Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Giveaway Contest: Race-cation to ZOOMA Napa Valley

I'm extremely lucky to have so many supportive friends in my life - both in person and virtually from the blog. For five weeks in Jan/Feb, I begged, pestered and pleaded for everyone to vote daily in the ZOOMA Run-to-Napa contest. Because of your faithful voting, I won the grand prize - a race vacation to Napa Valley!!  Truly a dream come true!!  California will now be state #24 on my quest to Race All 50.

Part of my prize was a second trip - the opportunity to reward one of my readers (YOU!) with a ZOOMA race vacation. How would you like to join me in Napa Valley... for a run, wine and weekend of relaxation?

ZOOMA is a women's race series that hosts specialty events like none other. Race weekend is more than just a run. It's a mini-vacation with your BRF's (Best Running Friends) at a destination locale. Two years ago, five of us girls drove four hours north to attend in our first ZOOMA. We had such a great weekend celebrating fitness and friendship. There were mocktail parties, informative presentations, yoga sessions, spa treatments, expo shopping and samples, cool goody bags, chocolate, wine, delicious food, laughs, hugs and smiles... capped off by one heck of a run! Plus, I had the chance to meet Sarah and Dimity from Another Mother Runner!  To bring it all home, ZOOMA's finisher's medals are truly unique with an attached charm that you can later use on a necklace. Trust me, you'll enjoy any ZOOMA event you attend. They currently have six upcoming events...
Austin, TX  April 12
Annapolis, MD  May 31
Napa, CA  June 28
Chicago, IL  August 9
Cape Cod, MA  September 27
Amelia Island, FL  January 17, 2015


There are FIFTEEN (15) entry options for this contest - making the giveaway accessible to anyone - no matter what social media you use (or don't). Be sure to check off everything you've done on the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be verified and chosen via Rafflecopter.
  • Get your first entry into the ZOOMA Run-to-Napa Contest by simply leaving a comment below... What's your favorite way to celebrate a race?!?  
  • Facebook - Earn a bonus entry for following RunWithJess, ZOOMA and all the great sponsors who make this giveaway possible: Honest Tea, Oiselle, Marriott Napa Valley, Another Mother Runner and Napa Valley. Share the link to this contest with your friends for a bonus entry.
  • Twitter - Earn entries for following RunWithJess and ZOOMA - plus a bonus entry every day for tweeting about this contest (must include the link back to this page).
  • Instagram - Rack up more entries by following RunWithJess and ZOOMA - plus a fun creative entry by posting a photo of your "lucky charm". What gives you luck on race day? Is it a special person, the perfect shoes, special socks, a necklace... Whatever it is, post an IG photo using tags @runwjess @zoomarun #Run2Napa #LuckyCharm
GOOD LUCK! 
Contest closes March 18, 2014 at 12:00am.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest closes 12:00am on March 18, 2014.  
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST.  
1. Contest is open to residents of the continental U.S. only.  
2.  Prize includes: roundtrip airfare to ZOOMA Napa Valley, 2 night stay at Marriott Napa Valley, and race entry into ZOOMA Napa Valley. Prizes are provided by ZOOMA Women's Race Series and their participating sponsors. 
3. Winner is picked through a random selection through Rafflecopter app. Entries will be verified upon selection.  
4. Winner will be announced on www.RUNwithJESS.com on Tues, March 18. Winner must claim prize within 48 hours of notification or forfeit the prize, in which case an alternate winner will be selected.

264 comments:

  1. my favorite way to celebrate is LUNCH with the finishing team/friends and then a shower and pedicure. Ah…so relaxing.

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  2. We have a tradition to eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries after every race.

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  3. My favorite way to celebrate is with a beer at the finish line. J & A races here in Virginia Beach put on a great after party with so many new friends. Then mexican food to replenish!

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  4. Favorite way to celebrate a race is a good lunch and a nap!

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  5. My favorite way to celebrate is a giant cheeseburger after. A great treat for a job well done.

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  6. Lots of photos at the finish line, courtesy of my awesome and supportive husband. Then, something delicious to eat and maybe a nap. :D

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  7. If it's a marathon or half marathon I eat. A lot. But for anything shorter I just go home and be a mom to my four kiddos. :)

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  8. My favorite way to celebrate is to eat one of my "guilty" foods like an In 'N Out cheeseburger with fries and a shake.

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  9. Favorite way to celebrate is a peanut butter chocolate shake!

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  10. I celebrate by going out to eat. Or taking a nap!

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  11. Rene' I agree...A big fat greasy bacon and cheeseburger!!!!

