Monday, October 25, 2010

“Not Your Average Adventure” Virtual Race!

It’s MY birthday coming up, but I’m giving YOU the presents, Bloggy Friends!  I’m ridiculously excited to host my very first virtual race:

Average Adventure Virtual Race Logo See how I worked my blog title in there?  Yeah, I’m clever like that.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND:

A few weeks ago, I participated in Marcia’s virtual race, The Power of 10+, and had so much flippin’ FUN!  It really got my hamster wheels turning.  I know that you guys like to have fun and be creative and race.  And I know that I really enjoy celebrating my birthday - it’s not until November 9th, but why not start now?  So what better way to celebrate than a virtual race with awesome prizes?!?!?

THE RACE:

This is a choose-your-own-adventure race – have fun with it!  There’s really only one rule (but I’m going to list a bunch of them so it looks more “official”):

RULE #1 - (Almost) anything goes.  Please don’t do anything illegal or life-threatening.

RULE #2 – Pick a theme, a distance, and a venue.  Feel free to go with some sort of birthday theme  :-)…or something to do with the letter P…or, see Rule #1.

RULE #3 – You don’t have to RUN this race.  Currently injured athletes are welcome here!  Any form of human-powered locomotion will be accepted – kayaking, skating, sledding, bicycling, surfing…see Rule #1.

RULE #4 – But you CAN run a race if you want to.  Not feeling all that creative?  No worries, you can still win!  Just submit a race report from ANY race you do between now and the end of the contest (see below for dates and details).  You wanted that NYC Marathon to count for something, right??

THE PRIZES:

Race schwag doesn’t get better than this – I’m giving away some of my very Favorite Things (some people get delusions of grandeur, apparently I get delusions of Oprah):

CafePress Tote Bag

Custom Beach Tote from CafePress.com (full review coming soon – they have terrific customizable gifts, holiday items, shirts, you name it!)  “Pain is temporary, but your finishing time posted on the internet is forever.” 

  • 100% cotton (14 oz.) canvas
  • Dimensions: 12" x 16" x 5¾"
  • Outside pocket with Velcro® closure
  • Inside pocket with flap

     

    road_idRoad ID - if you don’t already have one of these, you need one NOW.  The Hubs has the Wrist ID Elite and loves how comfortable it is – he says he doesn’t even realize he’s wearing it.  I have the Shoe ID, which gets attached to my new pair of shoes the day I buy them so I never have to think about it.  Wear it for your own peace of mind and for those who love you.  One lucky winner will get to choose their own Road ID product!

     

    Suntech Optics / Bugaboos Eyewear“Vela” sunglasses by Ryders, makers of high-performance eyewear that even us non-elites can afford (full review coming soon, but you’ve probably already noticed in pics that I wear my Ryders all the time!)  The Vela model is a medium fit, perfect for men or women and features adjustable anti-slip nose pads, anti-slip temple tips and interchangeable lenses.

     

    Spinervals LogoThree lucky adventurers – yes, THREE of you! – will win a Spinervals DVD.  Just because it’s cold or windy or snowy outside doesn’t mean you can’t ride your bike – a Spinervals workout is guaranteed to kick your booty from the comfort of your indoor trainer.  Winners will get to choose from “No Slackers Allowed!” (featuring our very own Miss Zippy as one of the cyclists!!), “Sweating Buckets,” and “Ultra Conditioning:  Ultra Full Body with IronGirl.”

     

    HOW YOU CAN WIN:

    All entries must be received before Friday, November 12th. 

    Entries can be submitted as a comment on this post (no need for separate comments, I’ll be transferring everything to a spreadsheet for randomization) or by emailing me:  PahlaB2@gmail.com

    There will be one Grand Prize winner, chosen by me, for the most creative adventure race.  The Grand Prize winner will get to select TWO of the prizes listed above – wow! 

    Four other winners will be chosen at random.  The first random winner will get to choose from the remaining prizes, then the second random winner and so on.

    Up to six entries per person:

  • Be a follower or become one (one entry)

  • Post a link to this race on your blog, FB, or Twitter (one entry per link – up to three entries)

  • Submit a race report, either by leaving me a link to your blog post in a comment or by emailing me:  PahlaB2@gmail.com (two entries – because you’re awesome)

    I hope everyone has a lot of fun with this race – I can’t wait to see how creative you get and read all your race reports!  Happy Adventuring!!

