I’ve been compiling a list of the
vacations marathons I want to experience in the future. It’s time I finally make a list, a plan and start saving my money!
Chicago Marathon– October 12, 2014
It’s one of the largest and most popular marathons in the world. With 45,000 runners upwards of a million spectators, who wouldn’t want to run this flat, fast course!? Many race reviews name it as the race with the best chance for a PR. As of this week, my name is in the lottery! I’ll find out April 14 if I’m in. Here’s to my sub-4 goal!! My bestie, Emily will be running this as her first every marathon- on the Susan G. Komen team. To learn more about her journey and help her raise money for a cure, visit her donation page.
St. Jude Memphis Marathon– December 6, 2014
This was another race that Chad told me was a favorite of his. Which is the whole reason I ran Little Rock this year. The kids who are well enough to leave their hospital rooms, come down to cheer on the runners, while others watch from their hospital room windows. It gives me chills to think about and I’m sure it would be enough to move me to tears. I can’t think of a better cause to run for. If I can swing it, I’d like to tack this on to my schedule this year. AND, since my family and I didn’t make it to Graceland last month, that would definitely be on our schedule!
Big Sur International Marathon, Monterey, CA- April
Look at these photos- no additional explanation needed!
Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon– October
I live in KC and have yet to run the KC Marathon. Last year, I opted for the Des Moines Marathon instead because
I heard it was flatter my family is from that area. Ok, and yes– because I heard KC was hilly. BUT, now that I have Little Rock under my belt, I’m not scared. So many running club friends run this race and so I hope to get on my schedule soon.
Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge– January
Four courses, four days and 48.6 miles. Dopey participants run the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon. If you complete all four races within the pacing requirements you will be awarded the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge medal and the brand new Dopey Challenge finisher medal for a total of six pieces of “bling.” Heck yes. The $530 registration fee is the only thing holding me back. I can’t think of a race that would be more entertaining than the ones put on by Disney!
Marine Corps Marathon– October
“Marathon of the Monuments” starts in Arlington, VA and runners see sites such as historic Georgetown, the Lincoln Memorial, scenic Potomac River, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, FDR Memorial, National Mall, WWII Memorial, Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Castle, Holocaust Museum, and of course, the U.S. Capitol. What a scenic, historic, and memorial run!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas– November
I’ve never been to Vegas but I’ve wanted to. I hear it’s a little over-rated but what would be cooler than running a marathon… on the Strip… at night? Nothing. I’ve also never done a Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon but if were to- this is the one. Talk about a super awesome atmosphere!
Route 66 Marathon, Tulsa, OK- November
This is another one that I could double up on. Since most marathons in the KC area are in October (or April), I could feasibly travel to Tulsa a month later for this race (as long as I was still in good shape) and get two marathons in the fall. AND if you register early enough, it’s only $60!
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon– April
I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby, but I’ve always wanted to go. Perfect vacation- run a marathon, go to the Kentucky Derby… Okay, so they are two weeks apart, so it would be a really loooong vacation but I think it would be a super fun race.
Hatfield McCoy Marathon, Kentucky/West Virginia border- June
Because you can’t go wrong when moonshine is involved…. Ha! The course travels through Kentucky and West Virginia. They also have a double half option where you run two different half courses back to back and they are timed separately and separate medals. I found this race from The T-Rex Runner who says this race is her favorite. Blackberry Mountain sounds like a heck of a challenge (it’s a 1.25 mile long incline)! After the race, the Hatfield-McCoy Festival takes place and you grab your mason jar finisher’s award, medal, and some food. T-Rex Runner says, “This race is still the best race ever. There is literally no competition in my mind. I’m glad I came back again this year because it firmly cemented my feelings that this is my favorite marathon by far. There are a lot of good races out there, but in my personal opinion, this is the most fun you’ll have running 26.2 miles. The volunteers are incredible, the course is both beautiful and interesting, and you get a lot of really unique special touches that you just don’t get at the bigger races.”
That’s my list! Which of these races have you experienced? Would you recommend them? What races are on your bucket list?