Thursday, July 12, 2012

3rd Annual Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K!


For me, summer usually means a few things:

  • Drinking margaritas before noon....because..... you know, it is summer! Par-tay.
  • Burning the back of my legs on my leather car seats while wearing my shorty shorts
  • Lighter traffic - because obviously teachers and other non-summer workers are crazy drivers and clog up the streets!
  • Sweating my neither regions off while trying to maintain ANY level of fitness during the hot, oppressive summer


Three years ago I wanted some summer motivation to maintain my fitness.  Since no one is actually dumb enough to schedule a race in the middle of the summer, I got 3 of my runner/blogger buddies together and scheduled a race of my own! The Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K. Nobody actually knew which part of their body were “thorns” but it had just enough innuendo to catch on like herpes wildfire.  The race gave me motivation to actually train through the summer without the hassles of actually paying for a race or fighting through race day traffic.

Well, it is that time of year again!!  Time to announce the 3rd annual Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race!! 

For those of you new to the blogging world, running world, or my incoherent ramblings, a virtual race is a “race” that you do on the same day as a bunch of other people but not necessarily in the same location.  It is sort of like a cult without all of the hassle of donating your life savings or eating applesauce spiked with poison. If you want to treat the virtual run as a stand alone “race” and run 3.1 miles as a single run, GREAT!  If you want to just think dirty nice thoughts about me during 3.1 miles of a long run, that’s awesome too!

What do you get for your efforts?  Prizes. Sweet, glorious, prizes!!



Who: You and 100s of your closest Boring Runner readers
What: 3.1 miles (That can be ran as part of a longer run)
When: Saturday August 4th, 2012 (Loads of time for you to prepare and me to figure out prizes)
Where: Wherever the crap you want!  Outside, treadmill, on the track in spikes, naked on the beach, wherever!
Why: Because basically everyone is doing it and if you don't you'll be a huge loser (probably not, but let's roll with it)

Prizes:
Oh yes, there will be prizes. Shoes!  Water Bottles! Gels! Yes yes yes. At a minimum, there will be (Self Funded) prizes, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve for some other goodies as well.  No strings here (like shipping to the USA only).  I'll ship the goods to Siberia if you want me to.

How to Enter:
Just leave a comment on this post saying that you are in!  As long as you are a follower of my blog you're entered for the prizes as well (best to tell me that you follow in the comment).  Easy peasy.  Then, once the 4th rolls around, hop, skip, and naked shower dance your way cross the 5K finish line, write up a quick report, and email me the link - theboringrunner (at) gmail.com.

I'll post a link to your race report (not required to be entered into the contest) and fame and fortune will most certainly come your way.

Past race reports can be found here:
2012 Freeze Your Thorns Off
2011 Freeze Your Thorns Off
2011 Sweat Your Thorns Off
2010 Sweat Your Thorns Off

Results pages can be found here:
2011 Freeze Your Thorns Off Results
2011 Sweat Your Thorns Off Results
2012 Freeze Your Thorns Off Results





328 comments:

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Jen said...

Oh Andy. I'm a sucker for a virtual race in the dead heat balls of summer.

Count me in.

xo
Julie

Runners Fuel said...

Of course, I'm in!!

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Yeah yeah, sure sure.

Kerrie T. said...

IN!

girlevolving.com said...

I'm in!

Tricia said...

Damn you.

I'm in.

Katie, RN said...

me three (four, five,...whatever)

aveteranrunnah.com said...

Oh why not I will consider this my birthday run or is that birthday present to myself a couple of days early :-)

Jenn╩╗s Adventure╩╗s said...

I'm definitely in! I need to build my running stamina back up:)

pennpalrunner said...

I'm in, and I follow your blog!

ltlindian said...

Totally in for this one! and I follow your ramblings already. :)

pensive pumpkin said...

I follow you, oh Pied Piper of running. And I am totally in.

Erin said...

Hells yeah! This Canadian is IN! Yay for prizes outside of the US!

Amanda said...

