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WinterKids will Brave the Heat at Urban RAID Portland!

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The RAID is ecstatic to partner with the WinterKids organization for the third consecutive year at Urban RAID Portland on August 15th! WinterKids has brought outdoor, winter activity to over 100,000 Maine kids! With families, schools, and communities across Maine, WinterKids helps kids to get outside, be active, and have fun! You can donate HALF your entry to WinterKids by selecting the “Premium” entry while registering for Urban RAID Portland! We talked to Nancy Nadeau, the Manager of Special Events at WinterKids and she gave us the low down on the WinterKids organization and their upcoming presence at Urban RAID Portland!

 

1) Tell us a little bit about the WinterKids organization? How is it organized?

WinterKids makes winter fun! Our mission is to help children develop healthy lifelong habits through educational and fun outdoor winter activities. We offer unique outdoor education programs for families, schools and communities in all 16 counties of Maine. Last year, we reached 21,000 kids with 4.5 staff. Wow!

 

2) We are thrilled to have WinterKids back on board for Urban RAID Portland 2015! What are you most looking forward to this season at Urban RAID?

We are proud and honored to have the support of Urban RAID Portland for the 3rd year in a row! Our snow cones are a huge hit with racers and spectators, and this partnership is such a perfect fit. Our stakeholders are the same, outdoorsy, active, energetic folks from all over New England. Urban RAID provides participants with a fun way to be introduced to WinterKids, and get involved. Thank you!

 

3) How important is it for WinterKids to collaborate with a summer based event like Urban RAID? What other summer activities do you participate in?

Winter is our niche, but we promote year-round acitivty for kids and families. More and more, we partner with like-minded organizations in other seasons to ensure kids are active and healthy year-round. Our WinterKids Passport offers and array of winter activity, but holders are also able to receive discounts and deals for summer and fall activities for things like surfing, State Park passes, Rippleffect and more.

 

4) Last year you brought snow cones for that hot Summer day at Urban RAID Portland 2014! What other tricks do you guys have up your sleeve for the 2015 Urban RAID Portland 2015?

Snow cones are alweays a hit! You might just see a new flavor or two this year…

 

Register TODAY for Urban RAID Portland on August 15th!

 

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR URBAN RAID NYC!

Urban RAID is coming back to NYC!  Join us for an epic day on Governors Island this  September 26th!  At Urban RAID NYC you’ll find unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, a unique 5K course with over 14 awesome obstacles and a beer garden featuring Shocktop Beer right at the finish line!  This race is one of a kind and we want to see you on that start line!  Click here to register!

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation – The Impact of Being a Big Sister

The Impact of Being A Big Sister

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Caroline Gulde told her fiancé that she didn’t know what he meant when he asked, “What if you tried talking to yourself the way you want to talk to the young girls of today?” But she knew what he meant. The more Caroline thought about it, the more she realized that negative self-talk and constant criticism on herself had become unconscious habits.

“I would never treat anyone the way I treat myself. Least of all, my little sister.”

This past winter, Caroline and her Little Sister went to the Boston Common Frog Pond to skate. She hadn’t been on the ice in over a decade and her Little Sister had never skated. They laced up their skates and waited as the Zamboni restored the rink to a glistening finish.

Once on the ice, Caroline’s Little Sister’s excitement and optimism were evident. Despite wobbles and wipeouts, she was fearless.

Caroline wanted to demonstrate the same level of courage.

“I had to dig deep under layers of self-doubt,” Caroline recalls. “But once I did, my Little Sister and I went ‘round and ‘round the pond, hand in hand, shrieking with laughter.”

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.”

As Caroline discovered, being a mentor meant guiding and encouraging someone to become the best version of themselves, but it in the process, you can’t help but become the best YOU can be.

Support Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation by selecting the Premium Entry to Urban RAID Boston on October 24th which donates half of your entry to BBBSF. You won’t regret it!
Or visit BBBSF on their website at www.bbbsfoundation.org.

 

Youth at Risk Statistics & mentor programs

 

Students who meet regularly with their “Bigs” are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. Source: National Mentoring Partnership

Mentors (Bigs) help with homework and can improve their Little’s academic skills. Source: National Mentoring Partnership

Littles who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely then their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. Source: National Mentoring Partnership

Within one year of being matched with a Big Brother or Sister, children show a 57% improvement in attitudes towards risky behaviors; 46% improvement in grades; 50% increase in confidence in school abilities.  Source: http://www.mcall.com/opinion/letters/mc-bartels-big-brothers-big-sisters-eames-20141011-story.html

 

Girls on the Run Maine Go the “Extra Mile”

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We are thrilled to be partnering back up with Girls on the Run Maine for Beach RAID 2015! Girls on the Run is a nationwide, 10-week program that teaches girls in grades 3-5 confidence and life skills through running, which concludes in a celebratory 5K in early June.

