Race Bucket List

1. NYC Marathon
I ran 14 miles through NYC last December and loved it. Running twice that far, through all 5 boroughs, and finishing in Central Park would be an incredible experience. 

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2. Big Sur Marathon
I have no idea why, but I'm obsessed with Big Sur. I think it's because of the Bixby Bridge (if you hadn't heard, I'd like to build bridges when I grow up), but I'm not really sure. I've never been, but it just looks like one of the most beautiful places on earth. So when I found out there was a half & marathon there (and that they run over the bridge), I was like, "Where do I sign up?!"

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3. Rock 'n' Roll: Las Vegas Half/Full Marathon
The Rock 'n' Roll series comes through my home turf every year on Labor Day weekend. Due to the insane heat that time of year (people have died...literally died. No thanks!) and the fact that it costs like eleventy billion dollars, you won't catch me anywhere near that race. However, I have heard that RnR races are really fun so I'm interested in running one, and I figure if I'm gonna fork over the dough, might as well go big or go home, right? I have heard GREAT things about RnR Las Vegas and when I looked into it, it seemed right up my alley! It's in November and it's at night! How cool is that?! I've never been to Vegas and would love to make this a runcation/30th birthday present for myself in 2017 ;)

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4. Marine Corps Marathon
No one I've ever talked to about this race has anything but praise for it. I have heard that spectators line the course and are nothing short of amazing. I had the honor of running through a Marine Corps base at the Shamrock Marathon this year, and the feeling of being cheered on and high-fived by Marines lining the streets was indescribable. I can only imagine how it would feel to run MCM!

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6. Maratona di Roma
I would love to do an international race and this is at the top of my list. Rome is one my favorite places on earth (I don't have a Classics degree for nothin'!). I've been once but I was most definitely not a runner then. Just thinking about running through all my favorite ancient spots makes my heart skip a beat. The whole race I'd constantly be wondering, "Is this real life?!" Can you imagine a dreamier start/finish line than right next to the Colosseum?

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7. Athens Classic Marathon
While we're on the subject of international marathons in ancient cities...don't you think the original marathon deserves a spot on the list? The Athens Classic course is the same as the original marathon course as well as the 1896 Olympic marathon course (plus an additional 2k loop since the distance was changed from 40km to 42km in 1908 thanks to the British), and it even finishes in the 2004 Olympic Stadium! Talk about a bucket list marathon if there ever was one.

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8. Seawheeze Half Marathon
A giant running & yoga party, sponsored by Lululemon, in Vancouver? Um, yes, count me in.

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9. Boston Marathon
Oh, Boston. A piece of my heart has been there since the first time I visited in 2012 and after what happened at the 2013 marathon a piece of it will always stay. I had never given the Boston Marathon a second thought prior to 2013, but as a new runner, I was pumped for that year's race. On Marathon Monday, I was home recovering from my 3rd half marathon they day before (crossing the finish line of that one was the first time I ever had an inkling that maybe I'd run a full one day). I was so excited that I was able to watch the coverage from home and spent the whole morning engrossed in it. A couple hours after I turned it off, I heard the news. There is something about Boston that I just love, and just thinking about running down Boylston Street makes my heart feel like it could explode. Training for a BQ is not something I'm interested in attempting to do now, but I am very interested in one day running Boston (whether it ends up being by my own merit or for charity). 

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10. Ironman
The ultimate of bucket list items, in my opinion. I am really unsure if I will ever actually do this, but I learned to never say "Never" a long time ago (Exhibit: A and B). Although there are other organizations that put on these races, Ironman is the official brand of the full iron distance (2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike/26.2 mile run). I don't have a particular location in mind, but I know that if I do ever decide to tackle one, it will definitely be an M-dot. I'm not spending countless hours of training and then not hearing, "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!" at the finish line. 

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15 comments :

  1. Yup - these all look AMAZING!! i'd love to do one....or all...of these races! Incredible!!

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  2. the NYC one would be so awesome. omg I would not run the race that people have died, no thank you. a half marathon in Vegas would be so fun, especially in November! I never even considered doing international races, what a fabulous idea! God, how amazing would it be to run in Rome? I'm getting goosebumps.
    You're kinda making me want to do a marathon. Stop it.

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  3. I'd do none! I've spectated in NYC when my best friend ran it, it was amazing.

    My boss runs NYC and Boston every year.

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  4. I love your list- but I'm a little sad you're not wanting to visit Cincinnati and do the Flying Pig with me?! ;)

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  5. I LOVE this idea for a post. I would love for NYC to be my first marathon, I just love that city so damn much. Also, I've never heard of a couple of these but some of them are now for SURE on my list. That Vancouver half and yoga outing? SIGN ME UP! Also, I may be doing a Rock 'n Roll half relay this November if I can bring myself to buying a plane ticket to Georgia. We are SO gonna have to cross one or two of these off the bucket list together ;)

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    1. Also how many times can I say "love" in the first two sentences of a comment? Jeez.

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  6. Since I watched NYC last year, I've wanted to run it too! Julie's new mother-in-law (hehe) ran Big Sur and wrote about it here: http://debruns.com/?p=8627 if you're curious about it!! I would love to do Boston though I could probably only do it for charity haha. I would do an international marathon too! I keep getting youtube ads for the great wall one - I bet that would painful but super awesome!!

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  7. A friend of mine did the Rock N Roll half in Vegas last year with her Mom and had a great time. Another friend went for a vacation while it was on and was sooo not impressed that it was so hard to get around the Strip! haha. My friends sister did the Seawheeze in Vancouver this year and she went along for moral support - I was so jealous the whole time they were gone!

    Running through Central Park in NYC should be on my bucket list - adding it asap!

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  8. I dont know if Id ever actually run one but Id love to be a spectator at all of these! Great list!

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  9. These are all on my list too! And the Seabreeze race looks amazing. I lived in Vancouver and sadly never tried it. now that I have moved away, I'm so eager to do it. My cousin does it every year and I'm jealous. It's a whole weekend event with yoga, healthy food and they give you lululemon attire! Although I'm sure you're already aware seeing as it's on your list. The Boston marathon would be epic and I think as a runner, it would have to be a highlight. I think it's the first race I had ever heard of and it's a classic. Okay, now you've totally inspired me to look into some of these :)

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  10. I am terrible at running in the heat, ugh. I turn red like a tomato and cook. The night one sounds like a lot more fun. And Big Sur, wow! That would be beautiful, I've never been.

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  11. All of these look awesome, and I would do them all! Well...not real sure about the Ironman though. I would love to do the Honolulu marathon and also the Great wall of China marathon!

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  12. Love this! Let me know when you want to do SeaWheeze and I'll sign up with you, and you KNOW I'll be crazy and Ironman with you!!! :) We should definitely live closer.

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  13. Ugh. All of these sound amazing. Big Sur just looks awesome. Why don't I have millions of dollars?????

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  14. This is a GREAT list!! I ran the NYC Marathon last year. It is a phenomenal experience!! Definitely recommend it!!! And I feel exactly the same about Rome. One of my all-time favorite places EVER. Running there would be glorious! I haven't been to Athens (yet!), but running there would be really special, too! Thanks for sharing this fun list!!

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