Favorite Races

The question posed in this week’s Monday Brain Exchange was:
Name your top 3 favorite events to date. When were they and why are they your favorite?

All of my races are my favorites… even the ones that don’t go over that well! But I do admit, there are a few that hold a special place in my heart. They are:

PF Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona
Why this one, when it’s the home of my infamous DNF? Well, it’s also the home of my very first marathon completion too. And that far outweighs doing a faceplant in the middle of the road that requires stitches. One of the anonymous questions posed to me from my “Ask Me Anything” post was if I would ever return to Arizona. And the answer to that is undoubtedly YES! I would love to do the race again. I would return to do the half as well. But it would be hard for me to want to return if my mom wasn’t going with me, since we have gone together in previous years and made the trips into fun girls weekends.

Race for the Cure
The Las Vegas Race for the Cure is one that I do every year (also with my mom), but I think that any Race for the Cure event would be on this list. The cause means a lot to me, the organization is usually spot on and the energy/emotion at the event is so strong. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the Global Race for the Cure in DC last year and would return to that race every year if I thought I could afford the travel. In fact, it would be an awesome experience if I could travel the country doing as many Race for the Cure events as possible.

Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll
It’s my hometown race… gotta give it props! But truthfully, there is something really cool about running up and down The Strip. And now that Rock ‘n’ Roll has taken over the race, the half marathon course is mainly on The Strip, which is a HUGE improvement over the past course. And it’s fun to run along and listen to how many runners are complaining about over-partying in the days before the race. Apparently many people cannot set foot in Vegas without immediately starting to indulge… and I fully encourage that behavior here because it is how our economy survives.

I very nearly included the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon on this list, because it’s such a beautiful area. And I love the annual turkey trot that I do, just because that seems like such a perfect way to start that day of gratitude. Oh, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole atmosphere of running in the middle of the night through the desert for the Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Half Marathon and would do that one again if I had a group of pals to run with (it just doesn’t appeal to me to do that one alone). It’s really hard to narrow my races down to a top 3!

I need to branch out and do more races though. Clearly a marathon that is not part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll series should make it on my to-do list someday. Running in more states would be a great way to travel, except my husband wouldn’t necessarily enjoy having to wait for me at the finish line of a race on all of our trips. But I definitely hope to expand the list of races that I have to choose from


  1. I love your blog! I am only a novice runner, but your blog inspires me to keep running and keep dreaming of races. Hopefully Arizona’s Rock N Roll Marathon will be my first (next year) as well πŸ™‚

  2. I actually did the Vegas Turkey Trot a couple of years ago when I was there for Thanksgiving. I was amazed at how COLD it was!

    I get to run one of my all time faves this weekend, the Carlsbad 5000. It’s a short little race, but well worth the effort.

    Good idea to do a post about your favorite races. I’ll probably have to borrow…

  3. You have such a good list – even with all of the runner ups!

    I think Bryce Canyon is near the top of mine as well – it’s such an amazing course and I wonder what kind of time I could pull out there with the downhill again πŸ™‚

  4. we should travel to a marathon together so your hubs and my soon-to-be-hubs can stand around together πŸ˜‰ i’m sure they’d really appreciate it. josh is already a little whiny about going on a NON-marathoning “vacation”.

  5. Um, my favorite races – the Tufts 10K every Columbus Day. We get the streets all closed off in Boston for us, and it’ all women. Girl power! Oh, and because you get to see the elites running, and it’s a flat course. I’d also have to say the Thanksgiving Feaster Five I do every year with my brother, because it’s our thing we do now. We’re always tired from him getting in late the night before, but we don’t care.

    I might now add the race I did on New Year’s Day. you get your choice of doing a 5K or 10K. Good food afterward, and nice flat course. Well organized, even with bag checks. And what’s not to love about starting off the new year with a great run? πŸ™‚

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