Happy Halloween!

As a special Halloween treat, we are giving runners $5 registration this weekend only!! The code to use is BOO5OFF (case sensitive). Remember, this code is only good for this weekend, so register soon. Offer expires Sunday November 2nd at midnight.

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Kids Fun Run

Attention Parents!!!

Don’t forget that we have races for your little kids as well!
We have a 1/2K(0.31 miles) and 1K(0.62 miles) race so they can participate in the fun. With their registration of $15, they will get a kid specific goodie bag, a t-shirt and a medal.
There is also a kid’s fitness fair on Sunday, November 9th. This is where they can play games and explore a fire truck and an ambulance.
There will also be a jump house, a rock wall and Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour will have a booth with the opportunity to win fun prizes!

A Special Gift

The Mission Inn Run Team is always happy to hear MIR participants’ run stories. Here is a great one sent by Phil Orr!


God has given me a gift! I Love to run and have done so competitively for 40 years. The Mission Inn Run has been a big part of that and I love to see the community come out together year after year.  It reminds me of what is good in America when people are supporting and encouraging each other, and even people they’ve never met. This is one of the ways the Mission Inn Run brings out the best in Riverside!  I’ve seen it over the course of the 28 Mission Inn Races I’ve run  in 18 years (10 times I’ve run 2 races).  At 51 years of age, my fastest days are behind me and I don’t expect to run with the elite runners anymore. But, I still come out with my family to compete and I still love to encourage others to run and reach their goals in running and in life. If you have the discipline to run, you have the discipline to achieve anything. Running can keep you happy and healthy, and Riverside has a great community of runners. A large percentage of them weren’t even born when I first laced up my shoes or when the Mission Inn Run first started, but they are joining the legacy and passing it forward! This is the one racing event I most look forward to each year with my wife Mindy and the one I’ve run more times than any other.

A Gentleman’s Motivation

It’s nice to hear awesome running stories. Especially from our young runners and participants of the event. We received an wonderful story from last week expecerience at the 36th Annual Run and here is what Mason Zhu told us!


At the 36th Annual Run!

My name is Mason Zhu and I am from Riverside. I am 16 and I completed the half marathon at the Mission Inn Run on November 10, 2013. I only started to run at the beginning of this summer in 2013 and so it has only been a few months since I actually started running. I achieved 71st place overall and 12th in my age division. I feel like this is an outstanding accomplishment for me considering that I have only been running for about 3-4 months!
The Mission Inn Run is fantastic! What inspired me and pushed me to keep finishing the race even though I had cramps on my feet and stomach was a man, a gentleman. He was not young, but he had a very young heart and enthusiastic personality. I started hearing phrases like “Woot, you go girl!” and “You can do it, come on!” every single time someone would pass by him. I stuck out my thumb to him and said “You’re a wonderful person, keep it up!” He said one thing, “Stick with me!” On the last 5 miles of the course, when I thought I could not handle any more pain and tiredness, I did what he told me to do. I stuck with him and luckily, I achieved an outstanding time on my first ever half marathon and this is all thanks to him.
People like that one gentleman make the whole race better, not only for everyone else but also himself. He is my inspiration!

Running for Two

The Mission Inn Run is happy to hear from our runners as to why they run.

We received a story from Sara Johnson. She said:


I’ve lived in Riverside my whole life. I started running Mt. Rubidoux a year and a half ago in preparation for my wedding. This year I am four months pregnant, and still running. I’m running for all the women out there committed to staying healthy and active. I’m a wife, athlete, and soon to be mother.

Determination and Perseverance

We love to hear the running stories that our Mission Inn Run participants sends us!

This is Shawna House’s Story.


I run because people told me I would never be the same again. Almost 3 years ago I shattered my ankle and broke my fibula in 2 places. I had to learn to walk again! When people tried to tell me my leg would never be the same. I made it a personal goal to go beyond what I thought was possible. I refused to listen to those who said I could not. I never ran before my injury. So I decided to be more than I ever thought possible. From learning to walk, jump and run again I proved to myself and others that with determination and perseverance you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. I completed my first 5k earlier this year and ran another in the summer. The mission Inn race WILL be my 3rd race this year. I run because they said I could not and I knew I could!!!!


