On Thanksgiving Day I ran the Greensboro Gobbler with my dad and brother. This was my second time running the race. It has become a family tradition that I am really excited about.
2012 Greensboro Gobbler
Last year, the Greensboro Gobbler was part of the start of my interest in running and races. I did a Color Run and the Greensboro Gobbler all in one week and was hooked.
I thought that the course would be 2 loops around Country Park like last year, but it was a new course. Temperatures were freezing and we jogged from the car to the race start, arriving 1 minute before time to go. It was probably good that we got there right on time, because we did not stand around in the freezing temperatures for very long at all.
There were so many people in the race this year! The course was very crowded. We spent the whole first mile weaving around walkers and runners. Next year the organizers should consider corrals or at least encouraging walkers to start at the back. With the new course they were able to accept more registrants. At least 2732 people signed up (the most ever), and 1886 finished the race. The cold temperatures might have kept some of the registrants away.
2013 Greensboro Gobbler
I ran most of the race with my dad and brother. This is the one 5K my brother does every year, and he still beat me! The last mile was very hard, and I’m proud of my finishing time and the chance to run with my family.
My offical time was 26:23, not a PR but over 3 minutes faster than my 2012 time, 29:49. It was cold outside but I warmed up quick, learning in the future not to wear cold-gear Under Armor even for races on very cold days.
Did you participate in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day this year? How was it?
Jessica Ekstrom, a 2013 graduate of NC State University, is doing amazing things with her company, Headbands of Hope and I think you should know about it.
Jess’s story is incredible. She states on the HOH website: “All I had was inspiration and two seconds of courage” I am constantly amazed and inspired by the company she created to spread hope to children with cancer. It is no surprise that she is gaining support (and celebrity requests) from all over the country.
If you are still not sure about what gifts to purchase for friends and loved ones this holiday season, consider purchasing a headband (or headwear) of hope. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Jess’s current adventures are also inspiring and I enjoy reading about them on her blog: xo, Jess which somehow always manages to make me laugh, think, and cry. My favorite posts so far have been 5 Things Not to Say to an Entrepreneur and Find Your Crazy. Also, you can bring Jess to your campus as an inspirational speaker via CAMPUSPEAK!
On any given day you will probably find me wearing one of my glitter headbands. They not only benefit a good cause but are comfortable and cute! I hope this post inspires you to purchase gifts that give back this holiday season. What’s your favorite style on the website? To support the cause and do what I can to spread hope, I am going to purchase a headband for one lucky reader. Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a glitter headband!
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**Disclaimer: This review and contest were my idea. I received no compensation for the post. The opinions expressed in the review are my own and were not influenced in any way.**
UPDATE: Congratulations Megan Johnston, winner of the headband giveaway! I am so excited to send you your headband while also supporting St. Baldricks and providing one to a little girl with cancer. I met Megan when she was working at UGA, but now she works at Marymount California University. She was part of the original group that joined Athens Road Runners with me. Thanks for participating in the giveaway!