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Space Jam: A New Legacy - Out of This World Virtual Race Experience

I love a good race theme - especially when it matches up with a movie our family loves.  Running the Space Jam: A New Legacy Virtual Run gave me some motivation to train and some nice swag that my boys wanted to steal from me.  

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Space Jam: A New Legacy Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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Like previous virtual races I've reviewed, this experience is all about what YOU make it!  With virtual racing, you have the opportunity to plan your own course, create your own playlist, and theme as much (or as little) as you prefer.  If you follow my race reviews, you know I love to get into "character" - especially a cartoon character - to run.  While it was a little harder to come up with a costume for this race than for my DC Superman Run a few weeks earlier, I took advantage of the Tune Squad sweatbands that came with my race kit to get in the race spirit.

DC Superman Run - It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Virtual Race Fun!

DC Superman Run - www.runningonpixiedust.com


If you love running and are enjoying the influx of virtual races on the market these days, you don't want to miss the DC Superman Run from Ventures Endurance! Last year, I ran the DC Batman Run and the DC Wonder Woman virtually, so I was thrilled when I had the chance to sign up to run the DC Superman Run in 2021 and add another piece of DC Comics swag to my medal collection.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the DC Superman Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

DC Superman Run - www.runningonpixiedust.com


Why should I run a virtual race?


The DC Superman Run is a virtual race and virtual races have so many perks these days.  First off, let's talk about convenience.  Planned a race day and have bad weather pop up in the forecast?  You can move your race day!  For me, I woke up one morning and just felt like running my DC Superman Run - so I did (I'm saying that in my best Forrest Gump voice right now!).  There's no waking up in the pre-dawn hours to make your corral (here's looking at you runDisney), no stressing about where to park or race day traffic, and you can make your post-race celebration whatever you want from the comforts of you own home.

runDisney Returns! Everything you need to know about runDisney in 2021 and 2022



runDisney fans can finally rejoice - live races are returning to the Walt Disney World Resort in November 2021 beginning with the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  The announcement released June 30th, shares some details about the upcoming race season - clear through an all new Springtime Surprise.  Let's break down what's we know, what's new, and what we still want to hear more about from runDisney are in person racing returns!

Don't forget that this race season, the Walt Disney World Resort will be celebrating 50 years of magic! Learn more about that celebration here!


runDisney Returns 2021 - 2022: What We Know


runDisney will be returning to in person racing beginning in November 2021 with the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend.  We have race dates for all four race weekends and registration dates for two of them.

  • Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend

    • Race Weekend is November 4 - November 7, 2021.
    • Registration Opens to Club runDisney on July 6th and General Public on July 13th. 
    • 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Two Course Challenge will be offered
    • Post Race After Party is still planned!

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    • Race Weekend is January 5 - January 9, 2022
    • Registration Opens to Club runDisney on July 20th and General Public on July 27th
    • 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, and Dopey Challenge will be offered
    • Castaway Challenge is not listed as an option this year

  • Princess Half Marathon Weekend

    • Race Weekend is February 24 - February 27, 2022
    • Registration Opens to Club runDisney on August 17th and General Public on August 24th
    • 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Fairy Tale Challenge will be offered
    • New Sunrise Yoga offering that you can register for as well!

  • Springtime Surprise

    • Race Weekend is March 31 - April 3, 2022
    • No More Star Wars Theme, but a rotating theme each spring
    • No specific details yet, but promising unique opportunities with this weekend
    • STAY TUNED!

runDisney Returns 2021 - 2022: What's New??

5 of the BEST Reasons to Get Knockaround Sunglasses!

Knockaround Sunglasses - www.runningonpixiedust.com


For several years now, I've been watching people I follow enjoying their Knockaround sunglasses and finally took the plunge in April purchasing my first pair.  Shortly after, I had the chance to work with them through my partnership with BibRave and review even more product.  The #1 comment I have to share about my Knockaround sunglasses - I wish I would have listened to my friends and bought them sooner!  Now I'm 5 pairs of Knockaround sunglasses in and I find myself stalking sales to add even more to my collection.  Why?  Find out the 5 BEST reasons to add some Knockarounds to your life.

