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Best Damn Race Partners with Premier Event Management, series heads to New Orleans in 2017.

Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

September 19th, 2016 Florida’s fastest growing road race series expands to Louisiana to offer New Orleans a Half Marathon and 5K on March 26, 2017. NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 19, 2016) The Best Damn Race is headed to  Orleans on March 26, 2017, extending its race portfolio with its successful Florida based runs in Safety Harbor, Orlando, Cape Coral and Jacksonville. A registration blitz begins on September 23 with entries as low as $1! The Best Damn Race New Orleans provides participants with a race created by runners for runners while promising the ‘best damn’ race experience for all. “I am ecstatic about New Orleans becoming the 5th market in our series. It’s a perfect place four our running philosophy of Run, Eat, Drink, Party! Our priority is for each participant to have the best DAMN experience! Our partnership with Bill Burke and PEM will help us keep things local and logistically smooth.” Stated Nick Zivolich, CEO of the Best Damn Race. Participants receive a discounted entry fee, free gender specific tech shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post race party, with free beer, free food and free massages. Best Damn Race also provides all participants with free race day photos ($59.99 Value) The Half Marathon will start and finish at Louis Armstrong Park in the renowned New Orleans Tremé neighborhood adjacent to Congo Square off the French Quarter. Runners will pass the St. Roch Market in the Marigny then run down the oak tree lined Esplanade Avenue past the New Orleans Fairgrounds to the tip of Bayou St. John around the edge of City Park. This out and back route is flat and fast and will be USATF Certified. Offering a unique running course, Best Damn Race New Orleans will take you through some of the oldest and most historical neighborhoods in the city. “We couldn’t be happier to partner with Best Damn Race to help bring one of the best overall race experiences to New Orleans. The Big Easy is about to get a taste of one of the best post race parties in the country” said Bill Burke, Owner and Race Director of Premier Event Management. Registration will open on September 23 for the Best Damn Race New Orleans at http://neworleans.bestdamnrace.com. For sponsorship and expo inquiries please contact info@bestdamnrace.com or call (727) 726-4250. About Best Damn Race Best Damn Race ® is a running series created for runners by runners with events in Orlando, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, and Cape Coral, FL. BDR provides a big race experience at a local race price. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker or using a baby jogger, BDR delivers the best DAMN race experience. BDR’s unique registration blitz allows all participants the opportunity to register for as little as $1. For more information on BDR please go to www.bestdamrace.com . About Premier Event Management Based in New Orleans, Premier Event Management (PEM) owns and manages some of the most widely recognized triathlon, running, cycling, endurance and multisport events in the world, including, New York City Triathlon, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, The Nations Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans, the ET Naperville Sprint Triathlon, the Alpharetta IronKids Triathlon and the Des Moines Triathlon. Premier Event Management specializes in event development, production, management, and corporate sports marketing...

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2016 Best Damn Race Cape Coral Finisher’s Medals Revealed

Posted by on August 16, 2016 in Best Damn Race News | 0 comments

Best Damn Race is proud to reveal the finisher’s medals for our 2016 Cape Coral race(s). As always, our medals aim to please and for this year we’re featuring stained glass, real sand and an awesome ribbon. Check them out! Stained Glass ✔ Real Sand ✔ 4.5″ Tall and Wide ✔ (10K is 3″, and 5K is 2.5″) Awesome...

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How The Registration Blitz Works: aka How do I get that $1 entry?

Posted by on March 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

HOW DOES THE REGISTRATION BLITZ WORK?   Many of you want to know how the registration system works and how to get your best shot at the deeply discounted prices. Here is a quick tutorial on how it works and what you can expect in the next 3 weeks if you are trying to register for Jacksonville 2017, Safety Harbor 2017, or Orlando 2017. How RunSignup Works: RunSignUp calculates race price availability upon credit card checkout. The reason they do this is it is the most reliable mechanism to handle a sell out situation in regard to the price buckets. There is a very accurate count and a very accurate time stamp on when someone clicked on the submit credit card information and it successfully completes. What does that mean for you? That means when 2,000 of you go on the website at “exactly” 12pm EST you will select your race and will all more than likely see $1 next to each race option. You will then fill out your information and get to the check out page. When you get to the checkout page page you will see what the current price is. For this example: Let’s say you are registering for the Half Marathon and it took you 60 seconds to get to the checkout page. If 100 people have already checked out before you then you are going to see $45 for the Half Marathon price. If you then spend another 30 seconds putting in you credit card info and 250 more people finish their registration in that time, then you hit submit,  it will then give you a message that says “your price has changed to $55”. You then will need to hit submit again to lock in that price. This is why its KEY for you to setup an account with them and have all of your info (shirt size, emergency contact, credit card) stored on your account. (More on that below) Why does it not hold your price on checkout page?  Trying to hand out tickets like a deli when people first start registering is a very messy way to do this. The fact is people do not complete the registration process. So say we gave people 15 minutes from the time they got their “deli ticket”, that means there would be a bunch of expirations after 15 minutes.  And this would repeat several times with unknown periods of deli ticket availability. For example, if there are 1,000 participant slots and 1,000 deli tickets are handed out within 3 minutes Only 800 complete within 15 minutes, then 200 deli tickets are available again 15 minutes later. Of those 200, only 150 are used. Which means there are 50 more available 15 minutes after that. This is obviously not very fair or easy. How can I checkout faster? Runners can speed up the process by following these instructions to Registration Blitz Success. Please note that even if you follow all of these directions, many of you will still not get the $1, $5, $10, $15, etc. prices. On top of that, many of you will get the “your price has changed” message 1 or more times as explained above. We know many of you get frustrated with this process. Trust us, It would be easier for us to just charge the going rate for a Half ($65-$105), 10K...

