Gather your fellow goddesses for an event that’s all about women, and women ONLY. I mean really, who wants to climb a cargo net with a sweaty, hairy, possibly smelly guy? Okay, some of you might, but for the rest of us, that’s just unnecessary grossness. No offense guys – we still love you.
We know you’re swamped in laundry, work, school, motherhood, wivery (not a real word, but we’ll go with it) – you know… LIFE. But you really need to set aside one day for yourself and take on a different sort of challenge. What is it exactly? It’s a 5K obstacle course built just for women, no matter your age, shape, size or athletic ability. It’s a way to get back to nature, and reconnect with your inner goddess. And it’s non-competitive, so you can take your sweet time, have fun, and enjoy every moment with your bosom buddies!
Yes, it’s gritty too. There will be mud, sand, foam and water involved (we said “get back to nature”), and some other, more colorful goop as well – so we suggest you leave your Marchesa gown and Jimmy Choos at home. You’ll also be required to run, crawl, climb, slide, balance, hoist, swing, stretch, and make your body do things it may not usually do. That’s all part of the fun!
All of this effort is not without reward… along the way you’ll find “Temptation Island” (need we say more), and at the finish you’ll receive the pampering that every hard-working goddess deserves. There may even be a few “spirits” of the drink variety waiting for you.
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77554
The Houston Area’s favorite attraction
Experience Life at Moody Gardens!
Looking for island fun? Work or play, this tropical destination is ideal for families and groups alike. At Moody Gardens®, you can experience life at the Rainforest Pyramid® – now open after $25 million in enhancements – featuring an assortment of exotic and endangered plants and animals from the rainforests of the world. Explore the Aquarium Pyramid® where you can meet a real penguin in our Penguin Encounter.
Then, tour traveling exhibits at the Discovery Museum and immerse yourself at the MG3D, 4D and Ridefilm theaters. Enjoy beautiful Galveston Bay on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and a little summer fun on the new lazy river at beautiful Palm Beach. Finally, take a swing at the Moody Gardens Golf Course and escape to the four-diamond Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Roll out of bed on Gritty Goddess morning, and be 50 yards from the start! Visit www.moodygardens.com for more details.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
First wave begins at 8:30am (10 minutes between waves)
MUD...SWEAT...CHEERS! On the 5K (3.1 mile) Gritty Course, you'll meander your way through Moody Gardens, Palm Beach, and the mud and muck on the banks of the Offats Bayou, before finishing in front of the cheering masses! Yup, there will be mud. There will be sand. You will get wet. You'll also probably get foamy! Along the way, you'll go over, under, through, into a variety of awesome obstacles, in your quest to join the Sisterhood of the Soil! If there's an obstacle that spooks you, it's ok. You can skip any of 'em that seem too daunting...Do it solo, or grab your Sistahs to join you, and form a team! SEE THE COURSE MAP HERE
You will get MUDDY. You will get WET. You will get FOAMY. You will get GRITTY! You'll experience all kinds of obstacles with names like:
SEE THE COURSE MAP HERE
Each obstacle will be given a Difficulty Rating according to
the Goddess Rating System
It’s time to play dress-up! Participate in a unique and slightly zany get-up (keep in mind that you do have to MOVE in it) – we are looking for the most eye-catching and creative costumes out on the course. CHECK OUT THE WINNERS OF THE COSTUME CONTEST
Yup, we'll have a Gritty Waterpark set up for you to wash away the grit and grime after you cross the finish line! Additionally, there will be a changing tent for you to change into dry, clean clothes.
Got some clean, dry stuff you wanna wear after you're done getting gritty? Bring a bag with you, put your gear in it, and check it in at the Bag Check, which will be located just beyond the finish line. We'll have baggage tags for you, just write your name and your bib number on it. It'll be available for you right after you cross the finish line!
YOU get to choose the wave/time that works for YOU. Each wave is named after a famous goddess, so all you have to do is remember your goddess name and you’ll be able to look up the start time later if you forget. Many Sistahs choose to roll with a team. Many choose to do it solo. Each are welcome in the various waves.
8:30 APHRODITE (beauty)
8:40 ARTEMIS (nature)
8:50 ATALANTA (adventure)
9:00 ATHENA (wisdom)
9:10 BAST (protection)
9:20 BRIGIT (healing)
9:30 CAFFEINA (energy)
9:40 CERES (growth)
9:50 DEMETER (harvest/food)
10:00 EOS (dawn/hope)
10:10 EIRENE (peace)
10:20 FLORA (flowers)
10:30 HATHOR (music/dance)
10:40 HEBE (eternal youth)
10:50 HERA (marriage)
11:00 HESTIA (hearth/home)
11:10 IRIS (rainbow)
11:20 ISIS (life)
11:30 JUNO (fertility)
11:40 MINERVA (intellect)
11:50 NIKE (victory)
12:00 PERSEPHONE (rebirth)
12:10pm RHIANNON (travel)
12:20pm SELENE (moon)
12:30pm VENUS (love)
1:00pm GRITTY GUYS DRAG RACE
**The minimum age for all waves is now 10 years old, so we have eliminated the mother/daughter waves, as mothers and daughters aged 10 and up can now participate in any wave of their choice.
