Rock 'n' Roll http://www.runrocknroll.com Just another Rock 'n' Roll site Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:12:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 5 Places to Visit While in Savannah! http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/09/5-places-to-visit-while-in-savannah/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/09/5-places-to-visit-while-in-savannah/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:00:58 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=95472 Today’s post about the top 5 places you must visit in Savannah is brought to you by Meghan; member of […]

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Today’s post about the top 5 places you must visit in Savannah is brought to you by Meghan; member of Rock ‘n’ Blog and author of Meghan on the Move.

When I ran the very first Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah half marathon back in 2010 I did it for two reasons – I wanted to prove I could run a half marathon again (I’d run my first 8 month prior) and because I LOVE Savannah. So I was super excited when I was asked to share my top 5 places to visit in Savannah! Whether you are in town for the race, the weekend, or longer these are some places that you should definitely check out during your visit.

Back in the Day Bakery
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Back in the Day Bakery is my all time favorite bakery. This tiny slice of heaven is run by Cheryl and Griff Day. Not only are they amazing in the kitchen, they are also super nice people. You may recognize Cheryl from the numerous times she’s been on the Food Network with her buddy Paula Dean. At Back in the Day you can grab a sandwich for lunch and follow it up with one of their amazing sweet treats. This spot is first on my list because it is really the first place you should go!

 

Helpful Hint: Back in the Day is closed on Sundays & Mondays.

 

Leopold’s Ice Cream
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Leopold’s Ice Cream has been around for over 96 years and is a Savannah staple. They have some amazing handmade ice cream flavors and killer sundae’s. Stratton Leopold, the current owner, is an active member of the Hollywood motion picture community, serving as a Producer on films such as Mission Impossible 3, The Sum of All Fears, The General’s Daughter and Parker.  Stratton has worked on many other blockbuster hits during his career in the film industry including The Big Chill and John Carpenter’s They Live.  Props and posters from these films can be found in the shop today. Cool huh? So definitely stop in for some ice cream while you are in town. You’ll have just run 13.1 (or more) miles, so you’ll deserve it!

 

Broughton Street

After you are done filling your belly full of ice cream at Leopold’s, stick around and check out the rest of Broughton Street. Broughton Street is full of shopping and fun things to do. Make sure to stop by Paris Market, one of my favorite stores in Savannah. It is undoubtedly one of the coolest places to shop in Savannah. Savannah Bee Company is just across the street and a place you don’t want to miss. Its amazing how many tiny bottle of honey you can fit in your suitcase.

Clary’s Cafe

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Clary’s Cafe is so so yummy AND you can walk there from the end of the race. Its about a mile from Forsyth Park, but totally worth the extra mileage. Clary’s Cafe is a Savannah tradition, beloved by locals as well as visitors. It was made famous by John Berendt’s bestselling book and the movie adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Clary’s used to be a drugstore and has quite the eclectic collection of art covering the walls. Come hungry because you will get a TON of food (which is why its a good post-race stop), but also bring your patience as Clary’s tends to get VERY busy on the weekends.

 

Helpful hint: Seating at the counter is first come first served, so if you are alone or just with one other person that is the way to go. After my first Rock ‘n’ Roll race I was able to walk in and sit right down at the counter.

 

Forsyth Park
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Forsyth Park is a great addition to this list because it is where the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah marathon and 1/2 marathon end. How convenient is that?? Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. The Park covers 30 acres of land just south of Gaston Street and north of Park Avenue. What can I say, it’s just a beautiful place. It’s surrounded by historic homes and is home to the famous fountain. If you are there at just the right time you are bound to see a marriage proposal or wedding photos. It’s a good excuse to stretch your legs after the race.

 

So there ya have it, my top 5 places to visit in Savannah. Even if you will just be in town for the weekend of the race you’ll still have plenty of time to check a few of these off your list. Which one would you want to check out first?

