Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bia Sport and a New Race Series

I so appreciate your insightful comments on my running safety post from Monday. As always, I learn so much from you guys.

One safety tip that was most helpful for me was to remember to look people in the eye as they pass you, especially if it is someone you think is kind of squirrely. This oozes confidence and sends the message that you are paying attention to details that that person might not want you to pay attention to.

Some of you also pointed out that us women can have the pleasing disease. When it comes to stranger danger, this is a BAD habit and one that I am guilty of. Not too long ago I was pulling out of a Target parking spot and a guy knocked on my window. I actually stopped to see what he needed. WHAT? I think he was telling me my tail light was out, but it would have been much better to ignore him. I’d rather appear rude than dead.

That said, I want you to know about a new product other there – The Bia Sport – A women’s GPS watch.

Dimity McDowell of Another Mother Runner did an interview with one of the founders, Cheryl Kellond, blog last week.

Cheryl contacted me Monday with a reminder that this watch not only provides GPS technology for runners, but has a built in safety alert to send  information to loved ones and emergency services with the push of a button when you can't grab for your phone. They designed it because they heard over and over from women how they were afraid to run alone, or at night, or in the early morning, or on trails. She agreed that while it won't solve everything and it's only part of an overall defensive running strategy,  it plays a roll in allowing us to keep our freedom and give our loved ones peace of mind.

The watch is not out yet, but is trying to come to market through a Kickstarter campaign. Go support them!

On another note – who doesn’t love a new race!

Last week I was contacted by LÄRABAR, makers of the tasty and all natural, gluten free energy bars. Lara, a local mom and entrepreneur, and her team are launching the first ever LÄRABAR Up & Running Half Marathon series. This race, which has 1K, 5K, and half marathon options, will run along the Platte River in Denver and will occur on August 18.

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My favorite part of this whole thing is that proceeds are going to the Denver Urban Gardens, which is dedicated to supporting communities in creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood gardens. LÄRABAR aims to fund the completion of two elementary school gardens, 1 middle school garden and 1 high school garden, all in the Denver area. The half marathon registration is only $55 (5K is $25, kid’s 1K is $10).

Again, a great example of encouraging community involvement and fitness through running.

And, on a final note - Hanna from Boufee e Bambini (fun blog!) interviewed me to talk about my favorite race distance/race, training plans and family matters. Check it all out HERE.

SUAR

29 comments:

  1. I just wanted you to know that I have been thinking about signing up for a full-contact self defense course. I have taken a few basic courses in the past but very little was hands on and mostly the "have your keys in your hand before you enter the parking lot" sort of things. Which are helpful but I wanted to be prepared and take it a step further.

    Well, after your post on about safety, I immediately signed up for a six week course (a hour every Sunday) that begins in a few weeks.

    You post was the kick-in-the-butt I needed to stop whining about how much it cost and do something to better prepare myself.

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  2. I grew up in Detroit, so I get the whole stranger danger thing. That being said, I now live in - by comparison - a very safe area, and I have felt myself getting complacent when it comes to the possible threat others could pose. While I prefer not to be paranoid about every person I see, it is good to be reminded that not everyone is your friend. Awareness of surroundings is often the best self-defense.

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  3. I LOVE LÄRABARs! One of the only energy bars that isn't full of soy (soy and I are not bestest friends unless I want to hang out with our other friend, the port-o-loo). I didn't realize they were a local company... I actually bought some halfway around the world recently. Awesome that they're doing so well.

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  4. gotta check out this BIA sport watch!

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  5. I pledged for one of the Bia GPSs. Really hope they raise all of the money they need for production.

    What a great way to spend your race fees, helping out school gardens. Too many kids these days have no idea where there food comes from. Some of the best moments of every week is watching my two boys, 7& 5, walk through the garden and "browse" for a snack.

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  6. Michelle in MichiganJune 20, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    I just checked out the Bia sport and LOVE the idea. Just became a backer, thanks Beth for promoting this one.

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  7. love the watch, I need to get one for my wife who has recently taken up running!

