 pack of spotted cow and some fresh cheese curds… “when in Wisconsin…”


This is the second year being involved with this event.  I have enjoyed both times, and I hope to get back again next year. The trails in this park are great, in addition to the volunteers and everyone that makes it happen.

 

 

 

Run With Carl – 2016

Run With Carl

This race has become my labor day tradition. I think I have ran it the past 3 or 4 years. I have a few reviews at Bibrave.com if you want to check em out, but the race goes so smoothly, they are usually the same.

This race has a great history. Over 20 plus years ago, Carl Schilling, at age 15, lost his life in an car-pedestrian accident. He was a cross country runner. The race went on, in his name to raise money for scholarships for area schools. A few years back the family put on the last race, however with help from a title sponsor the race goes on today. This race is a great example of community.

Alright…so this year the event took place on Monday September 5, 2016 at 8:15 am in Bettendorf, IA, It was a sunny start, 70’s and humid.


Gear: Bibrave Tank, Donut Sparkle Athletic Skirt, Pro Compression socks, Ampla Fly shoes, Addidas shorts, XX2i USA1 sunglasses, Aftershokz headphones, Garmin Fenix

Josh was once again running this race too, and we met up with Kelly. Not only has this become my Labor Day tradition, I think these 2 have been running this race as long as I have.

We arrived in Bettendorf around 7:15 am, as Josh and I still needed to register. Race day price was only $25 and we were running the 5 mile distance. If we wanted a shirt we could pay extra…believe me, we don’t not need another shirt.  I emphasize this price, it’s a steal! I have paid $40 or more for 5ks, I don’t know why but I have….so this race keeps it affordable.

We have always parked at the Middle School, which is a short walk from the race start. There is plenty of parking and it’s free. Just make sure to get there in enough time before the road is closed for the race.

There are also plenty of port-o-potties behind the registration area. I also think the fitness center is open if you really needed to use an actual toilet. However the race is small enough and it’s first thing in the morning the porto’s are clean…and as many races as I have done, a porto isn’t a big deal.


We were all ready to run the race, so we stood near the start and listened to the pre-race announcements, and the live singing, by a quartet, of the National Anthem.

Having run a half marathon the day before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did plan to race this though. I was also in the testing period for the Ampla shoes, which helped create force in running so I would improve my mechanics and run faster.

I made sure not to start too fast, and being familiar with the course, I also made sure to watch my footing, as the first section is on the road and there are crack and some potholes.

Once off the road, the race goes onto the bike path. This area can be congested with runners, but it eventually spreads out. The bike path is an asphalt surface. It follows a little creek.

There are 3 water only stops on the course, with easy to pinch paper cups. Each mile is marked and there is a volunteer standing at each one shouting the overall time.

From the bike path, the course then goes through a residential neighborhood and then finishes on a busier city street. This year the last street was under construction, so the course was on the sidewalk, which was no problem as it is really wide.

The one thing I forgot about this race is the hills! They are not steep, but there are quite a few that make pushing the pace a little more of a challenge.

I came across the finish line, and found Josh cheering in finishers. I waited next to him and we saw Kelly finish the 5k. Wahoo!


We all walked into the finisher’s area and where there was bananas, apples, bagel pieces and cookies. We were all too late for the cupcakes.ūüė¶ I wish they would have enough for all, but a cookie did the trick.

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There was a tent printing out results, just had to show them your bib number. Ugh, my time was slower than last year by about 2-3 minutes. I really felt like I was flying through the race course, just must have had tired legs. My time was 47:30, which is still a great pace of 9:30.

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We milled about for a while, but it was time to go to Dunkin Donuts and get some coffee and donuts of course. So we said our goodbyes to Kelly and were on our way.


Ok so we didn’t eat all the donuts… But left them with my niece. ūüć©

I like this race and will always try to run it, let the Labor Day tradition continue. I am happy the community has stepped up to make this happen. See you next year Bettendorf!

 

New Bo Half Marathon

New Bo Half Marathon – Race Recap

Ahh man it’s halfway through September and I am just getting to this review. I guess football season and all the races have taken over…Anyway, here I have for you my New Bo Half experience…

For my official race review, please check Bibrave.com. I would also like to read your review, so add one!

The 2016 event took place on Sunday, September 4, at the New Bo Market in Cedar Rapids, IA. It was a cool morning, about 60 degrees, and partly sunny. It would warm to the upper¬†70’s and the sun made an appearance.


I arrived with plenty of time before the 7:30 am start. I needed to grab my packet and was planning on taking some pictures for the running club. There was plenty of free parking in a lot about a block from all the festivities. This lot was also easy to leave from, you weren’t blocked in due to the race route.

