My favorite race of 2014 was San Diego Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon, so I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Rock n’ Blogging 2015 Ambassador group this year! This past Fall Competitor Group made it more official with an application process and accepted about 100 Rock n’ Bloggers across the US to help promote Rock n’ Roll (and related) events (read more about the program and about each of the ambassadors here) in exchange for race entries and other perks.
Two of the three races I’ve selected for my 2015 Tour Pass are the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon and the Carlsbad 5000. The Carlsbad 5000 is one of the most famous events in San Diego. It’s a 5K on the coast which boasts an extremely fast course and an impressive number of professional runners. The cool thing about the race is that rather than all participants racing at the same time, there are actually 7 separate starts and races, including 2 completely separate races for the elites, who race last. That gives everyone an opportunity to witness the elites whizzing by! For example, my start time will be at 8:42 AM and will only be for women and men ages 30-39. You also have the option to sign up for the all day 20k, where you can run each of the age-group races!
Competitor Group hosted a kickoff event yesterday at a local brewery which included a 5k fun run, opportunities to register for the race and get a first glimpse of the 2015 finisher medals, a raffle and FREE BEER. Why wouldn’t we go!? Not to mention, Pizza Port, the brewery at which it was held, has some of the best pizza in town. Asia, Jeremy, Mike and I went together but we had a few friends there as well. I also got the chance to meet fellow Rock n’ Blogger Smitha, who blogs at Running with SD Mom.
Asia (who is a member of the Oiselle Flock) and I both wore our Off the Grid Knickers and she got to wear her singlet for the first time. We didn’t take the run seriously (it wasn’t by any means a race) – just had fun and enjoyed the ride. It was really a great event and it made me even more excited for the Carlsbad 5000 on March 29th.
Have you ever ran an event like the Carlsbad 5000? Would you do the 20k or the 5k if you were me!?