Rogue D’Vine: A Run For Wine Experience

Rogue DVine_finalby coach Bobby Garcia

The Rogue DVine Marathon/Half Marathon Program is the latest in a long line of running programs offered by Rogue Running.

My name is Bobby Garcia and I’m the coach of the Rogue Team SOLE SURVIVORS. In the 2012 I completed my 20th marathon and my 9th year as a marathon coach for Rogue Running.  Truly, I am a blessed man. I get to come to Rogue Running every week and spend time with some truly special, outstanding individuals who happen to love running. We in Austin are very fortunate that Rogue Running offers a multiplicity of running programs for our community, and all of the programs are led by some equally special, outstanding coaches who love to teach, share, and run. I am so fortunate to be a member of a coaching fraternity who has helped Rogue Running establish itself as THE BEST RUNNING ORGANIZATION IN AUSTIN, TEXAS!

Rogue is introducing a new program. It is the latest of many excellent programs offered for our athletes and is truly unique.  It represents the apex of two activities – running with your fellow Rogue Running friends and drinking wine. That’s right, the Rogue D’Vine Marathon/Half Marathon Program will involve running…lots of running, AND learning about and drinking wine. The Rogue D’Vine Marathon/Half Marathon SOLE SURVIVORS will meet on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings for the long run.  As we do with all Rogue Running programs, you will have miles to run other days of the week and will be held accountable whether your focus is the marathon, the half or “just training.” Athletes who have trained with Rogue will reconnect with familiar training lexicon like Marshes, fartleks, straights and curves, Ruth’s Ladder, easy runs, tempo runs, in/outs, The LAB, and the Run From Hell. In addition, we will have monthly wine related events and activities where we learn about the notes, tannins, and versatility of Malbec, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and other wines.

Each month we will have a wine related event – wine tastings, wine pairing, and working on a fun wine dinner party idea, and we will partner with two fine and distinguished gentlemen. One is good friend and Team Rogue super stud, Edward Morgan, who blistered the 2012 Berlin Marathon with a 2:56 marathon finish. The guy is FAST and the guy knows wine. Boy, does he know wine! The other is a good friend, brainy corporate lawyer-turned-corporate leadership consultant and wine enthusiast, Kevin Leahy.  Kevin is the husband of Rogue Team SOLE SURVIVOR, Cory Leahy. I will coordinate with these two fine gentlemen to plan and offer a fun, very nice event each month.  It will be a blast! I already know of 7-8 athletes who will be renting a house in Napa Valley after the San Francisco Marathon/Half Marathon for an entire week. You too can do the same.

The Rogue Team SOLE SURVIVORS PHOTO STORY from last year embodies the essence of Rogue Running and the training we will experience in this program. We trained over the summer. We trained hard. We pushed each other. We lifted each other up when we needed it the most. We had Boston Qualifiers. We became the best friends. Some found true love in the process. We strengthened our bond and left indelible marks in each others lives. Check it out here and see what you are about to be part of.

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Friends, let’s live. Let’s enjoy the present, drink some fine wines, and run a race together. Join the Rogue DVine Marathon/Half Marathon Program.

Coach Bobby Garcia will offer an info session on Sunday, February 24 at 3pm at Rogue Downtown. Wine will of course be served.

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