Disclaimer: I received 2 pairs of Knockaround sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

1. Bang for Your Buck - Let's start with one of my favorite things about these sunnies, the price!  Long gone are the days of thinking that quality shades have to cost an arm and a leg.  With price points starting as low as $20 for adult sunglasses, you won't feel guilty adding so many pairs to your collection.  There's also frequent opportunities to score sales from their website.  


Knockaround Sunglasses - www.runningonpixiedust.com


2.  Function & Performance - I use these as my everything-in-one sunglasses.  I have several pairs of the sports sunglasses which have a rubber padding on the nose to reduce movement.  They are awesome to run in. . .and equally awesome to run errands in!  Knockaround sunglasses are lightweight and stay in place, making them a perfect choice for an active lifestyle.  Need some blue light blockers?  They've got those too. . .and so do I!  

Are runDisney Virtual Races Worth the Price? - 2021 Star Wars Virtual Rival Run 10K Recap

Star Wars Virtual Rival Run 10K - www.runningonpixiedust.com


All magic comes with a price, right?  Well, runDisney fans are no stranger to paying good money for some magical miles, but as the COVID-19 pandemic changed the face of racing in 2020 and into 2021 the question remains - is a runDisney virtual race worth the price?  I ran my first runDisney virtual race in 2021, the Star Wars Rival Run 10K and in this race recap, I'll break down the whole experience.


Registering for runDisney Virtual Races


Star Wars Virtual Rival Run 10K - www.runningonpixiedust.com


runDisney used to use a third party platform to process their race registrations, but now they have their own portal through the runDisney site - but the 6.6% processing fee still exists.  The registration process is quick and easy, and, if you already have a Disney account, it links with that account and some of your core information transfers over.  

NEW Running Experience Alert - What is the Run to Escape Series?



In a year when running races took a virtual turn, things may have started to feel a bit. . .well. . .stale.  Yes, the medals and the swag are cool and the convenience of running races on my time in my neighborhood certainly has some benefits, but I'm always excited to try something new.  With that in mind, I was super excited to try the Run to Escape Series - Mission Mt. Olympus.  The new running experience is unlike anything else and as I'm in the early stages of completing my mission now, I have to say it's an enjoyable change of pace!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Run to Escape Series - Mission Mt. Olympus as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

What is Run to Escape Series - Mission Mt. Olympus?

The Run to Escape Series is a new running experience created by my friends at BibRave combining two popular activities - running and escape rooms.  Here's how it works!  When you register, you begin receiving emails from Hermes.  He'll give you the rundown of how to connect to RunKeeper and load your first run into the app.  You HAVE to use the RunKeeper app while running as the whole audio experience is powered through that platform.  As you run, a different Greek god will join you on each run and deliver messages, clues, and puzzles.  Once your run is complete, you can use what you've learned to tackle a final puzzle.  Found the answer?  Great!  Go back to the registration for the race and use the answer to "unlock" your next run.  And it starts all over again!  

Anthem Star 10K Blue Ridge Races - 2021 Virtual Race Recap



Several months into 2021 and "hybrid" racing is now the trend that some races have adopted.  In April 2021, I ran the Anthem Star 10K, part of the Foot Leveler's Blue Ridge Marathon weekend.  While I participated virtually, the race weekend also had in-person participants.  COVID-19 has made me a regular on the virtual racing scene, and, while you think each race weekend may be the same, each event has had a unique story - and this one was no different.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon 10K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Anthem Star 10K Race Recap



Ever have a rough night before a race?  I've done some crazy things before - like running a 5K and half-marathon in the same 24 hour period (hello Frederick Running Festival Nut Job and Baltimore Running Festival Balti-moron-athon) and the 2AM race day wake-up calls courtesy of runDisney (if you runDisney regularly, you know what I mean!), but I don't think I've ever been as tired at the start of a race. 

