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An Invitation For ALL Sparkers to JASR (lots of pics)

Monday, January 09, 2012

At the end of March Sparkers from all over the country (PA, OH, NY, MD FL, SD, LA, IN, IA, KY, WI, IL, NE, TX, VA, OR, off the top of my head) and Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Nova Scotia) will be heading to Pittsburgh for Just a Short Run on 3/31/12. The event has a 5k and 8.1 mile for runners and walkers, a half marathon and 30k for runners. Currently we will be booking 24 rooms for 35 sparkers and several will be coming with their spouses. We started this event in 2010 with 11 sparkers, 2011 brought us 50 sparkers and 2012 ???? I am guessing it will be 75 to 100 when all is said and done.

Sparkers will begin arriving on Thursday 3/29 and some will stay thru 4/1, Friday we will do dinner then head back to the hotel to hang out for a while before hitting the sack. Saturday morning we will arrive at the race around 7 am (which it will probably be about 20 degrees), do our event and hang out to cheer on other sparkers as they finish their event. Lunch is next, then late Saturday afternoon we are trying to arrange a mixer and food at a local running store then back to the hotel for a big social (and a drink or two). Sunday some will depart for home while other will head into Pittsburgh to visit the city.

Many of us met for the first time, some of us met at other spark events in the past but each time friendships have been forged. These friendships are what will drive you to organize or go to another spark event. I know last year there were several of you that felt intimidated or too shy to introduce yourself or even come near the group, but for those of you that did realized that this was something you will remember for a life time, we are just like you with a common goal to live healthier. There will be a maximum of 2300 runners/walkers (the event will sell out no later than mid February), you donít have to be fast, just come to do your best and have a good time.

Do you want an experience of a life time? Join us!

part of last years crew

Coach Nicole at JASR 2011

Sparkers Miamia7 (PA) and Suezette414 (FLA) teary good byes

We shall just leave these ones name less :)

Friday night dinner taking up 2 huge tables at Olive Garden

Coach Nancy entertaining some of the girls

and the race begins

To join our spark team :

To register for the race or get event details:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WAHOKIE 2/9/2012 10:22AM

    That sounds exciting! We need more events like that around the country!

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QUERIDAANA 2/8/2012 1:56PM

    Sounds great! Hopefully next year I will be able to participate.

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TAMTAM64 1/21/2012 2:47PM

    I am so looking forward to this! Can't wait to meet new people & see old friends.

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CATHRINE2010 1/12/2012 5:00PM

    Doing the 8.1 hope to see all of you fellow sparkers there! My son will be doing the 5k and will need someone to hang with . He does a 5k in 35 minutes( he is 12) Let me know if anyone has a time around his. Cathy

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RICHOJOHNSON 1/11/2012 5:40AM

    A shame it is just too far for me :(

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CASSIOEPIA 1/10/2012 11:47PM

    Would love to be there, but I won't get there this year. 77 more sleeps!

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FELIXC 1/10/2012 10:19PM

    I can't wait!


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GIANNA345 1/10/2012 9:51AM

    I'll be there!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 1/10/2012 7:28AM

    Can hardly wait :) I can attest it's a FABULOUS experience!! Nothin' quite like hangin' with fellow Sparkers for a fun Spring warm-up, no matter the temp! :)

Thanks Bobby, Annie & Lynn for managing the details!!!

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BOBBYD31 1/9/2012 6:14PM

    Just booked 35 rooms at the comfort in, woo hoo!

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KKINNEA 1/9/2012 12:31PM

    It looks like my schedule won't permit this year but I'm staying on the team so I can be up-to-date and fit it in as soon as possible!

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DOCTATITO 1/9/2012 12:03PM

    Fun fun! Anything planned yet for this year? Looking forward to it!

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TIGGER622 1/9/2012 11:52AM

    YAY! Last year was so much fun!!! Might need to register today... thanks Bobby!!!

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OTTERBEME 1/9/2012 11:41AM

    Oh how I would LOVE to go! I think it might be just what I need!
I'm looking into it!

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ROXIT22222 1/9/2012 11:37AM

    Looks like so much fun. I may have to put it on the bucket list for next year. This year I will be at the farthest end of the US from there.... Hawaii... but I will be cheering you on!

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2WHEELER 1/9/2012 11:33AM

    We'll have a great time. Thanks for organizing us again--not an easy job.

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CBAILEYC 1/9/2012 10:58AM

    I can't wait! I've been lucky to meet a few local Sparkers, and a few Sparkers who came to PDX for Hood to Coast! Looking forward to expanding my Spark-horizons!

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TORTUETOO 1/9/2012 10:43AM

    Sorry I can't join you this year - maybe next year!

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KASHMIR 1/9/2012 10:13AM

    I am thinking about putting this race on my list for 2013 as well.

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GOEGIRL 1/9/2012 9:20AM

    Well I'll be there for sure! As you know I recently broke my ankle, so I may walking a 5k, but I'll be there. I would even come if I had to stand on the sidelines in a boot. ;o) Thanks for ALL the hard work and effort you've been putting into getting us all organized. I just can't wait to see and squish all my Sparkly friends again.

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DREBENEZER 1/9/2012 9:07AM

    Sadly, it looks like I will not be able to be there this year. Looking forward to 2013.

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LAURIE5658 1/9/2012 8:27AM

    Wish JASR would fit into my schedule but alas it does not. For those that are JASR newbie be prepared to laugh ALOT! The cameraderie is second to none and you will forge new friendships with fellow running Sparkers. Have a great time and don't do anything that I wouldn't do! That does not leave many options LOL. Oh and you canNOT purchase a 12 pack of beer in PA.


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CALIDREAMER76 1/9/2012 6:18AM

    Wow, I didn't realize my first was your first as a spark event. I had thought you had met together as a group before, you were and are so well organized. I can't wait for another fun spark time! Frances!
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    I am so sad that I won't be coming from Michigan. I had the half marathon on my 2012 schedule until a broken ankle changed everything. But I'm counting on being there in 2013!

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CARILOUIE 1/9/2012 5:44AM

    Hoo-eeee I can't wait!!!

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SHEENADEE 1/9/2012 12:51AM

    Alright, alright! Your blog is very persuasive.


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