I've got so much running and tri related material in this post to make up for all the past posts this year that had nothing to do with running or triathloning (sp?).
Hold on to your seat endurance racing fans! This one's for you!
RACING TOPIC NUMBER 1!!!
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon!! (I am in no way affiliated with the pro football hall of fame marathon. I'm just excited for it. They don't have any official bloggers. Believe you me I would try to be one if I could)
I ran the now defunct Canton Marathon two years ago. It was the inaugural event and excitement was on high! Soon after race day, drama unfolded with the two sides of the race team. Claims of stealing money, sponsors and entire cities weren't paid, and the future of races in the streets of Canton were put in jeopardy.
In 2013 the alleged money thieving side of the race duo started a half marathon/marathon that was slated for June, and after taking people's registration money, moved the date to October or November. I didn't touch that event with a ten foot pole.
After the craziness over the past two years a new group came together to start a race. This time they got the Pro Football Hall of Fame to sign on as the head sponsor. It's a group of runners putting on a race for runners. Here's a little visual comparison for the Canton Marathon and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon:
|The graphic recreation of the shirt. (ended up not having the sleeve designs)|
|The actual created shirt for the HOF Marathon|
THE FINISHERS MEDAL
|Canton Marathon medal. I actually like it. Heaviest medal I have (if that means anything to you)|
We'll call this one a push
|HOF Marathon finishers gift|
Pro Football Hall of Fame comes away with the win.
OK that was a comparison of race swag. Pretty shallow, I know, but people pay good money to sign up for races (and not to win). Give the people their money's worth, instead of allegedly stealing it from the general funds. When I say allegedly stole I'm saying in the 10k + range.
Another way this race is awesome is because I was given free race registration, since I was in the Army. I had initially signed up for the full but switched over to the half (which they did for me about an hour after I emailed the request). The HOF marathon is also getting entries faster than expected. People recognize a good product...
Training update: It hasn't gone great. Moving here has been tough on my family and my oldest daughter is making life more difficult. These are convenient excuses, I know, but today I did run almost six and a half miles and felt great (after swimming 400 meters). It was the most motivation I've felt in a while.
RACING TOPIC NUMBER 2!!!!!
I still haven't registered for one...BUT! I am volunteering for one. The Chasing Chicken reverse triathlon at my YMCA (Reverse meaning you run first, then bike, then swim. You don't do the race going backwards..). My plan was to go for whatever position they wanted to put me in but that position was already taken on the site... Instead I signed up to be the bike captain. AKA I would be in charge of the volunteers on the bike path. Pretty cool. I've always talked about volunteering on a race crew but never took the leap.
After I signed up to be a bike captain I read that captain's get a free race entry for any of the remaining races in the year! SCORE CITY! I'm hoping that's true, and whatever I do on race day qualifies me, because I will volunteer a lot more if that's the case.
RACING TOPIC NUMBER 3!!!!!!!!!!! (Have you fallen off your seat yet?)
I volunteered to ride a bike for an hour at the Monument 10k race expo. It will be with the Richmond Triathlon club. They also want people to take part in 15 minute triathlons (5 minutes doing each leg). If they need people after my hour of biking I may join in.
If you aren't from the greater Richmond area, the Monument 10k is an out and back 6 miles on Monument avenue. Monument avenue is an old historic street with statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, other confederate legends, and Arthur Ashe looking like he may hit a child with a tennis racket...
The race is huge. Entries in the tens of thousands.
Volunteering for these events is really my foot in to the triathlon community. I've been a member of the Richmond Tri Club since October and haven't done anything with it. With my wife being out of town from the end of April till the end of May, I'm looking to volunteer in as many races as I can. Also get in some extended cycling. Possibly even go to the shore and run my legs off till I pass out on the beach.
RACING! TOPIC! FOUR!!!!
My USA Triathlon membership card came in!
|You're darn right I covered up my membership number! GET YOUR OWN!|
That was a lot of endurance racing material.
I hope you guys are held over for a while.
It's a running blog, sure, but you can only say so much about running until your blog turns into a big advertisement for running stuff.
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Thanks for reading!