Posts Tagged ‘Races’

Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Events

Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Challenges

Red Carpet Run in California (Racewire)

Oscar night is almost here! Inspired by the silver screen? Take on one of the many themed movie runs around the U.S., from California to Kansas and beyond.

Want to run your first 10K, half-marathon or more? I rounded up the best races for beginners, from coast to coast.

If you’re a seasoned road warrior at the other end of the spectrum—looking for a bigger challenge—I found 25 all-you-can run festivals where two, three, four and more races in a row are on the menu.

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Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Challenges

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz (Olathe Chamber of Commerce)

10 Movie Runs For Fun

I picked 10 movie runs around the U.S. that pay homage to Hollywood, including events inspired by Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Shawshank Redemption, A Christmas Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Forrest Gump, and more.

Is your favorite film among them? Find out at

Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Challenges

BolderBoulder 10K (BolderBoulder)

The Best 10 Races for Newbie Runners

Looking to tackle your first 5K, half-marathon, or even 26.2? Check out the best courses in America for first-timers. I picked them—including races in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Read the rest of this entry →


02 2016

Race Report: Trot Off Your Turkey 5K 2015 Turkey Trot

Race Report: Trot Off Your Turkey 5K 2015 Turkey Trot

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The Trot Off Your Turkey 5K and 1.5-Miler on Saturday, November 28 was my third year running the event in Barrington, RI. It’s a fantastic local turkey trot with 552 runners in the 5K and 263 in the 1.5-mile run/walk.

I love everything about this race, from the gloriously flat course and bountiful post-race spread to the warm, community vibe.

Best of all, the course is actually USATF certified, a rarity in small-town 5K running. So I know I can count on these times. I’ve got three other “5K” times in my Athlinks profile that were on non-certified courses both short and long, which I don’t count in my PR logs.

Race Report: Trot Off Your Turkey 5K 2015 Turkey Trot

The race raised money for St. Luke’s School. (Photo:

The turkey trot is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s School, where the race is held. Bib pick-up and the raffle are inside the school gym.

The $20 entry fee is one of the best bangs for your buck out there. After the race, the gym transforms into a smorgasbord with Blount’s Chicken Noodle Soup and Butternut Squash Bisque, Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, Chips & Salsa from Tito’s Cantina, Bananas, Bagels, Water, and Gatorade. Runners also get a cotton tee.

An additional food drive and raffle raises money for TapIn, an all-volunteer, outreach program that provides food, clothing, household goods, transportation, and other services to Rhode Island in need. Raffle tickets are just $1 each, or six for $5. You can even pre-purchase raffle tickets online with your race registration, which is what I did, so you can leave your wallet at home.

My mom, husband, and I showed up ready to run in the warm, November mist. It was about 55 degrees with no wind—a rarity in Rhode Island!—and a light drizzle coming down. My mom was tackling the 1.5-miler, while Phil and I were running the 5K. I had no idea what my legs might have in them just six days after the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon.

I’m happy to report that Phil, my mom, and I won! Raffle prizes that is! For the third year in a row (what?!) someone in my family has taken home a prize. Phil also won 2nd in his age group!

But I also had a surprisingly fantastic race, turning in my second fastest 5K ever, just 20 seconds behind my PR. I honestly shocked myself.

Race Report: Trot Off Your Turkey 5K 2015 Turkey Trot

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Karla’s Turkey Trot

My first time out of the gates at this turkey trot in 2013, I ran a 5K personal record of 24:46 that stands to this day.

Last year was the opposite. Riding high after a great race at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon in 2014, I decided to chase my 5K PR. Instead, I crashed and burned. I ended up having to walk thanks to some hefty abdominal cramps, finishing in a slow-for-me 28:03.

I didn’t want a repeat of that performance.

Phil and I lined up for the start, chatting about how his watch had died and he was just going to have to run by feel.

We had no idea the race was about to start; the horn sounded, catching us both by surprise. I clicked my watch to start, but it was jammed on the “Can’t find GPS signal” screen. I tapped and tapped and tapped, but I couldn’t start the workout. Like Phil, I too would just have to run by feel. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2015

My Running New Year’s Resolutions For 2015

Running Resolutions For 2015

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We’re now one week into 2015, which means I should set some running New Year’s resolutions!

I wrote 10 Running Goals You Should Make for 2015 for, a collection of resolutions that will make you a healthier and happier runner. Some of them I’m already good at doing, like “Work Hard, Play Hard“—pairing hard-lined PR goals with ones that are more fun, like taking a runcation. Others, I need to work on, like “Prioritize Injury Prevention“—I could certainly be better about dynamic warm-ups, strength training, rolling, and other preventative measures.

So here’s a look at how I did with my personal goals in 2014 and how I’m going to tweak them for 2015. As always, I want to build on my successes and learn from my failures.

