As much as we really enjoyed every race, there are some that we try to do over again and then some that as nice as it was, are more than happy to say it was a one time deal. I think you will notice that location, and time of year, are what play the biggest part in whether or not we consider a race again. Here's our list of just a few, organized by time of year.
Disney World Marathon Weekend: We've done this set of races three times now and we ALWAYS have a blast. Although Meranda said she is not crazy about the Marathon course, I have a feeling that this year was not the last time we will be doing that race! However, the time of year is not ideal. It's in January, a week right after Christmas vacation.
Disney World Princess half marathon weekend: We always have a blast at this race. The timing is both a positive and a negative. The weather can be iffy in February so it's always nice to have a trip to Florida planned during that time but it's also a bit stressful because you never know if you will have a flight delay or cancellation.
Shamrock, Virginia Beach: In the past several years that Lacey has done this race the weather has never been nice. It's a great, flat course and if she's in the area would be a race she would consider again.
April Fools Race, Atlantic City: This is one of my favorite Spring races. I've done it four years in a row now and if the timing permits, we'd love to continue to do it. However, this particular weekend seems to be a big weekend for races and there are some others we've been wanting to try out so perhaps we might put this one on hiatus but we will definitely be back.
Rock n Roll Dallas: We love Rock n Roll races and this was a great one to check off but not one that Lacey would do again, for no other reason than just logistics.
Boston Marathon: Of course this was a dream race to run but because of what happened in 2013, I have no desire to run this race again. Maybe that will change in a few year, who knows.
Big Sur Marathon: I've come back twice for this race. Not something that I would consider every year, but I would definitely be open to the possibility of running it again someday if the logistics and timing work out.
Rock n Roll Nashville: Again, a great RnR race but not one I'm putting on my list every year. I have a friend that lives in Nashville and it would be great to combine the race with a visit with her like I did before.
Disneyland Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend: As much as we both LOVED this race weekend, logistically it is not possible for us to do it every year. Disney World races are much more accessible to us than Disneyland. As you may recall, Meranda is not a fan of flying that far anyway. And for that reason, we are fine to say Tinkerbell was a one and done race.( for now anyway)
Run For the Dream, Williamsburg, VA: The time of year (first weekend in June) makes it difficult to do this race again. Even though this race is on hiatus this year, I hope one day we can make another fun weekend out of it. I would hate to say "one and done" for this race although it is looking that way.
Rock n Roll Virginia Beach- Again, always a fun time and because of the East Coast logistics, one that I will continue to run.
Harvest Festival 5K - This is a local race that has become a tradition that we run with family. Lacey has won an age group award each year. We will continue to do this race.
Runner's World Festival- You would think this would be a no brainer since the location is ideal. Although the Runner's World folks put on a great race with lots of activities throughout the weekend, I am more than happy to say this was probably a one and done for me. It takes place in October and although the weather was fine the year I ran the race, it can be a tricky time of year. I wasn't crazy about the course either. Also, unless you stay at the Sand Casino, the hotels are not all that close to where all the action is. It is definitely a race that is worth going to at least once though.
Rock n Roll Las Vegas-This was a great race for the half marathon but not so much for the full marathon as the course was rather boring once you got out to the desert not to mention that once the sun went down it got very cold. As fun as it was running beneath all the lights, we are not sad to say that this was a one and done race mainly because of the location (hence long flight, not convenient).
I guess the trend is, if we find a race we like and it is easily accessible and the timing is right, we will try to go back again. If we have no desire to run a race again, it just means that it is not conveniently located for us to do it each year and really is not a reflection on how we felt about the actual race. There are some that we view as One and Done, but perhaps if the situation presents itself, we would consider again. -L & M
We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.