  • 46 comments:

    Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

    I'm a follower!

    Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

    I will post this on my blog! ooo, now I get to start thinking up costumes!

    Megan said...

    I'm brainstorming ideas as I type, but in the mean time, I'm a follower!

    Tortuga_Runner said...

    I'm a follower!

    Tortuga_Runner said...

    Totally linked on my blog, cute thumb nail!

    ajh said...

    Yeah Yeah Yeah! I can bike! Thank you! I will be doing this one! I am a follower!

    ajh said...

    Posted on my blog. It took me a few tries it is so long since I posted a race! Love your rules!

    Amber said...

    I'm a follower and plan to participate and blog about it on http://gymclassdropout.blogspot.com/

    Kovas Palubinskas said...

    I'm a follower

    Emz said...

    This is an awesome idea. I follow!!

    Aimee said...

    I'm a follower and will totally think of something fun to do! What a great idea! :)

    Chris K said...

    I'm a new follower - Kovas and I already have a virtual race "rematch" planned. I'll post how I whooped in on this Blog (and maybe mine). Teasing Kovas is what I live for.

    Whitney said...

    I'm in for your virtual race (and a follower)!!! Love your rules and can't wait to come up with a theme.

    LauraLynne said...

    I just found you - now I'm a follower - and I will come up with a virtual race!! As soon as my head cold clears and I'm thinking straight - otherwise, wait, this could be good!

    Laura said...

    Count me in! Now I will just need to think creatively...

    Patrick Mahoney said...

    Man I was missing in action today and almost missed this. Just caught it on Megan's blog, thankfully. I haven't even read it through completely but I'm in....

    OK, I just read it and I'm still in. The not doing anything illegal is just a suggestion, right?

    Alma said...

    I'm a fan, count me in. I'll also place a link on my blog. Not too creative but will try to come up with something interesting :)

    One Crazy Penguin said...

    I'm a follower and I'm in!

    One Crazy Penguin said...

    I'll be posting this to my blog as well :)

    MCM Mama said...

    I'm a follower and I'm in. I wonder if I could actually run the virtual race I made up for Jamoosh's contest. Hmm...

    Anne said...

    I'm a follower and for sure I'm in!

    Anne said...

    I've posted it on my blog! :)

    Teamarcia said...

    Oh Lordy this is gonna be fun!
    Follower of course!

    Teamarcia said...

    I linked you on my blog

    track coach and adorable wife said...

    Coach and I are so in! Now we are just trying to think up something that will adapt to our injuried bodies! Of course we are followers!

    track coach and adorable wife said...

    Posting it on our blog!

    canyoncairns said...

    I follow!

    canyoncairns said...

    I tweeted it! @kattehcat

    Trish said...

    I'm a follower! Neat idea!

    Tortuga_Runner said...

    Extra points for the first race report posted?

    http://tortuga-runner.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-mud-day-and-race-report.html

    Ashby Family said...

    Follower!

    Darlene said...

    I am a new follower

    Darlene said...

    I posted this on my blog

    Darlene said...

    I plan to run a 5K race on 11/11

    Darlene said...

    I tweted your giveaway too.

    JenniferLeah said...

    WOW! fun and cool :) I'll join in on the fun and will certainly link this on my blog!

    Caratunk Girl said...

    WOW!! Awesome giveaway!! I follow!

    Darlene said...

    Did my race today - http://myfirst5k.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/valatie-veterans-5k-race-report/

    Megan said...

    I'm doing my adventure race tonight - am I too late??

    Megan said...

    I'm going to submit my Mud Race as my adventure race, actually. http://www.dailysweatblog.com/2010/11/mushroom-hunting-and-lake-padden-mud.html

    Anne said...

    Shoot I'm late...can I write my report today?

    Julie said...

    I am a total sucker for virtual races! I am in:)

    Yes, I am a follower!

    Julie said...

    I will link you into my blog:)

    Anne said...

    Here is my race report!

    http://asthmaandthegiftofrunning.blogspot.com/2010/11/not-your-average-adventure-virtual-race.html

    ShebaJC said...

    I'm so glad you extended this race! I'm a follower!

    ShebaJC said...

    Race report, for what it is. http://thankfulthornshaveroses.blogspot.com/2010/11/very-difficult-virtual-race.html