Rock 'n' Roll http://www.runrocknroll.com Just another WordPress site Fri, 22 May 2015 17:26:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Running in Honor of his Daughter and Women Everywhere http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/05/running-honor-daughter-women-everywhere/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/05/running-honor-daughter-women-everywhere/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 22:40:54 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=94449   This guest blog post comes from everydayhero. Luis Perez always made it a priority to set a positive example […]

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This guest blog post comes from everydayhero.

Luis Perez always made it a priority to set a positive example for his nine-year old daughter. From an early age, he taught her about the importance of fitness and healthy living. She would come cheer him on as he ran races around his adopted hometown of Santa Clara, California. So, when he heard about the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon, he decided to sign up for it. But he wanted this race to be different.

“This time, I didn’t want to just run for the sake of running,” he said. “I wanted to have a purpose. I wanted to find a cause I could get behind.”

 When he was signing up, he saw the option to fundraise through everydayhero. When scrolling through his options for organizations to support while training, he was thrilled to see one that empowered girls like his daughter—Girls for a Change. An organization dedicated to serving girls through after school programs and training sessions, Luis felt like it was a perfect fit. Not only would he be able to support a good cause, but it was a cause that helped the same local girls that his daughter went to school with every day.

“They have groups where girls can get together. If someone is trying to abuse or bully them, they can go to a group and someone will listen to them,” he explained. “It has such a great local impact by giving girls a positive place to learn and grow outside of school.”

 As he set off on his training, the prospect of making the world a better place for his daughter made all the difference on those long runs. The blazing California sun didn’t feel quite as intense on his shoulders when he thought about all the women that would benefit from Girls for a Change.

In order to amplify the impact of his efforts, he began spreading the word about his fundraising goal on social media. Initially, he found it challenging to join in—people were busy with their own lives and supported other causes. However, as weeks went on, his family, friends and coworkers saw just how serious he was about training and jumped on board.

When he finished another run, he could log onto his everydayhero page and see just how much progress he was making towards his goal. With every mile, every dollar and every new conversation, his Giving Footprint grew and showed just how large his impact on his cause was. And because of the hard work he has put in, Luis is just a few dollars from hitting his $700 fundraising goal.

“I run for fun and to keep my body and brain healthy,” he said, “but I think that all this sweat and pain are worth even more when it’s for a good cause. It’s incredible being able to help Girls for a Change provide resources and support to girls and see them gain the voice, ability and problem-solving capacity to realize their full potential.”

Whether it’s your own child or a friend’s Facebook post that motivates you to start doing some good for a cause, everydayhero has the tools you need to get started. From building houses to running a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, there’s something everyone can do. What are you waiting for? Get started today.

 

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Toyota, Official Vehicle of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, invites you to experience our line-up of vehicles at the Expo and at the finish line on race day.

Want a $10 gift certificate to the Brooks Official Merchandise Store at the Expo?  During Toyota’s Ride & Drive event at the expo, simply test drive one of Toyota’s vehicles to receive one!

Let’s Go Places!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Ride ‘n’ Drive Locations

PORTLAND
Location:
Outside of the Ginkoberry Lobby at the Health & Fitness Expo, Oregon Convention Center, Hall D-E
Hours:
Friday, May 15: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday, May 16: 9am – 5pm

SAN DIEGO
Location: Outside of the Health & Fitness Expo, San Diego Convention Center, Halls B-2C
Hours:
Friday, May 29: 11am – 5pm
Saturday, May 30: 9am – 5pm

 

For more information regarding Toyota makes and models, check out www.Toyota.com.

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Attention Toyota Owners: Looking for a fast way to pick up your bib at the Expo? The first 150 Toyota owners to fill out this form (deadline is 1 week from race day) will be able to avoid the lines and pick up their bib at the Toyota Owners Booth in the registration area!

And for those Toyota Owners who didn’t get those 150 spots above, present your key at the Toyota Owners Booth in the registration area at the Expo to receive a special gift!

Toyota is proud to be the Official Vehicle of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, as well as the Title Sponsor of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series. Let’s Go Places!

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Running for Recovery http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/05/94355/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/05/94355/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 22:48:39 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=94355 Every event brings thousands of participants to our start lines from all walks of life and each individual has a […]

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Every event brings thousands of participants to our start lines from all walks of life and each individual has a different story. We are fortunate enough to not only host events that celebrate the sport, but at times allow for the opportunity to celebrate how this community brings people together. Today’s post comes from Curtis Lobsinger, a runner and supporter of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver charity partner John Volken Academy.

At around twelve years old I started to build my relationship with alcohol. The people I looked up to drank and when drinking seemed to be having the time of their lives. I wanted that experience. It wasn’t long until I was getting drunk at every chance. By grade nine I was a full-blown weekend warrior, getting “pass out” drunk and experimenting with marijuana. Once grade ten hit I started trying stronger drugs. I loved being out of control, not feeling emotions, and the reputation that went along with the life style. Once I tried cocaine and ecstasy I fell in love. I felt powerful, attractive, and unstoppable. I felt I had the world in the palm of my hand and everyone was bowing down to me.

