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Heroes in Recovery is a movement ignited by Foundations Recovery Network and the widespread community of those who are in recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders. While 23 million people each year need help for addiction, only three million actually seek treatment. Heroes in Recovery is looking to reach the other 20 million– those who may not be seeking help due to the overwhelming stigma that often surrounds substance use and mental health disorders.
Heroes in Recovery 6k holds events across the country, seeking to inspire a sense of community wherever they can. One of their main events is their series of Heroes 6K races – not 5K, but 6K – to create awareness about the need for treatment and to support those who are in recovery. We chose a 6K to symbolize the extra effort it takes to sustain recovery and so that each kilometer would represent one of the six letters in the word “HEROES.”
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Whether you’re mucking it with MS, supporting or honoring a friend or family member, or just out to have a good time with great people, you should know that you’re part of something special. To date, the MuckFest MS runners and volunteers have raised over $28 million to support the life changing work of the National MS Society. That means more cutting-edge research and continued support for people living with MS.
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July 14 & 15, 2018 - Stonehill College, MA
It Doesn't Get Any More Fun Than This Weekend! Saturday is a 5k and 10k. Sunday is the Half Marathon. After the Races Both Days, there is a Festival with Exhibitors, Food, a Beer Garden, and Live Entertainment.
Bibs2Bags Will be Part of The Festivities All Weekend. Hanging Out at Erika's Alma Mater.
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Please join me in congratulating these awesome athletes!
1st Place - Steven B
I Love This Photo Because...
This Was Taken at the
2016 Boston Marine Corps Honor Run.
Throughout the Race, Veterans Along the Run Route
Thanked Me for Running With the Flag,
And It Was Me Who Thanked Them For Their Sacrifices.
I Love This Photo Because It Allows Me to Show My
Thanks and Gratitude To Our Veterans, and My Love of Our Country.
2nd Place - Maricel S
I Love This Photo Because...
I Need to Step It Up Because I Can See The Finish Line
3rd Place - Laura B
I Love This Photo Because...
It Involves My Running Family.
These Photos Make Me Smile When I Want to Frown and They Make Me Want to Be a Better Runner.
I Have Been Talked into Some Really Stupid Things by These People, Like Running UP a Mountain for Fun or Running 48 miles in Disney,
But I Wouldn't Change Any of the Experiences for a Million Dollars.
Without Them I Wouldn't Be Where I Am Today.
I (Lisa) had finally run out of excuses. Everyone in my house was busy. The weather was picture perfect. I wasn’t too tired. I was finally going to attend a Six03 pub run.
I had listed “attend a Six03 group run” as one of my 2016 bucket list items. If I wanted to attend a group run so badly, why was I constantly making excuses to not go?
I text my friend Kelli, who has encouraged me to attend a run, telling her that I am going. I know that once I have told her this, I cannot change my mind-it’s accountability. I head out to the run. I’ve seen the group picture where they start the run a million times, so in my head, I **think** I know where everyone meets. But once I get there, I realize I don’t have a clue. I ask 2 women with running shirts if they are going to the pub run. Nope. I finally google it and realize I am at least close. Its 5:57 by the time I get there, so I decide that even though I’m afraid they will start without me, I really need to pee before I run. Two other women are in front of me in line, and I have the internal debate of whether or not to tell them this is my first pub run. In some situations, it’s good that people know it’s your first time trying something. Other times, I worry that people will feel the need to “look after” me and I didn’t want to burden anyone. I ended up telling them and they were super nice and helpful. I expressed my concern over getting lost, so they tried to tell me the route. Telling me directions is like listening to Charlie Brown’s mom talk-it’s just garbled noise to me. I say that I will just follow everyone else and hope for the best.
