One of the sponsors for FitBloggin 2014 was runDisney which was amazing because they are awesome because, um, hi. It's runDisney. They actually hosted our conference lunch on Saturday and included some nice swag bags and some people even won free entries to their Wine & Dine Half which is seriously bad ass. I've wanted to run a Disney race for awhile now but that got me thinking about the other races I would love to run someday so it seems like a good time for a Racing Bucket List.
You will notice I have no full marathons on this list. That's because, as of right now, I have no desire to run a full. Really. I'm good at 13.1 miles. I mean, hello, I got a half-marathon tattoo sooooo yeah. Training for a half is hard enough as it is. Training for a full would probably be close to a full-time job. Plus, I'm slow and I have absolutely zero motivation to be out there for the 7 or 8 hours it would take me to complete 26.2 miles. Could I? Sure, probably. Do I want to to? Oh hell no.
So, with that being said, onto the list!
Tower of Terror 10 Miler
Night Race + Twilight Zone Tower of Terror + Disney Villains along the course?
No. Seriously. Honestly, the fact that it's a night race and involves my absolute favorite Disney ride ever (which, admittedly, I mostly love because of the hotel set) is almost secondary. They had me at Disney Villains, which should be no surprise to anyone who really knows me. The Disney races are huge when it comes to dressing up and this would be the perfect opportunity to put together a wicked Ursula costume.
Kentucky Half Classic
I'm a Northeast Ohio native and currently live in Cleveland, so when people hear I'm a librarian they often assume I went to nearby Kent State for my MLIS but I actually went to the University of Kentucky down in Lexington although I spent about nine months living in Louisville first. I absolutely adored living in Lexington and it's really the only place I would ever consider leaving Cleveland for because it's just so pretty down there, so it makes sense that the Run the Bluegrass bills itself as America's Prettiest Half Marathon.
At the time I was living down there I wasn't a runner so the half-marathon wasn't anywhere on my radar but I stumbled across it the other day, conveniently on the day that was the last day for people to apply to be 2015 Race Ambassadors. Even if I don't get chosen (because of course I applied) I would still love to get back down there to run this race (and maybe even get to hang out with Authentically Emmie!).
So the Kentucky Half Classic is where you Run the Bluegrass and also do the Louisville MiniMarathon (aka half). They are a few weeks apart and along with finisher's medals you get bonus bling.
Chicago Half Marathon
The other day my friend Tricia and I were texting and she mentioned one day wanting to run the Chicago Half and I told her if she ran it than I would run it with her. (So there you go, Tricia! Now it's out there and we are totally going to do it.)
Hot Chocolate Race
Cause who doesn't want to run something called America's Sweetest Race? I mean, really. At 9.3 miles, the 15K is super reasonable and they get super sweet fleece jackets. The race is held all over the United States and there is one down in Columbus, Ohio!
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
It took me a awhile to see the appeal of themed races that call for dressing up and all of that but this is Christmas themed race and the Cleveland one is organized by my fabulous friend Alicia from Poise in Parma and one of these years I will brave running in December out at Legacy Village while also raising money for a great charity.
Multiple Rock 'n' Roll Halfs
My first half was the inaugural RnRCLE back in October, but see, RnR has races all over the world and not only do they have multiple locations but they offer these bonus Heavy Medal, uh, medals for those who run more than one RnR race in a calender year. So, I don't know, maybe return to Savannah? Or Washington D.C.? The Las Vegas is right around my birthday so that would be a rather stellar way to celebrate, amirite?
Nike Women's Half
Tiffany jewelry for all the finishers. Need I say anymore.
What races are one your bucket list?
Love from the ashes,