In case you’re new around here or haven’t noticed, I tend to run a lot of races. I like running but I LOVE racing. And by racing I mean running my same speed but getting a medal for it and posting my photo on Instagram for all the
fame & glory likes.
Running has become a very popular sport which is awesome because it means there are a ton of different races out there to choose from. There are many weekends where there are multiple races I’d love to run but at some point you have to narrow it down. So how do I choose which race to run and what should you consider when choosing a race?
I love a race with some good scenery. Running when you have a view makes all the pain and work you put into the training seems so worth it. Hands down the most beautiful race I’ve ever ran is the Canmore Rocky Mountain Half-Marathon.
Running through the gorgeous Canadian Rockies cannot be topped and I’m so excited to head back again this year to take in the views again.
Join me September 13, 2015 for the 5km, 10km or half-marathon!
I am a big fan of a destination race because I love to travel and I love to race so it’s like two birds, you know? When considering a destination race I think about a few things.
Cost – Of course each race has it’s own entry fee but there’s also the cost of flight & accommodations. And don’t forget to consider both costs. When I went to Seattle this year I chose it because flights were cheap but I didn’t realize how expensive accommodations were in Seattle. Luckily through AirBnB I was able to get a good deal & save some money.
Who else is running – In February I ran the Phoenix half-marathon. My sole reason for choosing this race was the amazing group of runners I knew were attending. Through social media I “knew” a lot of them but had never actually met any of them. That changed very quickly. This race actually sparked the whole #WeRunSocial movement, if you haven’t heard of it check it out now.
Places I’ve never been – Races are a great chance to travel and explore new places. Later this year I’ll be gong to Texas for the first time for the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon!
Join me by using code PRETTYLITTLEGRUB for $15 off
Most races have charity sponsors where a portion or all of the proceeds go to support the charity. If you have a cause you care about, signing up for their run is a great way to support the cause, spread awareness and have some fun.
On September 12 this year I’ll be running the Kensington Commons Run for Zambia. This 5 or 10km run costs only $20 and the proceeds go to support orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.
Join me to run The Run for Zambia – $20 entry and includes a bbq afterwards
A destination race is a lot of fun but there’s something to be said about waking up in your own bed race day morning and having your regular routine.
There are a whole bunch of local races that I love but I definitely hold the Calgary Marathon dear in my heart. It’s such a fun event and this year running both the half & 5km run in the same day was something special.
When you run all the races like I like to, race registrations add up in a hurry! So finding a race that doesn’t cost you a ton but is still a great event is like finding gold. That’s what I call the MEC race series, pure gold. Their events are only $15 and include chip timing. They really can’t be beat. I’ve done a number of MEC races and anytime I’m free on a weekend they hold an event, you better believe I will be attending.