One of my big goals for the past five (six?) years has been to run a marathon. Twice I’ve gotten very close, but circumstances caused me not to make it to the start line.

This year I turn 40. I want to run a marathon, so I decided to do a marathon on my birthday. And I’m turning it into a virtual race so all my running friends everywhere can join in!

I’ve decided to do a Runs on Espresso Marathon!

virtual race

And I’d love for you to join me. You do not have to run a marathon you can do a 5k, 10k, half or full. All you have to do is pick a distance and run on August 30th (a Sunday).

It will be free to participate. All you have to do is send me your results from your run on 8/29 or 8/30. A screenshot of your fitness watch or GPS app would be best. I’ll be out on the 30th, but I know not everyone can run on Sundays.

I’ll review all the results and post the overall winners and maybe age groups (if there are enough people).

Of course, I will win the August 30th, 1980 age group.

I also plan to design a tank top and medal that you can order! I don’t know the costs yet, but I’ll do some research and let you know. I would only charge enough to cover my expenses and like $5 for shipping.

I’ll make a page on my website for updates, but you can always follow Instagram and Twitter for updates in the meantime!


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.