Each season Girls on the Run Maine conducts a fundraising event called “The Extra Mile”.  This is a completely voluntary fundraising event for the girls to participate in. The Extra Mile provides an opportunity for GOTR participants to help their peers by raising money to support scholarships for future participants who are unable to pay the entire program fee. In 2015, there were 400 girls in the GOTR program and 125 of them chose to participate in The Extra Mile fundraising project! These 125 girls raised an astonishing $14,800 dollars! This money will go directly into the Girls on the Run scholarship fund to help other girls participate in the program regardless of their economic situation.

Here are some fun facts about the fundraising event:

      • -27 of the girls that participated were scholarship girls themselves. The girls understand the true meaning of what it means to give back! No girl should be unable to participate in our program because of financial reasons.
        • -This season we had a school that was a full scholarship school. Of the 15 girls on this team, 9 girls participated in the event. Together these girls raised over $500!
          • -Of the 125 girls participating, 3 girls raised over $500 individually, 10 girls raised $250 and 30 girls raised $125!
            • -The GOTR program cost to each girl is $130. These 125 girls raised enough money for 114 scholarships!

One of the girls explains, “At Girls on the Run I learned that it doesn’t matter if you are short or tall, old or young, you will still find friends everywhere!”

Help support Girls on the Run- Maine and The Extra Mile fundraising project by selecting the Premium registration option when registering for Beach RAID 2015 on September 19th!

One Mom’s Fitness Journey and Becoming RAID ready!

Jaime is a mom of two who woke up one morning and decided she wanted a lifestyle change. Jaime began a journey committed to fitness, exercising and obstacle racing! Since then, she has been inspiring and supporting other moms who are looking to begin their own fitness journey and others who want to simply make a lifestyle change. Most importantly, she is sharing her own experience to prove that no one is ever alone!

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 What inspired you to begin your fitness journey?

I woke up on Jan. 1, 2015, the day after my 39th birthday and finally just decided I wanted to change. I had been struggling to lose weight for over a year and was yo-yo dieting and trying anything out there. I was unhealthy, unhappy and not comfortable in my own skin. I honestly had become someone I didn’t recognize, or like, for that matter. I was just tired of being tired all the time. I had no energy. I knew right then and there I was going to change my ways. I decided to start getting in some physical activity 3-4 days a week, but I really didn’t have a plan or have a clue what I was doing. Finally in February of this year I crossed paths with an incredible woman who helped me by introducing me to the 30 Day Push. That little personal exercise changed my life! I figured out my “Push Goal” and decided what I was going to do for the next year: Get healthy, fit and compete in as many obstacle course races that my finances would allow! It just all started steamrolling after that. Little did I know that my fitness journey would turn into something bigger and involve so many people.

Who has influenced you or supported you on this journey?

My biggest influence is my husband (He is my constant, daily reminder that ANYTHING is possible). He has seen me at my best and at my worst, through having two children and struggling with my fitness and health. I was always VERY active and fit throughout high school and my early 20’s. Once I got a full-time desk job and then had children, fitness sort of took a back seat. I wish I had appreciated the body I had back then and understood what not only being fit meant, but also staying fit through my 30’s. We BOTH make time for each other’s fitness activities. We usually have to do it alone, since one of us has to watch our two boys! I also belong to a wonderful online fitness group. I am very grateful to be a part of this “family.” We all check in on each other every single day and hold each other accountable and offer positive support. I wouldn’t be where I am without these people.

What are some goals that you have set for 2015?

This Summer/Fall I will be running about 8 different Obstacle Course races, including the Urban Raid and Beach Raid, and possibly a 10K (some of those OCRs depend on my finances!!). My race goals for 2015 are to complete every obstacle. I am not all that worried about time yet. Once I get stronger and can complete at least 90% of the obstacles, then I will focus on my time. I am trying to take training slow and steady and do this right. Some personal goals for 2015 are to be physically active for at least 30 minutes EVERY single day. It doesn’t have to be an all out sweat fest. I am trying for a 30-60-90 breakdown. 30 minutes a day for 7 days a week, 60 minutes a day for at least 3-4 days a week and 90 minutes a day 1-2 days a week. As my children get older, I hope to increase those times.

