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Chocolate Milk: An Effective Recovery Drink for Athletes

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There is a bit of math required when it comes to choosing the right recovery drink after a tough workout. First, there’s the “power hour” — the 30 to 45 minutes after a workout that an athlete has to maximize both the timing and benefits for an effective recovery regimen.

Then there’s the ratio of carbs to protein to aim for when it comes to selecting sports recovery drinks. Athletes should aim for a 3:1 carb to protein ratio — a scientifically proven way to refuel exhausted muscles. Pre-mixed chocolate milk post workout provides this key ratio, giving it the protein advantage over water and some other commercial sports recovery drinks.

There are many additional benefits of consuming lowfat chocolate milk after strenuous workouts such as:

  • High-quality protein to stimulate muscle repair and growth
  • A 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein scientifically proven to replenish muscle glycogen (muscle fuel) quickly
  • Replenishes tired muscles
  • Provides fluids and electrolytes — like calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium — to rehydrate and help replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat
  • Contains five bone-building nutrients: calcium, vitamin D, protein, phosphorus and potassium

 

HOW TO HELP MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER A WORKOUT

Muscle soreness is a fact of life for an athlete. A great muscle recovery tip when you train hard is to drink lowfat chocolate milk post-sweat. Studies have found that those who drank regular or flavored milk after a rigorous workout experienced less exercise-induced muscle damage than those who drank typical sports drinks or water.1,2

After a tough workout, chocolate milk helps muscles recover quickly to their peak potential and helps replenish fluids and critical nutrients lost in sweat. Chocolate milk as part of proper post-workout nutrition can help to repair and rebuild damaged muscles. More than 20 studies support the benefits of recovering with the high-quality protein and nutrients in lowfat chocolate milk after a tough workout.

In one recent study, post-exercise muscle biopsies in eight moderately trained male runners showed improved muscle building after drinking 16 ounces of fat-free chocolate milk compared to when they drank a carbohydrate-only sports recovery drink with the same amount of calories. This enhancement is a sign that muscles were better able to repair and rebuild.1

 

POST-WORKOUT NUTRITION WITH CHOCOLATE MILK MAY HELP ATHLETES GAIN PERFORMANCE EDGE

Some studies suggest drinking lowfat chocolate milk after a strenuous workout could help athletes boost power and even improve training times in their next bout of exercise later that same day, compared to when they drink a carbohydrate sports drink.

An Indiana University study found endurance-trained cyclists who drank lowfat chocolate milk after an intense period of cycling were able to work out longer and with more power during a second exercise period compared to when they drank a commercial carbohydrate replacement drink. They also exercised just as long as when they consumed a traditional fluid replacement drink.2

 

CHOCOLATE MILK POST WORKOUT: WHY DOES IT HELP RECOVERY? 

Drinking lowfat chocolate milk after a workout is a great way for athletes to get proper post-workout nutrition and to begin the sports recovery process. Tough exercise regimens require athletes to pay close attention to diet, and there are many benefits of chocolate milk consumption after a workout. As part of a proper post-workout nutrition plan, it is imperative to replenish depleted muscles. Chocolate milk contains nine essential nutrients, including some not typically found in many sports recovery drinks, including:

  • Electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium.
  • Fluids to rehydrate.
  • Protein to repair and rebuild muscles.
  • B Vitamins for energy.
  • Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, protein and potassium to build and maintain strong bones and reduce the risk for stress factors.
  • Vitamin A to support a healthy immune system and normal vision.

 

1  Lunn WR, Colletto MR, Karfonta KE, Anderson JM, Pasiakos SM, Ferrando AA, Wolfe RR, Rodriguez NR. Chocolate milk consumption following endurance exercise affects skeletal muscle protein fractional synthetic rate and intracellular signaling. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2010;42:S48.

2 Karp JR, Johnston JD, Tecklenburg S, Mickleborough TD, Fly AD, Stager JM. Chocolate milk as a post-exercise recovery aid. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2006;16:78-91.