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Special Olympics is the selected charity partner for BDR Safety Harbor 2016

Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  TAMPA, FL – Special Olympics Florida-Hillsborough County is the selected charity partner for the Best Damn Race® taking place on February 6, 2016, in Safety Harbor. “Special Olympics Florida-Hillsborough County is incredibly honored to be the beneficiary of the Best Damn Race,” said Director Sarah Taylor. “Together we can spread awareness around the Tampa Bay community as to what Special Olympics programs offer as well as raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities. All ages are encouraged to train and compete in the organization’s year-round competitions as well as engage in programs for healthcare, leadership and inclusion.” Best Damn Race Saturday, February 6, 2016 Safety Harbor Marina Park Half Marathon – 10K – 5K – Challenge Best Damn Race® is a running series created for runners by runners. The goal is to provide a big-race experience at a local-race price. It doesn’t matter if participants are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, Best Damn Race wants you to have the best DAMN race experience! The post race is a celebration of all athletes! “We are extremely excited to help raise awareness for Special Olympics. These outstanding local athletes are an inspiration and we plan to support them in their journey,” said Nick Zivolich, CEO of Best Damn Race. Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. Special Olympics Inc. is the world’s largest provider of fitness training, education and athletic competition — coupled with social, life, and leadership skill development opportunities — for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or a similar developmental disability. Additional information can be found at http://specialolympicsflorida.org/hillsborough/ You can also make a donation by CLICKING...

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Cape Coral 2015 Finisher Medal’s Revealed

Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Best Damn Race News | 0 comments

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The American Cancer Society Chosen Second Year Running As Charity Partner for 2nd Annual Florida Event

Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Best Damn Race News | 0 comments

The 2nd Annual Best Damn Race Jacksonville will help the world’s largest fundraising event in their fight to end cancer. Jacksonville, FL, September, 22, 2015 – The American Cancer Society has been chosen, for the second year in a row, as the charity partner for the 2nd Annual Best Damn Race in Jacksonville, Florida on January 16, 2016. The American Cancer Society is honored to be the beneficiary of this event. More than four million Relay For Life participants in 6,000 events nationwide help the American Cancer Society save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. The Best Damn Race, Jacksonville (http://jacksonville.bestdamnrace.com) features a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K at Metropolitan Park on Saturday January 16, 2016. The Best Damn Race is a running series created for runners by runners and aims to provide a big race experience at a local race price. The series features races throughout Florida in Cape Coral, Jacksonville, Safety Harbor, and Orlando. Supporting these Local Jacksonville Events: Relay For Life of San Marco/San Jose: www.RelayForLife.org/SanMarcoSanJoseFL Event Date: April 16, 2016 – 3-9 PM, Hendricks Avenue Elementary School Relay For Life of Westside: www.RelayForLife.org/WestsideFL Event Date: April 23, 2016 – 10 AM – 12 AM, Ed White High School Relay For Life of Metro Jacksonville:  www.RelayForLife.org/MetroJacksonvilleFL Event Date: April 28, 2016 – 3-9 PM at Hemming Park Relay For Life of Riverside: www.RelayForLife.org/RiversideFL Event Date: April 30, 2016 –  3-9 PM, Unity Plaza     The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. # #...

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Relay For Life – Official Charity Partner of Best Damn Race Jacksonville 2015

Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Best Damn Race News | 0 comments

