Time to run into the new year with The Run Show!

Disclaimer: I received a ticket to The Run Show USA Boston to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

As we head into 2022 have you made plans for more in-person races? Run-cations? Updated fitness and nutrition regimen? All of the above? The premier running industry conference and expo of all expos, The National Running Event, is making it’s way across the pond from the UK for the first time as The Run Show USA – Boston, where you can prep for a spectacular 2022.

I’m really excited to be traveling to Boston, January 28-30, with some ATL run buddies, fellow BibRave Pros, and thousands of new “friends” from across the country to take part in this amazing event and community meetup. The Run Show speaks for itself:

We bring together inspirational speakers, the latest footwear and apparel, cutting-edge technology, expert coaches, the best races and a host of tasty nutrition products all under one roof.

This is the biggest community meet-up of the year and perfectly timed for runners that are training for events in the Spring. The Run Show is a community event for everyone, regardless of background, ethnicity or ability – if you take one step then you’re a runner.


Here’s what I’m most excited to experience at The Run Show Boston:

  1. Hearing from some of my running heroes, including ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes, and recent Badwater 135 winner Sally McRae.
  2. Awesome clinics such as run gait analysis and ChiRunning.
  3. Do you love race expos? This promises to be runner expo heaven!
  4. FREE Tickets. Yes, you read that right! If you use my code BIBRAVEBOSTON when you register at the link below, you can reserve up to 10 FREE tickets. So get your friends together and register today!
  5. BOSTON! You better believe I’m getting a lobster roll at Neptune Oyster and visiting BOTH Modern Bakery and Mike’s. All.The.Canolis.

Use code BIBRAVEBOSTON to register for FREE tickets to the Run Show USA Boston at https://bit.ly/RunShowUSABR

Still not sure? Check out fellow BibRave Pro articles on more reasons to attend The Run Show Boston below.

Vanessa | Stephanie |

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Summer Fitness Roundup: Summer Lovin’ on the Roads Less Traveled

Seeking adventure and a change of pace on the path less-traveled…

Once again my plan to write these posts every month fell by the wayside. Between taking over a consulting project at one job, building a software product and starting a new company, traveling for Bike Ride Across GA, Grandma’s Marathon, work, and then a 3 week road trip and bike adventure in Colorado and Utah, I guess you can say the summer has been a bit busy. I’m putting all of this in the type 2 bucket of fun category. Yes, I’m tired and wish I could disappear somewhere. Yes, these are all adventures and challenges of immense privilege and I’m thankful everyday for these epic opportunities.

While I’ve maintained a great baseline level of fitness, the post-Grandma’s slump and general craziness greatly diminished my energy and motivation. Add in the fact that running/cycling in Atlanta during the oppressively humid, “will summer every f’ing end”, months is itself an exercise in patience and masochistic motivation. For a while I have had neither. After a week of trying to recover from our epic Utah road trip (how the F did we even do what we did??) and attempt to get over the fact that we are no longer in Utah, I am using the end of August to regroup both mentally and physically, re-create a fitness routine, and find the fun again (in spite of the weather). Leaning heavily on run buddies is the key to forcing myself out of bed and suffering with good company. Volunteering as a run lead and crew chief for Atlanta Track Club marathon training program on Saturdays is helpful for knocking out these long runs for the NYC Marathon, although last week I failed miserably. This week will be better.

This summer, between the many difficult by choice happenings in my life, I keep coming back to this quote:

“If you never fail, you’re only trying things that are too easy and playing far below your level… If you can’t remember any time in the last six months when you failed, you aren’t trying to do difficult enough things.”

