The Louisville Triple Crown of Running returns in 2021 as a VIRTUAL event. The three-race series has promoted a healthy lifestyle since 1984.
This year because of COVID, the tradition continues with virtual races open to everyone across the continguous USA. Anyone can run or walk each of the 3 events when and where they want.
The events challenge participants by increasing the distance with each race. We start with a 5K. That's followed by a 10K. The series finale is the Hot Chocolate 15K!
• Chick-fil-A® 5k Fitness Classic (3.1 miles) run/walk. Original date is March 6.
• Chick-fil-A® City Run 10k (6.2 miles) run/walk. Original date is March 20.
• Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k (9.3 miles) run/walk. Original date is April 3.
Note: These are the original race dates. Now that the races are virtual, you can run them when it works best for you.
Disclaimer: I received a Triple Crown of Running registration to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
Run the Races. Get the Gear.
Race management will send you the ultimate Chick-fil-A® Louisville Triple Crown of Running Series goodie bag right to your door! Your goodies include:
Download your Finisher’s Certificate upon completion of each race.
If you sign up before February 28th, your goodies will ship the first week of March. After that, race packets will ship 10-14 days after registration.
The virtual race is open to US addresses within the contiguous United States only. The race can't ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or anywhere internationally.
Run Anytime and Anywhere
I'm going to run the races on their original dates (March 6, 20 and April 3), but the beauty of a virtual event is you can run when it suits your schedule.
Complete your races whenever and wherever — city streets, trails or treadmills — to make them your own.
Share your efforts and results by tagging #LouisvilleTripleCrown on Facebook and Instagram @TripleCrownRun to share your race photos!
Register for the Triple Crown of Running with Code "BRHC20" to Score a Bonus Hot Chocolate Running Cap
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If you live in the Western Hemisphere you're probably familiar with the tradition of setting New Year's Resolutions.
The most common New Year's Resolutions are:
1. Lose Weight
2. Exercise More
3. Get Organized
I agree with all three of these resolutions. I want to lose weight after the holiday feasting season. I want to exercise more to reach my goal of running a marathon. And, I want to get organized and reduce the rest of the clutter in my home.
The problem with resolutions is they're easy to ignore after a few days or weeks if they don't become HABITS. So, this year I'm resolving to create strong habits to improve my regular and running life.
How to Succeed at a New Habit
Author and Habit Journal creator, James Clear suggests the best way to build a new habit is to start with a teeny, tiny goal. This strategy is backed up by research done at Duke University.
Below is a quick recap of Clear's How to Build a Habit Guide. You can read his book, Atomic Habits for a deep dive.
1. Start with an Very Small Habit
Make your goal so small you can't fail. For wannabe runners: Start with a walk around the block, not running a mile.
2. Increase Your Habit in Small Ways
Habits, like building increased running mileage, should be gradual. If you increase your habit by 1% on a regular schedule, it will add up fast.
Adding one city block to your walk/run each day is easy. After a week, you'll be moving 7 more blocks! That's a great result for a small daily increase.
3. As You Build, Break Your Habit into Chunks
Okay, as you add little bits of mileage, you'll soon be walking/running far. Clear suggests you can stay engaged by breaking your habit into parts. For example, instead of walking for an hour break it into two 30-minute walks. Stroll in the morning and again in the evening.
For sweaty workouts like running and power walking it may work best to set a weekly goal. Then, break your mileage or time goal into smaller pieces you accomplish over 7 days.
4. When You Slip, Get Back on Track Fast
If you miss a day (or week) don't abandon your goal. Simply start again when and where you are. Life is too unpredictable to be harsh with yourself over missed workouts.
5. Be Patient. Keep a Pace You Can Sustain.
It's hard to be patient when you want to lose weight, run faster, or complete any goal. Real success comes with consistent efforts. The trick is to set a realistic starting point and goal.
No one gets up one day and runs a great marathon. It takes a long time to prepare. It starts with a running habit that grows to a long distance over time. Start where you are and build on it.
Training includes good days, bad days, hard days, and easy days — all those days get you to the finish line.
I'm Kicking Off My 2021 Habit
It makes me nervous to say this out loud, but my resolution, goal, habit, dream is to run a marathon sometime in the next year or so. It's a long-term goal I plan to achieve by improving my running habit.
I don't expect many in-person races until late in 2021 which makes it the perfect time to train for a marathon. My plan is to re-start at the beginning.
I'll follow a series of training plans. I'll begin with a 5K, then a 10K, then a half, and then a marathon. That will get me to the end of the 2021 in a slow-growing, methodical way.
Setting Goals Along the Way
My hope is that in-person races can resume by Fall. Based on that, I've scheduled the following events to keep me on track with my goal and habit.
Cheers to Your New 2021 Habits
That's my plan for 2021. Cheers to everyone out there who has their own goal for 2021. I wish you success all along the way. Happy New Year!
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Best Damn Race Returns to Safety Harbor in 2021 with a Discount and Money-Back Guarantee if Cancelled Due to COVID
UPDATE: NEW RACE DATE IS OCTOBER 15-17, 2021
Due to COVID, the Best Damn Race Safety Harbor weekend was rescheduled. See you in October!
