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Zooma Women's Race Series, a random fact and a giveaway!

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First, for the random fact: unless something changes between now and April 9th, I plan on running the Garden Spot Village Marthon! I am nervous and excited. I am going in with no expectations since I now have been tapering way too long, but I am hoping for a good first marathon. My IT band is still not too happy with me, so pray that it will be better before the marathon. It will be totally different from what I expected for my first, but I am looking forward to the smaller crowd of runners, running country roads, and getting passed by a horse and buggy!

A picture from last year's Garden Spot Village Marathon, courtesy of their Facebook page!
Second, I am surprised I have not shared this before, but I am a ZOOMA Annapolis Race Ambassador! I am thrilled to be apart of this fun team for this great race. I ran the Zooma Annapolis 10K last year and had lots of fun doing it, so I am excited to be able to help other women prepare for this race.
The Zooma Annapolis Ambassadors! These ladies are amazing!

The Zooma race series is designed specifically for women.  Here is a little information about Zooma from the website:
Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move--encouraging fellow runners and celebrating personal running triumphs. Picture a post-race party and expo all wrapped up in one memorable “after-party expo” where these strong goal-oriented women come together for well-deserved partying and pampering. This is ZOOMA Women’s Race Series presented by New Balance.

ZOOMA Women’s Race Series is an exciting new concept in women’s running that celebrates the power and beauty of all women.

◦Purpose is to promote women’s and girls’ health and fitness by encouraging them to participate in a challenging and fun running event
◦Pampering amenities and exciting entertainment with a “girls’ weekend” atmosphere
◦Inaugural event held in Annapolis, MD on June 1, 2008 attracted over 1,600 runners
◦ZOOMA welcomes both men and women to participate in all ZOOMA events.
◦2011 events will be held in Austin, TX, Annapolis, MD, Colorado Springs, CO, and Atlanta, GA

ZOOMA Women’s Race Series works with a charity partner in each city. 2011 charities include Team in Training, the world's first, best and largest charity sports training program; Got Your Back Network, a charity that connects with military families who have lost a parent or spouse while serving our country; and Wounded Warrior Project whose purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
I loved my Zooma Annapolis experience last year. There were post race massages, wine (YES!!!), a boxed lunch, as well as the typical post race foods, and even shopping! The race "medal" was a cute necklace that could be worn more than just after the race.

Some of the ambassadors at the Zooma Annapolis Kick off.
 Zooma Annapolis has three distances to cater to all women: the half marathon, a 10K and a 1.5 miler. Plus, there is a kids race to keep the kids entertained while mom is running! And, if you are in the area, we have training runs each weekend. They are free and lots of fun. You can check them out here.

And to celebrate the fact that I am an ambassador and soon to be marathoner, I have a fun Zooma running giveaway for you all!

What am I giving away (Thanks to Brae at Zooma and some of the generous sponsors of the race):

1. This cute grocery bag (I had one and loved it!):
2. A Zooma tee! (You pick your size)

3. Luna bars! Yummy!

4. Vanilla flavored GU! (Sorry, there were just two left!)

And since there were only two GUs left, I thought I would add:

5. 5 Clif Shots (Razz Berry Flavor)

6. Two Bondibands

7. Samples of FlexPower Pain relief cream (I LOVE this stuff!)

To enter:
1. Just leave a comment on this post!

For extra enteries:

1. Like Zooma Women's Race Series on Facebook
2. Follow my blog
3. If you are registered or will register for any Zooma Race of 2011
4. Shout it from the rooftops! Share this giveaway with all that you know via Facebook, Twitter, your blog or even email! (And just click one of the buttons below to share!)

Just leave a separate comment for each thing you do! Giveaway will end April 15th @ 12 midnight! And, you do not need to be a runner to enter. If you are not a runner and would just like some of the items in the giveaway, please enter. If you win, just let me know what you want and what you do NOT want and I will pick a second winner that I am sure would love to have some extra GUs for long runs!

Good Luck!


  1. i love races just for women.
    you're a great inspiration.i'm still trying to train for a 1/2 marathon.

  2. That sounds like a neat marathon! Good luck!

    Great giveaway items, thanks!

  3. I blogged about your great giveaway here:

  4. Oh wow! Congratulations on being a Zooma Ambassador! That is so awesome. I actually ran the 10k last year (my first one) and boy it was rough in that heat. I'm not sure I want to do it again, although I'm sure it would be a PR for me. hmmm?

  5. I am already a follower of your bloggie. :)

  6. oh I love the zooma races! we have one here in a few weeks! Great giveaway too. Cute bag/shirt. I am in!

  7. I just found this - my daughter and I will be doing the 10K.


  8. i ran the zooma atlanta as my first half marathon! :) fun giveaway! always need me some gels... lol

  9. Started following your blog! Great giveaway :)

  10. Would love to be entered for this!

  11. Ive just started jogs, anyway...i think winning this would be excellent motivation!

    katch05 at gmail dot com

  12. I just stumbled upon your blog today for the first time and I will definitely be back! I have enjoyed reading your previous few weeks of posts. I'm in the midst of a running injury, so I can relate to your IT issues. I can't wait to hear how your marathon went. I hope your leg held up for you!

  13. I love Zooma Annapolis! I missed it last year because I was 9 months pregnant so I am super excited to be there this year.

  14. Just shared the giveaway via Facebook!

  15. I'll be registering for Zooma Annapolis this week (if I don't win an entry on Thursday as part of the One Fit Mama Fittest Mama Challenge!)

  16. Alison, you will be getting a One Fit Mama Challenge entry I'm sure of it. I'm still feeling yesterday's run-thanks for getting me out! I love the Zooma race. I've done it every year since it started in Annapolis. I'm looking forward to when it comes to Harrisburg or Boston:)

  17. Love women's races, and I'd love to do another...

  18. ...which is why I am entering in the Annapolis race!

  19. And I follow the blog on Reader!

  20. Congratulations on becoming a marathoner!! Good for you:)

    I'd love any IT band tips you have as I struggle with this EVERY time I train. I'm thinking I might never get to do a marathon because of it.

  21. Awesome giveaway! That's great you are an ambassador!

  22. So good to know you are a ZOOMA Ambassador! Thank you for the awesome giveaway...cheers!

  23. I actually really want to do this race and half debating it. It seems so powerful to woman everywhere. I am always in need of gels. :)

  24. Enjoyed reading your blog!! Looking forward to running along side all these strong women during Zooma Annapolis!!! Thank you for being an ambassador!

  25. Ooooh I LOVE that t-shirt!!!! AND, I just ate a Luna bar from Trader Joes this morning YUM YUM!!!!

  26. I have been looking for a women's running group in my area of Phoenix AZ as well!

  27. I am sharing this giveaway on my blog!

  28. I am sharing this giveaway on fb :)

  29. I did all of the above!! Look forward to seeing you at the runs! :)


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