One of my long-term fitness goals is to run a race in every state. I figure this will keep me motivated enough to keep up my fitness level and help me travel more. Great excuse to do more Appalachian Trail hiking. And it turns out that most of the big National Parks have race fundraisers. Perfect.
If I can do five races a year, I won’t make them all by the time I turn 40. Wow I just thought about turning 40. Panic. Let’s not think about that just yet.
Note: I have a new blog, just for running/races/fitness. It’s called Race the World Blog, and I’m working on a fun new design 🙂
2011 Race the World Tour
VA — Blue Ridge Burn, Roseland. 5K or 10K, October 8 2011. Part of a 3-day Music & Outdoors festival. Combining with a visit to Appomattox Court House!
TN — Lookout Mountain 10k, Chattanooga. 10K, December 17 2011. May combine this with hiking a few miles on the AT starting at Springer Mountain, in Georgia, the Southern Terminus of the trail, or maybe in the Great Smoky Mtns.
Hike Trail of Tears, http://chattanoogahistory.org/. Also near Great Smoky Mountains NP
- NJ — Heroes to Hero, Mt. Ephraim. 5K, October 9 2010. Scholarship fund for the families of fallen firefighters.
- PA — Out & Back Party Run, Philadelphia. 4 miles, April 29 2011. ALS.
- NM — Taos Up & Over Trail Race, Taos. 10K, August 13 2011.
- RI — Finish For a Guinness, Warren. 5K, September 4 2011. ALS.
2012 Tour, Tentative:
March 17: UT — Moab Half Marathon, Canyonlands National Park. 13.1 miles, 5K. This one has a lottery for registration, beginning in Nov.
April 1: DC — Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, Washington DC.
May 6: Broad Street Run, Phila. If I’m not in another state, I’ll be doing this one!
June: OH — Cedar Point 5K Challenge, Sandusky. Yes, Cedar Point, the Amusement Park!
August: NY — Beach Palooza, Coney Island. Total Awesomeness.
Other races I want to keep an eye on:
MS — Run Through History, Vicksburg National Military Park. 5K, March
DE — Trail Triple Crown at White Clay Creek April (trail run! only doing one race though, not the triple crown probably!)
VT — Mount Snow Triathlon — Sprint distance, early August. Would love to run a race at Mount Snow.
AZ — Saguaro National Park 8 mile run, Grand Canyon. Labor Day Weekend.
OR — Oregon State Penitentiary 5K/10K. A series, late summer/fall.
NV — Red Rocks Half Marathon, Las Vegas. March
WA — Snake River Canyon Half Marathon, Wawawai Landing. March (Why are all the cool races in March??)
CA — Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon, Humboldt. May (might have to skip the BSR that year!)
GA — Taming the Nile 5K/10K Run, Woodstock. October, although the 2011 event was canceled.