Eliezer Yudkowsky


JUNE Stats:

  • Running miles : 63; year-to-date : 845.72 –> Ran Grandma’s Marathon with an official (non virtual) PR of 4:27
  • Cycling miles: 445.79; year-to-date : 1251.54 –> BRAG!
  • Crossfit workouts: 13 year-to-date: 101

JULY Stats:

  • Running miles : 94.98; year-to-date : 940.7
  • Cycling miles: 127.27; year-to-date : 1378.81
  • Crossfit workouts: 14 year-to-date: 115

AUGUST Stats (as of 8/24):

  • Running miles : 25 –> 3 weeks of travel with no running. May get additional 50 before end of month.
  • Cycling miles: 247.73 –> San Juan Hut trip from Durango to Moab!
  • Crossfit workouts: 6 –> Plan for 5 more before end of month.

Current 2021 Goals:

  • Running miles : Due to travel and some post-marathon slump I’ve fallen a bit behind on my “Run the Year” goal but it’s still in reach. Training for NYC Marathon, and a couple ultra’s on the calendar should get things back on track.
  • Crossfit: unassisted pull-ups/kipping pull-ups in all workouts by the end of the year, 5 unbroken double unders

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BibRave Race Review: The “biggest little race” at Grandma’s Marathon!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Grandma’s Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

After more than a year without in-person road marathons, and more than 2 years since I’ve raced one, I was super excited to run Grandma’s Marathon as a BibRave Pro. It was a GREAT re-entry to in-person races and I had a wonderful experience. Even better, I checked off a new state! Check out more about my experience in Duluth, MN in the vlog below. Let me know in the comments if you’ve done Grandma’s or thinking about it in the future (I’m planning to go back next year). Have you gone back to an in-person race yet? How has it been getting back out there. Let me know!

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April & May Running Roundup: Spring Showers, May Flowers

Re-energizing with some Spring rest and miles.

Yup, I missed the April roundup so now you get a two-for-one. By the end of March, beginning of April, the year mark of COVID, plus marathon training, plus CrossFit, plus work…had me feeling pretty physically and emotionally tired. Nothing terrible, just more tired and more emotionally sensitive. Work has been really exciting as we build an awesome software product (that came somewhere from the recesses of my brain even though I never imagined myself building software…hello, Data Science unicorn). The result of all that, however, is that I’ve had several 60-80 hour work weeks. It’s fun and exciting when you get to work with an awesome team, and feel fully supported, but it’s still a lot of time and effort. I learned how to give myself some grace and be ok with skipping some mid-week runs. However, being busy is no excuse to forget what your body needs, and your body needs movement. If I missed a run, I definitely made sure to at least get to the gym. Even my husband, who often worries about how much I try to fit in 24 hrs, would often poke me to get away from my desk and go to the gym because he knows how much my body and brain really need it. All in all, it only took a couple weeks to reset my mind and body and feel ready to dive back into the end of training for Grandma’s Marathon. It also helped that earlier in May I was, finally, able to graduate/celebrate my PhD. I officially earned my degree last July but, of course, not much celebrating to be done at that time. Kennesaw State had their first in-person commencement ceremonies since December, 2019 and 2020 grads were all able to participate. I definitely wanted an excuse to 1) wear my fun wizards hat, and 2) have a gathering with all my vaccinated friends and family. Successfully accomplished both. You’re welcome. After that energizing weekend it was back to full steam ahead with the longest training weeks and I’ve now officially reached taper! Less than 3 weeks until race day, and 1 week of that will be at Bike Ride Across Georgia so I won’t be running at all! Once home from BRAG, I’ll have a few days to get some shake out runs and then off to Duluth, Minnesota! Woohoo!


APRIL Stats:

  • Running miles : 133.2; year-to-date : 612.02
  • Cycling miles: 232.17; year-to-date : 573.67 –> Ran the Tear Drop Half Marathon with a PR of 1:48:19 !
  • Crossfit workouts: 19 year-to-date: 70

MAY Stats:

  • Running miles : 170.72; year-to-date : 782.74
  • Cycling miles: 153.87; year-to-date : 727.54
  • Crossfit workouts: 18 year-to-date: 88 –> for test week I hit PRs in CrossFit total, pushups, and did my first “Murph”!

