Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – The Liquid Run

Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – The Liquid Run

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Hi everyone California Kiley here with another Summer Fun Run. As summer is now in full swing in a lot of area road racing kind of shuts down during the hotter weather months but I was invited out to a race that is all about summer running. Held in Newport Beach California The Liquid Run is a race like no other race out there. This is a floating obstacle race that measures 1/4 mile. I expected it to be small and pretty easy being only a 1/4 of a mile. Having run so many full marathons this year I felt I could take on the Liquid Run with no problems but I will tell you this was a great workout and I was sore the next day!! The best part it was a blast I think this was my favorite fun run to date!

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Here’s the details on the race:

  • It run 9-5 so if getting up early sounds awful not a problem you can run it late. Or make it a all day event your choice if you upgrade your registration to VIP you can run the course as many times as you like. If you want to make it an all day beach day it’s the best day to do it as people are running the course all day and it’s actually really fun to watch!
  • I give this a great “Mommy and Me” stamp as it’s a great race to have kids at. Every paid adult gets a kids free play wristband which is a really fun float area.
  • There is a competitive heat at 9am so if you want to run fast then 9am is your race. This is a great time to watch as a lot of the serious racers are really trying to kill the course next year I’m going to totally be there to at least witness it!
    The Liquid Run swag!

    The Liquid Run swag!

  • No running experience needed
  • Swag is awesome! Instead of a T-shirt you get a medal at the end, a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, a string bag, and a waterproof phone carrying case which we used during the race!
  • Staff was amazing!! Literally the nicest most helpful group ever! Volunteers who I was informed are mostly all returns from the past year because of how much fun they had volunteering! That’s pretty cool in itself.

This race had really only had one small con and that is it can get bottlenecked if you have a struggling group in front of you. Really this isn’t the worst thing in the world as I’m not really in any great hurry since it’s not timed and really there isn’t a huge hurry but know it will most likely take you about 2 hours to run the whole course since you will wait to conquer some of the bigger obstacles.

Only reasons not to do this race:

  • If you are deathly afraid of the water the floating obstacles sit in deeper water but you are provided with a life vest you will still end up in the water at least in the start and the end. You don’t need to be Michael Phelps though to do this race so even if your swimming level is low you are good to go.
  • You are no fun at all and think spending a day at a beautiful California beach is a bad idea!

Talking with the race directors the main mission of the race is to have fun and realize that this isn’t about cut off times or age group awards it’s really about a good time. I can honestly say this race has found a way to really take summer running to the next level! As they try to expand to different areas and more races a year I hope to be back for more of their races because it was truly the most fun I’ve had. Thank you to Sarah for coming along and helping me with pictures, video and interviews! A huge thank you to The Liquid Run staff, volunteers and runners for having us out at your super cool event! The race director said it best “we just want everyone to have a happy day!” Well Run All the Races had the happiest day thank you again!

California Kiley

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Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

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We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

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Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – U.S. Vets 5K

Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – U.S. Vets 5K

Hi everyone California Kiley here with another 5k race as a part of my Summer Fun Run Series! This was an inaugural 5k held in Mission Viejo California at Saddleback College. The race named the Vets 5k seemed simple enough so I agreed to add it in to my series. Parking was so easy and super close to the start and finish line. Walking up the race was an easy check in and organized. One of the things I noticed was the race shirt you received with your bib had a special place that you were able to write in who were running in honor of which I thought was such a great touch to making the race shirt more than just a one you would throw in the race shirt pile.

19402338_10155436771558252_712056253_oThe course was through the college grounds which I enjoyed a lot however it did have some inclines in the course which was the buzz among runners afterwards. After running the Big Sur Marathon I have a whole new view on hills and inclines and I actually enjoyed the challenge. This was amazing on a race level seeing so many military vets out supporting the race and the cause.

The kids race was really something special as it was the kids “ruck pack” race. Where the kids get to carry the military backpacks around some of the track. Standing around seeing some of the parents actually putting on the packs and trying them out made me think this could be a subdivision next year as I seen as least 2 guys in full gear and packs running the 5k.

For a first time race this was run incredible well and I would defiantly love to be back next year. Thanks so much Vets 5k for having me out!

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Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
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Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – The Fat Boy 5K

Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – The Fat Boy 5K

Hi everyone California Kiley here with another 5k fun run as part of our California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series!

This time I ran another “new to me” race in Long Beach California called “Fat Boy 5k.” This 5k is all about food, which was started in Baton Rouge LA. The name and structure of the race didn’t first draw me in but after seeing pictures of the New Orleans race on instagram and my friend Jean from Donut Run talking me into joining her I reached out to find out more about this run it’s all about food and fun. With a 8am start I headed to the Shoreline near the Long Beach Aquarium. Many other races follow this course here in Long Beach so I wasn’t expecting a life changing course for this 5k.

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It’s been a long time since I actually have run a 5k, truthfully I don’t actually run very many since most are group settings and all about the costumes they usually take me a while to finish. Since I had a work event right after I knew I couldn’t stay long so I chose to see where my running levels are and actually run. I’m definitely not where I used to be but 30 minutes is fine by me since it got me to the awesome snack tables quicker!!

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Kelsey won her age group!

 

This race is set up different than any other race I’ve ever run. Instead of age group awards they use weight categories. That weird face you just made as you read that I had the same one, however it was actually really cool. If you ever see age group awards it’s basically the same 10 people that basically win the age group and sometimes the overall awards. But with this one being fast in your weight group is how this works so I even felt as though I might have a chance. (Spoiler I didn’t win lol) Seeing so many people that aren’t your typical folks trying for group awards was probably one of the coolest parts. The best part was one of our friends actually did win her weight group!

Right there I changed my thoughts on this race as it gives more than just the same usually awards suspects the secondary awards.

