As the racing season kicks off here in NC, there is a local race series that kicks off this weekend, the Greensboro Race Series. As a runner, you can run as many or as few events as you would like, all while earning points for each age group finish. Points are tallied after each race and the top 3 people in each age group can win some cool prizes at the end of the season. However if you aren’t the fastest runner, don’t be discouraged! If you run 6 of the 11 events, you are invited to a post season banquet where you grab a really nice Brooks long sleeve tech tee for your accomplishment. In 2011, I snagged 3rd place in my age group and won a gift certificate for Oakley sunglasses. This past year, 2012, I didn’t place in my age group, but I did run all 11 of the events. I don’t have plans to compete in too many of the races this year, I’m concentrating more on longer distance races.
Our local newspaper’s Sports Editor, Eddie Wooten, has this fantastic blog, Running Shorts, where he writes about local running events. It’s the go-to place for all the information on the local running community. He even spotlights runners every Friday! I was lucky enough to be featured last August. He contacted me and another runner, Thanh Ngo, last week to help provide some input for his upcoming blog post. He was writing a preview of all the events that would comprise of this year’s race series, while hopefully bringing interest and awareness to the race series and the races themselves. Since we were the only two runners who ran all 11 events, who better to provide the info? He wanted information about each course, doing our best to describe the difficulty, scenery, etc. We also gave our “expertise” on why runners should run each event, hoping to draw newbies to the races. I was thrilled to have been asked to contribute and quickly sent him my commentary. Eddie combined all of our information and posted his blog yesterday. It also ran in the newspaper itself.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, I also got some awesome news today! My friend, Dena, had posted a month or two back that she had been accepted to be an Earthlete, Earth Fare Athletic Ambassador. I read through her blog and clicked on the link to learn more about the program. Earth Fare is a fantastic small chain store that supports many of the community events. They are really big into helping to create a healthier, more active community. They worked with me for several years when my friend and co-worker, Sharon, and I ran a Biggest Loser competition for our staff. They provided healthy snacks and gift baskets for the winners. They were amazing! I’ll have the pleasure of working with them again because I’ve been chosen to be a Earthlete! I filled out the application after reading about the program, hoping that I would be chosen, thinking that the connection would be great for working with the girls running club at my school. Part of the requirements of being an Earthlete is referring at least two other people to the program, so Dena, you got one! 🙂 The other perks are an additional discount for being part of the program, wearing their gear while competing at least 3 competitive events, which I have covered in April alone. I’m really hoping to be able to call on Earth Fare too when it comes to working with the local 5K, Kirkwood 5K, which I am a co-director with Nick and our close friends and Woo Hoo Crew peeps, Katie and Nathan. I can’t wait to find out all the details. I’m sure the partnership will be a great one!