Goals for June:

  • Running miles : 150 miles –> accounting for taper, BRAG week, and post-marathon rest
  • Cycling miles: 500 –> BRAG!
  • Crossfit workouts: 12 –> accounting for travel
  • Yoga: 1 x / week

Current 2021 Goals:

  • Running miles : Still on track for “running the year”. Yay!
  • Crossfit: unassisted pull-ups/kipping pull-ups in all workouts by the end of the year, 5 unbroken double unders

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BibRave Product Review: Natural Sun Protection with Tanri Outdoors

Disclaimer: I received an Tanri Outdoors sun-care products to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

Even though I am less burn-prone now than I was in my teens and twenties, the amount of time I spend outside, especially during the harsh southern summers, exposes my skin to potential sun damage. In addition, as a tattooed athlete, it’s really important to keep the ink as protected as possible in order to prevent fading. Gotta protect the skin AND artwork!

Finding effective, natural sunscreens that 1) don’t cake on and make me look like a ghost, and 2) don’t immediately sweat off has been a difficult task over the years. I was really excited to give the new Tanri Outdoors sun-care products a try especially since they offer “natural sun protection for runners, by runners,” while also being kind to the environment.

BibRave ambassadors had the opportunity to try 4 Tanri products:

  • SPF15 Moisturizer: I used on my face and it feels super light and not greasy
  • After sun restorative moisturizer: I’ve been using after runs and rides, and before bed; also super light, not greasy. Skin, especially around tattoos feels great
  • Mineral sunscreen SPF30: first time I’ve tried a natural sunscreen that doesn’t feel like I’m covered in a white layer of grease.
  • Lib balm SPF 15: don’t forget to protect those smackers! Nice, light flavor without the chemical taste. Kept lips feeling great even after 4 hours running

Additional benefits of choosing Tanri Outdoors suncare products:

  • While chemical-based sunscreens absorb into the skin and take up to 30 minutes to be effective, Tanri mineral-based products don’t absorb into the skin and work instantly.
  • All natural, with no harsh chemicals. No parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances. The only active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium oxide.
  • GMO free, vegan, no animal testing
  • 1% of every purchase donated to preserving national parks and forests.

Tanri products retail for between $3.99 for the lip balm to $29 for the after sun restorative moisturizer. You can use code BIBRAVE10 for 10% off!

Be sure to follow Tanri Outdoors on all your favorite social media channels below to keep posted about their awesome products. Their social feeds are also full of great photos that will inspire you to GET OUTSIDE!

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Check out what other BibRave Pros say about Tanri Outdoors:

Angie | Katy | Sherry | Kelsey |

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Make your miles matter: 2021 National Day of Awareness MMIW Virtual Run

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the National Day of Awareness MMIW Virtual Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

Time for some serious and important talk folks. Did you know that #MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women? Until recently I was not aware of the epidemic of violence against Indigenous People. For example, according to CDC, murder is the 3rd leading cause of death of Indigenous Women. In 2016, 5,712 MMIWG2S (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2-Spirited People) were reported, with only 116 of those logged in the Department of Justice’s database. The National Day of Awareness MMIW Virtual Run aims to amplify the voices of Indigenous Peoples and bring visibility to the epidemic of MMIW. How can you help stand in solidarity with MMIW and their families?⠀

Run, walk, get active with @native_women_running in support of @mmiwusa – a non-profit that works on the ground with families who are strongly affected by #MMIW #bibchat #mmiwbr #MMIWG2S #MMIR #timetofly #nativewomenrunning

How does the MMIW mission virtual event work?

  1. ❗️ Visit here and register for the 2021 MMIW Virtual Event⠀
  2. ❗️ Wear the 2021 MMIW Run Shirt or the color red on the day of the event (Every registration comes with a red t-shirt; register by 4/28 if you are in the U.S. to get the t-shirt by 5/5)! The last day to register is 5/5.⠀
  3. 🏃🏼‍♂️  Run, walk, hike, or any movement of your choice for any distance May 5-May 8th.
  4. 📸  Share a picture on social & speak on why you are participating.
  5. Use hashtags #nativewomenrunning #MMIW #MMIWG2S #MMIR #timetofly and tag @nativewomenrunning on your social posts.
  6. 💡 Other BibRave Pros including @bluegrassbamr and @vanessajunkin have pledged to run 10 miles for this race to highlight that Native Women face murder rates at more than 10x the national average and I plan to do the same.

