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The Flavor Run Comes to St. Louis!

We are so excited to be bringing The Flavor Run to St. Louis on August 19th! This will be our first time there, so we’ve been doing a lot of research into fun activities in the area. Here are our top choices for family-friendly activities that you can do while you’re in town for Flavor Run:

1. Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is a St. Louis staple and a must-see for all visitors. There isn’t anything like the view from the top! Guests are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time as they usually sell out early and often.

2. City Museum

You’ve never seen anything quite like City Museum! Think of it as the world’s coolest jungle gym/fair/art display/caverns all under one roof (and on top), there’s even a 10-STORY SLIDE. There’s something for everyone to explore here.

3. America’s Incredible Pizza Company

Come for the all-you-can-eat buffet, stay for the 100+ arcade and carnival games. America’s Incredible Pizza Company serves up a little bit of everything, even picky eaters will be able to find something they like here. The Fair Grounds include attractions like go-karts, laser tag, and an indoor spinning roller coaster.

4. Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruise

Take a ride on the Mississippi River aboard a replica nineteenth-century paddle-wheel riverboat. There are a variety of cruise options available.

5. Raging Rivers Waterpark

A water park overlooking the Mississippi River with multiple pools, slides, and flumes to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll certainly work up an appetite here, but don’t worry, there are several concession stands to feed hungry bellies; as well as a gift shop.

See you at GCS Ballpark! And remember to smile; life is delicious!


Beat the Heat


Beat the Heat:

How to Stay Cool During Summer Training


Hot summer months are great for hanging by the pool, but not always so great for training. So we’ve compiled a short list to help you stay cool and hydrated on your summer runs!

Drink water daily

An easy way to gauge whether or not you are drinking enough water is to divide your body weight in half; that number is the amount of water that you should be drinking in ounces every day. (Example: A woman who weighs 120 pounds should be drinking 60 ounces of water…120/2 = 60).

On days when you know you will be working out outside and sweating a lot, it is a good idea to increase this amount, since you will be sweating out a lot of what you are taking in. When you are dehydrated, your body is not able to make sweat, and sweat is what keeps you cool!

Replenish lost fluids and nutrients

After your run, it’s important to replace the fluids and nutrients that you lost while sweating. There are a lot of great products and drinks out there to help with this, but make sure you choose one that doesn’t have a lot of added sugar. Added sugars are unnecessary and will only dehydrate you more.

Wear the proper gear

Be sure to wear clothing that is moisture-wicking and light. Cotton clothing will trap your sweat and prevent you from cooling off both during and after your run.

Give yourself time to acclimate

It takes time for your body to get used to the added heat and humidity of the summer. Start off with slower runs, and maybe even shorter distances. You can slowly work your way up to faster and longer runs, but listen to your body. If you are struggling, back off some, or even walk for a little bit.

Happy running; and remember to smile, life is delicious!

Whoa! Is this your FIRST 5k?

Hey Flavor Runners!

We have heard a lot of buzz lately about proper running etiquette for first time runners. We want to be the FIRST to say congratulations for taking the hardest step and signing up! We know how much WE enjoy running and participating in races/runs and want to welcome you to your newest addiction!

We thought we could help address a few things that are good to know as general points for your first event, whether it is The Flavor Run or any other fun run you decide to start with.

Fellow runners, if you have anything to add, feel free to leave some tips in the comment section!

Packet Pickup:

If packet pick up is the day before the run, please bring your ticket and a photo ID to the location.

If you are picking up for another runner, please bring any necessary waivers as well as a copy of their photo ID.

If Packet pick up is the day of the event:

Be sure to arrive to the venue early to pick up your packet before the run starts. There may be a long line, so remember to be patient and stay positive; each member of pick up is making sure to give you the best experience possible and are just as excited as you are to get you to that start line!


During the run/walk:

Remember that the Flavor Run is a FUN RUN. It is not timed. If you are interested in knowing your course time, there are a lot of great apps that can track your progress. You could also invest in a GPS watch with a timer function.

If you are running, it is advised to be towards the front or in the first wave, this will help assure the best time you can run. Also while running, please be sure to announce when passing other participants. Not all runners are seasoned and do not know to listen for runners behind them.

