Jim McAlpine and his team couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to host this year’s Seattle 420 Games. The Warren G Magnuson Park was a sunny paradise for all those who attended to aide in The 420 Game’s mission to forge a new outlook on cannabis, and a respect for cannabis users. With almost no clouds in the sky, there was absolutely none of Seattle’s notorious rain, making it the perfect day to participate in the nation’s first, and only, cannabis athletic event series!
Most 420 Games events start with a yoga warm up, but before we got our stretch on, we all took a moment to address a very serious issue, which is often difficult to speak about, but needs to be discussed openly, now more than ever. Participants had the honor of kicking this year’s Seattle event off with a 22 push up salute, for the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day. There, raising awareness for this cause, was the group Twenty 22 Many, lead by Patrick "Saint" Seifert, who gave a brief, moving speech.
Although this topic may be one that carries a cloudy weather like feeling, it is imperative, we as a society, open up to its discussion. We are very thankful for the efforts of groups like Twenty 22 Many, and so many others, like our sponsor project-22.org. Discussion leads to awareness, and awareness leads to change. Together, we can all help, not only improve veterans’ quality of life, but even save the lives of our nation’s soldiers. We encourage you step up and advocate in any way you can, to help see safe, regulated cannabis get put into the hands of those who’ve used them to serve, and to protect our country.
The yoga warm up was hosted by Diane Brooks, a yoga instructor at Everett Community College. As we all focused on our breathing, Diane took time to speak about mindfulness, allowing everyone to get in their own happy headspace before hitting the track.
On our way down to the starting line, we saw our good friend Deuvall, The Vegas 420 Runner, with The 420 Cross Country Team, making his way in from a warm up run. Deuvall is making moves in the CannaFitness scene, and among many other successful projects, he’s launched his own Puff & Run Podcast! Check him out all over social and follow along! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Once everyone was lined up, it was 4…2…0…GO!! Everyone took off in a dash, with 1st Place winner, Tyler Markwart, leading the pack all the way to the finish. Placing 3rd in the women’s division was MJFITNUT’s own, Heather DeRose!
How does it feel to place for the first time in your 420 Games 2017 Tour?
This is the first time I’ve placed within the top 3 of a race in my adult life, so I must say it feels pretty awesome! It’s great to have put so much time and effort into training and to see the results of my hard work and dedication to overall wellness and strength help me power through the 4.2 mile course!
How did you train for this race?
I trained using a combination of full body strength training with bodyweight and weights as well as walking, running, biking, swimming and hiking. During all of my training, I used cannabis by consuming a variety of flower strains, vapes, edibles, oil tinctures, topicals and infused protein shakes. I also fueled my body with whole clean foods and was conscious to stay properly hydrated.
What kept you motivated to push yourself through the race?
Just like when I train, I used cannabis before and after the race, which helps me focus and motivates me to keep pushing my body and helps with any pain. Also, during this race, my husband and training partner, was by my side the entire 4.2 miles. He slowed his pace to capture footage of me during the race and it was really helpful to have him by my side the entire way!
What advice to have for other runners?
Running, just like anything new, can be intimidating to start, but it only gets easier as your body adjusts and starts to work more efficiently. I consider running to be very mental, your body will surprise you if you push it. It’s the mind you have to convince to keep going. Plus, once the run is finished, your body and mind will reward itself! Even if a run is really challenging, I know it will only get easier the more I practice, and as long as I keep moving forward.
We spent the rest of the day getting to meet and socialize with so many like minded people! We even had the pleasure of witnessing the sick tricks of the Ride and Glide BMX Stunt Team! A group of extreme sports professionals who travel from China to England, Canada to India, the X Games to your local PTA! This team of dynamic professional athletes were out to put on a show!