While Dimity and I are speaking, selling, and racing amidst the pixie dust at Tinker Bell this weekend on the West Coast, the running party on the opposite side of the country is happening in Amelia Island, Florida: ZOOMA kicks off its 2014 women's half-marathon series at the Ritz-Carlton. (Fancy-schmancy!)
Dimity and I know first-hand what amazing race weekends ZOOMA hosts: In March 2010, we launched Run Like a Mother at ZOOMA's Austin race, and we've taken part in the majority of ZOOMA events since then--Annapolis; Cape Cod; and Chicago. We're excited to head to the new ZOOMA half this June--Napa Valley. (As Dimity noted in a recent post, we're duking it out, uh, I mean, debating which one of us gets to run the half-marathon and who will work our booth during the race.)
As you can guess from the locations alone, these events are ideal destination races. ZOOMA races are held at lovely resorts, and the race courses wind past beaches, lakefronts, wildflower-filled fields, and other vistas that provide mental distraction on par with a P!nk-filled playlist. Post-race parties--complete with wine (yes, wine!), shopping, live music, and yoga--keep the buzz going. ZOOMA events always have a half-marathon, as well as a 5K and/or 10K, making them a great girlfriends-getaway: You can set your sights on 13.1, then talk your college besties or former neighbors into going a shorter distance. It's a win-win (or at least finish-finish!) for everyone. (One more reason to do a ZOOMA race: There will be an AMR booth with our merchandise at every 2014 race except this weekend's Florida race. Dim and I will only be in Napa Valley, but we're staffing our merch-table at each race with a great mother runner or two.)
Now that you're fired up to zoom-zoom-ZOOMA, here's your chance to grab a gal-pal and run one with her: One lucky lady will win two free entries to the ZOOMA race of her choice. To enter, tell us who you would take with you to a ZOOMA race. Could be who you'd really take--your sister, BRF, or matron-of-honor--or some "dream" running partner. (Gotta be a woman, though.) We won't judge--we just want to know who you'd love to have running by your side or waiting for you at the post-race party.
Can't wait to see if you win and want to register for ZOOMA race now? Get 10% off entry fee by using code: AMR14. This special-for-AMR-tribe discount code is good for any ZOOMA race you enter in 2014.
[Some fine print for this mighty fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of anywhere as long as you can get yourself to ZOOMA race of your choice. It begins on 1/15/14 and ends on 1/21/14; the winner will be announced on 1/25/14. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $150-$210, depending on which race distance winner chooses. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.