Why I’ll #RunTheBoom #TCinMotion Red, White & BOOM! #Giveaway


This year, for the 4th of July, I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to run half marathon. Ever since I ran the Mississippi 10-Miler on my 50th birthday, my perspective has changed a little bit about holidays and special days, in general. It seems to me that on days like these, you should be doing something that you really love to do. I really love to spend time with family and friends if the opportunity is available, but I really love to run as well. And if the remainder of the day is meant to be spent with family and friends, eating and drinking, and sometimes partying hardily, it makes sense that a morning run is the best way to start the day.

New Year's Day Polar Dash 2016

I’ve been running the Polar Dash on New Year’s Day now for 4 years straight. There’s really no other way or no better way to start the year as far as I’m concerned. My days of staying up super late on New Year’s Eve, blowing party horns, popping champagne bottles, and kissing loved ones at the stroke of midnight are over. I’d much rather get a better night’s sleep and wake up with a clear mind.

Seeking out a run on the 4th of July isn’t a particularly easy thing, unless the holiday falls on a weekend. We are fortunate to have a few here in the Twin Cities that land on the actual holiday.

Lately, I’ve been into the longer runs when signing up at events. The start lines are typically much less crowded as most opt for the shorter distances. Plus, they are good for me as far as training goes. I’m forced to start slow, and test my ability to negative split. The shorter runs just burn me out, because I feel the need for speed throughout the entire run. I’m not saying I’ll never run short distance events again, but if there is a longer one available, it would be my first preference.

The Red, White, & BOOM! TC Half Marathon, Relay & 5K will be the perfect opportunity for me to get in my holiday run. TCM puts on incredible events all year long, and I have no doubt this one will not disappoint. Here is what I’ll get on race day:

  • A Brooks® technical men’s and women’s short-sleeve shirts
  • Commemorative Red, White & Boom! pint glass
  • Unique 2016 Red, White, & Boom! finisher medal
  • Family Fun Area, presented by Running Room, with post-race picnic, music lawn games and family fun
  • Support from volunteers, law enforcement, medical teams and staff
  • Sport Photo on site to capture your photos on the course and at the finish line!
  • Half marathon pace teams
  • VIP Experience upgrade option for just $20, including extra snacks, private potties and sweats check, and an additional participant gift
  • Easy access to start/finish
  • TCM Race Officials will be on the lookout to award prize packs to individuals who show Independence Day spirit. Show us your 4th of July style for the chance to win spirit awards
  • Organized by Twin Cities In Motion, the region’s premier running event organization
  • TCM contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes and helps raise more than $950,000 annually with its charity partners

The course will follow the Mississippi river for the start and the second half of the run. This will make for some great views, I’m certain. This is a course similar to some that I have run in the past. Being downtown is always an experience. I’m sure this race will not disappoint.

2016 #RunTheBoom Half Marathon Course Map


The only thing unpredictable about the 4th of July in Minnesota is the weather. Of that, you can never be certain. The race begins super early, however, to beat the heat, if necessary. In fact, the 6:30 am start will be the earliest I have ever began a race or event. I used to think that Grandma’s Marathon 7:45 am start was early! This will be a true test for me. I have no issues getting up super early, it is more a question of what I’ve got in the tank at 6:30 am. But, then again, this will be just 2 weeks after Grandma’s Marathon so what I have left in the tank may be relative.

For me, this isn’t an opportunity to PR, or to place in my age group. It is an opportunity to run on a holiday, where otherwise, I’d find myself being lazy or taking the day off completely from doing anything that is good for me. It is an excuse to get out there and run.

I’m also a little excited about running in gear that shows off my Independence Day spirit. It is no secret that I wear neon, whether I’m running the roads, the parks, or the events. I think I’ll change it up for this run and try to come up with an outfit a bit more patriotic. I may have to dig deep into the running clothes drawer, but I have faith I’ll find something!

