Thursday, July 18, 2013

Win a Run Rock 'n' Roll Chicago VIP Package

You could run under this rocker at Sunday's race.
Who's racing this weekend? There's the Ironman 70.3 in Racine, the half Ironman distance and sprint distance triathlons in Door County, Wis., the Muddy Buddy, the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon. If you're signed up for one of these, you couldn't have asked for better summer racing weather with a forecast showing cooler temperatures and sunny days. But you also probably registered, suspecting you might have a hot day to contend with. Lucky you for taking that risk.

Remember how hot and humid it was last year? Yeah, me and my heat-induced puffy fingers do. And I suffered through two too many runs in 90 degree temperatures (Really? At 6:30 p.m.?) earlier this week and don't dare go for a third today. So registering for races that occur during weeks that are historically hot, isn't exactly my MO. Unless I have a specific reason, like doing Racine last year to get a half Ironman under my belt before Ironman Wisconsin or running Rock 'n' Roll to meet Dr. Andy Baldwin (which turned into more of a chase), I'm going to wait on registering until the weather turns. If it doesn't, which is usually the case, I'm out. But if it does, I'm paying a pretty expensive registration fee. Darn you, weather.

My friends at Team Refuel were already kind enough to give me an entry to this Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon, so I can run on what's sounding like a perfect summer morning. And the good news for one lucky Fit-Ink reader is that you can run, too. We're giving away a VIP entry to this race on July 21 plus some other cool perks thanks to Team Refuel! Yes, it's last minute, but if you've been training for the Chicago Marathon or another long-distance race, you're already logging that mileage.

What does it mean to be a race VIP? For starters, it makes this race in particular even more worthwhile. Sure, the bands and post-race concert are great, as is the course that winds through the city streets and along the lakefront. But as a VIP, you really get the red carpet rolled out for you. There's a VIP party at theWit hotel Friday night (ROOF, the bar on the 27th floor is amazing). You get to hang out pre- and post-race at the VIP tent, which offers a great view of the concert stage, snacks and more (if memory serves me correct, it also has its own gear check). Since Team Refuel is helping us give away this awesome package, you'll also receive a REFUEL visor. And be sure to grab some chocolate milk at the finish line just like a Team Refuel member would--studies show that lowfat chocolate milks aids in the recovery process and makes for a great after sport drink.

Entering this giveaway is simple: Tell us that you want to run in the comments. Or you can improve your chances, one additional entry per additional task, by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter, and then sharing what you did in a comment (thank you Chicago Running Bloggers for the idea!). But hurry, we're picking a winner at midnight, 12 a.m. Friday, July 19.

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