I will be offering a free Triathlon Clinic and route pre-view for those registered for the Labor Day Triathlon. The clinic will be held this Friday August 29th from 5:30 – 7 p.m. We will be riding the sprint distance route after a short demonstration on how to set up your transition area. Please bring your bike and helmets and meet at the pavilion behind the South Davis Recreation Center. Questions about the event will also be answered. This clinic is at no charge however you will need to RSVP to reserve your spot. Just message me at email@example.com
See you there!
Coach Lora Erickson
Check out this fun and local Superhero Race on September 20th. Looks like a blast!
Coach Lora Erickson
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Enter to win! Two spots will be given away. Hurry and get your name in. The winners will be announced August 27th. Good luck!
Coach Lora Erickson
The Classic Race is one of Utah’s longest lasting traditions. What started as just a road race in 1984 has turned into an event where 100’s of runners join together year after year to help support heart services at McKay-Dee Hospital.
This year the event, featuring 10K, 5K, and KidsK events, will be on September 6, 2014 at Layton Commons Park. So come take part in this family friendly event and strengthen your own heart while you help fight heart disease!
Friends of Blonde Runner Special Discount!
Get $10 off the registration price by using the discount code “CLASSIC10-BR”.
Now that is a deal you just can’t pass up!
Prices Go Up on Sunday, August 17th
Regular registration ends at midnight on August 16th, so make sure you register in the next few days to take full advantage of the lowest registration cost possible. While your $5 off discount won’t end, regular registration fees will.
More Fun with Your Friends
Feel free to share the discount code with your friends and family and be the hero of the day!
See you September 6th!
For more information visit runtheclassic.org, get updates on Facebook at facebook.com/runtheclassic, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to win a spot? Check out the Blonde Runner Health page to learn more.
This Escape Ogden Water War Run is happening this weekend.
Want to win a spot? If so visit the Blonde Runner Health Facebook page
Many years back I got my triathlon start on Labor Day at my first ever triathlon! It was held at the old facility known as the “bubble” back then. I had a blast and was hooked instantly. Since then the South Davis Recreation Center has built a new facility and continue to offer great events including a Labor Day Triathlon. I have done this one several times and well as my children and would highly recommend it. It will be held on Labor Day (Monday Sept. 1st, 2014). All levels are welcome including beginners to advanced athletes. There are several different categories available too, so if you are new to triathlon this is a great event for you! They have a novice distance as well as relay and sprint:
SPRINT: Swim 350 yds; Bike 12 mi; Run 3.35 mi
RELAY: Split the Sprint between 2-3 racers
NOVICE: Swim 150 yds; Bike 2.4 mi; Run 1.5 mi
You can get registered for the event on active.com
Come join in the fun!
Unable to race? No problem, we’d love to have you volunteer. If you’d like to get involved please message me at email@example.com
Free Triathlon Clinic & Route Preview
I will be offering a free Triathlon Clinic and route pre-view the Friday before the event for those registered. Be sure and RSVP to reserve a spot so I have enough handouts firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be meeting at the pavilion behind the facility on Friday August 29 at 5:30 p.m. I will show you how to set up your transition area and review the route and how the triathlon works. I am happy to answer any questions you may have as well. This is great for beginners or those new to this race. Bring your bike and helmet; we will ride the sprint distance route as well. Come join the fun! Triathlons are a blast!
Coach Lora Erickson
Date: October 4, 2014
Ya’ll think playing in the mud is fun? Just imagine playing in mud while romping like a cowboy or cowgirl.
The Boot Scootin’ Boogie is country bumpkin, cowboy kickin’ themed obstacles mud run. Get down and dirty in the mud with challenging obstacles, such as:
- Rope wrangling
- Hay mound hopping
- Cattle chutes
- Cowpie slinging
- Fence flinging
- Milky way
- Two step terrain
- Snake in the boot
- So shine up those belt buckles and bring your little cowboys and cowgirls. This is going to be a party that even the youngsters don’t want to miss! Learn more
I love local events and this one is one of my favorites! There are many reasons I love the Layton Triathlon: For one it’s local, so I don’t have to travel far to compete. Two is something my family can be a part of (who doesn’t love their own cheering section?). Three – it’s a fun challenge to do two mini tri’s back-to-back. This race is unique and is set up to swim-bike-run, then do it all over again; so you have to go from a run back to the swim. I have to admit it feels really good to jump back in the water after getting hot on the run. I have done this race many times, here’s some pictures from the events over the years. One year it even landed on my birthday – and the whole crowd sang to me – it was pretty cool! My favorite picture below is my cute little kids cheering! The event will be held on August 2nd this year. It’s a fun one to get involved with! Use the code BLDRUN and save $ (thanks for reading). Learn more
Wow, as always the Cache Gran Fondo did not disappoint. I have been part of this event since it existence 3 years ago and I remember being so impressed with how well organized it was even the inaugural year! I graduated from Utah State University as well as interned at Logan Regional Hospital (affiliated with the Race Director that puts on the event) so naturally I love to return to my old stomping grounds. A lot has changed since I want to college there, but the same beautiful mountains have not. As always I like to drive up the morning of the event. Getting up before the sun has its perks – I love to see the sunrise! This year I was participating again as an athlete as well as sponsor with many of my Team Blonde Runner – Triathlon athletes (www.TBRtriathlon.com). What a great group!