Gear: Sparkle Athletic skirt & Visor, Orange Mud Hydraquiver, Brooks Ghost 9, Walmart Tank, Procompression socks, Garmin Fenix, Addidas boy short, Aftershokz headphones, XX2i USA 1 sunglasses

I had registered online for only $40 and if I wanted a shirt, I could pay extra. I don’t need another shirt, so I love this option. There was also race day registration available. The line looked to go fast, I noticed it as I picked my packet up in the neighboring line.

Included with my $40 was a bib and timing chip, sticker, post race reusable cup and beer, and a handmade ceramic finishers medal.

I had some time to kill before the race started, so I milled around, talked to a few people and took those pictures. There was an announcer telling people all the happenings as well. I was on the lookout for my friend Jen. She was running her first ever half marathon.

It was close to starting time, and all the participants lined up at the start, which wasn’t the same as the finish. I happened to bump into Jen at the start. I was happy to see her. She looked very nervous. I hope my “it’s just another race attitude” didn’t frighten her more.


We listened to the National Anthem, which was sung live and the race was off! The spectators were lining the course the first few blocks, I made sure to slap some high fives.

Jen and I stayed together for a mile or so. I had to get to the North Liberty Farmers Market after the race, like immediately when I was done. I really wanted to stay with her, but she insisted I go ahead, and it made sense due to the time crunch. I was also stopping to take pictures for the the club too.

The course was an out an back, with a section on trail before we ran back. There were some rolling hills. Each mile we passed was marked with a flag. Once we got out of town, there were very few spectators. There was a photographer around the start and finish, pictures were provided for FREE! So many volunteers on course, and they were all friendly! There were police at the major intersections.

There were a lot of aid stations, but they only had water in plastic cups. There was no electrolyte drink on course. There was however a Gu stop at the halfway point. I need my electrolytes and I don’t do gels, so I made sure to carry my own. This was all mentioned on the website, so I was able to plan ahead.

I had a decent race, nothing to write home about. I finished…my time was 2:20:18.

I crossed the finish line and a medal was placed around my neck. These are really cool hand made ceramic medals, they were in the shape of Iowa.

I then grabbed my reusable plastic cup and filled it with water from the cooler at the finish line. Then up next was the post race food, there was a lot to choose from! The New Bo market is short for New Bohemia…so the post race takes pride in that and offers kolaches and pretzel rolls, there are also bananas and breakfast burritos.

I emptied the water from my reusable cup and made my way to the beer! The lady took my cup and filled it with a Lions Bridge brew, Yum! She never checked my ID and I am not sure she looked at my bib or medal to see if I ran the race. I only note this as later Jen told me she didn’t get any beer, they were out.

So I had walked through all the post race beer and food, and who do I see is also already finished…yep, JEN!!! She totally crushed her first marathon. She was thinking sub 3 hour and came in sub 2:30 or something. That is amazing!!! Congrats to her!!!


That was about it, I had to get moving to the farmers market. I said my goodbyes and walked the short walk to my car. I was out of the parking lot and in NL in no time.

This is a really nice race. For one – $40 for a half marathon is a steal!!! Next – it’s a fair course, not too flat, and some good hills. Love the personal touch of the handmade medal. My only one suggestion is to add some electrolytes on course. If I can do this again, I will.


Also instead of my traditional post with 23094820934  pictures, I will share my youtube video I created from the pictures I snapped when running.

 

I’m going to Tulsa!

Disclaimer: I received entry into the Tulsa run 15k to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

That’s right, I will be headed to Tulsa, OK at the end of October for the Tulsa Run 15k. Not only is this a well established race that hosts the USA Masters 15k race, I will be reunited with fellow BibRave ProERICA!!!!!

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You may recall, Erica and I had a grand ol time at the Louisiana Marathon, well more so at the post race food booths…we bonded over pork cheeks and bacon jam!

You can imagine my excitement when I found out we would be spending a weekend in Tulsa together. So, I thought I would ask her a few questions:

