Thursday, December 4, 2014

Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run Registration Lottery Open December 1 - 12

Registration for the 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk is being conducted by lottery. You may register any time between December 1 and December 12. Your chance of being selected is not affected by the time that you register, so if the server is busy, just try again later. Register today at:

Will you enter the lottery?
Have you run the race?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon: 70+ Race Recaps & Reports

Thanks to Donna for catching me at the finish!

Malinda (the slower 1/2 of @TwinsRun) didn't catch a BQ (3:45:00) at the Philadelphia Marathon but she did crush her PR by almost 9 minutes - finishing in 3:47:42 and placing 90th in her division (40-44)! Another personal record powered by The Afghan Whigs new record "Do To The Beast." Who said you can't improve with age? ;-)

Although Malinda missed her BQ goal, you can still help us reach our Team Lemon fundraising goal. Many thanks to 3 caring mother runners - Anne, Kelly and Kim  - for their generous donations!
(Photo source: Facebook Page)
Team Lemon Runners 
(Photo source: Facebook Page)

No donation is too small to fight childhood cancer with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation! Text LEMONADE E1120912 to 85944 to donate $10 by phone or donate $2 online! Thanks for your support!

Did you run the Philly Marathon, Half Marathon or Rothman 8K? If you wrote a race recap, share your link in the comments and we'll add to our post!

2014 Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon Race Recaps

30 Something Mother Runner: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon - 2014 Race Recap

48 Peaks: A Wonderful Day for a Marathon

Another Mother Runner: Saucony 26 Strong - Philadelphia Marathon Report - Round 1

Bananas for Balance: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Barefoot Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Run and Sisterly Endurance

BibRave: Philadelphia Half Marathon

brbRunning: Marathon 47 - Philly Marathon for a Second Time

Cape Cod Runner: Philly Half Marathon

Dietitian Jess: Philly Half Marathon Recap

DrRunner: Philadelphia Marathon Race Review

Eat Pray Ride Run: Philly Half Marathon Recap

The Fat Runner: 2014 Philadelphia Half Marathon

Finishing Strong: Philadelphia Marathon

From Couch to Ironwoman: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

From Fran to Flash: The Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

I Broke My Umbrella: Philadelphia Marathon - Part 1

Imaginariyum: Of Marathons and Apple Pies

I Run My Race: Philadelphia Marathon

iRunnerBlog: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
iRrunnerblog: Wild Philly Marathon Recap

Just J. Faye: Philadelphia Marathon

KatiesFitScript: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Kickrunner: Philadelphia Marathon Race Report

Kim Runs Miles with Smiles: Philly Half Expo
Kim Runs Miles with Smiles: Philly Half Marathon Race Recap

Kyle Cassidy: This is not a fitness blog, but it's a Philadelphia Half Marathon 2014 Race Recap

Level Renner: Vassallo Goes to Work in Philly

Love Life Surf: Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap

Maggie Converse: A Feeling of Everything is Alright-ness - Philadelphia Half Marathon

Mama Deak Speaks: I'm Shipping Up To Boston Philadelphia Marathon

Marathon Mom: 2014 Philly Marathon - BQ or Bust

Marathon and Sprint: Sherman Klump Runs a Marathon

Me and the Boys: Philly Marathon Weekend

The Ninja in Me: Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap Part 1

No Cure for the Runs: Philly Marathon Cross Country Teams Volunteer at Philadelphia Marathon

Paleo Running Momma: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Practically Running: Philadelphia Marathon - 2014

Reach Your Peak: Philadelphia Half Marathon Race Recap

Reflections of a Barefoot Runner: Recap of the Philadelphia Marathon 2014

RiledUpRunner: Out of My Hands

ROJ Running: Because I'm All About That Bling - No Cut-offs

Run Birdie Run: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Run-Hike-Play: Half Marathon Race Recap

Run Jersey: Philly Marathon - The Race of Brotherly Love

Run Karla Run: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon Goals

Run With No Regrets: Philly Marathon Recap

Runner's World Community: Philly Marathon Results and Recaps

Running for the Average Joe: Half Marathon 3 - My Philly Half Marathon Recap

Running Liz: Chasing the Sub-3 Dream in Philly

Running Out of Wine: Philadelphia Marathon - 2014 Recap

Running Philly: The Philadelphia Marathon Is Why Philly Has The Best Running Community

