What do you get when more than 50 members of Moms on the Run come together for a race weekend? Lots of activity, encouragement, running gear and fun! We had an awesome time at Run the Coast on Jan. 11-15, our third destination run weekend, where we descended on Oceanside, California (and the beautiful Seabird Resort) to run the Carlsbad Marathon weekend events: 5K, half and marathon. Coupled around the race were workouts, hiking, excursions, free swag, olympians, food and dancing. Check out our reel here.
Thursday evening in Oceanside features a Sunset Market, where hundreds of vendors with food, crafts and entertainment line blocks of the streets of Oceanside. The next morning, our National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, led an early morning run along the beach. An awesome circuit training workout was provided by Therapy Social Fitness, and the group enjoyed a hike and fantastic oceanside views at Torrey Pines. We ended Friday with a welcome reception of games, food and drinks, and awesome swag bag (valued at more than $120) by our sponsor, Adidas.
Saturday morning featured poolside yoga, trips to the race expo, and a choice of free time or whale watching excursion. While no whales came out to play, a great pod of dolphins did! Many enjoyed soaking in the sun by the rooftop pool and hot tub. Saturday evening, we were treated to an inspirational conversation between two Olympians, Jen Rhines and Carrie Tollefson, where we made bracelets and filled up on pasta the night before the race.
Sunday morning was race day. Moms on the Run had a VIP tent between the start and finish lines (and next to the beer garden), where we could cheer on our three marathoners, 23 5Kers and 25 half marathoners. Congrats to Andrea C of St. Paul Moms on the Run, who won the Double Down Challenge (running both the 5K and Half), coming in first for all women and 5th overall! Congrats also to Chris Davis from Onalaska Moms on the Run for winning her age division! We celebrated with Carlsbad Food Tours and a Pink Out/Barbie dance party, featuring DJ Kid Riz.
Monday tours to La Jolla and Coronado Island topped off our weekend. Thank you to everyone who joined us for fitness, fun and friendship at Run the Coast! We loved hosting you and hope you have lots of good memories from the weekend. Where shall we run next?