Boston Diva Dash 2014

I had a ton of fun running in last year’s Shape Diva Dash, so I get to be an ambassador again!

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The Shape Diva Dash comes back to the Boston area on September 6, 2014. Obstacle course races are blowing up right now but this one is different because it’s only for women and you can make it as hard or as easy as you want. There is no dirt, no getting soaked, no electrocution. There were some fun obstacles like the tire mountain, a hay bale mountain, jumping over water, a fun thing where you walk on a rope, and some other surprises.

The race is on a wave system, with the final wave going at 2:45 pm.  You don’t even have to wake up early. This race had the most fun party vibe I’ve ever seen. The pre- and post- party was huge, with beer, wine, snacks and dancing. There were so many people who put teams together and dressed up according to their theme. I didn’t have a team last year and I regretted it, so you should definitely get your girls together for this. I think there is even a prize for best team costume.

The registration fee is currently $55 but you can knock $10 off using coupon code AXDIVAVILAY. The swag bag is great too. One of the starting waves is already sold out and we are six months out, so get your team in now to get a good starting wave. – Shape Diva Dash

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Race Recap: Harpoon 5 Miler

My partner ran the Harpoon 5 Miler today and this was the first time I got to watch a race as a spectator

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Hanging as a a spectator at the 2013 Harpoon 5 Miler

It was such an awesome event I thought I’d do a re-cap anyway. First of all, this was the best pre and post-race festival of any race. There were plenty of port-a-johns, water even before the event, and Clif was a sponsor handing out Clif bars and energy gummies even before the race.

Although there was no “race expo” and no medal, this race had the best free swag I’d ever seen. As a racer, you got: a drawstring bag and cute (cotton) Harpoon shirt, Clif bar & chips, a cool bandanna, plastic pint glass, coupons (for New Balance!), a food ticket, and three beer tickets. Even the bandanna was cute: it says “Love Beer, Love Running, Harpoon.” At the festival booths, I snagged a few Clif bars, Clif shot gummies, a t-shirt from Scion, and a few little things like beer koozies and keychains. Right after the race started, I happened to be walking past the registration table as they were packing everything up and I asked if I could have a race shirt. Hey, all of the runners were already off and there were boxes of them left. To my delight, she said yes! It’s a New Balance shirt, so even though it’s cotton the quality is nice.

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Harpoon 5 Miler t-shirt

The race had 3700 runners, and you can only get in through a lottery which is why I wasn’t able to run this one. Let me tell you, if you are a slow beginner like me this crowd is a little scary. These people are fit and fast. Close to 80% ran sub-10:00 miles, and over half ran sub-9:00 miles. That makes me a little scared to enter next year. The crowd also really got into the fun of the costume contest. Here are a few of my favorites:

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