Running in Pink: Giving Back - Volunteering at Philly Marathon

Running Times: What Becomes of Brokenhearted Marathoners

Running USA: Philadelphia Race Recap

Sarrandipity: 13 Thoughts I Had During 13 Miles - Philly Half Marathon

Saltmarsh Running: 2014 Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon

Scootadoot: Full Circle at the Philadelphia Marathon

See Mommy Run Blog: Week 20 - I Lived

Staten Island Triathlon and Endurance Club: Philly Marathon and Half

Strength Running: Philadelphia Marathon Course Guide

Tania Gail: Philadelphia Marathon

Team Lemon: Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon

Tomato Face Runs Again: Philadelphia Marathon - 2014 Recap - Part-2

Train with Marc: Philly Pride

Tumblr: Philadelphia Marathon

Unapologetically You: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap

Website for Runners: Philadelphia Marathon Blog Recaps

Well I'm Trying to Run: Race Report Philadelphia Marathon

Yoga Peach: Philadelphia Marathon- 2014 Race Report

You Signed Up for What: Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap 2014

2014 News Stories

Be Well Philly: Philly's Inspiring Instagrams
Be Well Philly: 10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Spectator Signs from Philadelphia Marathon
Be Well Philly: How Many Clothes Collected for Charity Massachusetts Man Wins Philadelphia Marathon

CBS Local - Thousands Run in the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon

Metro: Philadelphia Marathoners Run with a Purpose

My Fox Philly: Philadelphia Marathon Winner Visits Good Day Philadelphia Marathon Massachusettes Runner Vassallo Captures Philadelphia Marathon Philadelphia Marathon Winners Qualify for Olympic Trials Pace Setters Help Marathon Runners Qualify for Boston Philly Marathon Runner Regains Racing Legs After Spinal Cord Injury

WHYY Newsworks: Formerly homeless, woman 'back on her feet' and bound for Philly marathon

2013 Race Recaps

Einahpets: Philadelphia Marathon - 2013 Race Recap

Twins Run in Our Family: The Philadelphia Marathon - 50+ Recaps

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Charlottesville Ten Miler

Registration for the Charlottesville Ten Miler on March 21, 2015 is now open!

If you aren't an early bird, you can't get to Charlottesville for the race or you have no desire to run but want a cool Charlottesville Ten Miler shirt, then register as a "Sleep-In Participant." :-)


Registration DatesFee
Through December 31, 2014$45*
January 1 - January 31, 2015$50*
February 1 - March 18, 2015
Online registration closes
12 pm, Wednesday, March 18.
Sleep-In Participant
(NOT racing, but receive shirt)

*Charlottesville Track Club members receive a $1 discount.


Who is the beneficiary of the Charlottesville Ten Miler?

Proceeds from the 40th running of the Charlottesville 10 Miler will help fund Hope House and Steps To Success. Hope House is a family stabilization program for homeless or imminently homeless families. Steps To Success is a program designed to help families secure and manage the resources necessary to overcome barriers to success, especially through sound money management practices. 

For more information about the race, vist the Charlottesville Ten Miler website:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run T-Shirt Design

The 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run T-shirt design was unveiled at the Fall Kickoff party on Friday night. Attendees voted for the Heather Gray T-shirt to showcase the beautiful artwork by Abby Matousek! For an awesome recap of the evening, visit Kim Runs Miles blog post! The lottery to enter the 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run opens on Monday, December 1 and the race is Sunday, April 12, 2015. I'm grateful for the opportunity to join the CUCB Blog Team and will share more information about this wonderful race in the coming months! Stay tuned!

For more information:
Follow @CUCB on Twitter & Instagram
Like the CUCB Facebook page
Visit the CUCB website & CUCB blog

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Fall Kickoff and T-Shirt Debut Reception

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run is one of our favorite races! We both PR'd on this flat, fast course. Leah PR'd in 2012 (1:12:36) and I PR'd in 2013 (1:23:13). And, we met some of our favorite runners (Janet Bawcom, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bill Rodgers) at the Expo.

