Seattle Turkey Trot 2011

I have finally decided to run another race and this one is going to be more of a fun run than a race. It is the Seattle Turkey Trot which is in run in Ballard on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.

Besides being a good way to burn off calories before the big eating bonanza, this Turkey Trot benefits the Ballard Food Bank. More than 1,000 Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne households receive food, hygiene items or emergency financial help each week from the Ballard Food Bank, so this is a very worth cause.

Here is some additional information on the Turkey Trot and how to sign up.

  • What: 2011 Seattle Turkey Trot
  • When: Thursday, November 24th, 2011 – 9:00 AM
  • Where: Above Golden Gardens Park (32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St)
  • Why: Help support the Ballard Food Bank!
  • Who: You! Sign up now!

For those of you in NYC and looking to volunteer at a race, the Rock n Roll NY 10K in Prospect Park is looking for some help. Details below:

 

VOLUNTEER FOR THE RACE CREW!
The Rock ‘n’ Roll New York™ 10K is rockin’ through your neighborhood October 21-22. Nearly 5,000 runners will race to the finish, but they won’t be the only ones out in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The Rock ‘n’ Roll New York 10K event also features live bands and DJs playing great music every mile and a finish line headliner concert. It’s a 6.2 mile block party!

Volunteering for the Race Crew means you will not only be supporting thousands of aspiring runners and walkers, but also the community of New York. We need your help to make this event spectacular, and with over 400 Race Crew volunteer positions available there is a spot for everyone, including teams, corporate groups, or just friends and family.

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
- Official Race Crew T-shirt
- Race Crew drawstring backpack
- Support a great cause
- Fulfill community service hours
- Have a great time!

AVAILABLE RACE CREW SHIFTS
- Friday, October 21, Super Runners Store: 745 7th Ave. New York, NY
o Packet Pick-Up: 10am to 5pm

- Saturday, October 22, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
o Start Line Shift: 5:30am to 8:30am
o Finish Line Shift: 6:00am to 11:30am
o Corrals & Course Monitors at Start Line: 6:30am to 9:30am
o Gear Return at Finish Line: 7:00am to 11:30am
o Water Stations – times vary (contact Volunteer Coordinator)

HOW TO REGISTER
Step 1: Go to runrocknroll.com/new-york
Step 2: Click “Volunteer” on the left-hand side menu
Step 3: Click “Race Crew Information” to determine the shift(s) that best fit your schedule
Step 4: Click the blue “Race Crew” button to sign up!

Beat The Bridge 2011 – Join Me

After a long winter of eating, travelling, some sleep and more eating I have decided to start a serious running schedule again, which means, a race. For me, having a goal race is the best way to get back into running shape and this year I have decided to run the Beat The Bridge race in Seattle. Beat The Bridge is an 8K race that also serves as a  fundraiser for the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event actually consists of an 8K run, 4 mile Family Walk, One Mile fun run and a Diaper Derby (I may have to see this). The fun parts of this race are a challenge to beat the University Bridge before it is raised and then somehow complete an 8K and cross the finish line in Husky Stadium. The bridge is at the 2.0 mile mark of the race for those of you who follow the Imperial System.

Beat The Bridge finsih

Part of the training that I would like to complete is financial training. I am looking to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes and would appreciate if you readers could make a donation to the cause. Click here to make a donation in my name to JDRF and help me along in raising funds for a good cause and getting back into training shape.

Details on Beat The Bridge 2011

I will start this post off by saying I am not in the Brooks wear tester program, and this is not a sponsored review. If someone form Brooks is reading this and then wants to approve one of my many applications to become a wear tester, then I will not complain and will join you. Now on the review of the shorts.

Living in the Seattle area, which is home to Brooks Running, I am lucky enough to be near the Brooks outlet store and can usually find some good deals. At their last sidewalk sale I picked up a new type of running short that I had never seen before. It is called the Infiniti Notch (silly name) and instead of a mesh liner it has a compression short built right in. I was a little apprehensive at first since I am kind of careful what kind of shorts I put on, fears of chafing and using something with the word “compression” in certain areas.

Well after a month or so of use I can say these are my new go to shorts. The outside liner material is loose since it does not have to be snug against you to hold down the liner, and does not seem to chafe or rub anywhere it should not. The compression liner is comfortable and supportive and while I am not sure of the benefits to your muscles from the compression shorts and the claims that it fights fatigue, I can tell you that most important , everything stayed in place.

