1. Princess Half Marathon Of course we had to include the race that started our commitment to running and races. February 2011 was our first Princess half and I have enjoyed the race every year since that first one. A weekend at Disney with the girls is pretty sweet too!
2. Rock 'n Roll Dublin While we were both jet lagged and had indulged in Guinness and other treats the day before our race, we had a blast running through Dublin. This was a wonderful way to see the historic sights, checking out some we would visit later on in the week. Having Tom and Adam along to cheer for us and help us celebrate at a pub afterward made this trip really special.
3. Marine Corps Marathon Going to our nation's capital is a wonderful vacation on it's own and adding a race makes it perfect for runners. An interesting race course, this marathon passes by many of the historic monuments and sights in Washington. At the finish line, having a soldier put a medal around your neck is very special and a perfect ending to the race.
4. Rock 'n Roll Virginia Beach This race in a place where we lived for 7 years is one that we have participated in several times. This year, it is on our calendar again and we look forward to the weekend at the beach and running together. Be prepared if you choose this one though, it is very hot! One of the highlights of the weekend is the concert that is part of your race entry fee on Sunday night.
I purposely did not choose a number 5 because let's face it, we have many more destination races that we hope to do. My list includes the London Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, Berlin Marathon. Do you see a pattern here? Of course our race weekend next week will be (hopefully) our favorite so far. The Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 5k will keep us busy and running through the streets of Boston and beyond.
Do you have a favorite trip or race destination? Please share!