Race Added: 2020 Race Across Durham 10 Miler (Virtual)

I was pretty bummed as I checked the Race Across Durham website on July 1st. Since the race began a few years ago, I would get up on my birthday (the day registration opens normally) and sign up, as a little present to myself.

This July, registration did not open…

However, I received a little surprise in my inbox just the other week. Race Across Durham is going VIRTUAL! I signed up immediately.

There are three race distances to pick from — 10 miler, Marathon and Ultra. I have signed up for the 10 miler. As in previous races, the race benefits the fantastic Life Skills Foundation in Durham, NC.

The race can be run anytime between Nov 1st and Nov 30th (you can still sign up until Nov 20th). I’ve managed to get a few friends signed up as well, so we’ll plan to run it together — on the actual race course!

So while it’s a virtual, it’s going to be fairly close to the real thing — minus the great snacks and post-party music and food — but I’ll take it.

I’ve already been down to the Eno for a training run on Sunday past, and it was amazing. The weather was beautiful and I felt in great form. Let’s hope we can hit that magic combination on race day.

Race Added: Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K Charlotte, NC

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k Charlotte race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Guess who signed up for more chocolate? This guy 👆

YES, I’m going back to Charlotte, North Carolina to run the Hot Chocolate 15K race on the 20th February 2021.

I’ve ran this race twice now – and had I known how 2020 was going to turn out I wouldn’t have skipped it last January. I was thinking I had enough races in my calendar. Anyway

As usual, I opted to have my race swag mailed to me for an extra fee. This saves me having to stress about getting down to the EXPO on time (since it’s usually on the Friday). I’ll still plan to visit it if I can, but since I’ll have my bib already, it’s not a big deal if I can’t.

I can’t wait to visit Amelies French Bakery again for some lovely pastries and buns.

To sign up, check out the Allstate Hot Chocolate web site.

Race Added: Savannah Bridge Run, Savannah, GA

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Well, lookey here! I know I’d blogged a while back that I was only promoting this race as I wasn’t able to travel on race weekend.

Just recently the race organizers had to make the call to convert the race to virtual only. This is obviously disappointing for them, the city and many runners, but for people like myself who weren’t able to travel, it allows us to participate AND GET ALL THE BLING!

If you had already signed up, you have a few options:

  • Run the race virtually.
  • Defer to 2021, 2022, or 2023 events.
  • Donate your registration to charity.
  • Or request a full refund (minus some fees and charges).

(see faqs for detailed information)

For the virtual race, all the same options are available — 5K, 10K and Double Pump (15K). I signed up for the 10K and will plan to run the distance locally.

I can complete my race any time between October 25th – December 5th. The medal and participant shirt will be mailed out to my home about a week after the race date.

Move Through COVID-19 with a Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask!

Disclaimer: I received a Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask Helix to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

By now we’re all fairly used to wearing and seeing other people in face masks. When it all started, it was hard to get your hands on a mask even if you wanted one. Fortunately now we have many options to choose from, and I’ve tried a few.

Masks come in all shapes and sizes these days. I did see a man walking into Target recently in what looked like a World War II gas mask. That has to be heavy and uncomfortable, especially in North Carolina humidity. Each to their own, is what I said to myself.

My first mask ever, during this pandemic, was kindly made by a friend of the family. It was a cloth mask that allowed us to go out in public, and feel protected. We bought several more cloth masks online as they became more widely available, and I had been using them exclusively until I received my Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask.

The Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask is made from a light-weight, ultra thin (0.5 mm) closed-cell fabric that prevents transmission of water, viruses, and germs. The included (disposable) filters add a further layer of protection.

The actual mask itself can be machine washed (with filter removed), and laid flat to dry. Once dry, you simply apply a new filter with the adhesive provided.

All the previous masks I’d tried were one-size-fits-all, but with Body Helix you have small, medium and large options. There is a sizing chart on the website to help you select the correct size for your face.

This ensures a snug fit and all day comfort — with or without the optional nasal bridge wire strip (great for spectacle wearers). The large over-the-ear strap design helps reduce ear discomfort during long-term wear.

The Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask comes in two colors — Black and Cool Blue — at $19.99 and $24.99 respectively. The mask comes with 6 filters and 4 nasal bridge wire strips. Additional filters can be purchased at BodyHelix.com in packs of 30 (+10 nasal bridge wire strips) for $14.99 (free shipping).

I have been pretty much wearing this mask every day since getting it. It’s my go-to for dropping Xander to daycare, going shopping, or eating out at restaurants. I’ve had quite a few people comment on how great this mask looks.

You may be wondering if it’s possible to run in this mask. I’ve tried it, but I’ll be honest — I hate running in ANY mask. I don’t think I necessarily need to wear a mask when running unless I’m unable to keep physically distanced from other people. For this reason, I’ll often carry my Body Helix Ultra-Light Face Mask with me in case I need it.

