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2017 Ed’s Red Mammoth Award Application

APPLY FOR THE 2017 ED’S RED MAMMOTH AWARD – HEALDSBURG!

Ed’s Red is a winery partner of the 2017 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon with an awesome quest for this year’s race: Find the most improved runner and reward them with a mammoth-sized award!

Ed’s Red is a mammoth wine – a bold, full-flavored red blend meant to be enjoyed any day of the week. From their headquarters in the Napa Valley, Ed’s Red was able to select grapes from some of the best appellations in northern California, providing you with a wine that is powerful, rich and full of character, vintage after vintage.

Ed’s Red will provide one case of their wine to the most improved runner from any time you ran this race in the last two years (2015 or 2016.) To be considered for the “Mammoth Award”, please fill out the form below and click submit. Please enter your most recent course time for the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on the band stage at Warm Springs Recreational Area at 10:30am. Must be present to win! 

“Ed’s Red – a hefty wine, best paired with mammoth – or vegetarian equivalent!”

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7-Continent Marathoner to Run Virginia for Alzheimer’s Research

After finishing the 2016 Antarctica marathon, in the frozen tundra accompanied by penguins, seals, whales and floating glaciers, Jason Boschan has set his 2017 goals even higher this year where he has kicked off his 10 for 10: 10 half marathons in 10 different states.

“This is not just a running race, it’s a destination lifestyle experience that starts and finishes at bucolic Doukenie Winery,” said Boschan. “I am excited to run past vineyards, farms, ranches and estates along the way. For me, this race weekend was a no brainer on the list of 10 Run4Papa race destinations this year.”

It all started as he watched his grandfather struggle with dementia, and that was all of the motivation Boschan needed to begin an arduous journey to, not only finish a marathon, but to run a marathon on each of Earth’s seven continents.

The experience initially motivated Boschan to run the 2010 New York City Marathon in honor of his grandfather. It was during that race Boschan’s “Run4Papa” fundraising concept was conceived and evolved into a journey to “Run Against Dementia.”

Boschan partnered with Northwestern University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center in 2010 with a goal to raise funds and awareness to fight the vicious disease. “I will continue to run races all over the world in honor of my “Papa” and everyone who is battling or has lost loved ones to this vicious disease,” he said. “I won’t stop until a cure is found. More than $200,000 has been raised to date, and 100% of every contribution goes to fund dementia research.”

For more information about Run4Papa, go to www.run4papa.com.

Reward Your Run with a Full Weekend of Dry Creek Valley & Surrounding Wineries

It’s marathon morning, October 29th. Your costume came together and you and your friends are eager to run! The race begins and you’re off to a steady pace, soaking in the idyllic views of wine country and breathing in the fresh autumn air. Along your race you pass through 2 celebrated Sonoma County winegrowing regions, but the one you spend your majority in is Dry Creek Valley – home to sweeping views, old vines, intimate experiences and hundreds of world-class wines. Dry Creek Valley is an intimate 16-miles long, by 2-miles wide. Within Dry Creek Valley are 60+ wineries, legendary peaches (only available while in season!), acres of olive trees with locally pressed olive oil, and a sense of belonging that is prominent with every bend in the road. Learn more about Dry Creek Valley here.

When you next visit Dry Creek Valley, visit these wineries to remind you of your amazing time at the Healdsburg Wine Half Country Marathon. Or – get a step ahead and familiarize yourself with the area now!

Mazzocco

mazzoccoThere are many things that Mazzocco’s winemaker, Antoine Favero does right – and by many things, we mean all of the wines you’ll taste at Mazzocco. Favero specializes in vineyard designate wines from all over Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma County. For Zinfandel fans, we can’t recommend Mazzocco enough for your itinerary. With a variety of tasting options, you can opt for a Vineyard Designate flight of five wines or their Elevation Flight and sample wines from all elevations found in Dry Creek Valley.

