Five Race Friday

My race schedule is an ever revolving document. It’s more or less like a Facebook news feed constantly refreshing. It changes often based on what running friends are doing, how flight prices change, what state I still need torun a race in, who I can split hotel rooms with, and of course how awesome the finisher medal looks. Here are 5 spring marathon weekends that I am currently making a decision between, keep in mind that I am already registered for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend January 8-10 & the Phoenix Marathon on February 28.

1) Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz; April 18, 2015

2014 Garmin Marathon Finisher Medal
2014 Garmin Marathon Finisher Medal

This is a Wizard of Oz themed marathon weekend held in Olathe, KS. Race day also features a half marathon & 10k. 2015 will be t he twelfth year of the race. An Oz themed marathon opens an entire world of new running themed costumes, some sparkle & some not so much. I have a couple of friends from drum corps in the Olathe area and can arrange free housing for race weekend. The race location is just over 600 miles from me and a 14 hour drive so I would be looking at flying in and out Kansas City. I have heard nothing but great things about this race in the past and would scratch Kansas off my list of states and watch a Royals game.

 

2) Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon; May 3, 2015

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This race has been on my radar for 2 years now, I almost signed up last spring to run it before I decided to take on the Mitten Challenge.  This is a difficult course with big elevation changes in it, but it would scratch off Pennsylvania from my states list plus I have friends in the area that have offered an option for free housing and in town transportation options for me for the weekend.  A friend from #TeamrunDisney ran this race last year as part of a charity team for Andrew McCutchen and was able to take in a couple of Pirates games and take part in a meet and greet with Cutch! I love charity running and baseball, this could be right up my alley to take part in.

 

3) New Jersey Marathon; April 26, 2015

photo-168This is a fun race that I’ve seen a lot of people really enjoy.  It has a 4 star course rating on marathonguide.com and all accounts seem to be very positive. It seems to have a great crowd and a well organized race with a flat course to make it even better.  I need New Jersey checked off the list and maybe I can catch a Yankees game too!

 

4) Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon; April 25, 2015

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I have almost registered for this race 3 times in 3 years.  I want to run Kentucky and I want to do it at this race.  A lap around the Kentucky Downs raceway and 26 miles through downtown Louisville.  Nothing but great recaps from friends who have run it.  The race kicks off the festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby a week or two later.

5) Flying Pig Marathon; May 3, 2015

photo-1-7-e1399510572503-768x1024A staple point in Ohio marathons the Flying Pig Marathon features a great course and lots of fun as costuming and theme-ing play vital roles in this event weekend. Plus it would be nice if the Reds were in town!

 

 

What race would you consider running in the spring?