F-Ya! Friday: Fundraising Update

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HOLY CRAP! May the 4th was AWESOME!

Let me just take a moment say THANK YOU and WOW!!!! This week has been AMAZING for the 3 COR Warriors Virtual Run!!! With everyone sharing the posts we have 224 people signed up and counting! Yesterday alone over 300 people visited the 3 COR Warriors site and today its already off with a bang! We still have a ton of medals to sell so keep sharing everywhere!
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A main question I get asked is:

How much of the money will the girls get from this race? Well, let me tell you. We are asking $25 per entry with $20 of each entry going to the girls. The medals cost $5 each and that is all we are asking for in return. I am paying the shipping and packaging for all these medals out of my own pocket with no question or hesitation.

Wow! That is a lot of money out of your own pocket. Why?  The question shouldn’t be why but why not?! Personally, I only know Ellie first hand but have gotten to know Kym more over these past few months! When I first heard about the accident my heart broke and immediately thought what can I do to help? What people don’t realize is that almost all of us from COR are transplants (moved here from somewhere else) yet are one BIG (sometimes dysfunctional) family that do more than just race together. We celebrate weddings, graduations, accomplishments but also support, love and come together during the hard times. Colorado Obstacle Racers group opens their arms to anyone even if you are not part of the group (…yet) or a runner. When we race a majority of the elites will come back on the course to rally and help the rest us finish the race strong.
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If you don’t see the picture, let’s just say that COR is like the TV Show FRIENDS! Yes, we have our immediate families but as we get older our friends become our family too! Our captains even host a Thanksgiving and Christmas gathering for those that don’t have anywhere to go because they stand by the motto “no one should be left out or have nowhere to go”.
I know that we set a very ambitious goal for this virtual run but I figured since our OCR and running family is so HUGE and these women loved OCR and running, why not set the bar high! With that said, we have ordered 2000 medals with only 1775 left.  (you can do the math and see how much this helps the girls). With that said, please continue to share this race and sign up! We rather hold your medal until you have money to pay then lose out on getting one.
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You will feel this way too when you sign up!

Here is a breakdown on how to register:
1. Sign up HERE
2. Send $25 via PayPal: http://Paypal.me/corgear
3. Be on the lookout for emails from me!
Thats it! Simple! Some have asked how do we donate more. You can either add it on to your race entry (just make note in comments), visit the GoFundMe page or send additional money via PayPal after you run. Choice is yours but just your participation in the run means the world to these warriors and their families.
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Phoenix Rock’N’Roll

On January 16th & 17th, 2016, I participated in the Phoenix Rock’n’Roll 5k and Half Marathon. This would be my first race back since having a spinal fusion on August 28, 2015. I didn’t care about time or pace, all I wanted to do was to finish. Below is my review on the 5k and half marathon as well as overall suggestions for transportation, accommodations and general info. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Expo

The expo was held at their convention center downtown which was close to public transportation. I arrived to the expo on Friday since I was running the 5k and needed to get my bibs. When I arrived that morning around 10am, there was already a line forming that was curving everywhere which made it difficult to find where it started and ended on top of people trying to sign their waivers or find their bib number. When the doors actually opened as you can imagine, the line went out the window. Once inside, the bib pick up lines were fairly quick and the expo itself was evenly spaced throughout the space.

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5k Race

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 5k presented by Brooks has a beautiful and flat looped course that starts on the iconic Mill Ave. Bridge, runs along Tempe Town Lake and finishes at Tempe Beach park with a Finish Line festival. With a start time in the morning, the weather was brisk and cool, however warmed up by the end of the race. This was a fast pace, nice warm up race to be a part of that had a pretty amazing turn out of participants.

Half Marathon

The half marathon is described as a flat and fast course with epic views of the valley of the sun, including Papago Park and Tempe town lake. As all Rock’n’Roll races participants will enjoy live bands, cheer teams, spirited water stations and other entertainment along the course. The weather started out cold but toward the end felt like the perfect temperature even with the sun out.  Best part was starting the race in the heart of ASU. Their campus is gorgeous and spacious. There are a few inclines you have to run and the view was either cities, towns or dessert. Overall, great race and area but don’t expect too much in sights.

Click HERE for map of the courses.

Transportation

Let me just say first and foremost I LOVED the light rail system in Phoenix. This is the BEST and MOST accommodating form of transportation to/from airport and races. A day pass cost a mere $4 but takes you everywhere (with some walking). Don’t waste you time on renting a car or paying for Uber/Taxi. If you are in town for the races, just take the light rail system. Details and schedule can be found HERE.

Accommodations

There are many places to stay when in Phoenix and honestly I found a hidden gem just outside of downtown. Last minute I had to find a new hotel since my original hotel I book cancelled my reservation for unknown reason upon my arrival. Luckily for me I scoured the internet and took a chance on Hotwire to see what I would get.  I ended up staying at the Phoenix Hotel and Suites. This place was 2 blocks from the light rail and Walgreens, walking distance to Starbucks, Jamba Juice and various other restaurants. The staff was outstanding and offered late check out of 2pm which was perfect for race day! There is a pool onsite as well as an all you can eat buffet. They were still renovating parts of the hotel but the rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and each room had a microwave and fridge.

Food Suggestions

Oh Food! When in Phoenix there are a TON of great places to eat! I am going list just  few places that were walking distance to/from light rail that have amazing options.

Squid Ink!This is such a great sushi place downtown Phoenix. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating.

Ike’s Sandwich ShopThis is hands down one of the BEST sandwich shops I have ever been too. Originally started in San Francisco, Ike’s has a variety of sandwiches that will just melt in your stomach and feed that hunger. BONUS: They offer gluten bread as well!

Fractured Prune: Donuts! This place offers a variety of donuts with a twist.

Pretty much anywhere downtown has amazing options. It all comes down to what you are in the mood for. Next to Squid Ink! are various bars that offer great Happy Hours. The Palomar Hotel has a great outdoor pool and bar to enjoy as well!

2017 Rock’n’Roll Registration

HERE is the link to sign up for the 2017 Phoenix Rock’n’Roll. The pre-sale has closed however you can sign up to be notified once registration is opened.

WHAT ABOUT THE BLING??

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2016 Rock’n’Roll Series

Have you ever ran or thought about running a Rock’n’Roll Series race at one of their many destinations? Lucky for you I will be reviewing many of these races along with transportation, hotel, flights, food and race weekend. That you can decide to join in on the fun next year but also be prepared.

Thanks to my family who purchased me the 2016 Global Tour Pass which allows me to run any race at any of their multiple tour stops both nationally and internationally.

-Enjoy & ROCK ON-