New Year’s Resolutions For 2014 Analyzed and Tweaked For 2015

Running Goals For 2015

Chasing Cinderella (Phil Hospod)

1) 2014: Get even faster

I make this goal every year. I finished my very first race, a 4-miler, at an 11:34 pace. Now, almost eight years later, I run a 5K at a 7:59 pace. I’ve gotten much faster over the years. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that.

How’d I do in 2014? So-so at this one. I nabbed three PRs: 8K/5-mile road, 10K road, and ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon.

Why do I say that’s so-so? I still have 8K and 10K track times that are faster. The IAAF and USATF log track and road records separately, so I do too. That said, track records tend to be faster than road ones. The track is a nice flat, predictable surface. The road is not. My 8K PR was set on a hot, muggy day whereas the track PR was on a nice, cool fall day. So I’ll take it. Same with my 10K PR. I set it during the same fall track workout as my 8K, whereas my new road PR was the first half of the hilly Staten Island Half Marathon. So, all in all, I’m happy with both of those.

As for my triathlon PR, I was deliriously happy with that. It was the second time I’ve raced an ITU Sprint Distance course and I walloped my swim, bike, and run times. OK, so maybe I did get faster in 2014.

2015: Run tempos

This year, rather than focusing on PRs, I’m going to focus on faster overall paces in targeted workouts. I’m excellent at the easy run, and those will remain just that—easy. But what I’m not great at are tempo runs. I don’t do them, and it reflects in my racing. So for 2015 my “Get even faster” will be dedicated to hitting those tempo paces, which will hopefully pay off on race day. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2015

Race Report: Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half

Race Report: Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half

Heartbreak Hill Half medals. (Photo: Grace Donnelly)

The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival from June 5-8, 2014 in Newton and Boston, Massachusetts felt a lot like running camp. But the titular half-marathon lived up to its name: it was a bit heartbreaky and a bit hilly. And I loved almost every minute of it.

Race Report: Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half

Taking the Heartbreak Hill Half seriously. (Photo: @myEPevents, Inc)

I attended the race courtesy of Runner’s World as part of their official blogger crew. (They covered my race entries, dorm room and some meals. I covered my transportation to and from Boston and other meals.)

The race was a chance to run along the most famous section of Boston Marathon course. For Boston Marathon qualifiers and hopefuls, it was a chance to test their legs on the storied climb. For runners like me—for whom qualifying for Boston is a distant “someday” dream—it was a chance to know exactly what all those faster runners are talking about when they dismiss Heartbreak Hill as “not that bad” or confirm its notoriety as “brutal.” I’ve heard the hill described both ways and was excited to find out for myself.

Roughly 6,700 finishers from 47 U.S. states ran in the 5K, 10K, half-marathon, kids’ run and dog run at the weekend. Exactly 3,074 runners finished the half-marathon; 1,838 completed the 10K; 1,565 crossed the line in the 5K, and 69 doggies finished the Eukanuba Dog Run.

Race Report: Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half

The post-race festival. (Photo: Brita Meng Outzen)

There’s too much for me to cover in one post, so I’ll share all my doings at the race over the next few weeks. I already covered the Runner’s World 5K, Expo, Festival programming, on-campus accommodations and blogger crew in Race Report: Runner’s World 5K at Heartbreak Hill Half.

Up now is the half-marathon! Read the rest of this entry →


06 2014

On The Run at the 2014 NYC Half Race Recaps

2014 NYC Half

Runners storm Times Square at the NYC Half. (Credit: Courtesy of NYRR)

Reminder: The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon application closes today, Tuesday, March 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If you want to apply for the random draw, visit before then. The drawing will take place Wednesday, March 26.

The 2014 NYC Half on Sunday, March 16 was the race’s biggest year yet with 20,750 finishers, its first professional wheelchair race and a newly enhanced course. I was on the scene with NYRR’s On The Run at the NYC Half.

2014 NYC Half

2014 NYC Half Champions Sally Kipyego and Geoffrey Mutai. (Photo: PhotoRun/NYRR)

Two-time defending New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya took home the title in the men’s race. Half-marathon debutante Sally Kipyego, also of Kenya, set an event record on her way to win the women’s race.

The race was not without drama, starting with a chilly 31-degree temp and 18 mph winds. Then Great Britain’s Mo Farah, a favorite to battle Mutai for the win, fell before the 10K mark. He rallied to finish in second place, but as the top three men gathered to take a photo right after the finish, Farah passed out.

In my finisher's blanket warming up.

In my finisher’s blanket warming up.

I was standing by to interview the top three men, and watched the whole thing unfold. Medics rushed to his side, trying to revive and warm him. I was wearing a long, down coat between stints on camera. So I handed my coat to the folks tending to Farah. A few others did the same. When Farah finally came to, the medic put my coat on him as they took him to the medical tent. So the crew gave me a finisher’s heat sheet to keep me warm for the next few hours until my coat made its way back to me.