WhitePaws RunMitts - Running Gloves Review

WhitePaws RunMitts - www.runningonpixiedust.com


Mittens aren't just for kids anymore!  If you're a runner and haven't thought about using mittens before (like I was), then this is the review for you.  There was a lot that interested me about trying WhitePaws RunMitts - they were a local business being from Baltimore (and me from a suburb about 45 minutes west) and a black-owned small business.  Being from Maryland, I'm used to running in all kinds of weather in the winter.  One day can be in the 60s, the next in the 20s with snow, and then back to the 40s and rain.  The joke in Maryland in the winter is that if you don't like the weather - just wait 5 minutes.  With that in mind, it's important to be prepared for anything!

Disclaimer: I received WhitePaws RunMitts to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

My WhitePaws RunMitts

I chose to try out the Wind and Water Resistant RunMitts.  With the weather being so crazy around Maryland in the winters, I wanted to be prepared for anything and one thing I can't stand is being wet.  The Wind and Water Resistant RunMitts are one option on the website as well as the Double Velour Fleece.  My choice came in one color option - black - which was fine for me because I generally choose simple colors anyway.  If you like to add more color to your RunMitts, the fleece options offer several bright and fun color choices.

The Blue Ridge Marathon 2021 - Join the Fun From VIRTUALLY Anywhere!

The Roanoke Star - Image www.runningonpixiedust.com 

My family has spent time traveling to the Roanoke area for years which is part of the reason I was so excited to have the opportunity to run the Blue Ridge Marathon weekend this year with my BibRave friends.  Roanoke is a gorgeous area filled with a small town feel, big city attractions, and gorgeous scenery.  But if running in the Blue Ridge Mountains sounds a bit intimidating, you'll be happy to know that this year runners can sign up for both in person AND virtual race options.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon 10K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Whether you sign up to run in person or virtually, runners will have the option to choose between 10K, 13.1, 26.2, or the Double Marathon.  Yeah - you read that right.  There are people out there crazy enough to run two marathons. . .back-to-back. . .in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Race day is Saturday, April 17th so mark your calendars now!  Regardless of the race distance you choose, you can use my discount code BIBRAVE20 to save 20% off your registration.  

BUFF DryFlx+ Collection Review


If you live around the Mid-Atlantic, you know that our winter weather can shift between 60 degrees and 20 degrees. . .and sometimes that's in the span of just a few hours!  It's always good to be prepared for cold weather which is why I was excited to have the chance to try out the DryFlx+ Collection from BUFF!  

Disclaimer: I received BUFF DryFlx+ Collection pieces to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

What a snazzy looking product, right?  I really liked the heathered design and it comes in several different color options.  The collection includes a headband, hat, neckwarmer, and more, which, in the year of COVID is extra beneficial because now I have a mask with me whenever I wear it!  From a fit perspective, the headband fit snugly, just as I would expect.  The neckwarmer features an ergonomic fit which is nice as it settles around your nose and down your neck.  They are comfortable, breathable, and easy to run in.  Sometimes as I'm running, I've gotten warm and pulled the neckwarmer off my nose and mouth which also works well!

Top 10 Posts of 2020



2020 was a crazy year - that goes without saying!  But, we had a lot of fun still here at Running on Pixie Dust and I'm excited to take a look back with you at my top 10 posts of the year.  From running to recipes, travel and family, there's a little something for everyone!

10.    Family Guide to Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando - Before COVID hit, we had the chance to visit Orlando in January and spent two days exploring SeaWorld with the kids.  This was the first time I had been to the park in 25 years and so much had changed.  We loved exploring Sesame Street Land with our boys!