Are you in college? We understand funds are tight, but we want you to be able to join us. We’re offering discounted entry fees for all of you committed to higher education. Grab your classmates or Sorority Sisters and form a team! Discount is for students aged 18-22 enrolled in undergraduate studies at a 2 or 4-year college. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code, and let us know which college/university you attend. (Discount is for full-time students aged 18-22.)
17 and under? We understand funds are tight, but we want you to be able to join us. We’re offering discounted entry fees for all of you committed to your education. Grab your classmates and form a team! We offer an already discounted YOUTH entry for full-time students for $20 off the regular entry fee. Just choose the "Youth 10-17" entry under your desired start wave time!
October 11, 2014 Gritty Goddess$75 per person (through October 9th)
$80 per person (October 10th and 11th at event site, if there are any remaining slots)
What you get…A Gritty Goddess custom designed shirt, finisher’s dogtag, complimentary Blue Bell ice cream sundae, complimentary Shock Top Belgian White beer, the great gritty course, and a Day at the Beach Party on Palm Beach!
It's Texas, right? Tailgating is a tradition! Need a spot for your team to hang out? We'll have a designated Team Tailgating area all along the starting area. Bring a tent, bring your enthusiasm, bring your Soil Sistahs...
Music, music, there’ll be music everywhere! There will be music along the course for you! Of course, we want to have the Music Of the Mud that YOU wanna hear. Send us your requests to Claire@grittygoddess.com so we can be sure to get your favorite songs on the playlist.
You've completed the course, you are officially a GRITTY GODDESS! Now, it's time to reeeeeeeelaaaaaaaaxxxxxx with your fellow Sistahs! Join us at the Shock Top Belgian White Gritty Garten, presented by Del Papa. Listen to the live music, grab a complimentary ice cold Shock Top Draft (or two) from the Gritty Garten and soak it all in! The taps and good times will be a-flowin'! Listen to the live music, grab a complimentary ice cold Shock Top (or two) from the Gritty Garten and soak it all in! The taps and good times will be a-flowin'! Listen to the live music, grab a complimentary ice cold Michelob Ultra Draft (or two) from the Gritty Garten and soak it all in! The taps and good times will be a-flowin'!
What's better than crossing the Gritty Goddess finish line? CELEBRATING! YES, there will be complimentary ICE CREAM SUNDAES, with Blue Bell Ice Cream, waiting for you! Stop on by, grab your creamy, tasty ice cream, and load it up with all of the fixin's for a great post-Gritty treat!!!!!
If the complimentary ice cream sundae isn't enough, join us in the Garden Restaurant at Moody Gardens' Visitors Center, just a few steps from the finish line, for a great buffet specially prepared for our Gritty Goddesses and their families. The buffet is $15.95 for adults, and $7.95 for children ages 5-12. It's open 11am-5pm for you on event day!
To see the menu, CHECK IT OUT HERE.
Rejoice in crossing the finish line, cheer on your teammates, grab your Shock Top beer and Blue Bell Ice Cream Sundae...Then, be sure to head out to the white sands of Palm Beach, for a DAY AT THE BEACH! From 9am-5pm, DJ Hexum will be spinning music, you can ride the waterslides, play in the wave pool, relax on the beach, grab a bite to eat, or test out Moody Gardens' new Zip Line! A great way to spend the day!
Palm Beach entry is complimentary for all participants, and is $6 for all family and friends. Food, drinks, and the Zip Line adventure are available for an additional fee.
Girls, uh Guys, just wanna have fun! Sistahs, here’s a way for the man in your life to join in the fun, after cheering you on. Guys can tackle the 3.1 mile Gritty Goddess course following the Gritty Goddess. Ummmmm, but there’s a catch. The dudes have gotta look like ladies! Yup, in drag, baby! That’s the rule. Only guys dressed up and glammed up will be allowed to participate.
So Gritty Guys, grab your favorite wig, bra, dress, and make up and join in the fun. We’ll also have a “beauty” contest right before the start, where the ladies will be able to choose their favorite "beauty queen"!
Space is limited for the Gritty Guys wave, which will go off at 1:30pm. Make sure your favorite guys register early! Registration will be on the Gritty Goddess registration page. Check all of the info HERE.
Looking for the perfect, unique gift for a female friend or family member? Give them the Gritty Gift! What better way to make them feel special than to make them a goddess for a day? Contact email@example.com for more info about gifting the entry fee.
All for one, and one for all. No woman left behind! Check out the creed, and the words to live by HERE.
Cheering you on will be a blast! Make sure you have your Sherpa Team create a sign in your honor, and grab a cowbell to inspire you!
