Archive for the ‘Races’ Category

The other day I offered a contest to win a free entry to the Running For Angels 5k Virtual Race. The winner turned out to be a blogger right here on WordPress! Whitney, the writer of Racing the States won a free entry, a tech tee, and a medal. Soon after getting in contact with her, she invited me to a Facebook group called “Virtual Runs!”. I posted information about my upcoming virtual race, and I have gotten a huge response. Today alone, I have had 11 people from that group register for the race. Whitney’s blog (Racing the States) is well worth reading. I recommend all of you check it out. http://racingthestates.wordpress.com If you like what you read, please “like” her Facebook fan page. http://facebook.com/racingthestates If you would like to learn more about the Running For Angels Virtual Race, please visit http://facebook.com/runningforangels5k. You can also register for the event at http://regonline.com/runningforangels. $30 gets you a race entry, tech tee, and and a great custom medal. For $20 you get a race entry and a medal. These prices are valid thru 2/28/13, then the prices increase $5.

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Running For Angels Virtual Race medal.

-Tim

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The other day I put together my training plan for my first 100 miler. Today was day 1 and I was scheduled for 17 miles. I plan to do all of my long runs on Sundays since I never work Sundays. Well, today I ended up having to work, and it was a shift in the middle of the day. Because of that I had to switch around this week’s training plan, so I ended up doing tomorrow’s 5 miler instead of the 17 I planned on. I guess that’s why they say to write your training plan in pencil instead of pen.

Tomorrow should be a great day for the 17 miles. It’s supposed to be 40 degrees and partly cloudy. That’s about as good as you can hope for when it’s mid-February in Michigan.

Other exciting stuff…
Only 20 days until my next ultramarathon! I’m really looking forward to heading to California for my race. A 50k trail race in the mountains of Malibu sounds absolutely amazing. That day my brother and I will be driving from LA to Vegas to celebrate.

Today also marks a big milestone for Tim’s Running Reviews. I now have over 200 follwers on WordPress! When I started this blog back in October, I really had no idea that it would take off like it has. I wanted to thank all of my followers, Facebook fans, and everyone else who has read, liked, and commented on my blogs.

-Tim

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Running For Angels Virtual Race Medal

The medal design is finally in. I absolutely love it! A very big thanks to RunningAwards.com for the great design and providing excellent service.

If you would like to know more about the race, you can go to http://facebook.com/runningforangels5k.

To register for the race, go to http://regonline.com/runningforangels.

For $30 you get an entry into the race with a tech tee and a medal.
For $20 you get an entry into the race with a medal only.

These prices are valid thru February 28, 2013. After that the cost of registration will go up $5.

Thank you to everyone who has shown support and registered. Invite your friends and family to be a part of this amazing event. All proceeds go to the Foundation For Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics.

-Tim

Tomorrow is International Angelman Day, and to celebrate it I am giving away 1 free entry into the race. This includes a tech tee and a custom medal. To enter: 1) Go to http://facebook.com/runningforangels5k and click “LIKE”. 2) Share today’s post about the giveaway. It looks like this:

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Running For Angels Giveaway

It just that easy!

For those that haven’t, a virtual race is a race that anyone on earth can participate in no matter where they live. The idea is that you run the mileage anywhere you’d like on the race day. With your registration, you usually get a t-shirt and medal for participating. Most virtual races benefit a charity or cause, so you are helping contribute to a greater good by participating.

Last year I ran in the For the Love of the Kids Half Marathon, and had a great time participating. I decided to host my own virtual race this year to benefit The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. This cause is very special to me since my cousin’s daughter was diagnosed with this rare disorder. I have done a lot of fundraising for the cause and I envision this race as a much bigger contribution to funding research for Angelman Syndrome. I invite all of you to participate no matter where you are.

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Running For Angels Virtual Race logo

The registration prices are as follows:
Before February 28, 2013
$30 for registration with tech tee and medal
$20 for registration with medal only

After February 28, 2013
$35 for registration with tech tee and medal
$25 for registration with medal only

The tees and/or medals will be shipped to you within a week of the event. Tech tees will be made by Hankerd Sportswear in Swartz Creek, MI, and the medals are being made by Running Awards and both will feature our logo. Online registration is being provided by RegOnline.

To learn more, you can visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/runningforangels5k.
You can register for the event at http://www.regonline.com/runningforangels.

I hope to see a huge turnout, so invite your friends to run it with you!

-Tim

Although the 5k distance isn’t my specialty, I decided to run one last weekend. I just wanted to do a race. The only day I was available was Sunday. It turned out the closest race was almost 2 hours away in Meridian Township, MI.

It was supposed to be a small event that is sponsored by Playmakers. The course consisted of a short, paved corse thru the woods, down 2 roads, then a short sprint to the finish.

The day of the race, I woke up with a sore throat, so I wasn’t really expecting a very fast time. I figured I’d run it in about 23 minutes.

I managed to run it in 20:28, which was way better than I hoped for. That ended up beating my PR by 3 seconds!

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Polar Bear 5k results

I won my division, and come in 6th overall out of 229 runners. This was the first time I have ever won my division in a race.

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Polar Bear 5k medal

Age group winners received great medals made by RunningAwards.com!

About the event:
Pros
-Race day registration was well organized.
-Very affordable. Only $25 on race day.
-Pre/post-race refreshments. Hot chocolate, coffee, bananas, granola bars.
-Nice medals to top 3 in division, plaques to overall male, female, and masters.

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Race map on Strava.com

Cons
-Not chip timed.
-Shirt was not available in my size. Only XXL shirts were remaining.
-Almost no crowd support.
-They played awful music the entire time.

Overall
I liked the event. It was small, but well organized. You don’t really expect much when the price is so low, but it was better than I thought it would be.

-Tim