We are partnering with SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center with two exciting giveaways for the whole family!
SEA LIFE Aquarium: If you are looking for the chance to win a free race registration and two tickets for you and a friend to visit SEA LIFE Aquarium, all you need to is visit our Instagram page, look for the turtle waving hello and enter now! The contest is open from 5/27-6/10 at 11:59pm ET. Two winners will be notified by 6/15.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center: We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home over the last year and a half and if you have little ones at home, you might be running out of activities to keep them occupied. We got you covered! From 5/27-6/10, anyone who registers for the Kids Fun Run will automatically be entered into winning 2 tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center! LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a great indoor playground for your kids with more than ten attractions available! We will be selecting 2 winners and they will be notified via email by 6/15.
A guest blog post by 2021 Race ambassador, Tanya Thornton.
Starting to run, especially starting to run when you just committed to 26.2 miles, can be daunting. If you never had a good relationship with running as a kid (maybe you did your best to get out of running the mile every year at school), starting now as an adult can seem even more overwhelming. You need to find the right shoes, hydration, find a way to eat WHILE you’re running in some cases, and we haven’t even touched upon how a person can stay motivated for that long? As a former beginner (I didn’t start running until 2017 and my children were grown), let me help you figure out where to start.
First things first:
I became an empty nester in 2017. I had two children who were college graduates and my youngest was just entering college. I was still very busy though. I had an Insurance and Real Estate business where I was changing the business model. With all of that change, I was pretty overwhelmed. I had no work-life balance. On top of my work-related stress, my brother was sick with diabetes. I felt like I was about to explode.
At the time, I worked out at the gym and at home but I definitely did NOT run! Sone of my clients and friends were runners and they intrigued me. They ran 5k’s and had shiny medals to show off! I had never been interested in running before, but I was looking for something fun and productive, and running seemed like it might be a good option for me now. I liked the sense of competition and reward. I had never run a 5k but now, I was determined. And guess what? Once you run, no matter what the pace or the distance, you are a RUNNER!
I would run early in the morning. It started my day off the right way. I had a routine. My stress levels immediately decreased. Running provided clarity for me on so many different issues. I had more energy. I lost weight. I couldn’t believe it! I was having fun running!
I learned a few lessons very quickly:
Finally, don’t forget to encourage yourself!
Every day is different when running. Take it all in! Enjoy the run! At some point, you will experience a runner’s high! Throw your gear on. Step outside! Get started! Run happy! Run Free!
P.S. I also just wanted to share another motivator for me to run: my Grandson! My kids all casually run now and two of them have run some 5k’s, but I cannot wait to run with my grandson! He is going to love the kid’s fun run once he is old enough!
A guest blog post by 2021 race ambassador, Robyn Childers
As a yoga teacher, marathon runner and health and wellness coach, there is no topic I find more important or fascinating than “Breath.” Breathing is living. It is a vital function of life. Breath development has been a source of interest for me since I was a young child. As someone who suffered with severe childhood asthma, I recall feeling afraid due to my breath becoming short when I began participating in high-intensity sports, erupting into coughing fits and occasional dizzy spells. (more…)
For the month of April, we are giving all rookies the chance to win! Every rookie who signs up from now until April 30, 2021, will automatically be given the chance to win one of two prize packs from us including the new book “Marathoner” by Matthew Huff and other great Detroit swag!
Already registered or looking for another way to enter? Check out our Instagram page for another way to win!
We like to think of March 13th as a day to celebrate Detroit, it is 313 Day after all. Whether you are near or far, we hope you’ll commemorate 313 Day by running, walking, or wheeling 3.13 miles and tagging us in your posts (@freepmarathon). As an added bonus, we have also created three marathon-inspired 3.13 mile loops to try out and get you excited for participating in one of our events this Fall!
Whether you have been a runner for years, or you are new to the long-distance running game, we all know that there is power in numbers. Joining a running club can have many mental and physical benefits. You can find other people like you, gain local knowledge, give yourself a sense of competition, get advice, find new events to participate in or even motivation to keep training (especially right now).
We are fortunate enough to not only have several running clubs in the metro-Detroit area, but also, clubs that serve a greater purpose. Check out their spotlights below and see if one of them is right for you: