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Why You Don’t Want to Miss This Year’s Run! Geek! Run! 5K
In a couple of weeks, a few hundred runners will descend on the roads around Potomac Yard in Alexandria for the Run! Geek! Run! 5K. It seems like only yesterday that I ran this race the first year it was held in 2008, and at the time it was an 8K on Hains Point. Can the race already be in its ninth year? It’s hard to believe; but then again, the older you get, the slower you get (at my age) and the faster time flies. A few things have changed of course: the distance (now it’s a 5K), the location (now it’s in Alexandria), and more importantly, the sponsors of the race. This year, Ironistic teamed up with Hudson Studio to take over the reins and sponsor this fun and friendly 5K on September 25th.
When Run! Geek! Run! 5K first surfaced on the running scene, I have to admit that I wondered if it would survive amid the multiple races already on the calendar during the fall in the DC area. Sure, the race had a catchy name; but from short 5Ks to half marathons and the big “daddy” of them all in DC (the Marine Corps Marathon), there was and still is no shortage of opportunities to test one’s running skills on pavement or trail. In fact, you could race every Saturday and Sunday of every weekend during the months of September and October if you wanted to. Yet, this race has survived and thrived. I contemplated this and came up with the top five reasons why you don’t want to miss Run! Geek! Run!
- Supports a Great Cause. This is undoubtedly the biggest reason. All proceeds from the race will go to support Capitol Post, a Virginia-based nonprofit that supports veterans in career transition in the DC region. Their stated mission is to establish and cultivate the top community for veterans to start a business, grow a business, explore a new career, and get involved locally. They provide personalized guidance through mentoring, business counseling and access to key resources and programs to both veterans and their spouses seeking new careers. As a veteran myself, I suppose I’m a bit biased toward the cause; but I can also vouch for the tremendous and much-needed service they provide to fellow veterans. Learn more about the cause.
- Sponsors Guarantee Fun! The folks at Ironistic and Hudson Studio love to have fun as much as they love to build innovative websites and visual communications. They’ve organized a race with a flat and fast course, easy logistics, fun prizes, and a festive atmosphere that is both family friendly and competitive. They even put together a training plan on the race website that you can follow to ensure your success on race day. Plus, with the support of their 2016 sponsors – Deltek, HudsonLake, Axis Research, Buchanan & Edwards, DAI, KWC, LMI, Purple Strategies, Spectrum Careers, Veatch Charitable Foundation, Virginia Tech, Cookie Labs, W2Communications, Giant, Virginia Paving, Jack Taylor’s Toyota, Pia Taylor with Long & Foster, and McBride, they’re able to give back to Capitol Post!
- Unique Swag. In addition to a t-shirt, every runner will get a pair of “geek” glasses in their swag bag. At what other point in your life can you run wearing incredibly geeky glasses without feeling ridiculously silly? It’s almost cool. Almost. If nothing else, it’s a great photo opportunity. Check out photos from past races!
- Bobble Head Awards. I guess there are some runners that run like bobble heads, but they are not the ones guaranteed the awards. Bobble Heads will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers, as well as the top three in each of the following 5-year age groups: 1-19, 20-24, 25-29, 20-24, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. If you’re one of the lucky winners, you won’t want to give yours away!
- Just Downright Good for Your Health. The fall is a great time to run, as the season brings in the crimson and gold of the falling leaves as temperatures begin to drop, bringing a welcome relief to the oppressive heat of the summer. What a great way to start a Sunday morning – moving your legs, pumping those arms, challenging your lungs to breathe a bit more rapidly than normal, burning some calories! You’ll feel great when you’re done; and if you are training for a longer run like a half marathon or marathon, a 5K is a great little tune-up run. Or, even if you’ve never run before, consult their handy training schedule with tips on how to get moving.
If you haven’t already signed up, there is still time to do so. You can register online for $35 until September 21, or you can sign up on race day for $40. See you at the starting line at 8:00 on September 25 for Run! Geek! Run! 5K!
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