Last year, I had the pleasure of running the inaugural 408K Race to the Row: an 8-kilometer run starting in downtown San Jose (right by the Tank; i.e. HP Pavilion, home to the San Jose Sharks) and finishing at the indulgent Santana Row.
Those of you who are not familiar with San Jose… think of Santana Row as a mini-5th Avenue, only with palm trees and bars with posh outdoor seating. Great for shopping, sipping chilled cocktails and people-watching. And, of course, running.
The 408K quickly became one of my favorite races of the year. It was meticulously planned and went without a hitch: no small feat for an inaugural event! The course was flat (read: fast) and entertaining (two words: Mariachi Mile). The finish area – at Santana Row – was fab, with a live band and face painting and balloons for the little ones. There was a kids race, too, which BabyRuns enjoyed very much.
I’m really looking forward to getting involved with the community, helping out with group runs and spreading the word about the race!
Seriously, if you were planning to do one 8 km run this year, make it this one. It’s the perfect distance to tackle after a 5K and before a 10K. And think about it. Chances are, it will be your first 8K race (that’s just about 4.97 miles, by the way): instant PR!
Now, for the really exciting news:
The folks at the 408K race have given me a free registration code for one lucky reader, so I’ve planned a little giveaway.
Here’s how to enter (ideally, please complete all three steps; but most importantly, #1!):
1. Tell me, which is your favorite race (or run) distance? Post a comment here, to this blog.
2. Like my Facebook page and stay tuned for the winner announcement
3. Like the 408K Race Facebook page if you haven’t already, to keep up to date on race news
You can win bonus entries by helping me spread the word! Simply tweet the following:
I want to win a FREE entry to @the408K race from “AleksRuns” @Aleks_Todorova http://bit.ly/VhSzkG
And that is all! I will tally up the entries and, after a random drawing, will announce the winner in two weeks, on February 4, 2013.
Registration is $45, but goes up to $48 on February 1.
Hope to see you there!