All American Marathon (May 4, 2014)

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I literally just heard about this race for the first time yesterday, and just have to talk about it.  I will do my part from a social media standpoint to get the word out because just from reading about it, I think this race has great potential.  So, May 4, 2014, will be the inaugural race.  The All*American Marathon, Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon, and Marathon relay registration just opened recently, and I plan on signing up for the marathon.

The race begins at 6:30am, in downtown Fayetteville, NC.  From the start at Festival Park, runners will race up Ray Ave. to Hay St., running right through historic downtown Fayetteville.  From there, runners will pass Veteran’s Park and the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.  This is the home of the historic Iron Mike Statue.  Continuing on Morganton through yet another historic district in Fayetteville.  The Haymount District.  Runners will traverse gently rolling hills until reaching the All-American Freeway.  After about four miles, the Full Marathoners will enter Ft. Bragg.  Runners will run past the home of the 82nd Airborne Division and past Pope Airfield.

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The final 16 miles on the marathon course are run on Ft. Bragg, so this is a great opportunity for non-servicemen and women to see this Army base.  Race organizers are expecting a field of 5,000 runners combined for the three races.  I would expect that there will be many servicemen and women from around the US taking part in the races that day.  What a great way to pay tribute to them, support them, and run side by side with them.

I hope it will be a fantastic turn out.  I will surely be there.  I live about 45 minutes away, so it will be an easy drive for me.  I am already looking forward to this inaugural event!

Be sure to follow the race on Twitter.  @AAMarathon

The current price for the marathon is $75, $60 for the Half.  Rates are good through December 31st.  There is a discount for service members.

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Blue Ridge Marathon Contest!!

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Ok folks, this is it!

Previously stated, and a couple of different dates were given, but I have been given the go ahead to hold my contest this week!

So, starting today with this post, my official race entry contest begins, and will run through this Sunday evening at midnight.  I will use a random number generator and choose a winner next Monday, and make an announcement with another blog entry on October 21, 2013.

You will receive one entry for a comment left on this blog post, and a second entry if you get others to follow my blog.  Please make sure to let me know on Twitter @RunningWild1313 if you introduce others to my blog, and have those people reference your name in his/her replies in the comment section on this blog post.  Your comment on my post should include the reason/reasons why you want to win a free entry into this race.

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The Blue Ridge Marathon is an epic event!  It is challenging, and it WILL challenge you to your core.  The event is April 26th, 2014 in Roanoke, Virginia.  It is a beautiful area, with amazing people.  The winner will receive one free race entry, on this date.  If you would like more information, please visit the official race website at http://www.blueridgemarathon.com, and follow them on Twitter at @BRM26pt2.  The website has a lot of great information regarding race specifics, course map, and elevation chart.

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That is me, after completing the event this year.  Happy as a clam, and thrilled with beating this tough course.  The journey was amazing, the views astounding, the race organization top notch.  We would love to have you join us for this event in 2014.  As an official Blue Ridge Marathon Blogger, I will be back again in April of 2014, and ready to better my finish time from this year.

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The very best of luck to all of you!

#runBlueRidge Contest Update

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I recently posted a few times that I would be running a free entry contest this week for the Blue Ridge Marathon.  I am so sorry to say, but I was contacted late last night about a change in the schedule.  My contest has been bumped to the week of December 9th, so that there will not be two contests going on at the same time.

#RunChat on Twitter has a sponsored giveaway for the marathon this week, so we will look at this as a positive, and a way for those interested to become more involved in #RunChat.  Are you on Twitter?  There is a huge community of runners on Twitter, and it is a great way to become more involved.  “Meet” people from all over the globe who have the same interest in running that you do!  It is also a great way to learn more about races all over the world, and let’s face it, there are over a half billion active registered Twitter users.  There are close to 60 million tweets per day.  That’s a lot of people, and tweets!