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  12. I celebrate with FOOD and admiring my new bling!

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  13. My favorite way to celebrate a race is with a cold chocolate milk :)

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  14. My favorite way to celebrate a race is with a nice lunch!

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  15. I celebrate every race with a glass of bubbly! I could TOTALLY make good use of a Napa post-race celebration!

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  16. I love going out to brunch with friends after a race! I will run for bloody marys!

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  18. I love to eat after a race!

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  19. I celebrate by drinking a beer after most races. Heidi P.

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  20. My favorite way to celebrate a race is to rest after.

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  21. My favorite way to celebrate a race is a delicious lunch with my husband or running friends and a wonderful pedicure and massage :)

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  22. I celebrate by signing up for another race!! Plus showering so my family doesn't think I am completely nutty! I am so excited that you are going to Napa Valley, I hope I get to join you!

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  23. a beer :) or in this case a glass of wine :)

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  24. Favorite way to celebrate is with food and a hot bubble bath, with Epsom Salt!

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  25. My favorite way to celebrate a race is by treating myself to something yummy, whether it be a dessert, ice latte, or wine! Something I don't always get to have :)

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  26. Favorite way to celebrate is with friends and an afternoon nap!

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  27. My favorite way to celebrate a race is a nap and signing up for another!

    PS. I Love Zooma!!!! And your blog is pretty awesome too! :)

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  28. Usually celebrate my race accomplishments with a big meal afterwards. In Pittsburgh, after the half, we hit up a burger & milkshake joint! Mmmmm.

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  29. I celebrate by going home & hugging my kids, & foam rolling.haha

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  30. My favorite way to celebrate a race is sweatpants and ice cream! My favorite ice cream for this purpose was discontinued, but those new Ben and Jerry's flavors are looking like great substitutes...

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  31. I like a mimosa post race celebration!

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  32. My favorite way to celebrate a race is having a big hamburger and fries followed by a drink with my family and friends! In Napa it would be so much to celebrate with a glass of local wine!

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  33. Favorite way, sitting in a hot tub relaxing with a glass of wine :-)

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  34. A large glass of wine! I love a pedicure the next day- that foot rub feels great! Congrats on your win! I am headed to Zooma Texas in April and I did the Amelia Island one in January- they are super races!

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  35. I celebrate by going home & hugging my kids, & foam rolling.haha

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  36. I love to celebrate with a big burger and fries.

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  37. I celebrate with a nice cold beer and a nap.

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  38. Typically a nap! But then I want lunch with my girlfriends!

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  39. I love to celebrate with post race breakfast or lunch with friends.

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  40. my favorite way is drinks afterwards! We did the Santa Rosa Half in CA last summer and went wine tasting at wineries afterwards. It was so much fun!

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  41. I celebrate by doing a little dance!

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  42. I love to celebrate a race with a brunch afterwards with my friends who ran the race or came to cheer.

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  43. I celebrate my race with a big glass of chocolate milk, then a warm bath with candles....relaxation time!

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  44. My favorite way to celebrate finishing a race is a hug from my husband and a massage. In that order. But not a massage from my husband. He thinks it's funny to make me howl in pain.

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  45. I like to celebrate by eating like a pig and getting a good stretch in.

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  46. My favorite way to celebrate is with beer and pizza after with everyone who came with to the race.

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  47. My favorite way to celebrate a race is seeing my family and friends at the finish and then heading off for a post race lunch celebration!! Of course I have to stop and get a good cup of coffee first!! Coffee is the first thing I crave after a race besides water!

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  48. I can't wait! I live in the valley, but if I won I'd fly my run buddy to town to take in the race with me!

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  49. My favorite way to celebrate starts at the finish by first seeing my family's faces and hearing the cheers from the ones I love. Second is going back out some and cheering on my friends on their way to the finish. Third taking pics with all my BRF's. Then relaxing with a nice shower, food, family, friends and great conversation about the race.

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  50. I love to celebrate with treating myself to ice cream or Pizza....or both!!

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  51. My favorite way to celebrate a race depends - if it's a short 5K with a fun theme then there is usually beer and picture-taking with my BRF's involved! If it's a half-marathon then I just look forward to a cold shower and collapsing on the couch after a good meal :)

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  52. woooohooooooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!! :) food celebration!

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  53. I love celebrating a race with a great celebratory meal!

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  54. I celebrate with a yummy treat or new gear.

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  55. Always beer or wine after a race!!

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  56. I celebrate by going to my favorite restraunt and eating s nice juicy steak!