RaceHQ Announces Webinar on Producing Quality Events Within Budget, Webinar Series Part 1: Sourcing Vendors

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Producing Quality Events Within Budget,
Webinar Series 
Part 1: Sourcing Vendors
Expert Panelist to Include Jamie Monroe, President of Easy Day Sports

San Diego, CA – December 1, 2015  RaceHQTM, a first-of-its-kind online event planning and purchasing tool for participatory events, announced today its upcoming webinar series titled Producing Quality Events Within Budget Webinar Series. The Producing Quality Events Within Budget Webinar Series will again feature notable industry expert panelists and will kick off with ‘Part 1: Sourcing Vendors’ on December 3, 2015 at 2PM EST. The webinar will feature industry expert panelist Jamie Monroe, President of Easy Day Sports, one of the Nation’s premier event production companies.

RaceHQ’s Producing Quality Events Within Budget Webinar Series was created to help race directors take their race to the next level by bringing together the industry’s top experts in their given field to provide perspective and knowledge on the hottest topics impacting the participatory event industry. ‘Part 1: Sourcing Vendors’ will reveal RaceHQ’s Sourcing Vendors Survey results taken from several hundred race directors representing thousands of races on their key challenges for producing quality event within budget and will be moderated by industry veteran Anton Villatoro, President & Co-Founder of RaceHQ.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring together top industry experts that are willing to share their deep knowledge to industry colleagues,” said Anton Villatoro, President & Co-Founder of RaceHQ. “Producing a quality event within budget is probably the biggest challenge faced by a race director and our hope is that this webinar series will help raise the bar on how events are produced across the industry.”

RaceHQ webinars are for events managers of small-, medium-, and large-sized events and are offered as part of RaceHQ Membership which is free for event managers and includes access to RaceHQ’s powerful event planning tool, exclusive invites to expert webinar series, virtual roundtables, and downloadable templates.

To register for the webinar, click here.

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RaceHQ.com is an online event planning and purchasing tool for participatory events. Developed specifically for event managers, RaceHQ incorporates a comprehensive set of features to more efficiently operate and execute events within budget every time. RaceHQ replaces the clipboard and yellow notepad by allowing race directors to easily take control of their events online and source and procure everything needed to produce an event using any device, ensuring nothing slips through the cracks. Learn more at RaceHQ.com or set up your free membership today at RaceHQ.com/signup and engage with us on Twitter @Race_HQ and on Facebook.

NEW RaceHQ Changes The Game With Online Marketplace

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Race Directors offered free membership to produce quality events within budget.

San Diego, CA – September 29, 2015  RaceHQ ™, a first-of-its-kind online event planning and purchasing tool for participatory events, announced today its game-changing online marketplace created to help race directors produce quality events within budget. RaceHQ members will now have the ability to work with vendors put through a stringent RFP process, leverage the group buying power of thousands of races, and manage orders from start-to-finish using its powerful online planning tool. Initial products and services include event shirts, medals, bibs, registration, timing, photos, rentals, signage, and insurance.

“Most events have little to no buying power and are lucky to break-even or turn a profit and often sacrifice quality to meet budget constraints. Additionally, the process of researching vendors and chasing down multiple quotes is very time consuming and does nothing to actually grow an event” said Anton Villatoro, President and Co-Founder of RaceHQ. “With a quickly expanding membership of over 1,500 races representing more than 2,000,000 participants on the platform, leveraging our event planning software to streamline the ordering process with multiple vendors all in one centralized place to directly address these issues made perfect sense.”

In addition to its fresh new look and powerful new features, the new RaceHQ platform will:

  • Connect race directors with vetted and preferred vendors – Race Directors will now save time and have peace of mind by eliminating the time-consuming and frustrating process of sourcing and evaluating top-rated vendors.
  • Provide exceptional value on everything needed to produce an event – Race Directors will now be able to leverage the collective buying power of thousands of races for high-quality products and services at amazingly low prices.
  • Streamline the process of submitting, managing, and tracking orders – Race Directors will now be able to know exactly when to submit orders and be able to track their process with multiple vendors all in one centralized location.

RaceHQ Membership is totally free for event managers and includes access to RaceHQ’s powerful event planning tool, exclusive invites to expert webinar series, virtual roundtables, downloadable templates, and more.  Get started here to create a free RaceHQ Membership. RaceHQ Members get started below.

