Loving this warmer weather!

It’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime of the year… Christmas? Your birthday? Pay day? No- it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!

As many of you know from previous years, I am one of the bloggers for the IMT Des Moines Marathon races. I am so pumped to announce that just like the last few years, the wonderful race organizer, Chris Burch, has agreed to give away 4 race entries (full, half, 5 mile or 5K- your choice!) to the IMT DMM races again this year! Yes you read that correctly- FOUR RACE ENTRIES! This year the races are on October 20-21, 2017, so there is still plenty of time to start training for any of the distances!

Additionally, the IMT DMM is also giving away two $100 Altra gift cards! Ya’ll, that is 6 prizes this year… Six GREAT prizes!!!

How do you get in on this action?!

Please see the Rafflecopter ON MY BLOG MAMAGOTTARUN to enter! The giveaway starts Monday, May 14th but hurry and come back often as the giveaway two weeks after that point on Monday, May 28th. Most of you should be fine, but if you have trouble seeing the Rafflecopter giveaway above from a mobile device, try 1.) scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on “View Web Version” or, 2.) logging in from a PC or a non-mobile device.

This giveaway is particularly special to me because the IMTDMM was my very first marathon in 2014. I have also ran the I-35 Challenge in 2015, the half in 2016, the full again in 2017, and plan to run the I-35 Challenge once again this year. I am really excited to offer these prizes and hopefully get to meet some of you on the start or finish line. Last year I even bumped into one of the race entry winners before the race and it was so great to chat and snap a selfie with her.

I absolutely love the IMT DMM races. As I said, I have run both the full and the half, and both times have been an amazing experience for me. I have blogged about some of my race experiences (see my archives on the left side of this page) and am excited to keep blogging about my training for my 2018 experience. Last year I posted several articles on the IMTDMM official blog that will help you understand why I love this race so much. Not only is it in my home state of Iowa so I always have family and friends to cheer me on as I run it, but last year my brother even ran the FULL with me- his very first full marathon. The medals, the course, the option of the I-35 Challenge (two races in one weekend), the amazing food venders, but more than anything the IMTDMM is the most supportive race I have ever run. So many incredble volunteers and spectators cheer on complete strangers as they run the course… the race director does an excellent job of making sure the whole package comes together wonderfully.

Me and my little bro after the 2017 half marathon enjoying some 26.2 brew.

Okay, so how do you enter to win these free race entries and Altra gift cards? It is so easy! On the top of this website there is a Rafflecopter. (Again, most of you should be fine, but if you have trouble seeing the Rafflecopter giveaway above from a mobile device, try 1.) scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on “View Web Version” or, 2.) try logging in from a PC or a non-mobile device.) You simply complete a few easy tasks of your choice, such as visit the IMTDMM Facebook page, ‘Like” us both and Tweet about the giveaway, as well as a few other options, and you’re entered! Some of the entry options you can even complete daily, meaning that you can get even more entries into the drawing.

When the drawing ends, Rafflecopter will randomly draw winners from the entries and then I will personally notify winners via email and tell them how they can collect their prizes. The Rafflecopter will run for two weeks and the only stipulation for winners is that they must use the free race entry themselves (no gifting it to someone else). If you have already registered, you will be reimbursed for your paid entry fee. Remember you can decide what race distance you want to enter (full, half, 5 mile or 5K). And that’s it!

Once again the giveaway ends May 28, 2017 at midnight and you can enter daily!

On your marks, get set, go!

I will be posting more articles now the training season is underway. Visit MamaGottaRun or to the IMT DMM website often for more articles from me, other bloggers and important updates and information about these wonderful races!

*This post can also be found on my blog.