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Hey Hey Happy Travelers! I hope you are having a great week. I hope all of you had a fun and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. I know we did!
On Memorial day, my father-in-law ran in the Bolder Boulder 10K race in Boulder, Colorado. He's done many marathons, 10Ks, and other road races before, including previously running the Bolder Boulder. He really loved that race, and I'm so glad he had the chance to do it again. Road races can be a really fun way to see the world.
And as luck would have it, I have a really exciting guest post from another very passionate road runner, Andrea. She's here to share with you some of the amazing places that she's had a chance to run and might just give you some inspiration to combine your love for running with your love for travel.
So, let me tell you a little bit about Andrea:
Andrea Herrmann is the author of "Serial Racing: Planning and Affording a Lifetime of Endurance Events." She participates in 40 to 75 road races a year. She serves as president of the 100 Half Marathons Club, and volunteers as a director for Medals4Mettle, a nonprofit that presents donated marathon finisher's medals to children and adults fighting serious illnesses. For more information, visit www.serialracing.com.
So, without further a do, let's hear from Andrea!
In 2015 I’ve run down Times Square, through Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland, past Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II in Massachusetts, and by historic landmarks in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
How have I done this? I participate in road races all over the United States.
Runners and race walkers are traveling the country, doing events from 5Ks to marathons. We get guided and supported scenic tours of some of the most beautiful locations in the country. These races show us the best sites and views a city has to offer, and often give us access to roads and bridges that are closed to the general public. The courses are monitored by police and course marshals, telling us which way to go and ensuring our safety. We often get the added benefit of discounted accommodations from race partner hotels, which helps us save money on our trips.
Road races have brought me to many amazing locations around the country, offering the opportunity to both sightsee and visit great historic destinations. Races combine healthy exercise with tourism, and can take you to places you might not have seen otherwise. There are road races that will take you through wineries, into national parks, on famous historic roads, and past beautiful beach and ocean views.
Many athletes have the goal of completing a race in all 50 states, and match this goal with their “places to see” bucket list. Hawaii and Alaska are often the last states to be completed, and are combined with a long getaway or a cruise.
There are many courses that can show how beautiful our country is. The Mad Half Marathon in Vermont offered panoramic views of the Green Mountains and the chance to run through covered bridges, and helped cover the calories from my post-race visit to Ben & Jerry’s headquarters, Cabot Cheese, and Champlain Chocolates. The Mount Desert Island Marathon and Half Marathon shows the beauty of scenic Bar Harbor, Maine. The Sedona Half Marathon and Marathon in Arizona has a challenging and hilly course, but rewards you with its breathtaking views of the red rock canyons.
In the New York City Marathon, I got to run across Verrazano Bridge, through the streets of Brooklyn, down First Avenue and Fifth Avenue, and into Central Park. In Seattle, the Amica Half Marathon started at the Experience Music Project with a view of the Space Needle, then took me past the Seahawks and Mariners stadiums. The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon took me through the French Market, then past Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, and the Museum of Art. The Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach took us through Fort Story, a joint military base. We saw the Cape Henry Light House, one of the oldest in the country, before making the way to the beachfront finish on the boardwalk.
For history buffs, there are plenty of opportunities to combine a race with landmarks and historical sites. I ran by the Mississippi River and visited a Civil War battle area in Kentucky. The Shoreline Half Marathon in Hamlin, NY took me past the site of a World War II German prisoner of war camp. The Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon gives you views of national monuments like the Washington Monument, the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building.
There are also unique races that combine local history with scenic and fun courses. The Hatfield-McCoy Marathon goes through West Virginia and Kentucky, and takes you past many of the famous feud sites. The Hershey Park Half Marathon takes you through the amusement park, past the Hershey factory, and down Chocolate Avenue, where you can see the famous kiss-shaped street lights.
Do you love Disney? There are seven different RunDisney race weekends each year that offer a unique park experience and character photo opportunities. I’ve run in the four parks of Walt Disney World and in Disneyland and California Adventure, running down Main Street USA in each location, and going past all the great rides and attractions.
Are you a sports fan? Several races involve the opportunity to run through or finish in sports stadiums. There are over a dozen races that give you the chance to run around or on the field of college or professional football stadiums such as Foxboro Stadium, Soldier Field, and Lambeau Field. At the Arena Attack Indoor Half Marathon in Connecticut, I ran loops around the concession stand of the XL Center, home of the Hartford Wolfpack. Baseball stadiums also offer races. In November, Yankees Stadium serves as the course of the Runyon 5K Run/Walk.
Road races are not just for “fast” runners. Many races offer walker-friendly time limits and encourage participants of all paces. While you definitely need to train and get the right shoes and clothing for races, this great hobby can give you both fitness and great travel memories.
Wow, I'm going to need to get some new running and shoes and start training! It just goes to show you that there is a trip out there for everyone. Whether you want to spend it busting a sweat while you tour a new city, or lounging pool side, there's something out there for you. And what a great motivator to get into shape before a trip!
Thank you to Andrea for her story!
Have you traveled somewhere for an event like this? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear about it!
Right now is the perfect time to start planning those summer trips. Where are you going this year?
Wherever you go, don't forget to travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz