Chance to Win: Run Ugly Fitathlon + How This Race Came To Be

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Chance to Win Entry to Run Ugly Fithalon!

When: Sunday, April 21, 2013  @ 9:30 a.m.
What: 2 miles total running/walking with 8 fitness challenges.
Where: 8999 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Denver, CO, 80238

Easy Entry!

 1. Like Catch Carri on Facebook 

 2. Email carri@catchcarri.com and send along your ”Ugliest” running picture along with a caption.

OR

**A winner will also be entered to win a  running shirt designed by the founder of the race.  It has pockets and headphone loops along with moisture wicking material. And, it’s made in the USA! 

Chance to Win: Run Ugly Fitathlon + How This Race Came To Be

Chance to Win: Run Ugly Fitathlon + How This Race Came To Be

 “It won’t be pretty…but, it will be fun.” That’s the motto behind the Run Ugly Fitathlon. The Run what? This is a race for anyone of any fitness level. It begins with a 1 mile run followed by 8 fitness stations, and then finishes with another 1 mile run. Which means you won’t be bored! 

Proceeds go towards research and raising awareness about melanoma. Jessica Linney founded the event after she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma at age 28. “At the time, I was a single mother of a five-year-old daughter trying to get through the extremely competitive and difficult program to be a nurse anesthetist,” says Jessica. “I was fortunate that I had surgical removal of my tumor and lymph nodes and the disease had not spread. I had always been athletic, but I turned to running as a way of dealing with the stress.”

Linney decided to harness her love of running to help raise money and awareness for melanoma. I chatted with Linney to get the scoop. 

Jessica Linney created run Ugly Fitathlon to harness love of running & to raise money and awareness for melanoma.

Jessica Linney created run Ugly Fitathlon to harness love of running & to raise money and awareness for melanoma.

Carri: Tell us more about the event. 

Jessica: This year we are changing up the stations, adding new ones- there is always the option to not do a specific station if it is too difficult for a person who may have injuries. The basic premise is that it is a race for children to adults, no matter your physical shape. We had ages from 5-70 last year, and it was a blast.

There will be a free skin-screening booth manned by the University of Colorado dermatologists again this year, and I will be adding a survivor tent, as well. This provides a place for those who have lost loved ones and those who have survived their fight to be honored.

Carri: What is the significance behind the name Run Ugly Fitathlon? 

Jessica: I was running my first Leadville 50 in 2011, and I looked around about five miles into the race. I was out of breath, the elevation kicking my butt, and I was in good company. Unlike the runners I see on magazines, those around me were a motley crew of runners, all shapes and sizes. We had one very essential thing in common, we were doing it, no matter how ugly it looked. So during the race, I had roughly twelve hours to think about it, I decided to create a shirt that celebrated “Running Ugly.”

For every shirt I sold last year, I donated 1$ to benefit the Jack Marston II melanoma fund.

The “Run Ugly” is my motto because no matter what you are going through, what you look like, how you feel…just get out there and do it!

I wanted to take it a step further, so last year I decided to create a race that combined running, obstacles, Ugly costumes, and raising recognition for melanoma, an extremely deadly disease. I called it the Run Ugly Fitathlon because it was in the format of a decathlon.

Carri: What do you most love about Colorado? 

Alyssa: I love Colorado because of its raw beauty and ruggedness. I feel there is no place else in the country that I could run a race in the morning and then ski that afternoon. The culture of making every moment count is what really inspired me to start a company and a race to benefit a disease that is a growing problem in this state and country.

Carri: Where do proceeds benefit? 

Jessica: This year the proceeds from my race will benefit the University of Colorado Cancer Research. I now have had melanoma three times. The last removed March 7th, 2013. Colorado has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the country because of the outdoor lifestyle and altitude.

Carri: What is something readers would be surprised to learn about you? 

Well that’s a tough one. In my spare time, I coach volleyball for my daughter who is in middle school and I am finishing up my first novel. I like to keep busy.

Want to participate and support “Run Ugly?”

Visit: www.uglysports.com

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Denver’s Mustache Dache 5K Is About More than Fun And Follicles

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Denver's Mustache Denver Is About More than Fun And Follicles

Denver’s Mustache Dache Is About More than Fun And Follicles

Win an entry to the Mustache Dache! 5k starts at 9 a.m. at Stapleton Park 11/23

Easy Entry!

1. Like Catch Carri on FaceBook

2. Email carri@catchcarri.com and tell her why you love to run!

One thing we know about November– it’s a viral month where scruff is certain. “No Shave November”  has definitely caught on, and most of the time it’s all for a good cause. Events like Denver’s Mustache Dache 5k further kick  Movember into action by raising money for men’s health awareness, cancer research and prevention.

The Mustache Dache encourages men to rock their stache and come run, whether they be handlebars, flavor-savers or fu-manchus. For the ladies- face painters will be on site or you can shop online.

The $40 entry fee includes a shirt, mustache shaped finisher’s medal and after party complete with food trucks, drinks, photo booth and costume contest for most creative ”best mustache.”

Making (mustache) moves: Since 2003, Movember participants have raised over $444 thousand dollars for the cause, funding 550 programs globally, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries.

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Tap ‘N’ Run Combines Drinking & Running

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Tap 'N' Run Comes To Denver

Tap ‘N’ Run Comes To Denver

The Adventure Race Season is here! Catch Carri will be will be giving away a pair of entires to Tap ‘N’ Run 

Easy Entry!

1. Like Catch Carri on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CatchCarri

2. Email carri@catchcarri.com with your name and tell her your favorite type of beer!  (Emails kept private and are used so we can notify the winners).

Before you assume beer chugging and running don’t pair well together, let me introduce you the Tap ‘N’ Run. The race, coming to Denver for the first time on Saturday, August 24, will bring added energy to Denver.  Racers, dressed in outrageous costumes, will have plenty of rest along the 2.4 mile course, stopping to hydrate with hops at “chug stations.” When it comes to the finish, you better sprint because a full beer is waiting at the after party. If you come dressed with the Best Mustache or Best Belcher- you may also win a prize!

“The allure of the event, some say, is the uniqueness of being able to drink mid-run. Other races have beer at the end, but Tap ‘N’ Run provides it right along the race route,” said Matt Roberts, JAM Active Executive Director.  “It’s a ridiculously good time with friends, family, costumes, teams and of course, beer.”

A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the local charity, Dolls for Daughters.

For more information about Tap ‘N’ Run Denver, including course map, packet pick-up, after parties and rules, visit www.tapnrun.com

Tap 'N' Run Comes To Denver

Tap ‘N’ Run Comes To Denver

 

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The Oyster Race Combines Athleticism and Intelligence

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Oyster The Race will be taking taking over the streets of Denver on August 24. Think of it as mix of the amazing race tripled with outrageous challenges, bike riding and running. Teams between three and six people will cover 10-30 miles criss-crossing the town using clues to search for the next ridiculously fun obstacle. The race unfolds one leg at a time. Participants take off at the starting area and are given a passport explaining the task at hand and instructions. Once a passport is completed the next one is handed out. Although the exact course is a tightly guarded secret until race day, past legs have included scavenger hunts around the city, devouring mystery food, beer pong and more, in addition to running, biking, paddling, and climbing. The race, born in Denver, was created by a competitive triathlete who was looking to pump up excitement in races.

There is also a half course option that covers between 10 to 15 miles for those dipping into the adventure race science slowly. The race begins at 8 a.m., with the Half Course option starting at 9 a.m. The registration cost is $100 for the full course and $85 for the half course.

The race beneifts Make-A-Wish of Colorado, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. “Make-A-Wish Colorado is celebrating 30 years of granting wishes this year and it could not have been possible without community support and events such as the Oyster,” said Patti Forsythe, director of events/promotions for Make-A-Wish Colorado. “We are grateful to have had their event expertise, enthusiasm and partnership for five years running. The Oyster is rapidly becoming one of the chapter’s most popular events.”

Your chance to win a free entry! 

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Rave Run Storm’s Denver’s City Park

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Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

We never did cross the finish line at the Rave Run. But it wasn’t for lack of trying. The race experienced such an insane turnout the finish chute was clogged with runners wearing flashing lights and neon colors of every shade. No doubt- the race was a hit for people of all ages. The 3.1 mile nocturnal wonderland, decorated with sparking lights, kept racers jamming with electronic music rocking through the entire course.  If you could squeeze past crowds- the afterparty seemed to be jamming! If you love a festive atmosphere, dressing up and running with energetic people- you will want to check out this race.

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

Rave Run, Denver

 

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