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Food wise we were given gourmet donuts from a local donut shop called Sweet Retreat in Long Beach along with cookies, chips, nuts, and the basics bananas, oranges, a bunch of coffee drinks and flavored waters. We were also got gift cards for Chik Fila and Lucille’s BBQ. Since this race is all about food they really did give us a lot of variety. Even though I had mixed feelings on this 5k it was great and I look forward to coming back out to future races!

More summer fun runs coming your way!

California Kiley

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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

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Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

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Meet California Kiley
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Race Report: 2017 The Color Run – Boston

Race Report: 2017 The Color Run – Boston

I’m happy to report that I had a blast at The Color Run Boston!

Check out our video above to see all the fun we had…

I was excited that the winner of our bib giveaway was a friend of mine – Sue Hayes – and she graciously offered to add her Pro and Con list to this post – and I have to agree with everything she has to say (there’s a reason we’re friends after all…#GreatMindsThinkAlike).

Pros-

  • Sponsors provided great swag of measurable value
    • Gail’s Note: It was a great tie-in to partner with Stop’nShop (a local New England grocery chain) to give away laundry detergent as swag as you left the race – GENIUS!)
  • Shirt was made of soft cotton and cutely designed
  • Bib pickup was easy and quick
  • Text messaging from race was efficient form of communication
    • Gail’s Note: This was especially important, as the truck carrying the color for the race had issues and there was a delay in the race start
  • Photo ops before event were colorful and unique
  • DJ before, after and during the event was lively and supported the “party atmosphere”
  • Course was just challenging enough and came very close to the stadium, making it interesting for those who had not been there before
    • Gail’s Note: Gillette Stadium is home to the New England Patriots
  • Merchandise was nicely designed and reasonably priced
  • Ample restrooms before, after and throughout the course
  • Cute medal
  • Appropriate and fun event for all ages (As long as the participant can walk 3.1 miles)
    • Gail’s Note: Saw LOTS of people of all ages – lots of families running the event together
  • Easy free parking
  • Great proximity to Patriot Place for post event celebration
  • Cute mile markers to measure your progress

Cons-

  • There could have been a little more clarity about the staggered start
    • Worked out fine for us, because we knew to edge up into line but, I imagine, some runners did not start for quite a while
  • No real post race food provided by color run (only water) and snacks given out by sponsors
  • Water on the course was kind of a log jam area and hard to get
    • Gail’s Note: We ended up bypassing all but the last water stop for this reason; at the first stop, they were out of water in cups and were frantically trying to fill cups and/or participant’s own water bottles; would have also been helpful if water was available on both sides of the course
  • While the color areas were fun, in order to get “color” on you, you had to be near a volunteer/ employee throwing it at you
    • There could have been a couple more individuals at each station to move folks though quicker and get them the full color run experience
  • Not appropriate experience for someone looking for a real “run”’
    • You have to put on another hat, so to say, and realize this is really just for fun and it is fun!
      • This is not a real con, just a heads up to runners
  • No real need for the foam – It kind of made me scared that I was going to wipe out
    • Gail’s Note: It was right at the end of the course and up a bit of a hill; we slowed WAY down because it was slippery

NOTE: I HAVE to add that my unicorn onesie came clean – even after hanging out in my hotel room for the week and making a treck across county before washing.  This means I HAVE to sign up for another race to get my rainbow unicorn back on!

Now, for the shoes I was testing for a running shoe company and had to mail back right after the race…that company did ask me to wear them for ALL my runs during the testing period 😉

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

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Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

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We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
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Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

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Countdown to our 100th runDisney Race as Run All The Races: 70 – 79

Countdown to our 100th runDisney Race as Run All The Races: 70 – 79

It’s always fun to take a stroll and look back at costume memory lane.

Here’s races 70 – 79, which kicks off with the start the 2017 runDisney racing season and includes the first #MagicalCancellation in runDisney history.

70. 2017 Walt Disney World 5K - #RetroMinnie (and a very lucky Mickey...)

70. 2017 Walt Disney World 5K: #RetroMinnie (and a very lucky Mickey…)

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71. 2017 Walt Disney World 10K: It’s “ruff” getting up every morning for the Dopey Challenge, so we rolled over and onto the course in our Pluto PJ’s.

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2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon: #MagicalCancellation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72. 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon: Apparently everyone else had the same costume idea... "Cold Runners"

72. 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon: Apparently everyone else had the same costume idea… “Cold Runners”

73. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side Star Wars 5K: We "Ewok'd" the course with Kimberly's son (his first West Coast runDisney race)!

73. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side Star Wars 5K: We “Ewok’d” the course with Kimberly’s son (his first West Coast runDisney race)!

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74. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side Star Wars 10K: We’ll trade you a runDisney snack box for your shiny race medal…(and yes, our Jawa eyes DID light up!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side Star Wars Half Marathon: Continuing with our Tink mash-up theme - #JediTink

75. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side Star Wars Half Marathon: Continuing with our Tink mash-up theme – #JediTink

76. 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend - Princess 5K: #HipsterPrincesses with our friend Fitz.

76. 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Princess 5K: #HipsterPrincesses with our friend Fitz.

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77. 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Enchanted 10K: Beauty & the Beast #EnchantedRoses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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78. 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon: Try #TheGreyStuff, it’s delicious!

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79. 2017 Star Wars – The Dark Side 5K: Aren’t you a little short for an Emperor? #RoyalGuardBettys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can check out a photo costume review of our runDisney races 1-12 here, races 13 – 24 here, races 25 – 36 here, races 37 – 48 here, 49 – 59 here, and 60 – 69 here…there’s some funny stuff and great memories.

Thanks to everyone that joined us for a race so far and wore some crazy with us.

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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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