9.    Holiday Gift Guide for Runners - I've been lucky this year to join the BibRave Pro Ambassador family and as such have had the chance to try out some amazing running gear.  I compiled a list of some of my favorites to share with you in a holiday gift guide which became a very popular post in Decemeber!

8.    Hersheypark Seasonal Events 2020 - If you've read my site over the past few years, you'll know that Hershey, PA is one of my favorite places to visit.  I was excited to share with my readers the awesome activities that took place in the fall and winter - Hersheypark in the Dark and Christmas Candylane.  These are annual favorites and we can't wait for next year to hopefully be back to normal so we can enjoy more time in the "Sweetest Place on Earth!"

Allstate Hot Chocolate Tampa 5K Virtual Race Recap - December 2020

Allstate Hot Chocolate Tampa Virtual 5K 2020

I've watched Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K races from the sidelines of social media for years, so when I had the chance to register and run in 2020 as a Bib Rave Pro Ambassador, I jumped at it!  What made it even sweeter was getting to "race" in one of my favorite travel destinations - Tampa.  Now, 2020 meant that in real life racing was limited to say the least so the Allstate Hot Chocolate races series went virtual.  While I wasn't going to be running in Tampa, I was excited to represent an awesome city and celebrate with some amazing swag.  Did the race day live up to my hype though?

You can find my preview of the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa here!


Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


Ready to run!


The weeks leading up to the race didn't quite go as planned from a training perspective.  I ended up with a toe injury about a month before the race and it sidelined me from just about everything working out related for about 2 weeks.  I wish it was an exciting story, but I simply stubbed my toe something fierce.  It was black, blue, and swollen to about twice it's size for a good couple of days before things started to improve.  I did get back to some light working out leading up to the race, but primarily was focused on my strength training and walking on the treadmill.

Holiday Season 2020: Best Gifts for Runners!

Holiday Gift Guide for Runners


Got a runner on your holiday shopping list?  Check out some of my favorite running gifts that will be sure to delight any runners this holiday season! 

Disclaimer:  I received most of these items below for free.  Some I won, others I received in exchange for review as a BibRave Pro.  

Virtual Race Entry - What better gift to give a runner than the gift of racing!  Virtual races are the norm right now and there are so many great choices out there.  Over the past few months I ran the Fargo Marathon 10K, DC Wonder Woman 10K, and the DC Batman 5K virtually as a BibRave Pro.  Coming up soon, I have the All-State Hot Chocolate 5K.  The Hot Chocolate races are a great option for runners with both a 15K and a 5K option as well as some pretty amazing swag.  These races are traditionally in person events and you can still support your favorite cities by signing up for that special race location and with race dates well into 2021, you can give your runner a chance to train!  Keep an eye out for some of your favorite in-person races that may also be offering virtual options.  At this time, there are still virtual spots available for runDisney's Marathon weekend events (I'd love to find that underneath my Christmas tree. . .wink, wink!) 

Science in Sport REGO Rapid Recovery - Product Review

Science in Sport REGO Rapid Recovery Product Review


Runners know the value of recovery as part of training, but one of the things that is sometimes overlooked is recovery nutrition.  When you're a busy, working mom like me, I want recovery nutrition that is fast, easy, and on-the-go.  I was excited when the opportunity came to review Science in Sport REGO Rapid Recovery supplement in both chocolate and strawberry flavors.  Does it check all of my boxes for a recovery supplement?

Disclaimer: I received SiS REGO Rapid Recovery to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

About SiS REGO Rapid Recovery 

Science in Sport REGO Rapid Recovery is a nutritional supplement that simply dissolves in water and is easy to consume immediately following exercise to refuel your body.  As a vegetarian, I'm cautious about what I put in my body.  This product is vegetarian friendly and contains a blend of carbohydrates, protein, and electrolytes.  Those essential elements plus vitamins and minerals means that your body can get replenished quickly so you are ready for your next workout session.

