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February 24th, 2014

Running for Peace

As the anniversary of the devastating Boston Marathon bombing approaches, charities and organizations are still mourning and supporting the victims of the tragedy.  One family in particular was devastated by the bombing when their 8 year old son, Martin Richard (the youngest of the bombing victims), was killed at the race. Martin was a loving and active boy participated in the BAA’s children relay the weekend of the Marathon for three consecutive years. The Richard’s family has since started a non-profit, THE MARTIN W RICHARD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, MR8,  to raise money with the support of many people who refuse to forget.

This heartbreaking article from Boston Globe back in August tells more about the family and everything they have had to face since April 2013: http://b.globe.com/1bP6sDr

Martin Richards: “No more hurting people – Peace”

Last year after the tragedy, Molly Akers and Samantha Kirkham (longtime RAM Racing fans) refused to sit back and do nothing.  These two determined women organized a race to raise money for Martin Richard’s family, and sent them this heartwarming video with the money they had raised from the race to show their support, and have been close with the family ever since.

WATCH the video here: http://vimeo.com/65055080

They have chosen to take to their qualifying entry for more than just a finish time and will be running as inaugural members of Team MR8 for The Boston Marathon 2014 to honor Martin Richard working on promoting the Richard Family’s charity.

Benefit run for the Richards Family

RAM Racing is proud to support the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Team MR8 Boston Marathon 2014 charity. You can donate to this amazing cause and remind The Richard family that a year later, people still care and support them as they continue healing and honoring Martin.  Running community unite–running never stops.

DONATE TODAY: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Molly-SamCHICAGOtoBOS/team-mr8-boston-marathon-2014

April 24th, 2013

Runners for Boston Solidarity Run


At 6:30pm on Monday, April 22nd, independent running stores across America hosted a 3 mile solidarity run for those affected by the events that took place in Boston on Monday, April 15th.

 

RAM Racing and Running Away Multisport encouraged runners throughout Chicagoland and across the country to find a solidarity run near them (or do a personal solidarity run if they couldn’t make it to a store) to help show their support and love for the running community.

RAM hosted a run in both Deerfield and Chicago. Over a thousand supporters came out with family and friends to run for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the city of Boston. A big thank you to the Chicago Park District for their aid in making the runs possible on Monday evening!

A “Runners for Boston” t-shirt was sold before the start of the run. All proceeds from the $20 shirt will benefit the One Fund Boston, donations can still be made here.

Running Away Multisport will be selling “Runners for Boston” t-shirts starting Friday, May 3rd. If you ran on Monday, and did not receive a t-shirt, please stop by either the Deerfield or Chicago-Clybourn store to pick one up and make your $20 donation.

Thank you Chicagoland runners, you are an amazing running community and we are proud to be a part of it!

A few words from some of our solidarity run participants:

“What a great run! Very well organized, and truly thankful for being part of it! We love you Boston.“
~ Nancy C.

“It was great to see such an awesome turn out tonight. There is something to be said about runners…” ~Renee H.

“Thank you RAM Racing for bringing us all together and giving us an opportunity to show our support for Boston.” ~ Katie H.

March 8th, 2013

Get Ready for Spring with New Workout Gear from Running Away Multisport

Need a little UMPH to raise your spirit and get you through these last few weeks of winter? Stop by Running Away Multisport and see all of the fun spring items we have waiting to perk up your day!

You will feel more zen by looking at the brand new Lolë yoga apparel that just hit the shelves. Beautiful bright colors and soft fabrics are sure to make you say “ommmmmm-azing”. Mix and match all of the light weight jackets and tanks, there isn’t a bad combo in the bunch. All tanks come with a built in back pocket to hold your keys and other items during workouts.

If you are feeling a little more groovy, North Face has new tie-dye (ish) t-shirts that are ideal for layering over tanks.

Ladies, we have some new stylish and supportive sports bras for you that will leave you feeling like a whole new woman!


Curve Crusader – is high impact with separated spacer fabric.
Athlete Avenger – racer back with moisture management band.
Dainty Dazzler – adjustable straps complete with a mesh back that allows extra breathability.

Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and both store locations are ready to celebrate St. Patty’s in true Chicago fashion…with green, green and oh yeah MORE GREEN!

