GIVEAWAY: 2014 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies

I wouldn’t be a proper healthy living blogger without sharing this hometown race with you. It’s time to run for the pierogies again!

The Fourth Annual Run/Walk for Pierogies will take place at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus on Saturday, July 5, 2014. The event benefits the American Cancer Society Parma Area Relay for Life.

New this year:

  • The 5k run is now chip timed and part of the Hermes Road Race Series.
  • Register 3 or more from the same address for $50 (limit 3 t-shirts/goodie bags).
  • Extra shirts may be purchased for $10. (Only available via the mail-in option.)

Day of race registration and packet pick up starts at 7:00AM. The 5K starts at 8:30 and the one mile option starts at 8:35AM. Afterwards you get to eat Parma’s finest pierogies from Little Polish Diner, Krakow Deli and St. Vladimir’s Pierogies. Can’t beat that post workout fuel!

Online race registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children. You have until Thursday, July 3 at 9AM to register online for the race… or you can enter to win a race entry to the July 5th race here on the blog! Enter at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Friday, June 20th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this is for a local event on a specific date in Parma, I suggest only those that can use the race entry enter to win!

Stay up to date with all the happenings on the Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies by visiting the race’s Facebook page.

Disclosure: All photos c/o the race’s Facebook page. In exchange for running this giveaway, one lucky  reader will receive one race entry in return. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

GIVEAWAY: Running for Hope 5K {to benefit Love Without Boundaries}

Hey Cleveland: Ready to run another race? I’ve got another opportunity for you today…

The Running for Hope 5K on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Running for Hope is an annual race in which all proceeds are donated directly to a charity. This year, the race organizers have again decided to support Love Without Boundaries.

Here’s more race information you need to know:

  • Location: Kopf Family Reservation in Avon Lake
  • Address: 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, Ohio 44102
  • Time: Race begins at 9:00 A.M. (Race day registration will open at 6:45). This year’s there’s a Kids Fun Run following the 5k race around 9:45.
  • Registration: Online through Active.com or see the registration page for mail in instructions.  Race day registration is 6:45 A.M.
  • Parking: There will be open spots available at Avon Lake High School and Calvary Baptist Church adjacent to the park. No parking will be available at the library.

 
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Register online at http://runningforhope5k.com.  The pre-registration cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids.  Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 6:45 a.m on Saturday, June 28 at Kopf Family Reservation (at 32649 Electric Blvd. in Avon Lake).

The top prize is a $100 gift card to Red, the Steakhouse / Moxie. The race organizers are working hard to bring runners extra special surprises for race morning… so how about you run this 5K by WINNING AN ENTRY FOR THE RACE here on the blog?

Enter via the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Friday, June 6th at 12:00PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this is for a local event on a specific date in Avon Lake, I suggest that only those that can use the race entry enter to win!

LEARN MORE: Stay up to date with all the happenings on the Running for Hope 5K by visiting the race website at runningforhope5k.com. Learn more about Love Without Boarders by following the Twitter feed at @LoveWB.

Disclosure: Photos from LWB. In exchange for running this giveaway, one reader will receive one race entry in return. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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when my brother ran the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

I will never run a marathon. It’s not that I couldn’t — I’m just making the active choice not too. My run/walk tendencies plus having heavier bones just doesn’t lend well to uber long distances.  Plus, I’m much better suited at being on a yoga mat for 6 hours than pounding the pavement.

My brother, on the other hand, got the genes that made him tall, lean and fast. Drew’s always run to stay in shape, but only started dabbling in races in the past few years. You may remember he ran his first half marathon last year at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, pushing himself to a 1:45 finish with not a whole lot of training.  So when he said he was signing up for the full 26.2 miles this year, I cleared all plans for the morning of May 18, 2014 in plans to be there for nearly every step.

Agreeing to be his race fuel crew, he dropped off his Powerade the night before and we made our plan where I would first meet Drew at mile 7 on his epic trek around the West side of Greater Cleveland. I arrived at West 65th and Franklin just in time to watch the lead runners blow by, then saw Ryan (@CLECraftBeerRun) ran by pacing the 3:25 runners. As Drew was shooting to run his first marathon under four hours, I waited patiently as the crowd thickened. It was exciting to see so many speedy Northeastern Ohioans breeze by!

Cleveland Marathon Mile 7

My brother coming and going at mile 7.

I’ve come to recognize my brother’s gait from a distance so could easily spot him as he approached. He stopped only to take off his blue hoodie, recognize he had pinned his bib to his long sleeve tshirt (and not the short sleeve he had under it), take a few slips of his Powerade before he was off and running. Then then, so was I — to Rocky River I went!

cleveland marathon fuel

With a quick pit stop at Starbucks (I have my fuel as he has his), I made it to the water stop just past mile 14 with plenty of time to spare. I missed the lead runners, but again got to see Ryan (looking strong) and another social media friend, Pam (@pam_mcgowan - who was looking FIERCE) before Drew ran up again. He slowed down to a trot so I could jog along side him as he again took some Powerade. He said he was still feeling good and that his knee wasn’t bothering him too badly. (He had dislocated it a few years back playing rec basketball and that was my biggest concern for him that morning.)  He took one last quick swig, handed me the bottle and was again on his way. I yelled “see you in another seven – you’ve got this!”  Back to me, he fist pumped the air and was on his merry way.

For mile 21, Hans, my mom, her boyfriend and his kids all joined me in time to meet up with Drew before the final stretch. At the intersection at Lake and Nicholson, I realized I was a bit ahead of our game plan, but it turns out it worked out for the best as Drew really appreciated seeing all of us before the mile marker.  My mom had a made a sign that said “RUN DREW” and they all cheered, which put a HUGE smile on my brother’s face. He slowed to a quick walk, and Hans and I joined him as he again took a bit more Powerade. He wasn’t drinking much of what I brought, but he assured me he was taking water at each water stop.  He gave me back the bottle and I said, “I’ll see you at the finish line” and he was off again.

We hightailed it downtown as fast as we could from there. Getting caught in traffic at Detroit and West 65th, I questioned my decision making skills, but by the grace of the Cleveland parking gods, Hans and I found an empty spot on the West 9th.  We found ourselves on Lakeside, also finding the last leg of the race course. We waited it out and caught my brother one last time before he got to the finish.

cleveland marathon mile 26

Drew was in the zone when we saw him, but eventually all our yelling and screaming caught his attention. He gave us the “here’s lookin’ at you” finger-point and somehow picked it up again. As he sped off, I started yelling “THAT’S MY BROTHER! HE’S A MARATHONER” and the crowd around us cheered. I suddenly became overwhelmed in that feeling I had when I had finished my first half marathon — I was just so damn proud of him.

I would eventually track down my brother, who had found my dad and his girlfriend, on Lakeside, medal around his neck and blanket around his body.

cleveland marathon love

He said he thought he came in around 3:50. I looked it up later to find his official clock time was 3:51:29 — absolutely amazing for his very first full marathon.  Not only did he reach his goal, he blew it out of the water!

cleveland marathon medal

Even though after the half last year he was vowing to never to do this again, I can’t say I’m too shocked by any of this. My brother is determined, a hard worker, and mentally and physically strong. When he sets a goal for himself, he reaches it every time. Talk about commitment – his picture is in the dictionary next to the definition of the word.

Later Sunday night, he texted me to thank me — but in the grand scheme of things, I wanted to thank him for again showing me that anything is possible when you put your mind to it and simply #dothework.  He’s one of my biggest motivators and is a constant source of inspiration. Here’s to you, Drew!  Now, let’s see how long until we see you BQ…

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