 

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah – Let’s Eat Y’all! http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/09/rock-n-roll-savannah-lets-eat-yall/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/09/rock-n-roll-savannah-lets-eat-yall/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:00:08 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=95462 Today’s post about all the scrumptious eats in Savannah is brought to you by Anna-Marie; member of Rock ‘n’ Blog […]

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Today’s post about all the scrumptious eats in Savannah is brought to you by Anna-Marie; member of Rock ‘n’ Blog and author of Beauty and the Beets.

Who’s running Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah? Where are y’all planning on eating? My very first time running the event my fiancée and I did what every other runner did – show up at Lady and Sons the night after the marathon and we stood in line like everybody else – even though we ALL had reservations. The next morning we headed down to River Street and found ourselves waiting for almost three hours for a table for breakfast, with all the other runners. 15,000 of us all had the same dining plans for the weekend.
But don’t you worry! I’ve got you covered- here are 5 hot spots away from the general tourist spots area worth the visit- before or after the race.
1. Foxy Loxy Cafe | 1919 Bull Street Savannah, GA

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A great spot for the morning after the race. Or the morning before. Cinnamon Rolls, Muffins, Huevos Rancheros Quiche, Black Bean Soup and Horchata. What’s that you say? Black bean soup and pastries? Yes my friend, a little something for everyone. The Huevos Rancheros Quiche is amazing. Amazing.

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And don’t forget to pick up a Kolache, a Czech pastry traditionally filled with sausage, cheese or fruit. They are fresh, warm and you just ran a marathon, don’t you deserve a pastry?

2. Green Truck Pub | 2430 Habersham Street Savannah, GA
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If you choose not to splurge on a pastry, how about a burger? Many locals will argue the burgers at Green Truck Pub are the best in town. While I can’t vouch for the meat burgers, I can vouch for the veggie burger. Seriously. None of those frozen flat cardboard mass-produced burgers here – just a big, moist and super-healthy patty with veggies and beans. If a veggie burger is just too healthy for you, order it with a layer of pimento cheese. How very Southern of you.

3. Leopold’s Ice Cream | 212 E. Broughton Street Savannah, GA
OK- if you insist on staying downtown, then you must give this old-fashioned ice cream parlor a try. The homemade ice cream here takes the cake…er cone here but since you can’t have dessert before dinner you’ll have to eat a sandwich first. How about something simple like a cream cheese and olive sandwich or the always popular ham and cheese? Then you can have ice cream. I hope they are serving the lavender flavor during race weekend.

4. Your Pie | 7360 Skidaway Road Savannah, GA

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Have you ever tried pecans on your pizza? You southern your pie up here at Your Pie. Think Chipotle but for pizza. You choose your crust and sauce and move down an assembly line of toppings like peaches, pecans and blue cheese before your pizza is baked in a hot brick oven. Of course, you can also go normal and order pepperoni, onions and mozzarella. The creativity and possibilities are endless.

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And save room for the bacon gelato. Or the Butterfinger gelato. Any of the gelato. There is also a second location downtown for you non-wanderers.

5. Georgia Peach World | 1834 GA Hwy 99, Townsend, GA

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Ok – this is not in Savannah. BUT, if you are driving from the south you must stop here and get a peach slushy. This is not optional. You will never have anything more Georgia peach-ish better ever in your life.

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So listen- you guys enjoy Savannah and enjoy the race! Enjoy all the wonderful food and hospitality the city offers – Savannah is a wonderful foodie town. Run big y’all and I will be the one chugging peach slushies and sweet tea during the race. See you there!

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Top 5 Tours in Savannah http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/09/top-5-tours-in-savannah/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/09/top-5-tours-in-savannah/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:00:34 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=95458 Today’s post about top walking tours in sweet Southern Savannah is brought to you by Dani; member of Rock ‘n’ […]

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Today’s post about top walking tours in sweet Southern Savannah is brought to you by Dani; member of Rock ‘n’ Blog and author of Weight Off My Shoulders.

