Virtual Half Marathon | October 2015 event | Sara Bown & friends Virtual Half Marathon
Virtual Half Marathon | October 2015 event | Sara Bown & friends Virtual Half Marathon

Virtual Half Marathon | October 2015 event | Sara Bown & friends Virtual Half Marathon

Updated Sep 30th  2015 – This event is OCTOBER 17TH 2015




As we train for our half, I ask us all to remember Penny Verdeck – Penny had sent me an email to join this virtual half Jan 24th making her part of our community. In reaching out to her yesterday to provide her master list number, I learned from her husband that Penny had passed away. A very tragic event that happened in April, as she was getting ready for triathlon season.

I feel honored to have had Penny reach out, allowing us to connect even if in the smallest of ways and want to honor Penny and  her family in sharing her photo as she shares with us how important this very moment is. As I continue to train, Penny will be in my heart, as I’m sure will be true for many. I send her friends, family, husband and girls love and prayers, please know this community cares, remembering Penny is our privilege !!  Sara



Sara Bown & friends Virtual Half Marathon – Saturday October 17th 2015 13.1 

Who am I, hosting: My name is Sara Bown  *Blessed* Published, Certified Wellness Coach – Love who you are, just as you are & rock self to reach your goals   *YouMatter

Here is the link to my facebook community –>

( Please note – I  also host a FREE virtual 5k / 10k each month since 2012 – Info here –>  )

ALSO – THIS WILL BE THE SAME WEEKEND FOR VIRTUAL 5K / 10K so even if you don’t do a half, we are still all in this event together, no matter the distance


 In 2012, after starting my wellness journey, I decided I would train and run a half marathon come October 2012 – Considering I was in the 300 lbs range at my highest just months before and would get winded after a few blocks pre journey,  this was a HUGE goal and to be honest, it was the feeling of it being impossible that made me the most excited ! Shortly after deciding to do this, I wondered if there was a way I could open up participation for the many amazing page friends who followed along on my fb page

  After thinking this over, things I took into consideration were the costs of running / walking events and how many would like to try an event but maybe felt / feel timid in the regular atmosphere of an event. I remember how nervous I was to sign up for my first 5k event, just the idea of people seeing me run was terrifying. I decided I wanted to provide an option, an option where people could join an event, feel excited, feel pride, train and enjoy all the same benefits of a physical event because it would still be a real event.  At the time, I had never heard of virtual runs and simply came to this thinking because my page is a virtual page and it seemed like the natural option. I decided I wanted to create an event that was real in every aspect while at the same time, hosting it 100% for free where people could depend on this monthly, knowing that no matter what, this was an event they could depend on, no matter the financial situation in their household that month which also meant entire families could join in together without any worry of finances. I also wanted to create a safe zone where people who may not have tried before would feel safe in this set up and TRY to complete a 5k. My intentions at the time and today are to help people with #SelfLove#SelfRespect & #SelfBelief adding in the importance of #dedication and #determination and although I had no idea how this event would be received, I started it and from there, something AMAZING happened ! Come January there were over 100 official registered participants and amazing people from ALL over the world were out running / walking wearing the race bib I created and I cannot even begin to describe how touching and honored I felt and continue to feel ….to go from someone who felt lost in her bad health choices to someone who had people wearing her virtual bibs around the world was humbling, touching, energizing, a BLESSING, and as this event continues strong today now also opened up to a 10k, I feel the very same. What an absolute honor it is to host such a wonderful event now over (( 1000 )) strong with signed up participants from all sides of the globe…AMAZING… Here is more information on this event that takes place each month  My free virtual 5k / 10k event  with wonderful supporters Mizuno Running Canada,   Clif bar , Lola Getts & Hydr-8 water bottle


( Edit just starting to train in July 2015 )  Now as I get ready to train for my second half marathon in October 2015 I have decided to make this something for everyone and also host a virtual half marathon that will be open to anyone who wants to join. Just like my free virtual 5k / 10k event this will also be free, however there will be a fee for a finishers medal ( IF WE HAVE ANY, PLEASE CHECK IN ) and clothing here is the link to clothing –>   still working out the details on this but one thing is for certain, I will not be requiring any payment on my end and will do this in such a way that ANYONE can participate ) PLEASE keep checking in for more details as they unfold as I will also be checking with sponsors if YOU would like to be a sponsor, please e-mail me.

Sara Bown & friends Virtual Half Marathon October 17th  2015

The main day will be Saturday October 17th where I want the majority of us to participate, HOWEVER I don’t want to leave anyone out, willing to train so if you can only get this in the day before OR after the 17th  or maybe you’re schedule to run a 1/2 the weekend before where you still want to celebrate and train with us as a whole, just let me know when you email ! IF you are registered to run a 1/2 on the same date ( non virtual ) Yes, you can still be part of this event, I may go to an event myself..just remember to print your bib, bring with you and get a pic wearing at event when finished 🙂

 If you see this and want to join, please send me an email with subject line VirtualHalf2015 and in your e-mail please add your full name ( the name I can use to add you to the master list ) and your location. In short, to sign up today, all you need is…. A willing heart mixed with some self belief and dedication to train and remember you can run, walk or mixed the two like I do with the Galloway method.
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☆ `•.¸.•´ º ☆ We have 5k / 10k & Half marathon gear available to purchase..what ?!?






Here are some training programs you make like to follow, as of today 6/28/15 we have a little over 15 weeks to get our training in, which is enough time if we get started now – REMEMBER, if not running at all now, this is also for walkers and you can walk / run as well.  This is 100% about giving your all in a healthy way where you don’t hurt yourself but yet reach new levels.

Jeff Galloway – Conditioning program – this is for anyone NOT training now, just starting. If you scroll down this page, you’ll see the link to click on which will open a document for you –>

Jeff Galloway 13.1 mile training –> this shows 19 weeks here but other programs show 12 weeks so I do feel we can adjust this as needed for our 15 weeks. Remember we can walk this as well, so just start training and do your best 🙂



  Everyone who wishes can become a sponsor for my 5k / 10k  event to help pay for the costs of shipping. Any and all help is very appreciated !! For info on how, please email me at



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