Comstock Wines

comstockOne of Dry Creek Valley’s newest wineries, Comstock has quickly made a name for itself. Comstock has high quality wine for everyone including a variety of red and whites. You’ll find mouthwatering Viognier, modern-style Chardonnay, Old Vine Zinfandel and bold Cabernet Sauvignon – all in one tasting room! You’ll be visiting Comstock for your Pre-Race Dinner with speaker Meb Keflezighi, but be sure to come back as a variety of experiences await you. Yoga in the Vines happens the first Sunday of the month followed by a wine and brunch pairing. Blending seminars and bocce and pizza, there’s always something amazing going on at Comstock.

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Continue your tasting trip with one of the best views in Dry Creek Valley at Sbragia Family Vineyards. Schedule a tasting on their beautiful terrace and make sure to order their cheese & charcuterie platter. Owner and winemaker Ed Sbragia comes from a Beringer background and shines with California style wines like his Home Ranch Chardonnay. Reds not to miss: La Promessa Zinfandel & Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Truett Hurst

Next stop is the creekside, Truett Hurst where the Healdsburg Half Marathon’s truetthurstWelcome Reception will be. Truett Hurst has a diverse tasting menu featuring high-quality Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Rosé, Pinot Noir, a variety of Zinfandel and more. On the weekend you’ll often find live music in the tasting room. Once you’ve tasted through their menu, it’s time to scout the property! You’ll find chickens and goats, a gorgeous garden, and red Adirondack chairs perfectly placed next to the creek. Come back with a bottle of wine and it’s the perfect place to relax with friends.

Martorana

martoranaDid someone say Creekside? We couldn’t mention the Dry Creek without mentioning Martorana Family Winery. Past the bocce ball courts lies hidden multiple picnic benches available to reserve with only the background music of the trickling creek playing. Plan ahead and order a picnic basket with Martorana wine and local food packed just for you and your friends. All of Martorana’s wines are organic – so no environmental guilt allowed! Their Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon are great in any vintage and are cellar worthy. Martorana Family Winery also plays host to the Finisher’s Celebration after the race on Saturday.

Mauritson

mauritsonMauritson Wines sits beautifully on the corner of Dry Creek Road and Lytton Springs. Remember to show off your costume at post-race costume contest for a chance to win wine from this critically-acclaimed winery. This family owned and operated winery is in its sixth generation of winemaking and farming. Famous for their refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel & Cabernet Sauvignon – it’s sure to be a memorable destination on your tasting journey. Mauritson makes divine wine from the Rockpile AVA which overlaps Dry Creek Valley into the North. This region is highly prestige among sommeliers and wine fans, don’t leave without a bottle for your collection!

Wilson

At the heart of Dry Creek Valley you’ll come to Wilson Winery. Wilson boasts a variety of different styled wines made by esteemed owner/winemaker Diane Wilson. Diane has been recognized at the top of the winemaking gawilsonme countless times and when you taste her wines, you’ll know why! Wilson’s tasting room is a recognizable tin barn that has stood in Dry Creek Valley for over 100-years. Home to one of the most iconic pieces of art in the Valley, Wilson is a stop you won’t soon forget.

There are 60+ wineries just in Dry Creek Valley – with so many options it can be difficult to plan out your day. For more information on Dry Creek Valley wines, wineries, travel tips and for hand-curated itineraries you can visit drycreekvalley.org.

Sponsored by Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley

Just outside of Dry Creek Valley in Geyserville are the brilliant wineries that play host to our start line and finish line.

Start Line: Virginia Dare Winery

wv-2015-10-09_vdnowVirginia Dare Winery brings to life the myths, people, and history of American winemaking, celebrating a heritage that goes back more than 400 years. They craft unique fine wines using heritage grapes grown in the best viticulture regions of California. In addition to tasting experiences, their trading post–inspired gift shop offers beautiful art and artisan products that pair effortlessly with their wines. Catch a view of the vast barrel room, admire their collection of Native American art, and enjoy an atmosphere that pays homage to a simpler era while offering the pleasures of a modern-day wine country experience. In a few short weeks, Virginia Dare will be adding a restaurant to the mix!

Finish Line: Trentadue Winery

trentaduetastingLeo Trentadue has a reputation for openness to new ideas. Over the years, this inveterate tinkerer has been among the first to experiment with what resulted in a number of viticultural/wine industry innovations. Boasting some of the oldest Carignane vineyards in America, Trentadue has become known for its mastery of Italian red varietals. Over the years, Trentadue has become the leading producer of dessert wines in the area, including the wildly popular Chocolate Amore. Stick around ater the post-race Wine & Music Festival to experience their intimate tasting room set on expansive, historical grounds.

