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Go Big Or Go Home: September

Friday, July 31, 2015 8:36:00 AM America/Chicago

The Spartan Race

"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.

SPARTAN COLLEGE CLASSIC AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY • SEP 05 • ITHACA, NY
TRI-STATE NEW JERSEY SUPER WEEKEND • SEP 12-13 • VERNON, NJ
FORT BRAGG SPRINT • SEP 19 • FT. BRAGG, NC
VERMONT BEAST, SPRINT, AND ULTRA BEAST WEEKEND • SEP 19-20 • VERMONT, VT
SOCAL BEAST AND SPRINT WEEKEND #2 • SEP 26-27 • TEMECULA, CA
STAMFORD KIDS RACE • SEP 26-27 • STAMFORD, CT




The Biggest Loser RunWalk

"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).

BUFFALO HALF MARATHON/5K • September 6 • Buffalo NY
RACINE, WI - HALF MARATHON/5K • September 13 • Racine, WI
LAS VEGAS, NV - HALF MARATHON/5K • September 20 • Las Vegas, NV




The WipeOut Run

Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.

September 5 • Sacramento, CA
September 12 • Toronto, ON
September 19 • Brooklyn, NY
September 26 • Austin, TX




The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun

The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.

September 12 • Copper Mtn, CO




The Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!

September 12 • North Plains, OR
September 19 • Walker, MI




The Color Run

The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.

September 09 • Tacoma, WA
September 05 • Colorado Springs, CO
September 05 • Central Jersey, NJ
September 07 • Penn State, PA
September 12 • Toledo, OH
September 12 • Manhattan, KS
September 12 • Portland, OR
September 12 • South Bend, IN
September 19 • St. Louis, MO
September 19 • Pittsburgh, PA
September 19 • Richmond, VA
September 20 • Duluth, MN
September 26 • Huntsville, AL
September 26 • Burlington, VT
September 27 • Washington, DC
September 27 • Providence, RI
September 27 • Green Bay, WI




The Color FunFest

The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!

September 12 • Norwalk, OH
September 19 • Noblesville, IN
September 26 • Papillion, NE




DIVAS Half Marathon & 5K Series

Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.

September 12 • Peachtree City, GA
September 25-26 • DC's Wine Country, VA




Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.

September 5 & 6 • ADrumheller, AB, Canada
September 12 & 13 • Plymouth, WI
September 12 & 13 • Snowmass Village, CO
September 19 & 20 • Black Diamond, WA
September 26 & 27 • Westbrook, ME
September 26 & 27 • Brooklyn, MI

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

Top 5 Hiking Spots Wordwide

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:32:16 AM America/Chicago

So maybe hiking isn't your thing. Maybe there isn't anywhere scenic to hike or the hiking trails are boring and uneventful. We believe that you're just not thinking outside the box. Hiking is about getting out of the city and into nature. Try a nature preserve or a local patch of forest to stimulate your interest. We promise that hiking is an amazing adventure with very little cost.

With that being said, hiking is a great motivator for travel! There are tons and tons of great places in the world to see by foot. Many are urban-scapes but many more are in the wild (although never too far from the comforts of civilization!) Here are our top 5 places to hike in the world:


#5) The Grand Canyon | Arizona, USA

The Grand Canyon is one of the gems of natural wonder in the US. Thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt, the Grand Canyon has been under protection as a National Monument for over a century. Hikers and casual tourists alike flock to its natural and awe-inspiring beauty. The canyon side is littered with accommodations and tour opportunities, in addition to several hiking trails.


#4) Mt. Fuji | Kanagawa Prefecture, JAPAN

Mt. Fuji - or Fujisan - is the highest mountain in Japan. It's located roughly 60 miles south of Tokyo and can be seen from the city on a clear day! Mt. Fuji is lauded for its symmetrical cone shape and is one of the iconic symbols for Japan. There are 4 trails leading to the summit of the mountain. Each are color coded for ease of use, and cabins are dotted along the mountainside for over-night stay. It is recommended to stay 1 night in a cabin both on the ascent and descent to help cope with altitude adjustment.


