October 30, 2013

Local Races....we love them!

Both Christine and I have participated in a variety of local races the last few years from 5K's to half marathons.  While destination races are a blast and we always love a race vacation, there is something about waking up for a race in your own bed that is quite wonderful!   Here are some of our favorite races and links to their recaps if you would like further information!

Post race, Toys for Tots 8K 2012

We love racing on Thanksgiving morning and for the last two years we have run the Toys for Tots Turkey Trot in Newport News, Virginia.  With just a $25 entry fee, you receive a long sleeve cotton shirt and hot chocolate and other goodies at the finish line.  We have run this race the last 2 years, and this year it will be just a 5k option.  Here is a glimpse at last year's race.

Notice the baton used by the relay runners!

The Rock and Roll race series are extremely popular and last year we tried our first one as a relay.  The Virginia Beach Rock and roll event is always over Labor Day weekend and the party atmosphere is fantastic.  It was our first relay and we enjoyed every aspect of the race except the humidity.  It was brutal!  If you are interested in this race, you can read more about it here.

Operation Homefront 5k

I drove to visit Christine during a weekend in July this year so we could be part of her work team in a local 5 race held at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach.  This race is a charity fundraiser, which we always love, and was really fun.  Plus, when we both get medals there are extra smiley faces!  Here is the lowdown on this race.
Wicked 10K, 2012

Last year, we ran the Wicked 10k, a J & A race in Virginia Beach.  These races definitely have a party atmosphere and many of the runners were in costume.  J & A offers many fun races throughout the year, with holiday themes such as the Virginia is for Lovers event in February and the Surf n Santa 10 miler in December.  We recapped this fun event here.

Now it's your turn....I have shared favorite races near Christine's home.  Please tell us races that you love that are local for you!

21 comments:

  1. Turkey Trot, Rock n Roll, Wicked...you guys have awesome local races! I am not quite sure I have a favorite local race, per say...although my running group puts on a fun non-timed Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day that I love attending!

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  2. Karen, We love the turkey trot on Thanksgiving too. It gives us a chance to feel better about stuffing ourselves later in the day!

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  3. I'm a fan of local races too, especially around the holidays!

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    1. We also love the holiday ones, especially at Christmas time. Not sure if we can fit one in this year with Dopey training!

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  4. I ran the Wrightsville Beach Loop Turkey Trot for the first time last year and loved it! I also want to run the Battleship Half Marathon next year. I think Wilmington does a good job of having local races pretty frequently!

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    1. Hi Courtney, I did not realize that you were in Wilmington too. I am volunteering at the Battleship Half on Sunday...should be a great day for all the runners! Hopefully we can meet at one of the local races here!

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  5. VA has some of the best "local" races!!!

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  6. I really need to look into more local races. I told Christine the other day while we were running that as crazy as it sounds I've never done a timed 5k or 10k! (Well I did the 10k at DL this year, but that was more like a giant photo shoot over the course of 6 miles!) I really need to do some shorter races locally to get times for some of these distances!

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    1. You do need to run some shorter races Danielle. They are inexpensive and alot of fun. I like to volunteer at them as well!

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  7. My favorite local race is the St. Jude Half and Full Marathon. The race actually goes through the St. Jude campus and the children that are well enough come down and cheer for you - not a dry eye in the house!

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    1. That sounds like a fabulous race Kristen. I can imagine it would be very emotional with all those very ill children.

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  8. Top of the list is our local Tunnels to Towers 5k, in honor of FDNY Steven Siller. He was heading home after shift when the Towers were hit. He pulled over, grabbed his bunker gear, and headed back on foot through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, never to be seen again. It's an unbelievable feeling and an honor to be running alongside firefighters and law enforcement from all over the country (in their bunker gear!)

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    1. Wow, Kimberley that sounds like an amazing race. I bet it is hard not to cry with all the emotions of what the race signifies to all those service people running along side of you.

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  9. Virginia seems to have quite a lot going on in the running world!

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    1. They do and thankfully that is where Christine lives so I can enjoy those races too!

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  10. In NJ, the Superhero 1/2, in my new home of DC, the Marine Corps Marathon! :)

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    1. Christine loved Marine Corps and now it is on my bucket list. It looks like a fabulous race and the recaps this week from runners have been great. Everyone had such a positive experience!

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  12. I have two races that I love held here in Massachusetts.
    Run For Charlotte in April - it raises money for pediatric cancers in memory of a little girl who passed away. It was my first 5K and we've been running it since it started. http://www.prayersforcharlotte.org/
    Finish at the Fifty on July 3rd - It's at Gillette Stadium and includes running up and down all the ramps. The weather is always hot and humid but it's so fun. We tailgate after while we wait for the fireworks.
    http://www.harvardpilgrimfinishatthe50.com/

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    1. I would love to do the Finish at the Fifty....I grew up going to Patriots games with my Dad, back when the team was not very good. It would be a thrill to run through Gillette stadium!

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