September 23, 2013

Racecations and the Implications of the Kenya Mall shootings

As many of our readers know, we are travel loving girls.  Since my husband Tom retired five years ago, we have continued to explore new places with our love for adventure and travel.  Earlier this year, we had the good fortune of spending 3 weeks in Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.  I even had the awesome opportunity of running with a Kenyan that I wrote about here! We also trekked with gorillas in Rwanda, another fantastic adventure that had been on my "bucket list" for quite a while.  With the most recent al-Qaida linked attack at a mall in Nairobi killing at least 68, with many still held hostage at this time, clearly Kenya will be off most people's travel destination list.  Sadly we have become a world where many destinations are unsafe and if nothing else, we would not be comfortable traveling to them.

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
I have been exploring race options in remote places, but clearly I am now happy to run races in the continental US. The national park races, including Zion, Redwood, Grand Canyon look great, and would give us the opportunity to explore the western part of our country where we have only spent a little time. The Space Coast Races are also really popular and something we may investigate in the future.   We would love imput from our readers as to your favorite races in the US.  We are building a wish list of great races to add to our race calendars in the next few years!
(Pam)

12 comments:

  1. Very sad that there are so many places where it's not safe to travel anymore.

    You're right though, there are so many amazing places in the US to explore! I've always been interested in doing a race that goes through California wine country and I want to do one in San Francisco (partially for the challenge of the hills and partially to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum!). I'd also love to do races in Hawaii and New Orleans and I know it's not the US, but there are some gorgeous places in Canada that I'd love to visit with a race trip!

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    1. Hawaii is also on my race list Danielle. Just need to figure out the timing and talk Tom into that one!

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  2. So sad that these kinds of things happen around the world!

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  3. It really saddens me that we cannot travel to some places without being so overly wary of our surroundings that it becomes more difficult to enjoy the beauty that the world has to offer.

    However, I do agree that there are so many places to explore in the US alone, which is great! For a bucket list race, I would like to do the Yellowstone half marathon some day!

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    1. I am sure Yellowstone would be a great race and since one of my sisters lives in Jackson Hole, WY, that would be a nice way to combine a visit to see her and race!

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  4. I like to think that something good can come from something bad. On July 23, 2007, in my home state of CT, a mother and her two daughters were brutally killed during a home invasion. It was all over the news back then and even now, it's hard to comprehend such brutality. In their honor, the husband, who was badly beaten and tied up himself (but managed to get away to call for help), has started a memorial 5k in their memory. The GE 5K Road Race is held each year to benefit the Petit Family Foundation to raise funds for all kinds of great things. I'd like to think this sport that brings so many interesting people together for a common love, can help do some good in the world beyond running skirts, fancy shoes and gadgets, and PR's. I truly think it does!
    Kimberley

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    1. I remember that family well and being horrified by such an attack in their own home. That is wonderful that the husband/dad has started a race to honor their memory and the money goes to a good cause.

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  5. I am loving that picture of you with the giraffe! You are so lucky to have been able to experience all the places you have been already, I agree it is sad that we can't feel comfortable traveling around this great world!

    One race that is on my bucket List is Rock N Roll Las Vegas ( Just because the RnR series has been so much fun). Of course they have RnR races internationally too! My sister says Big Sur is a great race, and after being up in Niagara Falls this month, I think "Run the Great Niagara" would be a great race to do!

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    1. Thanks, I have been so lucky with travel, but it makes me feel badly that people will now hesitate to visit Africa and it has so many wonderful places to see and animals as well. I would love to visit Niagara Falls and running a race there would be great!

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  6. Very very sad. I just don't understand the violence around the world and even in our own country. People need to just love one another like God intended. As far as races go I haven't been anywhere that far away from the Gulf Coast. I'll say that Rock n Roll New Orleans is a great race to run around my area!!! ;-)

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  7. I find the whole situation incredibly sad. It's awful that we can't feel safe to travel as we please without having to worry about violence all around us. :0( There are so many great races in the US I do agree, hope you guys find some exciting ones!! :0) I enjoy the Rock N Roll series, too!

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  8. It's a very sad situation. I have not traveled very much outside of the country but events like this make me hesitant to do so.
    I LOVE the National Parks (I'm sure you know that)! YES! Do those half marathons, there are so many beautiful places to see right here!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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