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Freeze Your Ass Off 10k–Gwangju, South Korea

Another event, another cause.

We are gearing up to hold a 10k in Gwangju, South Korea for a local environmental group. Plans are still being confirmed but we thought we would pass around the information we  have at the moment.

Sign up for the event and know that your athletic efforts are going towards a great cause!
Click HERE for event information and sign-up!

Photoshop Fun

Think you can do better?? Prove it!!

Include Athletic Supporters logo in a drawing, picture or photo-bomb (only appropriate images) and the best one will be presented on Facebook and at athleticssupporters.com.

Have fun!!

Get Involved with Energy for Life Walkathon

Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised.”

The Energy for Life Walks promote awareness about the disease and can be enjoyed by everyone. The family friendly event is held throughout the United States and are usually one to three miles. The ‘pledge based’ fundraising strategy raises awareness, funds research and contributes to the assistance of affected family and individuals. United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) spends .94 cents of every dollar to these events (locally and nationally).

Enjoy their promotional video:

***Also, be sure to check out our GET INVOLVED page. We use this page to promote the awareness of athletic volunteering and conservation events and provide sufficient information to GET INVOLVED.***

Charity Gear

Choosing the right gear for a charity run is as important as physically preparing for a run. The proper gear can be essential for the competitor as it determines how comfortable the event can be. Those choosing to be competitive may want to put more focus on their shoes. The ‘keg’ runners may want to focus on their shoes, as well, but might want to put more effort into their appearance—focusing both on comfort and projection. Again, whatever the level of determination, being prepared is essential.

The more serious runner should consider choosing tried and true equipment. This means that their shoes, and other essentials, should have been tried and determined to be fit. The true method means that they should be at least familiar with the brand before they buy. Sticking with the true brands such as Adidas, Nike and Aesics (to name a few) are best, as the company usually puts enough effort into their products. Appearance is needed, but functionality is essential.

The keg runners have a different mindset when entering into charity runs. Their objective might be focused more on having fun and looking funny. First is first though wear: appropriate shoes. However, in order to achieve a true hilarious outlook, consider bending or breaking the rules with properly preparing. If the run is cold, consider wearing less clothing. Instead of warming up with clothes consider warming up with adrenaline. A man in a speedo during the winter months might not sound like a ton of fun, but it is almost guaranteed to bring a laugh (or maybe a creepy look of disgust). Also, consider a group. One person with a sock on his head is most often viewed as crazy. A group, on the other hand, wearing socks on their head can never be dull. Another consideration is overdressing. Just as funny as wearing less, overdressing can often please the crowd. A full Santa outfit is sure to turn some heads.

Just remember, have fun and be safe. Consider your determination and go with it. It is never a bad thing to donate your time for the time of others—and most often people are extremely grateful.
Also, in the comment section below, please include funny custom ideas…and how you might prepare for such an event.

Charity Runs

The popularity of charity runs has increased dramatically. Causes like Breast Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and much other awareness have led many to ‘run for a cause’.  These runs and activities have been wildly successful and have helped to donate vast amounts of money for the many affected by the various illnesses and diseases.

Running in these charity races can be taken lightly or be taken very serious.  Some people strive for their personal best while others run with kegs and friends.  Whatever the case, getting together for a common positive goal is always beneficial for the people involved.

Whatever the drive of success, remember it is always for a good cause.  To prepare for a charity run it is beneficial to get actively involved. This means practice running for a few miles and, preferably, weeks beforehand.  Whether you are running for your personal best or running with kegs, practicing beforehand will save some face.  Here are some serious, but easy to follow guidelines:

1)      Stretch

a.       Before any run it is important to do some static stretches. This will get the blood flowing and muscles alert and ready.  Some easy and beneficial stretches are arm circles, leg swings, neck rolls and circle hip swings.

2)      Run (and walk)

a.       Obviously, this is essential.  However, most people don’t realize that it is ok to walk during your run. Always push yourself—but never too far.  Work within your comfort zone.

3)      Repetition

a.       As important as the previous two, it is incredibly important to repeat steps one and two for continued progress. In doing so, breathing will get easier and the heart will grow stronger.  You will notice that your runs will grow longer and your walks will eventually stop.

4)      Stretch Again

a.       After your successful stretches and runs it is vital to stretch. This time, hold your stretch for 30-45 seconds. Don’t over stretch as this can easily damage the muscles.  The point of stretching afterwards is to strengthen your muscles so that you can get out and practice again.

After successfully following these guidelines it is very easy to run for your personal best—either with a beer in hand or not.  And, remember; be happy to help others, while those who want to help may not be able to.  Get involved, stay involved, be active and always look to help others.