Not yet registered? Take advantage of Trentadue’s Wine Club offer while it’s still around: Join any level of their wine club and receive 50% off your Healdsburg race registration! Email raceinfo@destinationraces.com with proof of your membership to receive your 50% off code.

Top 10 Things to Do During Race Weekend in Redmond, WA

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So you’re headed to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the Woodinville-to-Redmond Wine & Beer Country Half Marathon. Awesome! You’re going to have the most amazing time. Here is a roundup of Redmond’s top activities and attractions to help you make the most of your weekend stay.

1. Marymoor Park

Marymoor Park spans a staggering 640 acres and is filled with trails, meadows, play areas, sports fields, gardens, and much more. Play at the dog park, picnic with friends, or spend the afternoon birdwatching. Located on Lake Sammamish, it’s the perfect place to get some exercise outside or spend the day relaxing and taking in the area’s natural beauty.

2. Redmond Town Center

If you find yourself in need of some retail therapy, be sure to check out Redmond Town Center! It has over one-hundred stores and eateries all in an open-air setting. Redmond Town Center is also the home of Exotics@RTC, an exotic car show that takes place every Saturday through the end of October, weather permitting.

3. Redmond Saturday Market

Get a taste of Redmond at the oldest open-air market east of Seattle! Located on the western edge of Redmond Town Center, the Redmond Saturday Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here you’ll find an average of 85 vendors each week, including local farmers, nurseries, craftsmen, and chefs. The event is dog-friendly, and there is plenty to browse and sample while you enjoy the live music.

4. Idylwood Beach Park

There is no better way to cool off than going for a dip in beautiful Lake Sammamish. Idylwood Beach Park is home to picnic shelters, barbecue pits, a kids’ play structure, and a sand volleyball court, and also offers canoe rentals. It’s a great place to spend a sunny September day!

5. iPic Theaters

If you want to have an amazing movie-going experience, make a point to check out iPic Theaters while in town. Super comfy seats enhance the movie going experience along with the option of being waited on in cinema. Relax and enjoy these amenities while you catch the latest box office release.

6. Sammamish River Trail

This 9.93 mile trail winds along the Sammamish River from Wayne Golf Course to Marymoor Park, linking to the Burke-Gilman trail at Tracy Owens Station. It is mostly flat and very scenic; an excellent spot for a long distance run or a peaceful bike ride. Lucky for you, the bulk of the course runs on the trail, so get ready to run a PR!

7. Escape Rooms

If you think you’ve got a knack for detective work and a willing sidekick (or several), check out Redmond’s escape room games! FLEE Escape Games and Conundroom offer a variety of themed rooms from which groups of two to eight must solve the mystery before the clock runs out. These rooms are open to all ages and experience levels!

8. Microsoft Visitor Center

If technology is your thing, head over to the Microsoft Visitor Center. Here you can find the very first personal computer, learn about Bill Gates and the founding of Microsoft, and see the latest products the company has developed. The visitor center will leave you feeling inspired and wondering what incredible new technologies the future will bring!

9. SecondStory Repertory

SecondStory Repertory is Redmond’s premier theater company, performing shows year-round. The theater is also home to its very own improve team, which will be performing a family-friendly show on Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Barber’s Wife, a new musical for young audiences, starts the same day with showings at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

10. Willow’s Run Golf Course

Willow’s Run Golf Course is a beautiful championship caliber golf course complex located in the Sammamish Valley. Golfers will appreciate the full service facility, complete with two eighteen-hole, links-style courses, driving range, practice putting green and bunker. Willow’s Run also offers a par three family nine-hole course and an eighteen hole “themed” putting course. Their on-site Fire Creek Grill and Bar is a great place to finish off an afternoon on the green.

Sponsored by Experience Redmond.

