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by leandre on March 14, 2013 · 33 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

Congratulations to Jen who won last week’s GIVEAWAY and will receive a $50 credit to the RunVermont store as our way of saying thanks for helping us promote Saucony’s Run4Good app.  We now have 4,338 miles logged towards our goal of 10,000 miles! We only have until March 31 to meet the goal (and receive the maximum of our Saucony grant) so if you run with your phone, please take a minute to download the app and run for us! Details here.

I’m short on words today.

Not sure why, but I’m blaming it on the blanket of gray that has tucked itself in nice and tight over Vermont for the past month. Oh, OK, last Saturday, was an exception, but generally speaking this winter is probably one of the most dismal I can recall. I feel pretty tapped out and I know I’m not alone.  The good news is that eventually the sun will shine we’ll all be our jolly selves again.

If you live in the local area and are looking for company on your long (or short) runs, be sure to check out our newly updated list of Marathon Training and Community Runs. We would love to run with you!

If the thought of running with new friends doesn’t improve your disposition, perhaps the opportunity to win a whole lotta cash will! Our friend and title sponsor, KeyBank is hosting a $5000 Upgrade Contest!

If you’re driving around in a beater of a car, or are desperate to renovate a room in your home, this one’s for you. All you have to do is take a picture of your broken down rig or worn out room, and upload it to the contest page. The contest is only open through March 29, so enter today.

Just in case you’re not in need of a new car or new room, today we’re giving away a $25 Key Possibilities Card just for fun. Key Possibilities cards work just like debit cards at any store that accepts MasterCard. No need to open a Key account to use the card.

To Enter:

Tell us: When you’re visiting an area for the first time to race, what do you do to get your bearings before race morning?

PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the NEW rules below. Thank you!

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, March 20; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, March 21.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway. You must tag @RunVermont and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 3 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)

The rules/fine print:
* We use to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize.  If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize.  If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly March 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I will google the area, and when I arrive will check out as much of the course(start, finish area) as possible.

2 Mike March 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Happening this weekend, read the race instructions cover to cover, study the map of the course to know start, half way point and finish line, google map of the race course area to look for parking (if a large crowd race), target street corners where family can hand me drinks. Ask race officials at bib pick-up what time we need to be in the corral. Do a drive by of the race start and finish to know location before race morning.

3 Corey March 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Begin drinking coffee at a ridiculously early hour and make sure I know where the start and bathrooms are!

4 Corey March 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I’m a follower

5 Ron Bissonnette March 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I try to drive the course if possible

6 Rick March 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I always read all of the materials provided by the race staff. I try to do a trial run to the race start so I can plan out race morning activities. I try to drive the course. If I’m staying over I will look at the race website for a Things To Do page like is provided on the KBVCM site. If there isn’t a Things To Do page, I will look at Trip Advisor.

7 Rick March 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I follow The Run Down.

8 Krissy March 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I try to research the area ahead of time and find a few fun things to do that don’t use up too much energy. I like to check out race start and finish area and enjoy the new environment.

9 Krissy March 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Im a follower

10 alison March 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

I drive the course, unless it’s one I’ve been to before. And even then I like to drive it a bit. Usually these events happen in good weather, so it’s nice to get out and get some fresh air and work out the nerves before a race.

11 alison March 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

and I’m a follower of the RunDown, of course!

12 Olivia M March 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

I utilize Google Earth and try to get a feel for the location before race morning. This usually is followed by trying to find good restaurants in the area. Girl’s gotta eat!

13 Olivia M March 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

And I’m a follower :)

14 Lesley March 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

I read the course map over and over and over.

15 mark lewis March 15, 2013 at 10:15 am

I’ll study the course map and if possible try and get a glimpse of at least part of the course beforehand

16 Jennifer March 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

I study the course map, find the start and finish areas, and find somewhere good to eat.

17 Tim March 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

Ok so I’m not the only psycho, planner obsessed runner out there who months in advance looks high and low through the web to find every inch of detail on the race? You Tube is my first stop to find course run throughs and previous racers recaps (watching You Tube on the NYC marathon helped me see that all hills were followed by long gradual downhills which eased my mind). Then it’s onto Facebook for my daily check on subject posted by organizers related to everything and reading every single feedback. And doing general searching on Google for racers recaps, or start strategies/tip for big races. Ok so this is a little over the top, but I’ve found valuable little nuggets that have helped. Of the few races I’ve prepped for the Vermont City Marathon is my favorite because of the little things like this Blog and Thursday Giveaway. So much fun! And in the spirit of using web media to give details on the course, having running VCM three times I’ve struggled with Battery Hill every year except for last year. I went to a seminar at the expo where veteran runner Casie Enman talked about visualizing and thinking of certain thoughts throughout the race. I couldn’t think of a good thought for Battery though and after thinking and thinking I just said to myself I don’t have a thought, I’m just going to have fun. So I did, I soaked up the amazing crowds, the Taiko drummers and smiled and had fun each step up that hill!

18 Robin March 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Get there a day early, walk around and check out the sites, making sure I visit the start and finish lines.

19 Tiffany March 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I do my research online on places to go and things to do or see. For me that means where I’m going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks… The reason I run is so I can eat! The best way to get to know a city is through its food! Needless to say I get to know the places I travel to very well.

20 Kimmy T. March 18, 2013 at 7:12 am

I will research where to eat, things to do, and try to get a general idea of the area. For shorter races, I like to know all the course details, but for the half marathon or marathon distance, I actually prefer not to know too much. I enjoy seeing new things for the first time while out on the course. It’s a nice distraction!

21 Kimmy T. March 18, 2013 at 7:13 am

I’m a follower.

22 Jen March 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

I think I’m the one who won the giveaway! I didn’t get any email though..thanks!!! :-)

23 Kacey H March 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

Last year’s Vermont City Marathon was my first time in Burlington so I’ll use that as an example! I studied the course a lot to get a feel for it. I checked out the elevation profile and the locations of water and gel stops. When I actually got to Burlington, we walked around downtown a lot and I visited Battery Park to get a feel for where the starting line was. We utilized some guide maps to find things like the Lake Champlain Chocolates and American Flatbread. We also checked out Church Street and had some pre-race Ben and Jerry’s! I also bought an Eat More Kale shirt. We had a rough idea of the things we wanted to do in Burlington but a lot was also just exploring. This year, we might come up early so we can do more!

24 Kacey H March 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

I follow The Run Down.

25 Kacey H March 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

Tweeted! My name is kaceroni.

26 Kacey H March 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

Aaaaand I shared it on Facebook!

27 Jessie March 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I walk around the day before to make sure I know where the start is and how to get to it. I obsessively lay out my entire outfit (complete with shoe chip, if there is one). The morning of, I drink coffee or energy drink, have a light breakfast, and leave extra early to make sure I get there on time. And then pee at least 40 times. :)

28 Jessie March 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Also, I’m a follower.

29 Jessie March 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Shared on fb!

30 Sam March 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Look at the course map and find the mile markers

31 Sam March 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I am a follower

32 Sam March 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Tweeted it

33 Sam March 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

It’s on fb

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