I’ve figured out my ultimate dream job. It is hands down the number one method I would like to make money, or at the very least, it’s a way to drive the expenses of my costly hobby. I would like to get paid to run! No, I am not being facetious. Some lucky bloggers in the blogosphere get their race entries and expenses paid for, and in return they write in depth synopses of the events.
Yes, just 100%, yes. Sign me up! Running and writing are my favorite two “r” words (hey, the W is silent).
Race entry fees and traveling costs eat away at your hard earned savings especially when you aim to do multiple out-of-state races in the same year. Right now I’m saving up for two destination races in the Fall. I love running; I especially love running organized races. If I could, I would travel across the country running in as many events throughout the year. One race a weekend for 52 straight weeks- why not? It would be interesting to compare the terrain throughout the states since I’ve run mainly flat courses. Which event draws the biggest crowd, has the best expo, is the most organized, or is worth the price? A girl can certainly dream.
Thanks to Facebook, I have joined multiple virtual running clubs in which we share our thoughts on upcoming events, training tips, and goals. Many of the races discussed in the groups sound amazing, but due to distance and expenses it might be years before I can run any of them.
I’ve compiled a list of the current races on my “Must Tread List”. I’ve included some I’ve already done but I would continue to run as often as possible.
1. Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Dopey Challenge – Lake Buena Vista, FL – Completed – http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/
2. Walt Disney World Princess Glass Slipper Challenge -Lake Buena Vista, FL – Completed – http://www.rundisney.com/princess-half-marathon/
3. Walt Disney World Wine and Dine -Lake Buena Vista, FL – Completed – http://www.rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon/
4. Disneyland Half Marathon – Anaheim, CA – Completed – http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/
5. Tower of Terror 10 Miler – Lake Buena Vista, FL – Completed – http://www.rundisney.com/tower-of-terror-10-miler/
6. Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare -Anaheim, CA – http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/
7. Tinker Bell Half Marathon – Anaheim, CA – http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/
8. Avengers Half Marathon -Anaheim, CA- http://www.rundisney.com/avengers-half-marathon/
9. Marine Corps Marathon -Washington DC/Arlington, VA – http://www.marinemarathon.com/
10. Boston Marathon – Boston, MA – http://www.baa.org/
11. New York Marathon – New York, NY – http://www.tcsnycmarathon.org/
12. Peachtree Road Race – Atlanta, GA – http://www.peachtreeroadrace.org/
13. Beat the Blerch Half Marathon – Carnation, WA – http://www.beattheblerch.com/
14. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Nashville – Nashville, TN – http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/nashville
15. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Liverpool – Liverpool, United Kingdom – http://uk.competitor.com/liverpool
16. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Savannah – Savannah, GA – http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/savannah
(Ok, it’s safe to assume I want to do ALL of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series races!)
17. Women’s Running Series St. Petersburg – St. Pete, FL – http://womensrunning.competitor.com/st-petersburg
18. The Flight of the Vampire 5K – Brevard, NC (in Transylvania County!) – http://www.brevardrotary.org/Blank.html
19. Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon – Anchorage, Alaska – http://www.goseawolves.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPID=145508&SPSID=865211
20. Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon – Sonoma, CA – http://destinationraces.com/runn2s/
21. Boston’s Run to Remember – Boston, MA – http://www.bostonsruntoremember.com/boston/index.html
22. Brewer’s Mini Marathon – Milwaukee, WI – http://www.race-brewers.com/race-info
23. Southern Fried Half Marathon – Nags Head, NC – http://www.obxmarathon.org/race-info/southern-fried-half.htm
24. Run the Bluegrass – Lexington, KY – http://www.runthebluegrass.org/
Do you have favorite races not listed above? I’d love hear about them!