Have I got a fun giveaway for my fellow Carolinians!


The Ramblin Rose event series is really something to get EXCITED about. The events, which take place throughout North and South Carolina, are designed to be fun, inspiring, and accessible.  The races and triathlons are exceedingly well-run, the swag is great, and the atmosphere is so supportive. I’ve done two Ramblin Rose events to date:  The Ramblin Rose Sprint Triathlon and, more recently, the Ramblin Rose 5 Miler.

Upcoming Ramblin Rose events include:



The thing that I like most about Ramblin Rose is that it’s an awesome first triathlon – whether it’s  your first ever or your first of the season!  It’s a great introductory triathlon for many reasons.  The distance is very accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels. We’re talking about a 250 yard (POOL!) swim, a 9 mile bike, and a 2 mile run

It’s fun, fast, and totally doable.

I’m a race ambassador for the South Charlotte triathlon in May, and I can’t wait to kick off race season with such a FUN event.


And I get to give away one more entry to ANY Ramblin Rose event. If you’re in Charlotte, Raleigh, Rock Hill, Winston-Salem, or Chapel Hill and would like to get your feet wet with the amazing Ramblin Road series, simply leave a comment on this post. Tell me your favorite empowering and uplifting song (mine is Switchfoot’s Dare You to Move).  Last chance for entries is this Friday!



  • Lily March 5, 2013, 11:00 am

    I gotta say it…my favorite empowering song is Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”! I listened to that song four times in a row while finishing my first half-marathon last year, and I love it even more because of that memory. Hearing that song on the radio or on my ipod never fails to make me dance and want to fist-pump my way through life!

  • Lindsay March 5, 2013, 11:02 am

    What an awesome giveaway! I live in Raleigh and could easily make a day trip to any of the other cities. I’ve been wanting to do my first tri for a while now. My favorite empowering and uplifting song is T.I.’s “No Matter What.” Whenever it comes on my running playlist, I get a burst of energy!

  • Stacey March 5, 2013, 11:02 am

    I would totally drive up for this! What a great excuse to finally visit Charlotte and spend a long weekend! My favorite, empowering song is practically anything by Andrew W K. I know it seems silly, but they’re bold songs with a good beat that are great to pound the pavement with!

  • Sarah March 5, 2013, 11:23 am

    I am from Durham, so I would love this opportunity! My favorite uplifting song currently is anything from Alanis Morissette, right now You Oughta Know. This changes weekly though 🙂

  • Ash March 5, 2013, 11:25 am

    My favorite empowering song is Survivor by Christina Auguilera. It pumps me up!
    I’ve never done a tri even though I swim, bike, and run regularly. I live in the Triangle and would love for Ramblin Rose to be my first! My favorite empowering song is Survivor by Christina Auguilera. It pumps me up!

  • Sarah Shep March 5, 2013, 11:26 am

    As a former year-round swimmer and current avid runner, I’ve been considering triathlons for a while now. This would be the perfect one to try out (tri out? ha ha ha). I used to be THE biggest Switchfoot fan and definitely agree with your song choice, but I’d also have to choose Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)”. If only I could dance like her…

  • Casey March 5, 2013, 11:31 am

    I have thought about doing Ramblin Rose events in the past – this would be so great! Mine is “Let Your Troubles Roll By” by Carbon Leaf. The song itself is actually fairly calm and low-key, but the words always make me train harder and run faster!

  • Mrs Type A March 5, 2013, 11:37 am

    Gosh I never thought about doing one of these but I didn’t realize the swim was in the pool! That totally changes things! I’m not a great swimmer but I could probably do that and feel comfortable. I’d love to do the one in Charlotte or Chapel Hill. My power song is kind of random, but I run to it at the start of every race– Give it Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers!

  • Andrea March 5, 2013, 11:38 am

    I might be nuts, but I am totally entering this. It sounds scary, but the only way I would sign up is if I win, so why not!?! One of my favorite motivational and inspirational songs is Forget You, by CeeLo. It just makes me move! Otherwise on a slower scale, I always love Xtina’s Beautiful. 😉 Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Caroline March 5, 2013, 11:55 am

    I’ve been thiiiiinking about doing a triathlon for a few months now, so I’ve been loving your posts on tri races recently, Caitlin! Winning entry to the Chapel Hill Tri would be just the boost I need to get my hiney in the pool, on my bike, and feet on the pavement. And hey, this poor college student would love to have the entry fee waived 🙂

    The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes has been my heard pumpin’ anthem since this summer. It’s inspirational and the music video is definitely worth 4 minutes of your time!

