Next Price Increase is June 3 at Midnight
Don't miss out on the fun race and costume contest in Lincoln Park this October.
You'll find the complete price increase schedule is below. Register soon to save cash.
Here's the pricing schedule for Pumpkins in the Park 5K:
All participants receive a race shirt, timed race, and fun post-race party!
Score BONUS SWAG with my BibRave Code!
Use my code: BRPumpkins when you register to score a BONUS pair of Ram Racing sunglasses in your goodie bag. You can use them as part of your costume!
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Largest Database of Results for Athletes
Disclaimer: I'm writing this review of Athlinks as part of being a BibRavePro.
Use Athlinks to Track Your Progress
Athlink uses information from race directors and athlete communities to fill the database. When results are posted online, the Race Director sends files and/or links to the Athlinks team. Athlinks uploads the information to the website and database.
I had 30+ races done when I opened my free account. It was fun to create my profile, then link to all my races. It didn't take long to assemble all my stats on Athlinks. Now, I see my progress all in one place. While I'm not the fastest runner, progress keeps me motivated.
Athlinks gives you a few ways to view your race results:
Feeling competitive? Click the Rivals tab (shown below) to see how you compare to other runners. If you run the same race as someone you follow, Athlinks keeps tabs on who beats who.
Plan Your Race Schedule with Athlinks
Whether you're already registered, or looking for your next race, Athlinks is an impressive planning tool. Use it to view upcoming races so you can plan for training and recovery.
To find a new race, enter an event name, date range, location, and/or type of event. Hit search and Athlinks will show your results. Below are results from searching for races near Tampa, Florida between May and December, 2018.
As you can see, there are clickable links for previous years. Use those to see stats on the race. You can search results, see the number of participants, winning times, weather, etc. You'll find a lot of useful info. BTW, there were more results than I'm showing here.
Free Training Plans and Advice
Yep, there's more than statistics. Athlinks has resources for endurance athetes. You'll find advice on training, gear, and nutrition. Visit the Athlinks Blog for details.
Featured Events and Destination Races
Have your eye on a special race? You'll find plenty of featured events and destination races on Athlinks.com. There are descriptions of racecations for foodies, special attractions, charities, and landmarks. FYI, I want to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next May.
You'll also find articles on gear, coaching, the best races for first-timers, races for people who like to party, and more.
There's An Athlinks Mobile App
Take Athlinks with you using the mobile app. You can stay up-to-date with race details using the official event feed.
Share your race with family and friends. The mobile app has animated maps that predict your location during an event. Your peeps can track you on course. It's perfect for meeting up during and after the race.
Join the Athlinks Community!
Go ahead and follow me on Athlinks. You probably run faster than I do, and that's okay. I'm just here to make you look good! You're welcome.
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Get Ready! The Registration Blitz for #BDRJax begins @ Noon (EDT) on Wednesday, May 23rd! You can save big money on the Half, 10K, or 5K.
The #BestDamnRace date is Jan. 12, 2019 in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida.
Register here: http://jacksonville.bestdamnrace.com/register/
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I Have Lots of New Discounts for You
Visit my Running Gear Discounts page to see the latest promo codes. Take advantage of the discounts to save money on these running essentials:
Hurry up and use these discounts while they're available. I'm so happy I can offer them as part of being a BibRave Pro.
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Plan ahead, and register early! You don't want to miss the best prices for Best Damn Race Jacksonville on January 12, 2019! Registration for the first #BDR of the year opens on Wednesday, May 23 at Noon.
How to Score the Best Price on Jax Races
Best Damn Race registration is unique. Here's how it works:
Bookmark the registration page so you're ready on May 23rd!
Not Ready to Commit?
Registration remains open until just before the race. I'll have a $5 discount code available this Summer. Either way, plan to run one or more of the 2019 Best Damn Race series!
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Today at lunch, I ran along the waterfront in downtown St. Pete. It's one of my favorite routes. There are water views and people-watching opps.
It was 78 degrees with 85% humidity. Yet, the steady breeze made it pleasant. When I reached the south yacht basin near Albert Whitted Park, I heard the boat chimes.
The sound comes from all the ropes and wires hitting the sailboat masts. When you have a bunch of sailboats together, it sounds like bamboo chimes to me. I've posted a short video below so you can hear it.
I'm sure the sound isn't as pleasant to sailors trying to sleep at night. But, to me it was a soulful, soothing sound found on my run. And look at those clouds!
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Price Increases May 27 for Bigfoot Tri & Trail
Disclaimer: I'm promoting the Bigfoot TRI and Trail Races as part of being a BibRavePro. Learn more about becoming a
BibRavePro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
Register for the Bigfoot TRI and Bigfoot Trail at Bigfoot Beach State Park! The trail races are on Saturday, June 23. The triathlon is on Sunday, June 24. All events take place in beautiful Lake Geneva, WI.
Every participant gets the hydration pack pictured above in their goodie bag!
Score Bonus Sunglasses with My Code
Use my promo code: “BRBigfoot” for BONUS Ram Racing shades! You’ll be ready for summer with a new hydration pack and sunglasses!
Register for the Tri, 5K Trail or 10K Trail Run
Don't wait! The price increases on May 27th. Register for the TRI or Trail now at: https://www.bigfoottriathlon.com/
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Costumes at October races are expected. The same is true at any Disney event. But now, people dress up for St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and even non-holiday races.
Why? Because costumes make any race fun for both runners and spectators. And, the race distance doesn't seem to matter. I've seen costumes in 5Ks, halfs, marathons, and trail races.
