I can’t believe it’s Friday again already and time to link up with Mar, Cynthia and Courtney for their Friday Five series. I’ve been having a lot of fun joining in each week’s topic. This week is no exception with the topic of “Five Places (Races) I’d Love to Run”.
I’ve recently added a page of races I want to run, but it’s much bigger than five, so I’ll try to get it down to my top five for this post!
- I’m getting really excited about my first Gasparilla race! I’m skipping the Princess Half weekend in 2015 so I can run Gasparilla in Tampa instead (they are usually the same weekend). The race has a pirate theme (!!) and is actually a series of races, 5k, 8k, 15k and half marathon. They also offer challenges like the Mic Ultra Challenge which includes running all four races. Spoiler alert: I’m not running that one! I still haven’t decided which race I’m going to do, but I’m leaning towards the 15k and maybe the Lime Challenge which is the 15k on Saturday and the 8k on Sunday. And it’s only $85 for the challenge, including registration for both races!
- I’m skipping the Gate River Run next year too so I can try a new race. My friend Amy from Mom’s Magical Miles ran the Asheville Half Marathon last year (here’s her recap) and she had such a great time that I’ve added it to my race calendar. I love the Biltmore and the last time we visited we rented bikes and spent half a day just exploring the grounds. I seriously want to move to Asheville just so I can get an annual pass to the Biltmore grounds, it is so beautiful and peaceful. So the opportunity to take a race-cation to Asheville in March and to get to run on the Biltmore grounds sounds like a perfect combo to me. The race swag was amazing last year too!
- The next race on my wish list is the Ragnar Relay Keys. I’m hoping to do this race in 2016 with a group (spots are still open, feel free to join in!). It’s a relay race with a team of 12 runners (six for the “ultra” division) that each take three “legs” of the race. In between legs, you get to hang out with your team in a big (stinky!) van and cheer on your teammates. You run from Miami to Key West, including a gorgeous (but hot!) run over the seven mile bridge. You get to run in neighborhoods, along the highway, in the rain, the sun, the dark and maybe even past some wildlife. It seems like a great adventure!
- Our family took a trip out west about five years ago and I was awestruck by the breathtaking scenery. We visited about ten national parks and every one was unique and beautiful. So it just makes sense that the next race on my list is the Yellowstone Half Marathon. We’ve never been to Yellowstone but it’s on our list, so I’d love to get to vacation and hike there and then top it off with a beautiful, scenic race.
- The last race is the Safaricom race in Kenya. They offer a full and half marathon, in June on theLewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. The race officials promise that the route is monitored by helicopter to transport injured runners and a helicopter and lightweight aircraft will be airborne “until the last person finishes the race in order to monitor the movements of the larger species”. Larger species, huh? Still, it looks like a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a much more memorable experience than just taking a jeep safari. I can’t afford this one anytime soon, but I will one day!
It was HARD to narrow it down to my five top races. Maybe you’ve noticed that most of them involve travel and exploration. That’s the driving motivation for me to lose weight and get fit. These represent the Great Wide Somewhere that I want to run!
So, what’s on your race wish list? Which one did I miss that is amazing?