Miles Down. Bottoms Up!

Have you registered yet? What are you waiting for? Confused? Let me explain…

We are working with Road Runner Sports to produce the Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K at Green Flash Brewery in Mira Mesa on July 17th. If you haven’t heard about it, don’t worry I can catch you up on all the info you need plus hook you up with a discount code. You. Are. Welcome.

The Craft Classic Half Marathon will run partially along the beautiful 56 bike path before taking you down through Sorrento Valley. Then, up some rolling hills which lead you toward Green Flash Brewery in Mira Mesa. Waiting for you at the finish line will be the most BEAUTIFUL Craft Beer Garden you’ve ever seen. A limited edition craft brew (21+ only) and a commemorative pint glass are yours along with a finisher’s medal and event shirt!

The course looks good, finisher’s goodies look great and we’ve got your exclusive discount. Be sure to use “HPM” when checking out to save $15. The price goes up on Sunday so don’t wait! Save an extra $5 by registering before Monday!

Register Here

Peace and Running,
HP

Balboa Park 8 Miler’s Big Opening Week!

Wow!  What an opening week for San Diego Track Club’s 62nd Annual Balboa Park 8 Miler!

Registration opened up for San Diego’s longest consecutively run race last Tuesday and we have already had over 500 people lock up their spot for the 2016 8 mile race.

HP Movement is now entering our fourth year of directing the 8 Miler and each year this is absolutely one of our favorite events to direct.  The race has so much history in Balboa Park and also provides all the runners with a unique running tour through Balboa Park.  Between the Organ Pavilion, San Diego Hall of Champions, Museum of Man, Cabrillo Bridge, 6th Avenue, San Diego Zoo, the Bridle Trail and more, the course is jam packed with beautiful scenery!

But what excites me most about this race is that so many runners share the same enthusiasm for the event that we do and the numbers don’t lie!  Last year’s 8 Miler sold out almost two months prior to race day and with the amazing first week we are expecting more of the same for 2016!

If you are interesting in running this year or simply want to learn more about the event, head to  www.balboapark8miler.com!

Run Far, Run Fast,

Pete

Without Adult Supervision

I joined the HP Movement team in September of 2015. I was so excited to take one step closer to my dream of becoming a “Race Director.” In the past few months I have seen every side of race operations from permits, to vendor orders, to set-up, to breakdown and “putting out fires.” I’ve shadowed Pete on course set-up and start line management; I’ve followed Eric on all things registration and check-in. Finally, this past week I was solely responsible for start line operations, without “adult supervision” (hence the title of my blog).

If you read Eric’s blog from earlier this week (and I’m sure you did) you know he was touring the East Coast this weekend which left Pete and I to conquer 4,000+ runners at the Triton 5K. For the second straight year, HP Movement has managed the course operations for the UCSD Triton 5K. Each year the event seems to get bigger and better, however this year we were doomed with a rare rainy weekend in San Diego! Despite the weather, we smiled through the clouds and the cold on Friday at packet pickup and then crushed on-site registration on race morning. While Pete was out on the course checking directional signs and course marshals, I was left to man the start line on my own

For safety and enjoyment reasons, I broke the runners into small waves with 45 seconds between them. This maintains the flow of runners and helps prevent bottlenecks at turns and aid stations. I managed a team of five fantastic volunteers to keep the participant energy up and control a crowd of 4,000+ eager runners. Once the last runner crossed the start line it was time to break it all down. Just like that. it was over. All the prep and all the set-up and all the nerves were gone. All 4,000+ happy, smiling participants were on their way through UCSD’s campus toward the finish line festival!
The clouds broke, the rain held off and Sunday April 10th was a record breaking event for the UCSD Triton 5K. I was my own version of a Race Director and I cannot wait to do this again!
Peace and Running,
Heather

The Two Minutes That Changed HP Movement Forever

This weekend I was in Charlotte (on Saturday) and Atlanta (on Sunday) managing the respective 5k runs for the Wanderlust 108 tour (I’ll explain what that is in a second). How I got there can be attributed to a two minute email that was sent last spring.

Here is the quick story.

Last March (Spring 2015), I stumbled across a friend’s Facebook post that they were excited Wanderlust 108 was coming to San Diego later that May. At the time, I had no idea what the event was. All I knew was Wanderlust had an intensely loyal following in the event scene among yogis. I took a quick glance and saw their event was a ‘spiritual triathlon’, which they defined as a 5k run, yoga and meditation. I made the hopeful assumption that they were primarily yoga production experts and needed some help with the 5k.

I was already procrastinating on some other work, so I figured I’d take two minutes, go to the Contact Us page on the Wanderlust website and throw it out there that HP Movement can help manage the run.

What happened next?

Well fast forward today. After managing seven Wanderlust 108s in 2015 across six states, we’ve joined back up in 2016. This weekend kicked things off with Charlotte and Atlanta, on our way to 12 cities in the next 6 weeks. By the time the year is over, we’ll manage 20 cities and some estimated 40,000+ Wanderlust runners.

Rarely do I think back on past decisions. I’m always looking forward, trying to anticipate where to focus next. But it can be a bit mind-blowing when you can so clearly identify an impulsive decision to a life-changing or career changing journey.  It’s about to be a heck of a ride with the incredible Wanderlust Festival staff and we’re excited to share more stories along the way.

In the meantime I’m reminded, what chance encounter or two minute email might change our lives next?

Eric

Become a Balboa Park 8 Miler VIP!

Balboa Park 8 Miler!

We are officially 124 days away from the 62nd annual San Diego Track Club’s Balboa Park 8 Miler race, San Diego’s longest running race event! Known as one of San Diego’s favorite and most iconic races, this year’s Balboa Park 8 Miler will take place on August 6, 2016 and we’re thrilled to share that the VIP list is officially OPEN for pre-registration! The unique 8-mile race will change its course this year for the first time ever for a revamped, extra special route through Balboa Park. Racers may be lucky enough to stride along Bill Gookin, the race’s original founder back in 1954! Last year, the Balboa Park 8 Miler sold out nearly 2 months out from race day. This year, we’re making sure our loyal HP Movement blog readers don’t miss out on this “gr8”race, so be sure to join the VIP list to pre-register. Keep checking back to “On the Move with Fun Facilitators!” for more pre-race excitement as we ramp up to the Balboa Park 8 Miler! See you on August 6th!

Peace and Running,

Heather

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