  • Lindsey March 5, 2013, 12:11 pm

    I need to get back into the triathlon swing of things! My current favorite empowering song is Headlines by Drake…is that even ok? 🙂

  • Christin March 5, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Oh my gosh the Winston-Salem one is on my birthday!! 🙂

    My favorite running song right now is Florence and The Machine: Dog Days are Over. It’s kind of chill and a good pace for my runs. But the best pump-me-up-in-spin-class-don’t-stop-just-keep-going song is Fighter by Christina Auguilera.

    Triathlon question: Would it be weird to use a mountain bike? That’s the only kind of bike I have and I don’t think I can buy/borrow a regular road bike. Would I look totally out of place?

    • Caitlin March 5, 2013, 12:24 pm

      You can definitely do that for a sprint tri!

  • Emily March 5, 2013, 12:33 pm

    I just moved to Raleigh in August and LOVE how active the community is here! I’ll be running my first marathon in a week and a half, and I think a tri is the next challenge I want to tackle! My go-to empowerment song has been “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips! Not only is it an awesome song, but I can’t help but picture the closing scene of “Bridesmaids” whenever I hear it. Cracks me up every time, and it never fails to motivate me to keep on going! Thanks for doing this!

  • Ali March 5, 2013, 12:38 pm

    “Ain’t No Mountain High!” Gets me every time during Remember the Titans 🙂

  • Steph March 5, 2013, 12:51 pm

    “Holding out for a hero” by Bonnie Tyler. Old, but so much fun!

  • Chrissy March 5, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Ohh! I’m so afraid of bikes, but I can give it a shot.

    My go-to song is Unwritten by Natasha Beddingfield (yeah… from the Hills).

  • Samantha S March 5, 2013, 12:57 pm

    My favorite uplifting song is “All The Above” by Maino.

  • Laura March 5, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Eye of the Tiger always does it for me!!

  • Kate March 5, 2013, 1:09 pm

    I just moved to Chapel Hill last year and have been eyeing Ramblin Rose events as a way to get my feet wet in my first triathlon! I think my current empowerment song is “Feel Again” by One Republic, but there’s always also something about ‘eye of the tiger.’ A bit cliche maybe, but always works to pump you up!

  • Carolina John March 5, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Cool! Congrats Ambassador Caitlin. Those are fun races, and I’ve got another friend doing the raleigh one now.

  • Minda Zambenini March 5, 2013, 1:11 pm

    This would be so fun!
    I don’t know about uplifting, but the best song ever to run to has to be “Barricuda” by Heart!

  • Julie March 5, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Ironically, it’s Crazy Bitch by Buckcherry!!

  • Katharine Perkins March 5, 2013, 1:27 pm

    My favorite empowering song “That Don’t Impress Me Much” by Shaina Twain!

  • Brooke March 5, 2013, 1:56 pm

    I just moved to the Raleigh area from Boston and I’ve never done a triathalon before! This would be a great event to get to know my new city and also accomplish something on my goal list. I don’t know if this song is very uplifting, but whenever it comes on I feel a burst of energy and definitely feel empowered! It’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” by Luke Bryan! I can also really jam to “Country Girl.” I must really be becoming a southern girl! 🙂

  • Stephanie W March 5, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Awesome chance! I really like the song “Flood” by Jars of Clay. It’s several years old, but it’s fast and it just gets my heart pumping. And, I like the message 🙂

  • Amy March 5, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I’ve never commented before but my friend shared with me your blog a few months ago and I love reading it. I moved to Charlotte a year ago from San Francisco and have been pleasantly surprised that it is way more progressive than I was expecting in terms of being green and healthy! My favorite running song is One Shot by Eminem. Nothing else but that song can get me to sprint all out at the end of races (which for me is probably only like a 9 minute mile pace but at the end of a marathon that feels like sprinting)! I’ve never done a tri before but it’s on my bucket list so I’m crossing my fingers I win this contest 😉

    • Caitlin March 5, 2013, 2:43 pm

      Welcome to CLT 🙂

  • Heather March 5, 2013, 2:16 pm

    I would go with “Going the Distance” by Cake.

  • Jess (Will Run for Cheeseburgers) March 5, 2013, 3:09 pm

    any chance the giveaway could be to a road race and not one of their tri’s?

    but in any case … I don’t think uplifting describes this but I listen to the Pitbull pandora station and his music gets me movin!

    • Caitlin March 5, 2013, 3:15 pm

      Do they have any of their road races posted yet? I couldn’t find them.