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  57. My favorite way to celebrate a race is to spend time with my friends after. Drinks or lunch or something like that. =)

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  58. A hug from my husband followed by a cold beer!

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  59. I celebrate my race with Beer, Food, and a Nap!

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  60. I celebrate by giving myself a pat on the back, letting everyone on facebook know what I've done, and taking a nap!

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  61. Always a good race with a beer at the end, but usually I head out for a bite to eat! My little guy loves to wear my 'necklace' from the race, so that's pretty sweet to get home to!

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  62. My favorite way to celebrate a race is through photography. Love taking pictures post-race so that I can always remember the happiest moments in my life! :-)

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  63. I celebrate by rehashing the race with friends who run it with me :)

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  64. My favorite way to celebrate is with a nice hot shower and a cold beverage!

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  65. I would be honored to be your wing girl in Napa! Pick me!!

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  66. My favorite way is to have lunch/dinner with my family!

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  67. A wonderful meal including a big glass of red wine with my family!!

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  68. My favorite way to celebrate a race or any long run is to take a nap! :-)

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  69. i love a good nap and a 15 minute hot shower!

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  70. My favorite way is to celebrate with friends and share our race stories from during the race all while eating a burger. I always crave a burger after a long race!

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  71. Beer, Whataburger, and a foot rub!!!!!

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  72. I celebrate my taking my ice bath, a nap then enjoying a good meal!

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  73. A really good burger with a beer :)

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  74. I celebrate with a couple of beers with my husband and friends! :-)

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  75. I love celebrating a race with my best friends and husband with a nice lunch and then a beer!

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  76. I love a all beer and kiss from my boyfriend to celebrate a race!

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  77. With Friends a great race is best celebrated as a group! Oh and with a selfie ;)

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  78. I celebrate with a nice lunch, smiling from finishing another race and smiling at my new bling:))

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  79. I like to celebrate by eating a Jimmy John's sub. YUM!

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  80. I look forward to sitting down to a breakfast of coffee and eggs. Weird, but I crave those things while I run.

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  81. My favorite way to celebrate is with a chocolate milk recovery, ice bath and then a drink after rehydrating!

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  82. I celebrate with wine! After a solid recovery meal of course!

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  83. I love BBQ and cinnabon is my reward!

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  84. I haven't really done a lot of races yet, but so far every race finish has been celebrated with food with friends and family!

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  85. eating everything and anything I want!!

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  86. I celebrate by eating and drinking delicious things.

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  87. I celebrate with a nice warm bath and a drink!

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  88. The best way to celebrate after a race is with some delicious food!! :)

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  89. I celebrate with CHOCOLATE MILK and a banana! :)

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  90. I hug my kids when I come home, drink a chocolate milk and take a nap in the backyard if it's not freezing outside:)

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  91. I like to go out to brunch or lunch with my husband to celebrate a race success!

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  92. I like to celebrate with good food and good beer!

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  93. Starbucks because I NEVER have it unless I run in a race. Plus the nearest Starbucks and races are about 1.5 hours from me. :)

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  94. I celebrate with adult beverages and food!

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  95. With a burger and a beer and my family of course!

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  96. My favorite way to celebrate is pizza, a milkshake, and a nap.

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  97. TAke my shoes off, see that all of my toe nails are still there and then have an orange, a water and a G2 lime!

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  98. favorite way to celebrate a race is with family and friends ALL WEEKEND LONG

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  99. A cheeseburger and fries with my hubby and kids!

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  100. My favorite way to celebrate is with any kind of sweet treat, but I guess if I had to be specific I'd say cupcakes.

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  101. I like a cold draft beer - but in Napa I suppose wine would work ;)

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  102. I love to just relax and then have a nice dinner later on in the evening,

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  103. I am so excited for you Jess! You have truly earned this race! I can't wait to hear how it goes for you! Bring back wine! If I can't go...I want a bottle of RED please!

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  105. Eating chocolate, always :)

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  106. I celebrate with a beer and pizza

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  107. Nothing beats junk food and beer!

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  108. I celebrate with a milk shake and a nap.

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  109. Oh my..... How do I celebrate? By sharing it with everyone on Facebook and my blog cuz otherwise how can they know how awesome I am!!

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  110. I usually celebrate with pancakes!! :)

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  111. Always with a crazy rich dessert, usually frozen custard

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  112. I celebrate with a massage! Or a few

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  113. My favorite way to celebrate: WINE!

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  114. My favorite way to celebrate a race is usually a meal that completely wipes out the whole caloric expenditure of said run lol!

