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Passing the Virtual Baton

Yay! The winner of the Ragnar Backpack is…. drumroll please….

Entry # 770 – Aaron!!

Here’s his winning tweet:

Congratulations! I’ve sent you an email to let you know that you’ve won.

To everyone else who entered: thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It was great to see so many entries!

And now, I’m passing the Ragnar Swagnar virtual baton to … Monica of Monica is sharing hydration tips and giving away a great personal running package consisting of ClifBars, FRS, and BodyArmour!


What to Pack for a Relay Race AND Ragnar Relay Backpack Giveaway!

Once upon a time there was a mommy who loved to run and to blog:

The Mommy

One of that mommy’s biggest dreams was to one day get away from her family for a few days and run in a long distance relay race to bond with other runners. Then one day that mommy got an email inviting her to do the Ragnar Relay, a 200 mile running relay race with 12 other runners – oh and those runners were also some really cool bloggers just like her!

Ragnar Relay

“Wow!”, thought the mommy, “This is the chance of a lifetime!”. So the mommy consulted with her husband, the daddy of their three daughters to see if the family could go to So Cal together so that she could race. The daddy knew how much his wife wanted to run in a Ragnar Relay because she had talked his ear off about it many times before, so he said, “YES! Let’s go!”.

I can go!!

Now this working, running, mommy of three, is very organised, so the first thing she started to do was to create a packing list. “What should I bring for a relay race? “, she pondered. So she consulted the blogs of a few of her running, blogging friends like Meghann of to find out, and here is what she learned:

What to pack for a Relay Race:

  1. Pack a running outfit for each leg that you’re running – Three legs = Three running outfits. Three different blogs that I read suggested separating the outfits into three separate ziploc bags. That way you can easily grab what you need without digging around your back pack and you’ll have something to place the smelly clothes back in once you’re done each race leg.
    Some things you might want to include in each zippy: Socks, Shorts,Tank top, Sports bra, Fresh underwear.
  2. Pack some relay essentials – A towel to wipe off the sweat, baby wipes to freshen up your face, smart phone, reflective vest with blinking light, head lamp, garmin/GPS, sunglasses, body glide, deodarant, Nuun.
  3. Food for a van full of hungry runners – the Ragner Relay is a giant running road trip full of road trip eats. You’ll likely stop for meals along the way, but no roadtrip is complete without snacks.
  4. Pack light– There’s limited space in the van, so everything you pack is crucial. Pack light and only bring the essentials. Try to fit it all into one bag like the Ragnar Relay Backpack that can double as your pillow:

Not only is the mommy going to run in the Ragnar So Cal Relay, but she’s also the first blogger in the Ragnar Swagnar giveway relay! This means she’s kicking this 12 blog giveaway relay off in style with that great Ragnar Backpack pictured above, but there’s one catch…

You gotta complete that Rafflecopter form below within 48 hrs of this post being published to win. Yep – you read that right – you have until October 10th, 2012 at 12:01 am to enter.


As well ALL enteries collected from the Ragnar Swagnar Relay Giveaway will be entered to win bonus prizes, so be sure to enter the giveaway of the 12 great participating blogs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Done entering? Now visit Monica at who I’m passing the baton to on October 10th for your chance to win the next prize in the Ragnar Swagnar Relay!

Good luck!

Your Turn to Weigh In: What Makes a Good Blog?

I started this thread on a blogging community I belong to, but thought it would be nice to post this here, yanno, so I can improve this blog (and my Fitness Cheerleader blog too):

In this thread we discussed things that turn us off in a blog, now here in this thread why don’t we share what we like?  What would encourage you to be a subscriber to a blog?

I’ll go first:

  • Interesting and FUNNY content – I like reading cute stories about people’s kids, race reports, and some training/exercise reports (but only if that’s a small part of the post). I dont like reading about how crafty someone is because that just makes me realise I have ZERO time for crafting.
  • vlogs – I don’t do enough of these, but I really like it when my favourite bloggers do because it makes me feel like I KNOW them.
  • Short paragrapghs – I have a short attention span
  • An easy to find subscribe sign up form – don’t make me hunt (hmmm I better correct that problem here on Mom on the Run)
  • Pictures of you and your family
  • Easy to read font
  • Questions at the end of the post – makes me think that you’re interested in getting to know me.

Now it’s your turn – what makes a good/interesting blog?

Countdown: 24 days until #rideforheart! I’m at $315 in donations. Keep up the great work so I can reach my $1000 goal!