As you may or may not know, I am one of the race directors for Strides for James. It’s a 5k/10k run and walk, in memory of my co-worker who passed away in 2012. James was a runner and loved the outdoors…so this event is a perfect way to honor his memory.
We are super excited to share that registration is now open! This year’s run is on May 10, 2014.
If you live in Upstate NY, or are looking for a reason to visit in the spring, I highly recommend signing up! All race profits go to the James Wilson Scholarship Fund at Clinton Community College. This cause is very near and dear to my heart and our scholarship committee has worked extremely hard to make the fund happen.
In its first year, the run had over 200 participants and raised over $5,000. This year we hope to double that.
Our second year will be bigger and better than last year, here’s why:
We’ve already have some AMAZING sponsors lined up. I can’t wait to fill you all in… It hurts to keep it under wraps right now!
We’ve moved the event back to Chazy, NY (where James lived). That’s right, we are back on his home turf!
We’ve lowered the registration fee…and who doesn’t love saving money?
If you have any questions, would like to volunteer or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, use this link: http://www.active.com/chazy-ny/running/races/strides-for-james-2014-4941580. *
*Please note, there will be team and family discounts. Please contact us at the above email address for information regarding these discounts.
Anyway, please pass this along! Hope to see you on race day….and I apologize now for future posts written on this…I am pretty darn excited!
Let’s chat, what races are you signed up for this year? Ever volunteered/directed a race? What are some of your favorite charities?
I know… I have so much to catch up on in the blogging aspect of things. This weekend was Strides for James and it was so much fun! I’ll be doing a post that details a little bit of everything… but I honestly haven’t had a moment to sit and collect my thoughts. So, to keep you until then, it was awesome. Our first year was a success.
So, I’ve been taking a lot of random pictures on my phone lately. Mostly of food and some other things…but mostly food.
So here’s a look at what I’ve been eating and doing lately.
I have a serious weakness for scallops…and margaritas.
I’m seeing a food theme here…
This is what happens when you are planning a fun run and go to the grocery store at 6:00 am…you leave with two cases of free bananas and one discounted case.
After the race…we had a lot of leftover bananas…so I’ve baking a ton of banana bread (gluten-free–recipes coming!) and making things like this (sorry the picture isn’t great)…
Speaking of baking banana bread, I was checking to see if one of the loaves was done…and stupidly burnt the tip of my finger, through a towel. Only me…
I’m also happy to report, after taking home about a half case of bananas, we are down to seven. Farmer Ben and I are a great team in the kitchen!
A mid-week run past a neighbor’s house… somehow we came home with two dozen eggs!
Another sunny day was spent out working in the garden (a week later, it went down to 28 at night… gah!)
And this last piece… just made me chuckle.
What have you been up to lately?
Eaten anything exciting?!
I’m going to make this short and sweet.
Today, I realized that we have 102 registered participants for Strides for James. And there is still time to sign up!
I am just speechless. And overwhelmed. And ecstatic. And so excited for this event.
Tomorrow I am going up to the park so I can do a race day timeline. And it’s going to be beautiful out there!
Fifteen days til race day.
Do you have a cause you are passionate about? Any races coming up?
So, to continue on my game of catching up…
This weekend was, in a word, phenomenal! For real. I haven’t had that much fun in a long time.
Ben and I ran the Chief Run 5k, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Foundation, with some friends on Saturday morning. It was chilly, but the sun was shining. I was nervous but the elation that came from having Ben do a race with me overshadowed anything else.
Once I got in the zone, I just kept plugging away and felt so in tune with the environment. Our times were …not great, but we ran the whole thing and we finished.
I’ve even talked Ben into doing another race this weekend!
One thing I did learn? I have a lot of hill work to do. Seriously. My hips were screaming the next day, but it was worth it. It’s also time to add in some speed workouts!
After the race, we continued our weekend of fun with Cinco de Mayo celebrations, The Avengers, nachos, brisket smoking and a nice long walk. All in all it was a high-quality couple of days. We also got some good news and soaked up some Vitamin D. Win!
More catching up to come…stay tuned!