#3) Uluru/Ayers Rock | Northern Territory, AUSTRALIA

Ayers Rock - or Uluru as the indigenous people call it - is an iconic sandstone formation, located centrally in Australia. The indigenous people Anangu are the traditional owners of Uluru and regard it with great reverence as a place of spiritual power. Because of this, they do not climb Ayers Rock, nor do they encourage tourists to do so. Still, people from far and wide scale the steep rock-face for an incredible view of the surrounded area.


#2) Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue) | Hordaland, NORWAY

Trolltunga is one of the most iconic tourist spots in Norway. Translated to English, Trolltunga means Troll's Tongue, as it is a thin, jutting mountain-side precipice overlooking lake Ringedalsvatnet. It is located approximately 100 miles from Bergen, Norway's second largest city. The hike through the mountains to Trolltunga itself is about a 9 hour roundtrip walk.


#1) Machu Picchu | Urubamba, PERU

Machu Picchu is heralded as one of the greatest hiking destinations of the world. Known to the world for over a century, Machu Picchu has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over 30 years. The trek itself takes 4-days round trip but features a lovely view by foot (some by bus!) of the wonderful Cuzco countryside and jungles.

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

Go Big Or Go Home: August

Friday, July 3, 2015 8:36:00 AM America/Chicago

The Spartan Race

"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.

WASHINGTON DC SPRINT • AUG 01 • MECHANICSVILLE, MD
PAC WEST SPRINT • AUG 08 • WASHOUGAL, WA
HAWAII TRIFECTA WEEKEND • AUG 15-16 • KANE‘OHE, HI
CHICAGO SUPER WEEKEND • AUG 15-16 • MARSEILLES, IL
VIRGINIA SUPER • AUG 22 • WINTERGREEN, VA
ASHEVILLE SUPER • AUG 29 • BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC
HBOSTON SPRINT WEEKEND • AUG 29-30 • BARRE, MA




The Biggest Loser RunWalk

"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).

Chicago Half Marathon/5K • August 2 • Chicago, IL




The WipeOut Run

Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.

August 1• Foxborough, MA
August 8 • East Hartford, CT
August 15 • Commerce City, CO
August 22 • San Jose, CA
August 29 • Kansas City, KS




The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun

The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.

August 1 • Wyoming, MN
August 8 • Flushing, NY
August 15 • Waukesha, WI
August 22 • Clarksburg, MD
August 29 • Batavia, NY




The Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!

August 01 & 02 • Mt. Morris, MI
August 01 & 02 • Johnson Creek, WI
August 08 & 09 • North Lawrence, OH
August 08 • Millville, NJ
August 15 • Frisco, CO
August 29 • Long Pond, PA




The Color Run

The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.

Buffalo, NY • August 01
Denver, CO • August 01
Sacramento, CA • August 01
Grand Rapids, MI • August 01
Erie, PA • August 08
Tacoma, WA • August 09
Bellingham, WA • August 16
Terre Haute, IN • August 22
Atlantic City, NJ • August 22
Salt Lake City, UT • August 22
Bangor, ME • August 23
Grand Forks, ND • August 29
Tuscaloosa, AL • August 29
Boise, ID • August 29




The Color FunFest

The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!

AUGUST 1 • Harrison, NJ
AUGUST 1 • Tulsa, OK
AUGUST 8 • New Britain, CT




DIVAS Half Marathon & 5K Series

Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.

None In August




Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.

August 1 & 2 • Andover, NY
August 15 & 16 • Coldwater, ON, Canada
August 15 & 16 • Old Bethpage, NY
August 29 & 30 • Slippery Rock, PA

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

Go Big or Go Home: July

Friday, June 5, 2015 2:07:00 AM America/Chicago

The Spartan Race

"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.

PENNSYLVANIA SUPER • July 11 • Palmerton, PA
PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT • July 12 • Palmerton, PA
PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT #2 • July 18 • Palmerton, PA
AT&T PARK SPRINT - SAN FRAN (STADIUM) • July 18 • San Fransisco, CA




The Biggest Loser RunWalk

"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).

Premier Destination • July 26 • Killington, VT




The WipeOut Run

Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.

July 11 • Portland, OR
July 18 • Seattle, WA
July 25 • Chicago, IL




The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun

The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.

July 11 • Killington, VT




The Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!

