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Race 13.1 - The Extra Mile, July 2015 Edition      
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ICYMI: Race 13.1 has gone VIRTUAL! Registration is now open for the Mira Coast to Coast Virtual Race 13.1Looking to add another race to your calendar? How about one that's FREE and counts towards your Race 13.1 3x, 7x and 13x medal?  In just six days, we've raised close to $500 to grant these wishes for our Charity Partner, Make-A-Wish!
  • Never heard of a Virtual Race? Click here to see what it's all about!
  • Registration is FREE! Choose your distance: 1 mile, 5k, 10k or Race 13.1, and help us grant these wishes by supporting Make-A-Wish
  • Run any course in any location during Race Week - August 23-29, and compare your results to runners across the country!
  • Shirts and medals (with a spinning beach ball!) are available for purchase to commemorate your participation in the first-ever Race 13.1 virtual event! 
  • Earn Race Bucks (credit towards a future Race 13.1 event)! Anyone who donates to Make-A-Wish will receive additional Race Bucks! 
- 2016 Races: We'll be adding several BRAND NEW races to our schedule for 2016! Stay tuned for details as we begin opening 2016 race registration in the next few weeks!

- Don't forget to check out our 2015 Season Pass - Run ALL 2015 Race 13.1 events (12 remaining fall races in NC, SC, TN, VA, AR and FL) for just $199 You can check out the complete fall schedule, featuring 12 races in six states at Race131.com/races!
Mira Coast to Coast Virtual Race 13.1 Registration & Details!
Planning to participate in the Mira Virtual Race 13.1? Follow the instructions below to be entered to win a free entry to ANY Race 13.1 event!
  1. Post a photo or text to share how your training for the race is going, where you plan to complete the virtual race, or why you're excited to complete the virtual race!
  2. Use the hashtag #Race131Virtual!
  3. AND tag us on whichever social media platform you use (@race131 on Twitter or Instagram or mention us on Facebook)!
  4. The winner will be announced on the first day of Race Week, August 23!
Upcoming Price Increases:
  • Fayetteville, NC (9/6): Aug. 3
  • Newport News, VA (10/18): Aug. 10
  • Raleigh, NC - Fall (9/19) & Little Rock, AR (9/20): Aug. 17
  • Winston-Salem, NC (10/25): Aug. 17
  • Nashville, TN & Charleston, SC (10/31): Aug. 24
Tip of the Month: 5 Tips for Increasing Your Water Intake    

This month's tip was written by Kim McDevitt on RunnersWorld.comYou can read the full article from July 20, 2015 here.

It’s summer! Yes! But with summer comes heat, humidity, and active outdoor lifestyles. We spend weekends at the beach and days at the pool. And while we’re often surrounded (or submerged) in water, we are usually not drinking enough of it.

Hydration is critical to a healthy, feel-good, functioning body, especially to the body of a runner. I’ve gone through the mechanics behind hydration before. Today, let’s talk about ways to promote water-guzzling throughout your day.

Being pregnant I’ve realized even more just how much I need water. Constantly. And as a runner, who is losing a lot of fluid and electrolytes with each run, you do, too. Sometimes it can feel like torture to drink another glass of water. Here are five things I’m doing to get more water down each day:
  1. Electrolyte Packets: Having flavor added to your water makes you far more likely to guzzle a glass. You can get really good, clean (natural v. artificial) flavors today through many electrolyte products on the market. Not only will you be getting more water, but you’ll be replenishing those essential electrolytes you depleted through sweat. Look for drinks with no artificial colors or flavors. 
  2. Straws: This seems silly, but when you drink out of a straw you are more likely to take down more ounces than you would if you were just sipping. Stick a straw into your next glass or buy a water bottle with a straw attachment to help it go down faster.
  3. Fruits and Herbs: Simply dropping some fruits and/or herbs into your glass or bottle is an awesome way to make water more appealing. You can do anything from slices of lemon and lime to cucumber and strawberries. Try adding frozen fruits such as berries, sliced grapes, or even watermelon cubes. They will act as ice cubes and impart delicious flavor essence as they melt. Place sprigs of mint or basil into your water bottle and let it sit overnight for a refreshing change of taste, too.
  4. Large Pitchers and Pretty Water Bottles: “Prepping” water to have with you for the day is a good way to ensure you’re going to drink it. I like to place a large pitcher of filtered water in the refrigerator and add sliced cucumber, mint, berries, or simply sliced lemons and limes. Each time you open the refrigerator will be a reminder to drink up, and you’ll want to because it will both look pretty and taste delicious. Water bottles are also my key to constantly drinking. Keep a water bottle with you in the car, and carry one in your purse so you have constant access. 
  5. Get Fizzy: By the time evening rolls around, I’m so over water. But it’s incredible what a few bubbles can do. Switching to a sparkling water makes it feel like an entirely different drink. Try buying one with flavor essence (but watch for added colors or artificial flavorings).
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