The Best Damn Race has race events scheduled for Safety Harbor, Orlando, and New Orleans in February and March 2021. I'm wishing and hoping that we get to run IRL then!
BDR understands that everyone is nervous and hopeful about in-person races. That's why they announced a money-back guarantee if COVID keeps us away from the starting line.
Keep reading for all the details!
2021 Best Damn Race Options If Any Event is Cancelled Due to COVID-19
Best Damn race understands that deferring a race or going virtual doesn't work for everyone. That's why they added a full refund option (minus the processing fee) for 2021 events cancelled by COVID.
The best way to support a race organization is to defer your race or run it virtually; but if that isn't possible BDR gives you an extra option. That's very cool.
If a 2021 BDR event is cancelled due to COVID-19 you can:
If the event happens, you still have the option to:
SAVE 10% on ANY BDR Race with "ThisOldRunner"
Now that you know you won't lose any money, how about saving some?
SAVE 10% with my Discount Code "ThisOldRunner" when you register for ANY 2021 race in Safety Harbor, Orlando, or New Orleans! The confirmed race dates and times are listed below.
2021 Best Damn Race Events
First Up: 2021 BDR Safety Harbor Medals
Look at these fun medals for the first event of the 2021 season! I love the personality in the creatures! I've decided to give myself a huge challenge for BDR Safety Harbor. I'm running the Triple Challenge!! (Eeekk!) I plan to run all the races for my first in-person race next year!
Register Risk-Free Today for a 2021 Best Damn Race
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If you already signed up, take a look at what you'll receive for running this virtual event!
Every participant gets:
Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge Series participants (Full and Half Challenges) get two bonus items:
Register now to challenge yourself and get the goods!
Last month, the Air Force Marathon converted into a virtual race. That was great news for me.
It means, I can run to honor all the brilliant Air Force Officers I know and love without traveling to Dayton, OH.
This opportunity feels especially poignant for me because my favorite AF officer died last month.
Running the #AFMarathon this year feels exactly right. So, I went all in with the Fly! Fight! Win! Half Challenge. That's a 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon in honor of all my favorite flyers!
Keep reading to learn more and get a discount for your race!
All Challenge Series participants who register for the virtual event receive:
2018 Race Plans
2019 Pittsburgh Half
2020 Paris Marathon
2021 BDR Events
2021 Pittsburgh Marathon
305 Half Marathon
465 Virtual Race Challenge
Air Force Half Marathon
Air Force Marathon
AJC Peachtree Road Race
Best Damn Leftover 5k
Best Damn Race
Bib Rave Bundle
Bib Rave Pro
BigFoot Tri & Trail
Boley Jingle Bell Run
Bolt Run 5K-5Miler
Chick-fil-A 5K Tampa
Cinco De Miler
Clearwater Fit Foodie 5k
Cocoa Beach Half
Conquistador Half & 5K
Cupid's Undie Run
Des Linden Step Challenge
Discover Caladesi Island
Disney Wine & Dine
Elf Virtual Run
EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler
Extreme Fit Compression
First Watch Sarasota Half
Fit2Run Holiday Challenge
FL Beachathon Half
FL West Coast Half
Food Groove Mission
Food Themed Races
Fort DeSoto 15K
Frugal Fitness Hacks
Gasparilla Distance Classic
Gasparilla Distance Classic Expo
Getaway 10K St Pete
Gifts For Runners
Global Running Day
Half Marathon Tips
Heroes Memorial Run
Honeymoon Island Half
Hooters 10K 5K Clearwater
Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa
Hot Chocolate 5K Tampa
Hot Weather Hacks
How To Run In Hot Weather
K9s United Race
Kettle Krush 5K
Key West Half
Legoland Brick Dash 5k
Madeira Beach 5K Series
May Day Races 10K
Miami Beach Half
Napa Valley Marathon
NuGo Protein Bars
Obstacle Course Race
One Step Closer 10K
Orange Mud Transition Wrap
Par 4 Miler
PB & J 10K Run
Places To Run
Pretty In Pink 5K
Pumpkins In The Park 5K
Quack Attack 5K
Race Day Photos
Race Day Tips
Race For The Cupcake 5K
Robinson Presv 10K-5K
Rock N Roll
Ronnie's Run 10 Miler
Run Around The Square
Run For All Children 10k
Running In The Rain
Run Run Santa Races
Sarasota Music Half
Science In Sport Fuel
Science In Sport REGO
Shark Week Sunnies
SiS REGO Recovery
Skyway Bridge 10K
Spring Break Races
Steel City Road Runners
St Pete Beach Classic
St Pete Grand Prix 5K
St Pete Rocks
St Pete Run Fest
Sunset 5K Series
Tampa Bay Parks
Tampa Flavor Run
That's So Pittsburgh
The Great Race
The Liberty Mile
Thin Mint Sprint 5K
TIA 5K On The Runway
Tips For Older Rookie Runners
TPA5K On The Runway
UA HOVR Sonic
Was Your Race Cancelled?
Weedon Island Preserve
Weedon Island Trail Run
Weedon Trail 8K
World Refugee Day 5K