Places to Trail Run

Midwest Running week 1:

 

 

No sense in talking about trail running without giving some top spots in the Midwest (Colorado included) to run.  Remember, the beauty of trail running is that it can be a sport to enjoy almost anywhere by anyone.  With some insider information you can easily heighten your experience if you have the inside scoop on where to run.  So, with much-ado here is a top ten of places to run in the Midwest:

 

10) Kanopolis State Park, Kansas

 

This trail has seen a few runners.  In fact, there is an event that features a 26.2 mile and 50 mile grueling trail race and marathon for those who feel inclined during the early months of April. Information can be found here http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/State-Parks/Locations/Kanopolis/Trails. For anyone else, the place itself gives way to Kansas scenery and wildlife.

 

9) Castlewood State Park, Missouri

 

Castlewood State Park is tucked away along side the Meramec River close to St. Louis, Missouri. The area is known for its steep trails and scenic routes. In addition, there are also a few “easier” routes with great scenery as well.  Anyways, for information on the place go to http://mostateparks.com/park/castlewood-state-park.

 

8) Four Mile Creek Trail, Colorado

 

Colorado itself is a beautiful state. Four Mile Creek Trail offers itself as a scenic trail that gives way to the beauty that Colorado upholds.  During this trail you will come across ridges of limestone and sandstone, where fossils are prevalent, traces of granite boulders and scenic valleys.  This website will help those who want to explore the area,  http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3007&Itemid=1035.

 

7) Palos Hills, Illinois

 

Just outside Chicago (about 30 minutes) this trail is popular for bike riders and runners alike. The trails itself can get pretty busy but can accommodate a larger crowd.  This trail is more for those less serious about the sport but challenging enough to keep most happy. Given the suburban area this trail, http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/palos-hills.html, accommodates those that are close to downtown Chicago.

 

6) Lake Metigoshe State Park, North Dakota

 

It doesn’t have to be warm outside to enjoy a nice run. Nestled in the northern part of North Dakota, Lake Metigoshe State Park is home to a 10 mile trail that challenges runners to brave the elements and landscape.  These trails are also often used, in the colder months when snow is prevalent, by cross-country skiers and those wearing snow-shoes.  Enjoy this area (http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/lmsp/trails.html) when you visit North Dakota.

 

5) Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana

 

A unique place to say the least, this park is located near Lake Michigan and, as you can imagine, can offer some great views. Known mainly for its large sand dunes, the state park can also excite those looking for a good run, as the trails often overlook the scenery. Form more information go to http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm.

 

4)  Whispering Pine Trail—Hawn State Park, Missouri

 

Run along side rushing creeks, boulder gardens and overlook some incredible views.  This trail is known by runners in Missouri as one of the prettiest trails that Missouri has to offer. Everything Missouri has to offer is displayed and surely doesn’t disappoint.  The area is magnificent, http://mostateparks.com/park/hawn-state-park.

 

3) Palmer Park, Colorado

 

Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado this 10 mile trail is known as a top spot for trail runners.  The course itself is challenging for most and adventurous enough for the rest. There are quite a few steep inclines and even more bikers. Also, it definitely opens itself up for some striking scenic views and really shows what Colorado has to offer. The entire trail is rocky and majestic. This is a trail that adventure seekers must run.  Like always, here is a website that will help you get there, http://www.seriousrunning.com/10/5/Trail-Running/Palmer-Park.html.

 

2) Pictured Rocks National Lake, Michigan

 

Along the coast of Lake Superior there are incredible trails and views for the avid trail runner.  In all, the 42 mile coastline is great for those wishing to have a marathon-like experience while viewing waterfalls and castle-like sandstone cliffs.  This place takes the cake for both views and trails—which provide a fantastic platform.  To view the trails check out http://www.nps.gov/piro/photosmultimedia/pictured-rocks-gallery.htm.

 

1)  Berthoud Pass, Colorado

 

Colorado is full of areas that really give way to the idea of what the Midwest is really about.  There are vast open prairies, high altitude hills, dense forests and rapid creeks and rivers.  Berthoud Pass provides all of these majestic scenic views.  A great way to get a good idea of what the Midwest is about is to run along the trails of Berthoud Pass.  The trails here are long—the total trail system covers over 300 miles—and the elevation changes quite often.  In some areas it is not uncommon to rise 1000’ or lose 1000’ all within 5 miles or so.  The trail is competitive for those looking for a challenge but most certainly provides enough scenic views for those looking for the landscape.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berthoud_Pass