If you are walking (or a slower runner) please stay to the right of passing runners. As in road rules, the faster person should pass on the left.

Now, I know what you are thinking.. Its a family event and I brought my stroller.. what do I do?

If you are fast with a stroller you should stick to the back portion of the first wave and stay to the right. If you are a slow stroller, the back of the second or last wave may be a better spot for you. As always, remember your stroller does take up more roadway than a standard runner, so be aware of those around you.


After the run:

When you finish your run, grab a water and some fruit. Say hello to the vendors and stop by the Flavor Store, then GET BACK TO THE FINISH LINE and cheer on your fellow runners! Don’t forget that following each run there is also a dance party, watermelon eating contest, and bobbing for strawberries contest with awesome prizes!


What are you waiting for? Get out there and get ready for your first or 500th run! We look forward to seeing you out on the Flavor Trail!

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The Flavor Run meets Pokemon

We know, you either love the new Pokémon Go game or you are utterly over hearing about it. We fall into the former category. Like many others, we see how people can be annoyed with the game. Having people wander aimlessly around towns chasing imaginary creatures can be annoying. It can also be dangerous. We like to think we use common sense in such aspects and hope you do too. Don’t poke-hunt while crossing the street, use good judgment in going into neighborhoods you don’t know, and tell someone where you are going at night. Better yet, grab a friend and go together.

We wanted to talk about a few of the things we enjoy about the new Pokémon game.

  1. We love that there are new faces out on our daily run trails! They may not be runners (yet) but seeing new people out enjoying the weather while we are getting our miles in makes us happy.
  2. New ideas as to where to run. It may seem silly that we have been running the same paths, but I am personally a creature of habit. I found a route I like and stick to it. But now, we see a rare pokemon down a street we wouldn’t usually run (but in a safe space) and go that way instead. Awesome way to explore the city!
  3. Really, we are learning cool new stuff about the city we run. The poke-stops and gyms have a little snapshot of information about the stop and this is a neat way to learn a bit about the monuments and murals I had been just running past!
  4. Seeing the community grow. It is very obvious these days that there is quite some tension around the country and seeing people out mingling with each other around town and even talking to one another. I think having a nice distraction would be a bonus. Sometimes its a great idea to just have something to do that isn’t being focused on all the bad in the world and see some fun!
  5. Encouraging myself to go out when I want to not run. Like you, there are days that we just don’t want to go out. Getting my running shoes on seems like a chore. Seeing that little icon saying there is a rare pokemon near by can be a quick encouragement to lace up and hit the streets!

Are there any poke-stops near you that encourage you to lace up and get out there? Are you enjoying the new game during your runs? Tell us about what you love or hate about it!

Happy July

Well hello there, Flavor Runner!

We hope you all enjoyed a fantastic Fourth of July Holiday, we sure had a BLAST. We have this super short break from the travel schedule that we are all using to gear up for the last leg of the Life is Delicious Tour. If you haven’t seen our schedule yet, we will still be stopping in Ohio, Florida, and Texas! There is still plenty of time to get signed up for those events to either participate or to volunteer with us! Don’t wait too long to get your tickets because the price will change closer to each run!

Something inspired us from talking to Brent last month for our Staff Feature. We want to hear what you listen to while you are out there running this summer. Do you have a classic song you always have on your playlist, or do you subscribe to the top 40 for your running jams? We will be checking in on your suggestions this month and maybe we will add your favorite jam to one of the flavor station playlists or at the finish party!

Feel free to comment here, or on our facebook page! We look forward to hearing from you this month! Help motivate other Flavor Runners out there with your favorite songs! Running is about community, to us! Join ours!LIZ_2314.jpgDSC_8983.jpg

Well Hello, BRENT!

Hey there Flavor Runners!

We are gearing up to make our first ever stop in Baltimore MD and we are super excited to meet you all! Don’t forget as usual, packet pick up is on Friday (at Boston Street Running) from 1p-6p and you are still able to pick up packets on event day, although the line may be a bit longer on event day than it is prior. Either way, we look forward to seeing you there and at the Flavor Run Baltimore. We’d also like to make note that when you see Carlie in the Flavor Swag Shop to say hello as she is native to Baltimore!