July 11 • Hastings, MN
July 18 • Bonney Lake, WA
July 18 • Barrie, ON, Canada
July 25 • Windham, NY




The Color Run

The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.

July 11 • Cincinnati, OH
July 11 • Des Moines, IA
July 11 • Lansing, MI
July 11 • Milwaukee, WI
July 12 • Twin Cities, MN
July 18 • Omaha, NE
July 18 • Columbus, OH
July 25 • Asheville, NC




The Color FunFest

The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!

July 11 • Allentown, PA
July 18 • Washington, DC
July 25 • Richmond, VA




DIVAS Half Marathon & 5K Series

Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.

None In July




Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.

Jult 18 & 19 • Hudson, WI

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

Go Big or Go Home: June

Friday, May 1, 2015 4:25:00 PM America/Chicago

The Spartan Race

"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.

TRI-STATE NEW YORK SPRINT #2 • June 6 • Tuxedo, NY
MONTEREY SUPER • June 6 • Monterey, CA
BOISE SPARTAN SPRINT • June 13 • Payette, ID
BRECKENRIDGE BEAST • June 13 • Breckenridge, CO
BRECKENRIDGE SPRINT • June 13 • Breckenridge, CO
BOSTON SUPER • June 20 • Barre, MA
AT&T STADIUM SPRINT - DALLAS (STADIUM) • June 20 • Arlington, TX
SALT LAKE CITY SUPER • June 27 • Midway, UT
MINNESOTA SPRINT • June 27 • Welch, MN




The Biggest Loser RunWalk

"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).

Premier Destination • June 7 • Erie, PA
Premier Destination • June 20 • Rockford, IL




The WipeOut Run

Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.

June 6 • Baltimore, MD
June 13 • Wilmington, DE
June 20 • Washington, DC
June 27 • Stillwater, MN




The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun

The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.

June 6 • Indianapolis, IN
June 13 • Pittsburgh, PA
June 26 • Chicago, IL




The Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!

June 6 • Huntersville, NC
June 6 • Tekamah, NE
June 13 • Channahon, IL
June 27 • Crawfordsville, IN




The Color Run

The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.

June 06 • Indianapolis, IN
June 07 • Chicago, IL
June 07 • Madison, WI
June 13 • Los Angeles, CA
June 13 • Louisville, KY
June 13 • Youngstown, OH
June 20 • Cleveland, OH
June 27 • Amarillo, TX
June 27 • Anchorage, AK
June 27 • Ypsilanti, MI
June 28 • South Portland, ME




The Color FunFest

The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!

June 13 • Atlanta, GA
June 20 • Nashville, TN




DIVAS Half Marathon & 5K Series

Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.

None In June




Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.

June 6 & 7 • West Dover , VT
June 13 & 14 • Truckee , CA
June 13 & 14 • Doswell , VA
June 20 & 21 • Whistler , BC , Canada
June 27 & 28 • Sparta , KY

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

Go Big or Go Home: May

Saturday, April 11, 2015 1:25:00 AM America/Chicago

The Spartan Race

"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.

Colorado Sprint • May 2 • Carson, CO
Citi Field Sprint • May 9 • New York, NY
Montana Beast • May 9 • Bigfork, MT
Austin Super • May 9 • Burnet, TX
Montana Sprint • May 10 • Bigfork, TX
Austin Sprint • May 10 • Burnet, TX
Indianapolis Sprint • May 16 • Lauren, IN
Austin Sprint • May 16 • Burnet, TX
Austin Super • May 17 • Burnet, TX
Miller Park Sprint • May 23 • Milwaukee, WI
Tri-State New York Sprint • May 30-31 • Tuxedo, NY
Ohio Beast • May 30 • Cumberland, OH
Ohio Sprint • May 31 • Cumberland, OH




The Biggest Loser RunWalk

"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).

Premier Destination • May 3 • Crown Point, IN
Premier Destination • May 31 • Plattsburgh, NY




The WipeOut Run

Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.

May 9 • San Diego, CA




The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun

The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.

May 2 • Scranton, PA
May 17 • Virginia Beach, VA
May 30 • Greensboro, NC




The Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!

May 2 • Amity, AR
May 2 • Inola, OK
May 16 • Mechanicsville, MD
MAy 16 • Millfield, OH




The Color Run

The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.