Before heading out on your MMIW Virtual Event activity, please consider using this site to learn what native land you are using. My runs in Atlanta, GA are uplifted by the Muscogee/Creek land we occupy.

Are you ready to make your miles matter?

Register now at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Anywhere/2021MMIWVirtualEvent

Read fellow BRP Vanessa and Stephanie’s blogs about their take on this important event.

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March Running Roundup: Keep Moving Forward

After completing the Atlanta Half Marathon at the end of February, I took it easy for a week and then had some missed/slower workouts after first COVID vaccine. I don’t care; even being halfway vaccinated makes me so happy. Adam and I will be fully locked and loaded by mid-April in time for some in-person bike events, possible graduation (a year late) at Kennesaw State in May, and planned summer travel. That said, we’ll be wearing masks in public places for the forseeable future due to 1) lack of herd immunity, 2) COVID isn’t just going away – it will most likely continue to circulate like the other coronavirus strains, flu, and other respiratory diseases, 3) people suck and are gross, and 4) it’s not fucking hard.

The slow start to the month, hitting the 1 year post-COVID mark, and taking on new challenges at work had me feeling kind of mentally exhausted at first. Having the goal of training for Grandma’s Marathon with a PR goal in mind was really essential to keep me motivated. On the worst days, getting on my awesome Peloton Tread, pounding my brains out, and sweating like a beast was incredibly cathartic. I’m so grateful I’m able to have such an amazing tool in my house that has really helped me improve my fitness and well-being. Peloton is inspiring, empowering, but also an incredible privilege.

Me, Adam, and a small group of our cycling COVID pod tackled the Fried Clay gravel grind last weekend. It was a really fun, and challenging 200k (135 m) event, which we tackled by riding the first 80 miles, camping, and then completing the final 60 on Sunday. The 80 mile day included 10 miles of single track/horse trails, and was overall probably the most difficult 80 miles I’ve completed on a bike. The Whistestop Cafe, made famous in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, was around mile 50 and we had the goal to get there before it closed at 4. Seems like it should have been a piece of cake, but I was bonking hard and mashing like a fiend in the 40-50 mile section to make it there finally…at 3:45. #WorthIt

By the end of the month it was time for the BibRave Summit with this year’s theme, BibRave Proud #BRProudSummit . This was the 3rd official summit and the 2nd virtual. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet with other BibRave Pros IRL at two previous events, The Running Event conference and the 2019 BibRave Summit in Chicago. Team BibRave has done an awesome job at creating high-value, community centered events even during this time of virtual everything. This year they used platform Hopin, which I’ve used for several virtual professional conferences this year, and it was a great way to engage with other Pros, watch informative content, meet and network with many new folks, and have a lot of fun during the process. We may all be a bit “zoomed-out”, but the BibRave Proud Summit was still a great opportunity to connect with a community that spends most of its time in the virtual/social media space anyway. Even though I’ve never met most of these cool folks, I feel their positive energy in my life on a daily basis. Seeing them virtually just got me even more antsy and excited for the, hopefully near, future where we can all meet IRL again. Thanks so much to sponsors Knockaround and Science in Sport for supporting the summit and sending some great products.

Interested in becoming a BibRave Pro? Applications open up periodically, so I’ll be sure to share info on social media when applications open! Learn more here. You can also learn more about the Summit and the awesome BibRave community on the latest episode of The BibRave Podcast, and you can check out what it was like by searching the hashtag #BRProudSummit.

