Hi everyone! It’s time for another Friday Five with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia! This week’s topic is 5 races to run in 2015. Honestly, I’m not really sure what races I’ll be running in this year yet! So far I’m signed up for the Zion Half in March and the Her Tern Half in July (REDEMPTION WILL BE MINE!), but otherwise I’m still scouting out races and trying to figure out what I can handle. We do have a lot of races in the Anchorage area and I’m trying to figure out if we can take weekend trips to visit new places in Alaska where I can run some races too! Last year I ran 14 races and most of them were awesome! For this post, I chose some of my favorites that everyone should try to run at some point in 2015. If I was on the east coast I’d probably be running these again!
1. The Disney Princess Half: For runners who love dressing up like their favorite childhood characters and running through Cinderella’s castle. Pros: super fun race, great for newbies. Cons: SO HOT AND HUMID, super early start time, really boring course when you’re not in the parks. I just wrote all about this race on Wednesday so check it out if you’re on the fence about this one!
2. The Love Run Half Marathon: For Philly runners who want both city and riverside views while running. Pros: awesome course, great spring weather, the best post-race food like pretzels and Tastykakes. Cons: not a ton of crowds once you leave center city, the potholes are pretty intense.
3. Beat The Blerch Half Marathon: This is the race for all of you runners who have a blerch and aren’t afraid to have it chase you on the course while tempting you with sofas and Nutella. That literally happens in the race. Pros: the opportunity to meet and run with The Oatmeal, pretty forest views, tons of like-minded runners who are just there for the fun (and the cake). Cons: pretty far outside Seattle, really hard to get into.
4. Hershey 10k: For runners who run to eat chocolate and are really into roller coasters! Pros: you get to run through Hersheypark, the crowd support is awesome, the post race food comes in a lunchbox and includes Hershey’s chocolate, and Chocolate World is open as soon as the race ends which means CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKES! Cons: early race start and some hills in the park.
5. Cooper Norcross Run The Bridge 10k: For runners who want to cross two states off their list and run in a place where pedestrians usually can’t go. Pros: getting to run on the closed-down Ben Franklin Bridge, awesome views of Philly, a great charity gets the money. Cons: it’s in Camden (AKA super sketchy and you have to pay to get back into PA), there’s definitely an incline as you cross the bridge twice
Bonus race! The Runner’s World Half and Festival: I ran the 10k in 2013 but my goal is to run the half and/or the Hat Trick someday! Pros: awesome crowds, tons of celeb-run seminars, fellow race runners who are famous. Cons: hilly…and that might be it!
Tuns out that I don’t just have 5 must-run races! I hope you all get to run at least one of these races in 2015.
What’s on your must-run race list? Have you run any of these races?