I am so excited about this giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a free entry into the 2013 Run for the Dream Half Marathon or 8k. And that lucky winner can also meet me if they so choose. But that’s not a requirement of winning. But onto the race itself, which will be held the weekend of June 1-2 in Williamsburg, VA. Yes, that’s right, you get to run through Colonial Williamsburg. But wait, there’s more! Here’s the official info about the race, interspersed with my commentary. And if you read all the way to the end, there might be a coupon code too!
A World-Class Race and a weekend you won’t forget! Run or walk the 8K or half marathon through historic Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy the scenic tree-lined Colonial Parkway along the James River. Runners receive a hero’s welcome with a celebrated finish in the College of William & Mary football Stadium. There’s also a Kids Fun Run with three lengths: 100 meter, 400 meter and one mile. Celebrate with your friends and family at the Post-Race Bash with music, barbecue, beer and soft drinks.
(This barbecue is awesome. Seriously, I have hyped this race based only on the sandwiches. And if you don’t like BBQ, well, this is an opportunity to make a friend by sharing your sandwich.)
The Run for the Dream is proud to host the 2013 USA Masters 8 km National Championships.
Looking for a challenge? Take on the Patriot’s Challenge!
An impressive display of initiative, determination and spirit was shown by the Colonial patriots, the men and women of the American Colonies who banded together and overthrew an empire. We invite you to run both the 8K and Half Marathon and receive a total of 3 medals for your efforts! Are YOU a Patriot?
All runners will receive cool swag: a souvenir shirt, upgraded finishers’ medals and a “goodie” bag. The Run for the Dream is professionally managed by Dave McGillivray, famed race director of the Boston Marathon, and his race operations staff, DMSE Sports, Inc.
(Seriously, it’s an incredibly well-run race. I ran the inaugural year and it went off without a hitch, not always the norm for a brand new race.)
Make a weekend of it! The first 3,000 registrants receive a free $70 ticket and $15 food voucher for Busch Gardens as well as a $40 pass to Colonial Williamsburg. Enjoy spring in Virginia, discovering the Historic Triangle – years of history combined with unique dining venues, wineries, museums, amusement parks, shopping outlets, boutiques, galleries and more. Fun for the entire family, or make it a Girls’, Guys’ or Friends’ Weekend!
(I can’t believe how much stuff you get with this race. So worth the registration cost. And if you win the free entry, it’s like winning the lottery. Only with sandwiches.)
The Run for the Dream benefits An Achievable Dream and Wounded Warrior Programs.
An Achievable Dream operates two nationally recognized K-12 schools in partnership with the Newport News Public School System. An Achievable Dream is dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds and that education can break the cycle of poverty. Without An Achievable Dream, many of our students would not have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. Children receive a quality education in a nurturing environment, the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults, and the chance to participate in engaging enrichment activities. www.achieveabledream.org
The Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Warriors has introduced more than 400 vets to marathon racing as part of their rehabilitation, helping them to train and compete in road races across the county and internationally. Disabled Sports USA recognizes the importance of sports and recreation in the successful rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, and offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone, veteran or civilian, with a permanent disability. Paralyzed Veterans Racing is a team of competitive paracyclists. Team members are military veteran who were either injured during their service or after their honorable discharge.
Sound good? If you’re not yet convinced, check out my race recaps from last year (where you will find a sandwich picture).
And sadly, only one of you will win. But! If you don’t win and want to enter, the race organizers were nice enough to give me a discount code. BLOG2013 will take $5 off the 8K, $10 off the Half Marathon and $15 off the Patriot’s Challenge. The code is valid for civilian pricing only and expires on May 1st, 2013.