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About RaceHQ
RaceHQ.com is an online event planning and purchasing tool for participatory events. Developed specifically for event managers, RaceHQ incorporates a comprehensive set of features to more efficiently operate and execute events within budget every time. RaceHQ replaces the clipboard and yellow notepad by allowing race directors to easily take control of their events online and source and procure everything needed to produce an event using any device, ensuring nothing slips through the cracks. Learn more at RaceHQ.com or set up your free membership today at RaceHQ.com/signup and engage with us on Twitter and on Facebook.

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RaceHQ Launches Group Buying Program MarketHub

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Race Directors to leverage buying power of thousands of races on platform

San Diego,RHQ_MHCA – April 9, 2015  RaceHQTM, a first-of-its-kind cloud-based event planning and purchasing tool for participatory events, announced today the release of its MarketHub feature leveraging the buying power of thousands of races on behalf of race directors. In addition to RaceHQ’s powerful project management tool for participatory events, race directors will now have the ability to purchase smarter on everything needed to pull off an event with the convenience of single invoicing and easy payments.

RaceHQ’s new MarketHub feature was created to help race directors produce quality events within budget and make their lives easier. Besides a completely redesigned user-friendly interface released last month, RaceHQ’s MarketHub feature gives its members the ability to receive non-binding, anonymous quick quotes and to work with a dedicated representative throughout the ordering process.  Initial products and services offered include event t-shirts, medals, bibs, registration, timing, photos, rentals, signage, and insurance.

“Until now race directors had very little buying power and spent much of their time chasing down quotes from multiple vendors” said Anton Villatoro, President and Co-Founder of RaceHQ. “With over 2,000 races representing more than 2,000,000 participants on platform, our members kept asking for help in securing quality products and services within their RaceHQ project plans at better prices. Since tasks within a project are intimately tied to purchasing decisions, offering our members a group buying program made perfect sense.”

RaceHQ Membership is for event managers of small-, medium-, and large-sized events and includes access to RaceHQ project management tool, MarketHub group buying program, and exclusive invites to expert webinar series, virtual roundtables, and downloadable templates. For more information or to create a free RaceHQ account, visit RaceHQ.com/signup

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About RaceHQ

RaceHQ.com is an online event planning and purchasing tool for participatory events. Developed specifically for event managers, RaceHQ incorporates a comprehensive set of features to more efficiently operate and execute events within budget every time. RaceHQ replaces the clipboard and yellow notepad by allowing race directors to easily take control of their events online using any device, ensuring nothing slips through the cracks. Learn more at RaceHQ.com or set up your free account today at RaceHQ.com/signup and engage with us on Twitter @Race_HQ and on Facebook.

RaceHQ Announces Top 5 Industry Impacts from 2014 Webinar as part of its Managing the Millions of Details Webinar Series for 2015

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San Diego, CA – December 22, 2014  RaceHQTM, a first-of-its-kind cloud-based project management, collaboration and task management tool for participatory events, announced today six new webinars in its upcoming Managing the Millions of Details Webinar Series 2015. The Managing the Millions of Details Webinar Series 2015 will again feature notable industry expert panelists and will kick off the New Year with ‘The Top 5 Impacts to the Event Industry in 2014’ on January 14, 2015 at 2PM EST. A complete First Quarter webinar schedule is below.

THE TOP 5 IMPACTS TO THE EVENT INDUSTRY IN 2014

Wednesday, January 14th, 11:00AM PST / 2:00PM EST

TRIATHLON EVENT INDUSTRY TRENDS IN THE COMING YEAR

Wednesday, January 28th, 11:00AM PST / 2:00PM EST

RUNNING EVENT INDUSTRY TRENDS IN THE COMING YEAR

Wednesday, February 11th, 11:00AM PST / 2:00PM EST

RECRUITING, MANAGING, AND REWARDING EVENT VOLUNTEERS

Wednesday, February 25th, 11:00AM PST / 2:00PM EST

LEVERAGING SOCIAL MEDIA TO INCREASE EVENT REGISTRATION

Wednesday, March 11th, 11:00AM PDT / 2:00PM EDT

BUDGETING AND MANAGING EVENT EXPENSES EFFECTIVELY

Wednesday, March 25th, 11:00AM PDT / 2:00PM EDT

RaceHQ’s Managing the Millions of Details Webinar Series was created to help race directors take their race to the next level by bringing together the industry’s top experts in their given field to provide perspective and knowledge on the hottest topics impacting the participatory event industry. These six new webinars in this series of highly interactive webinars will be moderated by industry veteran Anton Villatoro, President & Co-Founder of RaceHQ.

