Color Runs are a lot of fun and these tips will help you have an even more awesome 1st-time experience.…
It can be a little intimidating to sign up for the unknown of a mud race.
Here are some tips to make your first mud race a memorable and enjoyable experience.…
Have you tried a Spartan Race before?
I haven’t tried one yet and I’m considering the challenge to get back in shape. I’ve participated in color runs, mud runs, half marathon and even a sprint triathlon in the past but I’ve gotten out of training mode which is why the Spartan Race might be good motivation.
So what is a Spartan Race?
Here is a little more from the Spartan Race Website.
Spartan Race is a true adventure that anyone can do, and everyone should try. With course lengths of 3+miles (Sprint), 8+miles, (Super) and 12+miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.
Spartan Race even has events for kids. We believe that fitness and adventure should involve the whole family. Come out and watch your kids run, jump, and climb like children were meant to do all in their own Spartan Kids race.
For those that want a more team based experience Spartan Race has the Hurricane Heat and for the truly adventurous theHurricane Heat 12 Hour. The Hurricane Heat takes you out of the individual role and has you work with a group of complete strangers to complete tasks designed to bring you together as a team. Those that have done the Hurricane Heat have often done multiple across the country, making friends for life along the way.
Not sure you are ready to run a Spartan Race? It’s ok we have everything you need to get you ready: Spartan SGX training, workouts-of-the-day, nutrition tips to help you eat better, and free workouts held in cities all over the country. Spartan Race is not only the worlds best obstacle race (period), but can be a complete lifestyle overhaul.
So even if you’ve tried a trail race, mud run, obstacle race, or adventure race it’s time to try a Spartan Race. Unlike other obstacle races we offer something for everyone. So sign-up, gear-up and find out why we say…
You’ll know at the finish line.
1. You can get inspired by others
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2. Recruit three friends and your next race is free.
There more races than ever, in new locations. There also have new obstacles, new burpees, new finisher tees, new medals and new stories to tell. So when your friends hit you with excuses, you have the facts to hit them with.
Recruit three of your friends sign up, you’ll get your next race on us; completely free! Your friends will also get $20 off of their race. That means everyone wins.
See you and your team at the starting line. Use Code: TEAM
3. You can challenge yourself to do something that once seemed impossible
I’ve been given a Race Code to Giveaway for an Upcoming Spartan Race!
the race code will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US.
You can find out more about the Spartan Race from their website.
Disclosure: I was given race codes for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.
Have you participated in The Color Run before?
Last year my friend Stephanie, from the blog A Little Moore, joined me for the race in Cincinnati.
We had a great time and I’m looking forward to participating in the race again this year. Who doesn’t love running through a rainbow of colors????
Here is a more information about the race from the event organizers.
The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.
Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since our debut event. We have more than tripled our growth, hosting more than 300 events in 50+ countries in 2014.
INFO ABOUT NEW SHINE TOUR:
Everyone in 2015 will receive a limited edition Shine Tour Participant Kit, including: custom race tee, gold finisher’s medal, tricolor headband w/ silver stitching, brand-new shine packet, and shiny tattoos. Talk about “bling” with benefits!
We’re pumping up the 5k course and finish festival too! Look for a unique Sparkle Zone and killer photo ops on course. At the finish festival, get ready for confetti cannons, shimmering clouds of color, and more!
Use this $5 off discount code MLC625781 June 16-July 15th
(valid in any city with regular pricing)
*the code will not work in a newly launched cities
Don’t forget to share your Color Run adventure using the hashtag #WeShine
You can find out more information at the color run website.
*Make sure that you sign up for the VIP list if your city is not yet open. VIPs will be the first to know dates PLUS get exclusive pre-sale pricing. Join the VIP list now to be first in line!
Disclosure: I received complimentary race entry for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Thinking about running in a glow run?
We had a lot of fun at our very 1st glow run with the Neon Vibe 5K and we’ve enjoyed a few more since then which is why I’ve created a list of a few tips to have the best glow run experience possible.
1. Wear as much white or neon clothes as possible to maximize your glow
2. Find extra fun glow accessories
You will get some with your race, but to really stand out, look for some creative accessories online or you can stock up at a local dollar store.
3. Get a before and after shot
4. Coat your hair and face with color just because you can
5. Bring a ziploc bag or waterproof case if you plan on bringing your phone with you during the race otherwise you might want to bribe someone to take pictures for you
6. Have a plan of where to meet in case you get separated from each other during the race
I have run a few of these types of races now and we have gotten temporarily separated from our group a few times. It’s good to have a plan in place or your race experience will not be as fun.
7. If you have sensitive eyes, wear sunglasses to keep the color out of your eyes
8. Pack extra clothes
There is a good chance that you might not want to ride home covered head to toe in colored chalk.
9. Bring garbage bags or towels to cover your car seats
Trust me, you don’t want you car to be covered in colored dust.
10. Keep in mind that not everyone can rock a full covered neon body suit, but this event is all about fun, so who cares!!! Just be prepared to dance!
11. Have Fun!
Remember that a fun run is just that..FUN! So don’t take it too seriously. If you wanted a serious competitive race, you should have signed up for one. Just enjoy making memories by running through a rainbow of color in the dark.
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Ever wonder what it’s like to run thru a rainbow of colors at night?
I first discovered DryCASE from a few instagram accounts that I follow who used the product on their adventures. That made me do a little research to find out how this product could be used for a few of my adventures.
If you are looking for a unique fun run experience, Tap n’ Run is for you.
You don’t even have to run. I do think having fun could be a requirement. Costumes are recommended and the people watching is absolutely fascinating because of them.
Our registration was located at the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in America located in Newport, KY. Our race started at 2pm, which let some of the participants get started with the race prep early.
We traveled across the pedistrian bridge to get to the start line which was techinically in Ohio.
Race participants run/walk/crawl a 4k. There were even some runners who opted for the timed chip but I would say the majority was not that serious about this race … at all.
My husband and I borrowed our superhero theme from our kids’ costume box a few hours prior. We were put to shame in the creativity department.
Our race bibs had four tabs that we gave at each stop for our beer stations along the course.
This is where my confession comes in. I don’t like the taste of beer. I took a taste of my sample and trashed the rest.
Drinking is optional and the race begins with everyone drinking to start the race. Our course took us through downtown Cincinnati and allowed for lots of great people watching.
The beer station stops also did supply water which I took full advantage of.
The creative costumes were so intersting to see along the course.
I’m happy to say I tapped into my inner superhero and slogged across the finish line without walking. It wasn’t fast but I was determined to run the whole race.
When we finished our race, we received a medal that doubles as a bottle opener, a larger cup of beer and a sandwich from Jimmy John’s.
Our race finished at The Banks in Cincinnati which offers a lot of great resturants and bars. A lot of runners continued on their afternoon at a few more venues and enjoyed a celebratory picture by the photo area.
This race has a bunch of extremes. Some people were still in it to win it and others would be lucky if they found and crossed the finish line. I really enjoyed an excuse to dress silly and people watch. A local charity also will benefit from the race too.
You can find out more about Tap n’ Run from their website.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary entries for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been able to run/slog a few races that have ranged from a 5k to a half marathon. I have such a respect for runners who train for full marathons.
I had the opportunity to ask Marty Hovey, who is running his 50th marathon this weekend at the Flying Pig in Cincinnati, a few questions. His answers will inspire you to start moving!
There are some experiences that you try just for the fun of it. The Color Me RAD race was one of those for me. It was a good excuse the visit family and friends when my friend shared a deal on Cincysavers.com for the race. After doing a mud run already, this seemed like a great contrast.