The Casual Runner

Casual Runner Mailbag – October 2015

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Greetings Casual Runners!

Wow. Well, it certainly has been a busy fall race season for Casual Runners. You have all run lots of fun and enjoyable miles, so it is time to turn over Casual Runner to you, our readers, in the latest edition of the Casual Runner Mailbag!

IMG_0898Congratulations to First Timers!

We want to take a quick moment to send a very special congratulations to all of those Casual Runners who toed the line at, and finished, their very first race events. Mike ran and reviewed the 2015 Towpath Half Marathon in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which featured a field that included may first timer racers.  Following his review, Jaclyn reached out to us via Twitter:


“@Casual_Runner congrats! It was my first half ever. I was slow but can’t wait to try again next year & improve my time.What a beautiful day!”

Congratulations Jaclyn, this is exactly what we love to hear from our readers after they hit new training milestones. To Jaclyn and all first time racers (at whatever new distance you choose to take on), you have all come a very long way since your first miles and now have taken a significant step in continuing this great Casual Running adventure! You should be proud of yourselves, and we wish you all the very best as you continue to define your own adventures and journeys, and have a lot of fun along the way.

IMG_0893Just keep building, just keep building…

Speaking of races, we have heard from many of our readers who want to know what race events the Casual Runner Team have on their own race calendars. We realized that we have not been the best about sharing this information in advance. So, to give our readers what they want, we are working on a new page that you can view by clicking here.

This page, which is still under construction, will include all of our upcoming race schedules PLUS an archive with links to all of our past race event coverage in one place. But yes, you can get a sneak peek of this page now while we keep adding to it.

Costumes + Running = Fun

It is almost Halloween, which means candy and costumes are on a lot of people’s minds, but they are ALWAYS on the minds of Casual Runners.  In our gallery of running costumes, Eric sent along his compliments, not only to Jake’s awesome Admiral Piett Star Wars running costume, but also this:

IMG_20150523_065246981“Nice looking boxer… Had a boy that looked almost like yours. Just had to say good looking boxer.”

Very observant Eric! Jake and Jennifer do love their puppy running buddies, even moreso than cosrunning (that is running in fun costumes in case you didn’t already know!). You can check out all of our photo galleries, including more of Jake’s and Jennifer’s creative running costumes, on our Facebook page, and while you are there, be sure to like and follow us to receive updates on new great content that we add to

A Cruise to a Castaway Cay Far, Far Away

Speaking of Star Wars, Stephanie Swanberg sent us this note asking about some travel and event information for runDisney’s new Dark Side Challenge:

“Are they doing a Cast Away Challenge for the Star Wars run in April. We are doing the 5k and 10k and then going on cruise and doing the cast away cay 5k?”

IMG_20150114_102916024Hi Stephanie, thanks for writing to us. We have not seen any announcements yet regarding a Parks to Paradise Challenge for this particular events, which leads us to believe that they will not be having one with the Star Wars Dark Side Race Weekend, but runDisney can still surprise us, you never know. We do know that the January 2016 Challenge has not sold as well as runDisney would have liked, but find it surprising that they did not offer one following the Inaugural Dark Side race weekend as Disney Cruise Line has been enhancing their offerings of on-board Star Wars tie-ins and entertainment for 2016.

Even if runDisney does not offer an official Parks to Paradise Challenge for your weekend, you can still run the free Castaway Cay 5k when your ship docks at Disney’s private island, be sure to consult your on-board Navigator. You can also check out our Top 10 tips for sailing with Disney Cruise Line and for cruising in general. We hope to see you at the Star wars weekend and have a magical cruise!

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Well that is going to do it for this installment of the Casual Runner Mailbag.  The Team loves hearing from you, so please keep those emails, Tweets, and Facebook and Google+ messages coming in.  And, good luck with your training and have fun on your Casual Running adventures!

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