I'm in! :)



http://mandacanrun.blogspot.com/

Solana (Cavegirl on the Run) said...

Awesome idea, I love it! I just started following you, and I'm definitely in for the virtual race!

-S

Emily H said...

Sounds like fun, sign me up!

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

Of course I'm joining in again!!

Ax said...

I'm definitely in! Is there a real life version of the virtual race this year?

Meg Baisden said...
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Charles Baisden said...

I'm doing this on one condition... I want to win a "washer medal" this year. Is that too much to ask?

Thomas said...

Recent blog follower who is in. My virtual race cherry will be popped!

Whitney said...

Yes, yes, yes, YES!

MotherRunner said...

I haven't read blogs in WEEKS, and the first one back is this post. Fuck yeah, I'm in.

Peter Groves said...

I'm in again!

Geodess said...

Im in !

Alisen A said...

I'm in! I follow as well :)

Maria said...

Totally in! Been reading your blog since I started running earlier this year.

Chad Chisholm said...

Summer rules are in effect: Sundays are bathing suit days. No real pants or underwear allowed.

By the way Aug 4th is traditionally the hottest day of the year in North America. Great choice, Adam!

J said...

I'm in, and I am bummed I wasnt even listed in the FYTO5K even tho I entered. I better win this time!

Hannah said...

I'm so in. I love running in the heat.

Cori said...

Hmm..well, I have to do 5k that day anyone on my Goofy schedule..Might as well make it a race :) I'm in!

Indigo said...

I'm in!

Betsy said...

I am sooo in! And i follow your blog.

CAS said...

Ah, what the hell! I'm in!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Lets do this.

Dr.J said...

I'm doing a local 5k that day, so can it count for yours as well? Pleas god don't make me do a 10k!

RunYourAshOff said...

I'm in! I've always wanted to be so important as a runner that my bib number is 1 or has my name on it.

Tami said...

I'm in!

Kim said...

Wahoo!! I'm in!!

Running Ryan said...

I am definetly in!!! Ready run!!

I already follow your blog and twittering.

daisyb522 said...

Totally in!

Bean said...

I feel as a fellow Arizonian I must oblige, count me in! And I follow your blog:)

Rena said...

I want to join in the fun! Very applicable since I'll be running this in Baton Rouge with crazy humidity and temperature.

Oh and I follow your blog.

Anonymous said...

Tammy Said....
I am in and I follow your blog!! Love it!

Gigi said...

You know I love me a virtual race....plus I am doing a 5k that day with bricks in a back pack so what the hell....LMAO

I follow your blog and on many a social network :)

Robbie said...

I'm in and I follow. I think I may even get my kids out with me.

Patty T said...

I'm in! (and a follower)

tweetsweet said...

I'm in! already a follower of your blog, so yay! I think I will do this as part of the 6-8 miles I already have planned that day and hopefully will get my son to do it with me (although he may poop out after the 3.1 happens). Did ya like that? Worked in the word "poop" into my comments. You are welcome.

kate said...

I am totally in (and I'm totally a follower of Boring Runner, too!). Like, totally!

gene @boutdrz said...

AUGUST??? IN PHX?????
I'm IN. of course. if you're lucky, i'll post a picture of Uranus (in keeping with SYTO/FYTO 5k traditions.
the 4th is ALSO the same day as "my" 5k in town. so....if I have 30 participants, does that give me 30 additional entries???
huh?
does it?
no?
dammit!

TEAM LINDSAY said...

I'm in, and hoping to recruit all my running buddies to meet me for a mock starting line that morning, followed by snow cones and the splash park. Hope I can convince a few suckers to join me!

SlimKatie said...

I am in!

Emz said...

I'm
so
freakin
IN.

Just for you I'll turn my AC in my house off -- while treadmillin' it.

I know, I know....hard core.

Lish said...

Ready to join the sweat party!! I'm in.

Running In Boise said...

I am in. This is perfect because I just signed up yesterday for a 12K for that day.

Mel said...

I'm in ... and I follow!