If you live in or near DC, you should join the 2015 Fall Kickoff and T-Shirt Debut this Friday, November 14 from 6-9pm ( 

The reception (sponsored by The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Organizing Committee, Credit Union Miracle Day, New Balance, MilestonePod, and Potomac River Running) will feature the debut of the 2015 T-shirt, along with lots of prizes and camaraderie. Lottery exemptions will be raffled off between 6:30 - 8:30pm.

Friday, November 14
6 - 9PM
201 Bar
The 201 Bar
201 Massachusetts Ave, N.E.
Washington DC 20002
$15 registration includes:
* 1 drink ticket
* Appetizers
* Raffle entry**
* $10 Potomac River Running gift card
* A Milestone Pod (
* A donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Here are just a few of the reasons you should attend this special event:
* 25 lottery exemptions** to the 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run will be raffled off to 25 lucky recipients
* Unveiling of the official 2015 Race T-shirt Design and meet the artist.
* Vote for the 2015 race T-shirt color
* Bid on silent auction packages (all proceeds go to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals)
* Announcement of the winners of the Social Runner Contest
* Enjoy music and food
* Meet fellow runners and coaches
**Must be present at the Fall Kickoff Reception to redeem.
This reception is limited to the first 400 individuals who RSVP. 

Online ticket sales will end at 12pm on Friday so purchase your ticket ASAP! 

If space is available, admission is $25 at the door, but this event usually sells out.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 7, 2014

6th Annual Lemon Run Philadelphia 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Dash

Information from:

The 6th Annual Lemon Run Philadelphia 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash is Sunday, November 9!

Designed to be a family fun event, more than 2,000 runners and walkers of all ages complete the 3.1 mile course including inspirational childhood cancer heroes and their families. A 100 meter kids’ dash precedes the actual race enabling even the youngest of supporters to show their support in the fight against childhood cancer.
  • Registration fees: 5K Runner - $45, 5K Walker - $35, Kids’ Dash - $15 (100 m dash).
  • You can register on-site at the event or at any of the packet pick up locations below.
  • Packet Pick Up Dates and Times: 
    •  Friday, November 7: lululemon, Suburban Square, Ardmore, PA 3-7pm
    •  Sunday, November 9: Registration Tent at The Lemon Run 7-8:15am
Visit The Lemon Run's FAQ section for additional information!

You don't have to live in the Philadelphia area to participate - sign up as a virtual runner and complete a 5K on Nov. 9 where you live. Virtual runners will be mailed a medal.

Monday, November 3, 2014

One Twin Runs Philly Marathon

I'm in training to run my 5th Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 23. It's also my 15th marathon since 1995 and my 2nd attempt to BQ this year. 

My 1st attempt to BQ was at the inaugural Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon on September 6 in Charlottesville. Six out of 12 finishers BQ'd (50% BQ Rate - WOW!) at the inaugural race directed by Leah! Alas, I was not one of them. Sigh. :-( 

Unfortunately, I suffered from the heat, humidity and the worst GI issues ever during a race. I was very grateful that the race director (AKA my twin, Leah) kept the clock running (even though the time limit was 4 hours). Thanks, Leah! I barely finished last (4:23:56) but I finished. In retrospect, it might have been a better decision to drop out but I haven't been able to practice what Leah preaches. ;-)  

While the Philadelphia Marathon may not be on par with other big city marathons, it's still one of my favorite marathons. I actually like the out and back portion on Kelly Drive - it's easier for me to get in the "zone" on a familiar course with less distractions.  

I ran my 1st Philly Marathon with Leah in 2008 (4:16:37). It was so brutally cold that I kept all my layers on for the entire race!

I ran my 2nd Philly Marathon by myself in 2011 (4:40:59). I didn't train at all, so I was lucky to finish under 5 hours without seriously injuring myself. It's too painful to remember so I'm grateful there are no photos available. ;-) 

I ran my 3rd Philly Marathon with Team Lemon in  2012 (4:00:57). This was my PR at the time and I was so grateful to be close to the magical sub-4 time!

I ran my 4th Philly Marathon with Team Lemon in 2013 (4:04:04) - otherwise know as my "May the 4s be with you" marathon. ;-) I have to admit, I was somewhat disappointed to finish slower than the year before. On a positive note, I acually enjoyed the race and finished without injuring myself so that's always a good finish! :-)

This year, I hope to raise more money to fight childhood cancer while I race towards a BQ*! (*Boston Marathon Qualifying Time of <3:45:00). 

