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ThinBound (Jaime) Pro 113 posts since
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Jul 16, 2011 9:55 AM

Are you picky about your events?

I'm running my first 5K in Sept. and while looking for the next step up I ran across another 5K that comes before a 10K I'd like to do. My first 5K is for Breast Cancer and I wanted to keep my runs to charity causes but there aren't that many available. The next 5K is for a church that helps the community and the 10K is for a local school.


When you're training your body to run a certain level, are you picky about the events you run (only charity, only church ect.) or do you just run, to run and factor it all in as training?


Thinbound (Jaime)

  • mjsmithz Amateur 14 posts since
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    1. Jul 16, 2011 11:22 AM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    the only factors i worry about is can i go and how many are gonna run(prefer smaller crowds ran a 5k last year it was 50% done before the mass of runners thinned out)

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
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    2. Jul 16, 2011 4:57 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    I'm picky in that I just don't care to clutter my schedule with too many events.  One every couple months or so seems to work for me.  I don't mind just running for running's sake, in fact, I love being out on a trail by myself.  I also don't feel the need to spend that much $, for the pleasure of finding folks to run with.  A race is great for adrenalin and to test my conditioning, but not necessary.

    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

  • x axis Rookie 5 posts since
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    3. Jul 16, 2011 9:05 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    I think it depends.  I am marathon training right now, so I tend to just schedule races that fit well while letting others go.  I love the rush of a good 5 or 10k, but I don't want to sacrifice too much of my actual training if a race just doesn't fit into the mix.

  • PowerRuff Amateur 35 posts since
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    4. Jul 16, 2011 9:10 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?
    I dont think I am not overly picky. But when I am choosing a race to sign up for I basically select a time frame then narrow it down based upon the charity that benifits from the run, where I live it seems every charity has  a 5k. I edge towards charities that benifit adaptive sports, kids, cancer, and wounded soldiers but dont consider myself to be restricted to only these. Signing up for a run gives me a goal and is motivating for those days when it is just so tempting to stay in bed or watch tv.


  • Shadoww Rookie 1 posts since
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    5. Jul 17, 2011 12:44 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    I use 5K's to keep me motivated and as a benchmark. Since I'm going to do them anyway I try to make them benefit events. That way I can maximize my gifting dollars, especially important in this economy. I am fortunate to live in an area where during the summer almost every weekend I have several to choose from. I generally try to avoid races put on my the big concerns and stick with smaller local ones. Though I will do larger events now and again. If you check out some of the run listing sites you'll get a good idea of what is out there and coming up. I have learned you need to check multiple sources.


    Most important of all, do what works for you. I do almost exclusively benefit events because I have been blessed with the ability to participate in these events, both physically and financially. Your motivation/reasons may be different.

    Feet don't fail me now! (Boilerplate but so true.)

  • Kinver88 Pro 80 posts since
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    6. Jul 17, 2011 3:38 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    Like you have already said, you can enter lots of races but then only 'race' the few that you want to concentrate on. I usually pick one or two big races to focus on and then use all the other events as training.





    2011 Goals:
    Sun 14 Hour UK IronMan
  • squilky Pro 91 posts since
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    7. Jul 18, 2011 8:15 AM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    I just finished C25K, and have been scouring websites looking for the "perfect" 5K to run as my first. I typically run in the evening, and found a twilight 5K that sounded great. Small group, running through an old part of town with lots of things to look at throughout the run. I was ready to sign up, then found out we had a previous engagement for the same night. Haven't found another "perfect" race just yet. So I think I may just have to suck it up and run just for the sake of getting it behind me. I think it's typical for most people to be a bit selective.

    Couch to 5k completed: 7/15/2011

    USPTO 5K 10/16/2011; 29:14 110/238

    Bull Run Festival of Lights 5K 12/31/2011; 31:30 324/683

    Primal Mud Run 4/14/2012; 1:29:29

    Cody's Crew 5k 9/16/2012 31:15

  • bostonbruce Amateur 12 posts since
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    8. Jul 18, 2011 8:45 AM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    I find it difficult to find longer distance charity races. A lot of 5k's, some 10k's, and maybe 7 and 10 milers here and there, but 1/2's and marathons seem tough to come by.

