Well, folks, I've added another race to my 2011 calendar. But this is so much more than a race!
I am going to be serving as a ZOOMA Colorado race ambassador for the next few weeks, culminating in the runnning of the ZOOMA Colorado Half-Marathon and 10K in Colorado Springs on July 17. I've already registered for the half. My duties come down to two things (both of them fun). One is leading training runs on most of the Saturdays between now and race day. My runs will probably be in the Boulder area, but other ambassadors will be leading runs as well in other Front Range spots. The second part will be recruiting people to run either the half or the 10K.
Guys can enter this race (and last year around 150 did), but the target audience is women of all ages. Here's what the site has to say about ZOOMA's mission: "Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move--encouraging fellow runners and celebrating personal running triumphs. Picture a post-race party and expo all wrapped up in one memorable 'after-party expo' where these strong goal-oriented women come together for well-deserved partying and pampering. This is ZOOMA Women’s Race Series presented by New Balance."
Each ZOOMA race also partners with a great charity. Our race charity will be the Got Your Back Network, which works to help and support the families of those serving in the military. GYBN works to bring some brightness, joy, comfort and encouragement to military families who feel adrift or are facing a difficult time in their lives through a variety of special events, activities, mentoring and guidance services.
The Colorado race is just one in the ZOOMA series (others are in Austin, Annapolis and Atlanta). So if you can't run with me on July 17, please consider one of our other events (the Austin one just happened and sounds awesome!).
I'm very excited about doing this. My running has always been too high in the "me me me" department and too low in the "helping others, volunteering" department. This will be a nice antidote to that. And it can only help my larger marathon dreams to help others in the process of achieving their own running goals.
Thanks to the nice women at ZOOMA for giving me this chance! I can't wait to get back to Colorado to start the fun.