Following my post yesterday on my new goal in life – running a half marathon (or any distance race really) in all 50 States I’m doubly excited for today’s Friday Five with my DC pals Cynthia and Courtney. Why? (well, besides the obvious…) Because it’s all about races to run in 2015! And I need ideas 🙂
ONE: Shamrock Marathon and Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. March 22, 2015. This should need no explanation given it’s my first major spring race of the season (Myrtle Beach doesn’t count, I was under trained and sick!) But I’ve dedicated the past nearly 2 months to getting myself ready for sub-2 here. This was the scene of the crime for my deferred due to injury marathon a year ago. BUT… I LOVE J&A races and think they do a great job. It’s also on the cusp of the first day of spring, the course is flat and it’s the BEACH!!! (hello?!) Time will tell if I meet my goal here but either way, it is one to look forward to and it’s not yet sold out. 😉
TWO: Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon. May 3, 2015. I love, love, LOVE my hometown race – hills and all – and I’ll be back for year #4 on May 3rd. Even better I was selected to represent again as an official #GameOnPGH blogger for marathon weekend. More on that to come but this another not yet sold out race – come join me!
THREE: Crawlin’ Crab. October 4, 2015. The thing about spring and fall is there are SO many fun and cool races going on and just not enough time. Another J&A sponsored race I loved my Crawlin’ Crab experience in October 2013 and recommend it to any and everyone I see. I’ve kept it on my radar and WILL do it again, just not any time soon. Above all else, the 3 beers and bread bowls of soup you get at the indoor finish line party and this guy will always be one of my favorites:
FOUR: Marine Corps Marathon. October 25, 2015. If you have any desire or hope to run a marathon and can get in – this one is it. In 2015 it’s the 40th anniversary of the MCM so it will be a little tougher but it is sure to be a pretty exciting and heartwarming atmosphere, guaranteed. FIVE: Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon. December 5, 2015. You might recall me mentioning some changes to my race calendar and winning a free entry to this race during #Runchat on Twitter many weeks ago. If not, well this is an inaugural race in Laughlin, Nevada (new state!) about 90 minutes south of Las Vegas. The race actually runs through TWO states Nevada and Arizona (cough Helly cough) so I can kill 2 birds with one stone on that 50 states goal! I’m in discussion with the race director to offer an opportunity to win a FREE race entry for someone (anyone!) to join me so stay tuned. BUT USE ‘DAMRUN’ TO GET $15 UNTIL MARCH 21, 15!!
And can I say how difficult it is to plan fall racing when the NFL hasn’t released the 2015-16 schedule yet?! 😉 Alright, anyone running any of the above races? What one race do you recommend as a must do?