Runner's Tell All: Race Bucket List (Honorable Mentions)


It's time for another round of the Runner's Tell All linkup with Amanda @ The Lady Okie and Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch. I'm super excited this month because the topic is "Race Bucket List" AND I'm co-hosting! There's even a giveaway of some fun running goodies (and we know I love running goodies).

I already shared my race bucket list last month, but I'm happy this topic came up in the link-up because honestly? It wasn't easy narrowing down the plethora of races around the globe to only a select few. So today I'm sharing some races that didn't quite make my list but still get an honorable mention! I hit a lot of big, internationally-renowned races on my first list, but I have a few more in mind that might not be on your radar already.

A Christmas Story 5k/10k Run
There is only one Christmas movie on the planet that I like, and that movie is A Christmas Story. I've been watching the marathon on TBS Christmas Eve & Day for as long as I can remember there being Christmas. If you added up all the hatred I have for every other Christmas movie ever, my love for this movie would be equivalent. Anyway. Did you know that you can run a 5k from the department store to the Christmas Story house and museum?! Well, you can. There is a virtual option as well if you can't make it to Cleveland. I plan to do the virtual race this year but maybe one year I'll make it to Cleveland!
I mean honestly, I feel like every medal I get is a major award, so how great would it be to actually have one that says so?!

Virginia Tech Run in Remembrance (3.2 for 32)
If you've been around here for a while, you already know that I'm a Hokie. If I'm not mistaken, this event was started in 2009 (the year I graduated), but I didn't even give participating a second thought because I was not a person who could run .2 miles, let alone 3.2. When this race rolled around on April 16, 2011, I was no longer living in Blacksburg, but I still wasn't a runner. But for some reason, that year I had a thought that even if I couldn't run, I could do something.  So Ben and I did our own 3.2 mile walk for 32 around our city where we were living. I had toyed a little bit with the idea of trying to learn to run before then, and I've always found it hard to pinpoint exactly what made me finally start, but walking that day and thinking about how one day I wanted to actually be able to run 3.2 for 32 was the catalyst. A week later I laced up and went out for my first day of Couch to 5k, and the rest is history. This race is truly the race that changed my life - and I've never even done it.



Tarpon Springs Triathlon
Once upon a time After I graduated from college, I lived for a year in a town outside of Tampa, FL called Tarpon Springs. This was about a year before the word exercise was a part of my vocabulary, so needless to say, I was completely unaware of any fun race opportunities in the area (I've since learned that the Tampa area is a pretty big fitness and especially triathlon hub - who knew?!). I've now heard of several different tris in the area but I was surprised to find that there is one in Tarpon Springs! The start is at a beach I used to go to, only a few miles from where I was living (which, at the time, felt like an impossible distance to travel any way other than by car, if that gives you any idea of my fitness level back then). Luckily this is a short race, a bit shorter than a traditional sprint distance. I don't think I could handle Florida weather much longer than that.




Cooper River Bridge Run
So technically, this was my first race ever - it was 1988, I was 6 months old, and my mom walked it while she pushed me along in my stroller. Somehow I don't think that counts? Even though I moved away from Charleston when I was 9 and don't plan on ever moving back, it's where my roots are and will always be. That's why I couldn't imagine running my first marathon anywhere else. I remember driving across the old Cooper River Bridge when I was a kid. I remember seeing the new Cooper River Bridge for the first time when I was back visiting family and being in awe of it. Those experiences largely guided me on the path of becoming a civil engineer, and running the CRBR is another experience I can't wait to add to that list.


NYRR Midnight Run
You couldn't pay me enough money to go to Times Square for New Years, but a race through Central Park that starts at the stroke of midnight sounds like my kind of NYE party!


Ragnar Relay
Ragnar is self-described as an "overnight team running relay." As running is a largely solitary sport, the idea of being a part of a team and having a shared experience working toward the same goal (even if you're not all working at the same time) really appeals to me. These relays start in one city and finish in another ~200 miles away, while team members take turns running various legs of the course.  There aren't a ton of locations but I'm thinking DC or the Pacific NW sounds like a good time. Now who wants to join my team?!


Any race on April 23, 2016
Why that date? Because it will be my 5 year running anniversary, which I would have found unbelievable on my first day of Couch to 5k, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than by running a race that day.

Now, onto the free stuff (the real reason you made it down this far)...

This month's giveaway includes a $15 iTunes gift card (get yourself some new running jams!) a homemade clutch that Beka made that says RUN on it (who says running declarations have to be limited to your workout clothes?!), and some bobby pins that match the clutch (because you are NOT going to look cute running with your hair all in your face, sorry)..



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23 comments :

  1. Solid race choices, fellow co-host! The Christmas Story one looks AWESOME and just went on my own bucket list and I completely forgot about the Ragnar Relay when I was writing my post. That is actually also on there...

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    1. Ragnar DC just happened so I've been reading about it a lot lately. I've thought about doing relays a little bit before, just need to find 11 other crazies to join me haha!

