On Saturday, September 15, 2012 Sporty Diva will have its half marathon, 15K, 10K, and 5K at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place. The marathon begins at 8:30 am at the Central Meadow entrance of Chambers Bay in University Place. Those that register by July 28, 2012 by 11:50 PM EST will have a registration fee of $45 + $3 sign up fee. Late registration (those that register after this date and by September 1, 2012 will have a $55 registration fee + $3.30 sign up fee). September 1, 2012 is the last day to register for this event. This is not a timed event and everyone that participates receives a finisher’s medal. To register, please visit: www.SportyDiva.com, RunSignUp.com, or Active.com.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Humane Society as well as the Nalls Foundation. $10 from every registration will be divided between each organization. Rosie Rose, creator of Sporty Diva, has a goal of having 100 registrations and to gift each organization $500.00. This will be her 5th run/walk event that she has directed and hosted. Other events included: April 2011 at Green Lake (to sponsor a Sister in the Congo), May 2011 at Chambers Bay (to sponsor a Sister in the Congo), September 2011 at Chambers Bay (to sponsor a Sister in the Congo), and January 2011 at Chambers Bay (to provide financial support for two children whose mother was killed in October 2011). Rosie stated: “I think Sporty Diva walk/run events are outstanding events because I have designed them to encourage, motivate, and inspire the first time athlete and/or people who are returning to fitness in a fun, friendly, and supportive, and non-competitive race environment with a philanthropic and pay it forward mission. The best thing about the event is that it includes all fitness levels, is inclusive, has a pay it forward mission and promotes health and wellness.”
Rosie provided brief history about Sporty Diva: “In March of 2002, I weighed 300 pounds. I was tired of being overweight and depressed. I decided to take charge of my health by taking a year and a half off from the scale and exploring the reasons that led to my out of control eating. I also ramped up my cardio training to include: biking, running, rowing, elliptical training, and weight training. When I weighed myself on my birthday, September 1, 2003, I had lost 100 pounds. As a passionate and motivated fitness enthusiast and marathoner I became an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer to share what I know with others. As a trainer and blogger, I established Sporty Diva in 2007 to promote health and wellness with a philanthropic and pay it forward mission. I currently conduct HEALTHY, FABULOUS and FIT WORKSHOPS, Boot Camps, motivational speaking, personal training, and direct walking/running events.
My goal….vision….dream….wish and prayer is to continue to reach folks with my personal story and to help motivate people to pursue a healthier and active lifestyle. And to show that perfection doesn’t exist; but through trial and error they can get whatever their “it” is.”
Rosie explained, “Sporty Diva is unique in comparison to other fitness chains, groups, centers etc. because as a formerly overweight and depressed person, I know what it feels like to work hard and fail at losing weight time and time again. But on the brighter side of things, I use my story and life style to help others become healthier and active all while paying it forward!” It was interesting to find that Sporty Diva is a not for profit business and that Rosie cares about the health of our community and that she believes everyone can be successful with her program. When asked who she recommended attend her half marathon, Rosie replied, “Sporty Diva walk/run events are designed to encourage, motivate, and inspire the first time athlete and/or people who are returning to fitness in a fun, friendly, supportive, and non-competitive race environment with a philanthropic and pay it forward mission.”
For more information about the half marathon or Sporty Diva, please visit: www.sportydiva.com, call: 253 380-9075, or email: Rose@sportydiva.com.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com