And without further ado – I’d like to do the first of what will hopefully be a staff series of MEET THE STAFFER. This week I’d like you to meet our good buddy Brent, but you may know him better as Brent the Flavor Fairy. 


Karla: Hey Brent, how long have you been a runner?

Brent: I started running seriously about 5 years ago. Before that, it was occasional at the gym or a few miles. Nothing too intense

Karla: How long have you been with the Flavor Run?

Brent: I was a participant in the first Flavor Run in Tampa in 2013. I’ve been the emcee since Sarasota in July of 2015.

Karla: Had you been an emcee before The Flavor Run?

Brent: No, I’ve just always been a talker.

*he’s not joking!!*

Karla: What is the best part of being the Flavor Fairy?

Brent: The wings! Kidding (kind of). I love being a part of an amazing and really fun group of people that creates a memorable experience for people. And the tutu. I like the tutu.

Karla: What do you do outside of the Flavor Run?

Brent: I run! My full-time job is recruiting runners for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Team Momentum. I participate in marathons and I love to travel, write, go to concerts, play piano, sing, watch Netflix, ride my bike, be with friends, and eat. Especially chips and salsa. I could eat my weight in those. And guacamole. And hummus. And Slurpees. And pizza. And Combos. Now I’m hungry and need to go have lunch.

Karla: You’re training for a marathon right?

Brent: Yes. It’s this Sunday in Burlington, VT. It’s called the Vermont City Marathon, and I’ve heard it’s AMAZING! Every time I mention to someone who knows about it that I’m running it, they get weirdly giddy for me. I’m ready for a break from the South Florida heat.

Karla: You have a tradition of having your Facebook friends pick your playlist. What are some of the best songs you have been able to discover this way?

Brent: “Loving Me Wrong” by the Stanton Warriors is a great pace song, “Reload” gets me going “Run the Show” by Kat Deluna. I had my fifth graders students give me songs too. I was not happy with the Little Einstein Theme Song remix, but I smiled through it and thought of them.

Karla: While we are traveling for the Flavor Run, how do you stay motivated to still run in the mornings?

Brent: Because I have to! I travel so much for The Flavor Run and for work, that it isn’t an option to not run, especially when I’m training for a marathon. Those weekend miles don’t run themselves! Plus I really love running through different cities. It’s a great way to see new places, and The Flavor Run allows me to do that.

Karla: Anything else the Flavor Family should know?

Brent: That we love our Flavor Family, and we put a lot of hard work into every city we come to. We want you to have an incredible experience and come back to see us again!! And that we love chips and salsa.

Karla: So much salsa.

Brent: Never enough salsa.

Since our interview, Brent did complete his marathon! Although it was shut down due to heat, which is the only time this has ever happened at this specific event, Brent was so close to the end (two miles I believe), that he finished anyway. We are very proud of Brent and hope that you give him a high-five when you see him next!

We need your input!

Hey there Flavor Runners!

We hope you are having a good race season, as we definitely are racking up the events! We have been fortunate this year to be rain-free for each event to date and truly hope this holds out for us! We have a lot of events still on the schedule for this year and are excited to see your faces at them! If you have already participated this year we want to continue to express our gratitude. We would not exist, if not for all of you. Because you come run, volunteer, or cheer, we are able to live our dream and put on an event that we are proud of.

We have stopped through a lot of great cities this year. Most recently we were in Chicago! While we are in town, we try to check out some of the phenomenal landmarks you all have to offer. In Chicago we saw the bean and had some obligatory Chicago style pizza. In Indianapolis, we checked out a war memorial and ran the stairs. Next we will be in Knoxville and then Baltimore. What do you recommend we do while we are there?

We want the Flavor Blog to be about you. We need your help to do that! Please feel free to comment or email us with topics you would like to see in future blogs. Are there questions you have about running? Maybe about form, recovering from injury, staying safe in the heat, or even the best song to run to? There is nothing running related that is off topic! So please email your questions and suggestions to