As for the colors and the pockets and the other details , my review is – they are fine. This short is not about some cool secret pocket for your keys or funky glow in the dark colors, but about a really good everyday training short that I think most men would appreciate.  If you need it here is the official product description and a picture. Enjoy!

 

Men’s high-performance 2-in-1 marathon short features dual rear-holster pockets and CoRe Liner, a Compression and Recovery boxer brief that reduces chafing and fights fatigue on longer runs.Shell: Element Woven (100% waterproof/windproof microfiber polyester) provides protection from wind and wet, breathability for comfort and a fine, soft texture; Liner: (84% polyester/16% spandex) moves moisture away from your skin.


Jack Rabbit Running Show in NYC

One of my favorite running stores in NYC is having a show. Here are the details below:

 

The JackRabbit NYC Running Show is April 22-23!
www.nycrunshow.com

JackRabbit is hosting the first ever NYC Running Show on April 22-23rd.  Over two years in the making, the show features 30,000 sq feet of expo space, clinics, speakers, panel discussions, and social events.   Over two dozen of the top brands in running & triathlon will be exhibiting, including major booths from Asics, Brooks, Saucony, Mizuno, Vibram, & Adidas, along with New Balance, Garmin, Zoot, Sugoi, CEP, Feetures, Nathan, BlueSeventy, Powerbar and many more.

Speakers and panels include Scott Jurek, Matt Long, a panel discussion on the trend to minimalist shoes & barefoot running, a seminar on womens health issues in running, an information session for participants in the Ragnar Relay, clinics on improving running form, stretching and strengthening, nutrition, tackling new race goals, and many more.  You’ll also get a chance to meet the six runners chosen for JackRabbit’s “Run for the Rabbit” fundraising campaign this year.

A $10 ticket gets you $15 off your purchases at the show, and there will be great free gifts for people who spend over $100, $200, or $350.  It’s a great opportunity to gear up for spring and start the season right!

JackRabbit is offering each club a free table at the “Clubs and Races” mini-expo on the second day of the show if at least ten members buy tickets.  Don’t miss out on this chance to market the club, show team pride, and help us recruit new members!  Please visit www.nycrunshow.com to learn more and get tickets.

RIP Duke Snider – The Duke of Flatbush

Even though the blog is not focused on him, still want to pay respect to Edwin Donald Snider, the original Duke of Flatbush

For those that remember my previous post and review of the Dakine Heli Pack, here is your chance to re-read the review and get the same great deals from The Clymb. They are having an awesome sale on Dakine gear. Here is the sale description in the words of the folks at The Clymb

Starting today at 9am PST, you can get up to 60% off DAKINE packs and snow gloves in our Snow n’ Go event. You don’t let the cold weather slow you down and we agree you shouldn’t have to. We have an awesome selection of luggage and backpacks to travel with you and snow gloves to keep you warm.

If you need to sign up at The Clymb , click here for my invite and you get to send $10 my way for each item you purchase besides the great deals

NYC Half Marathon 2011 – Apply Now

Even though the race is not until March 2011, the time to apply for the 2011 NYC Half-Marathon is right now. Applications are now open and the registration period closes on November 15th, so if you want to run in this years race, you better get moving.

Apply for NYC Half Marathon via NYRR

Sunday, March 20 – New York City
Start: 7:35 a.m.
Course: An iconic course that runs through the heart of the city including Times Square!

Now that we have changed the clocks back and it is dark real early here in Seattle, I needed to find a new running headlamp. After the usual hours and hours of searching I purchased the Black Diamond Sprinter, a headlamp specifically designed for running.

The coolest feature of the headlamp and why it is tailored for runners is the focus of the light beam. It is a strong, oval beam that illuminates the path directly in front of you and not just a dispersed bright light. An easier way to explain it is it shoots a spotlight right in front of your feet so you can really see what is in front of you, not a dispersed light that will brighten a room. For those that care about technical specs the LED produces 68 lumens at its brightest setting, which really means it is really, really bright. Another great feature for runners is a red strobe light in the back so cars and other people can see you coming and going.This switch can be turned off so as not to annoy other runners if you happen to be running in a pack.

Some of the other cool features are a rechargeable battery, which really lightens the load of this headlamp to 100g/3.5oz, probably the lightest running headlamp out there and has a 6 hour charge time, so it will burn for 5 hours on the highest setting and something like 60+ hours on a dim setting.

