I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. My weekend was packed full of activities, from visiting family and friends to organizing volunteers for another running event. Last Saturday, I helped plan the 2nd Annual Patriots Run at Lake Murray — in honor of our troops and veterans. This was a smaller run but we had a good number of participants… about 800 runners and walkers showed up bright and early at the lake. Everyone joined in the festivities and you could see the vast number of red, white, and blue costumes parading around the park. What I remember most was the several runners that took on the task of running the entire race each holding a full-size American flag. It was very inspiring and quite a sight to see!
Last Sunday marked the anniversary of my first Hot Chocolate Run in San Diego. The event has grown bigger and better with the level of organization and choco-swag provided to all the participants. A friend of mine ran in the Chicago event and I heard stories about how it was poorly managed there. However, the San Diego expo and run went very smoothly. What I liked most about the event this year was the jacket. It was a tech hoodie, an upgrade from last year’s thin windbreaker. My other favorites included the choco bag, the chocolate (of course), and the run signs they let us make at the expo. The run signs were a huge hit! It’s simple perks like those that make it fun for everyone to participate in.
This Sunday (Nov.20) the city of Encinitas will be hosting their annual Fall Festival, the celebration of the season! See over 450 vendors spanning Coast Highway 101 between 9AM – 4PM. And the best part is that the entire event is FREE. Stop by and enjoy the arts & crafts, food, and entertainment while you peruse the streets of Downtown Encinitas. I won’t be able to make it to this event but thought you should know just in case you have some spare time. Checking out local events such as this one is a great way to be involved in the community. You also get to meet some local businesses that you may not have known existed.
Sorry I haven’t been blogging recently but I’ve been a busy bee. My most recent event was working at the Head to Toe Women’s Expo. I work part time interning for this bi-annual women’s event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. At the expo, attendees can do a variety of activities such as sampling items, listening to seminars, and of course shopping. The Girls On The Go 5K race and fashion show were just a couple highlights from last weekend, and the cooking demos were icing on the cake… pun intended! I learned how to properly prepare sushi from Chef Teiji of the Fish Market (downtown San Diego) as well as cook a lemon hibiscus tart from Chef Bernard of the Marine Room (La Jolla). Both demos provided samples of the delicious dishes to all the attendees. I even scored a free bottle of soy sauce and pack of seaweed wrapper. Looks like I’m ready for a sushi night at home!