Hi everyone California Kiley here with another great summer 5k fun run! I’ve really been enjoying going back to all these super fun short races this year and am planning on continuing the Fun Run Series after the summer season has ended.
On to my latest fun run held right here in Southern California at the Orange County Fair! Yup you heard that right you get to run thru the fair and in true fun run fashion they add a lot of fun elements. Such as getting to play fair games in the middle of your race and win a prize! In past years you could ride the giant banana slide but for reasons we haven’t figured out it wasn’t open this year even though it was listed on the website and emails. Another what the OC Fair 5k calls “Detours to Fun” you are welcome to get your photo on the Pacific Amphitheater stage before heading back to the finish line. This race is put on by the OC Marathon group who always do a great job and give you a lot for your money. Every racer with a bib receives:
Ticket to the Fair
Free entry into the fair for the day of the race with your bib!
I’ve run this race now 7 years in a row now and we always do some fair fun which is always a fun day with running family! Our costume has stuck with the color orange in honor of the “Orange” County Fair, this year we added a orange slice dress made by CowCow which was super comfortable to run in.
“Orange” you glad for all the summer fun runs???
Till next time!
******************************************************************** As the summer comes to a close, how was your summer running?
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!
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!
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!
Cigna, the major sponsor of both Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend routinely welcomes a number of runDisney bloggers to an event at each of these marque race weekends.
This was the Inaugural Cigna Blogger Event and the ladies of Run All The Races were thrilled to get an invite in spite of the fact that it was unseasonably cold (not cool, not chilly, COLD) and the event was scheduled for an outside event tent at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex…
The Cigna Blogger Cook-Off paired up groups of bloggers with questionable cooking skills with real life Walt Disney World resort chefs – thank goodness! Each group was assigned a main protein ingredient, including beef, seafood, poultry, and vegan/vegetarian options, and given the option to select what they would create. Only caveat? It had to feed 40+!
Prepping the Chicken [BTW: I can now (sort of) debone a whole chicken…]
Warmest Spot, I’m No Dummy
Each group had the opportunity to consult with their chef before deciding as a group what dish they would prepare based on the other ingredients available (and you had to be quick to make sure the other groups didn’t get the ingredients you wanted!).
After much discussion, our team decided to make Grilled Chicken Stir-Fry. Choosing what to make for such a large crowd was more difficult than you think!
Each team member shared in the preparation with included deboning whole chickens, grilling, dicing and measuring all the veggies for the fried rice, and finally combining all the ingredients together into our main dish.
After everyone’s hard work, we were rewarded with an awesome meal, the chance to try everyone’s creations, and a blanket to keep from freezing to death.
THANK goodness it cooled down for the start of the race…118 degrees would have just been nuts ;)
Living in Arizona in the summer is akin to living on the surface of sun. Temperatures routinely hit over 100 degrees for months at a time.
That makes summer running (which also happens to be the start of a lot marathon training schedules) a b*%#! And it also means it is really hard to find any local races and, if you do, they are mostly of the 5K duration and start pre-dawn.
Vertigo Night Trail Run Start/Finish Village
Thank goodness that the Arizona summer months bring several full moons and the Aravaipa Running Insomniac Night Trail Run Series. This is a series of 7 night trail runs in the greater Phoenix area from May to November (and, trust me, it’s still plenty hot in November in Phoenix).
With welcoming names like Sinister, Thrasher, and Punisher this series is an awesome addition to the local summer running calendar.
Last night I ran the Vertigo 31K, my second Insomniac Series race this year.
Race distances offered included a 52K (5 loops of the 6.5 mile Sonoran Competitive Track trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park), a 31K (3 loops), and a 10K (1 loop).
The raging river on the race course the day before the race.
This trail featured steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain – made all the more challenging by a huge thunderstorm and lots of running water the night before the race. So much running water, the road leading up to the park was closed the night before the race due to flooding!
The start of the race was staggered based on distance with the 52K starting a 7:00pm, followed by the 31K at 7:30pm and the 10K at 8:00pm.
Runners, even trail runners, are only so crazy so the combination of the distances, technical nature of the course, and the fact that it had “cooled down” to a mild 113 degrees by 7:00pm kept the race numbers manageable. This was great, as runners for all distances shared the same 6.5 mile trail loop. It was just enough runners that you didn’t feel like you were out in the middle of nowhere by yourself in the dark – every 10 – 15 minutes you would run by someone/have someone run by you. Add in a great start/finish line village and a remote aid station at mile 4.5 on the loop and it was just peaceful enough to allow you to enjoy the quiet and the stars.
Hot weather tempered my desire to blaze the trails with speed. It was 113 degrees at the start at 7:00pm and still 95 degrees when I finished around 1:00am. Still better than running during the day in full sun (and even hotter temperatures), but not cool by any stretch of the imagination!
See that spike in elevation each mile…ouch!
I took it easy on the first 2 laps, which included a decent stop at the end of the second lap to really rehydrate, take my shoes off for a few minutes to help cool me down (and allow for some blister TLC), and drink something other than G2 and water (HELLO Diet Coke! Where have you been these last 13 miles…).
Me just prior to the start of the race.
There was lots of climbing, lots of loose rocks, and some downhill sections that were more nerve-wracking than the 1-mile up hill switchback section that did NOT get more fun on each loop. The recent rains added some additional rocks and deep sand, but did help with controlling dust.
My last lap ended up being my fastest – I’m chalking this up on the fact that it had “cooled down” a bit, I just wanted to be done, and this was the lap where I saw a RATTLESNAKE on the trail. The turbo boosters kicked in and I just wanted to be away from poisonous things that could bite me!
