2016-08-31 - Run aware, run with care

Karen McKeachie, an old friend and amazing athlete was killed this week when she was struck by a pickup truck while out on a training ride. www.freep.com/story Tragedy is a harsh reminder of how fragile and precious life is, a brutal reality check of the risks we face every day as part of our active lifestyle. All the cool things in life seem to come with a bit of risk and danger but missing out on them can bring on stress and depression. The answer is to respect the risks, mitigate them to the best of our abilities and head out the door to live life fully.

Run, bike and swim smart,

Randy Step, a shocked, saddened, admitted obsessed runner and triathlete who suggests you avoid roads as much as possible because distracted driving has changed the game. When on the run, head to the trails, parks and woods, find a running friend, ditch the headphones, alter your routes, always run against traffic and respect the weather. On the bike, find routes with wide shoulders, ride with traffic, yield to traffic when appropriate, be predictable, stay alert at all times and don't flip off the jerks even though they deserve it. Dang.

2016-08-24 - Your own records are meant to be broken

randy ironIt's a combination of things that get us out the door and running each day. One that can fire us up big time are stories of inspiration, stories of medals won and world records being broken. It's a gift to see these larger than life people living and performing on the edge, way beyond any comfort zone. When we watch the young American, Galen Rupp, drop his pace to 4:40 per mile at mile 22 of the Olympic marathon to run with the world's best and medal in only his second marathon, or read about the American, Zack Bitter, running 7 minute pace for 100 miles for a new worlda record. It can only help us to imagine moving our edge out a bit farther than we what we thought was possible. Let the accomplishments of others give us the OK to dream a bit bigger.
 
Live, train and run without limits
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is in a bit of post Summer Olympic depression ... Soon to be broken, as I watch 200 brave souls line up to run 100 miles at Run Woodstock. Come join me for a soul cleansing, inspirational weekend in the woods. Perhaps volunteer, run a trail 5K or whatever, to witness the seemingly impossible, to get inspired and to dig the live performances on stage, a sure cure for the post-Olympic blues ... and a lot more. Go to runwoodstock.com and click on the volunteer or event entry tabs, dig?

PS: We have loved having a HOT, HOT summer... but we won't lie, it has been getting us excited for beautiful fall days! Join us for fall running in the apple orchards at Almar Orchards in Flushing, MI on October 2, 2016. Hard cider, running and an all you can eat pancake breakfast... we're in! runscrumpy.com

2016-08-17 - There are good days ahead!

randy sticksFor those of us increasing our weekly mileage for a long fall race ahead, feel good runs are few and far between and we often wake up up as tired as when we went to sleep. The good runs will come when we finally plateau and groove into the mileage, the great runs will come as we taper and sharpen, the real reward comes on race day. Hang tough, you are not alone out there, it just seems like it. When you line up race day you will be joining the thousands of us that have been out there silently suffering with you, all hoping to experience greatness!

Get out and suffer and the reward will come,

Randy Step, an Admitted obsessed runner who always looks forward to the race day reward.

PS: We are loving this HOT, HOT summer... but we won't lie, it does help get us excited for beautiful fall days! Join us for fall running in the apple orchards at Almar Orchards in Flushing, MI on October 2, 2016. Hard cider, running and an all you can eat pancake breakfast... we're in! runscrumpy.com
 
PS:GOBBLE GOBBLE, runners! It is never too early to plan your festive family and fun filled turkey day! Join us Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, before all the turkey and pies for a fun family 5K and 1K in downtown Ann Arbor, MI! NEW for 2016, medals to all finishers and much more! Don't miss the TURKEY TROT!

2019-08-11 - Running Green

randy dwdWe are blessed to have chosen a passion that has low environmental impact and gets us out to enjoy the natural beauty of our world. When I think of sports like golf, I see power mowers, fertilizer and millions of gallons of water being used, Even swimming can mean heated, treated pools. The good news is that there is far more awareness of our impact on the planet and all sports are seeking ways to lower this impact, from environmentally friendly ways to grow and maintain grass to solar heating for pools. Here at RF Events we are working to divert event trash from the landfill as we work towards the goal of Zero Waste. We hit our record for the year last weekend at the Legend Trail Run with over 97% landfill diversion thanks to our Team Zero Waste volunteers, our Zero Czar Jeff Jackson and help from Can'd Aid.

Run, and feel good about it,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is proud of the RF Events Team.

PS: TIME TO JOIN THE GROOVIEST CREW OF THE YEAR! Run Woodstock Roadie registration is NOW OPEN! Positions available from the first tent up Wednesday, September 7th to the last campsite is cleaned up on September 11th! Check it out HERE!

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PS:GOBBLE GOBBLE, runners! It is never too early to plan your festive family and fun filled turkey day! Join us Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, before all the turkey and pies for a fun family 5K and 1K in downtown Ann Arbor, MI! NEW for 2016, medals to all finishers and much more! Don't miss the TURKEY TROT!

2016-08-03 - Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner

randy trexWe have some fun brainstorming days back here in the event office, thinking of ways to make your race experience the best it can be. Our number one goal is to produce events you can trust your training to, with a safe, accurate, and timed course. We then add a hoaky theme, fun swag and perhaps beer and wine. Heck, we all need to be rewarded for our efforts!

Today we finalized plans for the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day, the 11th annual! Plans like pumpkin pies, 5 deep in 5 year age groups, medals to all entrants and Turkeys to the overall winners! The hot chocolate aid station is back and of course... Santa! Run, then eat all day. The turkey trot, perhaps the greatest tradition in running outside of the Olympic games!

Run for the turkeys,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is thankful to have fun stuff on the calendar, events that get us all out the door training!

PS: Speaking of thankful, at RF Events we are forever thankful to our incredible volunteers... speaking of volunteers, what are you doing this weekend? Come play in the woods with us at The Legend, Saturday, August 6th in Laingsburg, MI! Volunteers receive a sweet volunteer shirt, $30 toward a future RF Events' Event, a fun day and a million thanks!

PS: The volunteer fun doesn't end there! Ever dreamed of working at a vineyard? Now is your chance! Running Between the Vines on August 13th, 2016 in Jackson, MI at the gorgeous Sandhill Crane Vineyards is a gorgeous day with great vibes! Learn more HERE!

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