Monday, May 4, 2015

May 5th National Run with Your Dog Day Virtual 5k & Giveaway

The holiday that you have been waiting for is finally here! The rumor that you've heard is true, May 5th is National Run with Your Dog Day! I teamed up with Elizabeth from Six Legs are Better than Two and some amazing sponsors to bring you the National Run with Your Dog Day Virtual 5k and Giveaway! So round up your favorite four-legged running partners and let's get started!




It's easy! Just run with your dog and enter the giveaway to win prizes! It's free to run and enter the giveaway! The purpose of our virtual race is to promote the holiday, share pics of our awesome running dogs and engage with the other people who run with their dogs.

Our prize sponsors are all small businesses that offer dog related prizes. We lined up some really cool things for you and your pup!


What is a virtual race? 
A virtual race is a run that is hosted online and the participants can run it where ever they live. You can run it on the street in your own neighborhood, a local track, trails or even at an organized local race. The idea is that you run a 5K (3.1 miles) on your own terms, then share your experience, pictures and connect with the others that are running the same virtual race on social media using our hashtag.

#RUNWITHYOURDOGVIRTUAL5K

What do I need to do? 
National run with your dog day is officially May 5th but we know you lead a busy life, so we are celebrating with our virtual 5k anytime between May 5th-12th. Round up your favorite four-legged running partner and run, walk or (probably more accurately) get pulled by your pup for 3.1 miles (or keep going).

We want as many people to participate as possible! We know there are tons of running dog-lovers out there but this virtual 5K is also open to all types of runners/walkers and their furry friends. 

There are no rules and no national run with your dog day police lurking around the corner to make sure you completed every step correctly. Is your dog old? Not prone to running? Would your dog rather sniff bushes or have a stare-down contest with a cat? It's OK! Get your furry friend leashed up, get outside and make your best pass at it. 

Don't have a dog? May I suggest borrowing one or volunteering to run or walk with a shelter dog? Do a good deed and get entered to win fabulous prizes for your efforts! 


Let's Get Started!

1.  Download your race bib here. You can print out your race bib and include it with your virtual race pictures. Don't forget to hashtag #runwithyourdogvirtual5k when sharing pics of you and your pup.



2. Join our Facebook event and share a picture of your favorite four-legged running partner to meet the other dog loving runners.

3. Run a 5k (3.1 miles) with your dog to celebrate National Run with Your Dog Day.

4. Share pictures in our Facebook group, on Twitter or on Instagram using hashtag #runwithyourdigdayvirtual5k so we can find each other online.

5. Come back here and enter the rafflecopter giveaway to enter to win these awesome dog-related prizes from our amazing sponsors! The winners will be randomly selected from entries on Rafflecopter. There are tons of ways to earn entries, but you only need to complete one entry to be entered in the contest. The more entries you complete, the better your chances of winning. Complete as many or as few entries as you would like. Complete them all to get the most entries, or just choose the ones that interest you the most.


The Prizes and Sponsors! 
I encourage you to visit our sponsor pages and like their Etsy shops! Your support of sponsors help make these types of events and giveaways possible!

Paw Print Shoe Tags from SilentMiladas




Run Dog Collar from EmberSkyeDesigns





Reflective Compression Leg Sleeve from TaglineSports





My Running Partner has Four Legs Burnout tank from ShineAthletica





Lighted Hat from VividDogStudios





I run with my best friend necklace from RoxysCreations




My running buddy is a rescue dog vinyl sticker from SevenMilesPerSecond





Custom running journal from journalmenu.com




Running Dog Tee from GoneForaRun




SPILeash from SPIbelt










a Rafflecopter giveaway




GIVEAWAY RULES:   
Contest runs May 5th - 12 2015

No purchase necessary.
Winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter
Entries on Rafflecopter will be verified. Entries not completed will be disqualified.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Must have a shipping address in the US. 
Winner will notified via email and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected
Prizes will be shipped directly from prize sponsors. Please allow 30 days from contest end for delivery of prize.


I understand that running or walking a road race is a potentially dangerous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I assume all risks associated with running or walking in the event. Having read this and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself, and anyone entitled to act on my behalf waive and release Running with Ollie and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event. I grant permission to all the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for legitimate purpose.



Ollie is ready to go! How about your favorite running partner? 



The Pre-Registration Contest!
Now to announce the winner of the pre-registration contest. We chose a random winner from everyone who pre-registered for our event. There were 173 pre-registrants and we used random.org to choose a winner. The winner was entrant #139 which is Elizabeth and her running partners Jack and Lady. You can find her over on @fitpiratemom. I suggest you follow her to check out her #runwithyourdogdayvirtual5k Instagram pictures! 

Congratulations Elizabeth. I'll contact you on Instagram to get your shipping information. 