Have you ever been to Tulsa?
Nope! Typically the only time I visit Oklahoma is to go the casinos that are close to the border. I do enjoy saying “Tulsa, Oklahoma”, it just has a fun ring to it.
Do you enjoy traveling to races? Do you have any tips? 
I do. I honestly feel that the best way to explore a new place is by running. So by visiting new places I get a supported tour of a city with a few hundred to thousands of other people. All my tips can be found in my blog post here . But my number one tip is to plan for life outside of the race, just because you’re running doesn’t mean you can’t make it in to vacation.
*Oh I love this, make it a vacation*
What made you choose this race?
It has a great reputation and it has been around since 1978, so they must be doing something right in Tulsa! With so many race companies cutting corners and many even shutting down, it’s nice to have a solid race to go run that just happens to offer legit swag. I mean… that medal and shirt are totes amazing.
She is right – check out this year’s shirt & medal:
Will this be your first 15k?
Unfortunately not, this will be third 15k, but it will be my second 15k course…does that make sense? The 15k is such a rare distance race to find, at least in TX, so I’m pretty thrilled to be able to run another one. It’s the right amount of a challenge.
What are you looking forward to the most?
The atmosphere! Races close to an event such as Halloween always brings out the best costumes. Everyone is relaxed and having a good time and that’s what I like to see in a race. ¬†Oh, and word on the street is that there will be candy bars…who wouldn’t want to end a race with candy!??
*It’s true!! They are bringing back the finish line candy bars, look out for¬†Snickers, M&M Peanut, M&M regular, Twix, Milky Way, Musketeers, and Snickers Almonds*
Will you run in costume?
Heck yes! I haven’t decided what though, obviously it will be orange themed with sparkles. Suggestions?
*ahh man I need help with this too, Super PRO? *
Do you have any race day rituals or traditions?
I’m weird, I have lots. My number one for race day is to remember breathe and I always say a prayer.
*Um, you’re not weird, this is what works for you*
I am looking forward to meeting up with Erica in October – The race is October 29th. I guess we both are looking for costume suggestions, so send em our way.
If you want to join us you can use code BIBRAVETR $5 off the 5K and 15K http://tulsasports.org/tulsarun/ 
We know how to have a good time!! We look forward to meeting you!
erica

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

RECIPE TIME!

Changing things up a bit! I participate in a couple of farmers’ markets selling my headbands. North Liberty on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm and in West Branch on Tuesday from 4-6pm throughout the summer.

In North Liberty my vendor spot is next to Karen, she is from the Conesville area. She brings all the produce to the market. This time of year she has a lot of sweet potatoes, even white sweet potatoes.

A few weeks back she was handing out recipes to make a salad with the sweet potatoes. She said she got it from a woman who bought a lot of sweet potatoes from her.

I like sweet potatoes, but besides putting some butter and brown sugar on¬†them, I don’t know how else to prepare, so I was excited to give this a go.

I was able to get many items at the market so when I brought the recipe home I could whip it up. I liked it so much, I thought the world should get to try it too.


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad:

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (approx 1.5 lbs) peeled 1″ cubes
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1/2 C. olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 to 2 T minced jalapeno
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 C. cooked black beans, drained (canned is fine)
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 C. chopped cilantro


Roast potatoes and onion tossed with 2 T oil and salt and pepper to taste in a 400 degree F oven until beginning to brown and just tender, approx 30 minutes. Set aside.


Process jalapeno with garlic, lime juice and remaining olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Process until well blended.

Toss warm veggies with beans and bell peppers.


Mix with dressing and cilantro.

Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve warm, room temp or cold.

If making ahead, store salad and dressing separately and combine just before serving.

Makes 4 servings

I even shared with Josh and he liked this too. I brought some to work and shared with my dad, he thought it was a little bland, but it’s my dad…LOL.

ENJOY!

Ampla Fly

Ampla Sport Ampla Fly Running shoes

Disclaimer: I received an pair of AMPLA FLY to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Wahoo my 300th post‚ú®

You may have seen some pictures from me like these:

Well I have been testing a new running shoe. The Ampla Fly from Ampla Sport. I chose the black color, they also come in a red.

”¬†Our shoes don‚Äôt waste force. They teach you how to run faster, safer, and longer.”

You may notice the sole in the above photos, it’s in 2 pieces. Well these shoes were designed by a Harvard scientist – check out the story here –¬†http://amplasport.com/pages/story¬†– and as mentioned in the above quote they don’t waste force. In fact they are designed to use force to improve your running mechanics.

The sole is broken down into many layers, the one that makes it different is the carbon fiber plate – layer 5. This graphic from the website shows it best.

I want to highlight the carbon plate as it makes the sole a little more rigid. The shoe isn’t as forgiving and isn’t recommended for trail running. You will note I didn’t try that…but I did take them for some test runs, here is my journal:

  • Aug 22 – I received these in the mail and may have taken the opportunity to do a photo”shoe”t

  • Aug 24 – Inaugural run of 2 miles, definitely felt like I was fore foot striking. I also felt the PF stretching in both feet. Otherwise no problems

  • Aug 25 – Ran 4.8 miles, no major problems. Good fit on my feet. The heel is loose fitting, but used a lacing technique to tighten them, no blisters. The loose fit is also related to the carbon plate not being as forgiving. I can feel my PF stretching at times.

  • Aug 27- Ran across town to Kinnick Stadium to check out the concert set up & tailgating scene. Total of 7 miles .No major problems, but could feel that PF stretch

  • Aug 30 – 4.86 miles. I notice how stiff they are, not a cushion shoe. My PF stretch is minor today.

  • Sept 3 – 4.4 miles. PF pain until 1.5 miles into the run. Then I was fine. The carbon plate is not forgiving.

