Thanks to all you beautiful people who stopped by the Derby Marathon expo booth this weekend! We hope your race went well. It was a blessing to hear your prayers, watch you run, and to have the city blessed by the prayers of thousands of feet running by.
Lots of people asked about some of our upcoming events. So here’s some information for you!
Barren Heights 5K
The Barren Heights 5K and Fun Fest will be on May 11th at Calvin Presbyterian Church at 2501 Rudy Lane starting at 10:00 AM. Proceeds go to support an amazing ministry for families with children with special needs. We’d love to see you out there! More info here: http://www.barrenheights.org/news/barren-heights-fun-fest-2013
Pyoca Sprint Tri
The Pyoca Sprint Tri, sponsored by Sweaty Sheep, will be Saturday, May 25th at 8:00 AM at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, IN. We’ll be out there starting the night before for a spaghetti dinner, campfire, and an overnight in some beautiful cabins, but you’re welcome to show up Saturday morning too!
THIS WEEK ONLY: Prices have been reduced to earlybird levels if you register online!Go to www.sweatysheep.com/pyoca to register!! Fees go back up on Sunday!
Don’t forget to take a look at our April E-pistle, and sign up for our email list
if you want to be sure to get our May E-pistle!
Words cannot express the range and depths of our emotions after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. But in prayer we can begin to find a way forward through violence and death. This is why we’re inviting everyone who’s around to come to Fleet Feet at 2239 Taylorsville Rd on Wednesday at 6:00 for a time of prayer that begins with words and fellowship and continues in a group run at 6:30.
On Monday Evening we will be holding a community wide Run to Unite Louisville’s Endurance athletic community in light of the Upcoming Derby Marathon. Runners or cyclists can meet at KEN COMBS RUNNING SHOP on Shelbyville Rd. at 6pm if they would like to run the whole route (roughly 5 miles) or they can meet at BLUE MILE in the Highlands for a 3 mile light run. The route will take runners from KEN COMBS through Seneca to FLEET FEET SPORTS and then up Bardstown Rd. to BLUE MILE from where we will end at FLANNIGAN’S ALE HOUSE on BAXTER AVE.
***ALL PROCEEDS FROM FLANNIGAN’S ON MONDAY NIGHT GO TO SUPPORT THE BOSTON ATHLETES/SPECTATORS THAT WERE INJURED. SO WHETHER YOU DECIDE TO RUN OR NOT, MEET AT FLANNIGAN’S FOR A BOSTON LAGER BETWEEN 7PM AND 10PM MONDAY EVENING!
FOR INFO EMAIL Runningmango@msn.com or call Ryan at (443)223-7334. Thank you all for your support and prayers and keep sending them out to our running brethren! GODSPEED
A special thanks to Blue Mile, Ken Combs, and Fleet Feet for opening up their shop and to Flannigan’s Ale House for opening up their doors and hearts on such short notice!
Register at http://www.barrenheights.org/news/barren-heights-fun-fest-2013
Time to Run!!! Time to Smile!!! Time to have fun Barren Heights Style…..The 2013 Barren Heights Fun Festival and fundraiser happens May 11, in Louisville, KY. So mark your calendars. We are combining the 5k Run with a Barren Heights reunion typically held on Memorial Day. This day promises to be filled with the typical Barren Heights experience. We will have many of the same events that we had in years past including inflatables and games for the kids, as well as, a new event “Animal Underground” from Animal Tales providing a live animal educational program with emphasis on God and His creation.
The schedule for the day will run from 10:00 am – 3pm (9:30 check in for 5k participants), at Calvin Presbyterian Church on Rudy Lane in Louisville. The 5k is being held from 10-11:30am, pay lunch from 11:30 – 1pm, Animal Tales at 1pm, and Praise and Worship at 2pm.
- 5k race (fun run) starting at 10am
- Water Balloon launch
- Live Music and Worship
- Grilled lunch ($5 plate)
- Live Animals from Animal Tales
- Kickball games
- Soccer Games
- Large play set for kids
- Face Painting
- Bing Bag games
- Lots of smiles
- TONS OF LOVE
The 5k will begin promptly at 10am and is grass and paved trail (with some fun surprises.) We will reward the top three times. This is a fundraiser event so anyone who raises over $25 will receive a wonderful Barren Heights t-shirt. For those who raise $50 or more you will also receive the coveted Barren Heights backpack. Also, funds raised will go toward completion of the New Barn and we have a generous corporate donor who is matching those funds – Wahoooooooo!!!!!!!
Please register at www.barrenheights.com
About Barren Heights: Located near Barren River Lake in south central Kentucky, the facility is run by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center, Inc. The campus was built for the primary purpose of hosting mini-vacation style retreats for families who have one or more children with a physical or developmental disability. The retreats are free for qualified families.
People have asked us why we built this place, and that is a fair question. To put it simply, we saw a need and wanted to do what we could to fill it. We have tremendous respect for parents and caretakers of children with disabilities – they are often physically taxed and emotionally drained in unique ways. We felt that those families could use a weekend getaway at a facility that was designed with their specific needs in mind. We have no hidden agenda, and simply want you and your family to consider taking advantage of this opportunity to relax, refresh and rejuvenate near the scenic Barren River Lake.
