WinterKids will Brave the Heat at Urban RAID Portland!



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!




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


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


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:


Girls on the Run Maine Go the “Extra Mile”


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!