My life was spinning out of control. I lost my grasp of reality and became an addict. I needed to be intoxicated by some sort of substance and could not stand to be in my own skin. One morning after a weekend of partying, I landed myself in the hospital from an overdose. Once stable, I was shipped off to a detox center for a week. This opened my eyes to the recovery world, but I hadn’t had enough hard times yet to fully give it up. My life continuJVA_Curtis Half Marathon2ed on this path for many years. I would use, something horrible would happen, I would detox and sober up for a couple weeks and then use again. I needed to do something and the most rational decision at the time was to jump on a plane and move across the country to Burns Lake, BC.

Life was good for a short while, but quickly I realized the problem didn’t reside were I was living; it resided within me. The same old routine followed. This time I lost my driver’s licence and my truck was impounded. One day after losing my licence a friend and I decided to drink off what had happened. We wanted some cocaine, but he said he was too drunk to drive and pick it up. I didn’t even make it 5 minutes down the road before I crashed his truck. I don’t remember much of the rest of the night but I do remember the next morning.

I woke up in my house all alone feeling defeated. I stumbled downstairs to get a glass of water. It was then I saw a note sitting on the kitchen table. It was a suicide note that I had written to my infant nephew telling him not to end up like his uncle and that I loved him with all my heart. At that moment I told myself that I needed to get help and that I was going to be around to help my nephew through his life struggles. Fast-forward two months. I enrolled myself into a long-term addiction recovery program in Surrey, BC called the John Volken Academy.

Within the academy I discovered who I am in a safe and supportive environment. I also had the opportunity to learn valuable life skills and became an apprentice, completing all my hours in the skilled trade of meat cutting. I also learned healthy ways to exert pent up stress and emotions that would otherwise lead me to using. I became involved in physical fitness and developed a passion for running. From long distance runs to wind sprints, I love the feeling that running gives me. It helps me find the inner calm within myself and allows me to see life in a clear perspective. Since enrolling in the John Volken Academy I have taken place in two 10k races and two half marathons. One day in the near future hope to run my first full marathon. Physical fitness will always be a crucial part or my recovery and life. I am now in the last month of my 24-month treatment program and my graduation date is May 3, 2015. I am looking forward to grabbing life by the horns and living it how it is meant to be, not taking anything for granted, loving as much as possible, and passing on the message that recovery is attainable.

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How does a Rock ‘n’ Roll participant ROCK with Garmin?

  • Own | Owning a GPS device can help you train to improve speed and distance.
  • Understand | In order to get the most our of your training and on race day, understand how your device works.
  • Share | Your Garmin will be with you every step of the way. Share your journey with #GarminRocks to be featured here and for a chance to win prizes!

Still need to find your personal pacer?

Ready to crush your last personal record? Then race smart, by setting up a pacing strategy before the gun goes off. Whether you’re aiming for a qualifying time or just looking to shave a few minutes off your last race, stay on pace with Garmin Forerunner® as your trusted racing partner.
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By Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD

How you refuel for your recovery during marathon and half marathon training can make the difference in the way you feel and perform during your next workout. More than 20 studies support the benefits of recovering with the high-quality protein and nutrients in lowfat chocolate milk after a tough workout.

As a registered dietitian and Team CHOCOLATE MILK expert, here are a few trustworthy tips that are backed by science for proper recovery after all of your training sessions.

  1. After exercise, your body wants an adequate supply of :
    • Protein to reduce muscle breakdown and stimulate growth
    • Carbohydrates to refuel depleted muscle glycogen
    • Fluid and electrolytes to rehydrate the body to replenish what’s lost in sweat
  2. Plan ahead so you can eat well by having the right foods readily available at the right times. You cannot out-train a poor sports diet!
  3. If your training session will exceed 60 to 90 minutes, make sure to consume some fuel during the exercise to help maintain your energy! Popular mid-workout snacks include dried pineapple, (or other dried fruit) gels and electrolyte drinks, and sports performance gummy candy. Experiment during training to learn what works best with your body.
  4. What you eat after you work out is just as important as what you eat beforehand! Having a post-exercise recovery routine can enhance your performance at your next workout session, help reduce the risk of injury and boost your overall well-being as an athlete. Lowfat chocolate milk is a popular and effective recovery food and tastes yummy!
  5. As you know, your muscles get damaged during strenuous training sessions. Drinking lowfat chocolate milk after hard workouts gives your body high-quality protein with all the essential amino acids that have been scientifically shown to help build and repair lean muscle.

To learn more about the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK program, the science behind the recovery benefits of lowfat chocolate milk or access exclusive training tips and videos, log on to builtwithchocolatemilk.com. Follow us on Instagram (@BuiltWithChocolateMilk), like us on Facebook/builtwithchocolatemilk or join the conversation by using the hashtag #Buildit on Twitter @chocolate_milk.