Post Workout Drink w/ SiS REGO Rapid Recovery


The product comes in a variety of flavors including chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.  You can purchase a larger container and measure out your portion each time or buy ready to mix packets if you're on-the-go like me.  Either way, you can use the Science in Sport shaker bottle (or one that you already own!) to mix the proper amount of water with your rapid recovery mix and. . .voila!  But, now the most important question. . .

How does SiS REGO Rapid Recovery Taste?

I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed both of the flavors I've tried of Science in Sport REGO Rapid Recovery - the chocolate and strawberry.  I'm always a chocolate girl at heart so I would say that's my preference, but both were very pleasant.  If you find that you are getting some clumping in your drink from the powder, just make sure to give it a few extra shakes and you'll be good to go.  Another tip that I have is to add some ice.  I like my drinks nice and cold after a hard workout and found that this was a nice addition to my mix.

Science in Sport REGO Rapid Recovery is a great choice to refuel after a hard workout - whether you're running, weightlifting, kickboxing, cycling, or anything in between!  Give your body the nutrition it needs along with great taste!

Allstate Hot Chocolate Virtual Run Tampa 15K/5K - Will Run For Chocolate!

Allstate Hot Chocolate Virtual 15K/5K - Images from www.hotchocolate15k.com


Y'all know that I love to run for bling, but you also probably won't be surprised to know that I run for chocolate as well!  So when the chance came to run the Allstate Hot Chocolate Virtual Run 15K/5K, I couldn't pass it up.  What better than a winter race with swag that is truly SWEET and a chance to connect with one of my favorite travel locations - the Tampa area - even if it's only virtually.  

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Why run the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K?

Were the words "hot chocolate" in the race title not enough for you?  OK, OK.  I get it.  It's virtual and you'll have to make your own hot chocolate.  Fair enough.  But there are several things that make this race a great choice for virtual runners.  My virtual race for the city of Tampa is on 12/20/20.  Since I'll be running in Maryland just a few days before Christmas, I'll certainly be embracing the hot chocolate theme as I bundle up to race.  Bundling up just got easier too - did you see the jacket?  With a removable hood, zipper pockets, and soft tech fabric it is certainly a piece of heavenly swag!  Then there's the chocolate.  Did you know you get chocolate in your virtual race kit?  Back in 2017 I ran the Hershey Half-Marathon Relay and remember being so excited about the chocolate stops on the course.  I may need to recreate those in this virtual race - just saying.  Finally, all participants will receive a medal as well.


Don't run alone! Check out my review of ROADiD Sidekick and why all runners - regardless of where you run - should have one!


And why run "in" Tampa?


Running the Tampa area - North Reddington Beach


One of the coolest things about the Hot Chocolate races in my opinion is the fact that you still connect with a city of your choosing - maybe it's the one nearest you where you'd likely be running the race in person or maybe you took a virtual running vacation.  The choice is yours!  You know that a large piece of my heart lives in Florida and the Tampa area has been a travel destination for our family on several occasions.  In the downtown Tampa area, I can close my eyes and imagine running along Tampa Bay - racing not only myself, but the dolphins swimming along the bay.  Then maybe I head over to the Port of Tampa where I can hop on a cruise ship like I did in 2017 when we sailed on the Carnival Paradise to Key West and Cuba.  Prefer beach running?  No worries - Tampa is only a short distance from some fabulous beaches along Florida's Gulf Coast.  We spent some time in Siesta Key Beach which is so laid back you can't help but unwind.  It's the perfect little beach town to enjoy while out for a run.  Our absolute favorite beach spot near Tampa though is North Reddington Beach.  When I run my virtual race in December on what will likely be a chilly Maryland morning, I'll no doubt be closing my eyes and picturing myself running along the Gulf Coast sands and then heading to John's Pass for a celebratory drink following the race!  


A post-race meal Florida style?  A girl can dream during COVID, right?



Ready to join the SWEET fun?

You can find all the details about registering for the Allstate Hot Chocolate Virtual 15K/5K - Tampa by clicking here.  Is Tampa not calling to you?  No worries!  There are so many other cities and locations you can pick from when you visit their site and the swag is the same regardless of which race you sign up for.  I hope to see you sipping hot chocolate and rocking your swag in some finish line photos!  Who is ready to join me?

DC Wonder Woman 10K - Virtual Race Recap

DC Wonder Woman Virtual 10K


With virtual racing being the "norm" in 2020, I've really jumped on the bandwagon!  Prior to this year, I really didn't understand the interest in running a virtual race.  What I've come to learn though is that running a virtual race can be really rewarding when you bring the fun and treat the race day like a race day.  With that in mind, I approached my DC Wonder Woman 10K - although things didn't go quite as I thought they were going to go when I wrote my announcement post about this race.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the DC Wonder Woman Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Getting Ready for Race Day

My original plan for this race was to partner it up with the DC Batman 5K Virtual race and complete the Good v. Good Superhero Challenge in one weekend.  But, things don't alway go as planned.  October has thrown my a couple of curve balls that derailed some of my training and made my evenings and weekends busier than I expected.  Looking at my calendar with fresh eyes, I had to space the two races out to make them work for me. . .see, a great perk of virtual racing - flexibility!  I bumped the Wonder Woman 10K up a week which means my challenge didn't quite come together as I thought it would, but I was still excited to run.

Part of what made this race so much fun to prep for was the theme.  My regular readers know how much I love a good theme and Wonder Woman was fun to prep for.  Even in the swag kit, there were some fun wristbands that I could incorporate into my outfit.  Check out everything that comes in your swag package here!



To complete my look for the race, I lucked into finding a star-spangled tutu as I was walking through Wal-Mart on clearance for $2.50 - how lucky was that?!?  Then, in another stroke of luck, I won a pair of Pro Compression socks on a Twitter chat and decided to order the Americana ones that would go great with the outfit.  How do I look?





DC Wonder Woman 10K Virtual Recap


As I mentioned before, training for the race got a little derailed but I was still able to pull it together on race day.  I'm always a fan of Galloway's run/walk intervals when I run longer distances and this time I put them to work for me on the 10K as well.  I ran the race through the downtown area of my small town.  There are a number of hills that roll throughout town so rather than sticking to times for my intervals, I opted to run down the hills and walk up them.  I have a pre-measured loop around town that equals just about 2.5 miles so I did that twice and then added on an extra loop closer to my house to close the gap.  While I was passing the miles, I enjoyed listening to the latest BibRave podcast.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you can find all the details here





I finished the 10K in just over 1:24, showered up, and then proudly put on my Wonder Woman pullover and added my medal to my display of bling.  Want to learn more about the DC Wonder Woman run?  You can visit their website to join the fun for 2020 and keep an eye on what's to come in 2021!  

ROADiD Sidekick iD Review - Safety Gear for Runners



Mom always told me "safety first!" and my ROADiD Sidekick is a way to follow through on this mantra.  I was really excited when I had the opportunity to test this out and now I can share with you why I consider this a must-have item for runners, hikers, cyclists. . .and many more!

Disclaimer: I received a ROADiD Sidekick iD to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Ordering and Unboxing ROADiD Sidekick iD


Before I even laid eyes on my Sidekick, I was impressed with the quality of customer service from ROADiD.  ROADiD has several options on their website - all with the goal of providing safety information to emergency providers when people need it most.  The website was easy to navigate and I could easily figure out what size Sidekick iD to order (there are two sizes depending on the width of your watch band).  In case you don't know, the Sidekick iD attaches directly to your smart watch so you don't have to wear one more thing on your wrist and comes in two sizes to ensure it fits with your particular watch.  Check out my unboxing video below to see just how easy it is to attach - right out of the box!


Besides having a website that was easy to navigate, I received multiple emails from ROADiD confirming my order and updating me on the status of engraving and shipping - that's great customer service! 

