Garmin Marathon (or Half) FREE Entry Giveaway – 2016 – Welcome to the Land of Oz

Lions & Tigers & Bears ….. Oh my!   What does that phase mean to you?  In my world, I grew up singing this phrase over and over.  Its one that my friends and I would scream, shout & sing while chasing each other around in a game of tag, keep away or while out in the dark pretending to be scared of the unknown.  The Wizard of Oz was more than a movie to us.  We incorporated the story line and plot into our own playtime antics.  We dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween.  We named our dogs Toto.  We had Wizard of Oz lunch boxes.  The Wizard of Oz was and still is a classic.  Here is a pic of Aby at 14 weeks, absolutely enthralled with the movie.   I know the feeling.

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So how many of you are aware that there is an #OzRun in Olathe (O-Lay-th), KS sponsored by Garmin?  The Garmin Marathon, In the Land of Oz is on April 16, 2016.  Who’s running with me?

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If you’re a Wizard of Oz fan, this is a must run event.  If you are a Garmin fan, this is a must run event.  If you are a Marathon Maniac, Half Fanatic or 50 States runner, you’ll end up at the Garmin Marathon because it’s where your friends are going and because this is the premier marathon in Kansas.  So who’s running with me now?

This is the 13th year for the Garmin Marathon but it is still a smaller race that caters to the runners.  There were less than 4000 finishers in 2015 so know that you will be getting the red carpet, I mean, Yellow Brick Road treatment.  I anticipate this race to grow exponentially over the coming years so am happy to be running while its still smaller and focused on delivering a quality race to the runners.  See the finish line below.  Just follow the yellow brick road!   Follow, Follow, Follow, Follow ……

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The start/finish will be mere steps outside of your hotel room at the new Embassy Suites Hotel at the Olathe Convention Center.  After our hotel fiasco in Tulsa, you know I’ll be staying there.  Book HERE for a discounted rate.

This will also be the location of the Emerald City Finish Line Festival which will offer runners freebies such as:  snacks, beer, a meal, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, yoga stretching & live music.

Sounds awesome, right?  The Garmin Marathon has graciously decided to give away ONE entry to any race of your choosing.  Giveaway starts NOW and runs until Christmas Eve (12/24/15) at 8am CST.  I’ll do a quick drawing on Christmas Eve morning so we can announce a winner and make sure that someone has a great start to Christmas 2015.  To be entered you MUST comment below.  You can also get additional entries by jumping thru a few hoops (listed below).

  • Comment Below – Required – 1 Entry
  • Garmin Customer – 1 Entry (tell us which product you own)
  • Like the TooTallFritz Facebook page HERE – 1 Entry
  • Like the Garmin Marathon Facebook page HERE – 1 Entry
  • Like the Garmin Facebook page HERE – 1 Entry
  • Follow TooTallFritz on Twitter HERE – 1 Entry
  • Follow the Garmin Marathon on Twitter HERE – 1 Entry
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  • Follow the Garmin Marathon  on Instagram HERE – 1 Entry
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Total of 11 possible entries. Just let me know in the comments what actions you preformed so I can allot you the proper amount of entries.  Good luck.  I’ll announce the winner on Christmas Eve morning!

** Let’s Run the Land of Oz ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Women Rock Chicago Half Marathon

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Today was the inaugural Women Rock Chicago race series presented by Team Ortho.  The series offered a half marathon, 10K and 5K so basically you and ALL your girlfriends could go and enjoy one of the distances.  The event had a fun theme and provided  AHHHHMAZING swag so that drew in a lot of ladies for the inaugural event!  Since I ran specifically for the swag, I’ll just put that up now and get it out of the way.  Women Rock Tech full zip jacket, sliver finishers pendant with a small ruby & large “W” (valued at $110), and a champagne glass.

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The race was a women’s themed event so my girlfriends and I used that as an excuse to dust off our sparkle skirts!!  Michelle, Nicki, Dawn, April & I showing off our “sparkle”.  🙂

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The half marathoner started at 8am with the 10K and 5K participants following at 8:30 am.  The course was the typical Chicago Lakefront Trail run so I fully anticipated it to be 1) crowded, 2)  slow and 3) have lots of newbie runners that are “all in” for theme more so than the running.  I was not disappointed.  I was not running for time, in fact needed to keep myself in check and run a controlled, focused race that didn’t push my endurance or stir up too much lactic acid so that I can run our F’N 20 miler tomorrow with my run club.  I managed to do that and to be honest the crowds helped.  I did find myself in the outside lane all most of the time passing a lot of other runners but when I looked at my watch, I was in a comfortable range, felt good and was definitely controlled so just kept moving forward and passing.  In fact, I kinda chuckled once the half marathoners ran up on the back of the 10K participants.  I knew they had joined us and that did in fact add to the congestion but they were staying to the right so I just kept moving past them.  I passed a couple ladies and one said to the other, “Wow, they are running fast!”.  Her friend said, “Yes, THEY are running the half”.  Made me chuckle cuz the runners I know have a much faster 10K than half marathon pace.  However, the new people on the trail were refreshing and I enjoyed interacting with them and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED seeing all the sparkle skirts, tutus & my F’N run club friends who came out to run!!

The aid stations were plentiful, every 2-3 miles.  They offered water and a blue electrolyte drink.  As much as I like blue ANYTHING, I passed due to my sensitive tummy.  Lots of potties too.  Volunteers were plentiful but some of the aid stations were short.  I had to backtrack one time to get water.

Typical Lakefront Trail view.  Beautiful.  Some shade and a breeze once we headed back north.    A course that was a bit of a maze for the half marathoners:   One sidewalk loop around Grant Park to get onto the Lakefront Trail heading north, turnaround at the Riverwalk (just south of Navy Pier), run south to 31st Street Harbor, then back north to the Riverwalk, then return to Grant Park to run the sidewalk loop again to the finish.  No my favorite course by far.  A bit of confusion at the end once we hit Grant Park, especially toward the end when the crowds thinned out for the half.  However, overall it was a decent race. 

Bottom line, I’m a ROAD RUNNER for a reason.  I prefer a fast street route where we bust thru the CHI like the pros.  Most of the themed races are designed for the masses, not for running fast.  I wouldn’t run this race if my objective was to run fast (between the race participants, the bikers, the normal runners, dog walkers and rollerbladers it was VERY busy).  This is a race designed for FUN so just enjoy it!

Best part, hanging with my friends at the finish!

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** Women Rock ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **