Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Big Announcement

I’m having a running first, a first I am really truly fully stoked about. AND I get the distinct pleasure of sharing it with you all :-)

Remember that race I told you all about the other day Rock the World? The 5K race with the landmark themed obstacles? Obstacles like Victoria Falls where you, “slide down one of the longest and tallest slip and slides in mid-Michigan;” The Amazon Jungle where you, “bushwhack a trail through the largest rainforest on earth. No paths, only obstruction and chaos;” and The Swiss Alps where you, “crawl across the sloping cargo nets suspended from high in the trees” to name a few. The race we’re giving away two, that’s right, TWO FREE ENTRIES to?

Well, turns out the race directors were looking for someone to take on the challenge that is their event and blog about their adventure in the process. And who better to do that than little ole me?!

Now, I had some concerns about the one fairly local to me being run in September, the same month as my big goal race, The Marquette Marathon. But then it occurred to me, there’s also one a few hours away in June. I’m generally not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination and a car ride a couple of hours away at the butt crack of dawn is about the last thing I want to do (falling just above sitting through a night at my daughter’s excruciating dance recital rehearsal with an infant and a 3 year old in tow which is coming up very very soon. Yay me.) But then I realized one of the sweetest thing about this race, I wouldn’t have to get up early at all. There are waves of this event happening ALL day up until 5:30 PM. Sign. Me. Up.

And that I did, on the house, as your… Rock The World Sponsored Blogger? Or Featured Runner Courtesy of Rock The World? Running Blog Commentator? Hmmm…what shall we call me exactly? How about this: Your Rock The World Correspondent? Yeah, that’s good I like it. Plus if we go with that, then it’s sort of like I have actually in a way (kind of) used my journalism degree, you know, the one I’m still paying off.

But it gets even BETTER guys! You know I ALWAYS do my best to loop you all into the action right? Well, not only do we have those two free entries to give away, but now they’ve given us a special registration discount for all the rest of my blog readers (or anyone who wants to pretend they’re a reader. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you’re not ;-). If you’d like to join me at this event, when you register, use the code RUNMOM10 at checkout to receive $10 off your registration fee! Pretty sweet eh? And that code is good for either the Lansing event I’ll be at OR the event in Detroit in September. Either event, either day, any wave. OR if you’re feeling really feisty you can use it for both events!

So interspersed between all my usual ramblings, you’ll be seeing a few posts about my training for Rock the World, which for the record, will be my first ever crazy obstacle course race so that in of itself ought to be pretty entertaining. As a matter of fact, I’ve had all kinds of questions I’ve been wanting to ask about these obstacle race deals but have felt too silly to do so (and yes, this IS the same person who recently wrote to the Marquette Marathon director to ask about bears. So you know right off the bat I’ve probably got some doozies).

Now I’m totally going to turn all of those questions into a Q & A post with the race director. I also have a hunch some of YOU out there have questions about this race specifically or a similarly mudified obstacle run near you that maybe you’re a little too nervous to ask too. So now’s your chance to do so and make me look like the silly one. If you have a question about Rock The World or obstacle races in general, let me know either here in the comments, on facebook, on twitter, or send me an email if you really really don’t want to ask in front of the whole peanut gallery here at and I’ll do my best to include as many as possible into our little Q & A that’ll be coming up in the very near future.

 'Til next time...

Your Rock The World Correspondent,

P.S. If you’re wondering where you can get in on that drawing to win the two free entries into Rock the World you can do that here. PLUS you’ll also be eligible to win a TON of other really cool running gear when you do. Good luck!

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