ROADiD Sidekick iD Review


So what's it like running with ROADiD Sidekick iD?  It's like it's not even there!  The Sidekick attaches to your watch easily and effortlessly - you won't even realize you have it.  However, if you ever need the Sidekick iD it will be with you.  I included two emergency contacts on my Sidekick and there's additional space to note medical concerns if you have them.  I had an extra row of text available and opted to add a touch of my Disney loving personality by saying - "Running to Disney World!"  



At just $19.99 for the product which features customized engraving, the price is right for piece of mind on your runs.  If you don't own a smart watch or are looking for something a little different, they also have a Wrist iD available which is it's own separate bracelet to wear.  I prefer only wearing my smart watch, but after having experienced the quality and customer service of ROAD iD, I may be back online soon ordering Wrist iDs for my kids to wear when we travel - just in case we get separated.

There are also additional accessories to customize your ROAD iD product.  I purchased two badges - one that says "Believe" and another that says "Shut Up Legs" for a little motivational pop.  And I forgot to mention earlier that all of the platings for their products come in a variety of colors.  I opted for rose gold, but graphite and slate are options as well.  And during special seasons, you can also find additional colors.  For example, to begin October they are featuring pink products and a portion of those sales will go to support the American Cancer Society.

After having my ROAD iD Sidekick for just a few short weeks, I can't believe it took me this long to try it out.  This is a affordable and stylish product that can help runners, cyclists, hikers, and everyone feel safer while enjoying their active lifestyles.

Looking for some fun virtual races to enjoy with your ROAD iD? Check out the DC Wonder Woman Run Series and the DC Batman Run Series!

Purchase a ROAD iD Sidekick and Coupon Code!



Want to grab your own Sidekick iD or other ROAD iD product?  Visit their website at www.roadid.com to see all that they have to offer and be sure to use code SHIP4FREEBRP to score free shipping on your order.

DC Wonder Woman Run - The Good v. Good Superhero Challenge ACCEPTED

DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run Medal - Image from www.dcwonderwomanrun.com


Y'all know me - I'm always up for a good running challenge.  In the past I've conquered the Frederick Running Festival Nut Job Challenge, the Baltimore Running Festival Balti-moron-athon, and the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge just to name a few.  Race challenges typically mean running multiple races in one weekend, but can also mean running several partner races over an extended period - like in the Maryland Double Challenge or the King Crab Challenge.  

A few weeks ago, I signed up to run the DC Batman Virtual 5K and so when the opportunity presented itself for me to run the DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run as well - completing the Good v. Good Challenge - I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the DC Wonder Woman Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Check out the details about planning for a SUPER race with the DC Batman Virtual Run here!


The DC Virtual Wonder Woman Run has a lot in common with the DC Batman Run making them easy to go hand-in-hand with each other.  First, the superhero theming means that you can plan a fun challenge fit for the bravest of heroes.  Then there's the swag.  We've already established how amazing the Batman swag is and what you get with Wonder Woman is another fantastic race package!  Check it out!


I've decided to set this up like a true challenge event and will be running my DC Batman Virtual 5K and my DC Wonder Woman Virtual 10K on back-to-back days.  2 races, 9.3 miles of fun and heroic adventures!So what are you waiting for?  The clock is ticking to sign up for the this awesome race!  Whether you are running the 5K or the 10K, all runs must be completed by November 1st to download your finisher certificate.  Find all of the details about registering at www.dcwonderwomanrun.com.  Don't forget you can save on both this registration and the DC Batman Virtual Run by signing up for both and completing the Good v. Good Superhero Challenge along with me!

DC Batman VIRTUAL Run - 5 Ways to Have a SUPER Race!

DC Batman Run Swag - Image from www.dcbatmanrun.com


That bat signal in the sky is calling you!  Whether you live in Gotham City or Any Town, U.S.A., there's plenty to attract you to this fun, now virtual, running event.  Here's five ways to spice up your DC Batman Run so that you can have a SUPER time.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to DC Batman Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

How to have a SUPER virtual race event!


