Biathlon (Run + Bike) Registration Give-a-Way!

Miscellaneous, Running

DRAWING UPDATE – The winner is Dave Marsi!

Time to celebrate summer! I’m giving away one FREE registration for the 2014 Bellefaire JCB Biathlon & Walk on Sunday, August 24! If you are looking for a perfect, end-of-summer race then you won’t want to miss this one in Shaker Heights!

Photo courtesy of Bellefaire JCB.
(Photo courtesy of Bellefaire JCB.)

The biathlon includes a fast, flat 3-mile run, followed by a mostly flat 12-mile bike ride. The transition area is simple and perfect for runners looking to make the transition to multi-sport events. I ran this race in 2013 and it was my first glimpse into the world of competitive biking. I was THRILLED to place first in my age group last year! (There is also a two-mile fun run and walk that takes walkers through the beautiful streets of Shaker Heights and University Heights.)

Photo courtesy of Bellefaire JCB.
(Photo courtesy of Bellefaire JCB.)

Not only is this a dual event, but the post race picnic afterwards is awesome. Forget just water and a free banana (although I’m sure they will have some) this event boasts a huge selection of food and fun afterwards. Sloppy joes, donuts, cookies, an assortment of fruit, pastas, juices and more! There will also be children’s activities and ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. Be sure to bring your family members!

This race offers more than just a traditional 5K and the route is scenic and beautiful, PLUS proceeds go to a good cause. I loved this event last year because I convinced the fiancé to do it  (he runs only a select few with me) and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. If you know anything about me you’ll already know that I adore the month of August. For some reason I just love the dog days of summer, so adding this awesome race to the end of August fits perfectly!

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(A photo from last year’s race.)

Free registration is a $50 value; however proceeds for the event go back to Bellefaire JCB. Bellefaire JCB is among the nation’s largest, most experienced child welfare agencies. The organization helps more than 21,700 youth and their families achieve resiliency, dignity and self-sufficiency through its more than 25 programs. This race also offers sponsorship and fundraising opportunities for this great cause.

To enter the drawing for one free registration for either the walk or biathlon, please leave me a comment by Wednesday, August 13 telling me how old you were when you first learned to ride a bike OR comment about another fun race that you already ran or are planning to run this summer. (Winner will be chosen using Random.org by Friday, August 15.) 

Run brag! My medal from last year's race.
(Run brag! My medal from last year’s race.)

Biathlon Beginnings

Miscellaneous

This past weekend was my first running + biking event — the 2013 Bellefaire JCB Biathlon.

The event was a 5K run (3.1 miles) followed by a 12.9 mile bike ride through the beautiful cities of Shaker Heights, Beachwood and Mayfield. I convinced the boyfriend to compete with me. (FYI he loves when I force him to do events like this. Just kidding, he enjoys it. Most of the time at least.) biathonStart

The run was smooth and fast and we finished in about 27 minutes. Pacing ourselves at 9:23 was a good idea since we had a nice little bike ride ahead of us. The ride was challenging, but awesome. There was one gruesome hill that had bikers dropping like flys. The BF and I powered through it though, even high-fiving at every mile. (We continued this tradition from our first half marathon together back in May.)

Overall our time for the entire event was 1:27 something. The BF snuck ahead of me and technically beat me by 8 seconds. Of course me being Miss. Competitive/Must-Win-Everything didn’t like that 8 second lead. (In fact I still don’t like it.) BiathonPicnic

Post-race was a giant picnic with TONS of food. I’m pretty sure I ate back all the calories I burnt in the race on the food I ate afterwards. That’s OK though since it was my cheat meal for the week. Let me tell you how delicious it was to eat a pulled-pork sandwich on white bread. In fact, I even went a little wild and stole a bite or two of the boyfriend’s donut he was munching on.

BiathonMeWhile we were enjoying our food, an announcer came on and started the awards. I was sitting back against a table and had only just whispered “I wish I had a medal to hang up” to the BF when suddenly the announcer called my name over the speaker! Everyone I was with screamed and cheered as I ran up there. I had no idea! I went up there and to my huge surprise received a congratulatory first place medal for my age group (20-24). BiathonAJME

Winning that medal was the cherry on top of an amazing race. The boyfriend and I added it to our “We’ll be back every year for the rest of our life” event check-list. At some point I would love to do a duathlon, which is running biking and running again. I think the next event like that around here though is next August. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens! 

Next up on my “train all winter race all summer” is a 10K on Sunday at my favorite winery! (Find more information about the Vineyard Run.) The race is through the scenic grape vineyards and has mostly trails, plus you get a FREE glass of wine post-race. I mean, what’s not to love about this event?

There’s a few smaller races I’m thinking about doing in September, but the BIG race coming up on September 28th is Akron*dun dun dun*

I still have not decided if I’m doing the full or half. On a good day I can run 17 miles, but I’m near death after. The fear of having to run almost another 10 miles after that is really stopping me from signing up, but the fear of having to wait until next summer to have the chance to run a full again is scaring me too. I know that if I do the half, it’ll be easy and I’ll wish the entire time I did the full. On the other hand if I do the full I’ll A.) Be alone and B.) Want to die. I can’t decide and time is quickly running out. I don’t want the fear to stop me, but what’s the smart decision here?

Am I only half crazy? Or fully crazy? That is the real question.