There's no reason you can't PR in a costume. But, if your outfit malfunctions it can ruin your race. Keep reading for tips so that doesn't happen to you.
Disclaimer: I'm promoting Pumpkins in the Park 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro. It has me thinking a lot about race costumes. Learn more about becoming a BibRavePro ambassador and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.
Confirm Costumes are Allowed at Your Race
There are security issues at many races. Check the race rules. Are costumes allowed? Are there any restrictions?
Some races don't allow masks or certain types of accessories. Find out before you make your costume.
Brainstorm Costume Ideas
Make a Runner Friendly Costume
Once you have an idea, you need to make it runner-friendly. What does that mean?
Try not to wear a wig. Wigs are hot. If you can use temporary hair color instead of a wig, you'll be cooler. If it's a winter race, go ahead and wear a wig instead of a hat.
Headbands are okay, but attaching things to them can be a problem. They're going to bounce around while you run. See if you can adhere your accessories to a race cap for stability.
If you want to wear something like a cowboy or leprechaun hat, make sure it will stay on your head. Remember, a chin strap is annoying after a few miles.
Start with Athletic Base Pieces
Definitely wear something under your costume. Ideally, your base layer should be moisture-wicking gear. If you have a total costume fail, you can run in your base clothing.
If you can't find the right base pieces in standard running gear, check golf apparel. You may find a golf skirt or polo in the color or cut you want for your costume. Golf clothes are usually made of moisture-wicking material.
Expect to sweat more in a costume. Overheating can lead to painful chafing. If possible, add some holes for ventilation. Plan on using Body Glide or vaseline to avoid blisters and raw skin.
Create Your Own Shirt Designs
If you're skilled at Photoshop or Illustrator you can design your own costume shirt. Printing on performance wear tanks and t shirts is easy. Try a local custom shirt store, or upload your design to an online vendor.
If masks are allowed in your race, make sure yours doesn't obstruct your vision.
Make sure you can breathe, too. It can be hard to breathe through a mask. And what about drinking at aid stations? If a fabric mask gets wet it can cling or chafe.
Face Paint Pointers
Want to paint your face? Face makeup can be a problem if you sweat. It can smear, run down your face, stain your clothes, get in your eyes, etc.
It's a gamble unless you use theatrical makeup. For extra stability, use a professional setting spray to set your makeup — but keep it away from your eyes.
P.S. Bring towels to use after your run!
Do a Test Run in Your Costume
Even if you made a runner-friendly costume, it's important to go on a test run. Make sure you can see and move in it. Practice at night if you don't want to alarm your neighbors.
A test run is the only way you'll know how your outfit performs in race conditions. It's best to discover problems early and fix them.
Another obstacle can be using the port-o-lets before, during, and after the race. Can you get in and out of your costume? Practice so you're ready on race day.
Solo, Duo, and Group Costumes
If you're running solo, you can be whatever you like. Check out My Running Costumes for the ultimate one-of-a-kind crafty race costumes. They're amazing!
If you have a running friend, team up for a duo costume. I've seen some great two-person costumes — hamburger and french fries (AKA Fast Food!), Wicked Witch and flying monkey, Kermit and Miss Piggy, taco and hot sauce, etc.
If you have several runners, use your numbers. Pick a costume that looks good multiplied. Be a swarm of bees, minions, or a pumpkin patch. More is fun!
Want to Buy Your Running Costume?
If you're not interested in a making costume, it's easy to buy one online.
GoneforaRun.com has a large selection that covers everything from princesses to pumpkins to patriots. You can buy all the pieces, or just one.
Or, have someone else make your costume. Search Etsy for some excellent choices. I'm in love with the Tigger race outfit shown below. It's by the talented Etsy artist/seamstress at iglowrunning.
It will cost more to have someone else make your outfit, so weigh that against your budget. Another option is to check thrift stores and resale shops.
Race Costume Contest Prizes
Your random Saturday in May race costume probably won't get you a prize, but most Halloween races have legit costume contests.
The Ram Racing Pumpkins in the Park 5K has prizes. Prizes are awarded for the Best Original Costume and Best Group Costume. The race also has an Elite Division with cash prizes for the fastest runners— in or out of costume.
Have Fun Racing in Costume!
Don't take your costume too seriously. It's suppose to be entertaining for you and the spectators. There's no need to stress out over it. Just have fun.
Consider that you may need to remove part or all of your costume if it malfunctions, hurts, or becomes dangerous (can't see, trip, etc.). Drop things at aid stations without worrying about littering.
Don't be surprised if spectators comment and cheer as you pass. Decide if you'll stop and take pictures or not. It can be fun to stop for selfies — especially if you find a matching or rival costume.
Wearing a costume may slow your pace, but the bottom line is to have fun!
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Did You Vote for New #HC15K #HC5K SWAG?
All runners in Fall 2018- Winter 2019 Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K receive this cozy full zip jacket in their goodie bag! The colors were chosen after several days of voting by previous participants and the public.
Want a Bonus? Use code: TAMPAKAREN18 for Extra SWAG in Your Goodie Bag!
Who doesn't like free stuff?!? Use my code: TAMPAKAREN18 when you register for the TAMPA race on December 16, 2018. You'll receive a bonus gift at packet pickup. Last year it was a #HC15K cap. I'll let you know this year's bonus SWAG as soon as it's announced.
Register Early for the Best Price to Run in Tampa on December 16, 2018!
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