1.    Don't forget to train - Virtual events can sometimes be easy to slack on the training when you don't have that in person date staring at you on the calendar.  Bruce Wayne knows that you have to work for your success and training for a virtual run is no different.  I recommend choosing a date and putting on the calendar - just like a real race.  For me, I'm running this event on Halloween morning.  What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a fun event!

2.    Run in costume - If you've followed my running adventures over the years, you know how much I LOVE a good theme race and running in costume.  Virtual runs often provide some super themes and the DC Batman Run is no different.  I mean, Batman has a cool costume, so why shouldn't you. . .right?  I'm working on assembling a costume that will both rep my orange as a BibRave Pro and celebrate the Caped Crusader himself.

Check out an oldie but goodie post on putting together fun running costumes that are still functional!


3.    Run with friends - Everyone knows running is better with friends.  What's Batman without Robin by his side?  In this time of social distancing, we want to be safe of course, but why not sign up for the race with a group of friends and each run your own course that day.  Maybe you can have a costume contest for the best outfit.  Friends make everything better!

4.    Make your own course - Setting up a virtual race means that you're creating your own course.  However, don't just worry about the distance - make it fun!  Create a start line.  Set up a finish tape.  See if friends and family can create some signs to support you.  Create that "real race" feel in a virtual setting!  Don't forget your bib!!

5.    Share the swag - OK, did you see the swag for the DC Batman Run at the top of this post?  Running virtual races doesn't mean you miss out on the sweet swag.  How about posing for some cool finish line photos with your medal?  Or lounging around after a hard race in your shirt?  Whatever you choose, share your photos and tag the race to connect with your fellow runners and community!




Join the Fun!!!


Ready to have a super race along with me?  Sign up now at www.dcbatmanrun.com and begin your training for either a 10K or 5K race.  The race can be completed anytime between 8/31/20 to 12/1/20 and you don't even have to board a plane to Gotham City.  If you're looking to add some additional purpose to your run, St. Jude's Children's Hospital is the official charity of the race and you can add a donation to your registration.  



Fargo Marathon - Join the Fun. . .Virtually!!!

Fargo Marathon Logo - Image from Fargo Marathon

Like many other races recently, the Fargo Marathon has made the decision to go virtual for 2020.  While I know COVID has put race directors to the test, one of the benefits of so many races going virtual is that more people have a chance to participate.  Living in Maryland, my participating in the Fargo Marathon would be an unlikely occurrence, but now that I can run virtually from the comfort of my own streets, I'm excited to share that I'll be running it this year!

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Fargo Marathon 10K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

So why Fargo when there are so many other races out there?  Well, let's look at a few awesome things about this race:
  • Variety - It's the spice of life, right?  And they have a race distance for everyone - 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon.  The 10K is my favorite race distance and it doesn't get enough love in my opinion so I was thrilled to find 6.2 miles of fun waiting for me on this registration page.
  • The Swag - You can run the Fargo Marathon without compromising any of the awesome swag runners love!  Runners at each distance will receive a finisher's medal and a shirt.  5K runners get a short sleeve tech tee, 10K runners receive a long sleeve tech tee, and half and full runners get a sweatshirt AND jacket.  That's pretty great!
Fargo Marathon Virtual Swag - Image from Fargo Marathon
  • Give Back - In 2010, the Fargo Marathon established it's Shoes for Kids campaign to help get shoes to kids in need.  You can add a donation to your registration to help this important charity.
Ready to sign up?  You can register by visiting their website here.  Don't forget to use the discount code "SAVE5" to take $5 off your registration!




Hope to see you sharing all of your fun on social media.  Drop a comment below if you register so that we can cheer each other on while training and racing.  One of my favorite things about the online running community is the support for each other - let's keep that going!