My Running Bucket List
I recently registered for one of my bucket list races. This inspired me to write my list of my top races I would like to do. My wish list ranges from locations a few hours away to half way around the world.
1. Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon
This is the race I just signed up for. I will be heading to Vegas the weekend of November 14-17. Where else can you run a half marathon at night? The Vegas Half features a course on the famous strip amongst the neon lights. Another perk of registering is all of the weekend runner events. In addition to the Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, runner parties are held at some of the most exclusive clubs in Vegas. Your entry gets you and a guest free admission to the club (entries to clubs in Vegas can start at $20 and climb to $100 and higher) and open bar….yes open bar! Runners also get discounts at select restaurants and vendors the entire weekend. Another perk is the post race concert. This year will feature Snoop Dogg.
2. Great Wall Of China Half Marathon
This will probably be the most difficult race to accomplish. As you can see from the picture above the course is grueling with plenty of elevation and stairs. It is also not the easiest race to get to. Runners have to take about a twenty hour flight to Beijing from the United States. I have not been able to find a “race only” registration fee. The official site and other companies only offer race packages which include accommodations as well as tour guides, meals, and transportation. Packages start at around $2000.00 and this does not include the flight which starts at $1000.00. I think I will carve out about two weeks and make a full vacation out of this race if and when the time comes.
3. Big Sur Marathon
This is one of the most scenic running courses in the world. This moderately difficult course takes runners through the redwoods, ranches, hills, and the California coastline. The race has a strict 6 hour cut off time, which is a 13:45 per mile pace. Race weekend events include the Expo, pasta party, and the post race party. Big Sur also has a half marathon race later in the year.
4. Pike’s Peak Ascent
13.32 miles, 7,815 foot vertical gain. I better get on the stair climber for about a year before I tackle this race. The course takes runners straight up Pike’s Peak. Challenges include rough terrain, fluctuating temperatures, and possible altitude sickness. The scenery seems worth it though. Pike’s Peak also has a marathon option, after you ascent you simply turn around and descent.
5. Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon
Running, beautiful scenery, wine…what more can you ask for? This point to point course takes runners through rolling hills of vineyards. The race ends at the Sonoma Plaza where runners get to enjoy the Wine and Music Festival. Over twenty local breweries and wineries are present. Register early because the race is capped at 3,500 runners with a 3:30:00 time cut off.
6. Boston Marathon
THE race. I think it is every distance runner’s dream to make it to this race in their lifetime. To enter one must qualify by running a certified marathon at a set pace. For example if I wanted to qualify I would have to run a marathon in 3 hours and 40 minutes. Race events go on all weekend with the Expo, 5K, 1 mile, pasta party and culminates with the marathon on Monday.
7. Mayor’s Midnight Marathon and Half-Marathon
Here is my excuse to travel to Alaska. The race takes place on the longest day of the year, 19 hours of daylight. The course takes runners through the city of Anchorage on a mostly paved course with some trails added in. Even though it is in the summer the temperatures usually stay around the 55 degree mark.
8. Athens Marathon
THE original race. The race begins in the ancient town of Marathon. The course takes runners past the Aegean Sea then the uphill climb begins towards Athens. The finish line is inside The Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Being able to run the same course as Phidippides is worth every dollar and every drop of sweat.
Well I better start saving my travel and registration money now. What races are on your bucket list? Comment below.