Sep 3, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 4 comments
Sarah Evans is a fit, trim, avid athlete.  But it hasn't always been that way.In September 2012, Sarah took a trip for her 30th birthday to Las Vegas…and couldn't enjoy herself.  120 lbs. overweight, Sarah says that she felt self-conscious at the pool and hated how she looked in her photographs.Two years later, Sarah is 120 lbs. lighter and incorporates a variety of fitness programs into her regular routine, including running."Growing up in the south, food is a huge part of the culture," Sarah says. "You eat biscuits, bacon, gravy, french fries, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese-and every emotion."Although

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May 28, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 8 comments
We all know the feeling: you wake up and before you even roll out of bed you know that you are going to WIN the day. You are going to get up, exercise, be on time for work, run errands, and connect with your family. And it's awesome...until you get out of bed. That's when you realize that you woke up late, you're actually still exhausted, your to-do list is 100 items long, and, well, the awesome just didn't follow you out of bed. What's the first thing to go? Exercise. But (hopefully) there's a small part of you that says, "Wait, exercise

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May 1, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 6 comments
CHAMPAIGN, IL-One week ago, Run or Dye rescheduled its Champaign race to take place in Rantoul on October 11. The event had originally been scheduled for May 10 in Champaign, but complications in the permitting process necessitated the change. Since then, the company has had a chance to review the timeline of events closely to determine what exactly happened in the permitting process to require the rescheduling of the Champaign event.  "We should have responded more decisively when, in March, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign first made us aware of a requirement that the run must be sponsored by a school club or organization in order to

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Apr 23, 2014  |  by Jared Rowley  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 6 comments
We have a very important update for you... After working very closely with Rantoul city officials we have been able to secure all the required permits and paperwork to make the event happen. We are excited to announce the Run or Dye Champaign event has been rescheduled for October 11th, 2014 in nearby Rantoul, IL at the Rantoul National Aviation Center.  If you have already registered for Run of Dye Champaign, you don't need to do anything to attend on the rescheduled date. Your registration will be automatically transferred, and you will receive an extra dye pack as well as FREE

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Apr 22, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 22 comments
Run or Dye is committed long-term to Illinois and our loyal audience of amazing and colorful people. We intend to return to the Champaign area year after year as long as our runners want us back and are committed to making the event as amazing as it would be anywhere else. We hope our efforts to forge lasting relationships with municipalities, vendors, businesses, and local non-profits that benefit the local community will continue for years to come. Several months ago, we received authorization to open registration for our event in Champaign, Illinois. We were ensured and confirmed that we were

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Apr 3, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 1 comments
With spring break happening all over the country, we thought we'd take a moment to discuss a fitness dilemma most of us experience from time to time--how to keep on track with our fitness goals while traveling or vacationing? We've got some ideas to help you stay fit while having fun. 1. Do a bodyweight workout every day. No matter where you go or how long you'll be vacationing, the simplest, most effective travel workouts are the ones that use the easiest thing to pack: yourself!  Try the Dirty Dozen workout or set a number goal for jumping jacks, pushups, tricep

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Mar 31, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
Spring has sprung!  New life, new COLOR, is everywhere. Around every corner are the beginnings of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths-and veggies! Now is a great time to put away your soup pot and start experimenting with some great new salads. Our favorite salads are the ones that involve the most color: 1) Try the yellows and reds of Oprah's Mango Chicken Salad. Arugula, mango, and almonds? Yes, Please!2) Get an array of greens in with this tasty Asian Green Salad with Edamame and Sesame-soy Vinaigrette. Sweet, tangy, and satisfying.3) Sometimes the simplest salads are the best. Try slicing cucumbers and tomatoes and covering them

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Mar 20, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 3 comments
When it comes to our bodies, many of us feel pretty insecure. It doesn't matter if you're fit as a fiddle or a few pounds heavier than you'd like. It doesn't matter if you work out every day or if you count taking the stairs as your burn for the day. It doesn't matter if you're single, married, divorced, engaged, or in a relationship. Many of us know all too well the experience of feeling dissatisfied and uncomfortable in our own skin.So what can you do on those days when your self-talk about your body is based in fear and

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Mar 12, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
Have you ever considered a body cleanse?  You've probably heard about toxins and body fat and storage on Dr. Oz or Oprah. You even have friends who swear by their psyllium fiber and bentonite clay concoctions.  Or maybe they are simply extolling the virtues of pressed kale and wheat grass shots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And you wonder if you should hop on board and give it a try. Should you?If you're considering a cleanse here are the pros and cons...Benefits of doing a body cleanse: Weight loss. It's true. If you stick to a cleanse you will lose some

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Mar 4, 2014  |  by   |   Click to view comments and add a comment 28 comments
Run or Dye is giving away a Colorado Springs Running Vacation for two! This sweet little trip is brought to you by the American Distance Project (http://www.americandistanceproject.com/), a distance running training center that has produced Olympic athletes. The vacation includes the following: Round trip airfare for two (not to exceed $800) donated by Flying Pig Marathon Up to 3 nights in beautiful Colorado Springs at the historic mining exchange Wyndham Grand Hotel Participation in an ADP training workout as an athlete, assistant coach, or spectator An ADP guided run through the Garden of the Gods A tour of the US Olympic training center A trip up to

