With a new year and new hopes, some familiar and some new races are in the mix. After a 2013 that started strong only to fall flat with a non-running injury, I look forward to a fresh start. Here is my enthusiastically penciled in list of potential races, big and small, old and new.
Georgetown 10-Miler – March 8 & 9 – I was signed up last year for this 10-miler held by the DC Running Club, but that darn skiing injury got in the way. Instead, I volunteered at the start/finish. This race sold out last year and has expanded to offer the 10-Miler as a two-day event.
Capital 10-Miler – a run for the Arts – March 30th in Harrisburg PA. I will be directing rather than running this one, but I am having fun watching friends put together teams. We offer a flat course along the river, over bridges and out of traffic. Participating arts organizations offer discounts and tickets to registrants and award winners. I’m happy to see my fellow running and food blogger at See Jain Run is coming in for the race.
Boston Marathon – Again, injury made me a no-show in 2013. There is so much to be said about this race, I won’t try to tackle it here. With the injury, I wasn’t trained for a fresh qualifying marathon in 2013, but thankfully my time and the date of the Hamptons Marathon in 2012 tided me over.
HARRC After Dark – Harrisburg PA 7K race at 7 p.m. The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has sanctioned this race as the Pennsylvania State Championship 7K for 2014. This is a wonderful evening race along the Susquehanna Riverfront. Early enough to enjoy post-race festivities, grab a shower and go out for dinner.
New York City Marathon – Sunday, November 2nd. I didn’t intentionally schedule two huge big city races in the same year, but circumstances sometimes dictate. I was registered with a qualifying time in 2012 when NY cancelled. NY offered a choice of registration for 2013 or 2014. It’s fortunate I chose 2014 since 2013 was a no-go for marathon training.
Across the Bay 10K – Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run – I’m considering this, even though its a week after New York. The Bay Bridge is beautiful and the event’s director is none other than Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivary. The race is almost sold out. Time to decide.
What else? To meet my goal of running 66 miles on Route 66 in the 66th year, I must soon find the time and the right races or runs. I have another 41 miles to go to reach my goal and the clock is ticking.
State Senior Games of 2014 I may or may not go to Minneapolis for the National Senior Games is 2015, but I plan to run a couple of qualifying races at the State Senior Games this year. If you are over 50, you’re qualified to participate in the State Games. Road races are one small component of the many athletic competitions they offer. Try it just for fun. If your state’s schedule doesn’t work for you, check out a neighboring state. In 2011, I qualified for the 2013 National Senior Games 5K at the Pennsylania State Games and qualified for the 10K at the Delaware event.
That’s my roughed-out race plan for the year. Will I see any of my readers at these races? What’s your plan?