Whether you are running, walking, biking or yoga-ing these items are sure to put some pep in your step.

February 27th, 2013

RAM Racing Announces our Newest Race – Arctic Blast 10 Mile and 5k on July 28th, 2013!

The Arctic Blast 10 Mile and 5k is the epitome of refreshing summer fun at it’s finest!

This unique running event brings the refreshing cool of winter during the midst of summer heat. Enjoy a warm weather, morning run, with a cool lake breeze as you run along this course. Apart from the beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline you will also pass by several of Chicago’s historic landmarks including the Statue of the Republic and the Museum of Science and Industry!

Please note – all you Bank of America Chicago Marathoners – that this 10 Mile race would be a great addition to your marathon-training schedule.

After crossing the Arctic Blast 10 Mile and 5k finish line all participants will cool down with icy delights. This post race party boasts frozen chocolate covered bananas and frozen lemonade, among other tasty treats!

From the casual jogger to the seasoned racer, this timed course is sure to be a great race experience you will never forget!

Learn more about America’s Most Refreshing race taking place on Sunday, July 28th, 2013 by visiting our website www.thearcticblast.com. There are more exciting announcements about Arctic Blast 10 Mile & 5k to come, keep checking back in!

February 6th, 2013

What charities are you benefitting when you run a RAM Race?

One of the best parts about the running and tri community is the tight knit bond with charities across the nation!

You may not realize how much you are helping local charities by participating in Chicagoland races, but just by signing up you are making a contribution to some amazing organizations. RAM Racing works with a different charity for all of our local events, and we love it! The money raised from one event can help a small charity reach their donation goals for the entire year.  Find out a little bit about each of our charities and the different groups they benefit.

100 Club of ChicagoCinco de Miler Charity – This organization provides for the surviving spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics who lose their lives in the line of duty.  This includes all federal, state, county and local officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook County. Since its inception, the 100 Club of Chicago has served 247 families with more than $9 million, of which more than $4 million was devoted to educational assistance for the dependents.

MisericordiaNorth Shore 1/2 Marathon Charity – Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.

Blade Runners – Terrapin 5k & Music Festival Charity - Chicago Blade Runners is a group dedicated to helping amputees interested in running.  They have over 20 members who range from competitive athletes to recreational runners. The group is filled with great people who motivate and push each other to have fun and achieve their goals.  If you are an amputee who is interested in running or an able bodied runner interested in being a guide, the Chicago Blade Runner’s would love to welcome you join their group.

Gilda’s Club – Bucktown 5k Charity- Gilda’s Club Chicago opened their signature red door in 1998. They provide a warm and welcoming meeting place where men, women and children diagnosed with cancer, and family and friends, join with others to build social, emotional and informational support as an essential supplement to medical care. Membership and their program is free of charge. Gilda’s Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in their home-like clubhouse.

Black Diamond - North Shore Turkey Trot Charity - Black Diamond Charities is a Charitable Fundraising Organization formed to Support and Empower the lives of Children in need, as well as, Armed Forces Personnel who have served in Defense of our Freedom, and their families.

Ronald McDonald House Charities  - Hot Chocolate 15/5k Chicago Charity – RMHC improves the health, well-being and education of children through their core programs. The four houses in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of hospitalized children. The Houses allow families to eat, sleep and find the emotion support they need just blocks from where their child is receiving treatment. The world’s largest Ronald McDonald House opened at 211 E. Grand Ave, in downtown Chicago last year! With 14 stories of care and comfort, the House is able to accommodate 86 families each night offering a rooftop healing garden, a kitchen filled with home-cooked meals and supportive conversation.

Children’s Oncology Services, Inc - Big Foot Triathlon Charity – believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood.

Through the magic of childhood experiences (such as summer camp) they help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc offers participants:

  • diversion from their illness
  • opportunities for success and control
  • friendship and unconditional acceptance from those who understand
  • information, answers and validation
  • reasons to adopt a positive, “fighting” attitude
  • something to look forward to
  • memories that comfort when times are hard

 

Thank you for helping us support the local charities of Chicagoland Rammies!

       

January 23rd, 2013

New Year, New Gear!

