As many of you are aware, I have a crazy, crazy racing schedule coming up here in April, starting on the 11th. Some of you may think it's a bit over zealous, but there is only a couple of races like Boston and Big Sur where I am going to try to go full throttle and see what my legs can do. Right after Big Sur I have the wonderful opportunity to be apart of The Relay - California's Longest Party! It's a 200 mile relay that starts in Calistoga near the Napa Valley and runs to Davenport, a little town right outside of Santa Cruz. It covers all the scenic routes of beautiful California and I am so excited to be apart of it. Along the way, our run will be benefiting Organs 'R' Us, an organization that sponsors organ donation and highlights the importance of the relationship between donor and recipient. It's a wonderful organization that I am proud to help out.
On our team has some fellow bloggy peeps: Aron, Tara, Kristin, Maritza & Julianne. Along with some hubby's and some brave dudes, we will be tackling this journey together for 200 miles. Collectively we have to raise $600, but we are all crazy and would love to rise more.
This is where you all come in. I have been wanting to do a giveaway/challenge for awhile. I am REALLY bad at doing core work but at the same time I know how important it is to all of us. So I thought what a great way to combine the two. I am super competitive and if I know there is pride or a prize on the line, I go all out! I know that money can be tight, so for all of you that want to participate without feeling like you have to give there is a way for you, too! For the next 30 days, starting March 10 and ending April 9th, the challenge will be to do 75 crunches/sit-ups or any other core exercise each day. I know I can bust out 50 no problem, the other 25 and any more is just icing on the cake. This will be on the honor system as I am just not computer savvy enough to set up one of those cool Google reader spreadsheets :) At the end of the 30 days, the person who has done the most days of core workout will win an entry into the giveaway. If there is a tie, random number generator will be used.
For all you peeps who don't want to do the core workout, there is still away to participate and help out our cause for Organs 'R' Us. One entry for $1 donated. If you give $5, you get five entries and so on. You can also gain an entry by mentioning my giveaway on your blog. One entry for each time you mention it, just drop me a comment or email and I will add you to the drawing for the core challenge winner. I will draw the winner April 11th of both challenges.
And what's the prize you may ask? One box of your favorite Gu or energy gel you use during a race. I personally LOVE using Gu, but whatever your fav is will be yours. A whole box can practically last me an entire training cycle and then through the race. There is also a chance for a runner up prize for the person who donates the most. This will be a running "mystery" prize that will NOT disappoint.
So if you would like to participate in the core challenge, drop me a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be entered. Keep track of your core workouts and at the end I will be asking for totals. If you click on our page to donate, leave me an email or comment with your amount and I will add your donation/entry to the drawing. The page is set up to benefit the whole team so I cannot stipulate that your entry went to my part of the total - just let me know you donated. You can also click the Relay box on the right to be directed to our giving page.
Thank you to all of you who donate and who take part in the challenge or even just mention this on your blog. I am excited to take part in the Relay but I am even more excited to help out such a great cause.