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Race recap: Run2Survive Zombie Fest [10/18/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

A huge thank you to the 250 zombies and survivors that shuffled and scurried out at Blue Lake Park last weekend for the second annual Run2Survive Zombie Fest! The slightly overcast day and moderate temperatures were perfect for a run--for the living. Makeup artists were on hand prior to the race for free zombie mini-makeovers, and numerous vendors were giving away treats. I did my own makeup and costume at home, using some actual stage makeup that I ordered online--it’s not much more expensive than the stuff at the Halloween stores, but worked a lot better for me. It took about two hours to get ready this year, but it was worth it! I looked pretty scary and gross. PERFECT! Lots of other zombies dressed the part, which made the event extra fun.

Just before the start, Energy Events crew led everyone in a warmup, and then sent the survivors on their way with a 5 minute head start. There were also plenty of zombies on the course, which was partially paved and partially grass. Although none of the running zombies had caught up to Amy and I, the zombies on the course snagged all of our flags before we even got to mile 2. Afterwards, it was really fun taking pictures with friends at the “photo booth” area, sipping beer and cocktails, and hanging out. In addition to prizes for the fastest male and female, fastest masters male and female, the top two zombies with the most flags.

We would also like to thank all of the spirited spectators, the invaluable volunteers, and our spectacular sponsors (Kraken Rum, Jose Cuervo Cinge, Fit Right, Monster Energy, Whole Foods-Mill Plain, Oberto, 98.7 The Bull, 750 Sports The Game, Live 95.5, 101.9 KINK and 101 KXL). We look forward to seeing you at our next event, The Hot Buttered Run!

WHAT? Run Recap - October 2014 [10/27/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

Thank you to the nearly 80 runners who came out for the October WHAT? Run at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits! We appreciate all of you brave souls who decided to run in spite of the wind, rain and darkness. The 3.6 mi route took us along part of the Vancouver waterfront as it was getting dark, which was beautiful. After the run, the Rock offered $5 pasta specials for the group, and even threw in a large pizza as a raffle prize! As always, the first round of beers was courtesy of VUM, and several raffle prizes were given out, including entries to the Vancouver USA Marathon and the Half. Congrats to the winners!

Additionally, it was announced that I’ll be one of the Ambassadors for the 2015 Vancouver USA Marathon & Half! I am so honored to be named VUM Ambassador and share my excitement about this event. If you have any questions about this fabulous race or would like to know more about it, feel free to email me at lipglossandspandex@gmail.com

The next WHAT? run will be Wednesday November 19th at 6:00 pm. The location will be at Dirty Hands Brewing. Hope to see you there!

October 2014 What? Run Reminder! [10/22/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

Hi everyone! It’s been a busy week here for Energy Events! The crew has been hard at working getting ready for this weekend’s Run 2 Survive ZombieFest on Saturday, and we’re hoping to see all of you guys and ghouls out there decked out in your finest zombie attire. And just a few days later on Wednesday, October 22nd, we’ll be having this month’s WHAT? Run at the Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits on Columbia Boulevard at 6:30pm. There will be a short route and a longer route, and as always, the Vancouver USA Marathon will treat you to your first beer if you’re 21 and older. There will also be tons of prizes and race entries raffled off, so you don’t want to miss out.

Race preview: Run 2 Survive - Zombie Fest [10/18/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

It’s time to bust out the bottles of fake blood! The second annual Run 2 Survive - Zombie Fest and Little Zombie Runis back, and it has an all new location for 2014, Blue Lake Park. This fun 5k event benefits the Evergreen School Foundation. And in addition to having local microbrews and Monster Energy Drinks, this year’s post-event party will also feature Kraken Rum and Cuervo Cinge! I loved all of the craft beers at last year’s event, but love that there will be even more options. Also included in the registration cost: tech t-shirt, goodie bag, and medal (Zombie or Survivor)!

My favorite part of this event is the costume contest. Last year I went all out, and spent hours putting together my costume. I’d never tried doing zombie makeup before therace, but it sure was fun seeing the transformation! It was so weird not having my friends recognize me, even when I said hi and told them it was me. All of those hours of research and effort paid off-- I was “Scariest Female Zombie” and received an awesome gift basket full of goodies. I’m really hoping to have an even better costume this year.

