Monday, March 24, 2014

4th annual Jelly Bean race

Celebrate Spring by running with me in the 
4th annual Jelly Bean virtual race!

What's a virtual race?  A virtual race is running a specified distance (timed) without being present in the actual race location.

DATE:  April 13-20, 2014
The race begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, 8 days.

LOCATION:  Pick your favorite local route or just hop on a treadmill.

EVENTS:  Choose the event that works best for your current fitness level. If you complete both the 5k and 10k distances within the 8-day time frame, you will earn an extra point into the prize drawing (2 entries max per person).
- Run 5K (3.1 miles)
- Run 10K  (6.2 miles)

RESULTS:  Report your race time(s) HERE before Tuesday, April 22 at 12:00 noon CST.   This is a fun race; no Garmin/treadmill photo required to verify your time. 

PRIZES:  When the Jelly Bean results window closes, there will be a random prize drawing from all finishers.  Prizes include:  GU Energy assortment pack, Subway gift card, Headsweats beanie, tube of Nuun hydration tabs, Swiftwick socks, You Just Got Chicked headband, 2pk of LockLaces, Advocare fuel pack, water bottle with phone pouch, and a Run & Eat Cupcakes shirt. 

Follow me for race updates...

  • No need to pre-register. Just mark your calendar, tell your friends, and organize a local group run in your area. This makes a great family event to get the kids active! Bookmark this webpage so that you can come back for updated information until raceday. Join the FB event here.
  • Order an Jelly Bean finisher's medal below (optional). Proceeds from these medals will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Hospital as part of my fundraising for the Bartonville-to-Peoria St. Jude run
  • On race week, PRINT A RACE BIB for each person participating. 
  • Finally, RUN the Jelly Bean... and have FUN!! Take pictures and please share them on my Facebook wall.  Hint, hint... I always award one prize to my favorite picture.
  • REPORT RACE RESULTS for each participant before 12noon on April 22. You will earn one entry into the prize drawing for each event that you finish (2 max). Each event may only be completed once.

Celebrate your Jelly Bean finish with a finisher's medal, an optional add-on to the virtual race.  New for 2014, every medal purchase includes a snack-size bag of Starburst Jelly Beans!!  Proceeds from these medals will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital as part of my fundraising for the Bartonville-to-Peoria St. Jude Run on August 4. (Later added) Thanks to you - St Jude received a $500 donation from the sale of these medals!!
Sorry, Finisher's Medals are SOLD OUT.

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Join me in-person for a local fun run to complete the Jelly Bean race!
Bring out the kids to make it a family run! I will supply the jelly beans.  
Sunday, April 13 at 11:00am
East Peoria Trail
Park and meet by "the train"
Fon du Lac Park Admin Building
201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria, IL


  1. Can't wait. I just looked at my training schedule and will easily be completing both during the 8 days!

  2. How do we enter for both 5k and 10K?

  3. I'm glad to hear that you're hosting the jelly bean race again this year! This will be a perfect recovery "race" from my half marathon!

  4. Hi Jess! Just ordered my medal and one for my buddy through IRun4. I'm just curious why such a big price increase on the medals this year?

    1. Well normally I do my finisher medals for $12. The last increase by the post office jacked up my shipping costs. And then the price/minimums on the medals went up. Plus this one is a fundraiser for charity... most virtual runs with medals online are over $20, so I'm still trying to keep it low as possible... while still raising $ for St Jude Children's Hospital.

    2. Thank you for the clarification. I was just curious. Looking forward to the run and the medal.

  5. This sounds awesome! Looking forward to participating!

  6. Boo! How did I miss this???? I love The Jelly Bean Race! Any chance there will a waiting list for medals or something??? :(

  7. I did this race last year. Loved the medal!


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