This is a sponsored post. I am a race Ambassador for ZOOMA Florida and have received a complimentary race entry as compensation for my post. All opinions are my own.
On Saturday morning, I had the privilege of participating in a very special event: the ZOOMA Florida Training Kick Off!
ZOOMA Florida is just a few months away, with the gun sounding at 8:00 AM on January 17 for the half marathon and 12K (and 8:30AM for the 5K). The half marathon and 12K both wind through gorgeous downtown Fernandina and along scenic A1A, with the half detouring through Fort Clinch State Park for some extra miles. The 5K sticks to the beach outside the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island. It’s really quite the unforgettable experience.
But in the meantime, we need to prepare!
We were joined by a great group of women who were excited to be under way for the three miles through the gorgeous Riverside area. It’s a stunning route, through some really lovely residential streets and along the river. I am generally only able to run the area during certain races, and was looking forward to the chance to do so for fun.
Unfortunately, a little packing snafu meant that it was not to be.
Two shoes from two different pairs would have been manageable. Two LEFT shoes from two different pairs is quite another story.
So, while the others went out to enjoy the lovely morning, I stayed with Kristin in the store, and chatted about the upcoming race. We are all really looking forward to it.
After the run, we enjoyed some treats provided by 1st Place Sports, and then got to know each other a little better. Kristin, Devon and I were already friends, but it was great to welcome Sharon (who is also local to the area) and Michelle. We were also hoping to meet MaryBeth, but she got stuck in horrific traffic from an accident and didn’t make it in time. 🙁
In the meantime, Michelle helped us take a great Ambassador selfie:
We are all looking forward to our next official Training Run, which will be held at 1st Place Sports in St. Johns Town Center on January 3 at 7:00 AM. Click here for more details and to RSVP. We will be taking on ten miles, and we hope to see you out there!
In the meantime, keep an eye on your ZOOMA Florida Ambassador’s blogs and social media – some of us may be putting together additional runs or informational events in our respective cities to keep you pumped up and in the loop.
And of course, if you want to join us for the 2015 ZOOMA Florida event, you can register for the half marathon, 5K or brand-new 12K here. Use code JENN15 to save 10% on the entry fee for any of these three distances.
Will you be participating at the ZOOMA event at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in 2015?
What’s your favorite thing about destination races?