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Runners who like to travel should read on. Westin Hotels has one slot for a very special job: running concierge. It is a bit of an oddball job. While the job requires marathon experience, a positive outlook and an ability to engage with people, there are no mention of marathon work days, not that it'll be a stroll in the park. Here's what the press release had to say:
WESTIN HOTELS CONTINUES NATIONWIDE SEARCH
FOR EXPERIENCED RUNNING CONCIERGE
Hundreds of Qualified Applicants Battle for the Coveted Role of the RunWESTIN Concierge Through Partnership with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
It’s the job runners have been training for all their lives, and now there are just two weeks left to apply! Westin® Hotels is nearing the finish line in its search for its first-ever resident running expert. The global hotel brand is actively seeking experienced, passionate runners to join them on the road and serve as the on-site running expert for Westin VIPs participating in select Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series events. More than 400 candidates have been vetted for the sought-after role and additional runners are encouraged to apply at www.runwestinconcierge.com through June 30, 2013.
This fall the chosen candidate will begin the journey of a lifetime, traveling to over 10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon destinations across the U.S. to give Westin guests a leg up on the competition. From pre-race training to the finish line, the RunWESTIN Concierge will act as a personal marathon coach, engaging with runners and sharing training and race advice, leading warm-up runs and lending recovery tips.
“Speaking as a passionate runner, the RunWESTIN Concierge is a dream job for running enthusiasts,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Meridien. “It’s an extraordinary opportunity to travel to amazing cities doing exactly what you love while inspiring others along the way, and get paid for it.”
The search for the RunWESTIN Concierge is not limited to hospitality experts. Avid runners with a passion for travel are encouraged to apply. The key qualifications include a positive, charismatic personality with a natural ability to engage and motivate others, a strong familiarity with social media and experience in completing multiple marathons. In this role, the concierge will be responsible for sharing their in-depth knowledge of marathon running and training to improve performance and build and maintain rapport with Westin guests through social media.
Final Call to the Starting Line: Apply Now
It is not too late to be considered for this job of a lifetime. Westin is issuing a “last call” for applications for the RunWestin Concierge position. The search is scheduled to continue through June 30.
To apply, each candidate must submit an application as well as complete Westin’s Running Questionnaire by June 30. Ten quarter-finalists will be asked to submit a video of up to three minutes that demonstrates their training philosophy and vibrant personality. The five semi-finalists will be invited to interview in-person at Starwood Corporate Headquarters and three finalists will receive a trip to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Chicago to prove that they should be chosen to become the new RunWESTIN Concierge. The winner will make their first appearance at the Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, September 13-15.
Think you have what it takes? Apply at www.runwestinconcierge.com.
Westin Hits the Road with RunWESTIN®
Reaffirming its commitment to guests’ health and wellness, Westin has partnered with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series to offer a collection of premier marathon packages designed to remove the stresses of traveling for a race so runners can focus on their run and perform at their best, especially for first time racers. The partnership, which builds on Westin’s existing RunWESTIN program, allows race participants to book a personalized VIP marathon experience in key markets across North America.
Starting June 20, guests can purchase the VIP Marathon Package designed to help runners meet their personal goals with ultimate comfort and convenience. The package is available in seven race markets in 2013 including Montreal, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with additional 2014 races included on a rolling basis. Catering to both experienced and novice marathoners, the VIP Marathon Package offers everything from VIP race bib pick up, pre-race pasta dinners, access to the brand’s VIP Recovery Tent and ice bags delivered to guest rooms post-race, all designed to provide runners with the ultimate race experience.
For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com, Facebook or follow Westin on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
You'd think the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C. could fill its five galleries with items from the capital city itself: infamous tape recorders, anthrax letters and the like. But, no. In its efforts to focus on the history of crime in America, it examines the dark side of even really nice places, like Minnesota. Case in point: The museum features several artifacts related to the Dillinger gang, including a photograph of gang member Homer Van Meter on the coroner's table. The depression-era bank robber had been shot been by four police officers in St. Paul. The museum also features original parts from John Dillinger's 1933 Essex Terraplane Automobile, including original hub caps, a tail light, vanity mirror, small fragments of vinyl top, and one-page from the original “owners manual.” The museum is at 575 7th Street in downtown D.C. (1-202-621-5567).
In a close-to-home example of the cruise industry's recent rough seas, Sun Country Vacations is offering deals on Alaskan cruises that have not yet sold out. Prices for a 7-night cruise on the Star Princess, departing June 22 from Seattle to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan and Victoria begin at $1009 (based on double occupancy), including airfare from MSP. There's more: A Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas 7-nighter from $1139 (departing July 12 & 26); Holland America Oosterdam 7-night Alaskan cruise for $1145 (departing June 16, 23 and 30); and a similar cruise on the Norwegain Pearl starting at $1199 (departing June 30).
The Paul Bunyan State Trail offers views of sparkling lakes, visits to quaint towns and now geocaching, an open-air, free, GPS-enhanced treasure hunt.
In geocaching, technology meets the great outdoors. Participants look for hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS. The cache -- which range in size from a pill bottle to a mailbox -- will typically hold a log book with names of those who have previously found it. Some also contain trinkets or medallions that cachers can use to trade or move to the next cache. There are more than 100 geocaches along the rails-to-trails paved pathway, which at 112 miles between Brainerd and Bemidji, is the longest trail in the state. Download the GeoTour here.
You'll find caches such as "Paul's Sawmill," described in part like this: "At the location of this cache, one can see the remnants of our early logging heritage. Enjoy the cache and watch for fishermen." And "Northern Troll," which comes with this warning, "This cache introduces you to an area of Bemidji that is oftentimes overlooked. Enjoy the walk and the scenery but be on the look out for trolls."
A canopy tour featuring two suspension bridges and nine zip lines overlooking the Minnesota River Valley will open June 14. Kerfoot Canopy Tours will operate on land that includes a 120 feet-deep ravine along the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway near Belle Plaine and Henserson, Minn. During the two-hour-plus tours, guides will share information on the trees and birds of the region, including eagles and hawks, and how the valley was formed. "You get the thrill of zip lining, but you also get the educational aspect," said owner Lee Kerfoot. How thrilling? The longest zip will stretch 1,150 feet. But tours will warm up with smaller runs, allowing customers to ease into the experience. Kerfoot Canopy Tours will be open year-round. Cost is $89 per tour, or $299 for a season pass, which is good for unlimited tours at the Henderson location and at the Towering Pines Canopy Tour, which opened at Gunflint Lodge near Grand Marais last summer. Tours begin June 14, but you can book now at the website.
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