Even if you’re not racing, the Zombie Fest party will be going until 3pm--so come join us for a frightfully fun time. See you at the Run 2 Survive - Zombie Fest!

Recap: September 2014 WHAT? Run
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

The WHAT? run is BACK!!! We’ve been waiting impatiently for the return of the monthly running party known as the “WHAT? run” and it’s finally here. The WHAT? run is a totally free group run usually around 3-6 miles. They’re fun and casual, for runners and walkers of all abilities. After the run, there are tons of giveaways including entries to various Energy Events races including the Vancouver USA Marathon & Half Marathon, tshirts and swag, and VUM buys you your first beer!



The slightly overcast skies were a welcome change for Wednesday’s run at the Grant House on Officer’s Row. Over 100 runners attended this month’s group run, which had a 2.7 mi loop, with the option to run it twice. The course ventured out on Evergreen, turned South on Columbia, out towards Joe’s Crab Shack and Whosong & Larry’s, over the landbridge, by Fort Vancouver, and then back to the Grant House. It was a gorgeous night for a run--the skies were beautiful shades of pink and orange as the sun set! Afterwards, Ghost Runner Brewing was serving up their Negative Split Stout and 10k IPA, and the Grant House was offering $5 pasta. It was a great night to hang out with my running friends, especially the ones I haven’t seen in awhile!!!

The next WHAT? run will be on Wednesday, October 22 at the Rock Wood Fired Pizza. Keep track of all of the upcoming WHAT? runs on Facebook

Hope to see you there!

Race Recap: Champoeg Half Marathon & 5 Miler [9/21/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

Congratulations to the nearly four hundred participants of the 2014 Champoeg Half Marathon & 5 Miler! Thank you for bringing your ENERGY, despite the heat--who knew it would ever be this warm during the end of September?! It was definitely a stark contrast to last year’s rainy and windy event.


This was my first year running Champoeg Half Marathon--I’d never even been to Champoeg State Park prior to Sunday!--and it’s a well-organized event, and the course is pretty with some gently rolling hills. Although I wasn’t running very well, I really appreciated all of the volunteers, the frequent aid stations (every two miles), and the Energy Events team members cheering us on, including Coach Ron, who encouraged me to “Tough it out”! (Coach, didn’t the pained expression on my face tell you that’s what I was trying to do???) I definitely appreciated the beer garden at the finish, and celebrating the end of a hot run with good friends.

Thank you to all of the Energy Events staff, the amazing volunteers, and to all of our sponsors and partners: Foot Traffic, Ninkasi, Jamba Juice, Clif Bar, AA Sports, Evan Pilchik Photography, Paradox Productions, and Phoenix Media.

Be sure to join us for our next events: WHAT? Run [9/24/2014], Cosmo 7k - Bend [9/27/2014], Cosmo 7k - Seattle [10/4/2014] and Run 2 Survive - ZombieFest [10/18/2014].



Race preview: Champoeg Half Marathon & 5 Miler [9/21/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

It seems like we just wrapped up Gateway to the Gorge and now we’re getting ready for Champoeg! The Energy Events team has been hard at work and we’re excited to see you at next weekend’s Champoeg Half Marathon & 5 Miler. For those of you running the Portland Marathon or Half, this is a great training run!

I’m so excited to be running Champoeg for the first time and taking in the beautiful scenery at Champoeg State Park and battling the category 5 hill that I’ll be doing twice on the half marathon course. While I haven’t experienced the course YET, I know that Energy Events consistently does a fantastic job organizing their races. I can rest assured that the course support will be awesome, the swag will be fantastic (t-shirts and goodie bags for all, and medals for all half marathon finishers), and the after-party will be incredibly fun (looking forward to the BBQ and Ninkasi beer)!

This race will be capped at 800 participants, so make sure you sign up soon. Online registration ends 9/15/2014.



Race recap: Gateway to the Gorge Half Marathon, 8 Miler & 5k [9/6/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

The weather was a little warm for Saturday’s Gateway to the Gorge Half Marathon, 8 Miler & 5k, benefitting the Guardian Project! Fortunately much of the scenic (but challenging) course was shaded, and extra water/electrolyte stations were provided for the nearly 700 runners and walkers who came out for the events.