A Happy and Healthy Addiction

The Mission Inn Run loves to hear run stories about individuals participating in the event. How exciting is it to know that running changes the lives of people. We received a story from Kim Kranz, This is what she said.


Kim and her daughter at the Color run in Lake Elsinore


My run story starts in 2012 when my daughter asked my husband to run a half marathon with her. He declined, but I said I would do it! Little did I know that it would lead to a happy addiction! I was overweight at the time, so it was quite a challenge. I started by running by first 5K at Fairmount Park in Riverside and kept going from there. I ran several 5Ks, 10Ks and my first half marathon in November of 2012 with my daughter. I was completely hooked! I plan to run my first full marathon in January of 2014 in Carlsbad. Since I started running I’ve lost 30 pounds and feel amazing! Oh, and my husband is hooked too, along with my two daughters. I plan to run the Mission Inn Half Marathon and my husband and daughter are running the 10K. So excited to be running in beautiful Riverside!



Kim and her husband at the color run they did last weekend in Lake Elsinore

Life Can’t be the Same After an Experience Like This.

The Mission Inn Run team loves to hear about individuals who participate in the Run. How it has changed their life and transformed their health. We received an incredible story from Ignacio Soto. This is what he said….

I was on the freeway driving home late one night (or technically, early one morning), and saw headlights in front of me. How strange. Maybe a car got spun around in an accident? I quickly realized that this car was moving toward me, but I didn’t realize it quickly enough.

I was in shock after the collision, but very lucid. I was trying to make small talk with the paramedics, trying to show them (and myself) that I was ok. “Is this type of thing normal for you?” I asked. It wasn’t. “Where are we going?” They told me the name of the hospital, and I confirmed the location with them. My body was only responding to the smallest requests for movement, but at least my brain appeared to be working.

I wish the same could be said for the other driver. As you may have guessed, he was in no condition to be driving. His blood alcohol level was way over the legal limit, and who knows if he was on anything else that couldn’t be measured with a Breathalyzer.



Here’s a picture of my old truck after a rough drive home.

That early morning was painful, but as the adrenaline wore off and soreness set in, the pain got worse. I could barely move my legs, and getting out of bed was out of the question. Luckily, I did not have any life threatening or permanently debilitating injuries.

At that point in my life, I was eating a somewhat-healthy diet and working out during the week, but weekends were full of cases of beer and fast food. It was a delicate, but manageable balance. When I started working in front of a computer all day a few years before, I discovered that I needed some type of exercise to keep strange headaches and anxiety at bay, and knew there was a connection between physical and mental health, especially for me. As long as I could run a few miles a week or play an occasional basketball game, I felt good enough. In fact, I felt strong. In my early twenties, the balancing act worked.

As my body began to heal, the mental strength I had immediately after the accident wore away. With chronic pain and thoughts of “Why me?”, I sank into anxiety and depression. It became another form of debilitation, much worse than simply feeling sad. Worse yet, there was no way I could go for a run, which was the best mental healing mechanism that I knew of. I developed incredible fatigue, and my mind started playing strange tricks on me.

One night I saw police lights as I was driving toward the site of the accident, and I felt that if I continued I would get into another accident, so I exited the freeway, hyperventilating. Another night I was afraid to drive 2 miles and pick up a pizza for dinner, because I thought something bad would happen if I left the house.

Fortunately, I was participating in physical therapy and actively healing and rebuilding my body. Running was still out of the question, but I started riding a bicycle around the neighborhood, which was much kinder on my body. I was doing better physically, which laid the foundation to recover mentally.

As a guitarist in a local band, I was regularly at local shows, whether I was playing or not. It was much harder to get out and enjoy these shows after the accident. I was feeling terrible one particular night, and had no intention of going to a show that was happening just a few miles away. I didn’t think anyone would care if I went anyway. I got a text asking if I was going, which proved that my negative thoughts were just wrong. I was exhausted and fatigued, as I often was at that point, but I got a coffee and drove to Downtown Fullerton.