I joined Twitter a few years ago, mainly just to check it out, and to follow a few hotels in Las Vegas, as I was planning a trip out there back then, and was looking to get insider info on deals, Etc..  Since then, it really just became a runner forum for me.  Kind of a way for me to pacify my thirst for knowledge about my favorite activity -running.  99% of who I follow are runners, and 99% of my followers are runners.  We can trade info on training, racing, etc..  It’s a great way to get information.  I get a lot of world news from Twitter.  You can really use it in many, many ways.  My Twitter handle is @RunningWild1313, so if you are on Twitter, give me a follow, and I will follow you back.  Hey, and if you are on Twitter already, follow the Blue Ridge Marathon, if you don’t already.  They are @BRM26pt2.

#RunChat takes place on Sundays.  It is a Q&A about all things running, that takes place at 10p.m. On the 1st and 3rd Sunday every month, and at 8p.m. ET on the 2nd and 4th Sunday every month.  Join the Chat!  There is normally a sponsor every week, offering a discount or contest for those attending the chat.  There is currently a 20% discount being offered this week by @KTTape on orders placed using discount code RUNCHAT.

I have been informed that #RunChat will be having a giveaway this week for #runBlueRidge, so my contest is being moved.

Again, I am so sorry.  If you have been waiting for my contest post, please hang in there with me, it will all be worthwhile.  Stay tuned, my contest is just being moved to December.  I loved racing the Blue Ridge Marathon this year, and I actually won a blog contest last year for a free entry.  So, someone will win!!  Promise!

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Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Ambassador

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I received some some really cool news yesterday evening.  As most of you know, earlier this year, I ran the inaugural Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate.  You can read my race recap from the event here.  http://wp.me/p3u1nG-ai.  I would like to announce that I have been chosen by iDaph Events to be an official race ambassador for this race in 2014!

Coincidentally, I will be in Asheville this weekend for another Marathon, a different 26.2, and plan on starting up some promotion of this great event at the Biltmore Estate.  Feel free to share this post, as I want to spread the word about this great event far and wide.

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If you run this race, which is run exclusively on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina, you will get views like what you see above and below….

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You will get to experience a gorgeous marathon, filled with beautiful views of what has been deemed “America’s Largest Backyard”.  This event is truly unique, and definitely a bucket list race for marathoners of all levels.

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Registration is open, and ready for you!  Come back to my blog often for more news and information on the race.  I feel privileged to be able to share my experiences from this years race, and get folks excited to run this event in 2014.  Who doesn’t like to have a late Winter Marathon to train for?  It is a great way to shed those holiday pounds!

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Here is my unique finisher medal from the 2013 race.  Join me in 2014!

Thank you iDaph Events!  I am honored, and look forward to our working together.  Check out more on this great event.

events@idaph.net

and follow them on Twitter @iDaphEvents

Blue Ridge Marathon Contest Alert

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I am an official Blogger for the Blue Ridge Marathon which will be held in April of 2014.  We are 228 days from the start of America’s Toughest Road Marathon.  I ran this race this year, and have recapped it here www.http://wp.me/p3u1nG-i.

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If you want to take part in an epic marathon in the beautiful city of Roanoke, Virginia, April 26, 2014 the following information may be very enticing for you!

I will be holding a contest on my blog the week of October 7th, 2013.  Official rules on how to enter will come later, but I just wanted to make you aware that you can win an entry into this amazing running event.  If you don’t want to wait, you can always visit the official race website and enter today.  www.blueridgemarathon.com. The Full Marathon is limited to the first lucky 750 entrants.  I was one of the lucky one’s this year, and had the most memorable time!

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So, if you are in the least bit intrigued, I urge you to visit the Blue Ridge Marathon website for details on the race.  Join me and a bunch of other running friends and the entire community that comes out to support this great event in Roanoke.  Your journey to the marathon finish will be one that you won’t soon forget.  The mountains, the views, the challenge!  Feel free to share my blog with others that you think may be interested, as well.  You can also follow me on Twitter, at @RunningWild1313.

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Remember:  Contest rules upcoming…. One lucky winner will receive a free entry into the race!  Watch my blog for additional details, contest begins October 7, 2013.