11 Steps for Crushing Our “Shortcut to Redmond” 4.4 Miler!

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We’re going to let you in on a little secret: You don’t have to be a runner to participate in a Destination Races event. We encourage runners and walkers of all speeds and strides to run, sip, and explore with us in beautiful destinations across North America. Our newest race is the most forgiving yet – a flat(!) 4.4-mile course hosted just outside of Seattle. With wine and beer waiting at the finish line, who wouldn’t want to opt-in?

Walking regularly is great for your health, and science tells us the same for a glass of red wine. If you use a Fitbit to track your health goals, it’s likely that you’re already walking over 4.4 miles a day when you meet a 10,000 step goal! Let’s put on our Fitbits and reach 10,000 steps together! To help along the way, follow these 11 steps for crushing the “Shortcut to Redmond 4.4-Miler” on September 17th:

1. Put on your comfortable walking shoes and clothing.
2. Pick a route you are going to walk.
3. Keep a journal to document your walks like: what route you took, how you felt, time of day you walked, etc.
4. Listen to your body while you walk and take breaks as needed.
5. Complete light stretching at the end of your walk.
6. Set a goal to walk 5 times per week to start creating a habit.
7. Every week try to increase your walks by 5 minutes.
8. Sign up for the Shortcut to Redmond on September 17th.
9. Sign up as a Corporate Team and walk 4.4 miles with your friends and co-workers.
10. Receive your finisher medal and wine glass at the finish line.
11. Celebrate your investment to walking at the post-race Wine, Beer, & Music Festival.

Don’t wait to start. Get moving now. Plan out your walking days, sign up for the Shortcut to Redmond to keep you motivated, and commit to the plan. We’ll see YOU on the course!

Special Preview: What Ken Wright Cellars Will Be Pouring in Oregon!

Special Preview: What Ken Wright Cellars Will Be Pouring in Oregon!

anne-amie-1024x678Ken Wright Cellars, host of the 2016 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon Wine & Music Festival, gives us a tantalizing sneak peek into the wines they’ll be pouring at the event. We can’t wait!

Each year the small communities in Yamhill County look forward to the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. The marathon brings thousands of runners and spectators from all over the world who come to enjoy the beauty of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. They love the course and beautiful views, and especially the post-race Wine & Music Festival held at Ken Wright Cellars in downtown Carlton!

The finish line ends right in front of Carlton’s historic train depot, home to the Ken Wright Cellars Tasting Room. Across the street at the winery, local vendors, restaurants and wineries set-up shop for hungry and thirsty runners. Ken Wright Cellars has been the main host for the festival since 2010, and we’re excited to be part of the fun again this year!

Be sure to stop by the Ken Wright Cellars wine booth to taste three special bottlings: 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot noir, and 2011 Tyrus Evan Walla Walla Syrah! Here’s a preview of what we’ll be pouring:

 

2012 Ken Wright Cellars Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay
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AVA: Columbia River Gorge
Soil: Pulverized Basalt
Elevation: 1000-1200 feet
Aspect: Southeast inclination

Description: Terrific acidity and a great deal of minerality derived from being planted directly into pulverized basalt. Nose and palate share apple and pear with hints of banana. This is a beautifully balanced wine that changes dramatically over the course of a meal.

Label Description: Original Ken Wright Cellars label created in 1994

 

2014 Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
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AVA: Willamette Valley
Soil: Volcanic & Marine Sedimentary soils
Elevation: Ranges from 300-500 feet
Aspect: Combination of aspects

Tasting description: 2014 provided an abundance of perfectly ripe Pinot noir. The wine exhibits great depth of color with intense and complex aroma and flavor. The textural profile is lush and balanced.

Label Description: Original Ken Wright Cellars label created in 1994.

 

2011 Tyrus Evan Walla Walla Syrah
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AVA: Walla Walla
Soil: Ellisforde silt loam
Elevation: 800-1200 feet
Aspect: North inclination

Tasting description: Ripe and round with generous notes of plum, currant, black pepper and gravelly mineral flavors combine in a muscular wine with big bones and a finishing lick of citrus.

Label Description: Tyrus Evan is Ken Wright Cellars sister label featuring fruit from warmer climates. Tyrus and Evan are the middle names of Ken’s two sons.

Click Here to Shop Ken Wright Cellars Wine.