The first few miles from downtown Troutdale through the nearby neighborhoods contained quite a few good sized hills! The next portion of the race was along the scenic Old Historic Highway, with a nice long downhill at mile 7. After running along some paved trails, we headed back on the Old Historic Highway toward downtown. A final push up the hill brought us across the finish line, where each finisher’s name was announced, and medals were given to half marathon finishers. After the race, I munched on trail mix, bananas and PB&J sandwiches.

Gateway to the Gorge is a great smaller race that’s well organized and has a competitive field of runners. If you’re looking for a good challenge with some amazing views along the Sandy River, come join us next year!



Race preview: Gateway to the Gorge Half, 8 Miler and 5K [9/6/2014]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

Gateway to the Gorge is yet another amazing Energy Events race that I will get to experience for the first time this year! This event benefits 4 Their Lives, a non-profit that provides mobile ultrasounds throughout the Northwest. Now in its second year, Gateway to the Gorge Half Marathon, 8 miler and 5k will again take place in downtown Troutdale, Oregon, with a course that begins with a few rolling hills that work their way into breath-taking views, waterfalls, scenic park trails, and then finally, along the Old Historic Hwy as you sprint up hill back toward the finish line. After watching this video, I’m incredibly excited for this fun event.

VIDEO HERE

Gateway to Gorge registration closes in a week!! Use promo 747 by Thursday 8/28/2014 to save $7!!



Race recap: Vancouver Cosmo 7K and Champagne Bike Ride
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

8/20/2014

The third annual Vancouver Cosmo 7k and inaugural Champagne Bike Ride, benefitting the Pink Lemonade Project and Fort Vancouver Trust, was a fantastic party disguised as a race! These ladies-only, 21+ over events brought out 1100 runners and walkers, and 150 bikers, and showcased historic parts of Vancouver, as well as the waterfront.

It was definitely a HOT Saturday night for the Cosmo 7K, but the ladies were looking fab in their tutus and fun outfits (I was a glittery rainbow leopard). The pre-/post-race venue (the O.O. Howard House) was beautiful and shaded, perfect for browsing all of the vendor booths, which were giving out all sorts of fun swag, and also lots of opportunities for shopping--there was Jamba Juice, Solemates, Langstone Chiroporactic, Sweet Spot Skirts, LUNA, Whole Foods, and MORE! And that was in addition to the reusable goodie bag with treats and a dark grey tech t-shirt! The 7K race was hot, and had a strong headwind along the water, as well as two inclines that felt pretty rough on such a hot day, but it was nice to cheer on other runners and walkers on the out and back portion of the course! And thankfully, there were two water stations on the course as well. But it was definitely the refreshing Cosmos made with Three Olives Vodka that were the highlight of the event! There were classic Cosmos, Marilyn Cosmos (strawberry) and Pomegranate Cosmos, served in souvenir martini glasses. There were also post-event snacks: grapes, veggies with ranch, Jolly Ranchers, oranges and bananas. The top three finishers in each age group received a medal, and the top finisher in each age group also received a JUMBO souvenir martini glass (I need to work on getting faster so I can earn one of those!) Everyone needs to have goals, right?

The 20 and 35-mile Champagne Bike rides took place the following Sunday morning and featured delicious brunch-type snacks in addition to Mimosas! There were black tank tops for ladies who participated in this untimed event, and those who completed both the Cosmo 7K and the Champagne Bike ride received a special finishers medal. As you can see, it’s some pretty sweet bling. (I personally didn’t do the bike ride... After being “scarred for life” from a minor bicycling incident at the age of 12, I’ve pretty much sworn off bicycling except when absolutely necessary. But owning more bling is pretty necessary. So I guess I need to run faster AND work on my bicycling for next year...)

The entire Energy Events crew would love to thank all of the amazing ladies who ran, walked and biked with us over the weekend! We loved seeing your (sweaty) smiling faces as you crossed the finish line, and celebrating with you at the post-race party. We’d also like to thank all of the fabulous volunteers--we couldn’t do it without you! And we’d like to thank all of our amazing sponsors: Three Olives Vodka, Sweet Spot Skirts, Skora, Whole Foods, Fit Right, Luna, Fort Vancouver National Trust, Corwin Beverages, and Live 95.5. Lastly, a big shout out to the entire Energy Events staff--as always, you brought the (pink!) ENERGY. It’s always fun working with you guys and gals!

