Posts Tagged ‘Race of the Month’

Race of the Month: 5K Foam Fest

June 3rd, 2013

Scene from Laundromat of Terror 4

The 5k Foam Fest in Pittsburgh, PA happens on June 15. It boasts obstacles galore, including a deep and sludgy mud pit, a 30-foot slip n’ slide and a ‘Bouncy Ball Bash’ that appears to be constructed out of dozens of Hippity Hop Balls suspended by pool noodles. Oh, and there are bubbles. If you’ve often dreamed about running inside a washing machine, now’s your chance.

The race follows a 5K course through Camp Lutherlyn that includes 14 obstacles. You are advised to come dressed to run, crawl, climb and fight through the mud. Runners will be released in heats starting at 8:40 am. Race organizers recommend that you arrive an hour before your start time because you will need to pick up your bib on race day.

The official rules state that you must “agree to not inhale or ingest mud, foam, or any part of the course,” so be sure to eat a pre-race meal before you arrive. The rules also state that you “agree to not urinate or defecate anywhere other than designated areas.” So… if that’s your thing, stay away from this race. Um, maybe just stay out of public in general. Serious.

Register for the Foam Fest online, and if you’re not near Western Pennsylvania, you shouldn’t have to roam too far to get your foam fix –  there are 12 more scheduled races in the next five months. Children over the age of 10 can race when accompanied by a registered adult, so sign up as a family for a day of good, “clean” fun.

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Race of the Month: Donut Dash No. 5

March 5th, 2013

Yes, you read that title correctly. Donut. Dash. And if you’re anything like us, we had  you at ‘donut.’ This four mile race held in Sacramento, California was inspired by the Krispy Kreme Challenge that started in 2004 on the North Carolina State University campus. The goal of that challenge? Run two miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, then run two miles back. All of the proceeds from this challenge were donated to a local children’s hospital.

When Zack Wandell, a longtime volunteer at the Child Life Program at Sutter’s Children’s Center, heard about this challenge he was inspired (how could you not be inspired by the combination of donuts and running?). The result of his inspiration was the Donut Dash. The proceeds from the Donut Dash will be donated to the Child Life Program. This program provides services to children and families who are experiencing illness and hospitalization.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Marie’s Donuts. The course travels four miles through William Land Park, and ends back at Marie’s Donuts where race participants each receive a bag with four fresh donuts or six tasty donut holes (the donut hole option is known as the “lite” division, for the more health conscious runners out there).

In its first year, the race had 25 runners who raised $1,500 for the program. The race has grown tremendously since its 2009 start, and last year had about 1,400 entrants who raised over $47,000. The race is celebrating its fifth year on Saturday, and will be a very family friendly race (strollers and dogs welcome!) If you’re going to be in the area, register now for some runnin’ and sweet treats.

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Race of the Month: The Rain Run

January 2nd, 2013

January is the month of new beginnings, New Year’s resolutions and new races. We’re particularly excited about one such race just east of Seattle, Washington. The Rain Run is all about celebrating a passion for running…and precipitation!

The first annual rain run will be held on January 26, 2013, a date chosen specifically for the high chance of rain. We’ve had a fair number of drippy days so far this winter in San Luis Obispo, and the rain adds a sense of adventure to our training mileage. If you’re looking for a rain-inspired running event, ‘drop’ by the Rain Run website or read on to learn more.

Starting Line

The start of this race will be at 9:00 a.m. at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. Race organizers welcome both runners and walkers on the out-and-back course, just make sure you can complete 13.1 miles in three and a half hours as the course closes at noon. You’re also welcome to bring your little one in a stroller – as long as you’re a competent stroller driver.

Post Race

The first few finishers of the race will receive special goodies, and all participants will be ‘showered’ with swag post-race. Our favorite new swag item has to be the Rain Run umbrella, a great reminder of an epic rainy half marathon. As you admire your fancy new umbrella, enjoy some delicious food with fellow runners, including cupcakes with… sprinkles! Get it?

What To Wear

Although it will likely be wet, the temps are typically pretty mild in this part of the country around January, making for a fun and festive half marathon. Think light layers, with a waterproof shell. Stick to synthetic fabrics (cotton will weigh you down and be a chafing nightmare), and you might want to bring along a pair of waterproof shoes to help prevent blisters. Check out our tips for rain running to get geared up to cross the finish line with a ‘splash.’

Register here to be part of the first annual Rain Run!

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Race of the Month: Stache Dash NYC

December 3rd, 2012

The Original Stache Dasher

Ah, the sweet month of November has come to a close, and mustaches abound. But what, you might ask, is responsible for this proliferation of fine mustachery? Movember. The Movember movement began in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia with a handful of men and women who had a vision to raise awareness and funds for frequently ignored men’s health issues, like prostate and testicular cancer. Movember has grown into a global movement, with almost a million registrants raising over one hundred million dollars.

