Schedule of Events

2012/07/06 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Health, Inspiration, Motivation, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Schedule of Events
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Despite not making a whole lot of money, I’ve managed to scrape a few bucks together so that I could buy entry into several upcoming events. Here they are in chronological order.


In an effort to mix things up and not run the same events over and over again, I will be running in the OC Fair Fun Run 5k for the first time on Sunday, August 5, 2012. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing when I had a few bucks in  my wallet so I figured I might as well, right?

What makes this one a little different is that the course winds through the Orange County Fair which my family loves to visit each year so much like this year’s WetNWild 5k, it will be familiar territory and not much of an issue. You can see a PDF of the course map by clicking here. Oh, another bonus is that your bib gets you free entry to the Fair on the day of the run and it’s pretty local. In fact, I went to college right across the street from the fairgrounds. Close to home, free Fair entry, a nice finisher’s medal. Sounds good to me!

Links: Official site / Register

80s-Run-LogoRegList8About a month later on Saturday, September 1, 2012 I will be running in the inaugural Awesome ‘80s Run taking place around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Comprised of 5k and 10k runs (one loop = 5k and two = 10k), this is a themed event in which participants are encouraged to wear their best ‘80s (workout) attire.

While it sounds like a no-brainer, it was honestly a toss-up between this run and the Conquer the Bridge event happening on September 3 and I had a hard time deciding. Then I saw the finisher’s medals for the ‘80s run and I was sold:


There is no medal for conquering the bridge so my mind was made up after seeing this. It’s going to be totally rad, tubular, or whichever ‘80s vernacular you choose to use.

Links: Facebook / Facebook Event page / Register

LogoLockUp_FinalSo we’ve got August and September covered. What’s on the slate for October? Well, on Sunday, October 7, 2012 I will be hitting the streets of Long Beach for the third time in as many years for the Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour and I think I’ve already mentioned that. But anyway, I say it again to stay on topic with the post.

Nothing new to say about this other than the Tour finally has a sponsor: Volkswagen. Maybe this will result in more and better goodies in our goodie bags.

Links: Official site / Facebook / Register

bike_v2And yes, I’m even planning my events well into 2013! Unless something happens to come my way or I find something in January, my first event for 2013 will be another cycling event: the Firecracker Bike Tour through L.A.’s Chinatown and beyond on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Again, I wanted to do something different and the organizers were offering a nice discount on registration (use code 1974 at checkout before July 8 for nearly 20% off) so I went for it. Besides, I love Chinatown. It’s one of the cooler places near Downtown L.A.

But ah, I also decided to challenge myself for this one. There are two course options: 20 miles and 30 miles with the 20 mile course being the easier of the two. Your pal Dave here is a glutton for punishment so he registered for the 30-mile ride that includes hills around Elysian Park and Dodger Stadium. It’ll be a piece of cake, right?

Ask me the following day…

And of course, both rides are dependent upon my acquiring a new wheel for my bike

Links: Official site / Facebook / Register

459747_10151812259890035_789137_oUPDATE: I recently discovered that my dates for this and the Firecracker Bike Ride were incorrect. They are both on Saturday, February 23 which means that this one is officially off the list.

Speaking of the following day and challenging myself, I may push it a bit further and register for the Los Alamitos Race on the Base 5k, another local event that happens the day after the Firecracker Bike Ride on Saturday, February 23, 2013. It’s a week after my 44th (yikes!) birthday so I think this would be a fun way to remind me that a little pain (or aches as may be the case here) is just a reminder that you’re still alive to enjoy the moment.

The ROTB offers something for everybody: 5k runs and walks, 10k run, 10K Handcycle/Wheelchair, Mission: 1K Kids Run, Jr. Reverse Triathlon and Reverse Triathlon. It’s a popular event that is sure to sell out fast and something I’ve missed out on since I started doing these events.

Links: Official site / Facebook / Registration is not open yet

So there you have both my scheduled and potential events. I hope to add many more in the coming months including the Hollywood Half Marathon 5k which I enjoyed thoroughly last year.

I’m off to bed. Plan on running 5k tomorrow morning with the family in tow – on their bikes. Hey, whatever keeps you active, right?

Stay busy and focused! 🙂

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