If you missed out on the Vancouver Cosmo 7k and Champagne Bike Ride, there’s still time to register for the Bend Cosmo 7k and 30 mile Champagne Bike Ride [9/27/14], and the Seattle Cosmo 7k [10/4/14]!




Race preview: Cosmo 7k and Champagne Bike Ride - Vancouver [8/9-8/10/14], Bend [9/27/14], and Seattle [10/4/14]
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

7/30/2014

It's not 5 miles, it's not a 5K... It's lucky number 7! Grab your girlfriends for this ladies’ night out!

What’s even better than one cosmo?! THREE COSMOS!!! This year, Energy Events is bringing you the all-ladies Cosmo 7k event in THREE locations: Vancouver, WA; Bend, OR; and Seattle, WA! This 21+ event will feature three signature martinis made with Three Olives Vodka: Classic Cosmo, Marilyn Monroe Strawberry, and Pomegranate. Every participant receives a women’s fit tech t-shirt, souvenir engraved martini glass, Luna goodie bag, and post-race snacks.

In addition to the 7k run/walk, there is now also a Champagne Bike Ride in Vancouver the following day, with 20 mile and 35 mile options (these are non-timed events). Post-bike ride, there will be champagne, cosmos, fruit and pastries! If you participate in both the 7k run/walk and the bike ride, you’ll earn a special finishers medal. (Oooh, you know this girl loves some BLING).

This popular event is capped, to sign up soon! I’m very excited to do this event for the second time--I love the start/finish at OO Howard House on Officer’s Row. As always, Energy Events brings the ENERGY and has an awesome vibe to it. And you can feel good knowing that the event benefits the Pink Lemonade Project, which educates, empowers, and supports those affected by breast cancer, and the Fort Vancouver National Trust! Hope to see you out there :)



Race recap: 2014 Fueled by Fine Wine
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

7/15/2014

It isn’t that uncommon to overhear a few runners saying, “I just hope that I finish” prior to the start of the race. But the morning of the fifth annual Fueled by Fine Wine, with a forecast of 92 degrees and the difficult course on our minds, I heard a lot more runners expressing that sentiment than I usually do. And to be honest, I felt the same way! Though it was voted the #13 Best Half Marathon in the United States by Runners World Magazine in 2013, the FBFW course is incredibly challenging, with gravel, dirt paths, and over 1000 feet of elevation gain. Of the twenty-one half marathons that I’ve run, it would be the hardest by far.

As a trio of hot air balloons floated into the sky above Bilick Park in Dundee, Oregon, approximately 1200 of us runners began making our way through the neighborhoods and out toward wine country. This was my first time running FBFW, and while I had heard descriptions of the course, I knew that actually experiencing it would be very different. After leaving the neighborhood, there was a STEEP gravel/dirt hill, and then winding through a vineyard on red Jory dirt. By the time I got to the first aid station at mile 2, I’d taken a few walking breaks, and I started to question whether it was a good idea to continue running this race when I have a relay next weekend. After getting cheered on by Tom and Kerianne, who were volunteering at the aid station, I continued on. At mile five, the course switches to a long downhill stretch that’s tough on your legs. At this point, the course becomes more downhill (but still VERY hilly!!!). I was grateful for the water stations which were stocked with water and nuun (alternating flavors at each aid station!) and porta-potties every two miles, especially for a July race. My favorite aid station was at mile 10. My awesome friend Mechell was there volunteering, AND there was CANDY!!! Things quickly got a little scary as flashes of lighting periodically lit up the sky, and I wondered what else I could do except just keep running and finish the race as quickly as possible (except for that long hill at mile 12). As I approached the last mile of the race, it started to rain. Fortunately, it cleared up quickly and was pleasantly warm but overcast--perfect for hanging out and enjoying some vino!

The post-race festivities were very well planned out. The finish line had cold water, chocolate chip cookies, bagels with peanut butter and nutella, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. The lines for checking IDs and getting wristbands moved quickly, as did the bag check lines (always appreciated). There were DOZENS of wineries under a large tent pouring tastes into gorgeous etched Fueled By Fine Wine souvenir wine glasses.

Fueled by Fine Wine benefits three local charities, A Family Place; MS Society Oregon Chapter; and NW Newfoundland Rescue.

