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Be Happy! Win a Chance to Run in Nike Women’s Marathon

By Jennifer Lo, August 9, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Lo

Whole Foods Market® is a proud sponsor of the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco. This race fills up fast and now it’s sold out. However, we have some spots we’re giving away to folks who want to enter the race. Read on to find out how to enter for a chance to win an opportunity to run! UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered! Congrats to our winners: Scharon, Kassandra, Jennifer, Jan, Charlyn, Crystal, Hoam, Yue, Stephanie and Tisza. Good luck at the race!

Jennifer at the finish line of Nike Women's Marathon San FranciscoEvery year, 30,000+ people come to San Francisco to run the Nike Women’s Marathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As the race celebrates its 10-year anniversary on October 20th, I am happy to announce Whole Foods Market will be the official grocery sponsor!

This marathon is the world’s largest women’s foot race (though men can participate too!), and it’s truly an experience like no other. It’s a chance for everyone to come together and run for a purpose. Plus, let’s not forget that every runner receives a Tiffany & Co. finisher’s necklace at the finish line… handed out by firefighters…in tuxes. 

We all run for different reasons. I do it to explore, to stay active, and be happy. The Nike Women’s Marathon was the first full marathon I ran, and that was before I began working for Whole Foods Market.

This year my runner’s high has come early because the race I love has partnered with the company I love to work for. I am proud to literally stand and run behind a company that practices and advances environmental stewardship while satisfying, delighting and nourishing our customers, including through events like these! 

A picture of Jennifer and her friend at the 2012 Nike Women's MarathonWhole Foods Market is working closely with Nike to make this a near zero waste race. At past marathons, over 30,000 water bottles and thousands of plastic jugs were tossed in the trash. This year, there will be water trucks along the course handing out water in compostable cups. At the finish line, every runner and volunteer will receive a pre-filled re-useable roll-up water bottle.

This will be my fourth time participating in the race, and I’m bringing my roommate with me to experience her first ever half marathon. If I had to pick one emotion to describe the feeling of standing on the starting line waiting to go, it would be happiness. And once I start moving and hear the breaths and strides around me, it sounds like an orchestra of encouragement. I just keep going.

Do you love to run too? In support of this year’s 10th anniversary Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco, we are giving away 10 opportunities to enter* the race.

Tell us why you run in the comments section below by Wednesday, August 14th, and we’ll randomly select 10 winners by August 16th to join us at the starting line. Come along, run with me, get inspired and be happy!

Why do you run?

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends August 14, 2013, 11:59 PM PST. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

*Prize includes (1) entry to participate in the 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, CA on October 20, 2013. Prize does not include required marathon registration fee ($200 for the full marathon; $175 for the half marathon, details here) or transportation to/from race.