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  2. The Christmas Story race would be so fun! Whoever came up with that is a genius! Also, the NYRR Midnight Race sounds like a way better alternative to being squished closer than shoulder to shoulder for hours and hours. And through Central Park? Winner, winner!

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  3. I've thought about the Christmas Story race several times now...if I could magically be transported there and back without the travel, I wouldn't mind doing it! There are also some great Christmas lights 5ks within a few hours of me, but it always seems to be an awfully long drive for that distance.

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    1. The travel is my #1 reason for not doing it as well...please let me know if you figure the magical transportation thing out ;)

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  4. Ok, I'm very disappointed in myself. I lived in Cleveland for 2 years and this is the first time I have ever heard of The Christmas Story race. I want to do it! Also, now you've got me googling "virtual runs". Another thing I have never heard of. Thanks for keeping me informed.

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  5. i have never heard of the christmas story race and now i really really want to do it. i dont live that far away, it would be a fun weekend trip! not this year, womp womp. also a race on your running anniversary is such a good idea - mine is actually coming up, but it will be 7 years i think maybe i'll wait for the 10th :)

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  6. You'll definitely enjoy the 3.2 for 32 run! I did it twice while I was in school and it's so fun to see a sea of maroon and orange running through the streets. You also get to go into the stadium through the tunnel so it's fun to touch the hokiestone. The first year we did it, we stopped to take a picture in the stadium and Julie actually kissed the field haha. A few friends just did Ragner here. It looks like super fun, I just don't know about running in the dark and getting little sleep - I love my sleep. Let me know if you do get a team together though :)

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  7. OK, here's the plan, you're gonna come to Cleveland this year and run the Christmas Story race. DEAL?! Deal :) Like you, I watch that for 24 hours on TBS and it never gets old!! I've been to the museum a few times, and I ran it last year with my dad and we had a blast!! I wrote about it here: http://ownkindofbeauty2012.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-races-7-christmas-story-5k.html. That NYE run sounds so cool--I had never heard of it until now but I want to add it to my list!

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  8. I meant to say you're gonna run the Christmas Story race with me, since I'm from Cleveland and all, lol. That probably would make more sense :)

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  9. I didn't know about any of these but I'm definitely adding the NYRR one to my list! That sounds awesome. And I've never seen A Christmas Story (don't hurt me) but that does sound pretty awesome too.

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  10. All these races sound awesome! I love the leg lamp medal. Isn't is annoying how when we lived in or visited certain places, we weren't runners yet? I mean COME ON I lived in Chicago my entire life and only when I moved did I start running? Good grief. You have to do that VTech race!

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  11. I visited the Christmas Story house a few years ago. Very cool! Didn't even know they had a race. That sounds like fun! I do a lot of NYRR races, but never had much interest in the midnight run. Probably because I'm usually trying to run as far away from the city as possible that night :) Love that you want to run a race on your 5 year running anniversary...so neat!!

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  12. This totally makes me wish I was a runner because these all sound like so much fun!

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  13. Great list!
    The Cooper River Bridge Run was my first big race and it was such a cool experience. When you get to the arch of the bridge and start going back down again you feel like you are soaring!

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    1. That's so cool! I've run a 5k on a big bridge in my area and it was SUPER fun. I think my fastest km record is still from that race actually!

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  14. I 100% want to do the Christmas Story run. That is my all time favorite movie!! My brother loves it too, and we have all sorts of inside jokes related to it. My parents also manage to get me something Christmas Story related every year for Christmas. It's a little ridiculous at this point. I even own two leg lamps - a night light and a miniature version of the real deal.

    I ran Ragnar Great River this year in southern MN. It was awesome and crazy and exhausting! I definitely recommend doing it at least once!

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  15. I'm stuck on the fact that you hate Christmas movies! They're my favourite and I make Ian start watching them in early December every year :) But that medal is pretty awesome and sounds fun. I would love the NYE run because I also hate doing the big downtown thing that's always over-hyped and full of hundreds of drunk people. Night run sounds a thousand times more fun.

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    1. Haha sorry! I don't know why, I've just always thought they were really corny!
      I think the NYE one would be so fun - I love running at night, in the cold, and the organized chaos of a race is the only kind of chaos I can really handle, plus Central Park?! Yes please.

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  16. Okay now I wanna do all the races on your bucket list! A Christmas Story run?! I had no idea that existed but that sounds too awesome to pass up.

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    1. I can't even remember how I stumbled across it but I'm sure it would be the best Christmas run ever!

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  17. Your list is super fun! I gotta say that the race in Florida sounds pretty amazing. I've done some super short sprint triathlons in doors and they have been pretty fun so I can only imagine outdoors would be even better.

    The bridge in South Carolina is amazing! I tried to run it when I was there but it was raining and raining so I never got to =(

    Thanks a bunch of co-hosting with us! It's alway fun getting to know people more through this linkup.

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