  • Sept 5 – Run with Carl 5 miler. Raced in them, felt speedy. I only wore them to race, so no walking around in them & minimum standing around, no PF pain when wearing, but woke up with PF pain.

  • Sept 9 – Took the shoes on a photo shoot, and ended up with over 4 miles. Ended up running 2-400’s at the track. Really felt them propel me forward, but I didn’t feel the natural spring to the track in them, not as cushioned as my go to shoe. However the PF is not at it’s best.

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  • Sept 13 – woke up with the worst PF in a long time, and this time in my other foot, so it’s in both feet. I am going to take a break from wearing the shoes.

I reached out to Ampla about this problem. They were going to reach out to their shoe designer and see if they had any ideas. (When I know more I will update you.) My best guess is that the carbon fiber plate is just not working with my feet. Over 2 years ago I had PF in my right foot, then I did all the things for healing it and it went away. I run a lot and hadn’t had any problems since, and I could actually feel the PF on both of my feet stretch when I run in these. *Jeremy brings up a good point about these shoes engaging your calf muscles in his post, could also be another reason my PF is on fire.

Maybe I am running too long in them. They are recommended for speed work and unless you’re comfortable running in them long, they aren’t suggested to do long runs in them.

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I did take a lot of photos wearing them

I really do feel they work to propel you forward and encourage proper running mechanics, they just don’t like my feet.

I encourage you to read my fellow pros blogs,¬†as one person’s thoughts shouldn’t be enough to influence your¬†decision, also shoes are a very specific fit and different for everyone.

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I also encourage you to check out Ampla on twitter, facebook and Instagram. If you want to give them a try they retail for $120 and have free shipping. They also ship direct to you, they are not sold in stores. Check out their FAQ page if any of your questions haven’t been answered through all the other options above.

Why Should you Run Timber Trek?

The Top Reasons to Run Timber Trek

Hey all … I am part of my local running club, Corridor Running. From time to time I will feature some posts relating to the club. Today we have the top 10 reasons to run Timber Trek in the Amana Colonies.

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What is Timber Trek?

This is a 4.3 mile trail run that¬†begins and ends at the Amana Colonies RV Park, following along¬†Price Creek¬†and looping through the Amana Timber that borders the area. The race¬†has¬†obstacles including hills and a creek crossing. Prepare to have fun while getting wet and muddy! It’s a challenging, but fun event. It takes place Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2pm at the¬†Amana Colonies RV Park, 3890 C St, Amana, IA.

Why should you run Timber Trek? With a little help from the board at Corridor Running, we give you the top 10 reasons to participate:

  1. Oktoberfest!!!!¬†That’s right, there’s a party! Make sure to check the website for all the events taking place in Amana, including a keg tapping party, a parade, demonstrations and a brat eating contest to name a few.
  2. Escape game day in Iowa City – Hannah says, “The atmosphere – for individuals looking to avoid Iowa City on game day, why not spend the day in the Amana Colonies racing and drinking beer while celebrating Oktoberfest? “
  3. Finishers medals – what better way to celebrate #medalmonday (it’s a thing) than with a medal. Bring it to work, have the kids show it at school. It’s yours! Nikki reminds us you will have “Bragging rights for a lifetime!”
  4. BEER! – now that I have your attentionūüôā An ice cold brewski will pair nicely with a post race brat!¬†
  5. The Challenge – did you run “all the 5ks” this summer and are tired of pounding the pavement, well you are ready for this challenge on the trails. See what you are capable of, push yourself!
  6. Trail – maybe this is one of my favorite reasons, I love to run on trails! It’s great to be out in nature, no stoplights to wait for, no cars to run you over – maybe you will even see a deer. Mark reminds us there are “no bears.”
  7. Add to your circuit points РWhat is that you ask? Well as a member of Corridor Running you can enter into a spreadsheet, the races you have run in the area, for points. Then in January of next year (when the points are tallied) you could win prizes!!!
  8. Set a new PR – If this is your first time – you will set an instant PR, because who has run a 4.3 mile race before? I mean you would really have to take a wrong turn at a 5k to get to 4.3 miles, and an 8k is just under 5 miles…. so today is your day at that shiny new PR!
  9. MUD!!!!! – Thanks to board member Kelly for the 5 exclamation marksūüôā Don’t be afraid to have some fun and get a little dirty. How else are you going to prove you were on the course? Mark says mud is good for the complexion.
  10. Support the Amana Parks Department – They are responsible for managing the land the event takes place. Thank you in advance!

Still not convinced? If you are a member of Corridor Running you will get a discount on your registration, this is done on step 2 of the online registration.

Save $5 and register online, don’t forget it closes Sept 30 at midnight!!! Shirt sizes are guaranteed through Sept 17. You can also register on the day of the race from 11:30am to 1:45pm.