Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hostess Half Marathon 2011

My love for Hostess runs deep. Last year I decided to organize a little fun run called the Hostess Half Marathon where crazies run 13 miles while eating a Hostess product at each of the five aid stations. We had such a good time last year that I decided to do it again.Link
This was our kitchen table the night before the race. You can not fathom what an incredibly tempting problem this was to be surrounded by Twinkies.


The morning of the race was chilly but it warmed up as we started moving and increasing our body fat content. At the starting line I saw Andrea, Alicia, and Craig who were sporting some SWEET homemade shirts. (Craig went on to win the Torpedo Twinkie Award - fastest race finisher - with a smoking time of 1 hour 21 minutes!)


The thing I like best about this "race" is that it's more like a neighborhood fun run with lots of laughing and good food. I didn't advertise at all, I just told a few neighbors and we ended up having quite a crew.


At each aid station, a volunteer marked our hand to verify that we had eaten the Hostess product. I heard someone say they were worried about eating something every two miles. I think everything at the aid stations looked so delicious that I had trouble choosing which one to eat.


By the look of things, it doesn't appear that my friends Shane and Alex were too concerned about the race requirements:


I ran with Mel the whole time which was so fun. At one point she said "Look behind us." I saw this awesome scenery with runners on the horizon. One of my favorite pictures:


It is an out-and-back course so it was fun to see people after they had turned around to head toward the finish line. Here is Jason, Logan, Dustin, and Lyle after having one too many Hostess products:


This was not the first time I have seen Cherie catching some air:


Will and my brother Kenny also got in on the Air Jordan action:


I just wouldn't feel good about myself if I didn't attempt a jumping picture during a race. I passed the camera off to Mel and she snapped this. (I apologize for how closely I resemble a really nerdy cheerleader. Certainly not the first time.)


The volunteers for this race were so amazing. I can't thank them enough. At the turn-around aid station Melissa and Nicole were helping out. They even had a Christmas tree and some Christmas music bumpin'. A+ for creativity!


I had so much fun during the last half of the race running with Mel, Shane, Alex, June, Braydon, and Micah. Remember how we got a mark on our hand each time we ate a Hostess product? We needed to have a total of 5. Check out Micah's hand! He as 12 (yes, 12!) marks on his hand! He won the Hostess With The Mostest Award (person who eats the most Hostess products). It was so funny to run with him and watch him try to not throw up enormous quantities of Twinkies.


I had so much fun at the "race". It combined three things I love: hanging out with friends, running, and eating junk food. Here is me and Mel sporting our fat bling:


I was so happy with how the medals turned out. They are big and they look good enough to eat. Check out Amber's race report for more pictures I missed. Thanks to all the volunteers and runners who showed up to make the Hostess Half Marathon so much fun!

22 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this. If you put this on next year, I am totally making a trip to Utah to participate. I think that i sone of the best looking medals I have ever seen. Awesome!!!

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  2. where is that at? why dont I know about it? totally doing it next year. is it s. utah?? LOOKS FUN!!! and yummy.

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  3. That looks like a load of fun Cory! Well except for the eating while running part :-).

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  4. I'm in! I'm totally in! This is awesome. I'm sure I couldn't organize a 1mile walk with my friends, let alone a halfer! This is so awesome!

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  5. This looks like such a fun race - and I love the medals, they look great!
    :)

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  6. The medal is fantastic. This half looks like a ton of fun!

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  7. That is so great!!! Love the medals!

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  8. That is hecka awesome! Sounds like a fantastic race, and a ton of fun! Way to go! I love the finishers medals too!

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  9. I want to start that race here! I am helping organize a trail race in March, maybe I'll add this to it. :)

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  10. Those medals are incredible! I may need to fly out there for the run next year! :) Great job on a good event and lots of fun.

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  11. Love the medals...did you design them? I see this race growing and growing in the future. Totally a fun idea! Although I think it would make me sick, sounds like fun!

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  12. Wish I could have made it. Must one eat the entire Hostess or just one bite to get a mark on the hand? I might be able to finish if the definition of how big a "bite" is remained undefined...

    Nice job on the medals- I need to get your opinion on the Zion 100 shirts before they get printed.

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  13. I love this idea!!! And those medals are great! :)

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  14. Sounds like so much fun! Will you do a post and give a heads up to sign up for the 2012 race. Would love to participate.

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  15. I would like equal portions of chocolate cupcakes and twinkies please- one at each aid station. I wish it weren't so close to Christmas so I could have come! Such an awesome race. I bet you are a super fun race director- way to pull it all off!

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  16. that looks like so much fun! awesome medals :)

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  17. Seriously...that is sooo awesome! I was totally laughing the entire time reading that race report! What a fun idea! BUT, I think I would definitely throw up if I had to eat those throughout an entire 1/2 mary..ha ha!

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  18. Twinkies AND a medal? I think I need to make that trip next year!! My son's doing the chocolate milk mile today with the track team....they have to drink 8 oz of chocolate milk every lap (400M), I have a feeling he's going to barf - those guys run TOO fast to drink that much milk each quarter. Ha.

    And I saw on FB it was your bday yesterday - Happy belated one, I hope it was fantastic!!

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  19. LOVE! Seriously so sad I missed out. I will definitely make sure my family plans there Christmas party around this race next year. It looks like everyone had a blast!

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  20. That medal is awesome! I am putting together my list for 50 half marathons in 50 states and I would love this one to be a stop. Let me know if you do another!

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