Blue Ridge Marathon returns to #RunChat

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Kick off the final third of 2017 with #RunChat at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 3 as we welcome back our friends at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. 

The race, known as "America's Toughest Road Marathon," is coming to Roanoke, Virginia, on April 21. The race features 7,430 feet of elevation change -- more than any other road marathon in the U.S. -- and includes a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway and numerous other climbs in the southwest Virginia city. 

As part of this week's #RunChat, we have two entries of the marathon (or 10k or half) up for grabs! To enter, simply fill out the tweet below AND answer at least one question in Sunday's #RunChat. (More rules are at the end of this post.)

I want to run @brm26pt2 because ______. bit.ly/Sept3RunChat #RunChat #runBlueRidge


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If you're not up for the full course, but still want to run a part of this incredible course with friends, join the four-person marathon relay team. There is an extremely limited amount of space for a relay team as there are only 14 teams of 4 people. CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up with your friends. 

You can also use code BRMCHAT20 to get 20% off the relay team (and the 10K, half and full marathon)! 


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Next year's event also features a chance for runners to get DOUBLE that elevation change with the Blue Ridge Double Marathon. This is the second time this race is an "official" event -- for several years a group of dedicated runners completed the course before the marathon started, all for some bragging rights. 

(Please note: the #RunChat code is not valid for the double.)


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For this week's giveaway: Two winners will be selected at random and announced in the final 5 minutes of #RunChat. You can vary the tweet from above, but please make sure @brm26pt2 is tagged, the link to this post is included and the #RunChat tag is included. 

Winners are responsible for their own travel expenses, hotel stays and anything else you purchase on your trip. 

You can sign up for the 10k, half or full marathon and get 20% off with code BRMCHAT20 at blueridgemarathon.com.

Race with The North Face ECS in Utah

We're excited to have The North Face Endurance Challenge Series at #RunChat for the third time in four weeks! 

As part of their sponsorships you can get 15 percent off their Ontario, Wisconsin and Utah races when you use code RUNCHAT15 when signing up. (CLICK HERE for more info on all those events.)

As part of this week's #RunChat -- which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, July 9 -- we're taking a closer look at the event's stop in Utah

WHEN: Sept. 23-24
WHERE: Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah
EVENT FEATURES: This race course will not only start at the highest elevation within the North America series at 7,000 feet but it will also climb to the highest elevation of 10,000 feet. The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Wasatch Back, part of the Wasatch Mountain Range in the resort destination of Park City. Athletes will navigate this world-renowned ski destination using a mix of double and single track trail, ski runs, mountain bike trails and various dirt access roads. 

The event's stop in Utah features a marathon, a 50K and a 50 miler There's also a marathon relay team and a kid's run!

CLICK HERE for full details and to sign up. (Don't forget your discount code!)

We're also giving away TWO entries to the races in Utah! Enter by tweeting the info below and filling in the blank by 7:45 p.m. ET Sunday:

I want to run @thenorthfaceecs in Utah because _________. bit.ly/July9RunChat #RunChat #ECSUT

You can change up the tweet if you'd like, but please make sure @thenorthfaceecs is tagged, there is a link to this post and the #RunChat tag is included. 

To be fully entered, you must also answer at least one question during the chat. Two winners will be selected at random and announced in the final 5 minutes of #RunChat, which starts at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, July 9. Retweets of your entry and/or others liking your tweets do not increase your chances of running. Please enter only once per Twitter handle. 

Race with The North Face ECS in Wisconsin

We're excited to have The North Face Endurance Challenge Series at #RunChat for the second straight week! 

As part of their sponsorships you can get 15 percent off their Ontario, Wisconsin and Utah races when you use code RUNCHAT15 when signing up. (CLICK HERE for more info on all those events.)

As part of this week's #RunChat -- which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, June 25 -- we're taking a closer look at the event's stop in Wisconsin.