Thank you to Chris Nagy, founder of FBFW; US Bank; Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association; Energy Events; Skora; Now Design; KIND Healthy Snacks; the city of Dundee; Fit Right; OregonLive.com; AA Sports; Evan Pilchik Photography.

Hope to see you at the 2015 Fueled By Fine Wine!

Race recap: 2014 Vancouver USA Marathon, Half Marathon, Kids Marathon & Freedom 5k
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

6/20/2014

Congratulations to all of the participants who took part in the fourth annual Vancouver Vancouver USA Marathon, Half Marathon, Kids Marathon, Freedom 5k and Active Expo over the weekend! The Vancouver USA Marathon, voted one of the top ten new fun feature-filled marathons by Runner’s World magazine, was even bigger and better than previous years. Over 2,800 runners and walkers representing 45 states and five countries took place in this year’s event at Esther Short Park, which also included a shakeout run with Bart Yasso, Summer Brewfest and live music. Grindstone provided $2400 in prize money for the top three overall male and female runners for the marathon and half marathon. The fast and mostly flat courses featured local attractions such as the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver and Officer’s Row.



This was my first year participating in the Vancouver USA Marathon and it was spectacular. I won a free entry at the October 2013 WHAT? Run, and since I wanted to run at least one more marathon before I turn 30, I figured it was a sign! Prior to VUM, I had run three marathons--the first, hitting my goal time exactly; and the second two, having injuries that resulted in even slower times. It was really disappointing after training for months, and it took me awhile to feel ready to attempt 26.2 again.


Fortunately, this time around I worked with Train with Energy coach Ron Homer, who made me an individualized training plan that worked with my very busy race calendar, and who pushed me out of my comfort zone. I had never done hill or track workouts prior to working with Ron, and since I started following his training advice, I’ve seen huge improvements in my running, and fewer injuries. Although a number of personal challenges simultaneously came up two weeks before the race, I was able to trust in the months of training and PR by 28 minutes. After the run, Esther Short Park was the perfect venue for hanging out with fellow runners and hearing about their race experiences.

Thank you to everyone who chose to participate in the Vancouver USA Marathon, to the hundreds of volunteers (you all were AMAZING!!!), to the Red Lizards who helped pace the marathon and half marathon, and to all of our sponsors and partners:



Thank you also to all of the members of the Energy Events team for working so hard on this event, particularly Train with Energy coach Ron Homer, who helped provide 26 local runners and walkers with the guidance and knowledge that helped us succeed at this weekend’s races.

Race results for the marathon and half marathon are available here and for the Freedom 5k and kids’ events are available here.


June 2014 What? Run recap
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

6/5/2014
The weather was perfect--sunny but with a nice breeze--as the group of nearly one hundred runners celebrated National Running Day with the Energy Events crew! The surprise June What? run, which started at Sweet Spot Skirts, covered the last mile and a half of the official VUM course, and finished at historic Slocum House in Esther Short Park. WIne-lovers were happy to have vino at the end of this group run. Lots of great prizes were raffled off, including a $25 gift card to Sweet Spot Skirts, a bottle of East Fork Cellars wine, numerous race entries, a custom medal display rack, and tons of t-shirts!

Thank you to all of the runners who joined us tonight, and over the past few months, building excitement for next weekend’s race extravaganza!

If you haven’t registered for the Vancouver USA Marathon, Half Marathon, Freedom 5k, or Kids’ Run, you can still sign up at the VUM Active Expo in Esther Short Park--Friday June 13th from 2-7pm and Saturday June 14th from 9am-6pm.



Three days left to register online for VUM + last WHAT? run before the big race!
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

6/4/2014
Runners, there are only TWELVE days left until the Vancouver USA Marathon and Half and Summer Brewfest! There’s also the Freedom 5k and Kids Fun Run. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still get in on the fun--but register soon, because online registration closes on Thursday, June 6th! You can also register at the expo, but prices will increase. Here’s what you’ll get with your registration:
  • An event voted Top Ten Fun Feature-Filled Marathons by Runners World
  • A commemorative Asics race t-shirt
  • Hand crafted finishers medal and goodie bag
  • A beautiful course that has views of the Columbia River and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • A three day race expo in Esther Short Park (open to the public, free admission)
  • Summer Brewfest (participants receive a plastic mug, entry to the Brewfest and four tokens) -there will be 25 breweries and over 50 beers on tap!
  • Fun Run with Bart Yasso
  • Live Music and Local Food Vendors
  • $2400 total in cash prizes for the top three men and women for the full marathon and the half marathon (six prizes total)



There will be one last WHAT? run before the Vancouver USA Marathon and Half! Meet us this Wed. June 4th, 6:30 pm at Sweet Spot Skirts for a nice little run that ends in Esther Short Park at the East Fork Cellars at The Slocum House. See you there!



