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Spartan Race Giveaway Winner!

This is so cool.
A huge thanks to everyone who participated in this contest, it got a great response and is easily one if the most fun things I’ve given away through the blog.

So without further delay:
The winner of the FREE Spartan Race entry is…

Paul Jorgensen!

Thanks Paul for both sharing and liking the post on Facebook.

Paul, please email me your contact info and I’ll be in touch.

For those who did not win…All is not lost! there is still hope! …Read this!


It’s going to go to one lucky (and randomly chosen) registrant of the virtual 5k/ charity fundraiser I have going on right now: the Sweet Cheeks Virtual 5K. All the info can be found on the race page right here on the blog! Just click the link above or click on the page in the menu that says (not surprisingly) “Sweet Cheeks Virtual 5K” and you will be taken to the race page with all the details and an option to register.

The deal is you register for the race, all participants get a medal with an awesome logo on it, and also get a shot at a TON of sweet prizes. One of those sweet prizes is another FREE RACE ENTRY for any 2014 US Spartan Race. 100% of the profits from the Sweet Cheeks are going directly to the American Cancer Society, so please consider participating. You do a little good for you, a lot of good for those who need it. Plus you get a shot at some badass prizes in the process.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and congrats to Paul. I appreciate it very much and look forward to the next giveaway.

Have a great day.

Announcing The “Sweet Cheeks Virtual 5K”!

So here we are! I am very proud to announce the Sweet Cheeks Virtual 5K!

Sweet Cheeks Banner


Based on the amazing success of last year’s “Chilly Cheeks Virtual 5K”, I’m back at it again for 2014! Same Idea, Same Charity Beneficiary, Same “Running My Ass Off”-Themed Name….

For all the details: Please refer to this insanely helpful FAQ:

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A VIRTUAL 5K, ANYWAY? Ok, so here’s the deal. A virtual 5K is a race just like any other, except there’s no official race location. You register for the race and then you run during the designated race weekend: when you want, where you want; and then just submit the results when you’re done (on the convenient online form that I’ll send out). All the results will be complied and sent out to all participants after the race is over. Any pictures or stories to accompany your official time are encouraged as well!

WHEN IS IT?: The official race weekend is Friday, Feb 14 thru Sunday, Feb 16.

WHAT DO I DO?: Like I said above, in order to participate, all you need to do is register for the race, run it at any point during the weekend of Feb 14-16, and then submit your results. (Along with any pictures or stories about the experience you’d like to share)

WHAT DO I GET/ WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?: Every race participant gets an official Sweet Cheeks 5K finisher’s medal. That, plus the satisfaction of knowing that the vast majority of your entry fee is being donated directly to charity; so all your sweat and effort is not only doing you good, but others as well.

IS THAT ALL?: No it’s not! All entries also get entered into a random drawing to win some pretty awesome prizes! See the complete list of giveaways below. I know I’m biased, but I think they are some pretty badass prizes.

SO HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? All this for the low low price of $25.00!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?: All you need to do is click on the “Register Now” button above. It links directly to Paypal, to guarantee that the transaction is safe and secure for you.

WHAT IF I CAN’T RUN, BUT WANT TO DONATE ANYWAY? Well thank you! And we have a button for that too! If you want to donate but not run in the race, please click on the “Donate Now” button below. It will take you to a PayPal screen that will allow you to choose the amount you would like to donate and allow you to do it safely.


WHAT IS THIS FOR, ANYWAY?: All monetary profits from this race will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society through their DetermiNation program. See below for a more detailed explanation of what’s going on here…

This race is going to be used as a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society and Charity Miles.

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For the second year in a row, I have created a charity team to run The Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia (this year it is being held on Sunday, May 4th)

We are a team of 15 runners who all signed up to run Broad Street in 2014 . This race is one of the biggest 10 mile races in the country. Rather than just register for the race and run it, we are using this opportunity to link up with the American Cancer Society and use this as a fundraiser as well (The official charity partner of the race). We have joined their DetermiNation program, And have set an initial team goal of $7,500 to be raised between the group of us running. We want to challenge ourselves by running the race, and also to give a little back at the same time. We are dedicated to meeting -and with any luck-, far surpassing our initial goal of funds to be donated to this worthwhile cause. Cancer is a horrible and far reaching disease that continues to impact countless people, odds are you or someone you know has to deal with this reality. We are just trying to do our part and help fix that as best we can.

To further prove my point about really getting on board with the charitable efforts, we are also partnering up with Charity Miles, and I could not be more excited about it.

Let me explain. Charity Miles is a free iPhone/android smartphone app that uses your phone’s gps to track your run/walk/bike ride. This NYC based company (Charity Miles) is dedicated to raising money to be donated to charity, at the rate of $0.25/ mile run (or walked) They have secured corporate partners who are willing to donate money to any one of a multitude of “approved charities’ (identified in the app) based on the amount of miles run/walked/biked. They designed the app specifically to track everything and keep it all legit. I discovered them about a year ago and have been using the app ever since. I love it and the fact that A.) it does not cost me anything to use it and B.) even though it’s free, it still puts me in a position to raise funds for charity and make a difference. I love donating other people’s money.(ha) I know I don’t give it full justice, but suffice it to say this is a way to leverage the running you will be out there doing anyway to generate some funds and make a real impact. You can find their main website HERE. We are strongly encouraging all of The Sweet Cheeks Virtual 5K participants to use it while they run the race. Instead of getting only my 3.1 miles, if we can get everybody’s 3.1 it can add up quick and make a huge difference.