While the number one reason we are heading to Savannah is for the beer bling races, we need to keep the legs loose. What better way than by taking a tour of the historic city, right?

I first visited Savannah back in 2012 when I tackled the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah marathon and had an absolute blast. We tried to squeeze as much Southern fun in a three-day span as possible. All while hobbling around in head-to-toe compression gear of course. J

Now the amount of tours offered in Savannah seems endless and overwhelming so I wanted to share my Top Five (based on personal experience and other racers’ input):

1) The Old Town Trolley Tour

First off our guide’s name was Hollywood. If you can’t see how awesome this tour is going to be just from that I don’t know what to tell you.

Even though we’d seen much of the city between walking around, the race and other tours, the trolley tour offered entertaining stories and fun historic tidbits.

Did you know Savannah is known for the 3 Ps: Pecans, Praline and Paula Deen? J

Technically the tour was one of those hop-on hop-off deals, but we had decided to just take it around one full circle: 1) because I had no desire to walk/wait for the next bus and 2) our guide was great and we didn’t want to run the risk of getting on a different trolley and having a dud guide. :P

How Hollywood managed the Trolley around such tiny corners and down a tight steep cobblestone decline without hitting anyone or tipping it over is still a mystery to me.

2) Tara Haunted Tours

We made a reservation for an 8pm tour the night of the marathon. Yes folks you read that right, we are the people that ran that morning and signed up for a walking tour for the same night. Funny enough, we weren’t the only racers in the group that night. :)

Tara Haunted Tours is a walking ghost tour around historic Savannah entitled “Boos and Brews.” You guessed it: you get to carry a beer while you walked around hearing about ghosts. So there were ghosts for the wife and beer for me/my dad.

The tour started at McDonough’s Bar, stopped at three local watering holes during the tour and finished the 2-hour tour at Moon River Brewing Company.

I don’t like ghosts, but it ended up being a fantastic tour. For me it was cool hearing more about the local lore, while my wife took the tour trying to catch a possible glimpse of a ghost. Did she? You’d have to try it yourself to know for sure.

3) Savannah Slow Ride

I cannot wait to try the Savannah Slow Ride in November! I have seen a ton of these group bike rides during my race-cations around the country and I am ready to take part!

Slow Ride is the original, 100% pedal powered, eco-friendly way to see Savannah. They offer a 2-hour, 15-person bike tour. If you have a smaller group, you can mix-n-match with other smaller groups. There are a variety of tours, but I have my eye set on the “Slow Ride Pub Crawl” post-race.

The Pub Crawl bike tour is a 2-hour tour of Savannah’s classic watering holes and historic local bar scene. Participants can bring a to-go cup back on the bike, receive discounts from pub to pub and enjoy an adult beverage while pedaling to the next destination. A trained and licensed driver will assure your safe travels.

Who is up for joining me for this?

4) Savannah Taste Experience

A runner has to eat, right? What better way to carb-load or celebrate a great race than by sampling delicious Southern food, while strolling through the gardens and historic, cultural landmarks of the squares of Savannah?

Savannah Taste Experience food tours, which are suitable for all ages and fitness levels, will open your palate through bites and tastings at distinctive restaurants, extraordinary specialty food stores, and other notable eateries while providing a local’s perspective on some culture, history and architecture of Savannah.

There are two 3-hour walking tours offered:

  • First Squares Food: A delicious, fun tasting tour of restaurants and eateries of Historic Downtown Savannah. Food tastings are included in the ticket price and is enough food for lunch. Perfect for a first-time visitor to Savannah.
  • Famous & Secret East Side Food: An exclusive off-the-beaten path food tour of Savannah’s quiet east side. Food tastings are included in the ticket price and is enough food for lunch.

Be sure to bring your stretchy pants on this one!

5) Dash Tours

Looking for a sightseeing tour with history, amazing photo ops and round trip transportation? Dash Tours is your answer.

