event recap: 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

As I continue to let go of my event planning days, I’m  enjoying being a guest, attendee and participant at local functions again. No longer do I walk into a room and ask “I wonder where they rented their linens from” or “I hope there’s enough space for that restaurant vendor in that corner”. It’s hard to turn off the event-logistics monkey mind!

But in an attending the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis here in Cleveland this past weekend, I would find myself with my biggest post-event-planning-career challenge to date. But as I planned this race in 2012 and in 2013 as a former employee of the organization, I knew it would be easy to fall into the fun.

lets go grady dog picmonkey

 {Grady’s excitement just could not be reigned in.}

Our team — Team Grinch Paws — came together in full force: my husband, my brother, my friends and I joined together on Sunday, December 14th at Legacy Village. We of course started with a pre-race Starbucks pit stop.

baby j's first 5K

I was so happy that Jen from WhyCLE? and her family signed up to walk the one-mile Family Fun Run option. Baby J seemed to love every moment of his first 5K experience. He’ll be running the full 3.1 miles in no time!

As the rest of our team ventured out for the full 5K, Grady and I made up our own two mile version of the course. Grady’s excitement for the day had us power walking at a good clip! As we went along, it was a joy to come across friendly faces, even crossing paths with the event photographer, Orville from Orville McEachron Photography:


{Photo ℅ Orville McEachron Photography — check out all 400+ of the race photos over at his Facebook page.}

Confession: In planning this event twice, Sunday was the first time I actually walked the course. (We drove it several times each year, don’t worry.) I know understand what the runners meant by this being a more challenging 5K than others in the Northeast Ohio area — there are a few rolling hills through the old TRW campus that make for a good hike!

LONG STORY SHORT: Team Grinch Paws did wonderfully at this year’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis! My brother Drew finished second in his age group with a 20:15 — such a speed demon!  Lisa — @lisasands1 over on the Twitter — rocked her first 5K after taking time to train this Fall.  My non-runner husband Hans “enjoyed” his last minute decision to run the 3.1 miles. (We’re working on our post-run stretch routine for next year!)

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As for Grady and I, we walked our two mile course in a little over a half an hour, making time to stop and say hi to some old friends and work colleagues along the way. It felt great to be out in the brisk December air supporting an important cause working towards eliminating a disease that effects more than 1.3 million Northeastern Ohioans. Supporting a local non-profit, getting in some exercise and having a highly enjoyable time? What a great start to our Sunday!

Want to donate to the Arthritis Foundation? You can click over to our team page and still give through this month. Thank you in advance!

Want to stay in the know for 2015?  Keep up to date with all the CLE Jingle Bell Run/Walk happenings by following its Twitter handle at @JingleBellCLE.

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

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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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