The past week has been filled with lots of excitement in the running world. With the release of the Marine Corps Marathon lottery results last week and the NYC Marathon lottery results yesterday, social media has been a buzz with runners sharing whether or not they were selected. I can appreciate the nail biting anxiety that these runners have experienced, as registration for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, which I’ll be running in ten short days, is also only by lottery.
Many runners have these races on their bucket lists and enter these lotteries year after year. With all of the excitement about the lottery results for these races, I thought it appropriate to share some of the half marathons that I currently have my eyes on. Some of these races are much closer to home than others, and only time will tell if/when I’ll be able to run these races.
In no particular order, my half marathon bucket list includes:
I have never been to Las Vegas. Preston and I would love to plan a future racecation around Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas and run the strip at night.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Preston and I have a love for runDisney races. Although we had hoped to register for this year’s race, circumstances didn’t allow for that to happen, but we hope to run this nighttime race in the near future.
Preston and I vacationed in Key West in April 2012 and quickly fell in love with the laid back atmosphere of the city. I actually a won a race registration to the 2014 race that I was sadly unable to use since the race was the weekend after the Disney World Half Marathon.
I’ve heard nothing but great things about this annual race held in Virginia Beach every March. Every runner’s review I’ve read about this race is nothing but positive. Similar to runDisney race weekends, there’s a challenge that you can run called the Dolphin Challenge, which involves running an 8k on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday.
For our honeymoon, Preston and I spent two weeks in Hawaii. I started talking about returning to Hawaii before we even left to come home. In 2011 we spent time on three islands (Oahu, Big Island, and Maui), and I’m eager to make a return trip to Hawaii and explore Kauai this time. The Kauai Half Marathon is held annually over Labor Day Weekend, which isn’t the easiest time of year to travel given my school schedule, but a girl can dream, right? I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to run 13.1 miles!
Although I’ve heard that the Baltimore Half Marathon is extremely hilly, I’ve also heard amazing things about the organization and crowd support for this race. I’m actually considering running it this fall.
Just like the Baltimore Half, the Marine Corps Historic Half is also known for its hilly course. This race is held in Fredericksburg, Virginia every May. Preston debated running it this year, but ultimately decided to hold off since our May calendar is already jam packed, and we’ll be out of town at least two weekends that month. Even though Fredericksburg is only about an hour south of us, we decided that this just wasn’t the year for either of us to run this race. Maybe next year!
The Divas race series is one of several women’s focused races. Ten cities currently host this race, with the closest one to us being in Leesburg, Virginia, which is about an hour west of us. Since I’m considering running Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend and the Leesburg race is two weeks later, 2014 isn’t looking like it’ll be the year for me to run this race.
This year Runner’s World will host the 2nd annual Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival. This event is held the same weekend as the Baltimore Half Marathon, so clearly both of these races cannot be completed in the same year. So many races, so many choices to make!
And if I ever run a marathon…..
If I ever run a marathon, the only one I have my eyes on right now is the Disney World Marathon. This is the only marathon that Preston has run, and currently is the only marathon that Preston plans on ever running. I figure if I ever run a marathon (which I currently have no plans or intentions to do), there’s no place other than the place where I ran my first half marathon that I’d want to run 26.2 miles.
QOTD: What races are on your bucket list?