The Casual Runner


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Greetings Casual Runners!

Whoa. Just Whoa.

This fall race season continues to be busy both for all Casual Runners and for our Team, we are having trouble finding time to catch our breath! But running these miles with our friends and fellow Casual Runners is what makes this great Casual Running adventure so enjoyable!  If you missed any of our race reviews, you can check them all out in one convenient place while we keep adding more great features for your enjoyment!

Oh, and while we were out running, our readers were filling our Mailbag – we had more reader mail this month than any month since we launched this site! Thank you everyone!!! Needless to say, we could not be more excited by how large our readership is growing and we love hearing from so many of you, so please, keep your emails, tweets, and messages coming!  While we cannot get to all of your comments here, we will do respond to them all individually and we will do our best to share as many of them as we can in this, the latest edition of the Casual Runner Mailbag!


The Kings Island SMO and thrill ride perks.

Reader Thoughts on Run and Ride Kings Island Races… 

Mike & Candace ran the 2015 Run and Ride Race Series Glow 5k & Half Marathon at Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio. We heard from several Casual Runners who either ran these races or are now looking to add them to their 2016 race calendars. But one reader, Stacyleigh, shared with us her own detailed thoughts on these events:

“I agree with the majority of your comments. I wasn’t actually expecting to love this race as much as I did but it was the very perfect combination of fall decor, tons of in park miles, great volunteers and those horrible steep hills that made you feel unstoppable once you concurred them but I am in love with this race. It’s a must for me next year!!

I appreciate your thoughts on the 5k. Thinking this would be a fun add on for us In 2016 and I good way to get my non-running family at least a little involved ( and park tickets ).

BTW I saw you as you were rounding to the finish area but then didn’t see you after that.”

Thanks Stacy, we appreciated hearing your thoughts and we are glad you enjoyed the race as much as our Team did. We hope you that do make it back to run this event in 2016, just make sure to bring lots of glow sticks if you are going to run the 5k as it only enhances an already fun experience (and can add some much-needed lighting on some of the darker portions of the course). The next time you see one of us at a race, please make sure to say hi, we’d love to meet you. And this goes for any of our readers, please come up and say hi, we promise we are as friendly in person as we are online.


One of Remy’s many hiding places in Epcot’s World Showcase during the 2015 International Food & Wine Festival.

Remy’s Hide & Squeak Adventure…

We received a huge response on our Casual Adventurer series, so you can be sure that we will continue with it in the future. In fact, we may just have 1 or 2 awesome features coming your way soon! We heard from several readers who, while paying a visit (or several visits!) to the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Walt Disney World, took our recommendation and decided to try their hand at Remy’s Hide & Squeak.

Some found the game to be easy, while others found it to be a bit more challenging than they expected, One reader cautioned us: “I hear that little mouse is hard to find in Italy!”

This touched a nerve in the Casual Runner Team as, several us tried our hands at this game, and did find Remy’s hiding place in Italy to be the most difficult. However, Jake maintains that it was easy.  But we do agree on one thing, and not to be too picky, but Remy is a rat, not a mouse – there is only room in Disney for ONE mouse (and his girlfriend, oh course!). Did anyone else try this game? If so, let us know what you thought of it.

Food, Wine, AND Weather…

Staying on Disney for a moment, or, more specifically, runDisney. Mike brought you a first-hand account of the weather delays and last-minute changes to the 2015 runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and Jennifer brought your her full race review. Jacqueline shared her thoughts with us as well:


A peak at the radar showing the storm front that caused runDisney race officials to amend their race program on the fly.

“Great post! I completely agree. I didn’t let the shortened course bother me and ended up having a great race. Instead, I look at Wine and Dine 2015 as a great story to tell. I also must commend Disney for the way they handled things. Moving 20,000 people in a short span of time is no easy task. It all went so smoothly and efficiently.”

Thanks Jacqueline, and congrats on Accepting, Adjusting, and Advancing your way to a PR in the 6.72’ish mile Wine and Dine Half (Half) Marathon! Any time event organizers try to adjust events on the fly for that many people, inconvenience is inevitable. But they really did their best under the circumstances and that is all anyone can ask.

New Race Suggestions… 

We receive lots of questions from readers looking for new races to run, and we always try to help them select the right race for them. (Shameless plug, you can always check out our growing list of race reviews). Jim Dorman reached out to us via our Facebook page to ask:

“Has anyone done the Santa Hustle at Cedar Point. Am registered for the run on December 20th. Looking forward to the location.”

Hi Jim! No, none of our Team Members have run this race yet, but we have run the Cedar Point Half Marathon and can tell you that it is fun running below and around the great roller coasters inside Cedar Point. We would guess that a winter race on the shores of Lake Erie will be COLD, and potentially VERY COLD (like when Mike ran a December race in Cleveland and the water froze). So, dress warmly, good luck with the race, and please let us know what you think about it when you get back, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this event and perhaps add it to our list of races to run and review.


Candace showing off the many looks of her Casual Running Adventure.

First Mile Support and Funnies…

Candace has made a few contributions to our site in a short time, including a great race review of the 2015 Rock “N” Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon (check it out now: Part 1 & Part 2).  Her first piece, however, was when she shared the story of her First Mile, adding to our growing series of inspirational First Mile Stories from a wide variety of Casual Runners. Marleen read her story and had this to say:

“Great story, well written, it held my interest, and I should add “inspiring” ( wee bit) !!! This “prince” person……???”

Jennifer added: “Thank you for sharing your story! I can’t wait to meet you!”

But it was Jake who stole the show, commenting on how Candace ended the story by telling of meeting her prince: “I like the part where she meets Prince Charming, but doesn’t discover that it’s him ’til Chapter 3.” 


Andrew (far left) learning that – to the Casual Runners go the spoils!

If you are a fan of this site (and of Disney), we hope you got the reference and enjoyed it as much as the rest of us!

The Cutest First 5k…

Speaking of firsts, 7 year old (and official nephew of our Editor Mike) Andrew shared the story of his first 5k during the Rock Hall of Fame Half Marathon weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.  His grandmother read it and could not help but comment on her grandson’s publishing debut:

“Love this and my grandson, Andrew!!! So proud of you, your daddy and your uncle Mike!!”

We had to find room for this comment in this edition of the Mailbag as Mike tells us it counts for him as a part of his Christmas Present to his mom – making her internet famous!

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Well, that is going to do it for this installment of the Casual Runner Mailbag.  The CR 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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