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Feb 13, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 2 comments
One of the most colorful actresses of all time was the inimitable Lucille Ball. Even though her show was originally broadcast in black and white, she never failed to light up the screen. Best known for her fun-loving antics on her TV show she also had some wise things to say about love: "Love yourself first and everything else fall into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."  Seeing as she starred in five TV shows, won four Emmy's, and was the FIRST woman to run a major television network, we can

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Feb 5, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 6 comments
Hey, Dye Nation!  We're stoked to announce our 2014 Give Love Tour, which means more color, more love, and more fun for you and your friends!  Including...Our first ever international tour, with stops planned in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and moreA brand new website to make it easier to Race the RainbowAwesome new runner's swag--including a new t-shirt and bag for every runnerMORE COLOR! We've added at least one more Dye Station to every run, with a chance to earn more Dye Stations and more people in your city register!Your City, Your Colors, Your Vote.*  Now you can VOTE

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Jan 16, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment 2 comments
When we think of living life in full color we think of one main thing: vibrancy.  Whether it's the hot pinks and greens that you see at a Run or Dye run or the bright blue of the sky on a frosty, crisp January morning or the bright orange of your kids' snow boots, it's the vibrancy of those colors that make us smile and want to live life to the fullest. Of course, most of life is more on the dull side than the vibrant side. Usually our jobs are predictable. Relationships get in ruts. Children require the same

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Jan 3, 2014  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
Christopher Robinson is an athlete.  In addition to training for a half marathon, he participates in 5K runs and bikes and walks many miles between work, church, and around his neighborhood.  Christopher Robinson is also suffering from Stage IV lung cancer.Christopher, a 43-year old husband and father of three, was diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer on January 7, 2013. There is no cure for Stage IV Adenocarcinoma Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. This is his story.Christopher's journey began in the late spring of 2012 with a cough he couldn't get rid of. After weeks of trying

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Dec 18, 2013  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
One of our favorite things about the holiday season is. . .COLOR! While we love the bright greens of spring grass and the pinks and purples of summer flowers, there's nothing quite like watching the world explode with lights, packages, and decorations of blues, silvers, reds, and greens. Talk about living in full color! Of course, part of what makes holiday colors so breathtaking is that they don't last. The season comes and goes.  It bursts onto the scene, and then is gone. The truth is that many of the most beautiful, colorful things in life are this way. They happen

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Dec 11, 2013  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
There's something about the colder weather that does two things to a woman's body. First, it makes you want to eat and eat- and eat some more. And then it makes you want to sleep and sleep-and sleep some more. Of course, living a healthy, full color life means more than eating and sleeping the entire winter season away. It means keeping all your healthy habits in place so you can enjoy all the opportunities the holiday season offers. Here are our top 5 tips to keep your health momentum during the winter months. #1 Keep moving! Winter isn't always the

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Dec 3, 2013  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
by Laura Hilton Craner, writer and proud member of Dye NationI'm not sure how it happened, but one of my children is an athlete. In some weird twist of normal rules of genetics and inheritability, I gave birth to a child that not only loves to be active but loves to play sports. As in, she's up for anything with a ball or that involves movement. Here's the thing, though: she's all heart. She has some talent but I have no idea how to help her develop it and she isn't the kind of girl who can just intuit how

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Nov 15, 2013  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
Here at Run or Dye, we have the chance to work with some amazing charities all over North America. One of the most inspirational is a new non-profit organization from the Twin Cities called Happily Forever Laughter.  They partnered with us for our St. Paul event back in April. Recently, we had the chance to catch up with charity founder, Nicholas DeMarco, and learn what he's been working on.  We think you'll agree, it's pretty exciting!Happily Ever Laughter founder, Nicholas DeMarco, has made giving back a priority for his entire life. After Nick's first volunteer experience several years ago,

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Oct 25, 2013  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
You've probably seen them here and there, the runners with those odd shoes that look more like socks and make people's feet look like they've been abducted by aliens. Or maybe you've seen the folks who take it one step further and actually run without anything on their feet, logging their miles completely bare foot and loving it. If you've seen it, you've also probably asked yourself one question: WHY?For people who love barefoot running the answer is surprisingly simple: science.  But for people who DON'T love barefoot running the answer is also surprisingly simple: it's a fad. So

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Oct 18, 2013  |  by Run Or Dye  |   Click to view comments and add a comment Leave a Comment
Whether you are new to running or have been running for years it's important to remember to stretch. Stretching may not be as flashy as the big finish or feel quite as great as hitting the road, but it is vital to the health of your muscles. Here are the facts about stretching: 1) Lowers your risk of injury2) Improves blood flow3) Improves glycogen replacement (which means you recover faster and will be ready for your next run sooner!)4) Increases range of motion, muscular coordination, and improved posture5) Increases performanceSee? Stretching is worth the extra five or ten minutes. So

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