NEW 2018 SURVEY, STICKERS; WHEN VISITING THE EARNED RUNS website to REQUEST BIBS, you’ll notice there is a new 2018 survey. The top section is new and asks what you like about the site, attempting to get an idea of which areas should have more attention and development. And which might receive less attention in the future.
The last item on the list is “Variety of stickers”. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO REQUEST A GREATER VARIETY of stickers for your personal use on your own bibs, you would want to click this button.
Up until now, the stickers have been designed for promoting Earned Runs events. Small batches are ordered. I have used them for decoration and to record my accomplishments. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE to gather my 4 bibs and have proof of all the challenges undertaken and work performed over the year. Clustered together, filled with variously designed sticker, the grouping makes a great picture too.
For the first time in 2018, there is a sticker specifically designed for “training” rather than finishing. It’s for the HALF MARATHON WITH ‘SAINTS DAYS’. Since the running training plan’s duration is 18 weeks and covers 3 races, those following it seemed to deserve special recognition. And runners and walkers training for the 5k and 10k events* too.
There’s an overall, a SPECIAL 5K, a SPECIAL 10K, and a TRAINING sticker in this HALF MARATHON WITH ‘SAINTS DAYS’ group. Each is a 1.5” heart-shape. The reasons for the SMALL SIZE? Hearts can’t be ordered in the large 3” diameter size and the stickers from this one effort would cover an entire bib, with little room to spare for other challenge stickers or writing. So, they are small. The remainder of the year the stickers continue to be ordered in the LARGE size, except for the RUN/WALK ACROSS AMERICA CHALLENGE weekly segment stickers.
Periodically a few ‘test’ stickers will be posted on WEBSITE WEDNESDAY blogs for your inspection for various upcoming Earned Runs suggested events for 2018**. There will be a chance to VOTE on your favorites in some instances. The following is a listing of planned stickers/events:
Daylight Savings Dash 5K (March 11)
‘SAINTS’ DAYS ‘ Saint Patrick’s Day 10K (near March 17)
Springtime Warm-up (March 20, first day of spring)
MLB Opening Day Mash-up (March 29)
April Fool’s Day No Foolin’ 50 (April 1)
National Walk to Work Day (April 6)
CELEBRATE (USA RUNNING) TRADITION RUN (Boston Marathon Day, April 16)
Earth Day Earned Run (Earth Day April 22)
Day of 5ths FIVE (Cinco de Mayo, May 5)
Mother’s Choice (Mothers’ Day, May 13)
Memorial Day Remembrance (May 28)
If you have an opinion and want to help Earned Runs deliver information and materials that you value, take the survey. Especially the first part. The second section will help us understand who is responding.
If you haven’t requested bibs in 2018, consider doing it now, before the big fitness seasons of spring summer and fall arrive. And If you’ve never had stickers, try using them this year! You can stick one on AFTER a goal accomplishment as a reward, or before as incentive to keep training.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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