Are you as shocked as I am?
First off, the Eugene Marathon will be increasing its prices beginning January 2nd so this is an excellent time to make that big New Year resolution to run a marathon. Or, if you're not as crazy as some of us (ahem), there is also a half marathon and a 5K that same day plus a really cheap run for the kiddies. The Eugene Marathon peoples have also just announced their first Women's Half Marathon for Labor Day weekend. I am strongly considering signing up (got to work out the dog issue first), so if anyone else is interested please let me know. I'd be up for going in on a hotel room in Eugene the night before the race with some Cilleyland running chiquitas (there's a mental image -- I'm picturing bananas running dressed up like Carmen Miranda).
Also don't forget about the NW Running League and its Resolution Run 5K on January 9th. Signing up for the Resolution Run (only $25) also gets you membership in the NW Running League where you can win actual cash and prizes for doing what you already do: run! And I, the CilleyGirl, would also get cash if you would like to join and put me down as a referral. If you do, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll let you know my real, honest to goodness name.
Another group I've been considering is the Oregon Road Runners Club. I'm a little fuzzy on how a lot of this works (NW Running League is the first group I've joined since I started running, I'm kinda shy. Well, a lot shy. Really.), but I know they contribute to the Oregon Food Bank and one of my favorite places on earth, the Oregon Zoo -- they put on the Turkey Trot I just did. You get discounts on races, some are even free, there's discounts on merchandise, both ORRC's own merchandise and others, plus discounts on services like chiropractic. And if any CilleyGirl readers belong and would get cash and prizes if I put you down as a referral, just let me know and I can do that!
Let's see, what else? Oh yes -- I won a giveaway today!!! It's the first running giveaway I've ever won, and the second thing I've won since I started running (I won some notecards in a raffle at one of the Resolution to Run runs). Big thanks to the Gazelle on Crack! I will actually get to meet La Gazelle tomorrow night at one of her brew crews; I'm really looking forward to it. I'm planning to wear my HO HO 5K shirt for it so that I can be easily spotted. So if you're down at Max's Fanno Creek tavern tomorrow evening around happy hour and you see me, come on over and say hi and I'll blush and mumble and play with my drink and have a hard time making eye contact. But I'll be with other people who are hopefully more socially adept.
SkirtSports, who doesn't know me from Eve, is running a nifty little sale right now, with a free "catch me" and free ground shipping with a $50 purchase. I've never tried a running skirt but it's on my list of stuff to buy to get me even broker than I am now. They also have another giveaway which you can enter to win. Last but not least, SkirtSports puts on the SkirtChaser 5Ks; they've selected CilleyLand as one of their race cities for 2010. I'm looking forward to this one. I may even wear a skirt!
One last thing: the ambitiously aspiring Alisa is hosting a giveaway of her own. Go visit her and let her know your favorite holiday song by December 16 for your chance to win.
I think that's enough for now. I must go and try to fluff up the pudding that has become my bwain.