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emily Resimont 904-391-3618 Emily.Resimont@Cancer.org  Relay for Life® Chosen As Charity Partner for Annual Florida Event The 1st Annual Best Damn Race Jacksonville will help the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer. Jacksonville, FL, December 19, 2014 – Relay For Life® has been chosen as a charity partner for the 1st Annual Best Damn Race in Jacksonville, Florida on January 10, 2015. Relay for Life® is honored to be a beneficiary of this great event. Dollars raised by more than four million Relay participants in 24 countries help the American Cancer Society save lives by supporting education and prevention efforts, funding groundbreaking cancer research, and providing free information and services for people with cancer who need them. The Best Damn Race, Jacksonville (http://jacksonville.bestdamnrace.com) features a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K at Metropolitan Park on Saturday January 10, 2015. The Best Damn Race is a running series created for runners by runners and aims to provide a big race experience at a local race price. The series features races throughout Florida in Cape Coral, Jacksonville, Safety Harbor, and Orlando. Supporting these Local Jacksonville Events: Relay For Life of Metro Jacksonville: www.RelayForLife.org/MetroJacksonvilleFL Event Date: April 25th, 2015 from 10 A.M – 10 P.M at Kirby Smith Middle School Relay For Life of Riverside: www.RelayForLife.org/RiversideFL Event Date: May 2nd, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. at Riverside Park Relay For Life of Westside: www.RelayForLife.org/WestsideFL Event Date: April 25th, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M. at Edward White High School Relay For Life of San Marco/San Jose: www.RelayForLife.org/SanMarcoSanJoseFL Event Date: April 10th, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. – 6:00 A.M. at Wolfson High School (Overnight Event) The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at cancer.org. # #...

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Hope For The Warriors – Official Charity Partner Best Damn Race Safety Harbor 2015

Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Best Damn Race News | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From:              Hope For The Warriors® Contact:          Matt Holton, 703.559.9224 mholton@hopeforthewarriors.org Facebook: facebook.com/HopeForTheWarriors Twitter: @Hope4Warriors Hope For The Warriors® Chosen As Charity Partner for Annual Florida Event The 3rd Annual Best Damn Race will benefit military families nationwide SAFETY HARBOR, FL, December 10, 2014 – Hope For The Warriors® has been chosen as a charity partner for the 3rd Annual Best Damn Race in Safety Harbor, Florida on February 7, 2015. Hope For The Warriors® is honored to be a beneficiary of this great event, which will help to further their mission of restoring self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families. The Best Damn Race, Safety Harbor (http://safetyharbor.bestdamnrace.com) features a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and a 10K + 5K Challenge at Safety Harbor Marina Park on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The Best Damn Race is a running series created for runners by runners and aims to provide a big race experience at a local race price. The series features races throughout Florida in Cape Coral, Jacksonville, Safety Harbor, and Orlando. “Hope For The Warriors® is excited to be a charity partner of the Best Damn Race,” said Karla Malone, Team Hope For The Warriors®, Team Tampa Captain. “This partnership will help Hope For The Warriors® further foster our relationship with the Tampa area and bring awareness to the needs of military families.” Hope For The Warriors® (www.hopeforthewarriors.org) is a national nonprofit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families. Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org) for three consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits. Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800. ###...

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Picture YES!

Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Guest Posts | 0 comments

It’s race day and, as you are running, you happen to see the photographer. This is going to be a great picture. You look good, feel good, and the wind is blowing through your hair. For a moment, you are the star of the race. Then it happens – race photos are deployed. OMG is that me? Where’s my perfect photo, the perfect stride and wind flowing through my hair?   Time To Fight Back: Tip 1: Never hide your bib. Often times race photos are organized by bib numbers. Remember not to wear things (sweatshirts) over your bibs. If you must wear a sweatshirt or some other shirt over your race shirt, pin your bib to your shorts.  Don’t put your bib in your pocket. Tip 2: Don’t pin your bib on your back, side or butt. No one photographs your backside. As awesome as your butt may be, there will be no images to view, front or back. In addition, we often see bibs people placed on their side. This also makes it difficult to identify you in the photo. Awesome tidbit: You can use the race bib to hide some trouble areas that may not be so flattering, just keep it in the front and visible. Tip 3: Don’t stop your watch right at the finish line. We get it, you PR’d and want instant gratification, but that is why they “time” the race. Stopping your watch precisely at the finish line causes you to put your arms right in front of your bib, making you, and subsequently your photos unidentifiable. Don’t let your photos be orphans. Tip 4: Find the cameraman and run toward them. Some of the best photos of people come from right in front of the camera. The cameraman is snapping photos at lightning pace, if you are right in front of him, you are more likely to get that great shot with your eyes open and mouth shut. Tip 5: SMILE!!!. YES!, we know you are in pain, but remember you paid to do this. Act like you enjoy it. A smile can make all the difference in the world and make you look a little less dead, or worse, constipated. Tip 6: As you approach the camera, over-exaggerate your stride and pick up your legs. We know they feel like bricks, but if you don’t pick them up, you will look like a death-defying speed walker. Tip 7: If you wear make-up, wear some make-up. The old saying nothing new on race day goes the same for photos. Women, If you wear make-up, wear a mild version (no Tammy Faye Baker or Joker impressions). If you do your hair, brush it or put it in a cute ponytail. If you hop out of bed and into your sneakers, your photos will look like a sweaty person that hopped out of bed and put on their sneakers. Men, do whatever it is you do to look presentable. Tip 8: The YES! pose. Crossing the finish line is AWESOME no matter what your time. Be proud, throw your hands in the air and scream “YES!”. Trust us on this one! To claim your free race results and photos courtesy of Best Damn Race and Make YES! Happen visit:...

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