We already know that you're Super...Your full-blown transformation to a Gritty Goddess will occur once you complete the course, but here's a chance to begin the process! Send us your pic (in JPG format) to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll TRANSFORM YOU INTO A SUPER GODDESS, as you see in the pic to your left! Be sure to include a quick note on where you want the finished pic emailed to, and we'll email you out a copy for you to keep. Perfect for your Facebook thumbnail or in a frame up on your mantle :)
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Yup, it’s ok for the kiddos to come along! There will be Gritty Kids Zone, with activities and more. We’ll also have folks walking around Gritty City offering up Gritty Bucks to the young’uns, that can redeemed at the Gritty General Store for special gifts! (Please note that the Kids Zone is not a childcare. There must an adult with the child at all times.)
With all due respect to the Kentucky Derby, we think THIS is the most exciting two minutes in sports! THE RAINBOW CONNECTION MUCKY DUCKY Rubber Ducky Race at Palm Beach! Buy a duck, buy 10…We’ll send ‘em into the Lazy River, first one across the finish line wins! If it’s your duck, you’ll win a 2 night stay at Moody Gardens Hotel and a Pedicure at Moody Gardens Spa! The race will be Saturday night on Palm Beach, during the Day at the Beach, and before the fireworks! Purchase your Duck Bucks when you register for the Gritty Kids, or you may purchase them at registration if there are any left.
All of the net proceeds go to support The Rainbow Connection…The Rainbow Connection is a summer camp in Burton, TX for children and adolescents (ages 6-15) who have been treated for cancer or blood disorders at The University of Texas Medical Branch Children’s Hospital at Galveston, Texas. The camp is also open to the brothers and sisters of these children. Campers are from the state of Texas. The Goal of the Rainbow Connection: To provide children with cancer or blood disorders and their brothers and sisters a place to re-discover the self-esteem and confidence that is so often lost during the course of treatment for illness. For more information on The Rainbow Connection, go to www.rccamp.org.
Do you want to be a part of the action, but not tackle the obstacles and the mud? Come volunteer! You'll receive a great Gritty Crew shirt, food, and adult beverages! We're looking for folks who'd like to be out on the course, to oversee the Gritty Goddesses as they make their way, finish line helpers and registration helpers. If your thing is to dress up in costume and be crazy, we can find a spot for you too!
All volunteer AND run positions have been filled, but if you are interested in volunteering only, please contact email@example.com.
Every Goddess needs cool gear. Look for Gritty Gear at the event and for sale HERE.
Feel the roar of the crowd, cross the finish line! You may wanna take some time to clean yourself up. Jump in the rinse off area, perhaps grab a shower at Palm Beach. Order a Gritty Goddess Beach towel, a full size 35” x 60”, 12lb./doz., ultra soft velour,100% cotton beach towel to dry yourself off after. You may order these online, with your entry, at $20 a piece. We'll have them available for pick up right after you finish!
Make a weekend of it, and check out all that Moody Gardens has to offer! Deeply discounted Moody Gardens passes are being offered to our Gritty Goddesses and their families. Book your passes at:
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You did it! Now REALLY treat yourself! Only a few footsteps from the finish line is the Moody Gardens Spa! Inspire happiness with The Spa At Moody Gardens. Whether you are choosing a spa package as a gift for a friend or taking a little time for yourself: the Spa has a soothing offering just for you Allow our genuinely caring staff to liven your senses, restore your body, and ease your mind to harmony with sumptuous tropical fragrances and ocean elixirs. These lush potions weave a sublime journey of the senses to be remembered. Amidst a magical place of pyramids and botanical beauty an elegantly appointed spa awaits you.
Call 409-683-4440 to schedule your Gritty Goddess Spa Treatment. Be sure to mention that you are participating in the Gritty Goddess, as these packages are discounted for you! Gift cards are available. Please provide 24 hour cancellation notice to avoid charges for service not rendered. Check it out at www.moodygardenshotel.com/the_spa_at_moody_gardens/
Walk out of your room, and be just a few steps from the start line! Moody Gardens Hotel is where it's at! 428 luxurious guest rooms and over 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and convention space, this world class Galveston hotel and conference facility is set among 242 acres of botanical beauty and accented by magnificent pyramids that contain a living rainforest, a Texas-sized aquarium and a Giant Screen 3-D Theatre. Minimum age to check into hotel is 21 years old. For more information, go to www.moodygardenshotel.com. There are a limited number of discounted rate rooms reserved for Gritty Goddess participants, and they will fill fast. Be sure to contact Moody Gardens asap to book your room. Be sure to mention that you are participating in the Gritty Goddess to receive the discounted room rate.
A portion of your entry fee will be donated to these carefully selected charities in the Houston/Galveston area. In addition, individual participants and/or teams can set up their own fundraising pages to raise even more funds. Those of you with a competitive streak can vy for the "top fundraiser" and "top team fundraiser" titles. To set up your page, click here...