Find great summer deals at Complete Runner’s Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 22, from 10am to 6pm.
Thank you for everyone who braved the Michigan weather and had fun in the snow for the 37th Pot O’ Gold 4 Mile Run & Walk! Mother nature sure threw a curve ball at us and just in time to start the race. But that didn’t dampen the festive St. Patrick’s Day spirit from the runners and walkers! Lots of smiles could be seen out on the course and even a leprechaun or two!
Congratulations to everyone who finished and special mention to our winners in their respective categories. To see all the results click HERE.
- Men – Owen Smith
- Women – Kris Kotula
- Men – David Manges
- Women – Colleen Kearney
- Men – John Wehrly
- Women – Becky Benjamin
- Men – David Pierce
- Women – Jane Johnson
And congratulations to our raffle winners, who proved you don’t have to be super fast to win!
- Leah Hart – a FREE Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS watch
- Ann Townsend – a FREE pair of Hoka One One running shoes!
- Melissa Skaggs – a FREE pair of 361 Degrees running shoes!
A special thanks to:
And don’t forget to order photos from the event! Photos are available for purchase from Transcending Memories. There are some good candid shots you won’t want to forget, so click HERE to order!
We Couldn’t Have Done It Without the Sponsors
A BIG thank you to our sponsors this year. Without their support, the Pot O’ Gold race wouldn’t be so much fun!
Voted Top 50 Running Stores in America! Visit website.
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Special thanks to this year’s Grand Marshall, Patrick Fergerson. Visit website.
White Horse Tavern
Try the Stromboli! (621 W Court St Flint, MI | 810-234-3811)
Great job on this year’s race flyers! (2638 Corunna Rd, Flint, MI 810-232-3232)
Donated all the bottled water! Visit website.
H & R Block
Provided the pizza for the after race party, as well as amazing volunteers to help with packet pickup, and tons of behind the scenes stuff on race day to make the race possible. Visit website.
Court Plaza Chiropractic
Delivering chiropractic services to patients in Flint for over 30 years. Visit website.
John J Gleason, Genesee County Clerk
Dedicated sponsor of those adorable Little Blarney’s. Thanks for their T-shirts!
Ruth Mott Applewood
Thanks for the water station on the course. Visit website.
RPM Auto Sales
With 6 locations in Flint, Clio, Saginaw and Lansing make your next vehicle purchase at RPM. Visit website.
Planet Fitness Burton
Home of the Judgement Free Zone! And amazing volunteers for this year’s race! Visit website.
See You Next Time
Thank you everyone for another memorable Pot O’ Gold Race. We can’t wait to see you all at our next event Run4Wine 4 Mile Run & Walk and again next year on St Patrick’s Day!!
2017 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Schedule in Flint, MI
11:30 am: Photos and Presentation to the Honorees at St. Michael’s Church at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Saginaw Street (Directions)
Immediately following Mass, Irish Family Walk to the McFarlan Park on Saginaw Street (Directions)
1:30 pm-6:00 pm: *new location* St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. Matthew’s Church 706 Beach St, Flint, MI 48502. Irish Dancing, food and a whole bunch of fun! There is a buffet for $10, which includes chicken, corned beef and cabbage, salad, vegetables and dessert. The entertainment will be provided from 1:30-6:00pm (Directions)
More information can be found at: http://flintstpatricksday.com
There are lots of St. Patrick’s Day events going on in Michigan. But this why you should put the Pot O’ Gold Race in Downtown Flint on your calendar. Read on to see why…..
A Scenic Road Race through Flint
This is your chance to enjoy a 4 mile course through some amazing parts of Flint. Start at the historic Masonic Temple, run by the Farmer’s Market and into University of Michgan-Flint’s campus. Wind your way through the impressive Mott Applewood Estate and then back through downtown to finish again at the Masonic Temple. Come experience a small part of what Flint has to offer.
What’s an after party without beer and pizza!
After running/walking 4 miles, you deserve to reenergize with FREE pizza sponsored by H&R Block. And what better way to wash down a hot slice than with a COLD BEER! Beer will be sold benefiting Veterans Transitioning to Civilians, but for the first 400 registered the first BEER IS FREE! (don’t wait, go here now and sign up). And a party has to have music, so there will be a DJ playing music until the party ends!
Free Stuff and Demo Shoes
Who doesn’t like free stuff. Like the chance to WIN a FREE Garmin 35 GPS watch! Garmin will have a table setup so you can go check out all the new watches and enter to win a FREE Shamrock green Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS watch (retail $199.99).
Or maybe shoes are your thing, which is why HOKA ONE ONE will also be there so you can demo some of the new model shoes as well as enter to WIN a FREE pair of HOKA ONE ONE Shoes.
Don’t forget the family!
With the Lil Blarney Kids Run starting everything off, make sure to bring the whole family.
For the Speedsters…Win the Race and Get a Pair of Shoes
That’s right, the top Male/Female Runners/Walkers, Top Male/ Female Masters Runners/Walkers (does not include age division winners) will be getting a FREE pair of HOKA ONE ONE as their award! Who needs a fancy plaque when you can wear your trophy on your feet! But the age division winners haven’t been forgotten, as they will go home with a nice DIVISION WINNER BEER MUG……which is convenient to hold your post-race beer!
After Party to the After Party
This year with the St. Paddy’s Beer Fest hosted by TownSquare Media is going on at the Farmer’s Market, all Pot O’ Gold participants get FREE entry to the beer tasting with your race bib. Keep the fun going by not just enjoying one after party, but enjoying two of them! (drink ticket are not included)
Prices go up March 16!
Masonic Temple- 755 S Saginaw, Flint, MI
Lil Blarney Kids Run- 5:30
Pot O’ Gold 4 Mile Run- 6:00pm
Pot O’ Gold 4 Mile Walk- 6:01pm
Save $20, Get a FREE Gift, Enter to win a Garmin 35 GPS Watch
January 7, 10 am – 4 pm at Complete Runner
As 2016 comes to an end, it’s time to start thinking about those New Years resolutions, the race goals you are going to set for yourself and of course looking forward to the 2017 Crim Festival of Races! What better way to kickoff the year then to sign up for the CrimFit Adult Training Program!
The CrimFit Adult Training Program is a top-notch 15-week training program for runners and walkers of all fitness levels. From beginner to advanced, the program is used to give participants the tools and confidence to meet their goals of finishing the Crim race of their liking or improving their race times.
To make it even easier for you to sign up, Complete Runner is hosting a CrimFit Adult Training Program Kick Off Event! We’ll be signing up participants in the store on January 7th, from 10am-4pm.
So why come out to register at the store??
Check out these additional perks of signing up at Complete Runner on January 7th:
- $10 Off Training Registration
- Free gift with registration
- $10 Coupon for Complete Runner
- Entry to win a Garmin 35 GPS Watch when you register
Here’s how the CrimFit Adult Training Program works:
- Once per week from May until August, groups of runners and walkers meet throughout Genesee County with Crim-trained Group Leaders to increase endurance and reach their goals.
- The program follows methods proven by expert trainers and coaches across the world to be the most effective way to reach your goals with minimized risk of injury or over training.
- Programs are available for a wide range of ability levels—from experienced athletes to first time runners and walkers. Each training group is tailored for optimal success in crossing the finish line on race day.
Other benefits of the program include:
- Entry into the HAP Crim Festival of Races event of your choice (10 Mile, 8K, 5K)
- Two vouchers for other races in the area
- Access to local fitness centers
- CrimFit Adult Training Program discounts at local running stores
- Discounts to local restaurants
- Race apparel and accessories
So come out to Complete Runner on January 7th and join in the fun!
What do you get when you combine crazy outfits, a great run course through downtown Flint, St Patrick’s Day, beer, pizza and free stuff? Well the 37th Pot O Gold 4 MILE RUN & WALK is the answer! So here’s a top ten of why you should come join us on March 17th!
- Have you been to downtown Flint lately? On St Patrick’s Day? It’s awesome!
