Skirt Sport’s Skirt Chaser 5k – Post Race Recap!

SC5k_logo_landing_page-470x185Besides the Ragnar Road Relay, the Skirt Chaser 5K was the only other race I ran in August! (Which is good for me and my delayed blogging and my post-race recaps!)  The Skirt Chaser was put on by the Skirt Sports company and 3W Races was hired to run it (i.e. help with marketing, set up, timing, planning, etc). Since it wasn’t a 3w owned race, I still had to pay for it, but because Skirt Sports is a sponsor of the 3W ambassador program, we got a great discount. (Now that last sentence was a tongue twister!)

This was probably most fun I have ever had a race to date. I’m not joking! The whole idea, event and after party were a blast!

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Let me explain the idea first in case you have no idea what I’m talking about (to: my non-runner friends). So, a “skirt chaser” race is an event where the women get to start running first and the men get “released” shortly after. The idea is to catch the ladies, and yes it is supposed to be a fun “mixer.” Single men and women are encouraged to register but couples register for the idea of trying to catch each other. For example, my friend Sarah is a really faster runner dating a really fast guy as well. They compared their 5K PR’s to see if her boyfriend could indeed catch her after a three-minute difference in race start times. (Spoiler alert: He did catcher with about .75 miles left, I think!)

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The race in Colorado is part of the Skirt Sport’s series started by Nicole Deboom, the owner of Skirt Sports. I’ve met Nicole and she is the nicest person around. She has an excellent story and loves making people happy: thus the skirt chaser was born. Her series started in 2007. I honestly don’t know if she was the first one to come up with this idea (I doubt it) but I couldn’t google any more info on how the skirt chaser idea came about besides from her website.

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Taken straight for Nicole’s Skirt Chaser website, she wanted the race to include three things:

1. Fun: The staggered start format gave the spotlight to the ladies. 2. Flirty: The 3 minute delay created extra buzz and excitement. 3. Festive: The after-party topped it all off!

And the reason the women go first:

When I was racing pro, I competed in a few events that were billed as “Battles of the Sexes” in which the women pros started first and the men followed a certain window of time afterward. The first person across the line won an extra prize purse, as high as $250,000!

I always liked the idea of putting the women on a pedestal and gearing the event around women, but I still wanted to include the men in a way that was fun, flirty and festive. The staggered format was unprecedented in a mass running environment which gave us another reason to do something different. We created the first running skirt. Why not innovate a new style of racing too?!

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Now, I, personally, am all for the Skirt Chaser idea, however, there is few people out there that disagree with the whole thing…and I can’t figure out why. It’s clearly a race themed for a flirty/dating aspect. I read one blog post and the associated comments about people criticizing the whole race idea. (To be clear, I don’t think this person or the commenters even ran any of the races and they are not talking about any one in particular, just the idea of it. This author groups the “skirt chaser” and all other “fun runs” together including the color run, rave run and other ideas like that).

First off, I would NEVER group the Color run, the Neon Run, or any of those themed races with the Skirt Chaser. One main reason: The Skirt Chaser is timed and you can actually race it. In the other “fun runs,” there is no timing system and with the mass amounts of people attending, you can’t even run. It’s more like a jog or power walk because that’s all you can muster.

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The author of the article I found criticizes the skirt chaser and describes is as a 5K with the theme: “female runners eluding male pursuers.” I have no idea where this person got this idea, but there’s nothing creepy about the Skirt Chaser like they make it sound. She goes on to criticize the language, clearly not getting the whole point. I wonder if this author is even a runner…

Assuming this author is just highly feminist, she compares the idea of the skirt chaser to “women running for their lives.”

Oh dear. Really?? My favorite comment answers that: “Oookay…I always understood the term “skirt chaser” to mean a guy who is a big flirt, who is always, well, chasing women, not a rapist. Maybe a pickup artist at worst. But really, this seems like a play on words and not intended to imply that women are ‘running for their lives.’ Maybe more like ‘catch me if you can.’ I deplore rape culture, too, but this seems a bit on the side of being oversensitive.

Thank you, who ever you were.

My thumbs down to not feeling well.

My thumbs down to not feeling well.

If you continue on and read the comments, almost everyone that speaks up again compares it to the Color Run. They also start talking about the staggered starts for other races, saying that it’s usually the men that go first.

HELLO! You’re missing the point here!! In the Skirt Chaser, it’s fun and flirty and it’s meant to be a little game to see if they men can catch up to the women! The only reason men start first in other races is usually because it’s a high school cross-country race, and they want to clear the field so that timing and finishing is easier to keep track of.

Oooff!! Sorry, I got carried away there! After reading more of the (I’m assuming it’s a female)’s blog posts, it just turns out they are a hard to please person.