Race Recap: Rum Run 10k and 5k and Kids’ Tiki Race
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

5/25/2014

It’s the event that started it all--the Rum Run! The first ever race put on by Energy Events continues to get bigger and better every year. The seventh annual Rum Run on Sunday May 25th was a blast! This year’s event featured new 5k and 10k courses, and brought over 1100 runners and walkers and 150 kids out to the luau-themed event held at Tualatin Commons. Many runners mentioned that they liked that the course included a portion of trail through Cook Park, and that it was fairly flat. Tiki torches, palm trees, rum barrels, tiki sculptures and leis added to the festivities at the finish line.

My favorite elements of this years’ race were the awesome tech t-shirts and goodie bags, the Hawaiian food and the mojitos made with 10 Cane Rum! (Winning 3rd place in my age division wasn’t too bad either!) There were also tons of fruit, bread, peanut butter, coconut water, almonds, protein bars, Jamba Juice, Kona Brewing Beer, and water available for participants as well.

After the race, the overall and masters winners received a pair of Skora shoes, a bottle of 10 Cane Rum and a plaque. Age division winners were given medals, and raffle prizes were given out as well. The results for the 2014 Rum Run 10k, 5k and Kids’ Tiki Race can be found here. [http://www.racecenter.com/results/rum-run/]. Additionally, the winner of the 10 Cane Rum Cruiser Giveaway was selected--congratulations to Christie Stewart who shared a photo of a 10 Cane Rum bottle tucked into her hydration belt as she headed out for a run!


We would like to say thank you to all of our sponsors: Foot Traffic, 10 Cane Rum, Skora, Jamba Juice, Haggen, Kind, Roxy’s Island Grill, 98.7 The Bull, Sports 750 The Game, Live 95.5, 101.9 KINK and FM News 101 KXL.

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Rum Run. And be sure to mark your calendars for the next Energy Events production: the Vancouver USA Marathon and Summer Brewfest, June 13th-15th, 2014!



WHAT? run recap - May 21, 2014
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

It was a gorgeous night for tonight’s last What? run before the Vancouver USA Marathon and Half! Clear blue skies and sunshine--we can’t do much better! Unless we add beer. Which we did.

A LOT of people came out to tonight’s run, which was hosted by The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits (there were nearly one hundred runners and walkers, so thank you to the Rock for having us!) The course options were a 3.6 mile loop over along the Columbia and then over the land bridge and along 5th before heading back to the Rock; or a 6 mile route that added on an out and back portion in the industrial/business area on Columbia Way before adding on the 3.6 mile portion at the end. It was a very flat course for the most part, and some of the views were great!

As always, after the run, numerous prizes were given away, including race entries, while runners mingled, took silly pictures with the 10 Cane Rum bottle to try and win the beach cruiser bike, and had beer and pizza!

There will be one last extra WHAT? run before the Vancouver USA Marathon on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 6:30 pm. The route will start at Sweet Spot Skirts (105 W 6th St, Vancouver, WA 98660), and will finish at Slocum House (605 Esther Street Vancouver, WA 98660). There will be wine in the park following the run for those 21+. See you there!


Race Preview: 2014 Rum Run 10k, 5k, and Kids' Tiki Run
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

Register now! Only 300 spots left (the event is capped at 1500 and online registration closes 5/19)!!!



Come join Energy Events at the 2014 Rum Run 10k, 5k, and Kids’ Tiki Run, one of my favorite 10k events! Catch your stride at the 7th Annual “Rum Run,” which features a new course that will take runners through Cook Park, the City of Tualatin and Tualatin Commons. The race ends with an “Energetic” event, a refreshing 10 Cane Mojito, a cold Kona Brewing Beer, along with prizes, snacks and sounds of the Caribbean! These are a few of our favorite things… We just keep getting better... growing in participant numbers each year! Same great race, same great party!