Mistydawne said...

Damn it. I was hoping to keep my thorns. I'm in.
Oh- and your ramblings?? Just beautiful :)

josher hansen said...

I'm in!

Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles said...

I'm in. Maybe even in person. And I linked to it on my own blog. And of course I follow you. Stalk you really.

The Kidless Kronicles

Angela G. said...

I'm in! And I follow your blog. ;)

Kimi said...

I am in! Might as well sweat my thorns off with one of my favorite bloggers! I do follow you, but on my google reader, does that count?

Melissa Fleury said...

Count me in!!

Chicken said...

I'm in!!

Erin and Brad said...

I'm in!! I live virtual races!!

Dana Joost said...

I am in for sure

wbgolden said...

in!

Melissa Fleury said...

Oops, forgot to mention that I follow your blog. ;) I'm also going to recruit the members of my Moms RUN This Town chapter to join in the SYTO fun.

i Run said...

I'm in :) Tjanks for hosting!

i Run said...

Silly iPhones.... I'm in! As in couldn't be more stoked! And of course I follow your blog!

Brian said...

I'm in! And I follow your blog.

Rebecca said...

From the hot, humid, swampy crotch of America, I'm in. I follow, and dream of the day I can run in dry heat. Anyone who thinks humid vs dry heat doesn't make a difference can come hang out in New Orleans for the summer and rethink that!

Dani said...

I follow like the sheep I am, and I'm in!!!

Beth said...

I'm in! Is there any way we could pay for tshirts if we're interested (maybe through Cafe Press or something like that)? I love the cactus logo!

SupermomE12 said...

I am a follower and I am totally in. :)

Mrs. T said...

I'm in! I follow and I make my husband read the funniest posts and I read the rest to the people at work, trying to get them to run too!

Vanessa said...

I'm in!!

megansmiles said...

I'm in!

Monica said...

I'm in for the race! I do follow your blog!

Suz and Allan said...

Already a follower and of course I'm in!

Melissa said...

I am in and I love your blog!

Jason said...

Flying from S.C. to Minnesota for vacation, and already signed up for the Minnesota Half around the (hopefully cool) streets of downtown St. Paul, MN. So consider me in!

Pam said...

About time! I was starting to think I was gonna go through the whole summer with all my thorns still attached!

Blog Wobble said...

I'm a follower, and I'm in!

Scott said...

Yes, I follow your blog and I am in!

Kristen J said...

I'm in! Woo!

bobbi said...

I'm in!

Jacqui said...

yes I'm in!! & yes I follow your blog :)

Dena said...

I'm in, I need to run a long run that day anyway. Yes I follow you from Iowa.

Gracie said...

If I'm back running by then I'm in!

M said...

I'm in. But I won't sweat my thorns off because I will be down under visiting my daughter...in New Zealand where it's winter.

Running Through Phoenix said...

This is obviously a desperate cry for help. I mean, automatic email responses, could you be any more subtle?? I'm in. How about a "who can wring the most sweat out of their shirt after the race" photo contest?

Crystal said...

Of course I'm a follower, you're one of the coolest people I 'know'. I'm totally game!

Sue's Ramblings said...

I'm in! Although I'm likely to do it on the 5th. And I'm a follower.

Mike said...

I'm in and I'm a follower.

Missy said...

I'll be sweating something off that day.

Tori said...

I'm a follower and I'm in!!

Yo Momma Runs said...

How will I ever win with the dump load of people who are running this?! Still trying anyway -- need some free running stuff ASAP. And I follow you.

Hannah @ Will Move for Cake said...

I'm in!! Although I live in Scotland and it's beeping freezing here at the moment.
And I follow you.

Amanda said...

woo hoooo my first SYTO5K, I'm so in!

Amanda said...

Ooops, I was so excited I forgot to mention I'm a follower of your blog :)

Jewelzz said...

I'm in (part of my 15 miler) and follow your blog

Cheryl said...

Challenge accepted. I'm in and I follow you. =)

lauren said...