You are hosting Sunday morning workout sessions, what are you hoping to accomplish with these?

Our “Sunday Funday” sessions are for OCR training. We don’t in any way think we are pros at this! We are learning along with everyone else as we go. We do have specific exercises and obstacles, to emulate as much as possible, what it’s like to be on an obstacle course. Most people in our group have done obstacle races and have one coming up this Summer/Fall. It’s always much more enjoyable to work out with a group of people versus by yourself. I guess what I hope to accomplish most is getting people out here and being active. Whether they are just starting out or have been working out for years. Everyone brings their kids, we workout, and then have coffee and something to eat after! It’s a great way to visit with friends and also get a great workout in!

Are there times you wanted to give up or days you don’t want to work out? How do you push those thoughts aside and get your workout in?

Honestly…I think about giving up more than I want to let on! There are plenty of days I don’t want to work out. There are MANY mornings that my alarm goes off at 4:30 and I instantly get mad that I have to get up out of my warm bed and go workout. But, when I do get up early and workout, it sets the tone for my entire day. I have more energy, more patience for my work and family, and I am just in an all around better mood. (It’s important to note that I am NOT a morning person…I love to sleep, so this has been a huge change in my life.) One healthy choice at the beginning of the day, will lead to more. Eventually it will become a habit and not something forced. Plus, having signed up for so many races gives me that motivation to keep going and keep pushing.

We love that Beach RAID was a turning point for you! What was it about that race and the RAID Series that had an effect on you?

I had been looking to sign up for some sort of race last year and my husband had run the Mountain RAID in 2012 and 2013, and he told me about the Beach RAID. He knew it was the perfect obstacle course race for me. The obstacles seemed manageable and not scary for a first-timer like me! So, I signed up and a bunch of us from work ran it as a team! It was a BLAST! I highly recommend this race to anyone looking to run their first OCR.

Are you ready to take on Beach RAID 2015?

I am SO excited for the Beach RAID this year! I am much more prepared and in better shape than I was last year.

To follow along with Jaime check out her Facebook page here!

Training for the RAID Series 2015!

The groundwork for training to complete the RAID Series injury-free!

The RAID Series obstacles focus on challenging your entire body. They are meant to test your strength, agility, core and balance throughout the course. The participants that have ran the RAID these past few years have proven to us that they were RAID ready! We want to prepare you for the 2015 RAID Series by giving you some training tips that will hone in on the major areas of training to help you race injury-free! We’re sure that most of you have a go-to training routine to either stay in shape or train for races such as ours. Therefore, I’m not going to instruct you on ‘how tos’ about cardio or weight training but I am going to simply stress the foundational areas you should be focusing on to prevent injuries during or after the race.

Your core is called that for a reason! Everything comes off or attaches to the spine so you should be maintaining a strong core will not only prevent frequent injuries but it will improve your strength and how you perform during races. Simple sit ups or timely planks can also really strengthen your core and have it RAID ready in no time.

Next up is legs! Legs are our wheels for our body. Your legs get everything moving and provide a solid foundation while we run and take on obstacles! You’ve probably heard the saying “never skip leg day” and how it is feared by most gym goers and runners but you should never be scared of it because you need it! If you want to become stronger, faster, and ultimately avoid injuries, target those legs! Also, make sure you balance all your leg exercises around all your leg muscles and not just the quadriceps when you’re training your legs. A hamstring pull is NOT a fun experience!

You want to master all the obstacles by building up your arm strength and upper body by using simple weights or regularly doing pull ups or chin ups. You should also realize that monkey bars can be found in your kid’s and neighborhood playgrounds, so release your inner child and go monkey around on the monkey bars to really prepare for your race. Don’t stress entirely on your upper body because without a strong core and legs, you won’t be going very far.

All of the persistent training and working out in the world won’t do a lot if you lack flexibility. Strength comes just as much from flexibility of muscles then it does the size of muscles. If you want to truly excel on the obstacle course, consider adding some sort of Yoga or Pilates into your workout routine.

The term “consistency is key” is so accurate because you cannot expect results without repetition. Of course, results require time, which a lot of people don’t have a lot of in their daily life. Once you find that time and embrace it with repetition and effort, you will get those results you’ve been waiting for! Given the achievable nature of the RAID Series we want to include first-time obstacle course racers and experienced ones as well. Keep in mind that there are always injury risks while taking on all of our obstacles. Also, never forget that along with your strength training routines, you will want to be consistent with that cardio! You won’t get too far on the RAID Series course if you haven’t been combining your strength training with some cardio! Getting into a routine that focuses on strengthening the foundational areas such as core, legs, agility and flexibility will help you storm through the RAID Series injury-free and faster than ever!

