July 25, 2012

Go Commando Half Marathon & 5K Giveaway

Go Commando: no it's not just about no underpants. This is the second year for the Go Commando Half Marathon and 5k in Clarksville, TN, and just like the rest of Tennessee, Clarksville is surrounded by gorgeous. 

So here's a little refresher, in case you are new to Yo Momma. I ran this half last year with my big brother. 


It was the inaugural Go Commando race, and they had lots of unique bits going on in their race. There were dudes in kilts, which I'm pretty sure was just a reminder that you can use this race as an excuse to wear no underwear if you want. I kept wanting them to trip and fall, just so I could verify that theory. Plus seeing people fall warms my cold, cold heart. 

Or maybe a strong breeze would have helped us out. 

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Moving on. This amazing dude set a world record for running the fastest half marathon time in a gas mask. 

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He runs for Red, White & Blue, a non-profit set up to assist wounded veterans with reintegration. One hundred percent of the donations go to helping with this process so check out teamrwb.org for more information about running with them or donating. 

Did I mention that they give out Army shorts in the swag? Some people call them ranger panties, and they are a cool change from getting a shirt that will almost certainly immediately get lost in the race shirt black hole that exists in my drawers. In some cases, they leave less to the imagination. Ahem. Scroll fast if that idea makes you nervous. 

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And they hand out dog tags for medals. Opposite of the boring same old, same old. 

The Fort Campbell army base is nearby so we saw a lot of military folks at the race last year. There were elderly ladies in full sweat suits (on a not so chilly day) cruising past us the whole race, probably pushing strollers and carrying on easy conversations as if they were strolling through a field of daises. I'm going to go down on the records saying that people in the military kick giant butt at any age. Seriously, I thought I had a pretty good finish time for a smaller race, but because of those butt-kicking military folk, I was not even close to placing in my age group. 

This race is still my current half personal record of 1:45, so this year, I'm going to have to kick it up a notch. It will definitely be a perfect competitive environment for a PR. You aren't just going to mosey on down to the finish line in this one. These people have got some fight in them, and they aren't afraid to whip out the big guns (their muscles, not real guns, y'all) on the course. 

They made some course changes from last year, which sound like great additions to the event. We get to run through their historic downtown this year, and like last year, the course takes you by the Cumberland River. Thank you, gorgeous river, for giving me something to think about when my quads are burning.

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And after running Oak Barrel, I see what they mean about this course being relatively flat for Tennessee. Not relatively flat for Kansas, just for Tennessee. 

Registration costs $55 until September 30th, when it goes up to $60. The race is October 20th. Because Go Commando is a non-profit race, the proceeds go straight back into Clarksville's community. This year they are capping the race at 1,500, so if you know you're in, sign up now.  

So here's what I want: all of you running with me on October 20th! And definitely at least one of you will because Go Commando has agreed to provide a free race entry to one of you awesome people. Thanks, Go Commando!

To enter: 

In the comments of this post, tell me why you want to Go Commando in Clarksville.

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

* Like Go Commando on Facebook and let them know Yo Momma sent you (then laugh because that joke never gets old). Leave a comment telling me you did.

* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend connect (see the right sidebar). Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

I'll pick the winner using a random number generator on Friday, August 3rd. I want to give y'all plenty of time to spread the word to your friends and family who would love to run a fun and fast Tennessee race. 

Go Commando is providing the race entry for Yo Momma and the winner of this contest. They are not offering any other compensation, and as always, the ideas and bad jokes here are my own. 

54 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this post, hahahahahaha. Sounds (looks) like a fun race...too bad I didn't live closer. And you will totally get your PR! :)

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    1. Too bad because you would be good competition for those hardcore ladies!:)

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  2. This is sadly not an entry because I live too far away but I had to leave a comment...the photos in this post are spectacular, thank you for a lovely start to the morning, I scrolled very slowly over some of them :)

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  3. I would love to run this race for a few reasons: the scenery, I've never ran a race in TN, and I want to run with you!! :)

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  4. Thanks for the sweet comment that you left on my blog! Made me smile!

    I would love to do the Go Commando half-marathon, because the 1/2 is my favorite distance, and this race sounds so fun!

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  5. I liked the race on FB, and left a comment mentioning YMR.

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  6. I would love to run it! I live in Clarksville, so this would be awesome!

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  7. This race looks awesome! I love the medal, and it's always fun to run with yo momma! Plus if I can win an entry, it'll be easier to convince Brian!

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  8. Liked Go Commando on fb (and told them you sent me/Rosie).

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  9. Yes i wanna run it!!! The course seems great....and maybe I do support going comando when i run! :)

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  10. I already liked your page on FB

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  11. I already follow you on Twitter :)

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  12. I liked Go Commando's FB page and told em you sent me.

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  13. I already follow you on Google Friend

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  14. I mentioned the give away on my FB

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  15. I mentioned the giveaway on my Twitter!

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  16. I'd run commando just to get the army shorts.

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  17. You're going to have to take me out of the drawing...my bestie just got engaged and that is a wedding festitivites weekend!! Plus I COULD be still doing the Color Run 5k on that Sunday. haha. Good luck to all the ladies in the drawing!

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    1. How fun! That is going to be one awesome weekend. We'll miss you at the race!

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  18. I want to Go Commando in Clarksville because I missed it last year!

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  19. I like Go Commando on Facebook

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  20. I shared this giveaway via Facebook

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  21. I like Yo Momma runs on Facebook

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  22. I need a fall half to train for!

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  23. I wish I could get down there. Burlington, North Carolina can not be too far from you, right? I would love to rock the Princess Leia buns with you. You are on my list of fellow blogging runners I would love to meet up with and run a race. Also thanks for the beautiful pictures in this post. I mean it looks like a gorgeous run and, well, the army shorts sure are sexy.:)

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  24. Okay I did a little Mapquest. I am 8 hours and 43 minutes away from Clarksville. We will definitely hit a race together sometime, perhaps in 2013.:)

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  25. i would love to do the 5k race. I am originally from Clarksville,TN and still currently live here.... I have done 16 events and NEVER one in my hometown because I didnt want someone i know to beat me. LOL.. sounds weird i know.. but i think its time i represent my hometown!! woot woot!!! im sharing this to get entered in the drawing!

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