[NOTE: In the moment I never thought the snake was going to bite me – or any of the other runners in the area. Said snake was just slowly slithering across a wide stretch of the trail, minding his own business. A runner ahead of me clearly saw the snake in plenty of time to avoid it and notify those around. That being said, I spent the final 4 miles of the race on EXTREMELY HIGH SNAKE ALERT (as opposed to my normal High Snake Alert status). A snakebite is just something I would like to avoid – especially one that happens at night, on the side of a mountain.]
Vertigo Night Trail Run by the Numbers:
Race distance: 31k
Trail Loops: 3
Total time: 5:13 (Female winner = 2:45 – insane!)
Full moon: 1
Fuel belt bottles of G2: 6
Fuel belt bottles of water: 5
Slices of fresh watermelon: 5
Bean burritos: 1 (on last lap, 2 miles from end of race – I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid…)
My souvenir from the race. Nothing like (literally) “hitting the trails”…
Potty stops: 2 prior to start of race (nerves)/2 during race (surprisingly, none as a result of the bean burrito…)
Resulting in exactly 1 souvenir black and blue knee
Followed by exactly 1 freak out
Tree roots I thought were rattlesnakes and freaked out for no reason = Too many to count
At the finish, each runner received a race beer glass. The beer garden at the finish benefited Team RWB, which is awesome. Beer for a good cause is a good thing! I still had an hour drive back home and was REALLY hot, so I partook of some excellent ice water in my finisher’s beer glass – it was seriously good – trust me…
The SWAG! The gear bag was received with our bibs in place of a race shirt and the beer glass you earned at the finish line.
2015 Insomniac Night Trail Race Series
I’ll be back out on the trails at the end of this month for another full moon and some more miles.
How bad was the weather? We dressed up as ACTUAL runners ;)
Part of the problem of having a #RunAllTheRaces philosophy is that we run SO MANY races that we don’t always have the time to talk (and BLOG) about all the races. Believe it or not, we both ACTUALLY have JOBS – a runner’s got to do something to pay for all those races…
We still owe everyone a BUNCH of race reports on other events from earlier this year, but the WEATHER was such a factor at last weekend’s runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon that we just had to post about this race next!
BLOG DISCLAIMER: It was SO wet and rainy that, for the first time in #RunAllTheRaces history, we did NOT wear a costume and we did NOT stop and take photos on the course. It was so wet and rainy we ACTUALLY RAN the race!
So, how wet and rainy was it? In our collective 10+ years of running races at Disney Theme Parks, the only event where the weather was worse was 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (also known around runDisney circles as “The Cold Year”) where it snowed (yes, you read that correctly – SNOWED) and sleeted and was generally miserable for the entire half and full marathons. FYI: Frozen water stops and slippery, ice-covered roads are no bueno!
In fact, it was so wet and rainy that a simple blog description just won’t do it justice.
So – in our first “How To” blog post – we are providing you with instructions on how to re-create the event at home so you can fully understand the experience. You’re welcome 😉
How To: Recreate the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Experience in the “Comfort” of Your Own Home
Run around all day. Wait until 7:00pm to start your experience.
An umbrella. And yes – that’s a necessity – NOT a costume piece!
Get fully dressed in your running attire. And we mean fully dressed; including shoes, fuel belt, race bib. As it is a runDisney event, this probably includes an elaborate costume you spent weeks planning and even longer making.
Go into your bathroom and turn on the shower. Not too hot, mind you. The water temperature should seem warm enough to be “not so bad” at first, but not so warm as to be enjoyable for any length of time.
Get in your shower. Fully dressed. Yep. Just hang out there under the gently falling drops and imagine yourself in the corrals, waiting for the start. Spend a few moments trying to convince yourself that it looks like it’s clearing and surely it will stop before the race starts.
Begin jogging in place. Still in your shower. Still under the running water. Take a sip of your race beverage of choice and realize, as you tip your head back, water hits you directly in your eyeballs.
Continue jogging in place under the running water for the time it normally takes you to run a half marathon plus a crappy weather factor of 10%. You’ll need that extra time to run around giant puddles, avoid falling on slippery surfaces, and stop to wring-out your progressively heavier water-logged clothing.
Swear at yourself for even signing up for this race in the first place. Feel free to include anyone else who encouraged you throughout your training and isn’t actually running in this mess in your rant.
Finish your race. Have someone place a cold, wet medal around your neck and a space blanket around your shoulders.
Decide ” *&%# it! I paid for the After Party. I’m still going.” Have someone hand you a beer and a snack while you continue to stand in your shower.
Go out to your garage. Stand around outside your car for approximately 20 minutes to simulate waiting for the bus back to your resort hotel.
Get in your car. Turn on the air conditioner. Hang out for 45 minutes. Cold? Yep. But the roads are closed for the race and you have to leave property and come back around to get to your stop.
Get out of your car and walk around the block. Turns out, the event bus drops you off at the Convention Center – which feels like a 3-mile walk from your room.
Swear at yourself for even signing up for this race in the first place. Feel free to include anyone else who encouraged you throughout your training and isn’t actually still out in this mess in your rant.
Go back into your bathroom and turn on the shower again. Good news – this time you can take a nice hot shower!
Fall into bed. Sleep like a rock – as you are exhausted from this entire experience.
Wake up. Decide it wasn’t so bad. Check the runDisney website to see when registration opens for next year.
Finishers of the 1st Annual Wine & Dine Wet T-Shirt Contest
************************************************************** What was the worst weather you ever raced in? What did you learn from the experience for next time?