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Oakland 1/2 Finisher’s Medal Revealed!


Dimensions: 2.75″ x 2.75″; 3.5mm thick

The 2014 Oakland Half Marathon Finisher’s Medal has been revealed! That is one nice piece of hardware! And since we’re on the topic of medals, I have a confession. I run for the race “bling”. Anyone else with me on this one?

For me, it’s not the shirt. It’s not packets of energy gels they have at Mile 10 (which, btw, is ineffective at that point in the race, in my opinion). It’s not for the blisters or jacked up toenails. And it’s certainly not for the post-race food provided after you cross the finish line. It’s all about the medal.

I guess you can call me a race snob. I think I have every right to be, too, especially since I’m spending $75-100 on races these days. I want to know that I’m getting my money’s worth. And how would I know if the medal will meet my standards? Simple. I Google search images of medals from that particular race in previous years and determine whether or not I want to sign up for it. 

Nothing irks me more than spending two plus hours running, only to be “rewarded” with a mediocre medal. Ahem…insert SF Half Marathon here!


2013 Chengenheimer Friendsgiving 5K

I’m a little late in posting this, but thought it would be fun to post before the next big holiday. Maybe a little motivation for some of us. I know I need it and would like to make it a tradition to run before Holiday feasting.

Anyway, back to the race report. We had a great turnout at the inaugural Chengenheimer Friendsgiving 5k with 18 people in attendance. Even Abner the Dog was there. Everyone seemingly had a good time and stuck around to socialize and enjoy post-race goodies (beer, donuts, bananas, etc.). We got great feedback, and hope to do it again next year!


Overcoming the Running Blues

This was my first real run since the launch of GTRC. I haven’t really been feelin’ it as far as running goes. I guess you could say I’ve been suffering from the running blues. Blah. The extent of my running, as of late, has included doing sprints with my Strength & Conditioning class at the gym. Haven’t gone more than 1.5 miles all month.

I finally snapped out of the aforementioned blues today and logged 2.36 miles at a comfortable pace. It wasn’t fast, but I’ll take it!



Just Announced!


Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving Day
8:00 AM
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

You’re invited to join Jeff and I as we host the inaugural Chengenheimer Friendsgiving 5k at Lake Merritt! Kick off the Holiday season with friends and burn some calories while you’re at it! Runners, joggers, walkers and strollers are welcome.

We’ll meet under the pergola at the lake located on Embarcadero:

599 El Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94610

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Event starts promptly at 8 AM, so please arrive around 7:45 AM to warm-up or just ’cause you love seeing us.

FREE event! Post-race snacks will be provided.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family.