Lace up your running shoes, friends, because on Sunday, October 10, the Vera Project is holding its second annual Run Vera Run fundraiser at Seward Park. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time! And don't worry, you don't have to be a marathon runner to participate. This year, there are two courses, a 10K course for the hardcore runners, which will include professional timing, and a 4K "fun run" course, for people of all ages who want to walk, jog, lollygag, whatever.
Before the race, everyone gets to carbo-load on free drinks and snacks from Caffe Vita and Vitaminwater. Afterward, Via Tribunali's mobile pizza oven will be on hand so you can eat up all the calories you burned off. And hopefully you won't be too tired to dance, because once all the exercise is out of the way, the Redwood Plan will be playing a set, and their keyboard-infused dance punk has the power to make even the most exhausted hips shake.
But before you can run (or walk), you must raise some money! This is a fundraiser, after all. You can sign up on your own, or you can gather a group of friends and sign up as a team—just go to www.runverarun.org to register. Once you're signed up, collect pledges from your friends and family (remind them that it's for the kids!). Everyone who raises $35 or more gets a free Run Vera Run T-shirt, too.
The last step, of course, is training. No, you probably won't be able to pull a Rocky Balboa in a week and a half, but it wouldn't hurt to do a little pre-event jogging. Should you need some inspiration, here are some fantastic fast-paced songs you can load onto your iPod before hitting the treadmill:
"(Shut) Up the Punx!!!" by Bomb the Music Industry!
"Expiration" by the Redwood Plan
"Daylight" by Matt and Kim
"Thrash Unreal" by Against Me!
"True Believers" by Bouncing Souls
"Rebellion (Lies)" by Arcade Fire
"Stronger" by Kanye West
If you have some favorite jogging tunes of your own, go to this column on thestranger.com and leave your recommendations in the comments.
Thurs Sept 30: John Roderick at the Triple Door, 8 pm, $20.
Fri Oct 1: School of Rock Presents: Buzzcocks vs. the Jam at Crocodile, 5 pm, $10.
Sat Oct 2: D.Black, Gabriel Teodros, L.A.C.O.S.A., Kung Foo Grip at the Vera Project, 8 pm, free.