Ode to Running – A Running Rhymes Contest

Last day for submissions is Friday, July 31st with winners drawn on Saturday, August 1st.

We are so incredibly fortunate to be able to run, walk, hike and explore. And we are also so thankful to get to do it within the spectacular settings that our PNW summer affords us.  Whether you are a poet at heart or just willing to give it a shot, let’s see your best run loving writings.

Everyone who sends a SHORT poem (categories: haiku, limerick or cinquain) to us at runners@fairhavenrustg.wpengine.com will be entered in a drawing to win some fun-for-summer-adventures prizes.

And just in case you want some simple reminders about haikus, limericks and cinquains:


At its simplest, it’s a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count.

running in the rain
dripping from my ponytail
my soul is refreshed

Here is a limerick example:

George was a boy who could run,
He ran in the rain and the sun.
In the hail and snow,
He wanted others to know.
How running all year long is so much fun.

What’s a Cinquain? (For our purposes)

Line 1: One word (a noun, the subject of the poem)
Line 2: Two words (adjectives that describe the subject in line 1)
Line 3: Three words (-ing action verbs–participles–that relate to the subject in line 1)
Line 4: Four words (a phrase or sentence that relates feelings about the subject in line 1)
Line 5: One word (a synonym for the subject in line 1 or a word that sums it up)



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