After the vaccine, and Fried Clay, and improvements in the weather, I found myself feeling much sunnier by the end of the month. Through the highs and the lows of the month, Grandmas Marathon training was there through it all. Marathon training is a steady friend, and dispenser of tough love, exactly when you need it.



  • Running miles : 140.42; year-to-date : 379.92
  • Cycling miles: 155.3; year-to-date : 341.5 –> I’ll be focused on running miles through Grandma’s marathon in June, but March weather had me motivated to get back out on bike more. We also rode an epic 200k (135 mile) gravel event called “Fried Clay”. Spinning my legs is definitely great cross training.
  • Crossfit workouts: 14 year-to-date: 51 -> travel the first weekend, Fried Clay bike event, and reaction after first COVID vaccine had me missing a few workouts. Good news though: I’m doing kipping pull ups with just the smallest band assistance. Very close to consistently getting RX pull-ups.

Goals for April:

  • Running miles : 175 miles
  • Cycling miles: 100
  • Crossfit workouts: 18
  • Yoga: 1 x / week

Current 2021 Goals:

  • Running miles : Still on track for “running the year”. Yay!
  • Crossfit: unassisted pull-ups/kipping pull-ups in all workouts by the end of the year, double unders

Let me know how you’re staying motivated, if you’re training for anything, or if you just need a kick in the butt. I’m here for it all. 😀

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February Running Roundup: winter maintenance and motivation

Even though my birthday falls in February, it tends to be a struggle month for me. The new year has settled in, the late winter, pre-spring blues crop up, and motivation becomes a bit of a struggle. I feel like I’m operating 75-80% on my fitness and nutrition goals, but that 20-ish% of less than ideal nutrition behavior ends up creating plateaus that can spiral into lapses in motivation and loss of fitness gains. Know thyself. I still have progress I’d like to make but it’s very slow going and frustrating, and I feel myself making more concessions and excuses than I’d like. In the end, it’s all completely ok and I’m learning to give myself some grace.

As I’m writing this I’m on a girls beach trip (COVID-safe of course) and getting a much-needed reset, even if a vacation means a small delay to getting back on the nutrition happy train lol. Next week I’ll officially start training for Grandma’s Marathon. I’m really excited for this race and committed to training for it like the athlete I know I am; what would an athlete do, is my mantra for this training cycle. Now I’m ready to take the gains I’ve made in the past year, commit to continued progress (not perfection), and ignite the next phase of my fitness journey. In spite of some lapses I’m proud of myself for maintaining a daily reading habit this year. I just finished reading ‘Bravey’ by Alexi Pappas. It’s an EXCELLENT read and highly recommended. Alexi’s story and writing are funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational. The book is full of amazing quotes including 2 that I’ve added to my vision board for daily motivation:

  • “Before bed, decide tomorrow will be great.”
  • “Good thing I didn’t accomplish all my goals yet, because then what would I do tomorrow?”



  • Running miles : 173.9; year-to-date : 339.5
  • Cycling miles: 66.8; year-to-date : 186.2 –> weather is getting better but still really focused on running – will need to find a better balance even while training for Grandma’s. 
  • Crossfit workouts: 21 year-to-date: 37

Goals for March:

  • Running miles : 175 miles
  • Cycling miles: 100
  • Crossfit workouts: 20
  • Yoga: 1 x / week

Updated 2021 Goals:

  • Running miles : Still on track for “running the year”. Yay!
  • Crossfit: unassisted pull-ups/kipping pull-ups in all workouts by the end of the year, double unders

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January Running Roundup: Habit Building and PRs

