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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…


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.

events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland in September 2013

Hello September – it’s always lovely to see you. Let’s see how you’ll keep Clevelanders busy this month…


#5TweetUp with WEWS NewsChannel 5 and GV Art + Design

  • Thursday, September 5 from 6PM to 8PM
  • at GV Art + Design (17413 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, Ohio)
  • Cost: FREE, and all in attendance will be entered in a drawing for giveaways!
  • More information is available at the Facebook event page.


MIX: Form 

  • Friday, September 6 from 5PM-9PM
  • at the Cleveland Museum of Art in University Circle
  • Explore the concept of form in sculpture, theater, and paper. Take in the museum’s gorgeous south terrace during fall, as the event goes outside one last time this year (weather dependent!) with a live performance from dynamic, eleven-piece Brooklyn-based funk collective MOKAAD.
  • COST: Advance tickets are $8, day-of $10. Members of CMA are FREE!
  • Visit ClevelandArt.org/MIX for more information, or visit the Facebook event page.

Pandemonium 2013: Shine - to benefit Cleveland Public Theatre

  • Saturday, September 7 from 7PM – 12AM
  • at Cleveland Public Theatre (6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102) 
  • Cost: $135 per person. To purchase tickets for Pandemonium 2013: Shine go online at www.cptonline.org or call 216.631.2727 x 205
  • More information is available at the Facebook event page.

Cleveland Public Theatre Shine

Taste of the Brownsto benefit the Cleveland Foodbank

  • Monday, September 9 from 6PM – 9PM
  • at FirstEnergy Stadium (100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, OH 44114)
  • Cost: $175 for general admission, $250 for VIP Lounge tickets. Valet parking and a commemorative wine glass are offered free of charge to all guests.
  • To purchase tickets, click here or call 216-738-2046. Tickets will also be available at the door.

3rd Annual Parma Hospital 5K RUN & 1 Mile Walk - proceeds benefit the hospital’s community wellness activities

  • Saturday, September 14 – race starts at 8:30AM
  • At Parma General Community Hospital (at the Medical Arts Center, 46115 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129)
  • Cost: $20 in advance; day of registration is $25
  • Register online at hermescleveland.com

Locavore - to benefit the National MS Society’s Buckeye Chapter

  • Friday, September 27 starting at 6:00PM
  • at Windows on the River in Cleveland
  • Restaurants include AMP150, Lilly Handmade Chocolate, Momocho, Mitchell’s and Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen
  • Cost: start at $60 per person (or check out this blog later this week for a chance to win tickets to this event!)
  • More information at the event website.

September is National Yoga Month

Yoga Rocks the Park Cleveland‘s summer season continues on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 22 with 10AM classes in Tremont’s Lincoln Park. More information on the event website.

yoga rocks the park cleveland

Nishkama Yoga Workshops and Events – in Independence – register at the MINDBODY website:

  • Labor Day Class Pass Sale – on Sunday 9/1 and Monday 9/2: save 10% off 5, 10 or 20 class passes – purchase online at the MINDBODY website or in the studio.
  • NEW CLASS ADDITION: Our Friday night 5:45PM Nishkama Vinyasa class returns with Kevin Jones in September.

ATHLETA COMPLIMENTARY COMMUNITY CLASSES – at Beachwood Place in Beachwood on Cedar Road – more information here:

  • Sunday, September 1 - with Beth Trecasa for a two hour  Basics Workshop at 10:00AM
  • Saturday, September 7 – with Rosey Holman for a 60 minute all-levels class at 9:00AM
  • Saturday, September 14 – with Angela Hess for a 60 minute all-levels class at 9:00AM
  • Sunday, September 15 - with Alicia Hansen – that’s me! - for a 90 minute Basics Workshop at 10:30AM
  • Saturday, September 21 – with Kevin Jones for a 60 minute all-levels class at 9:00AM
  • Saturday, September 28- with Alicia Hansen – that’s me! - for a 60 minute all-levels class at 9:00AM


  • Friday, September 13 from 7:30PM to 9:30PM
  • at Cleveland Yoga Uptown (at 11461 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106)
  • Cost: $20 per person for this part workshop / part yoga flow experience!
  • More information at the Facebook event page.


Event Expo - Wednesday, October 2 - at House of Blues Cleveland in downtown Cleveland - more information available at eventplannersexpo.com.

Great Lakes Theater Social Media Night - Friday, October 4 – at the Hanna Theatre in downtown Cleveland – more information to come soon!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon – Sunday, October 6 – in and around downtown Cleveland – more information at the event website.

L’Amour du Vin - a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio - Thursday, October 10 -at Avon Oaks Country Club - for more information at lamourduvin2013.eventbrite.com.

What Northeastern Ohio events are you looking forward to in September 2013?

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Disclosure: Photos sourced from organizations referenced in the graphic. I was offered media passes to some (but not all) of these events, work as a Yoga Teacher at Nishkama Yoga, work at the local office of the Arthritis Foundation and was provided this information to share as an FYI.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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