  • Katie Hamilton March 5, 2013, 3:26 pm

    I have no idea what my uplifting song is… BUT I can’t WAIT to do my first triathlon and winning entry to one of these would be amazing.

    Ill be honest though, I’m going to register for one either way with my best friend! 🙂

  • Elizabeth March 5, 2013, 4:43 pm

    Hmm. I think it’s time for war by ll cool j.

    I’d love to win a triathlon entry!

  • Crysal March 5, 2013, 4:54 pm

    I’ve always heard that these are great events. I’d love to participate in a Charlotte event.

  • Heather March 5, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Oo I’ve always wanted to do a Ramblin Rose tri! I love Martina McBride “anyway” 🙂

  • Marie March 5, 2013, 6:02 pm

    Forever Young sang by Audra Mae

  • Regina March 5, 2013, 6:29 pm

    Wow what a great giveaway I was thinking about doing one of them when I read about them on your blog
    One of my favorite uplifting songs is Go the Distance from the Disney movie Hercules, no lie. Its a great song, wonderful tempo and an inspiring message that speaks to my heart, if you don’t remember it you simply must check it out!

  • Liz A March 5, 2013, 6:32 pm

    My favorite empowering song right now is Switchfoot’s song “24”. It’s awesome! Switchfoot has great, inspiring music. I’d love to try the rambling rose!

  • Krista N. March 5, 2013, 7:35 pm

    I’m actually moving to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, so winning this giveaway would be an awesome way to drive right into an active community! My favorite empowering/uplifting song is Titanium! 🙂

  • mine March 5, 2013, 8:32 pm

    would love to do the chapel hill tri!

  • Erin March 5, 2013, 8:38 pm

    I would love to do the north Charlotte one in September! My song is “I’m sexy and I know it” by lmfao 🙂 I don’t have regular access to a pool, is this swim length doable with little training?

  • Julie March 5, 2013, 8:51 pm

    I don’t know how uplifting or inspiring it is, but I always smile and run a little faster when “Hollaback Girl” comes up on my shuffle!

  • Mindy March 5, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I really love The Dog Days Are Over and Seven Nation Army is on all of my playlists. I’m planning to do Ramblin Rose for my first tri this fall anyway, but winning an entry would make it that much better!

  • Jen March 5, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Wow I totally think I could whip myself into shape for the south Charlotte tri. Looks doable!!! My favorite empowering pump up song (for the gym) is kanye… Harder, better, faster, stronger.

  • Lauren March 5, 2013, 11:58 pm

    Embarrassing, but I love listening to the Disney station on Pandora when I run! I ran my first marathon at Disney World so it made me excited during training, especially “Go the Distance” from Hercules and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan. I’d love to do one of these tris, I remember one of your posts after you did their tri and it seemed so fun and not intimidating like most of them!

  • Kathy bradford March 6, 2013, 7:56 am

    My favorite group is without a doubt Third Day. I love their light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a song of hope and courage and it gives me a heavy down beat to press in and keep going in my life and in my runs.

  • Monica March 6, 2013, 9:23 am

    My favorite workout song is Young the Giant “My Body.” I like to time it so that it comes on my playlist when I’m at the point that I might give up on my run. It gets me motivated every time!

  • Meaghan March 6, 2013, 10:29 am

    Hi Caitlin! I just moved back to Raleigh and would love to participate in either the Raleigh or Chapel Hill race! My go-to pump up song right now is “Gold” by Britt Nicole

  • Carly March 6, 2013, 2:02 pm

    Ohhh…. I would definitely love to win this, I have been wanting to do this for a year or two, but frankly the swimming part of it terrifies me (even in a pool)! I just need a kick in the pants to actually do it! I would do the one in Winston. My go-to song to pump me up is “Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder.

  • Sarah K. March 7, 2013, 7:24 am

    Awesome! My favorite uplifting song is “Wagon Wheel”. It reminds me of NC and home!

  • Janet March 7, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Kanye’s “Stronger” always makes me move faster!

  • Ilene March 8, 2013, 1:58 pm

    “Wavin Flag” by K’naan is THE BEST.

  • Katie March 11, 2013, 1:54 pm

    I am in Winston, and I have also been eyeing the Rose for my first tri.

    I have really been enjoying running to “Freakum Dress” by Beyonce lately – the beat has so much energy, and I love the reminder that girls in long-term relationships can be just as breathtaking to their partners years in, as at the beginning, given a certain reminder. 🙂

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