I’m told the route is Reds 5 miler in reverse. Even though I run most every local race that is 5 miles or longer, Reds is a race I have never done, since it always is the same day at Great Bay half, and when it comes down to it, half>any shorter distance. This is the one time I wish I had actually run Reds. Everyone starts, and I can quickly tell this is a fast group of runners. I start chatting with another woman who is also wearing a Sparkle Skirt, but learn she is running the 3 mile loop, not the 5 mile like I had planned, so I decide to run ahead, to make sure I have somebody in front of me running the 5. My plan was to run an easy 11 min/mile pace, as I am still dealing with this stupid Achilles tendonitis (going on 5 months now), but I look down and realize, I am running closer to 9’s. I feel great, but know that the adrenaline, excitement, and honestly, fear of getting lost, is what is pushing my pace. I run steady enough to have 2-3 people in sight at all times. Of course, for a split second, I think, “what if the people I am following aren’t actually a part of this group run?!?!” I get silly over the prospect of me following random strangers that aren’t actually part of the group, and even sillier when I realize that if I don’t slow down, I might run this “fun, easy run” at a PR!! Despite this, I am having a ball. I have a tendency to “slog” when I run on my own, and I need this comradery to help me push my pace. I don’t need to run with people-meaning, I don’t have to run and chat (although it is nice sometimes). But I do like running near people-I run enough solo, so I like having people in my vicinity. It’s nice to not always be alone!
By mile 4, I finally know where I am, so I know the search team won’t have to be called. Once I make it back to the pub, everyone checks in on me to see how I did, and if I had a good time. I had an amazing time. I am beyond thrilled that I went outside of my comfort zone. I am happy that I ran faster than I would have on my own. I’m excited I got the opportunity to meet new people and chat with other about running. I can’t wait for Tuesdays now-no more excuses.
I (Lisa) and the Bibs2Bags team would like to extend our Congratulations to Andy Schachat on his 20th year of announcing events.
Anyone who runs in NH, Maine, and even parts of Massachusetts, knows his voice. I have told Andy this story, but wanted to share it with you as well.
Back in October of 2006 (so I am celebrating my 10th year of running this year!), I decided on a whim to sign up for my first race ever-the UNH Homecoming 5k. I had never run before this, and honestly I hated running. As a child, I would cry for weeks prior to running the mile in gym class. Running had always been a source of stress for me, so the fact that I was signing up for this race, untrained, was pretty outlandish. Not having trained, having had a baby earlier that year, and knowing nothing about running at all, I spent the entire time feeling out of my league and swearing that I would never run another step again.
As I headed toward the finish line, completely defeated, I heard the announcer call my name. I had never participated in sports, so this was the first time something like this had ever happened to me. His enthusiasm made me feel like I had won the race! I am 1000% sure that if it wasn’t for this “announcer”, I would have never run another race again. This voice is what made me want to run again. This voice belonged to Andy.
I remember running my first Boston Marathon as a charity runner. I was beyond nervous. Not only was I about to take part in the most prestigious marathon in the world, I was concerned I’d let down all of the donors who were so generous in helping me raise the money I needed in order to run. As I approached the start line, trembling, I heard that familiar voice. It was Andy on the microphone, doing the announcing before the race. I immediately felt more at ease hearing his voice. It was nice to have a bit of home away from home.
You cannot think of running without thinking of Andy. I’m actually bummed when I run a race where Andy isn’t the announcer. I race a lot, so for the most part, I don’t have friends or family running or cheering me on at every race. But it’s so nice to know that when you run a race where Andy is announcing, you always have a cheerleader, and a friend, waiting for you at the finish. And each time, he makes you feel like a rock star.
As runners, we may not always say it, but Thank You for always being there for us at the Finish Line.
Congratulations on 20 Years, Andy, and Here's to Hearing Your Voice for 20 More!!
About The Authors
A 25 Year Veteran of the Group Fitness Industry, Erika currently teaches Kickboxing, Step, and H.I.I.T. classes at Guilford Parks & Rec.
An Avid Runner, Lisa began her running career about 10 Years Ago.