There are no new fundraising tips this week.  We simply ask that you take a moment to realize the potential to truly make a difference by participating on this team. 

September is upon us but there is plenty of time to reach into your network and share why you joined Steps Together.   We promise that with very little effort, people will respond to your personal campaign.   Be sure to review the fundraising tips from the previous weeks to make the most of your effort.


With less than three weeks to go, you can go one of two ways....   mentally start to question your fitness level and loose confidence or be on top of the world because you've come so far and can't wait to rock the course on September 29th.  Either way it's all normal stuff that can be classified under pre-race jitters.  

From this point forward each long training should be a dress rehearsal for the 29th. 

  • Shoes:  You should be walking/running in the shoes you intend to wear on race day.   Even start noticing which socks are most comfortable for you. 
  • Clothes:  We will be asking that you wear our team shirt on September 29th, but you should have found the shorts that fit best.   Those that don't chaffe or rub. 
  • Routine:  How early do you need to get up to be awake on the starting line?  Do you shower? Do you drink coffee?  This is the time to confirm what works for you and know that it's different for everyone. 
  • Food:  Pay attention to what you are eating the night before and the morning of your long run/walk.   Stay consistent with what works.   Undoubtably someone always makes the mistake of changing their diet on race day as they think they'll need more energy.  
  • Nourishment:  Practice drinking while training so you know how many sips you can stomach without a cramp, practice stomaching gu's or electrolyte chews if you plan on using them race day.   

We know that many of you have goals from not finishing last to winning your age group.   A little research might help you see where you need to be to accomplish these goals.   The 10K is the new this year so there are no previous results but click here for the 5K results from 2012.  Remember only participants registered as runners (not walkers) wear timing chips so walkers are not reflected in these numbers.