WHEN: Sept. 16-17
WHERE: Kettle Moraine State Park, 60 miles southeast of Madison.
EVENT FEATURES: An ideal course layout for elite speedsters and those taking their first strides in the world of ultra trail running, The Endurance Challenge Wisconsin course is run-able from start to finish, provided that you’ve trained properly. A large portion of the course takes place on the renowned Ice Age Trail.

The event's stop in Wisconsin features numerous events from a 5K all the way up to a 50-miler. There's also a marathon relay team and a kid's run!

CLICK HERE for full details and to sign up. (Don't forget your discount code!)

We're also giving away TWO entries to the races in Wisconsin! Enter by tweeting the info below and filling in the blank by 7:45 p.m. ET Sunday:

I want to run @thenorthfaceecs in Wisconsin because _________. bit.ly/June25RunChat #RunChat #ECSWI

You can change up the tweet if you'd like, but please make sure @thenorthfaceecs is tagged, there is a link to this post and the #RunChat tag is included. 

To be fully entered, you must also answer at least one question during the chat. Two winners will be selected at random and announced in the final 5 minutes of #RunChat, which starts at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, June 25. Retweets of your entry and/or others liking your tweets do not increase your chances of running. Please enter only once per Twitter handle. 

The North Face Endurance Challenge Series is BACK with #RunChat!

For three out of the next four weeks, we're excited to have The North Face Endurance Challenge Series back for #RunChat! 

As part of their sponsorships you can get 15 percent off their Ontario, Wisconsin and Utah races when you use code RUNCHAT15 when signing up. (CLICK HERE for more info on all those events.)

As part of this week's #RunChat -- which kicks off at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, June 18 -- we're taking a closer look at the event's stop in Ontario.

WHEN: July 16-17
WHERE: Blue Mountain Resort, 90 miles outside Toronto.
EVENT FEATURES: Featuring the most pronounced elevation gain trail race in all of Ontario, The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Niagara Escarpment on the western shores of the Georgian Bay and navigates through the ski trails of the Blue Mountains.

The event's stop in Ontario features numerous events from a 5K all the way up to a 50-miler. There's also a marathon relay team and a kid's run!

CLICK HERE for full details and to sign up. (Don't forget your discount code!)

We're also giving away TWO entries to the races in Ontario! To enter, simply retweet the tweet below by 9:45 p.m. ET Sunday, June 18 AND answer at least one question during the chat. 

One winner will be announced at random in the final 5 minutes of #RunChat. 

Focus on runner safety continues!

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We're excited to continue our year-long partnership with Road ID at this week's #RunChat, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, June 11. 

At this week's chat we'll continue our conversations about runner safety, and focus on your favorite products that help make you more visible on the roads. 

If you're looking for a new ID or any reflective gear, CLICK HERE to get $5 off your next purchase from Road ID!

You can also join in this month's #RunChatHunt for a chance to win a gift card and other items from Road ID. CLICK HERE for details.

Road ID now available for many fitness trackers

This week's #RunChat kicks off at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, May 21 and welcomes back Road ID! 

This week's Road ID is featuring its new faceplates that easily become part of your favorite fitness tracker, including several models of Garmin and Fitbit, and the Apple Watch. 

Retweet the tweet below by 9:45 p.m. ET Sunday for your chance to win a $35 gift certificate to grab yourself a new ID (or anything you want from Road ID): 

You must also answer at least one question to be eligible to win this week's prize. One winner will be selected at random and announced in the final five minutes of #RunChat. 

Road ID says this about its band for one of the Garmins: 

The everyday reassurance that will tag along with your favorite fitness tracker. This high-grade stainless steel faceplate is form-fitted to slide on your existing fenix 3 band, giving you the confidence and peace of mind needed to make the most out of life. The faceplate has a stunning, black matte finish, and the engraving glimmers with a hint of gold.

PRO Compression is BACK

This week's #RunChat -- 8 p.m. ET Sunday, May 14 -- welcomes our longtime sponsor PRO Compression! 