Staying Safe in the Sun: Summer Training Tips from Dr. Judy Staveley

The abundant sun and warmth of the summer months are great for barbecues, picnics, and relaxing poolside, but it can also make race training more challenging. Doctor Judy Staveley, a biology professor and avid runner, shares her tips on treating and preventing heat-related ailments this season.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke seem very scary and may stop you from running outdoors during the hot summer months. Awareness of these two ailments can help keep you safe during training and racing.

Runners are vulnerable to both heatstroke and heat exhaustion. These two ailments are very similar problems that are often confused; however, they not the same. Learn to recognize the following symptoms in yourself and others.

Heat Exhaustion is defined as overheating of the body from excessive loss of water and electrolytes. Symptoms include thirst, headache, pallor, dizziness, disorientation, and nausea. In more severe cases, your heart may race.

By contrast, Heatstroke occurs when the body’s thermoregulatory system stops working. (Thermoregulation is the process that allows the human body to maintain its core internal temperature. The state of having an even internal temperature is called homeostasis. All thermoregulation mechanisms are designed to return the body to homeostasis.) Many of the symptoms associated with heatstroke are the same as those found in heat exhaustion; however, the addition of fainting or unconsciousness indicates a heatstroke.

What to do if you experience heatstroke or heat exhaustion?

  1. First, stop running and get out of the sun!
  2. Seek out a shady or air-conditioned spot
  3. Slowly sip a beverage containing electrolytes (don’t chug!)
  4. Packed ice around the neck, armpits, and groin area
  5. Splash water on the skin and fan the runner
  6. Elevate the legs and continue to give fluids (1 to 2 quarts of electrolyte beverage is preferred, but water will do)
    Remember that disorientation is a key symptom: a person who is talking and functioning well mentally is not in danger.
  7. If you have tried these remedies and don’t feel better within thirty minutes, go to the hospital or call your doctor. Note: If you experience heatstroke once, you may be likely to get it again.

How to prevent heatstroke and heat exhaustion

  • Do not wear cotton during summer months!
  • Gear should consist of synthetics (some running gear singlets and shorts even offer UV protection)
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  • Wear a visor or cap to keep away the sun’s harsh rays and UV radiation
  • Wear sunscreen, which helps cool your skin
  • Try to schedule your training runs in cooler hours of the day early morning or early evening
  • Hydrate, hydrate & hydrate!
  • Finally, stay safe…and don’t forget to have fun out there!

Dr. Judy Staveley is the CEO of The Platform Magazine, a Biology Professor, author, speaker and triathlete who teaches at several colleges in the Maryland area. For more information, visit judystaveley.com.

Enjoying Yamhill County – Tips & To-Dos from Your Local Guide

tiffanyHi! I’m Tiffany Henness, a fitness coach and blogger who lives and runs in Yamhill County, Oregon. You might recognize me from this photo at 2015’s Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon.

I’m designating myself as your local guide, so you can make the most of your trip. Why? Because some of Yamhill County’s treasures are off the beaten path with no Yelp profile. I’d cry to find you eating at a chain fast food restaurant when we have some of the best farm-to-plate establishments in the universe!

For starters, you want to stay in or near McMinnville (aka Mac). Mac is just about an hour from Portland (so you can get those magic doughnuts you’ve heard about) and an hour from the beach (worth a trip). So if you want to expand your Oregon vacation with a morning or afternoon excursion, you can easily choose your own adventure with Mac as your homebase. However, there is plenty to do right here.

