Answer: Not very often. So we're encouraging the women of Santa Cruz County— runners, walkers, and hikers— to take advantage of the opportunity and sign up for both the 5-Miler and the Nisene Marks 5K. This "Nisene Double" is sort of the same idea as the 10K/5K "doubles" that have been springing up lately, but you actually get to sleep in between, and you get two shirts. All participants who successfully complete the challenge will also get their names announced at the 5-Miler awards ceremony, and a small surprise prize (surprize?). And by "surprise" we mean the kind of surprise that is actually all over Facebook at this point, because the Race Director of the 5-Miler sometimes has a hard time keeping secrets.
Into it? Here's what you have to do:
- Sign up for the Aptos Women's 5-Miler and the Nisene Marks 5K (use the mail-in reg forms or sign up on race day if you're a current SCTC member and would like your member discount).
- Show up for the Nisene Marks 5K on Saturday, and run or walk it.
- Show up for the Aptos Women's 5-Miler on Sunday, and run or walk it.
- Receive surprize and feel awesome.
That's it— super-simple. We'll cross-reference the lists and find our challenge participants. FYI, both of these events support really great causes: The Nisene Marks Marathon supports the Santa Cruz Host Lions' efforts to provide eye exams, glasses, and vision-related medical care to people in our community with low incomes; the Aptos Women's 5-Miler supports Advocates for Nisene Marks State Park (i.e., the group that helps maintain the trails, installs benches, and makes sure all those seasonal bridges go in and out every year) as well as SCTC's youth and adult athletic programs. So there are a few more reasons that doubling up on races will make you feel double-awesome.
Hope you decide to join the fun!
NOTE: We can't really recommend that you "double up" on the 5-Miler and, say, the Nisene Marks Marathon. We get that if you're into ultras, 29.3 miles in a weekend might just be no problem for you, but please use your best judgment and don't take on more than you can handle. Also, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you're super-doubling... we won't be looking out for your results if you don't!