We all run races for different reasons: to keep fit, lose weight, raise money for charity…the list goes on and on. One thing we can’t deny is looking forward to new race gear, medals and finisher’s gifts.

Our RAM designer’s work hard all year long to keep you decked out in some sweet goodie bags! For those of you who haven’t filled up your 2013 race calendars quite yet, check out our new line up:

Cinco de Miler – Chicago, IL – May 5, 2013
You will be ready for chips & salsa, delicious burritos and (of course) some refreshing Modelo beer all Cinco de Mayo long in this super soft and light-weight shirt. This Finisher’s Gift/Bottle Opener is the real deal and you can wear this accomplishment proudly around your neck for all to see!

North Shore 1/2 Marathon & 5k– Highland Park, IL – June 2, 2013
This Half Marathon has a medal worthy of it’s 35th year anniversary! Along with the blue or grey tech tee, all finisher’s will receive this black lunch tote to keep their food cool when things get hot.

Big Foot Triathlon – Lake Geneva, WI – June 23, 2013
Swim, bike and run! Then take this cozy zip up hoodie home to remind you of the beautiful Lake Geneva triathlon you finished.

Bucktown 5k – Chicago, IL – September 15, 2013
Fall will be just around the corner after Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race, the Bucktown 5k. Stay cool on those cool autumn days with this comfortable sweatshirt!

Terrapin 5k & Music Festival – Chicago, IL – August 1, 2013
Run, Rock and Relax…that’s what Terrapin is all about. Take home this soft, short sleeve tee and what it quickly become one of your favorite t-shirt staples.

North Shore Turkey Trot – Highland Park, IL – November 28, 2013
Your will be ready for your Thanksgiving feast in these Turkey Trot pajama pants. After a fun family run you will be ready for a day of lounging in these pants, don’t forget, the waist line has a little give to it!

January 14th, 2013

RAM + Spark = Training Perfection

Hi everyone! My name is Angela Park and I am the founder of Spark Multisport Coaching and Personal Training. I could not be more excited about the partnership we are kicking off this season between Running Away Multipsort and Spark! Getting on board with Running Away and all of their loyal customers and racers is sure to make for a super fun and super fast season. I can’t wait!

First, a little about myself. I am a USA Triathlon Level II coach and a NASM certified personal trainer. I have been competing in triathlons and running events since the late 90’s and shopping at Running Away Multisport almost just as long. Just out of college I was a second grade teacher, but as the years passed and I got more and more involved in the multisport community of Chicago, I realized my true calling was coaching and training. After working several awesome years at Chicago Athletic Clubs running their multisport programming, I decided it was time to build my own business. Hence, Spark was born in 2010.

When I first started discussing the idea of coordinating a training program out of the downtown store to cater towards the RAM race series, the ideas came a mile a minute. Thankfully, after a couple of months of discussion and planning we have come up with two solid options that we hope will cater to all sorts of athletes. Read on and see what will suit you!

RAM Training Plan

This is a remote based training option catered towards newer runners or those who really just like to do most of the training on their own time. For the low price of $30 or $45 (depending on length of plan), athletes can get hooked up with a training plan to the race of their choice. The training plans will be offered at both a beginner and intermediate level, and also come with access to the private RAM Training 2013 Facebook page for the duration of the plan. Here is the kicker- these plans also come with a $20 gift card to be used at either Running Away retail location AND a technical training t-shirt. I mean, why wouldn’t you do this? T-shirt? Discount on your new running kicks?  This makes the training plan like a free perk! So exciting!

RAM Training Group

Want a little more attention in your training? Maybe looking for a social outlet with some other runners? Then the training group might be just your thing. Along with all the perks above, the training group will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 pm for an interval workout, one Sunday per month for a long run followed by a discounted shopping event, and once per month for an informational clinic. This group will also get access to a special tent at the finish line of their races stocked full of refreshments! How cool is that? Access to this group varies from $50 or $75 (depending on race you are training for) or only $199 for a season pass from March- November. Unlike the training plan above, spots in this group are VERY limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis.

So, there they are. Your options for a fun, fab and fast racing season. We hope to have official registration open within next couple of weeks and this all will kick off right at the beginning of March. Email spark@runningawaymultisport.com to be the first to hear when registration kicks off. I can’t wait to meet many of you!