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  115. Yep BEER, but wine would do too!!!

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  116. I love to celebrate by going to Potbelly's Sandwich Works (or any food place!) with my fellow running buddies!

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  117. Post marathon it is shower, ice bath, nap, then dinner.

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  118. Reuniting with my family at the end.

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  119. Hu from hubby and to hear him say "I'm proud of you". Then burger, nap and finally a glass of wine!

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  120. Chocolate milk and an ice bath! :)

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  121. I always celebrate eating something bad for me - a juicy hamburger and fries or pizza and beer. Whatever I have been craving during training and was avoiding.

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  122. My favorite way is with a nap :) Then I wear the race t-shirt and go around with a great big sense of accomplishment.

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  123. I like to celebrate a good race with good ice cream (preferably from Marble Slab!).

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  124. Food always needs to be involved in a race celebration!

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  125. A bacon cheeseburger and a guinness!

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  126. A great meal with my family... best yet was a picnic and ice cream!

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  127. I celebrate with food and friends followed by relaxing with a nice glass of wine.

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  128. I like to celebrate with a cheeseburger! Sarah Blissett

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  129. I like to celebrate with a tour of the city. And cupcakes. Always cupcakes.

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  130. I LOVE to celebrate with brunch afterwards and a nice hot shower and nap!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  131. We always go out for brunch with family after. Usually an omelet for me with a few stolen bites of someone else's pancakes.

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  132. I always have donuts and chocolate milk!

    (Side note: I liked the facebook pages from my running page, Once Upon a Run, not from my personal page which you have to use to log into rafflecopter)

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  133. I always treat myself to a massage!

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  134. My favorite way to celebrate is a BIG SWEATY HUG from my hubby and puppy kisses from our doggy!

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  135. If at Disney, a Jalapeno Pepperoni Pretzel from Wetzels, a shower, and then running around Disney. If not at Disney, a spicy cheese burger of some sort with fries and maybe a milkshake.

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  136. I love to celebrate with a big lunch and a nap.

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  137. I celebrate by inviting some friends to chow down ice cream with me.

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  138. With bloody rare steak and a glass of wine!

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  139. a great after meal...and then a nap

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  140. I celebrate by going to the buffet at my favorite Indian restaurant

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  141. I celebrate by going to the buffet at my favorite Indian restaurant

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  142. I like to go grab a couple slices of pizza with my girlfriend.

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  143. My favorite way to celebrate a race is running across the finish line while people cheer for me! I don't care it if it people I know or strangers. That feeling that I finished is the best feeling ever!

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  144. My favorite way to celebrate a race is with a post race dinner (without guilt) and then an nap!

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  145. Celebrate with some beers and an ice bath!

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  146. Lunch with my running buddies and if I'm lucky, a massage!

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  147. I like to celebrate with food, good beer, and great friends! Oh! And then a nice long sunny nap:-)

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  148. Celebrating with a post race pizzookie at BJ's has become a tradition with my running friends.

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  149. I like to celebrate a race with my compression socks, a cup of coffee or iced tea depending on the season.

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  150. I love a burger from Squeeze Inn. A local place that has burgers with cheese skirts. Yummo!

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  151. My favorite way to celebrate a race would be going to Olive Garden!!! We did this after my first half and it was just aaaaamazing!!!! :)

    Congrats on your win!!! :)

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  152. I celebrate with a shower and a big meal - preferably one that includes dessert!

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  153. My favorite way to celebrate a race is a nice meal out with friends (and if I'm local, it's the pumpkin pancakes at my favorite breakfast place - to die for). Erin Gilmore

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  154. I always celebrate with my mom & sis, since we've done over 13 races together. Big post meal & maybe a cocktail! ;) But, always as a family & I wouldn't wanna celebrate any other way!

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  155. I celebrate by wearing my new medal everywhere!! Oh and eating something seriously good!!

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  156. I haven't done many races... I am still new. But so far just dinner after wearing my medal. Nothing special.

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  157. Oh, and I celebrate with my family and friends....and a lot of ice and compression. :)

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  158. I celebrate by eating something YUMMY -- usually a cupcake!!

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  159. I celebrate with breakfast, usually french toast

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  160. My favorite way of celebrating a race is taking lots of pictures so I can have memories and eating food after the race!!

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  161. I would love to use this for the Sept Cape Cod half!! I've been eye balling it since you mentioned Napa :)
    This would be my first non-virtual race so I think the first celebration: thanks that I finished and then have fun with family stretching out my tired legs on the beach!!

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