2017 Destination Races: Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

 

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year…. Registration for the 14th annual Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon and GunBunFunRun 5K opens December 1st. The race sold out in a record 17 minutes in 2016, so be sure to pay attention to the registration instructions below as the process has changed from previous years. This year’s race date is Sunday July 16th. [Read more…]

Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Winter Run Series

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End your year on the right foot and join our all new Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Virtual Run: Winter Runningland! We’re celebrating winter and all you need to keep running during the cold months!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Virtual Run 2016 is back! Winter Runningland is a chance to run an awesome Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event wherever and whenever you want! Brave the winter and run through your favorite park, stay warm on a treadmill or run with a group to capture these Winter Runningland medals! These medals can help you earn all the gear you’ll need to keep running through the snowy winter weather! You’ll get some of the same benefits as running one of our races in person, including a runner’s bib, the finisher zone, exclusive finisher medals, discounts, and more! [Read more…]

2017 Silver Spring 5K Race: Run/Walk for Global Health

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The Silver Spring 5K Race will take place on Sunday April 9, 2017. The 5K Race will be followed by an Award Ceremony.

Race Benefit:

Proceeds from this race will benefit a local health and wellness organization doing great work in the community and globally. The name of the organization is The WellnessPlex Global Health Foundation. [Read more…]

2016 Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K

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Are you an adventure seeker who enjoys ultimate fitness challenges while exploring the world? We are! “Vacation is to relax the mind, not the body” is a Fit Fathers mantra that we remain committed to no matter the destination, an island or the middle of the rain forest. What more can you ask for other than an extended run while jamming to the tunes of roots, rock reggae, breathing revitalizing oxygen from the Caribbean Ocean, nourishing the body with glorious ital foods from mother nature and exchanging energy with our Jamaican brothers and sisters.

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Fit Fathers Joins the 10th Annual URBANATHLON in San Francisco

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

“It was an unbelievable experience that challenged my body and mind,” stated my childhood friend Steve Redmond who was participating in the 10th Annual URBANATHLON for the first time. His goal for signing up was to gain a greater perspective on what it takes to accomplish a daring feat consisting of an 11.2-mile run and up to 19 energizing obstacles. It was fun and epic as we conquered the course at AT&T Park like men in battle. Hosted by legendary ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes, registrants couldn’t have asked for a better day of weather and superb running conditions.

The URBANATHLON by Men’s Health Magazine is the very race that led me to a lifestyle change over 6 years ago. Then, it was held in Chicago which allowed me to run the stadium stairs in Soldier Field. I’ve been a Walter Payton since a kid so the destination selection was simple. Since Steve already lives in San Francisco the 10th Annual was a no-brainer. Plus we both wanted to test ourselves on the steep, hilly streets. Training was simple but once you hit the pavement the real world race became intense. That first hill for example drained me but I refused to walk until I crossed that finish line.

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Steve — a Fit Father of a young daughter — took the URBANATHLON serious with months of nutritional and fitness preparation. In fact, the man celebrated a wedding, a birthday and a race all within a 10-day period. Certainly November 2015 will be one of his most memorable. additionally, his new wife was ultra supportive on race day as she consistently kept popping out of nowhere snapping pictures and cheering us on. I thought she was driving and parking, but come to find out she also knocked out a few hundred calories and 10K steps walking and running vigorously to intercept us. “I’ve always suspected my husband might be a super hero. But when I saw him jump a school bus and fly thru the finish line I knew superman had nothing on him,” said Jenn Redmond. Yes, we did have to climb over a bus as well as dive over cabs and the final hurdle, that damn 8-footwall before receiving our medals.