-  Coach Angela www.sparkmultisport.com

November 29th, 2012

Run Away…From Holiday Pounds

Holiday treats are everywhere this time of year, making it nearly impossible to avoid gaining winter pounds!

Gaining a couple of pounds over the holidays isn’t necessarily a big deal, but according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. This makes holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity. Being the fit group of individuals that you Rammies are, we know you won’t neglect your training.

However, here are a few easy tips to help you stay trim from Thanksgiving into the new year!

1. Have a race on your calendar to stay motivated running through the winter. Whether it’s after the new year or not until spring, make a training schedule and stick to it.

2. Avoid holiday parties when you’re hungry! Never show up on an empty stomach, this may cause you to overindulge on tasty treats. Also, don’t try to avoid calories by skipping meals before a party, it can easily lead to overeating.

3. While you are out doing holiday shopping, be sure to pick out something nice for yourself. A new running jacket or pair of shoes is a great way to stay motivated.

4. Get a running buddy! Take advantage of running with a friend, set a schedule and stick to it. No one wants to let down a friend by bailing on them for a workout. Another great option is to join a running group. It gives you something to look forward to and lets you mix up your workout routine.

5. Stay positive! Don’t harp on having a bad run or missing a workout. There is always tomorrow!

October 24th, 2012

You, the Road and Your Gadgets

We have all kinds of athletes in the RAM Racing office ranging from ultra marathoners and competitive triathletes to those who recently conquered their first 5k! Even though their experience levels greatly range, they all have a favorite running gadget that makes each workout a success.

It can be either a low-tech or high-tech gadget, but overall most athletes have developed a bond with some sort of electronic or clothing related device. Here is an overview of some of the “in-house” favorites we can’t live without:

Music (iTunes): We are definitely an Apple Inc. office and most play music on their iPhones or iPod whenever they hit the pavement to log some miles. There are always a few in the bunch that refrain from listening to music while running since they prefer the sound of their feet on the cement or the huff and puff of fellow runners next to them.

Timex or Garmin: An office divided over which wristwatch they prefer. Either way we like to keep updated on our mileage and PR goals.

Craft Arm Coolers: This one is an oldie but a goodie and starting to make a comeback. One of our RAMployees has sworn by these for years. Not only do they offer compression for the arms and provide sun protection during hot summer races, but they also maintain a cool temperature when water is poured on them!

Headbands: What’s more annoying than hair whipping in your face? As far as the girls in the office are concerned, nothing can ruin a great run faster than unruly hair! Lululemon headbands are currently a popular brand in the office and they do a phenomenal job staying in place throughout the whole run.

Running Apps on Phones: Nike+ Running App and MapMyRun allow runners to easily keep track of weekly mileage completion. These accessible programs have particularly helped the newer runners in the office maintain training goals in an easy and efficient manner.

We want to know, what is your favorite low-tech or high-tech gadget to train with?

By: Shannon Donlan

 

 

 

September 25th, 2012

As the Leaves Change, We Keep Running

Fall in Chicago, a glorious time for those who enjoy exercising outdoors!

Summertime is wonderful, but it’s always nice to finally escape the summer heat and sweltering humidity. There is a different kind of excitement on the streets between fellow runners, walkers and bikers. The beautiful foliage, enticing smells and sounds of leaves crunching under feet breathe new life into daily routines.

In the Midwest especially, the constant temperature changes make it hard to gauge how crisp your morning or evening miles can be. The only thing to do is embrace the uncertainty!  Dressing in thinner layers is always a good idea and it’s best to stay away from cotton as it holds in moisture.
When the temperature drops, be sure to wear gloves. This might seem like obvious advice, but sometimes it’s hard to notice how cold hands can get when the rest of the body heats up.

It is common for many who exercise outside in cold temperatures to suffer from uncomfortable breathing, deemed “lung burn”.  After a few runs in the cooler air the body will adjust and the sensation will go away, just stick with it!

One last tip: Don’t forget to hydrate! No one has a problem remembering to hydrate when it’s 90 degrees in July, but it is important to drink just as much water when running in the cooler months.

Stay tuned for the favorite fall athletic gear picks by RAM Racing staff.

“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made.” ~Eric Sloane