If you didn't win this time, never fear! There are at least ten more chances to win a prize!  
Have fun and good luck! Lea (and Ollie) and Elizabeth (and Henri)


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Cutest Virtual Race Participants on the Web!

You may have heard the buzz around the web. May 5th is National Run with Your Dog Day. You heard it here first, folks. This is a legit holiday (that I totally made up with Six Legs are Better than Two) that is worthy of some serious celebration. Your dog will thank you!

Elizabeth from Six Legs are Better than Two and I teamed up to bring you a virtual "run with your dog" 5k and amazing giveaway! All of the giveaway prizes are generously donated from small businesses who love dogs and offer dog related products! A full description of all the prizes and sponsors will come on the kick-off post on May 5th! Here is a sneak peak...


We are accepting pre-registrations for the event now. If you pre-register you get an extra opportunity to win a "my running partner has four legs" tank top. A special giveaway will be held on May 5th (before the big event giveaway) for everyone who pre-registered.




Then join our Facebook event and share a picture of your favorite four-legged running partner and meet the other dog loving runners!

Here are some of the cutest virtual racers on the web. What are you waiting for?

Alice and Rex 
Brianna and Rebel

Michelle and Ripken
Liz and Charlie
Trevor and Piper
Andrew and Lily
Natalie and Cody
Melissa and Ranger

Sheila and Sara
Brooke & Oakley
Lindsay and Bella
Kayla Bear and Belle
Julie and Grace
Lynn and Murphy
Monse and Chispita
Sara and Captain
Melinda and Ossa
Mariam and Cooper
Patti and Bacci
Maria and Elijah
Monica, Walt and Magnus
Alyssa and Oakley
me (Lea) and Ollie
Nicole and Deacon


Now doesn't this look like good company? These furry faces are counting on you! 

Our Sponsors! 
I encourage you to visit our sponsor pages and like their shops! Your support of sponsors helps make these types of events and giveaways possible!

SilentMiladas
EmberSkyeDesigns
TaglineSports
ShineAthletica
VividDogStudios
RoxysCreations
SevenMilesPerSecond
journalmenu.com
GoneForaRun
SPILeash

Have fun and good luck! Lea (and Ollie) and Elizabeth (and Henri)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

National Run with Your Dog Day Virtual 5K Pre-Registration Now Open!

I love those made up holidays. You know what I am talking about. One day you log into Facebook or Instagram and discover it is National Grilled Cheese Day or National Beer Day. Two weeks ago it was National Sibling Day. I figured if other people could make up holidays then so could I! National hug a blogger day may not have caught on, but I had a brilliant idea with fellow running dog blogger Six Legs are Better Than Two, and National Run with your Dog Day was born. You heard it here first, folks.  


May 5th is National Run with Your Dog Day! 
(because we said so)

We even have a fancy poster for our totally legit holiday.

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate this glorious holiday than to host a virtual 5K where people (read:YOU) can run with their dogs, share pictures...and win prizes, of course. 

Run with your dog and win prizes! Did I mention it is free to run and enter the giveaway? What could be better? The purpose of our virtual race is to promote this new amazing holiday (that we will totally get credit for inventing for infinity), share pics of our awesome running dogs and engage with the people who run with their dogs.


Our prize sponsors are all small businesses that offer dog related prizes. We lined up some really cool things for you and your pup! We are still gathering prizes and working with sponsors so this is going to get even better as the event gets closer! Our virtual race will run from May 5th-12th and we will hold the random drawing for the prize winners after the 12th.





So what do you need to know? First of all, you may be asking yourself...

What the heck is a virtual race?
A virtual race is a race that is hosted online and the participants can run it where ever they live. You can run it on the street in your own neighborhood, on a treadmill, a local track or even at an organized local race. The idea is that you run a 5K (3.1 miles) on your own terms, then share your experience, pictures and connect with the others that are running the same virtual race on social media using hashtag 

#RUNWITHYOURDOGVIRTUAL5K


I want to run this but I don't have a dog!

Get one. OK. I know that is not possible for everyone, but seriously, get a dog. They are the best ever. Plan B: Borrow a dog from a family member, neighbor or friend. I'm sure you know someone in your life who has a dog that wouldn't mind going for a run! Plan C: Volunteer to run a dog from your local shelter! Just imagine how happy you would make that pup. Plan D: Be a cheater and run with your "virtual" dog (but we still need pictures!). 


Are you in?

Great! We can't wait to run this race with you! We are offering pre-registration and an extra chance to win a fabulous "My Running Partner Has Four Legs" Tank. On May 5th we will randomly draw one winner from everyone who pre-registered for our event. This will be a separate giveaway before the main virtual race giveaway (only open to people who pre-registered). There is no cost, no obligation (if you change your mind or if something comes up, no worries) and no reason not to pre-register today! What are you waiting for?