At the start we found each other and assembled ourselves for the 50 mile event which the majority of the team members were doing. I suggested they use the race for training and run after the ride to simulate a triathlon. I did this last year and found it great for training to run on tired legs – just like it would be in a triathlon.
Soon they announced the start but we were waiting for a team member and after it thinned out a bit we all started together. The weather was absolutely perfect at high 50’s low 60’s to start! The route rides in a large loop through Cache Valley and it was great to reminisce in my mind about all the great times I had in college running for Utah State University on scholarship. I am a long distance runner gone triathlete. Triathlons rock!
Since the 100 mile riders started before us there were lots of people to catch up with and I found myself passing riders the whole time even though I was riding conservatively since I knew I would be stopping and waiting at the first support station to check on everyone and reconnect with team members. The first support station was offer just short of 20 miles. When I arrived they had plenty of great snacks and beverages to refill water bottles etc… Last year we had a team member experience some flat tires so I wanted to wait until every team member arrived so I could make sure all was well and nobody needed assistance. I was pleased to see everyone was having a great time and we enjoyed visiting a while at the first aide station as everyone trickled in. Before long we were on our way to tackle the next 30 miles.
Immediately out of this stop the 50 and 100 mile rides split and not too much farther up the road was a 500 foot climb. I was looking forward to the challenge. The hill starts gradually and gets stepper as you go so it was important to keep your cadence up and not burn out your legs too early. I was happy to say I was passing people the entire climb. As always it was a thrill to reach the top and see the spray painted sign “KOM” on the asphalt. Just for a second you truly feel like a “King of the Mountain.” At this point the riders were thinning out and I found myself riding between groups; as I would catch them I would pull them for a while until I dropped them and worked on closing the next gap. It was fun! I was thrilled to be able to hold 36 mph for a portion of it. I tried to work in aero as much as I could to simulate a triathlon. I couldn’t help looking around at the beautiful scenery that northern Utah has to offer. It felt great to have the wind on my face and be surrounded by nature. It is really easy to remember why I do this stuff when I participate in rides like this. I was in the zone and just enjoying the ride.
Before long the next two supports stops came and went. The route was well marked and it’s always fun to pick up the pace for the final stretch to the finish! Shortly after I finished I was awarded my finish medal. Since I wanted to simulate a ride-run workout (aka “brick”) I didn’t linger and quickly put my stuff away and traded out my cycling shoes for running shoes and took off on the run. By now it was getting hotter and as expected my legs were tired. I pushed them to run hard as I pounded out some miles – it felt good. I love the burn of a great workout! Soon after arriving back at the finish area I saw my first athlete finishing up her ride. She was smiling and enjoyed the event!
I then browsed through the expo with lots of vendors and enjoyed all the fun festivities. It was an honor to be part of such a well organized event! After picking up some food (provided by the event with a meal ticket – how cool is that?!) I headed back over to the finish and was greeting by many other team member who had just finished with smiles on their faces. It was fun to say hello and I was happy to see everyone had done well and felt good about their ride.
This was truly a great event and one I plan to do every year. It’s just so fun to be back in Cache Valley and to be part of such a great event. This event also helps fund breast cancer screenings – bonus. I love to be part of a great cause too! I hope to see you there next year!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
Registration for the 2015 event will begin in January. Learn more
Check out this cool video – you can see all the great views!
Other perks you should know about:
Complimentary breakfast before the event
Photo’s available for free after the event
Great expo at the finish with lots of fun booths, food and vendors.
UCA categories racing available
Free meal ticket after
Prizes & drawings
The Cache Valley Super Sprint put on by On Hill Events is coming up this weekend! Registration is still open – use the code BLDRUN to get a discount – check it out Triathlons are a blast!
Coach Lora Erickson