Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5th annual Jelly Bean race

Celebrate Spring by participating in the 
5th annual Jelly Bean virtual race!

What's a virtual race?  A virtual race is running a specified distance (timed) without being present in the actual race location.

DATES:  Race begins Friday, March 27.
Ends on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

LOCATION:  Pick your favorite local route or just hop on a treadmill.

EVENTS:  Choose the event that works best for your current fitness level. You will earn one entry into the prize drawing for each of the four events that you complete in the 10-day time window March 27-April 5. Max of 4 entries per person; each race distance may only be counted once.
- Run 5K (3.1 miles)
- Run 10K  (6.2 miles)
- Run Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
- Bike 21K (13 miles)

RESULTS:  Report your race time(s) HERE before Tuesday, April 7 at 8:00pm CST.   This is a fun race; no Garmin/treadmill photo required to verify your time. 

PRIZES:  When the Jelly Bean results window closes, there will be a random prize drawing from all finishers.  Grand Prize is a REM-Fit Activity & Sleep Tracker for your wrist!  Other prizes include:  Endorphin Warrior bracelet of your choice, Starbucks gift card, BondiBand headband, Bicycle necklace and notepad, and Limited Edition Jelly Bean gum... 

Follow me on Facebook for race updates...

  • No need to pre-register. Just mark your calendar, tell your friends, and organize a local group run in your area. This makes a great family event to get the kids active! Bookmark this webpage so that you can come back for updated information until raceday. Join the Facebook event here to socialize with other participants.
  • Order an Jelly Bean finisher's medal below (optional). Proceeds from these medals will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Hospital as part of my fundraising for the Bartonville-to-Peoria St. Jude run.  If you don't want a medal, but would still like to participate in the Jelly Bean, a donation of any amount to St. Jude Children's Hospital is much appreciated here.
  • Finally, complete your Jelly Bean events... Run, Bike and have FUN!! Take pictures and please share them on my Facebook wall.  Hint, hint... I always award one prize to my favorite picture. Share them on social media using hashtag #JellyBeanV
  • REPORT RACE RESULTS HERE for each participant before 8pm on April 7. You will earn one entry into the prize drawing for each event that you finish (4 max per person). Each event may only be counted once. 

To commemorate the 5 Year Anniversary of this virtual race, the 2015 finisher's medal is JUMBO SIZED at 3.5 inches around!  Proceeds from these medals will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital as part of my fundraising for the Bartonville-to-Peoria St. Jude Run on August 1.   
$15.00 each + $3 U.S. shipping*   Shipping is a flat rate, so no matter how many you order, the shipping is just $3! That's my discount for bulk orders.  * Shipping rate is for the U.S. Any international orders will be invoiced an additional $7 charge to cover international charges. 
Medals are now SOLD OUT. 
With this event, $1000 was donated to St Jude Children's Hospital.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winter Miles Challenge 2015

Back for its second year, now is the time for the Winter Miles Challenge! This challenge is about holding yourself (and each other) accountable to your weekly mileage goal. Winter is notoriously the most difficult time of year to stay a committed runner. Between cold temperatures, blustery winds, darkness and snow, there are plenty of excuses to cheat or quit. But if you want a strong spring, the work needs to be done over winter. I invite you to join the Winter Miles Challenge to stay the course during the toughest 8 weeks of winter.

JANUARY 12 - MARCH 8, 2015

1. ) Each week, you select the goal that is right for YOU. (Your goal may change from week to week.)  I highly encourage you to share your weekly goal with others via social media... For example "My goal is to run 25 miles this week in the #WinterMiles Challenge. Check back with me on Sunday to see if I succeed!"

2.)  Do it. Run, walk, bike or elliptical (basically any method that you can track miles). You can use the great outdoors, a gym or at home.  Keep track of your mileage each week. For the purpose of this challenge, a week runs Monday through Sunday. Click here for a weekly planner/ that you can use to track your progress.

3.)  REPORT BACK HERE your completed #WinterMiles every Monday before 12noon CST.  If you hit your weekly goal, you will be entered into the weekly prize drawing...

Week 1 (Jan.12-18) - BondiBand Combo Prize Pack - Winner is Amy Canavan!
Week 2 (Jan.19-25) - Pro Compression Marathon Socks - Winner is Tanya Banks!
Week 3 (Jan.26-Feb.1) - Seirus Face Masque - Winner is Jenn Kleszynski!
Week 4 (Feb.2-8) - Runner Necklace - Winner is Jaime Engstrom!
Week 5 (Feb.9-15) - Soleus GPS Running Watch  - Winner is Leanne McGann!
Week 6 (Feb.16-22) - KnuckleLights (2 winners!)
Week 7 (Feb.23-Mar.1) - 2Toms BlisterShield & StinkFree shoe/gear spray
Week 8 (Mar.1-8) - Finisher's Medal & Shirt for the 2015 Jelly Bean!
*Virtual Race Week: Participate in the Snowball Shuffle 8K virtual race (details below) to earn a bonus entry into the prize drawing.

4.) Repeat for 8 weeks and you'll be ready for that spring race!

The Winter Miles Challenge is FREE to participate!
Follow me on Facebook for support and motivation throughout the challenge. Join the official FB Event to connect with other participants and invite your friends.

Shiny Winter Bling!! These finisher's medals for the Snowball Shuffle 8K Virtual Race will disappear quickly, so grab one while you can. Silver glitter ring circles the design, finished with a metallic silver neck ribbon. Virtual Race is the week of February 9-15.  Grab some friends, shuffle through the snow for an 8K (4.97 miles), and then end with a snowball fight (or warm drinks). Report back your finish time and earn an extra entry into the #WinterMiles week 5's prize drawing - a Soleus GPS running watch!   $10.00 plus $2 shipping within U.S.  SORRY, SOLD OUT. 
Print Virtual Race Bib HERE
Report back your finish time at the end of the week, along with your #WinterMiles.
Note: There will be a special section in the report this week for the #SnowballShuffle.


One of my favorite winter sayings is now on a shirt!  
I hope every time you wear this, it motivates you to keep moving... 

These electric blue performance shirts are moisture-wicking 100% polyester. Available in both long or short sleeve, it's perfect no matter what part of the country you're running. Select your size S-2XL in either Ladies or Mens cut. I think this style/brand is pretty true to size with a relaxed it, but please refer to manufacturer's size chart below. This is a custom order, so please remember I do not have extras for exchanges.  
$25.00 plus $3 shipping within U.S.*  SORRY, SOLD OUT. 

*Note: I will ship to Canada; however, there is an additional $7 international shipping charge. International delivery time is also longer.