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Deniz says ...
I ran because I can. I run to clear my mind. I run to challenge myself. I run to keep healthy. I run so I can be a good role model for my kids. I run to become a better person.
08/09/2013 4:26:17 PM CDT
Melissa Busch says ...
Busy mom, yes that's me... I never would've thought running was so much fun. I gives me time to think about my day, my family, work, my hopes... no music required... just me, myself and I... I feel stronger after I run, I can tackle the world after I run with sore muscles sometimes but with a smile for sure. ~MB
08/09/2013 5:27:40 PM CDT
Le says ...
I was one of those people who hated running until four years ago, when I stood at the finish line and cheered my friends on as they finished their first half marathon. I was so inspired by their accomplishment that I decided to train for my first 5k. A year after that, I decided to do my first half marathon. I've been hooked ever since! I like that running clears my mind and I have an energy high for the rest of the day. Running forces me to challenge myself!
08/09/2013 5:41:43 PM CDT
Scharon Burgher says ...
I run because I'm not limited by mobility or any chronic health issues and I don't want to waste the chance to move and keep my body healthy. I want my family and friends to see how much happier I am since I started running and inspire them to move, take control of their lives. The running community is great on the trails and online; the support keeps me lacing up.
08/10/2013 7:43:20 AM CDT
Joseph Friedman says ...
Running gives me a chance to clear my head from the day, and weeks problems while at the same time getting exercise and exposure to the sun and weather. Since I got back into shape 7 years ago it has been a very important piece of my diet and exercise regiment. I went from 265 down to 185 and have held it for 7 years. I train with my wife, and kids so they to know the value of exercise in their daily lives. I try to stick at it and push to be a good role model for thoese that are around me and see me. Recently I helped a friend get back into a daily routine of running and other exercise and he dropped from 240 down to 175. And I am trying to get another to commit to the same in the next few months. I have been running tough mudders, Spartans, 5 and 10 K's but would love the chance to go at least a half marathon. With my wife for support and or me to support her would be ideal. Please choose me +1
08/10/2013 10:09:50 AM CDT
Glory Anne Tabuena says ...
My Mom had a partial to masectomy, my sister-in-law, Ellie, had level 4 breast cancer, and my other sister-in-law had an endoscomy. I believe that with newer medical science, health education and prayer, our loved ones could live longer. I practically live at 24 Hour Fitness because I worry about own health and fitness. This will be my opportunity to show how much I care about life and health. Thank you for your consideration.
08/10/2013 12:33:43 PM CDT
cdell67 says ...
I run to stay active, get a better body and be healthy.
08/10/2013 1:18:57 PM CDT
Madison Elliott says ...
I run to challenge myself. I run to be able to relieve my stress and becuause I can. I take advantage of every time I run and that I know that I can do it no matter how far in mileage I go. The most important part is that I am out there running and doing it for myself.
08/10/2013 4:06:02 PM CDT
Ola says ...
I run to clear my mind, refocus , find meaning to life and prove to my self that with dedication , persistence and perserverance you can cross the finish line.
08/10/2013 4:58:22 PM CDT
Anne Sherman says ...
I love love love to run because it makes me feel alive and makes me able to focus on my goals in a much clearer way. Most of all, I love running because for two miserable years, my psoriatic arthritis had me off my feet. Ever since I learned (after doctors told me to stay off of my feet) that psoriatic arthritis IMPROVES with movement I started walking every day. Sure enough, improvement was instantaneous! I have been walking for two years 5-7 days a week for an hour a day and just recently mustered up the courage to run instead! It has been great and every time I go running and/or walking I feel so blessed that I have a functioning body to do so. I run to make up for those two years and also for those who cannot run.
08/10/2013 5:39:02 PM CDT
Tamara Valdivia says ...
I run because I am a mom of 3 little girls & realized I needed some time to myself. I started running & life has never been better!
08/10/2013 8:26:17 PM CDT
Michele says ...
I run because it has made me into a happier and healthier person. Not only have I lost a ton of weight running, but it has gotten rid of my depression, sleepless nights, lifted my general mood, inspired my family members to become more physically active, and alleviated levels of stress. Running has saved my life in a big way.
08/10/2013 11:13:45 PM CDT
connie c says ...
Four years ago, I couldn't run a few blocks without wheezing from being out of shape. Now I can't imagine going a day without running a mile minimum. I run to stay healthy but it's also a constant reminder that nothing is impossible as long as we fight through the challenges. For the nwm, I run for those who cannot make it.
08/11/2013 1:04:38 AM CDT
Kass says ...
I run for the challenge and to push my limits. Ultimately though, I run because it makes me feel good!
08/11/2013 8:41:44 AM CDT
Maria Martell says ...
I run in the memory of my mother, she was diagnosed with leukemia at age 45 and passed away soon after.
08/11/2013 7:38:47 PM CDT
Becky Cisneros says ...
I run for all those who can't! I run to show people that all it takes is moving your feet to make themselves feel better, both mentally and physically!! I run because sweat is my therapy!!
08/11/2013 9:54:15 PM CDT
Ivan Hee says ...
I run because it keeps me sane. It helps me to be healthy and nourishes my mind.
08/11/2013 10:07:59 PM CDT
Eileen Lee says ...
I run for mental and physical heath, to maintain that lifestyle and enjoy the presence of my beautiful surroundings. It's be the best way to start my day or to conclude my day.
08/11/2013 10:25:15 PM CDT
Sylvee says ...
I run for my family, I run for me. I run to stay healthy, I run to clear my head. I run because I can.
08/12/2013 5:42:29 AM CDT
Jennifer Jimenez says ...
As a wife for 20yrs with 4 children, two of whom are wheelchair bound, my life as a runner & woman has changed many many times throughout the years. NWM is my time to run & celebrate the woman I was, the woman I am & the woman I am destined to become. :)
08/12/2013 9:28:06 AM CDT
Carla Prieto says ...
I run to prove to myself that I am strong, motivated, and passionate. I run not only to keep my body healthy and strong, but to keep my mind agile and nimble.
08/12/2013 3:39:22 PM CDT
Stephanie Shen says ...
I love to run because it is a free way to get fit and get happy! :)
08/12/2013 7:01:12 PM CDT
Jennifer Lo says ...
These are all amazing reasons to run! Keep the comments coming! We love reading everyone's reason on why they like to run.
08/12/2013 7:25:31 PM CDT
Luzette says ...
I run because it's fun to conquer the hills of San Francisco!
08/12/2013 7:28:56 PM CDT
Layne says ...
I run because I like to look good naked
08/12/2013 8:30:52 PM CDT