    With that said, my next charity run will be Boston 2012, which I am sponsored and committed to raising $3500.

    12/5/09- Special Olympics Jolly Jaunt 5k- 27:29 (8:51 pace)

    5/8/10- NECC 5k- results missing

    5/30/10- Johnny Kelly 1/2 Marathon- 2:01:46 (9:18)

    9/5/10- Swanzey Covered Bridges 1/2 Marathon- 1:57:50 (8:59)

    10/30/10- Special Olympics Trick or Trot 10k- 53:01 (8:32)

    2/27/11- Hyannis 1/2 Marathon- 2:21:42 (10:49)

    3/19/11- Holyoke St. Patrick's 10k- 52:49 (8:31)*PR*

    5/29/11- Johnny Kelly 1/2 Marathon- 1:54:21 (8:44)*PR*

    7/10/11- Mad Marathon- 4:50:59 (11:06)

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  • Dreamstate Legend 278 posts since
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    9. Jul 18, 2011 9:28 AM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    Most of the races that I participate in support some sort of cause. I don't solely choose them for this reason. When I first started, I chose races that fit into a certain schedule. Then I noticed that I like themed races and fun runs where people dressed up. Then I noticed that I only like races organized by one particular event organizer in my city. They always have great crowd support, great organization and great post-race refreshments. Now, I'm more interested in races with medals. lol


    So, I guess I have become more picky over the past year. I prefer large races (1000+ runners) with great crowd participation and post-race refreshments. lol  The purpose doesn't really matter. But I do love it when the money goes to a great cause.

    Completed Races 2012:

    Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon, 02:54:26 (1st run POST injury)

    Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, 01:49:00


    Upcoming Races 2012:

    IronGirl Half Marathon, 4/29/12

    Frederick Half Marathon, 5/6/12

    Atlantic City International Sprint Tri, 09/17/12

    Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon, 09/18/12

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/13/12

    Marine Corps Marathon, 10/28/12

    ING NYC Marathon, 11/4/12


    Personal Record from 2011:

    Teach, Learn, Play 5k, 10/02/11 00:26:57 (PR)

    Marine Corps Marathon 10k, 10/30/11 01:05:38 (PR)

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/15/11, 02:24:15 (PR)

  • OshCat Pro 179 posts since
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    10. Jul 18, 2011 9:35 AM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    So far all of my races except the 1-miler have involved proceeds going to charity.  There are some races I won't participate in due to the charity being supported.


    New Year's Color Run (5k) - 01/01/13

    Oshkosh Half-Marathon - 04/21/13

  • StaticZep Amateur 15 posts since
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    11. Jul 18, 2011 1:29 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    How can you not be? These days so many options are available from week to week that you really should be picky. If you are running a 5k or 10k for your training for a half or a full, you don't want to line up with 25,000 other pink wearing walkers in a strictly honor corral system (unless your plan is to walk the half).  I will make my donations for those causes through other means -- I have a "save the boobies" bracelet on my desk and yes, it's pink.


    If you are running for charity/cause, doesn't hurt to check out the event managers to ensure the money is going to where they claim it's going to. I can promote my own race to support IBS (with the emphasis on "BS") although I do suffer from irritable bowel, which makes one wonder why I even run for distance period, the money would not go to my Imodium supply.


    You certainly don't want to travel early in the morning to a site either without knowing what you signed up for -- could end up hearing banjos or gun shots.  Of course if that's the case, you could easily record a PR (thinking positive).  I believe the vast majority of event managers run quality race events for great causes. However, if the event is called: "The Grand Master KKK," you'd probably be best to sleep in that morning.


    The quality among timing (chips, scanners, spotters, hourglass, no timing period), routes (paved? all traffic blocked? chickens? cougars?), bathrooms (woods nearby?), t-shirts (if you care to have, cotton, lace?), and post race refreshments (water should be a given but love me some chocolate milk!); can vary greatly from race to race.


