Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 LA Half Marathon Giveaway

First first first, I have to give a HUGE shout out Happy Birthday to my little brother Matt! IMG_6556 (800x600)

We are many years apart, but we are very close. He’s my one sibling without red hair, which is weird (for him), but I’m still his biggest fan. Happy Birthday Matt!!!IMG_5560

AllState Life Insurance 13.1 LA Half Marathon Giveaway

Big Obvious announcement: I am obsessed with half marathons. They are my favorite favorite thing.pre half marathon

Since I run so much, and you’re supposed to get new shoes every 500 miles or so – I have A LOT of running shoes laying around my house. Ah Lot! Plus, I wear different shoes for walking or cross training. (Change your shoes every 250-500 miles depending on the type, more minimal shoes have a higher turnover.)IMG_6500 (800x600)

Right now I have 2 pairs of shoes ready for retirement and a few others on the brink of death. donate running shoes

What does a runner do with all those old shoes?! Build a fort? Throw them away? Fill up your bathtub so you don’t have to ice bathe? Keep them all so you can have 15 minutes of fame on Hoarders one day??

Well, the Give Your Sole program collects them and donates them to charity. They are collecting shoes next month before the Los Angeles 13.1 Marathon (see below for dates/locations) so if you are local please bring ‘em!! Give your sole running shoe donation

· Allstate® Life Insurance and non-profit organization Give Your Sole have partnered to collect moderately used athletic shoes to donate to charity at the Allstate Life Insurance Los Angeles 13.1 Marathon® on Sunday, January 13.


· All shoes collected in Los Angeles will benefit the Union Rescue Mission, an organization that is dedicated to serving men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. The Union Rescue Mission is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States, and the oldest in Los Angeles.


· Donations from race participants and Los Angeles residents will also be collected during 13.1 Marathon® packet pick-ups on Friday, Jan. 11 at Road Runners Sports West Hills – Fallbrook Center in West Hills, Calif. from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Road Runners Sports Torrance in Torrance, Calif.


· Runners who donate their shoes on race day will receive a free pair of flip-flops to wear home. <- Isn’t that a good idea?!

*Anyone can come down and donate – you don’t have to run the race!

And to encourage you to show up and donate your shoes the Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 (half) marathon is giving me a free race entry and giving ONE FREE ENTRY TO A RER Reader!!!


To Enter: Leave a comment with the color of your current running shoes.

Contest Ends Monday at 8am PST. Open to all, but you must provide your own travel/transportation to the race in the Los Angeles area January 13, 2013.


  1. Jessica J. says

    My current shoes are electric blue Merrells! I would so love to win an entry to this race…my boss is running her first half marathon and I want to go support her!

  2. says

    My last three pairs of running shoes, despite being different brands, were all white with tiffany blue accents. Why mess with a good thing, I guess!

  3. tiffany says

    i was just looking at running the socal half on the 12th! i’d gladly do this one instead. :)

    my asics are grey with purple/blue accents!

  4. Juliette says

    I was just thinking about this the other day! I have so many running shoes I’d like to donate but don’t know where to turn. I live in D.C., do you know of any places where shoes can be mailed/dropped off nation wide? Thank you!!

  5. says

    I love races that do something to give back. I need to find a race to bring all my old shoes to. I have way too many. Current ones are rainbow – bright pink but with bright blue and yellow accents. Or purple if I’m doing the flows.

    So…if I win does that mean they fly me out there and I can crash at your place. 😉

  6. Elizabeth says

    I just got a new pair last night at the Road Runner VIP party! Bright Purple and orange.. my normal self is boring colors like white and black.. but my running self is all bright!!

  7. Angelica says

    My running shoes are yellow 😀 well…gray with yellow but I love how cheery they make me feel when I look at them.

  8. Suzanne says

    Just got the new Brooks Adrenaline 13’s. What a great number! They are white with blue accents and bright blue laces. Love them!

  9. Courtney says

    Oasics blue and white. I have bought the same pair three times. Love them. They’ve got me through a marathon, eight halfs and many many 5ks, 10ks, etc. Training is sometimes tough but I love to race.

  10. says

    Mine are blue and silver and Brooks Ravena. I was quite sad that I couldn’t get them in purple, but the blue has been pretty neat.

    Also, this is a great idea – re: donating shoes. I donated my old – still in good shape! – shoes to the local running store post-Sandy.

  11. Heather says

    I alternate between my Brooks Ghost 5 that are…Dark denim,angel blue and silver and my Brooks Pure Flow in angel blue, silver and black… See a brooks pattern {read:obsession} …

  12. says

    Another option for old shoes, I bring mine to the clothing bank at the hospital I work with. I am in ER nurse and we are CONSTANTLY having to send people home in the winter in ‘booties’ or their socks when their shoes are destroyed by whatever brought them in, or no one thought to send their shoes on the ambulance.

  13. Nicole says

    My Mizunos are grey with purple accents. Theyre getting up there in mileage- oy :) I would love to drive to LA and run this race :) a free entry is inviting.. this running stuff gets expensive with race fees. Would probably cost more in gas and hotel, but itll be a fun weekend :)

  14. Nicole says

    WHAT?!?! Awesome giveaway!!!!

    My current shoes are black and white and pink. There’s ALWAYS gotta be a little pink on my shoes. It’s my fave.

  15. Amy says

    i go through so many running shoes, i wasn’t even sure what color my current ones are! Quick peek in the gym bag under my desk- they are grey with some yellow and pink accents :)

  16. says

    Two pairs that I alternate between, one pair is orange, the other is blue and purple. Don’t enter me, though–I will be in LA a week later for the Tinkerbell half and don’t think my boss will let me be gone QUITE that long! ;D

  17. Tiffany says

    My current shoes are black with purple accents by Merrell. If I win an entry, I’ll definitely be donating them to the cause!

  18. says

    my shoes right now are white and blue brooks. but i am seriously trying to get my hands on a pair of pink brooks purecadence (the ones from last season).

  19. Alexandra says

    Mine are bright blue with neon yellow laces!! I love them!! With running shoes the brighter the better. They make me happy even when I have a crummy run! :)

  20. Gillian says

    I signed up awhile back. Thanks for the info on the shoe donation, I definitely have some to give! And I hope to see you at the race and keep up with you so you can help me to a PR :)

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