URBAN RAID OBSTACLE RACE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH RADIO 92.9 TO ADD MUSIC FESTIVAL, AND NATIONAL TELEVISION COVERAGE OF BOSTON EVENT

Contact Lauren St. Clair
Telephone 207.699.2360 x 104
Cell 207.232.3236
Email lstclair@360mediaventures.com
Website www.raidevents.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19thth, 2015

2015 RACE SET TO TAKE OVER DOWNTOWN BOSTON ON OCTOBER 24TH, 2015 AND WILL INCLUDE A LIVE CONCERT AND BEER GARDEN ON CITY HALL PLAZA!

Registration opens March 23rd at 10:00 am at www.raidevents.com

Boston, MA, March 19th, 2015– RAID Events LLC, owners of the RAID Series of Obstacle Races announced today that Urban RAID will return to downtown Boston this fall on October 24th. This marks the third consecutive year that Urban RAID has led racers on a course through some of Boston’s most iconic locations. As the first ever obstacle race to be staged on the streets of Boston, Urban RAID is returning in 2015 with major developments including a partnership with leading Boston radio station Radio 92.9, a live post-race concert and more.

Urban RAID Boston will be the season finale of the 2015 Urban RAID Series and will host a championship division populated by racers that have accumulated points in Urban RAID races throughout the year. The event will also be filmed for a dedicated television program premiering later this year on Outside Television and Universal Sports Network.
In 2015 Urban RAID Boston racers will experience unprecedented access to the city as they weave thorough 3.1 miles of custom designed obstacles set throughout Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the historic waterfront and City Hall Plaza. Racers will finish by scaling an actual portion of Boston’s City Hall.

“Urban RAID is about crafting amazing athletic and social experiences in iconic locations. Bringing obstacle racing to downtown urban markets is a manifestation of our company’s pioneering work in the sport, and our commitment to staging innovative events. We are thrilled to return to Boston again this year and make it the Urban RAID season ending Championship.” Said Rufus Frost, CEO of 360 Media Ventures
Through a partnership with Radio 92.9, Urban RAID racers and spectators will invited to unwind and relive their Urban RAID experience while enjoying a post-race concert by a national recording artist as well as a beer garden (21+) at the “Radio 92.9 Rock and Run Festival”, to be held directly on City Hall Plaza. Radio 92.9 is the creator of the hugely popular Earthfest summer concert, the Copley Music Series and other high profile musical events staged throughout Boston.

“Urban RAID Boston perfectly aligns with the values of Radio 92.9 which at its core, is about creating amazing events and engaging the consumer through memorable and unique social experiences” said General Sales Manager Nicholas Lombardi. “The combination of a cutting edge race and a first class concert experience in the heart of the city will make for an event unlike any other in Boston”

Urban RAID Series brings best in class obstacle races to downtown city locations throughout the Northeast. The events are produced by 360 Media Ventures, a sports marketing and media company that pioneered the concept of urban obstacle racing after years of experience with global adventure races. Since 2006, 360MV has produced complex urban events in some of the biggest markets in the country.
Urban RAID Boston is open to men and women of all fitness levels over the age of 15 who desire a new challenge. In addition to open age divisions for both male and female racers, Urban RAID Boston also welcomes teams made up of a 3-10 racers as well as an untimed division.

The charity beneficiary of Urban RAID Boston is The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation which turns gently used clothing and household items into treasure.  And what greater treasure exists than the future of a child? Established in 1996, BBBSF collects gently used clothing and household items and turns them into cash from sales to a wide variety of establishments across the United States.  We give 100% of the net profits from donations to fund mentoring programs to more than 16,000 “Little” and “Big” brothers and sisters across Eastern MA & Southern NH .Participants can both donate and commit to fundraising for BBBSF during registration for Urban RAID Boston. Learn more: www.bbbsfoundation.org.

Registration for Urban RAID Boston will open at 10am EST on March 23rd at www.raidevents.com and the race is expected to sell out. Visit www.raidevents.com for more information on Urban RAID Boston and join the conversation with Urban RAID Series by following us on Facebook at facebook.com/RaidSeries, on Twitter @RaidSeries and on Instagram @RaidSeries.

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About Radio 92.9
Radio 92.9 is owned and operated by Greater Media Boston, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 21 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. It also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.