But rather than tell you all about the race, I’ll let you watch.

Here is the professional race recap, a follow-up on all the runners we profiled earlier in the week, a profile of winner Sally Kipyego, and the inspiring story of Jessica Mar, who went from 268 lbs. to 128 lbs and a 1:50 half-marathon in just two years. Watch and enjoy!

On The Run at 2014 NYC Half Professional Race Recap

On The Run at 2014 NYC Half Runner Stories

Women’s Winner Sally Kipyego

Jessica Mar’s 13.1 Miles To Health


03 2014

Run Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 Races For Charity

Disneyland Half Marathon 2014

The Disneyland 10K and 5K finish. (Photo: runDisney)

So you didn’t get into any of the Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 races including the Dumbo Double Dare, the Disneyland 10K or the Disneyland Half Marathon? It was a record sell-out for runDisney this year. But limited entries are still available through charity and tour groups.

The major Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races and events sold-out even faster than the 26 hours from last year for a new runDisney record.

All 35,500 of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend‘s running bibs sold out within 12 hours and 13 minutes. The Dumbo Double Dare, where participants complete both the Disneyland 10K and Half Marathon on back-to-back days, filled up in just 41 minutes. The Disneyland 10K sold out in 53 minutes, followed by the runDisney Kids Races, which closed in 2 hours and 48 minutes. The Disneyland Half Marathon itself sold out in 9 hours and 20 minutes, while the Disneyland 5K closed in 12 hours and 13 minutes.

But if you really want to be a part of the Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 races from August 28-31, you still can if you register through a charity or tour group. Contact the following groups directly to find out how to register for the race through them. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2014

Year in Review: Top 13 Races and Top 13 Posts of 2013

Toronto Waterfront Marathon, year in review

Finished! (Photo:

Oh, 2013. Without setting out to do it, I ran 13 races in 2013. And I wrote a whole lot about them. Welcome to my year in review.

I started the year with a bang at the Walt Disney World Marathon. And I’m ending with a bang with the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak.

In between, the year was filled with a roller coaster of highs and lows.

There was the thrill of a new 3-mile PR after the low of a hip injury. I’m the klutz that fell off a horse. It knocked me out of the game for a few weeks and sent me into physical therapy.

There was the high of running in Hawai’i and the low of getting sick for my fall marathon. And there was the redemption of a 5K PR after marathon season was over.

If 2013 taught me anything, it’s that you can’t win them all. But you can still have fun trying.

This photo of me with my finisher’s medal at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is proof of that. I was sick, failed to run a marathon personal best like I wanted, but still managed to enjoy the race. My smile says it all.

And you know what? When you give a goal your best and fail, it makes the successes even sweeter. I ran 6 of the 13 races either as fun runs or training runs and I ran 7 of the 13 races as races, pushing with everything I had. I managed to PR at three of them, and scored a few PRs in workouts without even trying, too. I’ll save those for my Goals of 2014 post.

So here are my 13 races of 2013. Read the rest of this entry →

Race Report: Trot Off Your Turkey 5K Turkey Trot

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Great T-Shirt design at the Trot Off Your Turkey 5K. (Photo:

The Trot Off Your Turkey 5K in Barrington, R.I., in Saturday, November 30 was, I’m amazed to say, my very first Turkey Trot in seven years of racing.

It was a fantastic local event with 637 runners in the 5K and 229 in the 1.5-mile run/walk. I loved everything about this race, from the flat course and bountiful post-race spread to the great T-shirt design and warm, community vibe.

It was 28 degrees at the start, so my husband, Phil, and I bundled up for a brisk run on a cloudless, blue-sky day.

A food drive and raffle raised money for TapIn, an all-volunteer, outreach program that provides food, clothing, household goods, transportation and other services to local residents in need.

The main event was a fundraiser for St. Luke’s School, where the race was held. Bib pick-up and the raffle were inside the school gym, which I very much appreciated since it was so cold outside. Read the rest of this entry →


12 2013

RUN10 FEED10 Nationwide 10K Run To End Hunger

RUN10 FEED10, 10K run

RUN10 FEED10 2012 (Photo: Women’s Health Magazine)

Talk about a race with a mission. The RUN10 FEED10 10K run is a collaboration between Women’s Health Magazine and the Feed Foundation, a charity founded by Lauren Bush Lauren that aims to end hunger worldwide.

You might have seen one of the iconic FEED bags in a magazine or even being carried by someone on the street. FEED raises money by selling products that have a set donation built into the price. With RUN10 FEED10, they’re taking it to the streets in seven cities across America. You can even participate in a virtual 10K run anywhere in the world. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2013

Win A Free Reebok Spartan Race Entry

Spartan Race“Run, Karla, Run!” is giving one lucky winner a free entry to any Reebok Spartan Race in the continental U.S. The giveaway is now over and we have a winner…

Congratulations, Seth Richtsmeier!

