Say my post like this but using the word mustache:
Before I continue writing, it’s important for me to add a DISCLOSURE: Even though I did receive a race entry for writing the following review, all opinions are my own, and it was pretty dang easy to write all good things.
WHO & WHAT it is-the Moustache Run, part of the Growvember Movement, is a race that brings prostate cancer awareness and “…to help find a cure, help men and their families with the diagnosis, and support men’s health, in general.” Portions of the race go directly to organizations that are dedicated to prostate cancer research, including Minneapolis’s own Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition. The run was put on by Flannel Athletics. Click on the Moustache Run link above to read their About page. How can you not smile while scrolling through it with all of those mustaches popping out at you? That’s a lot of stache-growing dedication right there people!
WHY it’s a good cause: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men of ALL races. And it is the 2nd leading cause of death among men of most races (excluding Asian/Pacific Islander Men).
Click here for more information about prostate cancer from cdc.gov and learn something!
Back to the Race...
WHERE & WHEN it was: Morning of the race around 7am, I picked up my packet at the Niccolet Island Pavillion. The place was easy to get to, right on the river and I had a parking spot right outside the building-always a plus. The website did a great job making it easy as possible to understand where to park, where the race starts/ends, if dogs are allowed, if headphones can be worn, etc. I think it was one of the best race websites I’ve seen. And now that the race is over, I must say everything appeared to have logical planning behind it. The flow of the race and events, before and after, went really well.
I walked into the pavilion to see dim lights, a DJ already spinnin’ some drop-it-low music and tables full of mustaches. There were so many unique mustaches to choose from, but I decided to go with “The Dangerous Traveler”…because I’m just so dangerous.
Not Really Dangerous:
I decided to do the 10k but you could have have done a 5k, half marathon or even a Lil Mo Mile Run if you were a little guy. The race started and ended between 3rd street and Merriam St. The starting line was a bridge-walk away from the pavilion. Again, whoever coordinated this race knew what they were doing.
Before the race started, I was just standing in a mosh pit (minus the shoving Slayer fans) full of blue-hat-wearing runners. Most had a mustache on and ready to run. The snow was slowly melting and I overheard many runners say they were glad the weather was not like the Turkey Trots’!
I started the run, crossed bridges, saw a few Canadians in bibs, saw the volunteers I chatted with in the bathroom while doing awkward selfies, saw a dog or two, ran some hills, remembered that I need to improve running hills, went down the hills, and then realized I’m already on mile 4 of 6.2. The city’s attractions kept you distracted and entertained throughout the course.
The race went by really fast and the runners seemed to be having a good time. There were more hills and slush on the 10k than expected, but it was great to see a lot of participants wearing handmade shirts and running with a smile on their face. Perhaps because they knew they were running for something important or for someone important. I think I still had a little bit of November Project fever because I kept saying “good job” to people I was running next to or up hills with. I was probably annoying.Oh well.
I finished the race with a sprint and after receiving my medal I headed right back to the finish line to cheer on some other races while they finished. I think it should be a rule that you spend at least 5 minutes after you finish racing to cheer on other finishers. It’s always nice getting encouragement from volunteers and random people on the course-pay it forward.
After a few minutes of cheerleading, I headed back to the pavilion for a beer. What is the best part about finishing a race? …The beer silly! The Moustache Run sponsored one of the best beers I’ve had in awhile. It was from The Traveler Beer Co. I love how they describe their beer on the website, “…The Curious Traveler is a fresh, bold year-round, craft-brewed, all malt wheat ale infused with real lemons and limes. This shandy has a lively fruity flavor and a powerful “throw your head back” fresh lemon aroma.”
Below is a picture taken by the stranger standing at the same table as me. Nothing better than being “that girl” asking to get her picture taken…
As a wellness coach, I have to say that, yes, beer isn’t the healthiest, but I enjoy it in moderation like you should with everything you do. Moderation is key. I will preach that until my coaching career is over.
So, you better believe I enjoyed that beer, but then I relaxed, took pictures, spoke with photographer Justin about how successful the event was, and drank water afterwards to ensure a safe drive home. Plus, I had to drive to Green Bay later that day to soak in the ultimate Packersphere so I knew I couldn’t stay too long. (Annndd I may have just lost some of my followers for that last sentence.)
I took a lot of random pictures of the race’s after party. Here’s one to get an idea of what inside the pavilion looked like:
They had a female and male mustache competition. I loved it. The announcer had a great sense of humor and DJ had some great music choices to create a great after party atmosphere. I added a lot more photos and videos on Instagram if you’d like to check them out at: InPower Coaching.
To close this post, I would like to say THANK YOU to the Moustache Run for putting on a well coordinated, entertaining race and I encourage all my readers to sign up for it next year. If you’ve never done a race before, this would be a great one to start with. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation if you’re interested in receiving some coaching & encouragement to complete your first race.
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