Upcoming WHAT? Run | May 2014
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This will be the LAST What? run before the 2014 Vancouver USA Marathon and Half Marathon! Come join us for this ABSOLUTELY FREE group run, and maybe you’ll win a race entry, or some cool swag. If nothing else, you’ll get treated for a free beer (21+ only) and a well-marked run between 3-6 miles!


This month’s run will be held at the Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits on May 21st, 2014 at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there :)



April 2014 What? run recap
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

A moment of silence was observed prior to the start of the April 2014 What? run, in remembrance of the tragedy that occurred at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Several runners wore their Boston Marathon gear to the run.

Fortunately for us runners, the forecasted rain didn’t end up being more than a few raindrops the What? run, held at Mt. Tabor Brewing. This was especially nice since this month’s run was a bit longer than usual--a 6.6 mi out and back course, compared to the usual 3-6 miles. As always, runners and walkers could modify or shorten the route if needed. The course highlighted some of the few “hills” on VUM course, which is otherwise fairly flat. We started and ended at Mt. Tabor Brewing, went along Evergreen Blvd. to Park Road, then to 5th Avenue, before turning around at Evegreen and 5th.

This month’s prizes included entries to the full and half VUM 2014, a VUM jacket, VUM training shirts, an entry to the Cosmo 7k, pint glasses, and a Mt. Tabor growler filled with a beer of your choice!

Thank you to all of the runners who came out for the April What? run! We hope to see you all for the next (and last) What? run before VUM 2014 at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, 6:30pm!

Train With Energy - there’s still time to sign up!
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

While the official training program for the Vancouver USA Marathon and Half Marathon has already started, it’s not too late to jump on board! Whether this is your first half or full, or you want to PR, coach Ronald Homer will come up with a personalized training plan that will include weekly group long runs and track workouts. Ron has been running for over 30 years, is an RRCA Certified Run Coach, has run numerous marathons and ultramarathons, and has qualified for Boston TWICE. Also, he’s a really cool guy who understands that every runner is different and has different goals, and genuinely wants to help you attain those goals!

Knowledge plus action equals results! Training with Energy will help you stay focused, have fun and stride towards your personal best! And another added benefit: saving money on race entries!

Full Marathon Training plan including VUM registration = $185 ($290 Value)
  • 6 Month Training Program
  • Free Vancouver USA Marathon Entry
  • Training Tech Shirt
  • $8 off of (5) 2014 Energy Events Races
  • Starts 1/19/14 | Meet Sundays, Wednesdays

Half Marathon plan including VUM registration= $135 ($220 Value)
  • 3 Month Training Program
  • Free Vancouver USA Half Marathon Entry
  • Training Tech Shirt
  • $8 off of (5) 2014 Energy Events Races
  • Starts 3/9/14 | Meet Sundays, Wednesdays

Or, you may sign up for the training program ONLY (this does NOT include registration fees for VUM): $125 for marathon training, $75 for half marathon training.

I’m working with Coach Ron to train for the Vancouver USA Marathon, which will be my fourth marathon. Ron has been incredibly helpful analyzing my past running history, looking at my current performance, working around my crazy race schedule, and

To register, click here!

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Upcoming WHAT? Run
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

This month’s WHAT? Run will be Wednesday April 16th at 6:30pm, hosted by Mt. Tabor Brewing! If you haven’t tried any of Mt. Tabor’s brews, you are in for a treat!

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in on this FREE group run/walk! The suggested course is usually between 3-6 miles and is along parts of the Vancouver USA Marathon & Half Marathon course. After the run, enjoy your first beer FREE thanks to VUM, as well as awesome raffle prizes, including race entries to VUM.

Keep informed about all of the awesome WHAT? run details by following them on Facebook!

WHAT? Run
    Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 6:30pm
    Mt. Tabor Brewing (113 W 9th St; Vancouver, WA 98660)



March 2014 What? run recap
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

In case you haven't heard, the Vancouver USA Marathon & Half Marathon puts on a totally 100% free group run every month on a Wednesday to showcase the city of Vancouver, WA and to bring together the local running community. It's an awesome opportunity to meet other runners, hang out at a local restaurant/brewery, and win some cool stuff. Runners (and walkers) of all abilities are welcome. The course is always well marked, and the distance varies between 3-6 miles. Just show up, sign in on the clipboard, go for a run, and then have a free beer and hang out with other runners (VUM buys your first beer! HOW COOL IS THAT?!). The "after party" includes music, and raffle prizes, including 1 FREE ENTRY each to the Full & Half.

