Every runner has bucket list races…so, in no particular order, here are mine (so far)! I’ll continue to add races to this list as I find more I’m interested in and cross off the ones that I am fortunate enough to do!
I entered the lottery this year and unfortunately did not get in, keeping my fingers crossed for 2014!
**I am totally claustrophobic and hate crowded spaces so honestly this picture scares the crap out of me but I feel like I just have to do this marathon at least once!
Falmouth Road Race – completed August 11, 2013!
This is a 7 mile road race in Falmouth, Massachusetts which is the next town over from our cottage on Cape Cod. It was started by local runner and bartender Tommy Leonard and runs along the scenic Falmouth coast overlooking Martha’s Vineyard. There was a great article in Runners World last summer about Tommy, this also happened to be their annual “Half Marathon Special” and the very first issue of Runner’s World I bought when I started training!
This race starts and finishes in the shadows of the Coliseum and runs past all of the major sites in Rome, it sounds amazing! I for some reason picture myself running next to a gladiator…
From everything I’ve read this is supposed to be the most gorgeous marathon in the United States. Good scenery definitely helps the miles go by…
What can I say, I love Cape Cod! Plus, even though it’s a “destination” race I have a place to stay there! This race also has something comparable to the Disney Goofy Challenge – complete the half marathon Saturday and the full marathon Sunday and it’s called the Clam Chowdah Challenge and you’ll be going home with your very own Cape Cod Marathon “Chowdah” bowl!
6) Marine Corps Marathon – completed October 27, 2013!
I’ve heard great things about this race and I’m sure running through our nation’s capital would be amazing!
This is the first marathon I ever attended. I actually had no interest in the marathon itself, but the two years that I worked in Hartford we partnered with the marathon for promotional purposes and had a booth at their expo.
At the time I didn’t pay much attention to the actual marathon because my thought was “who runs 26.2 miles just for fun?!?”. I’d love to go back and participate in this event since I attended several times and it never crossed my mind that I might be one of those people running 26.2 miles for fun!
Gather a group of 6-12 of your friends, pile into a van, make sure you pack plenty of deodorant, take turns running to cover 200 miles in 2 days and 1 night and you’ve got yourself a Ragnar Relay! Is it crazy that this sounds like fun?!? If anyone wants to join me let me know, I want to start putting together a team for next year!