I am honored to announce that I was among those chosen as race ambassador for the Zooma Napa Valley half and 10K on June 20th, 2015. Of course, I have a discount code to share (code LAURA15 gets you 10% off registration for either distance) and if you are planning to run Zooma Napa, please let me know in the comment section! I love seeing my readers along the course and would really love to meet more of you live and in person!
I am really excited about Zooma Napa mainly because I’ve never done it before and I love races that are new to me. I also love, love, LOVE running in beautiful wine country and as a Bay Area native, I am lucky that Napa is just about 45 minutes away, plus we have family in Sonoma, and I’ve researched every single kid-friendly winery there is! There is nothing better, to me, than a relaxing post-race wine tasting with my medal proudly around my neck and my family in tow.
As an added bonus, from now until December 14th, you can also use code LAURA15 to get 10% off ANY Zooma race- in addition to Napa, Zooma also hosts events in Florida, Annapolis, Cape Cod, and Texas– so pick your destination, grab your running buddies, and make a race-cation out of it! (Race registrations make great Christmas gifts. Just sayin’.)
I mentioned the gorgeous course and the wine, but I didn’t mention that Zooma is also a women’s race series. While there has been some debate in the running community that women’s races do not have a place and aren’t truly real races- I beg to differ! Women’s racing is important because we are able to celebrate and pay homage to Switzer’s marathon breakthrough in 1967 plus its been proven that girls who embrace sports at a young age have higher self esteem and as the saying goes, “Our children are our future!” I run to accomplish my own goals as well as to set a health and fitness standard in my kids’ lives- all races can offer this but WOMEN’S races embrace a whole different kind of camaraderie, a sisterhood of sorts, one big sorority of running, and I am ever proud of and thankful for my running sisters- we come out in droves and are proving to the world, time and time again, that women can accomplish ANYTHING.
So don’t wait, sign up today (Napa sold out in 2014) and let me know if you’ll be there! Don’t forget about the wine!!!