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2014 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run
Why should you be our Social Media Runner?
I have been training to be the Cherry Blossom Social Media Runner for the past year and I am ready! I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run last year and it was my FIRST BIG RACE! I had a blast, I met my goals, and I made running friends - both in-person and online.
Two things that helped teach me about CUCB & being a good social media runner were my training with Potomac River Running (PR) and interactions with last year’s social runners. I trained with PR’s Cherry Blossom-specific training program and blogged about my training at kimruns.blogspot.com. I followed last year’s social runners, Fran and Doug, and interacted with them (especially on twitter) and learned how to raise excitement and awareness for the race. I also followed the CUCB Blog and included my recap of the 2014 race on the “Race Recap Party” link-up and thoroughly enjoyed reliving the fun of the race through everyone’s recaps.
This year I will again train with PR’s Cherry Blossom program. I will not only blog about *my* training & goals for CUCB, but I will also share the stories of other PR CUCB training participants – what is their “why” for running this race? What are their goals? Readers of my blog can follow a whole contingent of CUCB runners and their preparation – some running their first 10-miler, some looking to get faster, some just looking to have fun in a quintessential DC race. Here is my working draft question template for my interviewees:
- When did you begin running and why?
- What is your proudest running moment? (alternatively: What is your weirdest/funniest running moment?)
- Why did you sign up for CUCB training with PR?
- Have you run CUCB before?
- What is your “why” for running the 2015 CUCB?
- What is your goal for 2015 CUCB?
- Do you have a running mantra?
- If you could use only one word to express what running means to you, what would it be?
Over the past year I've seen both good (Nike Women’s Half Marathon & CUCB) and less good (Army Ten-Miler) examples of social media race engagement. I will strive to emulate the good – interacting with fellow runners, retweeting/favoriting/replying to their tweets, sharing information about the race, training, the charity (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals), the course, and the expo. I loved Doug Cassaro’s photo blog of the course from last year – that is a great way to inform people and raise their enthusiasm about the race!
I genuinely love running and would be honored to share my affection for the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run as one of the Social Runners for the 2015 race. I have already bought my ticket for the kickoff reception ( I’ll bet I was one of the first to do so!) and I will be there with my contagious enthusiasm!