Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spartan Race & Marriott Rewards Team Up

Photos by OHventures

[Editor's Note: Make it to the end of this entry for details on how to win a FREE Spartan Race entry!]

The Spartan Race is more than an obstacle race, it's a revolution! It's a movement! It's a life-changing challenge that you just HAVE to see for yourself. I first stuck my toes into the Spartan Race waters back in October 2014, where I experienced a mud-covered, hail-filled, helluva Spartan Super course (11 miles) that left me and my brother sore, exhausted, and filled with an sense of accomplishment! 

I came back for more in May of 2016 with my friends Matt and Anthony for another extreme challenge, complete with javelin throws, sandbag carries, rope climbs, and - of course - burpees, all during a shorter (6 mile) Spartan Sprint

Now that we have caught the Spartan bug, we are eager to try our hand at the Spartan Beast - a course that can last up to 16 miles! But, until then, I can proudly look at my two two Spartan medals with pride, as they definitely took quite a bit of grit, strength, and determination to be earned!

After both of these crazy experiences, nothing would have been better than to have a nearby hotel to stay in. Rather than driving three hours home to Northeast Ohio, booking a night at a hotel would truly have made it that much sweeter of an experience. 

Thankfully, accommodations at the Spartan Race can be made that much simpler, because Marriott Rewards is now the official Hotel Partner for Spartan Race. Because of this new partnership, Marriott Rewards has an exclusive offer to people who join their loyalty program - 20% off races, free VIP bag check and $5 off Spartan gear at the races. Once enrolled, points are earned when you stay at any 4,500 participating hotels around the world.

Sound like a good plan? I sure thought so! All the info about this partnership and how you can sign up for the loyalty program is here: Marriott Rewards & Spartan Race Team Up.

It's perfect timing, because the Spartan Race Ohio 2017 is coming the weekend of May 20-21, once again in Cumberland. 

To sweeten the deal, as we always do, OHventures is offering you a chance to win a FREE entry to any upcoming Spartan Race in 2017 (of course we would love for you to pick the one in Ohio, but this entry will be good for any location in the United States). 

Here's how: just go on Twitter and Tweet to @OHventures between now and Cinco De Mayo (May 5, 2017) with the hashtag #SpartanUpOH and a reason why you want to tackle this challenge! Everyone who does this will be entered to win a free entry and will be contacted via Twitter the following day at Noon! 

Spartan Up! AROO!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Consider Donating to VeloSano

For the past two years, I have pedaled alongside thousands of bicyclists and cancer survivors in the VeloSano Bike To Cure event. Riding a total of 150 miles for the cause has been exciting, challenging, and - most importantly - meaningful. I knew that I had to come back and ride again for this fantastic cause in VeloSano 4 (read about my experiences in VeloSano 2 and VeloSano 3).  

I am going to be riding 50 miles in VeloSano on July 22 and I need your help to raise money for the cause. Any amount, big or small, from $5 to $25 to $100 to even more would be so much appreciated!

Latin for “swift cure,” VeloSano is a major community initiative in Cleveland, in which participants raise money for cancer research through the sport of cycling. 100% of the dollars raised by VeloSano participants advances cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. In just three short years, over $8 million has been generated and is already hard at work in the fight against cancer.

Since approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes, it is a no-brainer that we must continue to fight.

With these statistics, it is without question that someone you know (or perhaps you personally) has been affected by cancer.

It's time to do something about it. 

You have the opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer by donating to my VeloSano bike ride. 

I am proud to say that I am an employee of the Cleveland Clinic, and I will be riding as part of the Akron team! You can help!  Please click below!

AkRun & Crawl: After Dark Encore!

It's the 11th Annual AkRun & Crawl! Back by popular demand, we are doing an encore presentation of the AFTER DARK theme - with a Flashlight Glow Run along the Towpath Trail followed by an epic bar crawl in the Merriman Valley on May 20, 2017 with a race start of 9:00 PM

Our 5K run follows the scenic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through the Merriman Valley before joining your friends for a pub crawl to celebrate your finish in style. Participants receive glow necklaces and accessories to wear while running, and are encouraged to bring flashlights to illuminate the trail. 

Registration also gets you an official AkRun & Crawl t-shirt, and a beer mug for access to special drinks and free food at the 5 participating bars: Johnny J’s, Shots, Woody's Tavern, The Corner Bar, and The Lazy Gator. There will even be cake and special "birthday drinks" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of AkRun & Crawl!

Race registration begins at 7 PM, with a 9 PM race start in front of BCG & Co., located at 1735 Merriman Road in Akron. Join us at 9:30 p.m. as we kick off the Pub Crawl at Johnny J's, located in the Liberty Commons Shopping Plaza at 1282 Weathervane Lane, Akron, OH 44313. Race results will also be announced at this location. 

What are you waiting for? It's just $35 for the glow run & pub crawl, so come join the fun at the  #AkRunAfterDark !

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Grand Brewery Tour

Join fellow Ohio craft beer lovers on the 2017 Grand Brewery Tour. This year we will be making our way from Canton through Columbus and Cincinnati down to Asheville, NC for a weekend of gustatory wonderment.

Boasting more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville itself is home to more than two dozen breweries that make hundreds of brands. If you fancy yourself a seeker of fine beers, this is a rare opportunity enjoy a little bit of what Asheville has to offer on an exclusive tour of breweries and beers big and small guided only by brewers and your own good taste.

The Grand Brewery Tour will include:
  • Luxury motor-coach travel (Pick up in CANTON or COLUMBUS)
  • 3-night hotel stay - (Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown) double occupancy Room
  • Breakfast (Fri. – Sat. – Sun. – Mon.)
  • 2 lunch stops (Friday & Monday)
  • Exclusive Grand Brewery Tour t-shirt
  • Two 32oz growlers
  • Beer on the bus! Including at least one newly released brand
  • Guided brewery tours