In spite of the unsurprising continued and worsening national crises, the world of Fun Size Athlete kept moving forward in January. I feel quite fortunate on many fronts. I joined the Ox100 fitness challenge at the CrossFit gym I belong to, hoping to continue giving myself goals and motivation. The challenge was adjusted this year to be a bit more flexible but the first 30 days was still limited to “detoxing” with Whole 30 or Paleo diet. While Whole 30 has worked well for me in the past (when I have actually needed a good food detox), it kind of backfired for me this year and I found myself feeling pretty terrible for the first few weeks of the month. I had already started focusing a lot on nutrition last year and following macros. Also, Adam and I have shifted to a mostly plant-based diet at this point, so suddenly going back to a very heavy meat-based diet had me feeling slow, bloated, hungry, unsatisfied (insert additional negatives here). I learned that everything has it’s time and place, and I needed to just stick to (and improve) what had already been working for me. By the end of the month I switched back to 90% plant-based, counting macros, etc. and felt better within a week. For the next 2 phased of the challenge I will try to maintain 100% plant-based and hit my macro requirements as much as possible (with special focus on hitting the protein goals). I’m glad I learned to listen to my body.

In spite of not always feeling great, I hit over 100 Peloton runs, and completed 90% of the prescribed workouts (including speedwork!) in the Atlanta Track Club half marathon training plan. I complete most of the workouts on the Peloton Tread+ inside and the benefits have quickly translated to improvements in my outside runs and races. In fact, I PRd the 5k and half marathon distances this month without even planning on it! Every time I head outside for a run I notice changes to my steady state/”easy” run pace, to the point where I’m not even sure what my “easy” pace should even be at this point. Always a work in progress, and I’m here for it.


  • Running miles : 167.6; year-to-date : 167.6
  • Cycling miles: 119.4; year-to-date : 119.4 –> it’s too damn cold!
  • Crossfit workouts: 16; year-to-date: 16


  • Running miles : 170 miles
  • Cycling miles: 100
  • Crossfit workouts: 20
  • Core: Complete Matty Maggiacomo’s enCORE28 challenge

Updated 2021 Goals:

  • Running miles : 2021 –> yup, I’ve decided to “Run The Year” and I’m currently on track
  • Crossfit: unassisted pull-ups/kipping pull-ups in all workouts by the end of the year, double unders
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BibRave Race Review: Hot Chocolate 15k Atlanta

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hot Chocolate 15k Atlanta as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Many of us may be fatigued by the thought of ANOTHER virtual race, but the Hot Chocolate 15k race series kept things sweet and safe. Running isn’t cancelled for sure. After taking last year off from the Hot Chocolate Race in Atlanta, the virtual race this year had me excited for my 4th running for chocolate. It was an amazing present to myself to be able to run the race on my birthday, from my front door, while still sleeping in!

I signed up for the race about 6 weeks ago and immediately started receiving helpful emails with training schedule and tips for race day. Even though the race would be virtual, it was nice to feel like I was actually training for something. Even better, I live close to the real course and was able to create a modified course from my house that included a warmup mile and most of the actual course, while cutting out the parts I don’t like anyway. Win!

We experienced most of the real course simply from a door-to-door route!

About a week before the race date I received my swag bag package with all the famous Hot Chocolate series goodies: chocolate (of course), hot chocolate packets, medal (with a secret chocolate compartment, and the cozy hoodie. Every year I think Hot Chocolate series does a great job improving on the swag based off of participant feedback. The hoodie this year fits and looks great (my husband very much approved). It also has a detachable hood which I think is an amazing improvement as I don’t like to run with a hood flopping around. I think in the future, I’d love to see them offer a vest option and maybe some gloves.

Overall, I really enjoyed being able to run a “race” without having to travel from my house. I also very much enjoyed sleeping in, as well as being able to choose the best day to run based off of weather (a true bonus for those of us who know that the ATL race has some notorious weather patterns lol). Having taken last year (2020) off from the race, being able to do the virtual race this year really got me excited for prospect of racing Hot Chocolate 15k in person next year, and maybe traveling to a new city for it instead. Aren’t we all ready to travel?!

Have you run a Hot Chocolate race in the past? Did you run the virtual race this year and what did you think? Are you ready for racing IRL??

Be sure to follow Hot Chocolate 15k Race on all your favorite social media channels below to keep posted about future race opportunities.

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You can find my review of the Virtual Hot Chocolate 15k Atlanta on BibRave.com here.

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