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November 16th, 2008 – by: TravellingAuntie
One of many reasons I like Zooma is because part of their mission is to encourage girls to run. They also donate 3% of the proceeds to charity and in 2008 Zooma Atlanta's chosen charity was CARE, an organization that I also support.
NOTE: You can actually participate in this workout program and help the CARE cause even without doing a marathon - check out http://www.care.org/features/workout/index.asp. Just think, your workout can help feed or educate a girl in Mozambique, or Haiti, or in any of the countries in which CARE works. So sweat for a good cause. (and it's free to you!)
Most half marathon events in the US are part of a larger race weekend with several events, including full marathons, 10k races, 5k races and sometimes Kid Runs, or other special events.
For my first race, some of my travel buddies agreed to join me and drove down from Ohio. My mom, Ed, Carol & Bill are all half marathon veterans, each with at least a dozen under their belts. They've been doing it for years and by the looks of them, it works! They arrived the day before to pick up packets with me and explore Atlanta.
The race itself, all 13.1 miles, crossed throughout downtown Atlanta which allowed participants to get a good feel for the city and its sights. We got to run around Turner Field, past the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Park, and past the Philips Arena with music, water stops, and cheerleaders along the way.
It was a cold day, so the after race party was brief - most participants just wanted to shower and warm up. Since we were among the last to finish, the crowd was small, but there were still some folks mingling around a massage tent, a CARE tent that had the great "I am Powerful" T-shirt, a free Starbucks coffee tent, listening to a live band and chewing on the free food that always greets runners at the finish line.
Once we were cleaned up and refreshed, we spent the afternoon visiting Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park and saw the Confederate Memorial Carving, but we were much too tired to hike even though the trails there are great. My race buddies stayed another day and we did more around Atlanta - the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the CNN Center. Since they're all frequent visitors to Atlanta, they'd already seen many of the best sights like the Georgia Aquarium, largest in the world, and the Martin Luther King Center & Museum.
In addition to hopefully getting in shape by doing these races, the race weekend is a lot of fun - with the race sponsored expo events and the days leading up to and after for sightseeing and hanging with your race buddies.
For more on events in Atlanta, see: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-GA/Atlanta-Destinations-Travel-Examiner/114278561922890?ref=mf
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