February 19, 2014

The Rise of the Race Challenge

As I've become a more experienced runner and racer, I'm more interested in the various challenges that exist.  Initially, I was only aware that runDisney had challenges for runners to multiple races in a single weekend.  But recently I've noticed them more and more.  I think part of this recent revelation is that I'm looking at more races and more open to the idea of a challenge (especially since I completed the mac daddy challenge - Dopey!)
Disneyland 10k + Disneyland Half = Dumbo Challenge complete!
And that coveted Coast to Coast medal!
Over the last year or so, runDisney has continued to add more challenge events.  What started with Goofy and Coast to Coast has now yielded Dumbo, Glass Slipper and Dopey!  Something tells me that with the vast popularity of these events, there will be more to come.  

Bermuda Triangle Challenge: Complete the 1 mile, 10k and either half or full marathons during the Bermuda Marathon weekend in January and receive a Bermuda Triangle Challenge medal and t-shirt.  This race challenge is definitely on my wish list! 
Wouldn't it be amazing to run there?!
Dolphin and Whale Challenges as part of Shamrock Marathon: To complete the Whale Challenge, run the TowneBank Shamrock 8k on Saturday and the Yuengling Shamrock marathon on Sunday and receive a challenge medal.  The Dolphin Challenge participants complete the TowneBank Shamrock 8k on Saturday and the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon on Sunday to receive their challenge medal.

Heavy Medals Challenge from Rock 'n' Roll events: Complete multiple half marathons in the same year and get extra medals.  And who doesn't love extra bling?

There are quite a few cities or states that offer extra medals for runners completing multiple events in a year.
* Completion of the Publix Georgia Marathon and Atlanta 13.1
* Complete the San Francisco Marathon and the Surf City Marathon for the California Dreamin' Racing Cup

If you're up for something a little extra for your next race, there are lots of great options to take 

12 comments:

  1. The Bermuda one does sound great! I was actually given one of their race shirts at a RW expo. And don't forget the RW hat trick: 5K, 10K, and half! Although you don't get a fourth medal for completing all of them.

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  2. I like the sound of that Bermuda one - that is definitely on my list of places to travel in my lifetime :0) This actually makes me curious what other challenge events are out there; maybe even here in Texas! Awesome post!

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  3. Bermuda Triangle Challenge is on my race bucket list. I think it would be absolutely gorgeous to run there!

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  4. I say we get a group together for Bermuda!! That's been on my list for years.

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  5. Oh I LOVE the Bermuda Triangle Challenge! That is now on my list! I love race challenges! So much fun!

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  6. While I don't think I'd be able to do a race challenge on the same weekend, I like the idea of completing races throughout the year and getting extra medals.

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  7. I'm going to add in my vote for the Bermuda one as well. It sounds like it would be amazing!

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  8. There is also the Space Coast Challenge in Florida. Starting last year you get the chance to earn extra bling if you finish 3 out of the next 5 races and a special medal for doing all 5. It's selling like there's no tomorrow.

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  9. I'd totally do the Bermuda Triangle Challenge; sign me up!

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  10. The Cape Cod Marathon has the "Chowdah Challenge" which is the half & full marathon - instead of an extra medal you get a "chowdah" bowl! This one is definitely on my to-do list! : )

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  11. I would love to do some sort of challenge on weekend, maybe the Runner's World hat trick?

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  12. We've wanted to do Gasparilla Distance Classic Challenge events, but it is always on Princess Weekend. I think next year we will go for it. :) Those pirate medals are just too awesome!

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