First things first: I’m calling this a Mother’s Day giveaway because I will select and notify the winner shortly after Mother’s Day — but it isn’t in any way limited to moms. All ladies are welcome! (And so are the dudes, in fact: by all means, read on!)
“Oh, it’s only a half”
I often say that the half marathon is my favorite distance to race. It’s just long enough to pose a challenge and require training, but not long enough to destroy my legs and ground me for weeks.
Heck, you could do 13.1 miles for your long run and still feel the satisfaction of having covered an admirable distance — even if no one gave you a finishers medal for it.
Except for one detail: I feel like calling it a “half” kind of diminishes the accomplishment. Oh, it’s only a half. How many times has someone asked you if you’re training for a marathon and you’ve said that? (I feel particularly irked at myself for saying those words when people ask me if I’ve done an Ironman. “No, I’ve only done a few halves.” We race for 70.3 miles and then we end up saying we’ve only done a half — simply because a race exists that is twice as long? Why isn’t the 5K called a half-10K?)
As the ladies at Skirts Sports say (and I wholeheartedly agree):
13.1 ain’t half; it’s a whole damn race and a milestone we’re going to celebrate.
In this particular case, I’d like to celebrate Mother’s Day by giving one lucky reader a free entry for the Skirt Sports Virtual 13.1er (remember, we’re not calling it a “half”!), which comes with a $50 gift certificate!
Distance: 13.1 miles
Place: Virtual or in Colorado
Date: the Colorado event will take place on June 14, 2015, but you can run the virtual any day June 13-16.
Run with friends, solo, or as part of another half marathon (er, 13er!) in which you’ve already entered to participate that weekend!
Registration (worth $85) gets you:
- a 13er Finisher skirt
- a $50 gift certificate to Skirtsports.com
- a race bib
- samples from race sponsors
Easy-peasy ways to enter, via widget below:
The winner will be notified on my Facebook page and by email, so keep an eye out!
And whether you win or not, consider giving an entry to this race to your Mom, friend, significant other – or, why not, to yourself! (At the $125 registration level, you will receive a $125 gift certificate, making this race practically free; and at the $250 level, your gift certificate will be for $275.)
Not only isn’t that half of anything, it ain’t half bad either!