Fit Foodie Race Series

John Hancock Hosts the Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend Review

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

You can tell by the name of the event, “Fit Foodie,” that this is right up my alley, right? I mean, what’s better than getting people out of bed Saturday morning to participate in a beautiful 5k/10k race then sampling healthy food and beverages with samples galore after? At the three-day John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend, the emphasis is on both calories being burned and earned!

Fit Foodie Race Series

When John Hancock invited me to attend the event I was nothing short of thrilled! I have a positive association with John Hancock from my Boston marathon running days and Fit Foodie is hands down one of my most favorite fitness events of all time!

As host of the 2016 race series, John Hancock sponsored the John Hancock Vitality Village, which provided the ultimate post-race experience. The goal was to reward a job well done and celebrate participants’ hard work through delicious and healthy experiences. And that is exactly what they did!

Fit Foodie Race Review
(just a small sample of some of the healthy treats that were featured in the Vitality Village)

Why I love the Fit Foodie Race Series

I love any event that encourages people to come together and be active. I especially support the ones that make it super fun, super social and also rewarding. The Fit Foodie Race Series is near and dear to my heart for its emphasis on fitness and good nutrition. Both are essential parts of impacting your health positively. And then when you can make it a social and fun experience, then it really is the perfect trifecta!

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The Fit Foodie Race Series is actually way more than just a 5k/10k race! It’s a whole weekend of events. It starts with a healthy happy hour on Friday night, the race and outstanding Vitality Village on Saturday morning and a Sunday Sweat Session with post workout refreshments. It’s awesome!

San Diego Fit Foodie Race Review

I attended this event last year and could not run due to my post marathon hip injury so I was happy to come this year and run my happy little feet off.  And this was also the first year they added a 10K option. The race starts down at the Embarcadero and runs out along Harbor Blvd and then back in and loops around Sea Port Village. With the exception of Harbor, this is my regular running hood and I love running in familiar territory.

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The course is flat, which would allow you to think it’s fast, yet, when you got into the ant-farm-like loops in the heart of Seaport Village it was a bit too congested to really pick up the pace for the 10K, making this a really great social race and one that would be tough to run competitively. Although they did have a special 7a start for the 5K runners who run a sub 7 minute mile. That would allow those with super fast feet to essentially be done with the race before some even started!

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Overall, it’s such an outstanding event for fitness folks of all levels! I had several girlfriends join me Saturday morning and we had 5K walkers to the 10K Silver Medal winner in our girl-gang. The idea is to get up and get out and celebrate moving, laughing, smiling and overall balance.

Fit Foodie Race Review
(silver medal for 2nd overall girl when to my gal pal Natalie!)

For me personally, I was happy with my time 51:21 all things considered. It’s been a tough year for me running and I have struggled to pick up the pace. Running is an individual sport and it’s been difficult for me to not compete with my faster, younger self. I used to pull out a 45 min 10K without even trying…but I’m happy to be enjoying the ride and was thrilled to spend the morning out with my favorite gal pals celebrating health and happiness.

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What’s cool about John Hancock?

John Hancock has created John Hancock life insurance with Vitality, which rewards people for the healthy choices they make, like exercising (such as running a 5 or 10k!), seeing the doctor and now, purchasing healthy foods at the grocery store. With John Hancock Vitality and the new HealthyFood program, not only can you save up to $600 a year on the nutritious foods you buy, but you can also significantly save on your life insurance premium and earn valuable rewards and everyday savings for those healthy food purchases.

I feel like they are making a real proactive investment in keeping people healthy and thriving through emphasizing smart choices in terms of nutrition and fitness. Creating awareness and offering rewards that really can make a difference. Honestly, I wish more insurance companies would jump on board with this vision. Visit JHRewardsLife.com or find them on Facebook for more information on how you can be rewarded for the small steps you take towards a healthier life!

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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