May 2 • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 2 • Shreveport, LA
May 10 • Seattle, WA
May 16 • Austin, TX
May 16 • Medford, OR
May 16 • Savannah, GA
May 16 • Central Jersey, NJ
May 17 • Eau Claire, WI
May 17 • Washington, DC
May 23 • Rochester, NY
May 23 • San Jose, CA
May 23 • Baltimore, MD
May 23 • Fayetteville, NC
May 23 • Fort Wayne, IN
May 23 • Nashville, TN
May 23 • Queens, NY
May 23 • Racine, WI
May 30 • Birmingham, AL
May 30 • Charlotte, NC
May 30 • Hershey, PA - Sold Out
May 30 • Kansas City, MO
May 30 • Fairbanks, AK
May 31 • Hershey, PA
May 31 • Boston, MA




The Color FunFest

The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!

May 2 • Miami Gardens, FL
May 9 • Tulsa, OK
May 30 • Madison, IL




DIVAS Half Marathon & 5K Series

Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.

May 17 • Branson, MO
May 31 • San Fransisco Bay, CA




Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.

May 2 & 3 • Smithville, TX
May 2 & 3 • Fairburn, GA
May 9 & 10 • Richmond, IL
May 9 & 10 • Lexington, OH
May 16 • Okemah, OK
May 16 & 17 • Pulaski, TN

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

New Years Resolution Checkin

Friday, March 27, 2015 8:01:00 AM America/Chicago

We're almost done with March, meaning we're nearly 3 months in to the new year! To be more accurate, we're 79 days into 2015. That leaves 286 days until the near year - 40 weeks and 6 days. Plenty of time to work towards that New Year's Resolution!

That's right! This blog post is a New Year's Resolution Check In! Don't worry - You've got plenty of time. Remember - it only takes 40 weeks for a new person to be born so it's not too late to start! Sure, life happens - Sickness, work, vacation, family and family, holidays. We all know what it's like to fall off the horse, but the important thing is to get back in the saddle!

Getting back in the saddle is great but that doesn't necessarily mean you can ride fast pace from the get go! Take it slow. Baby steps ensure that you don't over-exert yourself, and small victories help boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about getting back into exercising. A study in Canada shows than even an additional 30 minutes of exercise A WEEK can reduce the risk of heart attack by 30%!

Maybe you didn't fall off the horse. Maybe you just didn't find the right horse. That's no problem. There's plenty of different fitness lifestyles out there to choose from, and you can always customize and tailor-fit to your own specific needs. Traditional aerobic/anaerobic mixes may not work for you. In fact, most people I know hate running, especially on a treadmill. That's fine. Do something you enjoy instead. A great way to get that same cardio/strength training mix is to take a class, like Zuma or Kickboxing.

Or maybe you have joint pain and just can't really seem to find a class or machine that works well for you. Or you just don't like going to the gym. Yoga is a great alternative to traditional gym-scene exercising. Plenty of studies have been conducted and prove the inter-disciplinary benefits of Yoga - from flexibility, to muscle strength, to stress-relief.

Still unconvinced there's a healthy lifestyle out there for you? Or maybe you're hesitant to commit the monthly membership money without being sure you'll enjoy it? Not a problem! One of the newest trends to hit the fitness scene is Grouponing. Not only does it save on money, it's non-committal! Try a Zumba Class for a month. Then do Yoga three days a week for 6 weeks. Get unlimited access to an Archery range for the next 4 weeks after that. Explore everything that your city has to offer and keep your exercising new and exciting!

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

First Day Of Spring!

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:23:00 AM America/Chicago

Equinox comes from the latin aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night. The equinox marks the calendar year in which the day and night are of equal length. Pagans and various religious have either harvest or commemorative celebrations around this time. We here at Shoebacca also celebrate the Spring Equinox for one thing - the days just get longer from here!

With shortening days comes extended periods of daylight! And that means getting outside to Get Fit, Get Active. Spring is the best season to enjoy the great outdoors! No need to wear heavy, bulky winter clothes, trudging along through the snow in boots that collectively weight 10 lbs. No need to crank the AC as the sun has yet to achieve its full power. So any attempts to cook eggs on the sidewalk or pizza on your dashboard are not necessary.