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
-The Secret Garden
Now that the easter egg hunts are over…
It is marathon month here in the Derby City!! We pray that you are all injury free, divinely energized, and taking the time during those training runs to smell the flowers on occasion! Make sure to visit us at the Derby running expo on the 25th and 26th (to say hi and get this years super cool Sweaty Sheep tattoo,) and mark your calendars for post-race Sunday when we will be taking over Central Presbyterian Church’s 11 am service!!
Get Info on our training retreat at pyoca May 24-25th!! pyoca tri info
And with seeking in mind… make sure to read this month’s Epistle
The holidays have passed and the new year has begun. Make it your resolution this year to be more involved with your team! We are starting up some great classes at Cardinal Towne this month, 325 cardinal blvd. Monday is zumba, Tuesday’s will be group run or spin night (your choice,) weds yoga, and Thursday spin! All classes will be free (you are allowed to donate to the instructor) and at 6:30pm. Not enough? Join our triple crown/mini marathon training team with Tuesday evenings and Sunday morning runs and fellowship!
Still unfulfilled? Come to our triathlon 101 course Jan.20th at 6:30pm lead by pro triathlete Mike Hermanson! This will be free and also at cardinal towne (the avenue room) and a really great opportunity to ask questions, get some valuable tips, and meet fellow multisport enthusiasts! Email us with any questions and suggestions… Godspeed team!
The Merry Christmas 5k is this Saturday, December 22nd, at 3:30 PM, starting by the Belle of Louisville.
Register online at sweatysheep.com/5k or
download the flyer here, print it out, and bring it with you on Saturday!
Registration is only $10 in advance and only $15 on the day of the race! And don’t forget about the Egg Nog Challenge!
It’s Advent, so that means there are plenty of ways to help out the less fortunate. But what would be more fun than a 5k? Join us Saturday, December 22nd at 3:30 for the Sweaty Sheep Merry Christmas 5k! Register at sweatysheep.com/5k, learn more here, or print off a flyer for your church/friends/random strangers at sweatysheep.com/5khandout
Don’t forget to look at the Sweaty Sheep store for all your Christmas needs. We’ve got high-quality bracelets, the iconic Sweaty Sheep T-shirt and hat, and a huge variety of items at our Cafepress store! Go to Sweatysheep.com/store to see it all!
The season of Christmas is almost upon us! Here’s your shopping list:
Concert Tickets:“Do You See What I See?” on December 15th. This concert is sponsored by Angels in Disguise with pianist and composer Eric Genuis! Sweaty Sheep is selling tickets for only $15 per person, and proceeds will benefit Sweaty Sheep and multiple Down Syndrome support groups in Louisville. Buy your ticket using the link on the right hand side of the page!
5K Race Entry:On December 22nd, Sweaty Sheep will be hosting our “Merry Christmas 5k,” with Church Choirs, an Eggnog Challenge, and a dinner with the homeless community of Louisville. Only $10, this race and will benefit Sweaty Sheep and Louisville’s homeless population. Register early!More info here!
Also, you can help us make some Christmas gifts for a very special cause! Instead of medals, we thought it would be great for participants of our 5k to receive keepsake ornaments to serve as a memento of what is sure to be a blessed experience, as well as send ornaments back to the homeless shelters to spread some Christmas cheer. Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 pm-in the Avenue at Cardinal Towne- we are hosting a Sweaty Sheep Christmas Ornament Decorating Party.
Exclusive Sweaty Sheep Bracelets: Only $20 each, these are locally handcrafted metal and leather bracelets available in a variety of colors (brown, black, blue, orange, pink, yellow, etc). Order them on our store page!
Christmas Cards, Apparel, Water Bottles, and more: Don’t forget to order your Sweaty Sheep Christmas cards from our store!
It’s been said that there is “nothing new under the sun…” (little Ecclesiastes for ya.) Well there is newness happening in Sweaty Sheep and we pray that you join in our excitement! As our mission project this Fall we have launched a chapter of “Achilles,” a national initiative to provide training and racing to athletes with disabilities. That said, we need your prayers; your time and sweat as coaches, mentors, and friends; and if you are in a situation to give, we need your financial support to help us with the costs of specialized hand cycles, random bikes, etc… (have an old random or recumbent bike in the garage collecting dust? We have a home for it!) “Like” and follow the program at http://www.facebook.com/KYBluegrassAchilles and email Ryan@Runningmango@msn.com for more info!
That not exciting enough? We are also in the process of getting space for more programs than ever before: Christian yoga, Pilates, Zumba, etc., as well as a Christian based endurance sport coaching program!
Yep, it’s an exciting month here amongst the flock!
Take a look at our most recent FRONTPAGE article in the Courier Journal!
Courier Journal Article
The Ironman is coming up! Join Sweaty Sheep and Angels in Disguise for Q&A with professional triathletes Patrick Evoe and Mike Hermanson on August 22nd from 6:00-8:00 at the Presbyterian Center (free pizza!), then come out and support the Iron Sheep on the 26th! Don’t forget to sponsor a mile using the link on the right, and take a look at this month’s E-pistle for upcoming events!