Southern Hospitality is the norm for us… that is why we provide door-to-door service where and when available. Our climate-controlled shuttle bus is handicapped accessible, pet friendly, has great views and is comfortably appointed. We offer complimentary bottled water, bug spray when needed and umbrellas if it happens to rain.

This 2-hour walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery is dedicated to personalizing the history of Savannah. Dash Tours shares the lives of those who lived there before, including Academy Award winning songwriter Johnny Mercer, the tragic tales of poet Conrad Aiken and Gracie Watson, and many more.

So whether you are looking to sample some brews, cuisines, history or gardens, take my advice: sign up for a guided tour and let the locals show you the way. You just might learn a thing or two.

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5 Reasons VIP rocks in Savannah! http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/08/5-reasons-vip-rocks-in-savannah/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/08/5-reasons-vip-rocks-in-savannah/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:00:42 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=95450 Today’s post about the VIP treatment at Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah is brilliantly brought to you by Amy; member of […]

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Today’s post about the VIP treatment at Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah is brilliantly brought to you by Amy; member of Rock ‘n’ Blog and author of Mom’s Magic Miles!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I know – Savannah is way South. But it’s November and it still gets cold, y’all. At least it felt really cold to this Southern girl. VIP’s get access to a hospitality lounge in a host hotel. I was really grateful to have a place to park it INSIDE until it was time to head to the start line. We also had a dedicated bathroom. Okay, so the chicks still had a line because women + bathroom + compression gear = line, but it was nothing like the porta-potty lines outside!

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Breakfast Is Served

Since this was a destination race for me, I was sleeping in a hotel. I completely forgot to bring anything with me to eat on race morning. I was going to have to subsist on room coffee and a Snickers bar. Then I walked into the VIP lounge where lights were shining, harps were playing and angels were singing. Not really. But there were bagels, bread, fruit and more coffee, so it was kind of the same thing.

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Check Yo’Self

Actually, I did NOT have to check my gear myself. In that magical VIP lounge was a friendly staff person willing to take my gear bag for me. Someone transported it on a truck to the race finish and I retrieved it – inside the private VIP area, with no line whatsoever. No lines is a very big thing for me. Which brings us to….

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Potty Like A Rock Star

I think this *may* have been my favorite part of VIP. Within the VIP area was a line of porta potties, just waiting for me. NO LINES. It made my heart happy. I had just busted out a PR but when I cooled down I was cold again. I wanted my jeans on. I wanted fresh socks. And I wanted to leisurely put them on. Yes, it was still a porta potty, but there was an attendant on hand to make sure they were well-supplied and clean. There was a table outside with an actual hand washing station and feminine supplies for sisters in need. And no line. Have I mentioned that? I could take my time getting changed because I knew there were not 50 people waiting to bust down that door.

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This Ain’t Your Mama’s Race Food

Did I say that the private bathrooms was my favorite part? Hmm…. It’s a toss up between that and the food tent. The selection of food was AMAZING. Warm and cold sandwiches, salads, fruit, pasta, dessert – I have never eaten so well after a race. The flexibility of the VIP area made this a luxury I could take advantage of to the fullest. Did I mention that I hit a PR at this race? After that effort, I wanted something simple and light. I got a protein bar and a mimosa. Don’t judge – I was celebrating. But my stomach couldn’t really take anything else at that moment. I wandered out to hear the incredible Phillip Phillips perform in the park. After the concert the runger set in and I was ready to take whatever the VIP tent had to offer me. I wandered back in and loaded up, content.

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I also experienced VIP access during the Country Music Marathon weekend in Nashville this year and I can tell you I am now spoiled. VIP is THE way to go! I’ll be availing myself of its magical properties again this November – after I hit that new PR!