Tiffany’s Tips

    1. Pick locally grown snacks.
      To appreciate the fruit of the earth, sample Yamhill’s fresh fruits and vegetables. Places like Farmer John’s Produce or Bernard’s Farm have yummy U-Pick produce all summer long. There’s also Smith Berry Barn in Newberg and numerous farm fresh fruit stands along HWY 99 as you travel to the heart of Yamhill County. Also shop at Red Hills Market in Dundee and take home some local culinary gifts.
    2. Picnic at a vineyard.
      Now that you’ve got your treats, take them with you as you go wine tasting. You’ll see at the start line of the race that Stoller Winery is ideal for tasting with a view. But that’s not the only vineyard around with an excellent outdoor space. Anne Amie Vineyards, Penner-Ash and Youngberg Hill have delicious spaces for a picnic, the last two with million dollar views of Mt. Hood & Mt. Jefferson on a clear day.millerwoods
    3. Explore Oregon’s beauty.
      Stretch your legs! Miller Woods has runnable forest trails (the outer loop is at least 3 miles) and it makes you feel like you’re out in the wild, yet you’re only 10 minutes from town. If you have kids or dogs, Champoeg State Park has trails, river access, an off leash dog zone, and is home to Oregon’s pioneer history. If you want a mountain top experience, Kings Mountain Trailhead is only one hour away in the Tillamook National Forest. Or head to the ocean at Lincoln City.
    4. Eat well.
      Traveling well is 80% about good food. Of course the celebrated spots in Mac are breakfast at Community Plate or an intimate dinner at Thistle (reservations required). However, if you need some other options (Craving burgers? Need a cheaper meal to stay on budget?), allow me to direct you to these local favorites.

      • Carlton Corners has the best burgers in the county. Yes, it looks like a gas station/convenience store. Trust me. This is where I’m going after the race as it’s about 3 blocks from the finish line.
      • Tequila Grill in Mac. Not the indoor, sit-down restaurant. Stick with the grill on the outdoor patio. The carnitas is divine, the salsa bar on point, and the price is so good we never need an excuse to eat here.
      • Pura Vida Cocina in downtown Mac has a creative and refreshing take on Latin American dishes featuring locally grown produce. If you’ve never had a fried avocado, put Pura Vida on your to-do list.gasstation
      • Valley Commissary is another culinary treat for breakfast or lunch made from fresh, local ingredients, and it’s within walking distance of at least 5 tasting rooms.

While those are my top spots, here are a few other tasty tips: Sandwich Express has the best cinnamon rolls anywhere. Roth’s Market has the only good doughnuts in town. Cornerstone Coffee Roasters is perfect for sitting down and recharging as you sip your way through downtown Mac’s tasting rooms, but if coffee isn’t your thing, the Velvet Monkey tea house is where it’s at.

Need more inside tips from your local guide?
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Tips for Healthy Parenting from Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni Rawlins

Kimatni Rawlins is the proud father of two young girls and founder of Fit Fathers, a blog aimed to inspire men to lead the charge to prioritize healthier eating and exercise, and enhance their lives and the lives of their families. Today, in honor of Men’s Health Month, he’s here to share some of his tips for healthy parenting.

Fathers are one of Earth’s most important treasures, impacting lives and shaping what our children find important in life. Fathers lead, teach, protect, discipline, and set forth strategies that enhance the welfare of their daughters and sons.

Here are five approaches that can be utilized to celebrate fathers and place focus on the tools needed for long-term health and life enhancement:

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1) Take the Fit Father’s Pledge: June is Men’s Health Month, an opportune time to make a pledge toward a healthier you. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, while hypertension and other health risks have increased in men 20 years and older. Try to commit to specific healthy choices and increased fitness goals. You can also take the Fit Fathers pledge by clicking here.

2) Organize a Group Ride or Run: Have you run a 5K or gone deep into nature with your buddies on mountain bikes? Training for a 5K is a great way to put you in top shape for participation in group activities with friends or other dads. Try a destination run for an endless array of experiences around the world with the ones you love. Or ring up some father friends and go for a morning ride to burn calories so you can enjoy brunch guilt-free. (But don’t overdo it—the stomach is only the size of your palm!)

3) Eat to Live: Do you consume foods to increase vitamin, mineral and nutrient intake, or to satisfy mental cravings for comfort foods? Sickness and chronic disease are more prevalent than ever, which is why now is the prime time to finally say no to destructive eating habits and become more proactive with your kids’ diets. Begin swapping chips, cookies, and sodas with fruits and smoothies. Plain popcorn with a few pinches of Himalayan sea salt and Vegit are your best bets for replacing the crunch of potato chips. Try to cook more meals at home and eliminate or reduce your fast food intake. Say no to white, enriched foods and yes to whole grains (for example, brown rice and quinoa over white rice) and add more cruciferous green veggies like kale and asparagus to your plate. It’s a stretch for some, but well worth it for your family.

beachrun4) It’s a Family Affair: Enjoy energetic activities with your family such as soccer, volleyball, tennis, or hiking in nature. State parks are ideal locations for staying active and enjoying pure oxygen from Mother Earth. Host a picnic ripe with whole foods and freshly squeezed juices.

