As a beginner runner trying to find my pace in the world (see what I did there? Lol!) I’m always on the look out for fun races to do. My schedule is pretty blah so I don’t really have time to join running clubs and my family, God bless them, are not interested in joining me in my running endeavours so I try to find affordable and fun running events to keep me motivated. I did the lululemon SeaWheeze 3 years ago and that got me hooked on finding fun events where I wouldn’t get bored half way through and just give up. I’m still hoping to do another half marathon at one point but for the meantime I’m sticking to 10Km races that are very doable for me without spending all my free time training, I may have the attention span of a squirrel but my short legs transport me at a very turtle pace. In my search for fun races I came across the Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s Women’s Run and Walk.
First of all, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is amazing. They use absolutely no toxins in their products so you can feel great about using it without worrying about what is going on your skin. I love their stuff and, I’m not going to lie, one of the biggest incentives for me to sign up for their race was because their race packages include $50 worth of product. (yes, I’m THAT person). Another reason was that it was local and through a trail in Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Thirdly, the run benefits Fast and Female an organization founded to empower female youth through sport and to spread the word about the power of sport for girls. All of these were excellent reasons for me to sign up (and convinced my younger sister to do it as well).
I was so surprised that this race didn’t get more hype. It was such a great event and a beautiful route through the park plus they had a 5K fun run for the little ones. The run took place in July and it was beautiful weather. Next year’s Vancouver race registration began on Jan. 1st and is open to girls and women of all ages and fitness levels. It’s $60 for both the 5K and 10K distances and that includes the $50 worth of RMS product and a post-race snack, not just bananas and bagels but also a nutritious and healthy wrap. I will definitely be returning for this year’s race on August 20th, can’t wait to make this event larger and larger every year!
If you’d like more information about the race and how to register this January you can check out the run’s website at: http://www.rmswomensrun.com/vancouver-run.html
See you at the finish line!