I experienced my first destination race back in January when I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon. It was such an incredible experience, and I think roping a race into a getaway is an incredible way to experience a new city and stay healthy whilst on vaca.
When I got back from Orlando, I started doing some research on other races I want to do. I’m sure it will take years (and a lot of money) to complete, but I think these races and places would be pretty amazing.
- Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC – I’m heading down to DC next month (gasp!) for this race. I’m excited to run through this historic city and see all the beautiful cherry blossom trees. Plus, you get a Tiffany’s necklace as a medal! Sweeeet.
- Brooklyn Half – As a Brooklynite, this is a must-do for me. Luckily, I was able to snag a spot for the race this May!
- NYC Marathon – This is a must for any NYC runner. What better way to really stop (well not really stop, since we gotta run!…) and experience the city we take advantage of each and every day?
- Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon – Ummm… a race through gorgeous wine country. Yes, please.
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon – Speaking of wine, here’s another wine based race, and it’s also a Disney race! Wins all around. What makes this race so awesome? 1. It’s in Disney. 2. It’s a night time race. 3. You cross the finish line straight into the International Food & Wine Festival.
- Paris-Versaille La Grande Classique – This 16k race takes runners from the Eiffel Tower to Versaille. I really can’t imagine a better way to experience this romantic city!
- Great Wall Marathon/Half Marathon – This race is no joke! Runners race up the huge steps of the Great Wall of China and have to navigate through cobble pavement and gravel roads of rural Chinese villages. This wouldn’t be one to try to PR at, but it seems like an incredible way to explore one of the world’s most incredible sights.
- Athens Classic Marathon – Greece is where the marathon originated! This race starts at the ancient battle field in Marathon and takes runners through the famous first ever marathon route, ending in Panathinaikon Stadium, home of the first ever Olympic games.
That’s my race wish list, and I’m sure it will only grow!
Have you ever done a destination race? What races are on your bucket list?