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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
Marilyn @ Lip Gloss and Spandex

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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