Race Bucket List

In no particular order! Here are the races I want to do at some point in my life. Now if only I could figure out a way to add a donation link to this page so that family and friends… mainly family (hey dad! wanna donate to something that is going to make me healthier??) could contribute to my race bucket list fund. Although, no funding site allows people to donate babysitting, so I guess it won’t work. Well, for the days when money and babysitting align!!… I will do these races!

Reykjavik Marathon

Reykjavik Marathon

 

Reykjavik Marathon

I watched a movie that was filmed in Iceland and, because of that, I want to do this marathon. It’s as simple as that. This will probably be the LAST one done on my bucket list if I even get that far. But it looks really beautiful and cool (weather wise) and remote in a way that seems like it would create this great camaraderie among its runners. Or, you know, it could be cold as hell and I could end up sleeping in a hostel-like hotel, waiting for warm coffee in a line of 500 runners at the only breakfast joint in town and running the marathon thinking… yeah, I’m going to need to detour via NYC on the way home to shake the craziness of this trip off.

Paris Marathon

Paris Marathon

 

Paris Marathon

This is one of those marathons that I’d like to do simply because I’ll eventually head over to Paris with the family so I might as well run a race while I’m there. And nothing burns off Brie and croissants like a marathon! But it’s also a great way to see the city in a way you wouldn’t necessarily be able to see another way.

Berlin Maratahon

Berlin Marathon

Berlin Marathon

You know, I honestly didn’t know what a big deal this marathon was until recently. Turns out all the elites show up at this marathon to smash out some amazing running and set records and such. I love any excuse to go to Germany and I’m sure a lot of family would come out to drink beer along the course show their support for me at this race. Also, I imagine that this would be one of the best oiled races of all the international races. Not sure if you have to qualify for it though. Must look into that.

Great Wall Marathon

Great Wall Marathon

Great Wall Marathon

Ok this race just looks kick ass. Seriously guys, check out the website. Do you see those pictures? How can that not be the coolest thing ever? This one is pretty high up on my bucket list. I’d love to take my kids to run this with me but, seeing as they are just out of the baby stage, I can’t afford to wait that long. My Plan B is to do this race with a bunch of friends, to include one of my doctor friends because, well, if anything should happen to any of us, I’m gonna need a little western medicine with me for safety. But this one would be amazing. So far I haven’t had enthusiastic feedback from my run friends about this one but I think I have a few years to work on everyone.

Australian Outback Marathon

Australian Outback Marathon

Australian Outback Marathon

Yes, this looks slightly crazy. But surely less crazy than the Great Wall Marathon, right? This is also another one I’d like to take the whole family to see. Again, they are far too little at present, which works because I have far too little money and time at present. The terrain looks amazing. The temperature is supposed to range from 41 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees on average. It seems pretty comfortable. And, again, if I’m ever going to be in Australia, might as well race.

 

RMHC

Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon

This is one that will hopefully happen eventually. I have been wanting to run Chicago for Ronald McDonald House for a while now. It’s a charity near and dear to my heart and I hope that I can repay a little of what has been given to me and my family, as well as bring attention to this amazing organization. And I’ve always wanted to see more of Chicago and what better way to do that than to tour on foot… 26.2 miles?

Big Sur Marathon

Big Sur Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Sur Marathon

I’ve been to Monterey and Carmel and Big Sur many times, but I have never run this race. I’d like to go back and run it one day. It has to be one of the best destination races in the country. The food and restaurants in the area are fantastic! Perfect place to dig in post-marathon. The elevation of the race is daunting, to say the least, but I’m up for the challenge! It’s one of those races you have to do, with registration allotting more than 1,700 slots to people who have never run the race before and have it on their bucket list. ME!

Dopey Challenge

This is a Disney race where you spend 4 consecutive days running a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon at Disney World Orlando in early to mid January. It ends up being 48.6 miles over the course of the 4 days and results in a visit to the doctor’s office 6 medals. Yes, it seems crazy, but it also seems like a great way to have a free pass to eat your way through Disney with the kids one year. And with race starts of 530am each morning, you can easily be done with your running (for at least 3 of the days) and back with your family before anyone is up and asking for breakfast or coffee.

Tallahassee Half Marathon

This one I figure I might as well do one year while I’m in school. The temperatures in Tallahassee are pretty cold and favorable for running this time of year and the St. Mark’s Trail is said to be really nice for running.

New Orleans Marathon

New Orleans Marathon

New Orleans Rock & Roll Half Marathon

I like New Orleans. I like any excuse to go through the Garden District, which is where the first half of this race goes through. No need to do the other half then! This would be a great run to do on a fun weekend in New Orleans if I ever get back there. I love the overhanging trees and moss. I love the humidity and the old southern styles. I love how nobody knew what the hell I was talking about when I asked where a doughnut shop was and instead pointed me to a beignet shop where I had the best food and coffee! It’s a great town, full of character and, any chance I have to get back, I’m gonna take it!

 

Florida Bucket List:

Gasparilla Distance Classic, Tampa

Tallahassee Marathon, Tallahassee

Naples Half Marathon, Naples

Glass Slipper Challenge, Orlando

 

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