Hey party people! Happy Friday!!
Today I’m discussing my five favorite races (so far). I say “so far” because I’m sure this list will change as I run different races throughout the next few years.
Let the coundown begin!
I did this race last year, and despite the weather, I loved it! It was also my first time visiting the city and it’s an amazing city with tons to do and see. There were some logistical things that could have been better for both races, but overall I would say it’s a nice race to do. I liked it so much that I’m going back in July and I can’t wait!
This race is so special to me. It’s local (takes place in my city) and it helps raise funds for a local hospital. At first, I only participated in the walk (they have a run and walk option). During my second year of walking I told my mom that I was going to run the race the next year, and I did! This was my first timed 5K race. When they started to offer the 10K option, I moved up and completed that race. I’ve been doing this race for the past 5 years. I’m actually pretty bummed that I’m going to be missing the race this year, but I have a good excuse (I’ll be doing the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Remix Challenge)!
I participated in the Hat Trick last year (5K, 10K and Half Marathon) last year and it was FUN!! Sure, the courses aren’t exactly flat so the half marathon was a little difficult for me, but the whole weekend is awesome. The races are VERY well organized and they all pretty much start and end in the same place (there’s a different start for the half marathon). They also offer a small expo, running seminars and a pasta dinner. but most importantly, you’ll get a chance to see Bart Yasso! Sadly I will not be back this year as the festival is just a few weeks before the NYC Marathon and I didn’t want to run #alltheraces so close to the Marathon.
This race is AWESOME!! I ran this race in 2014 and I think I smiled for the entire 3.1 miles. You get to run down 6th Avenue and you finish in Central Park. The finish line is so special because it’s the same finish line that is used for the NYC Marathon the next day! Yes, this 5K race takes place the day before the NYC Marathon, so it’s a great, and fun, shakeout run so to speak. I’ll be running it this year and I’m already excited about it 🙂
If you only run ONE half marathon, it needs to be the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon. I have never seen a race with so much crowd support – it’s bananas! Also the spectators give out awesome treats, like Hershey’s Kisses. The race is extremely well organized and the finish line is Coney Island. Yes, Coney Island – you just can’t beat that! Also I think this is currently the largest half marathon in the world so why wouldn’t you want to get in on the action! You have to be quick when signing up for this race as it sold out in under an hour this year!
Those are my top 5! What are your favorite races?