    In the end it comes down to the fact that it's your hard-earned money and your time being invested.  Most people prefer to sleep in on the weekends if they can.  The rest of us jarred something loose while running at some point and are just plain crazy gluttons looking for other crazies around to line up with at oh dark thirty.

    Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 11/05/11 - 3:50:19

    Indianapolis Half Marathon 10/15/11 - 1:44:59

    Nobesville 10-Miler (NHS) 09/24/11 - 1:16:07

    The Melt Down (Shelbyville) - 3 5Ks 07/16/11 - 1) 22:59 2) 24:30 3) 24:10

    Carmel Marathon 06/11/11 - 3:56:02 (a hot one!!!)

    Indy 500 Mini Marathon 05/07/11 - 1:48

    Indy 500 Training Series 15K 04/09/11 - 1:11:41

    Sam Costa Half (Carmel) 03/26/11 - 1:45

    Indy 500 Training Series 10K 03/05/11 - 46:21

    Polar Bear Doubler 3 & 5 Mile 02/19/11 - 3M - 22:00, 5M - 38:10

    Indy 500 Training Series 5K 02/12/11 - 22:01

    Race to the New Year 5K 01/08/11 - 23:59

    Jingle Bell 5K 12/11/10 - 23:23

    Turkey Trot - Noblesville 5K 11/25/10 - 24:00

    Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon 11/06/10 - 1:58

  • WIguy Pro 136 posts since
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    12. Jul 19, 2011 7:04 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    I'm picky enough I haven't made it out to a 5K this year, and don't plan on one until October.  Factors include:


    Chance for personal record: If yes, then seriously consider going.

    Distance: Within a half hour is preferable.

    Scenery: A unique setting is a plus.

    Fewer than 500 runners: Definitely better than a crowd of thousands.

    Weather: Count me out if it will be 80+ degrees.

    Charity: I'm more likely to run for a cause I believe in.

    Tech shirt: Hope so since I've got plenty of cotton t-shirts already.

    C25K - graduated 7/9/10


    Justiceworks' JustRun 5K - 9/4/10: 24:52

    American Cancer Society Walk/Run 5K - 9/19/10: 24:20

    Lettie's River Run 5K - 10/9/10: 24:59

  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
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    13. Jul 19, 2011 10:42 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    I live in Los Angeles and have lots of choices when it comes to races, so I can afford to be picky. I do consider a number of factors before signing up for a race (I do almost entirely 5K's and 10K's):

    • Most important: Is the race well organized? Does their website or flyer give me the information I need? Do they have efficient registration/check-in, sufficient parking near the start, a reasonable race course (not full of hairpin turns or narrow necks) and knowledgeable volunteers? If not, I'll skip the race, no matter how good the cause is.
    • I do tend to favor races that benefit young people: public schools, YMCAs, after school programs, enrichment programs, children's hospitals.
    • I tend to favor medium size races (from about 500 - 2000 entrants). Just personal preference. Enough other runners to get the event spirit going, but not so large that it feels disorganized. (But I've made a lot of exceptions on race size).
    • If all other factors are equal, a pretty race course, a well designed T-shirt, and good post race freebies can tip the balance, but they're much less critical to me.

    2015 highlights...

    @ 5K: New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32

    Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24

    Pride of the Valley, Baldwin Park, CA, 24:28

    @ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15

    Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40

    Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 49:57

  • johnmcc22 Pro 100 posts since
    Mar 15, 2010
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    14. Jul 20, 2011 3:11 PM (in response to ThinBound (Jaime))
    Re: Are you picky about your events?

    While I only started running this year after completing the C25k, i justs entered my 3rd 5k this summer, I've been trying to stick with charity runs, if possible I also look for ones with a tshirt.

    1: Essential2life 5k 4.7.2012

    2: Long Branch Half Marathon 5.6.2012

    3: Newport - Jersey City 10k 5.12.2012

    4: Newport - Jersey City Half Marathon 9.23.2012

    5: Atlantic City Half Marathon 10.21.2012

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