I hope you consider running with us for this Virtual 5K race.

Feel free to contact me with any questions:

Here are the companies providing giveaways we have thus far (I’m working hard to add some more as we speak, as more get added I’ll post them up here):

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Chilly Cheeks Review II (and pictures)

As promised, this is Recap #2 for the Chilly Cheeks.
Like I said before, the response was completely awesome, and there were so many stories to choose from, so I just took a small sampling of emails, a variety of different stories to highlight. I tried to summarize things for each of these, but in the end, it seems best to me to let their stories speak for themselves. So a quick intro to each and then the stories, in their own words… followed by a collection of pictures of Chilly Cheeks Runners!

You are all awesome. Thanks again for participating.

So without any further rambling, some of our badass runners:

How fantastic is this? Sarah up in Canada (The race is called the Chilly Cheeks, of COURSE we have some Canadians running with us) turned this into a Family Event! Such a fantastic story about getting active and setting the stage to get kids active too! I am a huge supporter of getting kids active and more healthy, because quite frankly, the only thing better -fitness wise- than losing 125 pounds and getting healthier as an adult is not having to lose 125 pounds in the first place. Rock on Sarah (and Henry and Tommy and Mia), you are awesome. Seriously.

Hi Andy!
We had a really great run as a family here in Calgary, Canada. The sun was shining and it was very warm for this time of year. We took the dog, too. I had to bribe the older boys with dinner at Five Guys to get them going, but once we were all out together, they had a great time. The three kids who ran were Henry, 13, Tommy, 12, and Mia, 9. They all finished together, and the time was 45:23. We did use charity miles, and ran for the Wounded Warrior Project. I am including a picture from our wonderful run. This is everyone in the home stretch. Thanks again for organizing this fun event. It’s hard to believe something that benefits others and is so healthy for us could also be such a fun family event that we will be talking about for years to come!!!
Sarah in Calgary

Ok, how do you not love this story? Yes, I’m a sucker for dogs, but just based on the first paragraph of this email you can’t tell me that Jackie does not sound like someone who you wouldn’t want to sit down and share a beer/coffee (whatever your thing is…) with. Just funny and good natured and happy. When you take that and couple it with the good that she is trying to put back out into the world through her new blog and twitter account, I had to share this and try to help her out to get as much exposure as I can muster. Awesome Idea and even better mantra (per her website): “We can’t change the world individually, but we can each make our own dent. Even the smallest effort will make a difference and lead to a better world”. Freaking Fantastic.

Hey Andy!
Milo and I had a great time doing the 5k! I used the CharityMiles app to also donate to the ASPCA. In addition to using the app to track my distance and time, I used my GPS watch. According to the GPS watch we did 3.12 in 1:14:14, including stopping time for doggy business, meeting new friends when we passed the dog park and a short confrontation with a wooden bear statue. This whole thing was more about walking a 5k for a good cause than getting a good time.
I also attached a few pics of Milo in his bib, and the two of us pre-walk.
This event was kinda the kick off point for a blog/twitter that’s been in the works for awhile called “Make Your Dent”; a philanthropy and community service based blog and twitter. Although the blog is still under finishing construction and nothing is posted yet (THE SITE NOW HAS CONTENT, FYI), I plan on launching the blog and making a post about the 5k this weekend. Feel free to check it out! @makeyourdent or
Thank you again for organizing this event! I think it’s a really cool and different idea, and it was a lot of fun to participate in!

Thanks, Jaclyn and Milo in KY

Jackie & Milo BastardiMILO

And you want to talk about inspiration and dedication? Look no further. When this email came in I read it on my phone, and it literally stopped me in my tracks. Its stories like this that keep me grounded and keep things in perspective. Admittedly, when you lose the weight and change your body like I did I do get a lot of people commenting on it and complimenting me, but then I read something like this and I realize that what I have gone through is literally nothing at all compared to what people like Stephanie have had to overcome. We are talking the very recent past here. December. As in, 2 months ago December. I know a lot of tough people, but even they would be hard pressed to pull this off. This is the real story of determination and self improvement. And stories like this are what inspire me, tell me to keep pushing because there is always something more that can be done. (…and proof positive that a little stubbornness CAN be a good thing!)

Hi Andy!
I did my 5k this morning! My official time was 38:45. Was my 1st virtual race and actually my first 5k ever! Not the best time ever, but Ill give ya a quick background as to why today was such a huge deal for me 🙂
Running helped me lose 66 lbs after my third baby was born. I learned to LOVE it! It became a way of life for me. Well my life changed very much recently, when on December 6th at 31 years old I had a stroke. No doctor knows why. I am very healthy otherwise. I was in the hospital for 4 days, and could not walk at all right after it happened. Left the hospital with a cane & just finished up 7 weeks of physical and occupational therapy. And now things are basically back to normal. Lots of determination (and I’m maybe a little stubborn too) 😉 But anyway, today’s ‘race’ was the 1st of many for me!
Stephanie in ND

Don’t call it a comeback. All that AND this was her first 5K on top of it all!

…and continuing along the lines of a First 5K…
In addition to Stephanie, there were a bunch more people who decided to make the Chilly Cheeks their first 5K!
A few of those are:
· My good friend Shawna in PA (SO proud of you! You rocked it!)
· Krystin in NJ
· Tiffani in WA

Not to mention there were numerous PRs and so many more fantastic stories, I just had to pick a small sampling to share, otherwise this post would go on forever.

Also below, please see my collection of all the pictures submitted by the awesome runners of the Chilly Cheeks!
Runner Photo Grid