We'll have a few giveaways of their compression socks this week, so check this post often. The first is to simply REPLY to the tweet below and answer at least one question in Sunday's #RunChat to be entered.

One person who responds to the above tweet will win their choice of a pair of PRO Compression socks. Only one reply per Twitter user is eligible to win. 

The second way to enter to win is to reply to the tweet below, answering whether you prefer compression socks or compression calf sleeves. One winner will be chosen at random. 

All winners will be selected at random and announced in the final 5 minutes of #RunChat. Favoriting and liking of Tweets do not increase your chances of winning. 

The final way to enter to win is to simply join #RunChat at 8 p.m. ET Sunday. Two additional winners who participate in the chat are eligible to win a pair of socks. 

You can also show your #RunChat support on your next PRO Compression purchase when you use CHAT2 at procompression.com. You'll get 40% off plus free shipping on any order order $20. 

Hazy Shade of '80s is here

What do Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys, Rick James, Rick Springfield and U2 have in common? Well, we're not quite sure ... but they are ALL on the newest RockMyRun #RunChat mix that you created this spring!

And now you can grab it and enjoy a month of RockMyRun. 

Get it by downloading the RockMyRun app and entering code HAZY80S.

That will send the mix directly to your favorites and get you a free month of RockMyRun.

So far this mix has been rated at 5 stars by RockMyRun users!

Race 13.1 returns to #RunChat

This week's #RunChat -- 10 p.m. ET Sunday, May 7 -- welcomes back the Race 13.1 series!

This week we'll be giving away two entries for a half marathon at the series stops for either Roanoke, Virginia, or Nashville, Tennessee! (Read below for details of each race!)

Two enter, simply retweet and/or like the tweet below by 9:55 p.m. ET Sunday! You can enter twice -- once for a retweet and once for a like. 

Retweets and likes are due by 9:55 p.m. ET on Sunday! Two winners will be selected at random and announced in the final few minutes of #RunChat. Each winner can choose either the Roanoke or Nashville race. 

From the Race 13.1 website: 

ROANOKE ON JUNE 17: Situated in the Roanoke Valley to the west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Roanoke is known as the "Star City of the South" and features the prominent Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain. The Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway and a wine making region are nearby contributing to the city being been named one of the best outdoor towns on the East Coast. The numerous attractions for visitors of all ages and interests will make for a great weekend before and after the race!   

NASHVILLE ON SEPT. 12: The race will start and finish at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, which gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history, natural wonders and serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration, which was June 1, 1996. The mostly flat course will take runners on a route that will feature the historic Sulphur Dell area of downtown as well as the Nashville Farmer's Market, the new Nashville Sounds ballpark, the picturesque Cumberland River Greenway, and Baptist Sports Park, which serves as the headquarters for the Tennessee Titans.

Each winner will have their race entry covered. Any travel expenses are your responsibility. 

 

Welcome Skratch Labs to #RunChat

This week's #RunChat -- 10 p.m. ET April 16 (the day before the Boston Marathon!) -- welcomes a new sponsor with Skratch Labs.

"We're a functional food and beverage company that helps people be better. We're not satisfied with what's available to athletes and we're on a mission to create alternatives. Alternatives with better taste that improve performance and ingredients that serve a functional role for athletes. All of our products use real food ingredients. Nothing extra. Nothing artificial," the company says on its website.

Skratch Labs has a variety of hydration and nutrition related products that many runners will find useful.

As part of this week's #RunChat, we'll have a few giveaways with Skratch Labs, along with questions that tackle the mental side of running.

The giveaways will include: 

  • Skratch Labs branded Nalgene
  • Skratch Labs Stickers
  • Skratch Labs T-Shirt 
  • 5 single serving Exercise Hydration Mix (variety of flavors)
  • 1 single serving of Chocolate Endurance Recovery Mix 
  • Fruit Drops Energy Chews (Orange) 
  • Total Retail Value for 1 giveaway: $50

Check back soon for more details, and be sure to give Skratch Labs a follow on Twitter!