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Brooks Running Company Extends Partnership with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Through 2020 http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/08/brooks-running-company-extends-partnership-with-rock-n-roll-marathon-series-through-2020/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2015/08/brooks-running-company-extends-partnership-with-rock-n-roll-marathon-series-through-2020/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:29:57 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=95325 The No. 1 specialty running brand extends its sponsorship of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series for five years Brooks […]

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  • The No. 1 specialty running brand extends its sponsorship of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series for five years
  • Brooks will create an official line of Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series footwear and apparel
  • Official footwear and apparel agreement includes presenting sponsorship of all Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K events
  • At today’s opening of the Outdoor Retailer show, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and Brooks Running Company announced a sponsorship extension through 2020. The continued partnership, which began in 2010, designates Brooks as the official running footwear, apparel and sports bra of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Brooks will become presenting sponsor of all Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K events and also create an official Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series footwear and apparel line.

    “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, a race series that perfectly aligns with Brooks Running Company’s purpose to inspire everyone to run and be active,” said Dan Sheridan, Brooks’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America. “We want to continue to connect with runners in meaningful ways and celebrate the power of the run in their lives. Our collaborative partnership with Competitor Group gives us a great platform to do just that.”

    The renewed agreement underlines Brooks’ mission to be the No. 1 choice for runners worldwide by partnering with the world’s largest running series to reach new audiences and expand awareness of its performance running footwear and apparel. Brooks will participate in a number of innovative marketing programs, including growing a presence through Rock ‘n’ Roll’s expanding digital platform, as well as a variety of promotional, branding and hospitality components. The deal also includes an annual integrated media campaign through Competitor Group’s two running titles, Competitor and Women’s Running.

    “I have worked with Brooks for more than 20 years and understand the commitment they have to runners and passion for growing the sport of running,” said John Smith, SVP of National Sales for CGI. “Their creative support will help continue to take our events to even greater levels of success with innovative campaigns encompassing social media, retail activations and race weekend experiences at Rock ‘n’ Roll destinations across the country.”

    The long-standing partnership between two of the running industry’s most well-known brands has brought to life memorable runner experiences at race expos across the country, including Brooks’ Run Happy Island, a running-inspired, island tropic experience, and the Run Happy Cavalcade of Curiosities.

    More than 600,000 professional and amateur athletes from all over the world will participate in a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event in 2015, which has expanded to 30 markets worldwide. Last year the series introduced the popular “Remix Challenge,” offering an extended weekend of running with 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon distances to engage runners of all abilities. The musically-themed races have spearheaded an active lifestyle movement that provides unique entertainment for people from all walks of life.

    For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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    6 Tips for Cool Summer Runs http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/06/6-tips-for-cool-summer-runs/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/06/6-tips-for-cool-summer-runs/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:24:44 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=94803 The summer is a wondrous time in which to run, train, and simply enjoy exercising outdoors. But make sure you […]

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    The summer is a wondrous time in which to run, train, and simply enjoy exercising outdoors. But make sure you pay heed to the following tips when you’re getting ready to head outside into the summer heat.

    There’s something about summer that gets many of us out of our rocking chairs and into our running shoes. Whether it’s the green, lush landscape or the sense that the whole region is flush with life, running in the summer is quite enjoyable. That said, the summer can be a time of oppressive heat, and without taking proper precautions it can actually be quite dangerous to run during the heat of the day. The following are some key tips to keeping cool and safe during your next summer run:

    • Run in the morning: The coolest part of the day is often right around dawn, so gear up and hit the road for a quick early morning run. You’ll feel great all day, the temps are often up to thirty degrees cooler in the morning than in the early afternoon, and you will enjoy a less intense sun.
    • Dress appropriately: Lightweight, loose fitting clothing in light colors will help keep you from overheating. Moisture wicking clothing that is specifically designed for running is engineered to remain comfortable and breathable – even on hot days.
    • Hydrate: There is no replacement for hydration. If all else fails, consuming sufficient water prior to, during, and after a run is the most critical piece of advice for staying cool this summer. Drink appropriately before your run, and then consume at least 6-8 ounces of water every twenty minutes of active running. You can increase this amount if you still feel thirsty.
    • Keep your head appropriately covered: Hats offer terrific protection from the sun, but a tightly-fitted hat may prevent heat from escaping from your head. The head radiates a lot of heat, so either wear a loosely-fitted hat or one with a mesh top.
    • Slow down: There is no glory in ending up in the hospital due to overexertion. On hotter days, lessen your pace and run at 80% of your normal speed. Don’t worry about the impact of running off your normal pace – this is what any seasoned runner would do when faced with a hot day.
    • Know when to say when: There are times when it is too hot – even in the early mornings, to run safely. There are regions of the country where it can remain in the high 90s and low 100s – even during the early mornings. Avoid running on days that see temperature peaks and make up those runs on milder days. This is especially important if you have any health concerns that make you more susceptible when heat is related.