Forgot to mention one of the most important features of the Black Diamond Sprinter, it actually feels good on your head. It has a great balance and you do not feel it flying around or worry that it is going to come off at any moment. A major problem I have had with other headlamps. I know it might not look that great in these pictures, but at the end of the day, who cares. It is dark out and this light is meant to shine in front of you, not on you.

Brooks Outlet Sale in Bothell WA

I know I will probably regret writing about this, since it will introduce competition, but this is a great sale so I must share. The Brooks Outlet is having their Fall outdoor sale on October 15-17 at their Bothell Outlet Store. Here are the details below including the phone number and address of the Brooks Outlet store. I have picked up some great Brooks running shorts and samples in the past and if you are in the Seattle area, I highly recommend this sale. Just may have to dig a little.

The Brooks Outlet Fall

TRUCKLOAD SALE

October 15 – 17, 2010

Bothell Outlet Store

22627 Bothell-Everett Hwy , Bothell, WA 98021 (425) 402-1632

I have been searching for years for the ultimate post activity pants. Something that I can throw on after a race, or after a day outdoors, or most likely on a Sunday morning when I wake up and just want to watch football. Well, after many failed purchases and a few contenders I may have finally found them, The Ultimate Leisure Polar Fleece Pant from Teton Gravity. I was able to pick these pants up for under $20 at The Clymb, my new favorite semi-private sale site for outdoor gear. Just from the name alone, you have to assume that these pants are going to be comfortable. You do not call yourself Ultimate Leisure unless you can back it up and these pants can stand up.

Ultimate Leisure Fleece Pants

Some of the nice features that put these pants in the winners circle  wide legs so you can slip them on and off without having to take off your shoes. Two nice deep front pockets and along with a zippered back pocket. This may seem trivial, but you would be surprised how often companies cannot properly put in pockets into pants without negatively affecting the fit and feel of the pants. Another silly feature that I liked but others may detest is the logo stitching on the bottom of the pants. Normally I do not like large embroidered logos, but with these I felt I was in the Kobra- Kai or some other bad ass karate dojo.

I am not sure if they have these pants at The Clymb anymore, it is worth checking out. If you need an invite for their sales here it is: http://www.theclymb.com/invite-from/JeffreyEckhaus

If you cannot find it there, it was worth searching for. I may actually do the same since I only bought one pair and think I may need to stockpile

Jack’s Team, representing the official ING NYC Charity-Jack H Marston II Melanoma Fund is trying to fill their remaining 12 entries for the 2010 NYC marathon before the September 13th deadline.

The mission it to raise funds to fight melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  Endurance athletes are especially at risk this cancer, and the  team raises money to fund research and tries to build awareness for early detection and prevention.
The fundraising goal is aggressive, but so is melanoma, all all funds raised benefit the organization and the programs that fund research and awareness.
If you are are looking for an entry please register at www.jacksfund.org

Sunset & Suds 5K Run

The New York Harriers are sponsoring a race this coming August 26th for all those that are interested. Looks like a great idea and I have raced many times against these guys and they are fast, so I would assume this race is legit. Plus they have beer in the title of the race so I had to post about it.

Sunset & Suds 5K Run

Sponsored by Mizuno & P.D. O’Hurley’s

Thursday, August 26th at 7 pm

Flat, fast out-and-back 5K with start/?nish at Hudson Beach Café at 105th Street and Riverside Park

PLUS! Postrace party at Hudson Beach Café with FREE BEER

$25 entry fee with pre-registration at Urban Athletics 1291 Madison Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets or race night at the start line until 6:45 pm. After 6:45/limited $30 race day entries

I know that I promised to start writing again, so thought I would try to kick it off with the Lake Union 10K here in Seattle. August 22nd 2010.  I ran this race last year and for an inaugural race is was pretty well done. If I could give one word of advice to the race organizers is please get a speaker system or some other method to project your voice. A little bullhorn will not work.That being said, I liked the race a lot and plan to run it this year. My results were pretty weak last year and am hoping for a slightly better result this year, maybe break a 7:45/mile pace.

For those that are interested in running the race I believe registration is still open here in Seattle and you can also register online via Active.com. All the information for the race can be found here http://www.lakeunion10k.com/

Good Luck and hope to see everyone out there. Lake Union is a beautiful place here in Seattle and one of of my favorite running routes

Time to get back into the game

It has been way too long since I have posted on this blog. I will try to get back into the game and start posting on a regular basis. Stay tuned!!

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