One of the consequences of scrolling through running blogs in your feeder in January is being made aware of a slew of fantastic sounding races that have made it onto 2014 race calendars. Sadly, my races for the year are nearly all mapped out (I’m opting for more quality, less quantity this year because, well, money), so I don’t really have the option of getting overly excited filling up my schedule with exotic locations. Instead, I get to create a ‘to-do’ list of races that I would love to one day participate in sometime in the future (or when I win the lottery, though I hear you have to buy a ticket for that, so I’m not holding my breath).
Take a (virtual) trip around the world with me as I investigate some of the races I would to see in my future! And leave me any suggestions!
E.T. Full Moon Midnight marathon (Rachel, Nevada)
This race takes place in Rachel, Nevada. My name is Rachel. Not that I even need to explain any further why I am interested in this one, but it is also takes place at night, and I would imagine fancy dress is encouraged. Because aliens.
I need a photo standing next to this sign.
Caracas marathon (Caracas, Venezuela)
I figure, having ticked Houston off the list, I should try and run a marathon in every city I’ve lived in. Why not start here? Besides, I love the idea of carb loading on arepas and queso de mano. I’m drooling. It could also turn into a nice extended holiday. To Aruba.
Jakarta marathon (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Continuing the ‘cities I’ve lived in’ tour, Jakarta would be my next stop. I would be equally excited about the food options available for pre- and post-race nutrition. Many of my childhood favourites (chicken satay, sambal olek, nasi goring, beef rending… Oh. My. God. Yes.) would feature prominently, and I would top it all off with a trip to Sambolo beach to relax and watch anak Krakatoa simmer in the distance at night.
Puncak. Late 80’s/early 90’s.
Giulietta e Romeo ½ marathon (Verona, Italy)
I’m a high school English teacher, so this totally appeals. I’m also Italian, and Verona is like a 2 hour drive from my Great Aunt’s house, so I could make it a family affair. I had this in mind for my 30th next month, but the timing for flights was super awkward, so I’ll have to wait until flights are more regular from Scotland. Or until I can afford the better flights. Or a private jet. Whatever comes first.
I have even illustrated the whole play for my senior class. I love Romeo and Juliet.
London marathon (London, England)
One of the most famous marathons in the world, London would be great to run for fun, and for the experience. I’m not really willing to get an entry via a charity place, because you need to commit to raising, like, 4.8billion pounds, and I pretty much maxed out friends (and strangers – thank you again!) generosity with the whole sled-pulling trick in September. However, I’ve entered the ballot 5 times and lost out, so we’ll see. I’d also be ticking off a ‘cities I’ve lived in’ marathon, so there’s that.
Great Wall marathon (Great Wall, China)
Because who WOULDN’T want to run this? And I’m using the term loosely – it would be a challenge with all the steps. But steeped in history, and with beautiful views, who cares how long it takes to finish?
Williams Route 66 marathon (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
This is where I hit a brick wall with trying to run a marathon in every city I’ve lived in. Ponca City, Oklahoma – population 24,974 – does not have a marathon*. I have decided to get around this by picking another race in the same state (totally legit), and have chosen, easily, the Route 66 marathon in Tulsa. The medal is meant to be fantastic, which is a bonus, and I’ve only ever read good reviews, so in all honesty, I need no elaborate reason to want to run this.
Berlin marathon (Berlin, Germany)
Another marathon with a ballot entry, which means my biggest challenge for ticking this off the list is getting a spot in the first place. A couple I know both entered the ballot for this year. He got in. She did not. For the sake of their marriage, he turned down his place.
Any marathon in Australia.
Australia is a weird place. Summer and winter are backwards, and the majority of the island is a barren death-trap. But I’m already starting to save for an Australian trip in summer 2015 with my friend Grant. We’ll check out Melbourne/Sydney and catch up with old friends for a few days, then I’ll journey solo to visit my grandmother. If I can time the trip to include a marathon that is within reasonable train distance, I’m in. There’s also a fantastic cycle trip from where she lives, to the top of Mount Beauty, then back. A challenge I am keen to complete after visiting a couple of years ago and seeing the huge number of cyclists puffing to the top. Also, my old sports massage therapist lives in the same town my gran does, so I’d be looked after. Small world.
New Year, 2012, Australia
*Currently, Aberdeen does not have a marathon either. But I have run several 5 and 10ks here, and – if all goes well – will be running my first ultramarathon here in about 8 weeks.