Category Archives: Outdoor Article

2018 Q50 Races Sunset Gulf Half Marathon

sunset half marathon

Sunrise Grand Isle, LA

I am always intrigued by unique races. I was searching the internet for races and I saw that Q50 Races put on a sunset half marathon in Grand Isle, Louisiana and I thought to myself I needed to check out this race.  Well, a year after I found out about the race, I had the chance to run it.  Click HERE for my full report.

2018 Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon

2018 Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon

2018 Dahlgren Trail ½ Marathon Medal

This year marked the 9th running of the Dahlgren Trail half marathon.  I am still nursing an Achilles injury and can’t run, so I chose to the next best thing and volunteered. The Dahlgren Trail half marathon takes place on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail in King George, Virginia near historic Fredericksburg and the Potomac River.  Click HERE to read my thoughts on this historic trail race.

Volunteering at an Aid Station at the Holiday Lake 50k

Volunteering at an Aid Station at the Holiday Lake 50k

The crew of Aid Station 3 at the 2018 Holiday Lake 50k

Holiday Lake 50k is one of the oldest ultras in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  I planned to run it this February, but an Achilles injury sidelined me for the race, so I volunteered to help with an aid station.

I am glad I did because I got to see the race up close, and my experience made me want to run the race even more when I am healed up.  Click HERE for my full thoughts.

2018 CJ’s Resolution Challenge Race Report

CJ's Resolution Challenge

One of my favorite races of the year CJ’s Resolution Challenge was held on January 6, 2018. CJ’s raises money for organizations promoting autism awareness, a cause near and dear to my heart. This race has a unique format. You select the type of race you want to do when you register. You can choose from RC Revolutions or Last Man Standing. Both races are run on the same 1.6 mile loop in R. B. Winter State Park outside of Mifflinburg, PA. If you choose RC Revolutions, you are trying to see how many loops you can finish in three hours. For Last Man Standing, you have 20 minutes to complete the first loop, 19 minutes to complete the second, 18 minutes to complete the third, until….well, the name of the race says it all. My husband and I went to packet pick up, which was in a relatively warm heated tent, got our bibs and hoodies, along with a doughnut and some hot coffee, and went back to the car to stay warm. At 9:00, we got some brief pre-race instructions and were off! The course is half trail and half gravel road. Both travel through the woods of the state park. The trail is not entirely flat, but there is not much elevation change. Same with the road. The trail was entirely snow covered. The road was about 2/3 snow covered. We finished loop 9 at 2:57. We could have done another loop, since according to the rules of the race, as long as you start your last loop before three hours, it counts, but we were both ready to be done. We collected our wooden medals then went back into the pavilion one last time for some more delicious soup, chips, whoopie pies, peanut butter cookies and hot chocolate. We did not stick around too long, because even with the fire and heaters, we got cold sitting after we finished running.  Click HERE to read my review.

Final update from the 2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show

This is my final update from the 2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show

Day 3 of the 2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show continued with more opportunities to see the latest and greatest gear.

Bright colors for ski’s seemed to be one of the trends with this year’s crop of skis.  Head Skis had a Crayola box of colors for their line.

2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show

New line up of Head Skis

You can read my full update here.

Thoughts on day 2 of the 2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show

Day 2 of the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show is in the books.

Day 2 of the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show

Sportube Snowboard and Ski Bags

I spent the day meeting with companies and trying to get the hang of the Denver Convention Center.  Check out my thoughts on GSIOutdoors, Helle, Sportube and more by clicking HERE.