    The tips above are a great place to start in helping you manage the additional strains of running in the summer heat. There is no replacement for preparation here – from hydration to picking the ideal time to run, to proper clothing choices and setting your pace slower, you’ll need to think ahead when the mercury rises. But don’t fear, with the proper precautions in place and a focus on appropriate dress and hydration, you’ll be out enjoying a safe summer run in no time.

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    Fuller House Star Andrea Barber Talks Running http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/06/fuller-house-star-andrea-barber-talks-running/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/06/fuller-house-star-andrea-barber-talks-running/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 02:54:34 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=94755 BY SHAYNE MCCOY Andrea Barber was one of many runners who participated in the #WhyRunningRocks National Running Day campaign. The […]

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    BY SHAYNE MCCOY

    Andrea Barber was one of many runners who participated in the #WhyRunningRocks National Running Day campaign.

    The Tanners couldn’t get rid of famously ditzy Kimmy Gibbler. Andrea Barber, the actress and runner who plays Kimmy, will be making her way back into your living room with Netflix’s new Fuller House, a spin-off of the 90s hit Full House, set to air spring 2016. John Stamos, who played Jesse Katsopolis on the original show, broke the news to Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year. Andrea, who currently lives in Los Angeles, recently completed the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon on May 31. Rock ‘n’ Roll staff caught up with the runner and talked about what the highly anticipated “fuller house” will look like and why running rocks for the avid Rock ‘n’ Roller.

    The runner…

    With 26 half marathons and 3 full marathons under her belt, it’s no surprise that Andrea’s favorite activity results in stinky socks. As Michelle Tanner would say when Kimmy slowly removed her own sock, “Not the sock! Run for it!” While she has stayed close with her Full House cast, Andrea has also been busy flying across the country to participate in running events with her We Run Social family, “a crew with the sole purpose of running all the miles and winning life on the interwebs.” Last year, Andrea was one of the few crazy runners that challenged herself to running two half marathons in the same day: The Avengers Half Marathon in Anaheim, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on The Strip at night, equaling a full marathon.

    Fun fact: Andrea says that whenever she arrives somewhere to run a race, she’ll text a friend and say, “I’m here for the weekend!” to play off one of her favorite lines from the show.

    Why running rocks: “It knocks Gibbler’s socks off.”

    Favorite race: “I love the Vegas race—the energy there is unparalleled. It’s my favorite.”

     The actress

    While running is an important aspect of her life, Andrea is excited to be filming episodes of Fuller House with her “first” family. The show will be centered around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy. Similar to Danny Tanner recruiting his best friends to raise three girls in Full House, D.J. is a widowed single mom raising three boys and needs help. Since Andrea, Candace and Jodie are friends in real life, “There will be great female energy, it’s about relationships between sisters and best friends,” she says. The first episode will be a big reunion, and she’s hoping everyone will be on board. Other cast members will slowly be signing on doing cameos based on their availability throughout the season. You’ll have wait until next year to see if Kimmy’s feet still stink—hopefully she’s remedied that foot problem in the last 20 years!

    Fun fact: Andrea revealed that Kimmy will also play mom to feisty teenager, Ramona (Perhaps this is payback?), who will be living under the same roof.

