Do you have dream races? That’s the theme for the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy. I’m not sure that I actually have many dream races, unless it’s the next one.
I think one of the most exciting things in life is signing up for that next big goal race, arranging housing and transportation, planning where you’ll go, what you’ll eat, and where you’ll stay. It motivates me to keep running.
But do I have must-do halfs on my list? No, not really. But I have some must-do places I want to visit, and I’m still thinking about what race I ought to do in them.
Kauia Half Marathon
Kauia is one of our favorite places in the world. Since visiting it (and the other 3 large islands) for our 20th anniversary over 10 years ago, we’ve been back twice. What I’ve read about the Honolulu Half and the Maui Half doesn’t make me want to go out and do those (although Maui is very lovely, too, and we’ve only been there once).
One thing is for sure: any half in HI is going to be challenging! The heat, hills, the jet lag.
Alaskan Running Cruise
Just last year — or was it the year before — we came really close to doing the Great Alaska Running Cruise. A running cruise sounds like such fun. We like to cruise, and it’s been about 9 years since our last cruise (I think), which, ironically, was to Alaska.
I worry, sometimes, if there will really be runners at my pace. Or that I’ll get lost and left behind! I do know, though, that I’d love to see more of Alaska — and what better way than on foot?
Her Tern Half
Just looking around briefly at the halfs in Alaska, Her Tern caught my eye. Everyone seems to like it, and a bracelet instead of a medal sounds cool.
Looking quickly at race reviews, though, what I’m not seeing is a whole lot of scenery. That’s why you go to Alaska! Well, that’s one reason you go to Alaska.
On the other hand, we haven’t been to Anchorage yet.
Seattle Hot Chocolate 5k???
I’m not sure this qualifies as a buck list race, and it wasn’t even on my radar until Sweaty Stacy mentioned how much she liked it. And I’ve heard mixed thing about this race franchise in general — seems people either love it or hate it.
But hey — chocolate and I’ve got family there.
Glacier Park Half Marathon
I’ve been dying to go to Glacier National Park forever. Kind of like Sedona. Some of our best vacations have been in the National parks.
When I saw that vacationraces.com is a Glacier Half, I was so excited. I read the description and while it sounded super challenging — for me, anyway — I was up for the challenge!
But I also wanted explore the park. And I didn’t want to have to drive into and out of the park every day. It’s really difficult to get lodging in national parks unless you do it way ahead of time.
Maybe next year . . .
Ok, it was only 4 places. Sue me!
Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:
What’s on your bucket list other than races?
Have you already run a bucket list race?
Would you ever go on a running cruise?