5) Become the Family Coach: It’s important for dads to engage in physical fitness and employ smart food choices. Continue to motivate the family with daily exercise tips and nutritional recipe ideas. I enjoy cooking and love when my wife or daughters make a special request such as our veggie stir fry tofu or BBQ cauliflower wings. More importantly, I absolutely adore when my youngest puts on her helmet and demands that we go for a ride. That comes from years of silent coaching. Lead by example so your child becomes the example!

You got this, dad.

More of Kimatni’s writing can be found at www.fitfathers.com.

Meet Brooke Kaplan, Runner and ADA Fundraiser Extraordinaire!

In 2007, as a generally healthy sophomore in college, Brooke Kaplan paid a visit to the campus health center for what she thought were kidney stones. As it turned out, the prognosis was much more serious: a kidney infection, UTI, and blood sugar levels of 388 (the healthy range is 80 to 120). She was immediately sent to the hospital where she was diagnosed with insulin-dependent Type 1 diabetes, which changed the course of her life.

Type 1s make up only about 5% of all diabetics. Despite many misconceptions, Type 1 diabetes is currently an incurable—and therefore lifelong—autoimmune disorder where the pancreas stops producing insulin. Type 1s can only manage the disease by regulating blood sugar levels with insulin shots, which give the body a synthetic version of the insulin the pancreas naturally produces in non-diabetic individuals. Though a healthy lifestyle is encouraged, Type 1 diabetes is not related to obesity or how someone eats.

The short-term effects of high blood sugars are extreme fatigue and mood changes, and shakiness, lack of concentration, or passing out when sugars are low. Stress, exercise, hormonal changes, and other factors can impact blood sugar levels at any time. There are many long term complications of not managing the disease as well, including nerve damage, sight issues, amputations, kidney failure, and deaths related to diabetes complications (diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in 2010), just to name a few.

Though Brooke has always lead an active lifestyle, she never considered running a half marathon until a friend challenged her to participate in the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon and raise money for Destination Races’ National Charity Partner, the American Diabetes Association. Just two months later, she had personally raised almost $2,500 for the cause!

Destination Races caught up with Brooke after the race to see how it went.

 

DR: How did you train for your first half marathon?

Brooke: I followed an 8-week training program that increased my distance by one mile each week before tapering two weeks before the race. I also love zumba and weightlifting so I tried to continue finding time for those activities as well.

DR: How did you feel the night before the event?

Brooke: I was really anxious. The longest race I’d run was a 5k, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My legs were sore from the training, so I did a lot of stretching and tried to get to sleep earlier (although it ended up being really restless).brookekaplan

DR: Can you describe your experience at the race itself?

The race was awesome! It was a really tough challenge, but the satisfaction I have in completing it made it all worthwhile. Because all of my training was on the treadmill, the road and gravel were difficult. I did the race with friends who have run several before, so I stayed with them through mile seven and had my playlist ready to help keep the energy up. One of my biggest concerns as a diabetic was making sure my blood sugar was okay throughout the run, so I checked before and after and thankfully, I was within normal range.

DR: What personally drew you to fundraise for the American Diabetes Association?

Brooke: Running for the ADA made this so much more worthwhile. When my friend first asked if I wanted to do the run I considered it, but having never really been a runner I probably would have chickened out. Running a half was never a goal for me and it’s really intimidating! But when I saw the option to fundraise, I decided I needed to do it. Any time someone would donate I would get an email notification, and it was always encouraging. Because I was training on the treadmill, I had my phone in front of me for my music, and when these notifications would pop up it would push me to go the extra mile. (Pun intended!)

DR: Last question…will you run another half marathon?

Brooke: Yes! I’m ready to sign up again.

 

To learn more about how you can support the American Diabetes Association through Destination Races, visit our charities page and click on the event of your choice.