Friday, May 20, 2016

Enter to WIN a free ZOOMA race entry!

Have you heard about the exciting ZOOMA race that is coming near you? If you love awesome swag, a fabulously fun, super organized race, in a destination location, then you need to check out the ZOOMA race series!

ZOOMA has a race for everyone with distance varying from a 5K, 10K or a Half Marathon! Rally your friends and make it a girls weekend! The ZOOMA race series is coming soon near you! The first ZOOMA race in Annapolis is coming up soon on June 4th! This will be my third time running the ZOOMA Half marathon in Annapolis and I look forward to the challenge of conquering the Annapolis hills and admiring the scenic course!

ZOOMA Annapolis 
Saturday, June 4, 2016 
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium 
Start Time: 7:00 a.m. 
*SIGN UP TODAY before the price increase on Saturday, May 21st

ZOOMA Cape Cod
Saturday, September 24, 2016 
Location: Sea Crest Beach Hotel, North Falmouth, MA 
Start time: 7:30 a.m.

ZOOMA Florida
Saturday, October 22, 2016 
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island 

You can WIN a FREE race registration to the ZOOMA destination race of your choice by entering this ZOOMA Contest! 

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The contest begins May 26th and ends May 28th! Good luck! Please share this contest/blog post with your BRFF's ~ Best Running Friends and Family! 

There is also a 10% race registration discount code you can use when you register with your friends! 

I'm signed up to run the Annapolis Half Marathon and hope to see you there! 

Happy Running!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dryhome's Loudoun Lyme 5k/10k/1k Fun Run and virtual run on May15, 2016

Are you registered for the Loudoun Lyme race at the Brambleton Town Center (22855 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20148) on Sunday, May 15th? You can't miss this amazing race! 

There are many distance options for you to run or walk - 5k/10k or a 1k Fun Run! There is a race for everyone! If you are unable to make it to the race, there is also an option to sign up for a virtual race. The 6th annual Loudoun Lyme race mission is to fight Lyme Disease and to benefit the National Capital Lyme Disease Association!

Click here to REGISTER TODAY! 

*Online registration closes at 1pm on Wednesday, May 11th*

*After May 11th, race registration is available at packet pick up (DryHome Roofing & Siding
45921 Maries Road, #100, Sterling, VA 20166) on Friday, 12-7pm, Saturday, 8am-12pm or on race day from 6am to 7:45am but you are not guaranteed a t-shirt*

Before the race, there will be a warm up at 7:40am and several speakers, including local politicians and an elite Master's runner! 

We are excited to announce that elite, globe trotting, ultra runner, Mike Wardian will be running the 10k and offering words of inspiration prior to the race! I will be speaking briefly about my Lyme disease battle, as a fellow Lyme Warrior and ultrarunner! We hope to see you on May 15th!

The Race Day Activities include: 
  • 6am - Race day packet pick up
  • 7am - Vendor/Information Fair
  • 7:40pm - Warm up/Speakers
  • 8am - 10k starts
  • 8:10am - 5k starts
  • 9:30am - 1k fun run starts
  • 9:45am (or immediately following the 1 k Fun Run) - Awards Ceremony with Team and Age Group Awards

There will be beer at the finish line for race participants, one FREE root beer or beer, provided by Lost Rhino Brewing Company! Show your race bib and ID for proof of age (21 for alcoholic beverages) to get your free beverage!

THANK YOU for your support and for helping to take a bite out of Lyme Disease! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

My interview on PBS NewsHour is TONIGHT (5/9)

This morning I had an awesome opportunity to be interviewed by PBS Correspondent John Yang. We met at a local coffee shop, Cafein, located in Chantilly and chatted about the upcoming general election.

I was asked several questions about my thoughts on the candidates and who I might vote for. You will have to tune in TONIGHT (5/9) to hear the interview! It will air at the beginning of PBS NewsHour on your local PBS station. 

For local folks in the DMV area, it will air at 7pm on the WETA channel.

The upcoming Presidential election is unlike any other election that I have had the opportunity to vote in! Please watch PBS NewsHour tonight! Thank you for your support!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Lyme Disease Challenge with RockStars and Congressman Connolly!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo (tis' the day to sip on a drink with a lime garnish) and Lyme disease awareness month (May), as well as,TBT (throw back Thursday), I decided to walk down memory lane and post my Lyme disease challenge photo's taken from last summer (2015)! It was an amazing experience to educate musicians and a politician about how debilitating Lyme disease can be and share my story, as well as, educate what needs to be done in the legislative arena.

What is the Lyme Disease Challenge?

I want to say Thank You to everyone who participated in the Lyme disease challenge with me and for taking a bite out of Lyme Disease!

One of my favorite photo's! My good friend, Sean Hurwitz, guitarist for Enrique Iglesias and SmashMouth, taking the Lyme disease challenge post concert! Sean is so awesome for sharing the photo on his social media accounts to help spread awareness about Lyme disease. Check out my interview with Sean Hurwitz. Sean is currently globe trotting the world, playing guitar at concerts or at home in LA, writing songs or recording!

Tonic band members, Emerson Hart and Dan Lavery were eager to take the Lyme disease challenge with me post concert at Tally Ho theatre. I had to walk to a neighboring Italian restaurant in Leesburg to fetch the limes! Tonic is currently recording the acoustic version of one of their favorite albums, "Lemon Parade."

Later that night, Mike Eisenstein, guitarist for Tonic, and I got to chatting and he rocked the Lyme disease challenge with me! Mike is currently working on writing and recording new songs with band members from Letters to Cleo, a band he played with in the 1990's.

Hello X Ambassadors! The band members, Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Adam Levine, and Noah Feldshuh, had a Lyme disease story of their own they shared with me and graciously took the Lyme disease challenge. They were so awesome to meet! Photo taken post concert at the 9:30 Club in DC. Check out their upcoming tour dates! I'm looking forward to seeing them at Echostage on May 12th!

Andy Grammer wasn't sure what to think when I asked him to take the Lyme disease challenge prior to his Fresh FM concert at Tysons Corner! He went along with it and was super nice to say hello to! After the concert, Andy mingled with his fans and is a humble, gracious rockstar! His bandmates are super cool too! Check out the Andy Grammer upcoming tour dates! I hope to see him at Merriweather post pavilion on August 20th!

After another Fresh FM concert, I chatted with Chet from the Legwarmers and he agreed to to take the Lyme disease challenge! Chet and his band were super fun to meet and I was dancing queen at their concert! If you haven't seen one of The Legwarmers shows, then you need to attend one of their shows this summer!

Congressman Connolly was a special guest for the evening prior to the Fresh FM Legwarmers concert. I shared my story with him about how I've been living with this debilitating disease for 21 years! We spoke about treatment for Lyme disease and and how the CDC guidelines do not recognize chronic Lyme. I also spoke to Congressman Connolly about setting up educational/advocacy meetings in the community. Check out Congressman Gerry Connolly website for legislative updates on Lyme legislation or contact him if you would like to help draft Lyme legislation. Congressman Connolly is a fantastic advocate for the Lyme disease community!

I look forward to continuing to spread awareness and education about Lyme disease! Lyme disease is an epidemic! My hope is that a cure will be found to heal the 300,000 plus of Americans battling Lyme disease (and every Lyme Warrior worldwide)! We have to continue the conversation in our communities to change the way we think about Lyme disease, how we diagnose and treat Lyme disease, and make it a priority to find a cure.