So how does it work? Participants register with Movember as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista and raise funds for Movember. If you’re a Mo Bro, then you kick off November with a nice, clean shave, and proceed to grow a mustache for the entire month of November. Men seek out sponsors who will support their ‘stache-growing endeavor in order to raise funds. While Mo Sistas do not sprout fuzzy upper lips, they support their Mo Bros and play a vital role in the raising of awareness and funds during the month of November.

The organization supports The Prostate Cancer Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and various campaigns to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

At the beginning of December, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are encouraged to celebrate their glorious month of mustache growing and supporting with a party or event. One group of runners in NYC organized the Stache Dash NYC. The underground, philanthropic group holds “flash dashes” once a month. They are similar to flash mobs, but for runners.

The Stache Dash NYC is a 5k “fun run” that took place in the East Village on December first. Participants could sport their bitchin’ staches for the casual run, and then enjoy a beer with friends at the finish. The event raised hundreds of dollars for charity. We’d love to see more Stache Dashes across the country next year – now’s the perfect time to start planning one in your community. And remember, you only have 332 days until Movember will once again be upon us!

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Race of the Month: Spartan Beast Race

November 5th, 2012

Do you often find yourself wondering if you’re as tough as an ancient Greek warrior? Do you find there just wasn’t quite enough risk of bodily harm in the past few races you’ve done? If so, the Spartan Beast Race might be for you. The ‘Beast’ edition of the Spartan Race series is the second longest race (the longest is called The Death Race). The Beast boasts over 25 obstacles packed into a 10-12 mile course. If you’re asking, ‘Ten to twelve miles? But that’s not exact,’ then this race is not for you.

The Obstacles

Obstacles can range from mud pits to burlymen with pugil sticks to fire. Yep, we said fire. Race organizers state that the race “Will be largely unsupported. One aid station will be at an undisclosed location on the course”. The race info page also vaguely states that “Those who can climb well will be rewarded.” Climb hills? Probably. Climb ropes? Maybe. Climb the corporate ladder? Probably not.

Teaming Up

Unconvinced about tackling the Spartan Beast Race alone? You’ve also got the option of taking on the course as part of a team or with friends in a three-person relay. Teams must have a minimum of four people, with no maximum number of team members. Team scores will be calculated based on the fastest four times on the team. The relay is a brand new race option for this event. Each member on the team will complete a third of the course (approximately four miles).

Post Race

The post race festivities will include an awards ceremony, DJ entertainment, food vendors and a free beer for finishers over 21 years of age. The top three male and female finishers of the race will also receive free entry into the Spartan Death Race.

Are you ready to register? The next Spartan Beast Race will be held in Sacramento, California on November 17, 2012. The race will start with the competitive heat (which costs an extra $10) at 8:00 am. Register for the Sacramento Spartan Beast Race now or find a Spartan Race near you.

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Race of the Month: City to the Sea Half Marathon

October 2nd, 2012

Hoofin' it toward the coastline at last year's "City to the Sea"

We have some serious superfans who would love to come visit us here on the Central Coast. You know who you are! We’re really not sure what you’re waiting for, but we decided to give you one more reason to venture to Cali. We’re presenting the City to the Sea half marathon and 5k again this year. The race will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2012. Here’s what to look for:

The Course

The half marathon course travels from the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo (or “SLO”) to the coastline of Pismo Beach, approximately 13.1 miles south. The course is USATF certified, and is open to runners and walkers. It’s a point-to-point race, but City to the Sea organizers will be providing free shuttle service back to San Luis Obispo for race entrants after the race.

The half marathon has five aid stations with water and sports drinks. Running Warehouse staffers will be cheering you on at the mile 10 aid station to help you push through the wall and keep running strong.

The Weather

Here in SLO-town, we lead a tough life. On race day, participants will likely face temps in the 50s to start, and it may even get into the 70s by the end of the race. We have to slog through those temps almost year-round (with 300+ sunny days to boot), but you’ll only have to deal for one day. Note that it is typically a little bit cooler on the coast, so you might want to bring a light layer, at least for the post-race festivities.


The promise of food always puts a little more bounce in our step (PR, anyone?), so we are definitely excited for the post-race breakfast in Pismo put on by Scotty’s Bar and Grill. Breakfast is complimentary for race entrants, and extra meals can be purchased for $10 each for your cheering department.

Summing up: a beautiful race course, amazing weather, delicious food and the chance to hang out with the RW crew… if we haven’t convinced you to visit yet, check out the City to the Sea website for more info. We’ll see you on the course!

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