PRE-REGISTER HERE (pre-registration is now closed but you still run and enter our giveaway here!)

Join our Facebook event here!

The virtual run starts 5/5 and will run (pun intended) through 5/12. If you want to participate, but are like me, and realize there is a very good chance you will forget all about it by 5/5, please register so that we can keep you in the loop!

Pre-Register and you will be automatically entered to win!
Our Sponsors! 
I encourage you to visit our sponsor pages and like their shops! Your support of sponsors helps make these types of events and giveaways possible!

SilentMiladas
EmberSkyeDesigns
TaglineSports
ShineAthletica
VividDogStudios
RoxysCreations
SevenMilesPerSecond
journalmenu.com
GoneForaRun
SPILeash

Have fun and good luck! Lea (and Ollie) and Elizabeth (and Henri)

Stay tuned for more details! Who is excited?



Keep Running,

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Furry Friday Feature: BlogFest Edition

Welcome to a very special edition of Furry Friday Feature, when once a month I introduce you to a four-legged runner and their favorite human! I usually have a list of standard questions that are asked and answered, but this month is extra special. Why, you ask? Because I am going to BlogFest!


I did something totally weird and out of character for me. When I signed up to attend BlogFest in Los Angeles this year they gave us an option to sign up with a BlogFest buddy. They offered to pair first-timers (me!) with bloggers who have attended BlogFest in the past. Like any good introvert, I usually like being left alone, but I thought maybe a nice blogger buddy would help break the ice all around. Then, the most amazing thing happened. They paired me with someone I already knew (Hallelujah!). Well, someone I know in the online world, at least. We were even already personal Facebook friends. It is Christiana from Spilling Coffee N' Dropping Things. <-- best blog name ever.

Since Christiana is a dog lover and runner too, I decided to let her take over my Furry Feature this month, so that you can meet my BlogFest buddy and learn more about Christiana and her awesome blog. I am thrilled to introduce you to Christiana and Lefty!



Who are you? Tell us in a brief paragraph who you are / what city you live in / what you blog about?

Hello Lea!! I am Christiana of Spilling Coffee N' Dropping Things! I first heard about you and your blog when I started tracking the Virtual 4.0 b'day Run you did, and it was awesome! What a great giveaway and a FUN run!!! I am a wife, new mommy to my fur baby Yorkie "Lefty", secretary to a busy Physical Therapy office, and I piano teach some on the weekends. I love fitness blogging because I'm a Fitness Enthusiast, but I don't find enough time to blog as much as I'd like to! I love living in L.A. and blog about "what I think about while running" or practicing Yoga, and reviewing gyms, products, and gear.


What was the last health/fitness milestone you crushed?

I lost 40lbs in '07, I ran a 10k in Congo in '08, and got into bootcamps and started running again. I did my first Mud Run and my first Virtual run with YOU both last year! I also just completed the Shaw Academy Personal Nutrition Certification course. Lately, I'm a new fan of Yoga because I got serious about the Prana/FitApproach TAKE THE LEAP challenge and WON AND I really got into it!! Yoga has really helped me relax, has helped me slow down and meditate more, and helped with my mindset and contentment as we start a family.

What was your favorite part about BlogFest last year?

The friends I met and the wonderful tips I got and all the notes I took as I learned so much. I networked too and had fun at the expo too.

Who is the most inspirational person in your life and why?

My mama. Mother of 8, she has always loved nutrition, walking, yoga, and is so sweet and calm:) My older sis too - mother of 4, home business in nutrition, loves Zumba and she no longer has to fight CFS because of her nutritional supplements she takes and sells.
What advice do you have for anyone coming to BlogFest this year?

Carpool or stay near the center (I don't like paying for expensive parking lol). Nah that's ok, it was worth it! Take notes, bring business cards, and soak it all in.

What makes you blog? And why fitness?

My granny wrote over 30 books. My mama has just published a book. My younger sister writes for an ad agency. We all love reading, writing, journaling, and some of us blog. I love it because it's therapeutic, and people always told me I should write or blog. I love helping others and motivating women who are like me. I survived depression and can help with weight loss or those looking to fight anxiety etc. Health, Nutrition and wellness are the things that took me out of my depression, off the couch and into the gym, and I am forever grateful. I hope to one day be certified to teach group exercise and/or spin and Les Milles classes. Thanks Lea!! Can't wait to meet you in person!!



Thanks to Christiana and Lefty! You can follow Christiana over on her blog Spilling Coffee N' Dropping Things and on Instagram.

Are you going to BlogFest? Will I see you there?

Have you missed any furry features? You can get caught up on past Furry Features here.

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

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