Out & About

Laurie and Kara are out spreading the good word. If you are interested in having them speak at your event, please send an e-mail hotsweatymamas@yahoo.com


Thomson Reuters Corporate Engagement

Wednesday, January 18
noon – 1 p.m.
Thomson Reuters
Eagan, MN

Anoka-Hennepin Community Wellness Day 2012 

Saturday, January 21
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oakview Middle School
Andover, MN

TC Running Ladies Night

December 9
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
TC Running Company
6405 City West Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Hot (Sweaty) Mamas at Kidville

Friday, November 4
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
6955 El Camino Real, Suite 101
Carlsbad, CA  92009
Let the kids play in the state-of-the-art gym at Kidville in Carlsbad for FREE while we mamas can mingle and chat. Free refreshments will be provided.  Arrive by 11:00 to enter the free raffle for door prizes, like this adorable Ella Runner Girl doll! Special thanks to our fabulous host, San Diego Bargain Mama!

Iron Girl Expo Del Mar 10K & 5K

Friday, November 4
6:45 p.m.
Road Runner Sports in San Diego
5549 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111
Kara will speak on “Nurturing the Athlete Within While Raising Children.”

Community Fundraiser for Lorene Nystrom

**Come for a Cross Fit workout; make a donation and buy a book! Book proceeds will be donated to the Nystrom Family Fund.**
Saturday, October 29
11 a.m.
Tangletown Crossfit
4632 Nicollet Avenue South, Mpls, MN 55417

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Health & Fitness Expo

Friday, September 30
5:30 p.m.
Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155

Blooming Iron Girl Duathlon Expo

Kara and Laurie will give a pep talk about “Nurturing the Athlete within while Raising Children.” GO MOM!

Saturday, September 24
11:30 and 3:30
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Empower! Minnesota
Strategies for Motivating and Inspiring Moms. While this presentation is designed for fitness professionals the public is welcome to come listen in!

Saturday, September 24
1:00-2:45 pm
Life Time Fitness St. Louis Park 
5525 Cedar Lake Road N.
St. Louis Park, MN

Moms Night Out at Lululemon Mall of America
This is your chance to exhale after a busy summer and recharge for fall!

Sunday, September 18
6:00 p.m.

From 6-7pm: lululemon athletica MOA will help guide you through fit sessions while the authors of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom, Kara Thom and Laurie Kocanda, will be available to sign books and troubleshoot your obstacles to balancing motherhood and fitness. Aveda Salon and Spa will be on hand to provide you with some much-needed pampering.

From 7-8pm: lululemon athletica MOA will be offering a complimentary in-store candlelight vinyasa flow taught by our very own, Becky Harsma. Don’t worry, if you don’t have your own mat, we have plenty for you to borrow!

Empower! Denver

Saturday, July 23
8:00 a.m.
19308 Cottonwood Drive
Parker, CO
303) 248-2147

National Running Day

Wednesday, June 1
12 noon  & 6:00 p.m.
5K run with Laurie & Kara, discussion to follow
TC Running Company
6405 City West Pkwy # B5
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Snacks and refreshments available. Plus, anyone that stops by will receive at 25% discount at TC Running Co. AND, you’ll be eligible to win cool prizes.

National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.

5th Annual TC Kids Cross Country Fun Runs

Saturday, May 21
9:00 a.m.
Half-mile, Mile, and Two-Mile distances
Como Park, St. Paul

Book Signing & Talk

Saturday, May 21
3:00-5:00 pm
Run On! Coppell, Texas
680 N. Denton Tap Rd. #400

Book Signing & Talk

Sunday, May 22
11:30 a.m. -12:30 pm
Cooper Fitness Center
12100 Preston Road

Hot (Sweaty) Mamas Cycling Class

Sunday, May 22
2:30 p.m.
Life Time Fitness Plano, Texas

Book Signing

Saturday, May 7
2-3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
Galleria Mall, Edina (MN)
69th & France
Edina, MN

Get in Gear Pasta Feed

Friday, April 29
6 p.m.
Minnehaha Falls Park
Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples

General Meeting/Pamper Me Night
Tuesday, April 12
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Hayes Community and Senior Center
14601 Hayes Rd, Apple Valley

Book Release Party

Saturday, April 9
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Herb Box Restaurant
755 Prairie Center Drive
(Inside the Eden Prairie Life Time Fitness)
RSVP: Life Time Fitness
Eden Prairie Athletic Club
(952) 829-8400

Book Signing

Sunday, April 3
2-3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
Oakbrook Center (IL)
297 Oakbrook Center
Oakbook, IL

Hot (Sweaty) Mamas Cycling Class

Sunday, April 3
9:30 a.m.
Hot (Sweaty) Mamas Cycling Class
Life Time Fitness
Schaumberg, Illinois,

Empower! Fusion Chicago

Presentation and Book Signing
Saturday, April 2
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemount, IL