About Sports Dietitian Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD:

Nancy is a Boston-area registered dietitian (RD) and board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) offering sports nutrition counseling to casual exercisers and competitive athletes. She teaches athletes how to have more energy, lose undesired body fat, enjoy a winning sports diet—and feel good about their eating. Her clients have included the spectrum from Olympians and members of the Boston Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics to ordinary mortals—fitness exercisers, student athletes, and weekend warriors—and many Ironman triathletes. Her best-selling Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook is a popular resource.

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Complete the Remix Challenge | Earn up to 3 Medals! http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/04/complete-the-remix-challenge-earn-up-to-3-medals/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/04/complete-the-remix-challenge-earn-up-to-3-medals/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:06:13 +0000 http://runrocknroll.com/?p=93916 Run on Saturday and Sunday to earn up to 3 medals, including the spinning Remix Challenge Medal! Featured Events: Suja […]

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Run on Saturday and Sunday to earn up to 3 medals, including the spinning Remix Challenge Medal!

Featured Events:

Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego | May 29 – 31, 2015

Run the Saturday 5K and choose from one of these events on Sunday (Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay) to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago| July 18 – 19, 2015

Run the 5K on Saturday and choose from one event on Sunday (10K or Half Marathon) to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach | September 5 – 6, 2015

Run the 1 Mile run on Saturday and choose from one event on Sunday (5K, Relay or Half Marathon) to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose| September 26 -27, 2015

Run the 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon or 10K on Sunday to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

MEDAL COMING SOON

Rungevity Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis| October 17 – 18, 2015

Run the 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

MEDAL COMING SOON

Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver | October 24 – 25, 2015

Run the Saturday 5K and the Half Marathon on Sunday to earn the Remix Challenge Medal You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

MEDAL COMING SOON

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah | November 7 – 8, 2015

Choose from one event on Saturday (Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay) and the 5K on Sunday to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

MEDAL COMING SOON

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas| November 13 – 15, 2015

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio | December 5 – 6, 2015

Run the 10K on Saturday and choose from one event on Sunday (Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K) to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

MEDAL COMING SOON

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona | January 16 – January 17, 2016

Run the 5K on Saturday and choose from one event on Sunday (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, or Relay) to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete. REGISTER NOW

MEDAL COMING SOON

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas | March 19 – 20, 2016

Run the 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday to earn the Remix Challenge Medal. You will receive an event specific finisher medal for each Rock ‘n’ Roll event that you complete.

MEDAL COMING SOON

REGISTER NOW

*Note:

If you have already registered for the half marathon, you can still register for each event separately . If you have not registered for an event , you can select the Running Festival Bundle option. The bundle option does not apply to TourPass. If you have TourPass 3-Pack, each day of running will count as one redemption.

Participants can pick up their Remix Challenge Medal at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series booth at the finish line on Sunday and must show their Saturday race bib for proof of completion.

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2014 Spirit on the Course Winners http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/04/2014-spirit-on-the-course-winners/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/04/2014-spirit-on-the-course-winners/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:23:11 +0000 http://runrocknroll.com/?p=93820 Congratulations to our 2014 Spirit on the Course Winners! San Francisco – April 6 1st – El Camino High School […]

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Congratulations to our 2014 Spirit on the Course Winners!

San Francisco – April 6

1st – El Camino High School

2nd – Mt. Eden High School

3rd – Tie: Castlemont High School & Southgate Elementary School

Portland – May 18

1st – Southridge High School

2nd – Evergreen High School

3rd – Sherwood High School Dance

Seattle – June 21

1st – Cleveland High School

2nd – Edmonds Woodway High School

3rd – Bothell High School

Chicago- July 20

1st – Elk Grove

2nd – UIC

Philadelphia- September 21

1st- Landsdale Catholic High School
2nd- J.W. Hallahan HS
3rd- Harrison Sparks Cheerleading

Denver – October 19

1st- George Washington High School-Varsity
2nd- North Denver Titans
3rd- Mountain Vista High School

San Antonio- December 7

1st Place – Boerne HS
2nd Place –East Central HS
3rd Place – Karen Wagner HS

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2013 Spirit On The Course Winners http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/04/2013-spirit-on-the-course-winners/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/04/2013-spirit-on-the-course-winners/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:22:10 +0000 http://runrocknroll.com/?p=93818 Arizona 1st-North High School 2nd-Desert Mt. High School 3rd-Horizon High School Spirit Line San Francisco 1st- El Camino High School […]

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Arizona

1st-North High School

2nd-Desert Mt. High School

3rd-Horizon High School Spirit Line

San Francisco

1st- El Camino High School

2nd- Abraham Lincoln High School

3rd- Castlemont High School

Portland

1st- Sherwood High School Dance

2nd- Lake Oswego High School Cheer

3rd- Milwaukie High School

Seattle

1st- Sammamish High School

2nd- Peninsula High School

3rd- Eastlake High School

Chicago

1st- Roosevelt University

2nd- Elk Grove High School

3rd (tie)- St. Francis de Sales High School & University of Illinois Chicago

Philadelphia

1st- NE Blizzard Cheerleaders

2nd- JW Hallahan

3rd- Interboro High School

Los Angeles

1st – Virgil Middle School

2nd – Belmont High School

3rd – Jefferson High School

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