I'm in! excited for my first virtual race!! I follow you on google, and read your blog!

willrun4beer said...

Count me in!

Razz said...

I am picking up what you are putting down, brother.

Renee said...

Yes! Count me in. I am a follower. (some day I'll lead, but for now, I follow.)

Its marked on my calendar!

Anh said...

I am in. I am a follower. I also have official team race on that day so win/win.

Angela said...

I'm in and I also follow your blog.

upinthecosmos said...

I am in!

runnerwannabe said...

I'm in!! I'll be boring and run clothed though. Don't want to get arrested and all that!

Kelly said...

I'm in! I'll be SMTO doing 17 that morning, so that totally counts as 5.5 entries, right? ;)

Jenny @ The Little J-Bird said...

New reader and follower! Will do this as part of my long run. :)

Sabrina said...

Yessss. I signed up for the last one then couldn't, so I'm looking forward to this,

stephanie said...

Of course I'll run cuz summer running= having a blast

Amy Mary said...

suuuuuuure, why not!

The Wimmer's said...

I would love to join this race! Count me in!

Quix said...

Can we extend it to any time that weekend? I'll be doing a 5k as part of a triathlon (but it's Sunday). :) I am also now a follower!

The Real Deal said...

Long-time blog-follower, first time SYTO5K-runner! I'm in. (Hi Wimmer! *waves*) :)

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I am so in! Guess I will have to break the news to Mom that one Saturday in her visit I will have to run a wee bit longer....but come on... she can wait for me to run a 5K?! I may have to try to run fast....or run hard at home on the incline treadmill. But as painful as that sounds...it may be just the challenge I need!

Jamoosh said...

Gee, I don't know. One year you didn't mark the course correctly. My medal never comes in the mail. And where are the bands? Seriously, no bands? Fine, I'll do it.

Ali Mc said...

I'm in. long time follower ;)

....oh these horns are ready! GRRRR

Lea-Bean said...

I'm in. :)

Kylie said...

I'm in!

Jess's Journey to the Land Of Skinny said...

I am IN! and also a follower and for sure will be sweating more then my thorns off in this 114 degree heat!

Elizabeth said...

i’m in!

Debsdailylife said...

IM in, Im a follower!!

Kristen said...

Oh I am so in!

And I love following your ramblings :)

Stephanie Peterson said...

I've never done a virtual 5K before; I'm in!

MargaretB said...

Count me in! And I am now following your blog! So glad I found you.

MCM Mama said...

Count me in!

Jayne said...

I'll run to lose my thorns! Thanks!

Jennifer Gilbert said...

I am in!

Run Jess Run said...

I'm in!

Courtney said...

I'm in! :)

Whitney said...

I'm in...totally agree on how dangerous leather seats are in the summer time!

Andy (Why Outrun the Bear?) said...

I'm in for this too - I'll probably end up running it 3 times and will aim to do each one progressively slower as part of my 10 miles for the day. I have a 5k on the Thursday beforehand which will be a good practise run.

Kathy said...

Sounds like a plan!

Carrie Skoll said...

I'm in! And I already follow. Yay!

Scrappytbear said...

Im doing this again. Why not? I'm running anyway!

Rachael said...

I'm in. Anything to keep me motivated to run in this dreadful weather!

Irma said...

Hi!
Heard about this from Melissa F on Moms Run this Town.
I don't know if 5 K is enough to sweat all the
"thorns" out - I've got many (kids, hubby,
in-laws, boss)! Maybe if I don't buckle the kids
on the jogger, one might will fall out!
Just kidding - kinda...=)

Great incentive!

WomanOfLessSubstance said...

I'm game. Sign me up.

Melissa said...

I follow and I'm in!

Christopher Wiley said...

I am in! Now just to figure out how to place 3.1 miles of water sprinklers down as my course!

BTW, I already follow your blog and twitter.

@clwiley36

Deb said...

In!

Tahoe'nAshy said...

I'm in! Will be replacing the nasty humid heat of Wash DC with the dry heat of Tucson that day. I follow your blog.