- Chance to win a free pair of shoes!
- One FREE BEER for first 400 registered (21 and older)
- Pizza party with beer and a DJ after the race
- Automatic entry to WIN A GARMIN 35 GPS watch
- Celebrate with old friends and meet some new ones
- Did we mention one FREE BEER for first 400 registered??
- Proceeds to the Crim Foundation & Veterans Transitioning to Civilians
- Blinged out medals for all finishers
- Where else is it totally acceptable to wear green, shamrocks, a kilt, fun socks and a green wig?
So what are you waiting for! Click here to register and mark your calendar to be downtown Flint on March 17th, 2017!
The temperature has definitely taken a plunge from only a month ago. For walkers and runners, it’s time to spend more time on exercise equipment in the comfort of their own home. There are a few things that you want to consider when buying your first piece of equipment or when looking for an upgrade to what you already have.
What do I need?
There are so many different equipment types available today that it’s a good idea to understand what you want to get out of the machine. For walkers and runners, a treadmill is the natural choice. A good treadmill can give you years of service with little to no maintenance. Most new machines have programs to target your activity goals.
If you are looking for non-impact, an Elliptical is a great choice. You want to look for an Elliptical that mimics Good Form Running instead of a cross country ski or shuffle motion. Another non-impact option would be a recumbent bike. Recumbent bikes are great for someone who is rehabbing a leg injury as it lets you sit comfortably while achieving aerobic exercise and working the muscle groups in your legs.
Some versions of a machine will have more or less options; so identify what fits your needs the best. Here are some great features to consider.
- Heart rate- this feature can be used to target the aerobic level of your activity.
- Programs- pre-set programs can help you attain your fitness goals with options such as hill workouts, intervals, heart rate based, and fat burn.
- Display- Large LCD displays can make viewing workout data much easier while in motion.
- Motor- good quality treadmills will have a minimum of 3HP commercial motors. This helps keep the belt running smooth regardless of speed or incline you are running or walking at.
- Quick speed and incline keys- for treadmills, these keys allow you to pick a specific speed or incline instantly.
- Brakes- hand brakes allow for quick stopping on ellipticals and recumbent bikes.
- Cooling- integrated fans can be a great option during workouts.
- Media- a good sound system is key when working out. A media input will allow you to play music from a phone, tablet or music device through exterior speakers.
Not all equipment is created equally. Professional-grade machines are built specifically to take years of use with little or no maintenance. The frame is very important as it’s the foundation the machine is built on and will determine the stability of it. A commercial grade structural steel frame with powder-coat paint will be sturdy and durable. Be sure to look at the weight rating of the machine. The higher the rating the more stable the machine will be under heavy use and the bigger the person it can accommodate. Since this is a long term investment, a good warranty will help protect that investment. Look for a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, 5-10 years on parts and 1 year on labor.
Having a good piece of exercise equipment in your home can be a convenient way to stay active during the winter months or to keep that training program on schedule. Complete Runner has a wide variety of professional-grade treadmills, ellipticals and recumbent bikes in the store for you to try out. You won’t find our equipment at your local department store, since our exercise equipment is specifically built for serious runners and athletes. Come in and let us show you how to keep you going the distance this winter.
WOW, this means so much to us because our customers nominated us. The judges were a panel from the Independent Running Retailers Association (IRRA), who judged not only on our excellence in product and service, but our commitment to our community.
A special thanks to all who took the time to nominate us as your local running store choice!
We are celebrating Black Friday all week long at Complete Runner November 21 – 26, 2016 (closed Thanksgiving Day). Here are just a few of the deals you can check out all week long, and don’t miss the coupon at the bottom.
Shoe Sale – Starting at $49.99 (Regularly $85 – $170)
Garmin GPS Sale (Limited Supply)
Forerunner 235 – $269.99 (Regularly $330)
Forerunner 25 – $99.99 (Regularly $140)
$800 Off Precor TRM 223 Treadmill (Limited Supply)
Complete Runner Black Friday Week Coupon!