Let’s get back on track…

MY RACE:

I arrived after a long day working in the hot sun. The skirt Chaser was a mid-summer race set to start at 6pm. Seems pretty ridiculous for the summer, but, part of the whole event is to have the after party, and night-time is definitely best for an after party.

I tried to prepare myself for the 5K even though my body felt like it was going to collapse. I had woken up super early to volunteer at a Kid’s Tri then zipped over to volunteer at a festival in Denver to promote a concert that was coming up at the time. I was feeling drained.

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But, I turned my thumps up because I was almost done.

I changed into my running skirt (of course I had to run in a skirt), checked out the fellas to see who was wearing the “i’m single” stickers mingled with everyone, and then lined up with all the ladies. After a quick word from Nicole Deboom, we were off!

It was actually a really hard race for me! By the half way mark, I was not feeling well at all. Like, “upset stomach and headache”, not feeling well. I probably didn’t eat well the whole day; it’s always hard for me to eat right with an evening race. I got a horrible stomach ache and it was hard to keep my pace up. I was passed by a few ladies that don’t normally run faster than me. It was not a good feeling mentally either. I can be super competitive at times.

The good part though: I was only passed by half a dozen or so men! When I finally reached the finish line and joined one of my friends, she joked with me that I should have gone a little slower to give some of the men a chance to catch me!

Coming into the finish line!

Coming into the finish line!

THE AFTER PARTY:

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In case you can’t read it, it says,”Single….Taken??…DEPENDS WHO’S ASKING!”

I visited all of the vendors and sponsors, one of which had a friend of mine working it! Since I’ve been doing all these random jobs this past year, one of my good friends that I met at one of those random jobs was actually working at the Toyota Booth! So fun!!

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This was probably the best post race celebration you have ever been to! Everyone got TWO free beers, there was music, dancing, top three finishers overall (men or women were not separated – and no, they did not include the three min time difference for men! Muahahaha), twister, and lots of fun!

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Our twister team!

I don’t think I need to describe it too much more…I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Clearly I’m not on the same page as everyone else…

Although, I did feel like it was high school all over again, waiting to see if someone would ask me to dance! Eventually, I did get a dance partner and although he was super sweet and super cute, he was a little young for me. We still had a blast and our two groups went to eat after the whole event at a nearby restaurant.

Not the best picture, but the boy caught in action coming over to ask me to dance

Not the best picture, but the boy caught in action coming over to ask me to dance

The skirt-sport owner, Nicole, and the 3W Race directors showed up at the same restaurant and encouraged our after party, after the after party, clearly hinting at the fact that she same me with my dance partner.

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Isn’t he adorable!? Aww…super sweet Wyoming boy…sigh

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Additional Resources:

Skirt Chaser Website

The Article I was referring to in the beginning

 Your Turn: Have you ever done a Skirt Chaser???

September Updates

Oh, it’s been awhile…but all for good reason!

Let’s see if we can get organized here…

I last updated you in August, right before I headed off to Ragnar Relay.

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I completed Ragnar Relay – CO, you can check out Part I and Part II. After Ragnar, I have run a few races. I did the Skirt Chaser in Westminster. That was a BLAST, but I haven’t recapped that race yet. I will for sure!

At the end of August, I was the warm-up trainer for the Runapooloza, but didn’t get to run the actual race because I had to zip off to the Mutt Strut, the 5k that benefited the Arvada Cross country Team, whom I coach for.

That puts us into September, and as you saw, I did the Area 13.1.

Following that, I volunteered at the Patriot Day 5k and 10K for 3W Races. And finally, last weekend, I actually ran the Fall Priairie Dog Half with 3W and lets just say, it wasn’t a good race for me. The event was GREAT. My race was not. I will recap that soon.

imagesRunning – Training Updates:

I’m not sure if a lot of you know, but I WAS training for a marathon; pretty much for the whole year it feels like. It was a prolonged training plan for a few reasons. I was aiming for the Bismark Marathon which would have been last weekend but I had that crazy knee pain/injury stuff a few months ago. That combined with the fact that the friend I was also going to visit was having her family visit that same time – that just sounded too hectic to me. I then picked the Route 66 marathon, giving me some extra months to build up mileage again, but after running last weekend, I decided I am over it. I haven’t had a chance to collect all of my thoughts on this yet. But basically, I am NOT going to run the Route 66. This means I probably wont get any new states under my belt for 2014 nor marathon #2. I’m not really ok with this fact, but A) Finances have been extremely tight this year and B) my body is just too stressed from life that running wasn’t going well. Running was losing its fun. So, since I had won that Key West Half in January, I am going to shoot for a serious training plan and aim for getting a respectable time at that race! I like the idea of a short distance race right now. Training for that is much more manageable.

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A few new things to report here! I am still coaching Cross Country over at Arvada, and well, we wont get into that too much. Let’s just say the sports culture at that school is not what I would like it to be. But I do have a few kids that I’m rooting for – those that keep me coming back!

I am still doing a lot of promotional work. I did indeed work as Mr. Peanut at a Walmart convention…and it was a BLAST! I’m still waiting to receive those pictures. I picked up some regular gigs with Two Mom’s in the Raw (a local organic/granola company) as well as a ZumXR (an endurance athlete’s energy drink! You HAVE to try this stuff! You’ll understand where I get all my energy from). I want to tell you more about these companies in a future post!

10649440_10101761597291893_582227580228055102_nThe big thing to report: I have been hired as Personal Trainer and Running Coach at a new gym in Golden, CO called Novera Fitness. It literally just opened and is not a traditional gym. I can’t wait to actually start working there!

AND I have been working as a group exercise instructor at the City of Golden Rec center and have been officially hired as a personal trainer there as well!!! I’m really excited about this one – I really like working there! I already have a couple clients waiting for me!

In addition (yes, there’s MORE and yes, I am very busy but I like it and need the money), I started substitute teaching – as in at high schools! I have thought about using my Zoology degree to be a biology high school teacher, and I thought subbing would be a good way to see if I like it (plus, I make decent money doing it).

I think that’s all the jobs I have to report…It’s hard to keep track because I have so many! I would never survive without my planner. (oh yeah, I was also house/pet sitting a couple of weeks ago too)…

THE BEST UPDATE:

But the main reason I have been slacking a little in the blogging world is because….drum roll please…

golden.coloradoI MOVED!!! I MOVED!!! I MOVED!

Depending how long you have been following this lovely blog, it has been a goal of mine to move out for a few years now and I have made a new year’s resolution to do so for a while. However, this last weekend, I finally made it happen! I was living at my family’s house in Denver since, well, pretty much college graduation (I’m 27 – don’t judge me!). The original goal was to save some money and get my own place. Due to some unfortunate bad luck with jobs and then a career change and more bad luck with jobs, I wasn’t able to do that.

There’s many reason why I wanted to get out of the house, none of which I would like to recap here, but the gist is that I just knew I would be less stressed and more comfortable on my own!

So, I moved out and to Golden, CO! I’ve only been here a week and I LOVE it. I mean, I’ve been working here since the beginning of the year and I have a few friends that lived in the area already, so I was pretty much hanging out in downtown Golden every weekend. PLUS, it cuts about a half hour of my drive to the mountains…Hello snowboarding season made easier!  But seriously, Golden is so awesome. The town is adorable and the people are so nice!

I have two very nice new roommates that I get along with very well. The idea of non-family roommates scared me at first. Through college I had a series of different roommates. Most of which did not work out what-so-ever. My last year in college I roomed with four crazy boys and it was the best situation and super fun, but I had no idea what to expect with trying to do the roommate thing again! I’ll keep you updated! But I’m sure it’ll be fantastic. We’re all pretty similar – at least very active and on the same page socially.

And that’s about it!

Whew. Pretty exhausting listing it all out!

Yes, this is Lisa and I at the Skirt Chaser. Not the most flattering picture, but super hilarious!

Yes, this is Lisa and I at the Skirt Chaser. Not the most flattering picture, but super hilarious!

LAST NOTE! 

A very good friend of mine is running the Chicago Marathon in a few weeks. She is raising money for Girls on the Run. Here is here story:

“Girls On the Run is a non-profit that empowers every girl to embrace who she is, to define who she wants to be, to rise to any challenge, and to change the world.

Together, let’s support young ladies in the Chicagoland and Denver area to run toward positive esteem, a healthy lifestyle, and that natural runner’s high we are all addicted to! Money raised will go directly to the Girls On the Run program, and will allow me to run the Chicago Marathon 2014.  This is an incredibly important race for me in a town that embraces my spirit…this is why I run!

Everyone who donates $10.00 or more qualifies to win raffle prizes.  Please visit my public Facebook page to see photos/description of prizes.  Drawing will be held as soon as $1,000 is raised and names will be drawn at random for prizes.  If I don’t already know you, please include your name and contact information on the donation form so I can get your prize to you if you win.”imgLogo

The website to donate is HERE. And more information on Girls on the Run can be found HERE.

She only has a little bit left to reach her goal! She asked me to reach out to you, my lovely blog followers to help support her cause! If you do decide to donate and get entered into her raffle, make sure to provide your contact info so she knows where to sent the raffle items too, and let her know Racing The States sent you!