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The Color Run / preview + discount

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580613_574873962566653_444842236_n1239746_549350495119000_562121640_nThe Color Run has been an extremely popular race series across the globe, expanding quickly over the last few years. But despite its popularity, I’ve never gotten to do one. What! This is the year that will change when I do the Richmond run this September.

If you’re unfamiliar with what The Color Run is, it’s a run series founded in January 2012 where participants run a 5k, going through four color stations and ending at a big finish party. Runners and walkers are both encouraged to participate wearing all white, untimed, and the company also partners with local non-profit groups to give back.

New to the event this year is the Kaleidoscope Tour:

We’re hitting your cities like never before… Amazing new participant gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag) , Fresh music, and Color crazy race attractions. This is 5K Magic like only The Color Run can do.

The participant gear (which you preview on their website) looks awesome.

In addition to giving me the opportunity to experience the Happiest 5k on the Planet, one lucky winner is also getting free entry into The Color Run. The giveaway runs from May 12-16 and winner will be announced via Twitter and have 24 hours to respond!

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If you don’t want to wait to see if you win, you can register now! Use the promo code COLOR5OFF to get $5 off a registration to ANY city that isn’t sold out. Important: code must be entered at time of registration, cannot be retro-applied. Not valid with other discounts or promotions. Click here to register!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I was provided one free entry to The Color Run for myself and one to give away to a reader.

May 12, 2014
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Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon Preview & Giveaway!

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One of my unofficial goals for this year is to try new things. Things I didn’t think I’d be interested in, or things I thought I did not like. (Crab, for example. Turns out that while I do like it, I’m allergic to it.) Or even things I just haven’t gotten around to yet.

…things like a triathlon. I have to admit, even though I have been running for over a year now, consider myself a pretty good swimmer, and biking seems easy – the idea of a triathlon has always seemed super intimidating. Last summer I found out about the Ramblin’ Rose tour, a women-focused triathlon series. They are sprint races, featuring much shorter swim, bike and run legs, as well as pool vs. open water, and (from what I can tell so far) a super motivational staff and volunteer core. (And – of course – super cute bling.)

This year I am even more excited about Ramblin’ Rose because…

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in addition to racing myself, Ramblin’ Rose has offered to give away two entries to the event! (Winner will still have to purchase insurance for $12 if not a member of USAT.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway runs from February 14 through February 27. I will e-mail the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before I pick a new winner. If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end, sign up for the race now using promo code DESI5 to save $5 in South Charlotte or Huntersville!

PS – Happy Valentine’s Day!

I received a complimentary entry into the event, but all opinions are my own. Winner is responsible for travel and accommodations, as well as $12 USAT insurance.

February 14, 2014
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Corkscrew Racing: Wine Lovers 5k {race preview}

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wine lovers 5kCorkscrew Racing is a new race company in central Virginia. They’ve done two races a year for the past several years, but 2014 brings a rebranding and new races through more vineyards, beginning with the Wine Lovers 5k at Cardinal Point Vineyard in Afton, Virginia.

The first time I heard about this race series was last September when they were gearing up for the fall Autumn Toast event, but it was being held the same weekend as my first half-marathon in Cleveland. I missed out on it, but the gorgeous photos, scenery, and promise of wine piqued my interest, and they’ve stayed on my radar.

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In news that surprises no one, I LOVE wine. I have an Olivia Pope-like relationship with it. So it’s perfect that this year, they’re introducing the Wine Lovers 5k on Valentine’s Day weekend. This would be a great event for couples, best friends, or a girl’s morning-after! At the race’s finish line, wine and food (including chocolate made with Cardinal Point’s own wine) will be available with live music, making a great post-race lunch date.

In addition to Wine Lovers 5k, they also produce Vine to Wine in June and Autumn Toast in the fall at Barren Ridge. Participants get tech shirts and finisher’s wine glasses, plus finish line tastings, and instead of medals or plaques, age group winners get a bottle of wine! I’m excited to visit a new-to-me winery and enjoy the scenery while racing.

On top of great races, Corkscrew Racing also partners with local non-profit organizations and donates a portion of their proceeds from each race. Since I’m a “runner with a cause,” I think that’s fantastic.

If you’re local to the area you HAVE to check out one of these races!

Corkscrew Racing offered me an entry into the Wine Lovers 5k, but all opinions are my own.

January 10, 2014
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Bad to the Bone Endurance – Real Girls Run, Danger! Zombies! Run! and more

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Bad to the Bone Endurance is a running events company which produces races from 5ks to 100k, and many of the races are local to me! Their races are primarily in the central Virginia and Colorado with their Ultras being the CO-based events.

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I first found out about them when some runners at a race in July told me about an all-girls half-marathon nearby in November. At the time I didn’t really consider it, I thought I would run my race in Cleveland and that my long-distance goals would be sated, but when I started reading about the race – called Real Girls Run – I got really excited about it.

A Half Marathon & 5K run for women, ladies, girlfriends, moms, daughters, dames, madams, chicks and girls of all kinds. Women run the planet!

A race that goes through the beautiful wine country we have here, is relatively flat, and is totally girl-friendly? AND walker-friendly? Yes please, sign me up!! I’m hoping to finish this one in 2:45 and I can’t wait for it. Still a new race, the course is new for this year and seems as flat as it will get for living in the mountains.

Another of their races is the local Danger! Zombies! Run! 5k, which I’ve wrangled a non-runner friend of mine into doing with me. I’ve never done a zombie-themed race before but the prize categories look pretty awesome, including “fastest human male and female,” and “zombie with most kills.” The course is along my favorite outdoor running area here, and maybe the fear of being covered in blood Carrie-style will be the thing to make me finally run a sub-40 5k!

Bad to the Bone Endurance offered me an entry into the Real Girls Run half-marathon, but all opinions are my own.

September 23, 2013
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