Independence Day has always held a special place in my heart. I love my country. I believe in my country. I always tear up during the national anthem at any event. I’ve got my hand on my heart, and I’m thanking God to be blessed with good health and the ability to be able to run at all. I’m thanking God for my freedom. I’m thanking him for the liberty to pursue my dreams and to make better of myself every day. There are very few around the globe who have it as good as we do. We are truly blessed.

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And TC in Motion has blessed me as well, by inviting me to be a chosen runner at their event, and to help them promote the Red, White & BOOM! So, I’m going to invite you to participate in TC in Motion’s #RunTheBoom event. If you are local, then consider signing up and running with me. I’d love to see you there!

Whether you can or you can’t join me, here is an opportunity to get a great prize from TC in Motion. If you read and answer the question at the end of this blog post, you will automatically be entered to win a pair of Fitsocks featuring the title Red, White & BOOM!

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So, here is your question.

What are your feelings about running events on actual holidays? Do you think it detracts from family time, or do you believe you deserve the few hours you give yourself to run?

Thanks for your support, and good luck! We’ll choose a winner from the respondents on June 27!

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18 Responses to Why I’ll #RunTheBoom #TCinMotion Red, White & BOOM! #Giveaway

  1. Sara Lim says:

    I thinking running events on holidays can actually enhance family time. Take the Turkey Trot for example – I do this race with my parents and siblings and is a great way to make memories

  2. Kristi Linn says:

    I enjoy running the races on the actual holiday. This will be my first red, white, and boom but I’ve done several polar dashes and turkey trots. I usually run them with my sisters

  3. Bobbi Seyfert says:

    I love holiday running, it’s a great way to get the family involved doing something healthy and fun while making memories. You never forget a race but you do forgot picnics.

  4. Nate D says:

    I like bringing the family along to participate in holiday events. I put my time goals to rest and just enjoy the day. And normally the travel is easy when it is day of and most people are staying in.

  5. Jennifer Minson says:

    I’m happy to run on certain kinds of holidays. I ran on Thanksgiving, mother’s day, and will probably run on my birthday

  6. liz lew says:

    I run a Thanksgiving race each yr. I need me time before family time

  7. Nikki says:

    I love fitsoks well if people wanna run on a holiday sure I dj t usually race but have on a holiday?

  8. Ken C says:

    We try to involve as much of the family as possible for a race. So we would do the same for a Holiday race. Have not done one that fell on an actual holiday yet, but they look like fun.

  9. allyson tice says:

    I don’t run on holidays i spend them with my family and friends. i consider it a day of rest and use it as such

  10. Robin Parker says:

    I think it’s fine to run on a holiday. If it’s something you enjoy you make time. A race usually doesn’t last very long and if they’re willing, you can get the family involved and make it fun for them too.

  11. Kelley Hooker says:

    I like running events on holidays. It can allow for family participation and encourages and healthy lifestyle.

  12. Missy says:

    I like running on holidays! In fact I was planning on running a race on our wedding day until we had to move it to a Friday. Now I am running a virtual race that day. Running is a hug part of my life and it makes holidays that much better!

  13. Lisa V says:

    I feel that starting the morning of a holiday with a run/race is a fun tradition and one that I usually do alone. The kids and husband are usually still sleeping and I get to reflect on the day during my run 🙂

  14. Michele Turrentine says:

    I love running holiday races but I do have a love/hate relationship with them. I never regret them when I do it, but part of me really likes to “sleep in” and relax in the morning on an off day with my husband. Because the races are usually early enough, I don’t feel like it takes away from family time.

  15. Gina Hanzel says:

    I think it depends on the holiday. I would love to run this event, but we are always at the cabin.

  16. Misty Robinson says:

    I love running holidays! Not a problem if it’s early enough and sometimes the family joins me!❤️

  17. Sheryl W-P says:

    My husband and I will be running the Red, White and Boom Relay. Most of the holiday races are early in the morning and don’t take away from family time. In fact, they can be family time!

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