Thank you to everyone who entered. I’m sorry you couldn’t all win, but this link courtesy of Spartan will generate a code for 15% off qualifying Reebok Spartan Races.

Keep on running strong!

Reebok Spartan Race Entry Giveaway

Obstacle races are having a field day; it’s one of the fastest growing trends in the entire sports industry. Forget growth — it’s been more like an explosion. In 2010, approximately 41,000 people entered about 20 obstacle races in the U.S., according to Outside Magazine. By 2012, those 20 events had grown to 150 with 1.5 million people participating. Competitor magazine reports that 2 million people competed in obstacle races in 2012 and the number of obstacle racing events in 2013 will surpass 500.

On of the biggest obstacle race series in the industry is Reebok Spartan Race. Spartan was voted “Best Obstacle Race in 2012” by Outside Magazine. They’ve got more than 60 events in 2013, including races in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Mexico, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

They offer four race distances to challenge anyone from beginners to the toughest Spartans out there: Read the rest of this entry →


06 2013

Sweat Together: A Valentine’s Day Ode To Running Love

running love

Our family on our wedding day (Photo: Lev Kuperman)

I’m a newlywed. My husband, Phil, and I have been married for six months and we’ve been together for five years. Running played a large part in our courtship, our engagement, and has been a mainstay of our relationship. We love to run, and whenever we can, we run together. They say that couples who sweat together stay together. I hope it’s true. Here’s to running love.

He’s much faster than me with his 3:03 marathon personal best; mine is 4:28. But that doesn’t stop us. Here’s how we keep on running side-by-side.


For workouts, we often do one of four things: Read the rest of this entry →


02 2013

Running Goals for 2013: Resolutions, Dreams and More

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Running toward New Year’s resoultions (Photo: Phil Hospod)

2012 was a notable year in running. The pros dazzled at the London Olympics, the New York City Marathon was canceled for the first time in its history, and a vice-presidential candidate’s not-quite-true claims of marathon glory brought running into the national conversation.

On a personal level, it was a meaningful year for me too. I married my Prince Charming, who proposed after a half-marathon; I ran for my cousin Laura, who died from cancer in June; and I started hosting a web series about running. I also knocked out four personal records in the marathon, half-marathon and triathlon, and ran 10 races total to reach a personal milestone of over 50 “career” races.

Running Goals for 2012

Every year, I like to look back at the goals I made the year before and see how I did. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2013

When Running And Love Collide

running and love, Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, Disney proposal, running proposal

The author and her soon-to-be-fiance after the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. He proposed just a few moments later.

I met this guy. After chatting a while, he mentioned that he was registered to run the ING New York City Marathon. He’d never run a marathon before. Heck, he’d never been on a single run, he said. He belonged to an Ultimate Disc league, a sport that requires a lot of running. But he was no runner. His sister had talked him into it, he said. The race was nine months away and he had no idea how to train for it.

As luck would have it, I was a runner. I ran the New York City Marathon just three months before, and was registered to run it again as well. So I offered to show him the ropes of marathon training, and take him on his very first run.

It was an unseasonably warm February day. We headed out to Central Park, where we’d met for a casual walk just a week before. We ran up to Belvedere Castle overlooking Turtle Pond and the Great Lawn, then jogged through the Ramble and back to the southern entrance to the park. He’d never visited those parts of Central Park before, he said. Stick with me, I said. As a runner, you see a lot of things you don’t notice otherwise.

Well, he stuck with me. Four years later, that guy is my fiancé, and running has played a large part in our courtship. Read the rest of this entry →


02 2012

Thankful for Thanksgiving Turkey Trots

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What better way to prepare for stuffing a turkey (and yourself) than a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot? Photo by Xybermatthew.

Gobble, gobble! It’s not just what a turkey says. It’s also what most of us do on Thanksgiving Day. It’s certainly what I do. Corn-broccoli casserole? Check. My mom’s super amazing stuffing? Yum. Gravy, gravy, gravy? You bet. A crescent roll or two. Of course. Apple Kuchen? Love it. With a side of ice cream? Wouldn’t be the same without. And of course, turkey? Heck, yeah!

There’s a reason Thanksgiving is possibly the most beloved national holiday. It’s really a festival of food. And one of the many reasons I love to run is because I love to eat. Thanksgiving is no exception. What better way to prepare for stuffing a turkey (and yourself) than a Turkey Trot?

From coast to coast, runners and walkers alike will give thanks for the Turkey Trot. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest, and most fun, running days of the year. Read the rest of this entry →


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