About 360 Media Ventures
360 Media Ventures specializes in animating client brands through innovative event and media properties. 360 Media Venture’s current projects and client history include pioneering event, media production and distribution partnerships with leading brands, media, tourism bureaus and rights holders throughout the world. For more details please visit www.360mediaventures.com 

10 tips for a happy and healthy lifestyle!

As we start to brainstorm our extensive New Years resolution list, we can start by making minor changes to end the year with a bang! They might be simple ones but they will have us feeling better and staying positive during our chaotic, everyday lives!

1) DRINK MORE WATER!

2) LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC

3) ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS EVERYDAY

4) INVEST TIME FOR YOURSELF

5) DO NOT PUT THINGS OFF

6) STRETCH DAILY

7) THROW AWAY THINGS YOU DON’T NEED

8) DON’T JUDGE YOURSELF

9) EAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES

10) KEEP LEARNING!

Post- workout FUEL!

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Whether you’re waking up with the sun or taking your lunch break to cram in your daily workout, we’ve got your post-workout meals covered! The most important thing to remember after finishing a workout is that you need carbs + protein to rebuild those muscles that you just worked! Most trainers will tell you 70% carbs, 30% protein. A few examples of the best post-workout snacks after a morning workout would be a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter. It provides you with the essential nutrients and protein that you need. Peanut butter is even great for a pre-workout meal!

Another post-workout breakfast you could make is an egg omelet filled with your choice of veggies! Eggs contain the fastest-absorbing form of protein in the world and are also proven to keep you full during the day. In addition to the eggs you could pour yourself a glass of chocolate milk because it can be more beneficial than drinking a sports drink after a workout! Chocolate milk provides calcium, potassium and electrolytes. It is so important to hydrate after working out and to replace electrolytes and potassium that you lost through sweating.If you want to add some cheese into your morning omelet, the best choice would be cottage cheese (if you can get over the texture!) which is packed with protein and has very few calories. If you’re a cereal fan, you should grab cereal that is high fiber and high protein. Try to stay away from cereals with a very high sugar content. Fruit smoothies are also great to whip up if you have time in the morning or even at night to save for a morning or afternoon treat. You can add some flavored protein powder or peanut butter for a burst of flavor that will also repair those muscles!
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When it comes to on-the-go snacks, you should aim for light but nutritious snacks. You don’t want to be aimlessly snacking throughout the day. My favorite go-to snack is Greek yogurt! It has double the amount of protein compared to regular yogurt and has many delicious flavors you can choose from. Throw in some granola and it will satisfy you just as much as those potato chips in the vending machine. Hummus and pita are also great post-workout snacks to eat together because they slowly release energy throughout the day to keep you motivated.
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If you workout during your lunch break then you should eat a good size lunch to keep you functioning into the afternoon. If you want to stick with a salad, then add some protein such as grilled chicken or tuna. Tuna is a great, budget-friendly way to get your protein in! Wraps are also a great post-workout lunch alternative, you can fill them with lean proteins such as turkey or chicken. Don’t forget to wrap up some veggies in there too! If you’re a fruit fan than fruit salad can be a great lunch loaded with good carbohydrates and helps your body break down nutrients and deliver them right to your muscles! If you have a bit more time to kill when you finish your workout then another great post-workout lunch would be a stir-fry! You can load it with your choice of veggies and include your choice of carbohydrates such as rice or noodles. A stir-fry can also be a delicious and nutritious dinner option.

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If you’re someone who has the energy to workout during the end of the day then your post-workout meal would most likely be your dinner too! Your post-workout dinner meal can be a plentiful arrangement of protein and superfoods! Leading the way in superfoods would be sweet potatoes which provide a great source of carbohydrates following a workout and can be prepared in the microwave. You could add this superfood as a side to some protein like salmon or chicken! One of the leanest meats that can help muscle repair and that you can include in your dinner is salmon. It is considered one of the healthiest foods ever! The extremely high protein content, omega-3s and vitamins in it makes it a great nutrient-dense food. A dinner dish centered on lean meats or lean veggies is the best way to go after an early evening sweat session. If you’re not into fish than you could opt for grilled chicken which is packed with protein so it is a great dinner option that will not make you feel too full. Not to mention there are so many ways you can cook chicken fast and make it your own! Adding vegetables will give it an extra kick and provide you with more nutrients. Some go-to veggies for dinner would be broccoli, carrots or my favorite, squash!

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Post-workout meals are crucial to your recovery, whether they are strenuous or quick workouts. Being conscious of your nutrition after each session should never be an afterthought, so don’t sell yourself short. Getting the most out of your workout does NOT stop at the gym!!