Local Joes Wanted for Prairie Fire 2014 Fall Race Series
Prairie Fire 2014 Race Series is looking for the next Local Joe. Local Joe's are individuals that will represent Wichita in the fall 5k, 1/2 Marathon and Full Marathon races.
Share Your Journey
During the month of March, the search begins to find 8 locals who will be able to train with the GoRun Start2Finish Program, the official training program of the Prairie Fire Race Series. These runners will track their journey leading up to the race and viewers will be able to keep up to date with the progress and goals. Local Joe runners will receive custom Local Joes gear as well as a free pair of running shoes.
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission is a non-profit organization that has been able to bring a lot of activity to the city of Wichita through their Prairie Fire Race Series. The Prairie Fire Race Series showcases the city while providing hospitality to thousands of runners from across the country. The organization gives back to local charities and strives to continue to do amazing things for Wichita.
Make Sure To Follow These Amazing Individuals On Twitter And Share In Their Training Experience To Finish The Prairie Fire Marathon!
Sean C. Amore
Occupation: Commnications/Organizational Development
Running Experience: When chased, my campaign for State House of Representatives, errands, and my mouth. I've never been an athlete in any way/manor/shape/form.
Biggest Fear About This Project: The dry-land equivalent to drowning because I can't breathe (that's true, by the way).
Why You Agreed: Free T-shirt. I kid... I lost several hundred pounds years ago. A notable percentage of them have found me in the last year or so. I need to work on diet and exercise and maybe I can out run the pounds this time.
I agreed to do this because I love Wichita and would like to help grow awareness of/interest in our marathon and the GoRun Wichita Start2Finish Program offers support and a running community. It is a LOT easier, for me to stay focused and committed to something if I have a plan, a goal, and involved/watching/interested.
What You Hope To Get Out Of This Project: To learn to enjoy running - if only to run just far/fast enough that lost pounds can't follow me anymore, a sense of accomplishment, perhaps some new friends, and a free t-shirt.
Occupation: Web and social media editor at the Wichita Business Journal
Running Experience: I've done 3 Half Marathons and 1 Marathon, Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. But I'm seriously slow. My best Half Marathon time is about 3 hours, and my Marathon time was nearly 8 hours. I don't really know how to get faster, and I don't know how to pace myself. I know I could have done the Marathon faster, but I started super slow because I was afraid of running out of steam.
Biggest Fear About This Project: Putting everything out there, including pace, for all to see. Sometimes I hear faster runners talk about their times, and I've always stayed quiet. (One time, a freind and I finished last in an out-of-town 10K. I never told anyone who wasn't there.)
Why You Agreed: This will hold me accountable and help me learn. I love talking about running - and all the related issues, like what to eat after, how yuo'll be able to find a bathroom along the course, where to stash water, etc. - and this is an opportunity to do it with a larger group. Most importantly, I hope to be really frank about how I'm doing. I'll share my pace, my struggles and successes. I think not-so-fast runners need to know that there are plenty of other people like them, and that it doesn't matter where you start. Running will be fulfilling as long as you keep pushing yourself.
What You Hope To Get Out Of This Project: A faster Marathon, more understanding of what I'm capable of and maybe some new running buddies.
Occupation: CEO of Evomail
Running Experience: Last ran cross country in High School
Biggest Fear About This Project: The time commitment needed to successfully compete.
Why You Agreed: Because running was something I was considering starting to do again.
What You Hope To Get Out Of This Project: Community, Friends, and Competition.
Occupation: Freelance Writer, Blogger at MomOnTheRange.com
Running Experience: Minimal. I ran a Half Marathon in 2008 as part of the Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but haven't really ran since.
Biggest Fear About This Project: Since I ran my last Half Marathon five years ago, I've birthed two children. So, I'm not really afraid of pushing myself physically. The human body is amazing, and capable of so much more than we think. My biggest fear is time. I have a hard time justifying doing things just for me. If it's not for my family, my friends, or if I'm not contributing to the family income, I struggle with commitment. I feel selfish, and worry about how I'm going to find time to fit in all the training.
Why You Agreed: I really didn't have a solid reason not to do this, and I'm an advocate for moms who want to pursue their passions. Every mom is busy, but we can all carve out time to keep our bodies (and minds) healthy.
What You Hope To Get Out Of This Project: Strength. I'm a natural sleepy person, and struggle to keep up with the demands of chasing a two and four year old around. I am not even 30, but often encounter women twice my age with more energy. I want to feel stronger, and be stronger. And I'm not going to lie, I wouldn't mind getting a little tone back that two kids and a five-year hiatus from exercise took away from me.
Thank You to Jennifer Le Photography for the images.
Team Registration is Open!
Rally up your friends, families and co-workers for a some fitness and fun with our new team feature. All team sizes, ages and groups are welcome to register. Do you train at different distances and paces? No problem. Teams can choose to participate in any of the offered races on event day, regardless of paces or distance.
Visit the Prairie Fire registration pages on Active.com to register your team. Choose between the Spring Series and/or Fall Race Series. Teams can register for any of our race categories including the Back 2 Back Challenge!
For more information, and FAQ click here.
Go Back2Back with Prairie Fire in 2014!
We are excitied and ready for you to go Back2Back in 2014!
Join the more than 300 participants that have already accepted the challenge.
Choose from one of three challenge options:
Spring 5k & Fall Half Marathon: $75
Spring Half Marathon & Fall Half Marathon: $100
Spring Half Marathon & Fall Full Marathon: $120
Back2Back Challenge (B2B) participants receive:
B2B Finisher Medal
B2B Commemorative Shirt
B2B Commemorative Bib
B2B VIP Tent Access
Thank you to all of the runners who signed up for the Back 2 Back Challenge!
Definitely the World's Best Volunteers!
There's no doubt in our minds that the Prairie Fire Race Series has the best volunteers. Did you volunteer as a 2013 Fire Starter? Dowload and display your Prairie Fire pride with our official Fire Starter certificate.
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