Thursday night I did something fun. When you’re not married to a training plan you’re allowed to go off-course and do something wild every once in a while, you know.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect – I’d been to a hosted in-store event before that was cool, but not like a real huge production or anything. But I’ll be damned if I didn’t pull up to a FREAKING PACKED parking lot, already stirring with music and excitement - People on top of an RV going over the rules and making last-minute announcements (yes I was late), about a hundred runners milling around talking and stretching, vendor tents set up with samples, and Asics setting up people with shoes to test out on the run.
The premise of the event is this :
In 60 minutes you run all over town, visiting as many “check points” as possible - they email a google map right at 6pm and hand out paper copies if you don’t want to use your phone.
You collect tickets at each stop, which you turn in for a chance at the THOUSANDS of dollars worth of raffles – pairs of Asics, a Garmin, race entries, cases of muscle milk and cytomax, and RRS gift certificates were all given out. Seriously so many prizes. LEGIT prizes.
I didn’t win anything, but it’s fine because Deschutes had a beer tent and free Mirror Pond Ale is prize enough for me.
Yes, free beer. All of it is free, actually. Free miles, free fun, free prizes, free booze.
All my favorite things.
Beer and raffle-losing aside, it was a great way to get in a run and meet new people. We covered almost 5 miles (you run as short/far as you want in 60 min) – the check point stops don’t really make it ideal for a training run, but if you’re looking for a fun sweat and the chance for some sweet prizes, this needs added to your calendar.
See if your store hosts an Adventure Run HERE
I’ll be back. Who’s coming with me? Only allowed if you’re lucky or you’ll share your beer tickets.