Remember when I wrote about running the Ragnar Relay Florida Keys in January 2013? I've been working with a man named Rik (who I met through my blog--he has also lost a lot of weight and become a runner, as well as had the same surgery as me) to put together a team of people like us to run the Ragnar. (If you're unfamiliar with the Ragnar Relay, you can read my race report I wrote of Ragnar Relay Great River from 2010).
Ragnar Relay teams are made up of 12 people, and right now, we have a fantastic team of 11:
Rik (our team captain)
Me (from 'Runs for Cookies', duh)
Mary from 'a small loss'
Linda from 'Frickin Fabulous at 40'
Allison (no blog, but she's lost weight and taken up running)
Jen R (from 'From FAT to Finish Line')
Andrea (who was on Oprah for her weight loss)
Jen S (from 'Miles, Muscles, and Mommyhood')
Lealah (from 'Lealah on a Mission')
John (SparkPeople success story manager, and success story himself)
Ada (from 'The Biggest Loser' Season 10)
So as you can see, we have a pretty AMAZING group!! But we are one team member shy of a complete team, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to hear some of your success stories.
We are searching for the perfect twelfth team member... and it could be you! We have a couple of qualifications that you must meet for us to consider you, however. Our team is made up solely of people who 1) have lost a significant amount of weight without weight loss surgery AND 2) become runners through their weight loss journeys.
Ideally, we'd like to shoot for the moon and find someone who has lost 100+ pounds and run a marathon. I realize this is probably a difficult task, so if you think your story is pretty awesome (say you lost 80 pounds and ran a half-marathon) please still consider this! You don't have to be fast (although Ragnar teams must be faster than a 12:00 min/mile), nor do you have to be at your goal weight.
This will not be a random drawing for the spot on our team. I will accept e-mails (see below) and our team will vote on the person we think would be the best match for our team. If we pick you, you will still be responsible for paying all the costs that the rest of us have--airfare, hotels, van rental, food, race fee, etc. Rik has come up with an estimate of how much this adventure is going to cost, and with everything included, it is probably going to be about $800/person. The good news is, the race isn't until January, so you don't need ALL that money right now.
So, if you "win" this spot on our team, you will be running the Ragnar Relay Florida Keys with us on Jan. 4-5, 2013, so make sure that you're willing to commit to that.
To "apply" for the open spot on our team, please answer the following questions in an e-mail and send it to: SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com, with the subject 'Ragnar Relay Florida Keys':
*How much weight have you lost?
*How did you lose the weight?
*How long have you kept it off?
*How long have you been running?
*How often do you run, and how far?
*Have you run any races? If so, what distance/time?
*Do you have a blog or website?
*Why do you think you would make a great addition to our team?
*Anything else you want to add?
*Please attach a before and after photo, too*
There are no right or wrong answers--these questions just help us get to know your story. I can't wait to read your stories!! (FYI, there is a chance that this whole adventure may be filmed and turned into a documentary, so make sure you're okay with that if it should happen).
I know I shared this video before, but this is a Ragnar video from the 2012 Florida Keys--check it out!
I also stole a few race pictures from my brother Brian's Facebook page. He just ran the 2012 Ragnar Florida Keys, and loved it so much he's doing it again in 2013...
|I had to share this pic of Brian because it's funny|
|The AFTER party on the beach in Key West--the best part!|