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Let’s face it; the holidays have a stress component to them, especially if your job is challenging! Running is a stress reliever for me. In my HR experience, October through December is all about open enrollment for benefits, holiday parties, and employee relations. If you are in the accounting field, its fourth quarter and you are gearing up for year-end! Each career has its own ‘end of year’ processes. If you are in sales you are trying to end the year surpassing your sales goals.
The weather doesn’t help stress either. The temperatures are up and down and the days change from rain to snow to sun back to snow then rain, etc. Days get shorter which makes it feel darker. That can make for a very blue Christmas.
Welcome, January! The stress should slowly wind down and the days slowly but surely get longer – but the weather? Depending on where you live, the winter blues generally start to set in. If you haven’t done so already, perhaps you are looking for a getaway, planning events, and/or longing for things to look forward too.
This is the time of year when I start planning weekend getaways. They usually involve running. Belonging to several running clubs and run groups is not only a way to get your physical activity in but most importantly have a great group of friends. Many of our running friends plan weekend running getaways and I’m about to tell you about one of our absolute favorites that don’t break the budget as others may.
Do you like amusement parks? Disney is known for their theme race weekends such as Wine and Dine, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, etc. and they are very popular. However, I am not a Disney fan and honestly, it’s way too expensive for me. I opt for the Run and Ride Series and love it so much that I became a Ride A
This is the third year I am attending another weekend in Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World for the Run and Ride Race Series on June 8-9, 2019. This is one of five events throughout the year and in my opinion one of the best race options for your budget. There are 4 races to choose from 1 mile, 5k, Quarter Marathon, and Half Marathon. My favorites are the 5k and Quarter Marathon and 2019 will be my third year participating. Each year more of our running friends attend and it is a blast!
f you register early enough, you can run two races, enjoy the park for three days, t-shirts, finishers’ medals that connect to form a roller coaster and other perks in the park for just over $200 total for two people! As a Ride Ambassador, the earlier you register, the more you save. You get so much for your money and it is so much fun!
If you are interested in learning more about the Run and Ride Series visit here for more information! There are 4 amusement parks throughout the US to choose from and a virtual option as well!