The March What? run was scheduled to be cold and rainy, and I seriously considered considered trading my Dri-fit running outfit for some flannel pajamas and a hoodie, and watching some TV. I eventually persuaded myself to get off my behind because the What? Runs are always a good time. Even the times I showed up and didn't know a single person, and the times it was really really really cold, and the times I was stressed or tired or cranky... I had fun. I knew the weather wouldn't stink as bad as I thought once I started running, I needed to get in a workout anyway, tons of my friends would be there (many of whom I met for the first time at a what run last year), there would be awesome raffle prizes, and there would be free beer! So if you've never been to a What? run (yet...), you definitely should.

I pulled on my all green outfit (it's March, and the What? run was being hosted by Dublin Down Irish pub, so I figured I should. I decided against the green tutu though) and headed into downtown Vancouver. It was a little cool and a little breezy, but everyone was excited for the event. After a quick talk about the Vancouver USA marathon and half, and a group photo by Race Director Brian Davis, we headed out to do 4.3 miles. The route took us through downtown and past Fort Vancouver. After completing the run, it was great to see so many runners talking and mingling and laughing inside Dublin Down. This months run was 21+ because of the location, but most runs are open to all ages.

In addition to entries to several races (including the VUM full and half, Cosmo 7k and Rum Run), tshirts, medal racks and a VUM jacket were also raffled off.

Next month's run will be on April 16th at 6:30pm at Mt Tabor Brewing. Hope to see you there!



2014 Fort Vancouver Run Recap
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandes

Despite the rain, wind, and cold, approximately 600 runners and walkers came out for the 6th annual Fort Vancouver Run at Fred Meyer Grand Central in Vancouver, WA. This amazing community-oriented event featured 15K, 10K, and 5K run/walk races, as well as a Kids’ Fun Run and a Kids’ 1K. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s run went to the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a non-profit organization that assisting with the preservation of the Fort Vancouver National Site, the only national park site in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, and the largest national park on the west coast. Additionally, Energy Events pledged to match every non-perishable food item donation to the Clark County Food Bank.


The mostly flat course covered portions of the Vancouver USA Marathon route, going alongside the Columbia River and through the Fort Vancouver National Site. While the weather was a little unpleasant, there was no line for bag check, allowing runners to stay bundled up and dry until the last possible minute. Most runners along the course seemed to be in good spirits, and the volunteers along the course cheered enthusiastically from start to finish. Participants received a long-sleeved black cotton t-shirt with their goodie bag, post-race snacks and drinks, and a complimentary beer at the Rock (21 and over), as well as a dual-sided bottle opener medal for 15k participants.

On behalf of Energy Events, thank you to all of the participants, to all of the volunteers, and to all of the sponsors for making this event successful: Fred Meyer-Grand Central, The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits-Vancouver, WA, Corwin Beverage Company, Fit Right Northwest Running & Walking, and Jamba Juice!

15K Top Overall Males
  • 1. Eric Curtis 0:54:50
  • 2. Kevin Melrose 1:00:19
  • 3. Eric Laurel 1:00:21
15K Top Overall Females
  • 1. Nicole Lee 1:08:30
  • 2. Leann Gilmore 1:09:20
  • 3. Amy Davidson 1:09:45
10K Top Overall Males
  • 1. Jefferey Leibert 0:39:08
  • 2. William Sayers 0:40:53
  • 3. Rolf Vellek 0:41:53
10K Top Overall Females
  • 1. Kerry Furimsky 0:38:26
  • 2. Leesa Ellis 0:45:16
  • 3. Laura Slejeski 0:47:09
6K Top Overall Males
  • 1. Eric Dolezal 0:19:40
  • 2. Ronald Moreland 0:24:00
  • 3. Ian Kieswether 0:24:44
6K Top Overall Females
  • 1. Katarina Mueller 0:22:42
  • 2. Bethany Hollister 0:25:35
  • 3. Meghan Biddix 0:27:03

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