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    ROCK RUN RECYCLE | Run Clean, Run Green in San Diego! http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/05/rock-run-recycle-run-clean-run-green-in-san-diego/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/rock-blog/2015/05/rock-run-recycle-run-clean-run-green-in-san-diego/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 22:41:07 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=94661 You’ve trained, you’ve prepped, you’ve packed your luggage. You’ve even taken the obligatory #flatrunner selfies of your race-day gear. But […]

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    You’ve trained, you’ve prepped, you’ve packed your luggage. You’ve even taken the obligatory #flatrunner selfies of your race-day gear. But wait, there’s one more way you can prepare for the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon:

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    A green runner makes her ATRS donation at the #RnRDAL expo

    American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) is a proud sponsor of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Their dedicated team attends 7 Rock ‘n’ Roll races across the country each year. At these races they offer convenient recycling of unwanted running gear, including clothes and shoes, at the two-day Expo (RnRSD Booth #112). Then on race day, their team runs the first 5 miles of the course to pick up and recycle all dropped warmup gear. But there’s exciting news for runners who love to ROCK RUN RECYCLE: they are debuting a new opportunity to donate!

    It all comes down to the finish line, once you’ve had miles of scenic San Diego streets to give your shoes some great wear & tear. After a marathon, even the best-quality running shoes can be too used to re-train in. Plus let’s face it: you just bought a new pair from Brooks at the Expo to wear for your next race! So what’s a green runner to do with the old pair?

    ATRS has the solution, and it requires just two simple steps:

    1) Ask a friend, family member or other sideline supporter to meet you at the finish line with a spare pair of shoes (or go barefoot if that’s your thing!).

    2) Toss your old pair in the finish line recycling cart, marked with our signature blue & white “ROCK RUN RECYCLE” banner.

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    Team ATRS clears dropped warmup gear from the #RnRAZ course

    Right about now, you might be wondering: “But who wants my stinky, worn-down running shoes?” The answer is a lot of people! Although your running shoes may no longer offer the support and cushion a runner needs, they still have value. They could be resold in the growing secondhand clothing market to a low-income family who can’t afford brand-new footwear, or distributed as part of a disaster relief program to victims of floods or earthquakes. If they’re really in poor condition, we can break them down and recycle their individual parts. There are so many opportunities for a second life instead of letting them gather dust in your closet or take up space in a landfill!

    Not only do your donations at the Expo & Race Day help keep San Diego clean & green, they also support a local charitable organization. Their nonprofit partners at Giving Children Hope (GCH) receive funding from ATRS for every pound of donated textiles at RnRSD. GCH uses these funds to support a variety of local and international assistance, including their We’ve Got Your Back program that distributes over 1,500 backpacks of nutritional food each week to homeless students in Orange County.

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    GCH volunteers pose in front of the nutritional backpacks they helped pack

    One small action on your part can mean the world to an individual or family that relies on GCH. To learn more about where your discarded gear goes and how ATRS supports its charitable partners, visit www.atrscorp.com/faq. Share your marathon experience with us on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @ATRSrecycling or by using hashtag #RunRockRecycle. We’ll see you on race day!

     

     

     

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    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 Rock ‘n’ Roll Ride & Drive http://www.runrocknroll.com/promotion/2015/05/toyota-rock-n-roll-ride-n-drive/ http://www.runrocknroll.com/promotion/2015/05/toyota-rock-n-roll-ride-n-drive/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 20:34:21 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=94416 Toyota, Official Vehicle of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, invites you to experience our line-up of vehicles at the […]

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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!

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    Rock ‘n’ Roll Ride & Drive Locations

    Virginia Beach
    Location: Outside of the Health & Fitness Expo, Virginia Beach Convention Center, Halls A-D
    Hours:
    Friday, September 4th, 1pm – 7pm
    Saturday, September 5th, 10am – 5pm

    San Jose
    Location: Outside of the Health & Fitness Expo, San Jose McEnery Convention Center at the Almaden St. entrance
    Hours:
    Friday, September 25th, 1pm – 6pm
    Saturday, September 26th, 9am – 5pm

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

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