I have about a dozen races on my calendar for 2016 but decided to focus this post on the ones I'm looking forward to the most. Some I do every year but a few are ones that I'll run for the first time. Knowing I have so many fun races this year makes me extra determined to get completely healed up!
This week, I'm linking up with the Friday Five. A special thanks to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting this link up! Make sure you check out their blogs as well!
Nicolet Bay 5k - This will be my third year doing this race. I love how even though it's a small, low-key event, the organization is top notch. The course is flat and fast and runs through Door County's beautiful Peninsula Park. This year I'm turning the race into a mini getaway weekend and am planning to stay an extra day to enjoy the sights, restaurants and all the cute little shops.
2nd Female at last year's race!
Bellin 10k - For a few years now, Bellin 10k has been on my list of races. I've heard wonderful things about the event and love that it's a super large race that attracts international talent. I have no illusions of getting even an age group prize at this one. My only goal is to run fast and chase down my 10k PR. And I think I'll have a good chance at doing it since I'll be surrounded by tons of supremely fast runners!
Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k - I absolutely love Chicago, which means I really love racing in Chicago! This race is always challenge due to the often hot & humid mid-July weather, but it's still a fun one. It's not every day you get to run the streets of downtown Chicago. Also, the energy at Rock 'n' Roll races can't be beat. They are major events will thousands of runners, huge expos, on-course entertainment, gorgeous medals - the whole nine yards. And after the race I love shopping and eating my way through the city!
Race for the Bacon 5k - Running + Bacon - what's not to love?? This is another smaller event that runs through a local park. It's a pretty fast course, but the best part of the event is the bacon!! There is a Bacon Station midway through the race that runners can opt to run by to snatch a piece of bacon to eat midrace. I did this last year and nearly choked but this year I'm going to do so much better ;) There is also an awesome Bacon Bash at the finish, which features tons of bacon treats. All the motivation I need to run a bit faster during that last quarter mile of the race!
Rock 'n' Roll Montreal 5k - This will be my first trip to Canada and my first time doing a race outside the US! I can't wait to see what it's like racing in a different country - I hear a lot of people don't speak English! - and, of course, experiencing a new place. If anyone has been to Montreal and has suggestions for places to see or where to dine, let me know!
Bonus: Milwaukee Running Festival 5k - Even though this is the Friday Five, I had to sneak this one in here. Last year was the inaugural Milwaukee Running Festival and the 5k race was awesome. I loved the course - it ran through Lakeshore Park which is one of my favorite places to run! This year I figure it might be my best opportunity for a 5k PR, depending on how training goes leading up to the race!
Tell me: What race(s) are you looking forward to the most this year?