BrianFlash said...

Sure thing. I run everyday so why not August 5th too!

Running Moose said...

Woohoo! I'm in!!! And a follower...at least as close at the restraining order allows me...

Rebekah said...

I've been waiting for this since the freeze your thorns off 5k last winter! I'm in.

hiker mom said...

I am in! Follow you.

Andy said...

I'm in!

Brad said...

I'm in and the last I checked I was a follower. Your blog seems to keep going missing on my reading list.

Rachel said...

I'm in! Although I think I may have already sweated my thorns off here in Wisconsin this summer. It hit 100 degrees today!

mudpluslotus said...

I just discovered your blog and followed you, so I'm in!

I actually live in Aus, so it's still winter here. But by August it should be warm enough to sweat my thorns off!!

elizabeth said...

ohhhh yeah! I'm in! It'll be a sweaty one- the 5k will be the run portion of a sprint triathlon I'm doing that day!

Christine Ashby said...

well, since i'm already marathon training, i might as well do a sweaty 5k!
i follow you (the blog also) so hook me up with some prizes!!!

bakerunlive.com said...

I follow you- and I'm in!!

Elaine Hillis said...

I'm in! Late bday gift to myself! ��

Needlerunning said...

I am in again. Maybe this can keep my streak of 5K PR's alive

James said...

I'm in!

Kim said...

Im in... and Im a follower on that twitter jaunt.

Jen said...

I'm in!

Jen

www.justamomgivingitatri.blogspot.com

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Just wanted to let you know, I pinned your race on my pinterest Virtual Runs board!

Taryn said...

I'm in!

winston2 said...

I'm in

PollyAnna said...

I'm in! I follow you through Google Reader.

If your body is a temple, mine must be a mansion! said...

I'm in! I follow your page. Can't wait!

Jess K said...

I'm in!

laura said...

Just found your blog from a fellow blogger and I am definitely IN! Oh and I'm a stalker..ahem I mean follower now too ;)

Ann said...

Oh!! I'm in too!!!

gina l said...

I'm in! Also following your blog!

X-Country2 said...

I'm in!

Jess Reed said...

I'm in!!!

giraffy said...

I'm in!

Sandra said...

I'm in!
Super excited.
Addicted to virtual runs :)
U should post ur run in the FB group: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/321617347930095/

There are a bunch of virtual runs posted :)

Heather said...

I'm in! It will be good to run for speed for a change!

Kristina G said...

I'm in!

Cathy said...

I'm totally in . . .and I follow you. :-)

Shelly said...

Count me in and I follow the blog (for entertainment purposes only). :)'

Lisa said...

Late to the party, but I'm in. I'm also a blog follower.

Trent (Scott) Lorcher said...

Nothing like a 5-k in Vegas in August. Hopefully I'll be out of town. I'm in and a follower of the blog.

Just Jen said...

I am in for the 5k!

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Kayla said...

I'm a follower and I'm in!

Becca said...

Sure, why not. And who doesn't follow you?!

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

Count me in!!! Yes!

John T said...

Countl me in!

ratherbeswimming said...

Totally in!

Delanceys said...

I'm in! I follow your blog!

Delanceys said...

Derek is in too!

Thinktink said...

I'm in! Participated last year and had fun. Oh and I follow you on your blog AND Twitter AND Instagram!

sugarmagnolia70 said...

I'm in, sounds like fun!

Kimberly Truesdell said...

OK. I'm in.

M. Louise Cunningham said...

Count me in!!!

M. Louise Cunningham said...

I love your blog and follow you on twitter too!

Robyn said...

I'll be in NYC, but I hear they have roads and trails there, too. I'm in!

Darth Helix said...

I'm in! A little trail 5K will do me good.

Laurel C said...

I want in!!!

Jamoosh said...

Hey, are we going to get to download and customize our own bib this year?

mikemilzz said...

I'm in for the 5K & OF COURSE I follow this boring blog because I've got nothing better to do...

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