I’m finally ready to share my 2018 Racing Schedule! This is about 90% done as I might add a few local races here and there, but all the big ones are included below. Let’s discuss!
Yuengling Shamrock 8K and Marathon
Virginia Beach, Virginia
I would say that this is my goal race for the year. This will be my first time doing this race but I’ve heard TONS of positive things about the race from running friends. As a social media ambassador for the race I’ve gotten to interact with the race organizers and everyone has been super supportive and nice. It’s shaping up to be an awesome race weekend as Kara Goucher and Bart Yasso will be in town for race weekend! I’m almost half way through my training and I’m hoping that I can get a marathon PR. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather gods are nice to us that weekend! If you want to sign up for any of the races that weekend, use code KookyRunner18 to save $5 off any registration.
Rite Aid Cleveland 8K and Half Marathon
I’ve been looking forward to this race weekend since last year! Not only do they have a ton of race distances to choose from (1 Mile, 5K, 8K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon) but I’ve heard that the race course and support is amazing! There’s also a ton to do in Cleveland – from sports, to historic monuments, to shopping, to awesome restaurants, there’s no shortage of fun in Cleveland. Most importantly, I’ll get to see Rachel! 🙂 If you want to sign up for any of the races, use code KGCLE10 to save 10% off your registration fee.
Hope in Motion 10K
This is my favorite local race every year. I have participated in it for numerous years and I love that it raises so much money for the Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K and Half Marathon
This will be my 3rd year returning to Chicago for the Remix Challenge. I missed not doing this race last year so I’m pumped to go back this July. Sure, it’s right in the middle of summer so it can be very hot and humid, but y’all know how much I love the city of Chicago 🙂 I’m also looking forward to meeting up with some of my favorite Chicago bloggers!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia 5K and Half Marathon
I’m going back to Philly for the 3rd year in a row! I primarily love this race because it doesn’t require me to board a plane to travel there. Philly is another awesome city and both the 5K and half marathon courses are pretty flat. The weather has been a challenge for this race the past 2 years (SO humid), but maybe this year will be different and we’ll get some great Fall weather!
SoNo Half Marathon
Another great local race. I missed the race last year since I did RnR Montreal, so I’m glad to be back this year. This is a relatively new race (less than 5 years old), but it is SO well organized and the race director is extremely nice. The on course support is great and the crowd support is even better. When I ran the race in 2016, I remember getting a small sample of ice cream around mile 11 which was much appreciated. Oh, and the post-race food is amazing – pizza, beer, snacks, etc!
Wilmington Women’s Half Marathon
This is an inaugural race, so I don’t have that much information about it, but it looks like it will be a fun race from everything I see on their website. I’m always a bit leery of inaugural races so I don’t have too many expectations.
New York City Marathon*
All 5 Boroughs in New York
I will hopefully be back on Staten Island on November 4th to tun the NYC Marathon for the 2nd time.
*Stop by the blog next week. I need your help in deciding on doing this marathon again.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This will be another new race for me this year. My running coach, Abby, lives in Charleston and she has told me so many great things about this race and the beautiful course. As an added bonus, I’ll get to spend the weekend with her so it’s a win-win!
Have you finalized your 2018 race schedule? If so, what races are you looking forward to this year?