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Berkeley Bound!

Happy to announce that I am a proud race ambassador for the very awesome Berkeley Half Marathon in November!  YIPEE!!! This is the third running of this race and it has been on my “To Do” list since 2013. As a Bay Area native, I always thought Berkeley really needed a good road half- Oakland has a couple, SF has sundry and this is the One And Only in Berkeley- how cool is that?!

Yes, I am Berkeley Bound however, to be honest, I am actually always in Berkeley!  In fact, the course traverses the streets I grew up exploring and currently train through- from the urban jungle of the UC Berkeley campus, to the lusciously scrumptious Gourmet Ghetto, and the breezily peaceful Bay Trail… Oakland is where I live and work, but Berkeley is where I go to train and play!

The Berkeley Half Marathon offers not only the 13.1 distance but also a 13.1 relay, 10K, and 5K so pick your distance and join me in my City By The City By The Bay on November 22- not only can I promise excellent racing weather but I can also give you a sweet registration discount: $10 off with code BHM2015Laura (follow this link to register).

Even if you aren’t from the Bay Area, sign up for this race and get a fabulous tour of Berkeley’s hippest and iconic spots- from the most unique and diverse neighborhoods in all of NoCal, all the way to the waterfront, you’ll quickly learn why Berkeley isn’t a place but truly a way of life. You can go everywhere in the world and never find a place like Berkeley.

I am really looking forward to 13.1 miles along such familiar turf but I’m also looking forward to a DOUBLE MEDAL DAY thanks to the SF Marathon to Berkeley challenge! If you ran the 1st or 2nd half of the SF Marathon in July then complete the Berkeley Half in November, you get 2 medals when you cross the finish line!  And I know you know I’ll do pretty much anything for a medal… or two…

Smack dab in the middle of the Bay Area, Berkeley offers mild weather, natural beauty, proximity to the ocean, lush greenery, and beautiful coastal views all backdropped by a hilly upland- what’s not to love?  Register today with code BHM2015Laura and let me know what distance you’re running- I’ll see you there!!!

The Color Run Entry Giveaway!

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, fun and- of course- COLOR! Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since their debut, more than tripling their growth, hosting over 300 events in 50+ countries.  I am happy to announce this week’s giveaway thanks to the good people at The Color Run: 2 lucky winners will each receive one entry to any The Color Run 5K city of their choice!  Read on to find out how to enter to win…  Continue reading

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Race Entry Giveaway!

Just in time for a Christmas giveaway, the Hot Chocolate race series asked if I would be an official ambassador for them again this year and of course I said yes!  I will be running the San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15K on January 11th and am really looking forward to it- I ran the 5K this year and it was so much fun that I signed up for the race again next year way before they asked me to come back as a Hot Chocolate Blogger- all my bias aside, it is truly a fun race I’m sure to do annually!

Not only is the course beautiful here in SF (oh how I love running Golden Gate Park!) but the schwag really can’t be beat!  You get a reusable drawstring bag and a gender-specific, fleece lined, full-zip hoodie, a sweet chocolate bar medal for the 15K, plus a huge post-race mug filled with goodies and a warm chocolate sauce for dipping- YUM!  For even more schwag, be sure to enter code SFBlogger4 when you register to get a free Hot Chocolate running hat at packet pick up! Love great race schwag!!!

But before you register, please keep reading to find out how to enter for a chance to win a FREE ENTRY to ANY upcoming Hot Chocolate race in 2015 (San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, Nashville, and Las Vegas)!

Myself and BFF Amy- Happy Hot Chocolate Runners!

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Happy Movember: Mustache Dache 5K Discount!

The Movember Foundation is an organization committed to changing the face of men’s health and has raised $559 million to date toward saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. During the month of Movember- aka November- the foundation challenges men to grow their mustaches out all month long to spark conversation, raise vital funds, and increase awareness for its men’s health programs.

Not only do I love a good cause, I’m also a sucker for a fun run so when the Mustache Dache 5K contacted me and asked if I would be interested in running their San Francisco race on November 16th, I- of course- said yes! The Mustache Dache directly supports The Movember Foundation  by raising men’s health awareness and donating a portion of its registration funds to help end prostate cancer- all great reasons to go for a run!

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Giveaway: Entries to the Color Run 5K!

(ADDENDUM, 7/29/14: Winners may chose ANY location The Color Run runs
that isn’t sold out and occurs after 8/4/14.)

This year, the Color Run is announcing their all new 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour and hitting more cities than ever before complete with all new participant gear (t-shirts, headbands, wrist bands and sling bags! Who doesn’t love great schwag?!)! So if you’ve never done a Color Run 5K before, here is your chance to enter win a free entry to ANY location The Color Run runs that isn’t sold out and occurs after 8/4/14- keep reading to find out how to enter…

This is 5K magic like only The Color Run can do!

This is 5K magic like only The Color Run can do!

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Race Recap: See Jane Run 5K (Alameda)

Yes, this race was over 3 weeks ago. Yes, it is summer vacation and the kids are out of school making it hard for me to think/write. Yes, I’ve fallen behind on my blogging responsibilities but I’m back home and trying my best to catch up this month! I swear!!!

Anyhoo, the See Jane Run 5K/half in Alameda, CA was held on June 22nd this year and I ran the 5K for my 5th year in a row. If you read this blog or know me IRL, you know I have been injured and unable to run since February- this race was my first since recovering from my injury and I was SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY to run 3 miles with some of my favorite people and was treated, in the typical See Jane Run style, to copious amounts of post-race champagne and chocolate afterwards! Can’t get better than that!  Continue reading

Giveaway: See Jane Run Race Entry!

It’s that time of year again, friends! Spring is almost over and the summer race season is upon us so it’s time to get moving- what better motivation to do so than a run for chocolate and champagne in the good ol’ San Francisco Bay Area!!!

I am a HUGE fan of See Jane Run (girl power, my favorite city, plus champagne AND chocolate after the finish- just doesn’t get better than that!!!) and as a 5th year runner of their Alameda race and a second-year ambassador, SJR has graciously offered my readers a chance to win a FREE entry to the See Jane Run 5K/Half Marathon for Chocolate and Champagne on June 22nd in Alameda.  Read on to find out how to enter…  Continue reading