Seeing my friends, telling them I was getting better, watching some great live music, and unexpectedly running into an old friend was just what I needed. My friends and family were always supportive during this time, but this night reiterated a message that I desperately needed to hear. I wasn’t forgotten. Others cared about me and wanted me around.

The bike rides got longer: 10, 15, 20, and eventually 30 miles. My physical therapist saw that I was doing better and sent me on my way. I couldn’t go out and drink all night if I wanted to do those rides the next day, but that was fine. Nothing felt as good as going outside, moving and pushing my physical limits. I was losing the weight that I gained while I was stuck on the couch. I began running around the block, slowly increasing my distance. I started taking boxing classes. I was on a slow and steady comeback, and there was no reason why I couldn’t come back stronger than before.

It took nearly 2 years, but I eventually managed to do a 6-mile run, which was further than I had ever run before! A friend suggested that I run a 10k race in Riverside, the Mission Inn Run. I had never run a race before, but I knew I could do that distance, so I signed up.

The race was the day after my birthday, so I couldn’t go party that weekend. That was fine with me, but I’m sure the 23-year old version of me would have been shocked. “Really, you would rather get up at sunrise to run than stay out until sunrise having a good time?” I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in another year of being alive than to celebrate my health and mobility.

There was a different kind of energy at the race. This wasn’t the same thing as going for a run on my own, or even with a friend. The endless sea of runners made me want to go faster than ever, which is exactly what I did. There was always someone in front of me to try to catch up to. As the race got to the 4 mile mark, I began to slow, but the woman I had been running next to waved her hand, motioning for me to “come on!”, so I pushed myself to keep up.



By the last mile of the race, I was flying past most of the other runners. I’m sure that a summer full of 30+ mile bike rides gave me more than enough endurance to finish a 10k strong. I knew I was doing well, but I didn’t expect this.

Top 100 Male, out of approximately 350. I barely made the cut, but I’ll take it!



This confirmed that what doesn’t kill me really can make me stronger; that gradual progress could lead to great progress. I knew that I could apply what I have learned during these three years to anything. Yes, if I can do this, I can do anything, and while I may not get there the fastest and win first place, I just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and I can finish better than I ever imagined.

I don’t think there is anything is particularly special about me, and I believe anyone could have done what I did, in their own way and at their own pace. I’m certainly not the only one with a recovery story. Everyone is faced with difficult obstacles, and the human spirit can be more resilient than we realize.

Here’s to you overcoming your obstacles and finishing better than you ever imagined!”

Top 10 Workout Songs for October 2013

Summer’s now giving way to fall, but it seems no one mentioned this to Robin Thicke. His track “Blurred Lines” was decisively the song of the summer — having logged 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard 100 chart. Now the tune’s getting a second wind thanks to a remix and dueling with his own follow-up single “Give It 2 U.” Rounding out this month’s top 10 are new singles from Eminem, Ellie Goulding, and Britney Spears along with additional remixes from Rihanna and Bruno Mars.


Here’s the full list, according to a poll on Run Hundred — the web’s most popular workout music blog.

  • Robin Thicke & Kendrick Lamar — “Give It 2 U” — 126 BPM
  • Katy Perry & Juicy J — “Dark Horse” — 133 BPM
  • Ellie Goulding — “Burn” — 88 BPM
  • Eminem — “Berzerk” — 95 BPM
  • Rihanna & David Guetta — “Right Now (Justin Prime Radio Edit)” — 131 BPM
  • Britney Spears — “Work Bitch” — 127 BPM
  • Mat Zo vs. Chuck D — “Pyramid Scheme (Radio Edit)” — 128 BPM
  • Bruno Mars — “Treasure (Sharam Radio Remix)” — 125 BPM
  • Benny Benassi & John Legend — “Dance the Pain Away” — 124 BPM
  • Robin Thicke, Pharrell & T.I. — “Blurred Lines (Will Sparks Remix)” — 128 BPM

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