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  8. I agree that appearing aware of your surroundings and looking folks in the eye is a great way to prevent most problems as a female runner. I've had my share of shady characters lurking around and each and every time I look them right in the eye and say hello. Then they know I'm not afraid of them and most likely will be confrontational if provoked. They have always backed off. I'm 5'2" so I also make sure I add an extra dose of spunky attitude that says something like "I know where your boy parts are and am not afraid of doing something about it." It's like they say with a home. Just the appearance of having a dog deters most robbers. Being a chick with a confident attitude does the same thing with most jerks and horrible people. Keep up the great safety education!

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  9. very interesting watch idea!

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  10. I so want the Bia Sport when it comes out! Thanks to your reader who posted the link in yesterday's comments!

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  11. That watch is a smart idea! Confidence and contact in the eyes is definitely key.

    And-- I love that Larabar is doing a running series!

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  12. I had weird wandering sauntering dude on my path today walking around shirtless. This is totally not normal in my neighborhood and town, he appeared out of place to me, and was young enough to have energy to chase me down if he wanted. He looked like he was from Eastern Europe and about 25 years old. I'm not profiling at all in a negative way other than being a woman aware of her surroundings while out and alone. I completely veered out of his path and ran closer to the road so people in cars would see me. Either get too close to him or the cars, I had to hedge my bet. Most people out in my neighborhood walking around or running usually seem like they belong in the area and don't feel threatening, but this guy just somehow stood out as out of place. We have one other guy who wanders around and he seems out of place as well and I hate when I run into him. I decided I was going to be wise and not get too close to this new weirdo today and thought about your last post. :-( Hate that we have to think like this.

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  13. I grabbed that link yesterday, too and I absolutely pledged! Not only do I get a safety GPS but I get to support a new company. Double bonus. I posted the link on my facebook for my running friends but I'm pretty sure you will reach more people. :)

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  14. Beth, thank you for all of your posts and definitely running safety. I don't know that my husband gets it when I tell him about weirdos that are out. I definitely glare at the weirdos when I pass one and subliminely send them the thought "I will kick you in the balls if you take one step this direction". My husband and kids always say they feel sorry for anyone that tries to get me. I was raised in Houston where everyone wants to be polite but there were the fair share of home invasions, carjackings and a rapist where I worked known as "the Galleria rapist". I think women should always be aware day or night of their surroundings and I like the idea of this gps watch. I am going to check it out now.

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    1. Last year, I had an encounter with two dudes who followed me to my car after I left a store, after having tried to talk to me on my way into it. I told my boyfriend what happened (thankfully, I made it to my car, locked the doors, and considered running them over...but they moved eventually) and later narrated my thought process for just moving--vigilantly--through the world.

      He had NO idea. He not only doesn't assess his surroundings that way, he also can't conceive of having to do so.

      He's gonna love this watch. ;)

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  15. If I was closer to Denver, I would do the Larabar half marathon. It sounds like it will be a nice race. And I like the BIA is a super great idea. I hope it gets the funds to come out soon!

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  16. I went and backed BIA, and posted it to my facebook page I think it's a fantastic idea. Thank you for posting.

    I'm jealous of you every single say btw. I can't wait till we move to Colorado next year. Some of your posts/pictures bring me to tears because I'm SO EXCITED. Hope Larabar does the race series next summer too!

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  17. I just backed up Bia!!! This is so important and I am THRILLED that you posted this!!

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  18. Does this watch alert others once a month?

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  19. Thanks for sharing! I just became a backer.

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  20. So nice to see a GPS watch that doesn't look like a computer on your hand. Will have to check out the race series - maybe I can convince them to come to Boise!

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  21. That idea is genius!! What a great idea.

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  22. wish i had some extra $$$ i would totally back that idea. its a great concept! i am so in on that.

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  23. Hey, it's Cheryl from Bia. Thank you all so much for backing the project and helping to spread the word. We are seeing the momentum build every day.

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  24. Do you know if that watch sends data via text message to a pre-programmed number? Karen always wants me to text her every hour but that is such a pain in the ass when I am out riding.

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    1. We have gotten a few request for a "non-emergency" version of the alert system and are investigating some easy ways to do it right now. No promises, but it's likely.

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  25. Love the Bia Sport Watch! We are backers now and will spread the word! Hope they reach their goal by Friday the 13th - hopefully this will be a very lucky day for them! :-)

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