“We are thrilled to once again be able to bring together top industry experts that are willing to share their deep knowledge to fellow industry colleagues,” said Anton Villatoro, President and Co-Founder of RaceHQ.  “This is the time of year we all make new commitments and our hope is that these six new webinars will really help race directors get organized in the New Year”.

The Managing the Millions of Details Webinar Series began earlier this Fall and featured notable industry expert panelists Dave McGillivray, President of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises and Race Director of Boston Marathon, Olympic Medalist Rod Dixon, YMCA’s Tara Taylor, Richard Hulnick, Creator of NYC Marathon and New York Road Runners Charity Programs, Alison Tibbits, National Director, Endurance at Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cape Capener, Senior Vice President, AVIA, and John Smith, Senior Vice President, Competitor Group, Inc.

RaceHQ webinars are for event managers of small-, medium-, and large-sized events and includes a ‘Critical Success Factors’ one-pager, ’Road Map to Success’ info-graphic, and a free RaceHQ account. Format of webinars will be a 25-minute panel discussion, followed by 20-minutes of Q&A.

For more information or to register, visit www.racehq.com/webinars

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About RaceHQ

RaceHQ.com is an online project management, collaboration and task management tool for participatory events. Developed specifically for event managers, RaceHQ incorporates a comprehensive set of features to more efficiently operate and execute events within budget every time. RaceHQ replaces the clipboard and yellow notepad by allowing race directors to easily take control of their events online using any device, ensuring nothing slips through the cracks.

Creating Something Out of Nothing

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There’s nothing I love more than a walk through the finish line long after the race is over. Physically and mentally exhausted from the fifteen-hour day that started at 3AM, I can still hear the voice of the announcer in my head as I watch cars begin to flow where thousands of people crossed the finish line earlier in the day. There’s still a few pieces of debris floating in the wind, but other than that, life is back to normal.

Earlier in my career, I often doubted the significance of the work I did as an event professional. While I was in graduate school in Boston, I was surrounded by people doing something ‘significant’ with their lives. They were doctors, lawyers, financial analysts, you name it – and I here I was, just trying to start a little event management company. I wondered how I could make a positive impact as well.

It wasn’t until I befriended Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray that I began to learn the importance of the work that we do. He taught me that race directors are all “in the business of raising the self-confidence and self-esteem of millions of people”. All one must do is stand at the finish line of any race to witness the greatness of the human spirit.

People don’t just roll out of bed one morning and think, Today I’m going to run a marathon, or, Today I’m going to do a century ride. There seems to be a higher calling that motivates someone to do something that crazy – a mother or sister stricken with breast cancer, a fallen family member in Iraq, or even just a commitment to oneself to make a transformation to a healthier lifestyle. Whatever the motivation, hundreds of thousands of participants run, bike, swim, and leap over obstacles for a greater purpose each year.

As I stand there after a race is cleaned up, I think to myself, Wow, we did it! We pulled it off! It is mind-blowing to see all the planning, all the decisions, and all the people that came together at the same place for the same reason to create this thing we call an event. The past twelve months of hard work has finally paid off. It’s in this very moment that I realize my passion for the work we do: I absolutely love the process of creating something from nothing that truly changes people’s lives forever.

Even though our races start and finish, the impact we make lives on forever. Earlier in my career, a friend of mine emailed me a link to a YouTube video of someone that had run my marathon in Denver, Colorado. I had worked tirelessly on this event for over a year and was questioning whether it had all been worth it. I was going through the dreadful post-event emails when I came across this one: “Isn’t this your race Anton?” it asked. It included a link to the following video:

 

Take a few minutes to watch the video. How does it inspire you? Pause to think of the impact you make as a race director, then let us know how our team at RaceHQ can support your efforts to create spectacular events that change people’s lives forever.

-Anton Villatoro, President & Co-Founder, RaceHQ