Category Archives: Running

event (planner’s) recap: 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

When things get quiet around here on the blog, it’s usually because a major event is on the horizon. I’ve been run-run-running since the moment December began in prep for the 2nd annual Cleveland Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst.

Arrival at the shopping complex at 5:40AM on a Sunday sounds rough, but it’s actually quiet peaceful.

legacy village at 5 45AM

I always make sure to take a moment to soak in the quiet before an event. Each and every time, I’m enthralled to see our event spaces fill up with fellow Clevelanders within hours of our arrival.  But with volunteers arriving at 6AM and race participants arriving as early as 7:30AM, there was no time to dilly dally.

We had a full morning including a kids fun run and the 5K run/walk itself at 8:30AM. Participants came from all over  Northeast Ohio, many teams with 30 or more people!  It’s always exciting to see the teams come together with their personalized t-shirts and extra costume pieces. Reindeer ears were quite popular this year!

Speaking of costumes, two of my favorites came out to the event decked out to the nines:

winning team costume contest winners

Team Chicken Hickens (AKA Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland and her husband Scott) came dressed as Gonzo and Camilla from the Muppets. As though I couldn’t love these two any more It was also great to see our official bloggers Julie from ROJ Running and Heather from Mile 26 and More on race morning!

It was great to meet Average Joe from Q104 (@average_joedj) – one of our event emcees – who held it down at the day-of race registration and packet pick up area.

with average joe

I have to share that the staff and retailers at Legacy Village have been nothing but uber supportive of our events in this planning process. Especially Bar Louie:  from hosting a kickoff party in October to opening their restaurant at 5:30AM on a Sunday (when their kitchen doesn’t open until 11AM), we couldn’t ask for a better race day host.  The crew running the Legacy Village shopping complex is outright outstanding and professional – we’re lucky to have their support!

Time always flies when I’m running my events, and before I knew it, 8:30AM was upon us.

picture of alicia at start by hans

I will tell you that I’ve had many exhilarating moments as an event planner:  leading Tom Hanks around a ballroom, that 7PM hour of the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party each and every year, selling Grandmaster Flash CDs while he spins on the House of Blues stage. But being able to start a 5K might just be at the top of that list. Or I just really like using a bullhorn and radio at the same time…  Just like last year, chills overcame my body as I hit the switch on the bullhorn to start that ridiculous siren to get everyone going.

gopher a run start of race small version

You’ll see my brother Drew at the bottom left of the pack in the picture – dressed in black from head to knees. Apparently someone is getting running tights for Christmas. Drew ran the 5K in 20:52.68, coming in fourth in his age group. Nice job, bro!

My two favorite redheads came out for the event as well:

jbr hans and grady

Hans and Grady ran the route just over 29 minutes – a solid showing for Grady’s first 5K!

Since I’m busy running things, I don’t actually get to run the race (although I was dressed like I was ready to!)  Lucky for me, one of the race participants, Rae, shared her GoPro video from Sunday morning:

Note to self: add GoPro to Christmas list. SO COOL.

LONG STORY SHORT: Another successful event is in the books with more than $60,000 raised for the Arthritis Foundation – huzzah!  I learned a lot planning my second 5K. While overall things went pretty well, we’re recognizing our areas on where we can improve and ways we can grow in the future. And each time I end up near a starting line, it makes me want to tie on my running shoes again. Gotta love the thrill and inspiration of a good running event!

Interested in supporting the cause? It’s not too late to donate to this year’s event! Visit the event website today.

Disclosure: I am an employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

GIVEAWAY: Human Arc’s Race to a Million to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank

As today is officially the first day of autumn, not only do I give you permission to NOW bust out all those pumpkin food items, but also your running shoes.  I’ve got a fall race – smack dab in downtown Cleveland – for you this coming Saturday…

RTAM Logo

Human Arc’s 3rd annual Race to a Million will take place THIS SATURDAY - September 28, 2013 - starting at the Human Arc offices on East 40th Street in downtown Cleveland.

From the event website:

Human Arc is gearing up for this year’s Race to a Million events to raise funds for regional food banks in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri, the locations of its three regional offices. Together, the 2013 events aim to raise over $50,000 and positively impact more than 385,000 lives.

Locally, each dollar raised will directly benefit the Cleveland Foodbank.

There are two distance options for participants to register for:

  • 5K Run/Walk Pre-Registration – $20 per person ($25 on race day)
  • 2K Walk Pre-Registration – $15 per person ($20 on race day)

The event will feature colorful T-shirts for all registered participants, great refreshments and lots of family activities after the race.  AND if you are super speedy, first, second and third place cash prizes will be awarded for the three overall fastest 5K runners.

You can register for the race at the event website… or how would you like to WIN AN ENTRY FOR THE 2013 CLEVELAND HUMAN ARC RACE TO A MILLION HERE ON THE BLOG?  Enter via Rafflecopter today…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS Wednesday, September 25 at 12AM to enter. A winner will be announced later that day. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the race – or would like to win them for someone that can go. Mandatory entry includes leaving a comment below on why you would like to win. Additional entries available via Twitter and Facebook. Please make sure to log your entry via the Rafflecopter widget!

Like the event’s page on Facebook and follow the #RTAM2013 hashtag for even more information on this weekend’s event to benefit a very worth local cause.

Get moving for the Cleveland Foodbank with Human Arc – enter the giveaway today!

Disclosure: Race logo provided by the event organizer. In return for running this giveaway, I was offered an entry to the 9/28/13 race, but due to scheduling conflicts, I am unable to attend. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

GIVEAWAY: Run 4 Our Lady of the Wayside

How’s everyone keeping up with their summer fitness routine? Need a boost with a new race to train for? I’ve got one for you just one month away…

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The Run 4 Our Lady of Wayside is taking place on Sunday, September 1, 2013 starting at the Rocky River High School. Proceeds will go towards the non-profit’s providing “residential,respite,transportation & day programming for individuals with developmental disabilities near Cleveland”.

There are three race options – all starting at 8:30AM that morning:

  • 4 Mile Relay (teams of two running 2 miles each)
  • 4 Mile Individual Run
  • 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Participants will receive a tech t-shirt, bagel samples from Brueggers, coffee from Erie Island Coffee, Blizzard treats from Diary Queen after the race, and will feature a family fun area.

You can learn more about the race and can register for the race itself at the Hermes Cleveland website. It’s $20 per person in advance. (Online registration will close at 9AM on Friday, August 30th.  Mail-in entries must be received by Wednesday, August 28th.)  Another bonus? All registrants will be entered to win a week’s stay in Myrtle Beach!!

…or how about you WIN A ENTRY FOR YOU AND A FRIEND TO THE SEPTEMBER 1ST RUN HERE ON THE BLOG?!  Enter by using Rafflecopter to process your entries…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Wednesday, AUGUST 7th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that day. As this is a local event taking place in Rocky River, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event – or would like to win them for someone that can go! Mandatory entry includes leaving a comment below on why you would like to win. Additional entries available via Twitter and Facebook. Please make sure to log your entry via the Rafflecopter widget!

Keep up to date on the happenings with Our Lady of the Wayside by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

So get on your running shoes one more time this summer – who wants to win?

Disclosure: All photos are sourced from the Our Lady of the Wayside sites. In return for running this giveaway, I was offered a race entry to participate in this race. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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