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For 2016 the plan is to recruit several Fit Fathers and Mommy Fit relay teams to compete against one other in the New York event. In totality URBANATHLON may seem daunting, but 11 miles and a cadre of obstacles is easy work when you cherish the body, mind and spirit as the temple it is. I had a blast and continue to highlight all the fabulous moments from the race and the euphoria produced after each task was completed. Memories include bouldering up Telegraph Hill, stutter-stepping through tires, climbing over-under traffic barricades, ascending over marine hurdles along the Embarcadero, traversing monkey bars in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, battling the AT&T Park stair climb, and of course completing the aforementioned pre-finish line obstructions. Steve presumed the monkey bars would be an issue but had no qualms since he enhanced his pull-up game during training.

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Afterwards, bananas, Six Star Pro Nutrition bars and Propel Electrolyte Water were available for replenishing the system. However, I enjoyed my vegan breakfast from Herbivore – The Earthly Grill on Valencia Street. Steve said he just ate the best pancakes ever until Jenn reminded him of her special home cooking. Soon after she rushed me to SFO to catch my United flight back home in Maryland after a two-week stay in California. Luckily I was upgraded to First Class because my legs were now as loose as noodles!

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Los Angeles Auto Show & Fit Fathers Inaugural Auto Fit Run

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Experienced by Leeann Brzozowski

There was no lack of enthusiasm, energy or anticipation as runners joined the Los Angeles Auto Show and Fit Fathers for the inaugural Auto Fit run/walk this past week. Super dads, mothers and fitness friends were ready, willing and able to start their engines and pace through the Los Angeles Convention Center while receiving a sneak peek of the 2016 and 2017 new vehicles and concept cars before they were shown to the public. [Read more…]

2015 Men’s Health URBANATHLON

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WHAT IS THE URBANATHLON?

In 2015, Men’s Health is returning with their 10th annual URBANATHLON series, celebrating the Men’s Health work hard, play hard mentality. The URBANATHLON challenges competitors—or more accurately, flat-out dares them—to set new personal standards for what it means to be fit.

Whether you are taking on the classic distance or all NEW sprint distance course, the URBANATHLON is the ultimate test of endurance, strength, mobility and pure toughness. Post race, the excitement continues at the Men’s Health URBANATHLON Festival, with DJ sets, food and drink, and tons of stuff from our sponsors to demo, sample, and take home.

LOCATIONS

 – Soldier Field, Chicago
– Citi Field, New York
– AT&T Park, San Francisco

 RACE DISTANCE

Classic Distance: 10 – 12 miles, 14 obstacles
Sprint Distance: 3 – 5 miles, 7 obstacles
*Courses vary per market. Course distance and obstacles subject to change.

                        Check back for updated 2015 details 

2nd Annual Race for Every Child 5K run/walk at Freedom Plaza

Race For Every ChildBuilding on the success of its first-ever Race for Every Child last fall, Children’s National Health System announced the second annual Race will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC. Registration is now open for individuals and teams on Race For Every Child. The event’s proceeds will help fund specialized medical care, research into childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services to keep children healthy. [Read more…]

Mazda Strengthens 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Partnership

CHI_11_MoneyShot (email)I must say, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is the most entertaining run series we have participated in to date. And since Fit Fathers also reviews the latest Auto Fit lifestyle vehicles, it only made since for us to run alongside the Mazda Game Changer team. We’ll be competing in the Virginia Beach Half Marathon on August 31st. Training has been fun and exciting as we have been trotting around the globe putting in miles including Jamaica, Florida, India, etc. Even more exciting is that Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, and Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) have expanded their relationship, as Mazda becomes the Official Automotive Partner of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. [Read more…]

The Chicago URBANATHLON by Men’s Health Magazine

Urbimage4Welcome to the 2013 Chicago URBANATHLON by Men’s Health Magazine which will take place on Saturday, October 26th in the Windy City. Run with Fit Fathers and receive a 20% discount off of your registration. Please use promotion code FITFATHERS2013.

 The Urbanathlon isn’t your typical road race or weekend warrior fun run. With a 10+ mile run and 10 obstacles, it not only takes endurance to finish, but also agility, power, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Not quite up for the entire distance? The Urbanathlon offers a relay option. Relay teams consist of three team members where each member runs approximately one-third of the race. [Read more…]