So while the sun shines moderately and balmy breezes blow, why not enjoy the bounty of mother earth as she comes into her own?


Nothing is more enjoyable that taking a walk or bike ride through your local park! See all the fresh new flowers blossoming or enjoy the budding trees. Don't forget your allergy medicine, but especially don't forget a pair of leisurely canvas shoes! You don't need anything heavy-duty like an extra-padded pair of running sneakers. Something casual like a slip-on on or even a classic pair of Chuck Taylors (this month's Shoe of the Month) are all you need to stroll along.


Or maybe you're into all this March Mayhem that's going on. That's great! Spend your evenings indoors watching the games, but spend your days or weekends or other free time outside shooting some hoops. But how are you gonna bring your A-Game when you've got B-Shoes? Make sure your shoe game is on point with a new pair of Jordans. Or go old-school with a pair of Puma Suede Classics.


Okay so Parks & Recreation don't really float your boat. But boating does! Nothing like the bright morning light dancing on the crest of a wave as it breaks against the bow. Why not look your best while you feel your best! Stay safe with a pair of deep-tread loafers as you lounge on deck. Try a pair of of GBX Ayce on for size!

Whether you're riding the waves, relaxing all cool, or shooting some B-Ball outside of the school, do it all in style with a new pair of shoes. Most importantly, though, DO SOMETHING! Get Going. Go Outside. And Remember: Get Fit, Get Active.

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

Go Big or Go Home: April

Friday, February 27, 2015 3:25:00 AM America/Chicago

The Spartan Race

"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.

Charlotte Sprint • April 11 • Concord, NC
Las Vegas Super • April 18 • Jean, NV
Tri-State New Jersey Beast • April 18 • Vernon, NJ




The Biggest Loser RunWalk

"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).

Premier Destination • April 19 • Mobile, AL
Premier Destination • April 26 • Austin, TX




The WipeOut Run

Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.

Nothing in April, but look for us in San Diego in May/strong>




The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun

The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.

April 25 • Atlanta, GA




The Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!

April 11 • Phoenix, AZ
April 11 • Mountain City, GA
April 25 • Lexington, MO




The Color Run

The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.

April 04• Atlanta, GA April 04 • Baton Rouge, LA
April 11 • Oklahoma City, OK
April 11 • Tulsa, OK
April 11 • Kalamazoo, MI
April 11 • Copper Mountain, CO
April 11 • Miami, FL
April 18 • St. Louis, MO
April 18 • Columbia, MO
April 18 • Lafayette, LA
April 18 • Roanoke-Salem, VA
April 25 • Clemson, SC
April 25 • Philadelphia, PA
April 25 • Springfield, MO
April 26 • Binghamton, NY




The Color FunFest

The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!

April 05 • Stockton, CA
April 11 • North Dallas, TX




DIVAS Half Marathon & 5K Series

Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.

April 12 • North Myrtle Beach, SC
April 19 • Galveston, TX




Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.

Nothing in April but look out for 9 New Races across the globe in May!

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey

Go Big or Go Home: March

Friday, February 6, 2015 3:25:00 PM America/Chicago

The Spartan Race

"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.

Spartan Cruise Bahamas • March 06 • Miami, FL
Atlanta Spring • March 07 • Conyers, GA
Hawaii Aloha Stadium Spring • March 15 • Aiea, HI




The Biggest Loser RunWalk

"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).

Premier Destination • March 07 • Miami, FL
Off-Road Challenge • March 7&8 • Atlanta, GA




The WipeOut Run

Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.

March 21 • Dallas, TX
March 28 • Houston, TX




The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun

The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.

March 28 • Sacramento, CA




The Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!

March 21 • Austin, TX
March 21 • Corona, CA




The Color Run

The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.

March 21 • Winston-Salem, NC
March 28 • Dallas, TX
March 28 • Lubbock, TX
March 28 • Columbia, SC




The Color FunFest

The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!

March 14 • Phoenix, AZ
March 28 • San Bernardino, CA




DIVAS Half Marathon & 5K Series

Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.

Nothing for March, but watch out for Texas & South Carolina in April!




Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.

March 07 • Milton, FL
March 14&15 • Mesa, AZ
March 28&29 • San Bernardino, SC

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Ro Luckey
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