I am a runner. At least, I think I am. What exactly makes someone a runner? I’ll certainly never win a race, or even place in my age group, but I enjoy the experience of running. However, I’m also a bit of a flaky runner who only wants to run if it’s a sunny 55-60 degree F day, and/or there’s a piece of bling waiting for me at the finish line. A wardrobe full of tech shirts also makes it somewhat appealing for me as a casual dresser. I know the exercise is good for my body, and I enjoy the feeling of success after I’ve run, but getting out the door is just ugh.
One of my favorite experiences as a runner is participating in destination races. You already know I love traveling, so does it surprise you that I like traveling to run?? And did I mention the nice bling that accompanies many of these races??
A recent destination race I completed was the San Diego Half Marathon in March 2013. The course ran along the water, by Balboa Park, and through the Gaslamp Quarter. It was such a nice tour of 13.1 miles of San Diego. The weather was beautiful and I made the trip last a long weekend so I got to see the sights around the city the day before and after the race.
I’m not an expert at destination races; I’ve only run in Disneyland, Disney World, and San Diego for destination races. Let me tell you, touring a city during a race is such a fun experience. It is a really awesome way to take in some of the sights and features of a city. Disney races are their own special treat. The races are very early in the mornings and you run through the parks when they’re closed and nobody else is there. You also sometimes run in behind the scene areas, which the general public can’t see. For some, the opportunity to have character photos taken during your run is a big appeal for Disney races. One of my favorite parts of a runDisney race are the kids races. They do a fabulous job creating race distances and the race “environment” for the kids. They even get some pretty nice bling too!
Destination races can bring a special joy to your vacation. You can travel for a race, or if you’re traveling somewhere, look for a local race while you’re traveling. My sister & brother in-law love coming to visit us and will regularly look up to see if there is a race during their visit.
Adding a race into your vacation plans can also encourage you to train before your vacation which can help keep you in shape for your trip. Exercise can help decrease stress, which can always surface during travels.
I encourage you to look into adding a race into your next vacation. Or perhaps you’ve wanted to earn a nice medal (the runDisney ones are really nice), so find a race that has a nice medal and plan a trip! Happy Travels and Happy Running!