While I failed miserably at my first BQ attempt this year at the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon, I am ready to try one more time this year.

In case you didn't know, Leah and I deemed ourselves "TWINS RUN in Our Family" so that we could share our running experiences and our support for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation on social media.

In addition to our blog, we're on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook, too! Since 2012, our friends and followers have helped us raise $2,121 to help fight childhood cancer!

Can you help me reach my goal of $100?

No donation is too small to fight childhood cancer!

Text E1120912 to 85944 to donate $10 by phone!

Donate $2, $5, $10, $20 or more online:

Thanks so much for your support!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#Journey2AMillion Spotlight

#Journey2AMillion Spotlight

Twins Run (Walk/Ride) in Our Family

September 26, 2014
This cleverly titled team is captained by Leah and Malinda: identical twins, sisters and running partners. They’ve recruited some other twins to join them in this year’s AMM and are using social media, including their blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, to raise awareness of Alex’s Million Mile and childhood cancer. They’ve gained quite a following of twins, runners, and those (like Leah and Malinda!) who are both! Leah and Malinda are incredible year round supporters of ALSF who are also members of Team Lemon and participate in countless races across the country to raise funds and spread awareness of ALSF,

Leah and Malinda are identical twins and mother runners. We run together, in memory of Michael and GG, to fight childhood cancer.

Last year, we joined more than 5,000 people in the inaugural Million Mile Run to raise awareness of childhood cancer during the month of September (National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month).

This year, we’re ready to do it again! To find a cure for childhood cancer, we’re going the distance to help Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation reach one million miles.

To incorporate walking and cycling miles this year, the name of this month-long event has been changed to "Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride." The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise funds and increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research.

If twins run (walk and/or ride) in your family, you are welcome to join our group and log your miles with us. Or, you can donate $2 or more to help us reach our fundraising goal. Thanks for your support!

Join us today!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Masters Women's Half Marathon World Record Holder - Deena Kastor

What an amazing experience to run with the sweet and powerful Deena Kastor the day before she smashed the Masters Women's Half Marathon World Record! We chatted during the entire 5K but I just had to finish a second ahead of her. ;-)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon - Saturday October 4



The Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon is officially certified by the USATF (VA14004TR) and therefore can be used as a Boston Qualifier. The course is 6.5 "loops" of the 4-mile trail beginning at Riverview Park and following along the river on the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail.

The inaugural race was September 6. The next race is Saturday, October 46:30 a.m.
Currently, this is a MARATHON ONLY, with a limited number of registrants (minimum 10, maximum 20) and a time-limit (see below). The marathon is FREE to MHMTP participants. There will be a nominal fee of $30 for this no-frills race for other runners.


*Please note: Because of the early start time and for safety reasons you will need a headlamp or flashlight for the first 2-3 miles, expecially if it's overcast.

There will be two water/gatorade stops along the course that runners will have access to every two miles. They will be located near the start/finish area and the 2 mile turn-around point.
Please be prepared by bringing your own gu/gels. We will only have clif bars at the finish (the 2-mile water stop will NOT have any food).

If you'd like to bring your own labeled bottles of sports drinks or nutritional supplements, you can leave them on the water tables to grab during the race.

There are two porta-potties available near the start/finish of the course.

The course is NOT closed to the public during the race, but luckily since it's a trail, we don't have to worry about cars! MHMTP participants will also be running on the course between approximately 6:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

This is a low-key, no-frills, bare-bones race, therefore no shirts or medals will be provided as part of registration. We will email you a certificate of completion to print after the race.
However you may purchase your own shirt with the race logo on

Rivanna Greenbelt logo on LIGHT items
Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon logo on DARK items


Due to the limited size of each race, runners will only be able to register for the Rivanna Marathon once a year. Exceptions may be made if field limit is not reached.


Volunteers are essential to the success of this race! We need volunteers to help document splits at each of the three turnarounds. We also would like volunteers to help with setting up and managing the water stops. All volunteers receive a FREE CTC technical shirt (long or short sleeved). If you can volunteer for the entire race you get TWO shirts!


Photos of the Course 
Trail Information
Visit Charlottesville
Feedback from Participants
Feedback from Volunteers


Sign up to be on the mailing list for future dates for the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon series.
This event is directed by an RRCA Certified Race Director.