All American Pasta Party

What do you think of most when it comes to pre-race fueling?  I think of pasta.  Loaded with carbohydrates, just what an endurance athlete needs leading up to a big event.  Do you think pasta first?  I know based on what I have seen, most folks either prepare a pasta meal at home the night before a race, or head to the nearest Italian restaurant.

Many big races offer a pasta meal the night before.  It’s typically advertised on the race website, and is usually something you can pay for during registration, sometimes at the door.  Most pre-race pasta dinners are fairly cheap, too.  I’ve seen them ranging anywhere from $15 to $30.  Most include several choices of pasta, and/or sauce, salad, bread and a variety of desserts.  It’s a really great way to get in the spirit of the particular race you are running, and offers the opportunity to meet other runners.

Pasta dinners will many times also include a guest speaker, telling some kind of inspirational tale of our sport.  While at the pre-race pasta meal at the Blue Ridge Marathon last year, I was lucky enough to hear the inspiring stories of Bart Yasso, Bill Rodgers, and Frank Shorter.  It truly is a great way to get into the race mood and elevate your already heightened race spirit.

The full details for the pre-race pasta dinner for next years All American Marathon and Mike to Mike Half Marathon have not yet been released, but they are offering a chance to win 2 free tickets.  If you follow them on Facebook, all of the details will be there.  Here is a copy of the post from this morning.

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If you are a Twitter fan, be sure to follow them there, as well.  They can be found at @AAMarathon.

If you are a member of the military, a veteran or everyday supporter of our military like me, this is a can’t miss race.  It is truly inspirational to run.  You can score a 10% discount on race registration if you enter code “13AMB2015” in the discount code box at checkout.  Current pricing for the three events are as follows:  Full Marathon $90, Half Marathon $75, 5k $20.  If you are military (Reserve, National Guard, Active Duty or Retired) each event is $5 cheaper.  I hope to see you there, and good luck to those participating in the Facebook contest for 2 free pasta party tickets.  I’ll see you there!

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5 thoughts on “All American Pasta Party

  1. pre race parties are always pretty awesome especially meeting up with our kin;) and if between now and the race… I win a substantial amount I’ll definitely consider being there;) hold thumbs mate hopefully the national lottery will be good to me;)

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