I do know other Bibrave Pro’s that do run with it and love it. For example, check out reviews from Teddy and Stephanie.

DISCOUNT CODE

This is a great, quality-made mask and if you’re interested I have a discount code. If you use code BR15 on bodyhelix.com you’ll get 15% off any order of $40 (subtotal) or more (expires Oct. 31, 2020).

Why do you run, Lucky Vijayaraghavan?

About Lucky

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Lucky through Morrisville Run Club. He was good friends with another one of our runners. Lucky is a big Orange Theory fan, so I don’t get the chance to run with him much recently, but we did bump into each a lot during local races.

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Why do you run, Matthew L Thompson?

About Matthew

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Matthew likes to run, and likes to run a lot! He is a member of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill chapter of Black Men Run. I’ve never properly met the famous MLT, but we’ve often passed each other on our runs and will plan to run together some day soon!

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Race Highlight: Savannah Bridge Run

Talmadge Bridge

Disclaimer: I am promoting The Savannah Bridge Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

My wife is a city girl. She loves weekend trips to cities to soak up the buzz and the night-life. Last year we spent a few days in Savannah, GA and it did not disappoint. It’s a beautiful city, full of character and life.

I was pretty pumped when the opportunity to race the Savannah Bridge Run came along. Unfortunately it turned out that the dates would not work for me so I will not be running it this year. Instead I am telling YOU why you should run it!

The Race

Before I share more about the city of Savannah, let me tell you about the race. It is known as “the South’s toughest bridge run”. It is also named one of America’s top 20 races under 10 miles by The BibRave 100.

There are 3 race events to choose from, all which run over the bridge and through scenic downtown Savannah – 5K (once over the bridge), 10K (twice over the bridge) and DOUBLE PUMP (three times over the bridge).

Dress It Up

Races with costume contests can be so much fun. I’ve never actually taken part in one, but always wish I had when I see the efforts some people go to. It always make me smile — especially the really bad ideas. The race awards cash prizes for both group and individual entries.

Post Run Party

There’s one thing I know, Savannah knows how to party. After the race, participants will enjoy live music, beer and food in Franklin Square, downtown Savannah.

The City

If you can, I encourage you to spend 2-3 days in Savannah over race weekend. It’s an amazing location with lots to explore. Most of which can easily be explored on foot (or a recovery run).

We just loved the river side streets and cobblestone. It is packed full of little art shops, restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, etc. The coffee and desert shops that open late are amazing — I can totally recommend Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. There is lots of good food and treats to choose from while you’re there.

Cobblestone Streets

Discount Code

Use the code BIBRAVE2020 for 15% the race registration.

Why do you run, Andy Chang?

About Andy

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Andy when he was working for Fleet Feet in Morrisville. He knows my weird feet intimately and introduced me to Altra shoes. I still bug him from time to time for shoe advice, even though he’s moved on to bigger and better things in Washington, DC.

Thanks to Andy for sharing some great thoughts below. I really wish he’d expanded on his animal taming habits — there just may be a Netflix documentary about him some day.

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Race Highlight: The Hapalua, Hawaii’s Half Marathon

The Hapalua is the largest Half Marathon in Hawaii. There are around 10,000 runners and walkers who participate! That’s one big race and all in such a beautiful location!

Unfortunately, due to covid-19, the The Hapalua has been canceled this year. If you were registered to run, all entry fees for the 2020 Hapalua will be honored for the April 11, 2021 Hapalua.

I was fortunate to spend a little time in Hawaii last summer and get amazing some runs in. I already take excessive amounts of photos during a normal run, but running there took it to a whole new level.

Running in Hawaii, 2019

We spent a week on Maui when we visited, and we talk quite often about going back in the future. Maybe next time we go to O’ahu and run the Hapalua!

Check out the course below. I can just imagine the warm air and views of the sea the whole way around! Just like that half marathon I ran in Ireland, except for the cold wind, grey skies and gale force winds — and severe lack of palm trees. 😉

(Excuse me while I go google for software development jobs in Hawaii…)

It’s hard to believe, but the course is fairly flat, with a couple of small hills toward the end. There is even music stations at a few points on the course — I love it when races have live bands along the course. It always brings a smile to my face.

Just imagine spending a few recovery days here after completing the race. This is the small beach that was in front of our accommodation. Sea turtles would swim up and sleep here at night.

If you do decide to go and run The Hapalua, make sure you pack your snorkel gear along with your running shoes.

Why do you run, Gannon Griffin?

About Gannon

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Gannon has been running with Morrisville Run Club (MRC) for a while now. I believe he joined our crew when we were training for the Tobacco Road Marathon in 2018/2019. He likes to run a lot of miles along with his dog, Gunner.

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