So, on the “50 States, 50 Marathons“ tab, you can see a map of the marathons I have completed. As I approach my 17th marathon, I have been reflecting on my previous races and I thought it might be fun to put together 16 questions based on my 16 marathons. I’m hoping you will link up and share your own “Best (or Worst) of My Racing History!”
Now, I know most people don’t necessarily have 16 marathons to pull from, so please pull from ANY race distances- 1 mile, 5k, half marathon, whatever you want to share!
You can answer as many or as few as you would like, or you can add your own questions! Then comment on the blog with a link to your post with the answers. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to just answer them in the comments. It definitely does not have to be about marathons; it can be any race distance! Just tell me about your Best (or Worst) Racing Experiences! Looking forward to reading them.
Best Finisher’s Shirt
I’m going to go with the Newport Marathon. Their finisher’s shirt was a zippered long sleeve. It’s army green, so not my usual color choice, but it’s perfect for a fall run and I end up wearing it way more than I thought I would.
Otherwise I would go with the Berlin Marathon finisher’s shirt. I sported that shirt on #FinisherShirtFriday so it’s clearly one of my favorites.
Worst Finisher’s Shirt
The oversized green t-shirts from the Marathon-to-Marathon in Iowa were pretty hideous.
However, the shirts from Twin Cities Marathon 2005 were pretty bad as well. I ran that marathon with my sister and we were definitely at the back of the pack. By the time we got to the finish, only XXL cotton tees were left. It was basically a dress on me and the pee yellow was not my best shade.
Best Finish Line
Twin Cities. It gets me every time. I absolutely love the grandeur and beauty of coming over that last hill on Summit and seeing the capitol below- the colors, the people, the noise- it’s so amazing.The second best finish line would be at the Berlin Marathon. Finishing under the Brandenburg Gate was pretty darn cool.
I’m sure the best gear is at Boston, but I haven’t run it yet, so I’ll have to go with the Flying Pig marathon. Their expo had a lot of really cool gear. Every year they give every participant something unique- this year it was a waterproof bag, which we have used camping and my husband used it tubing with some buddies. I just loved how they carried the pig theme throughout the whole race. It was cute.
Best Crowd Support
Berlin was definitely great, but like I mentioned in my recap of that marathon, not everyone cheered for you if you weren’t from their country. I think I’ll go with Twin Cities. I mean..best spectators ever, right?
The Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA also had pretty great spectators.
The coldest marathon I ran was the Grand Rapids, MI marathon. I think the high temperature was in the mid-30s, but what made it crazy cold was the wind. I actually lost a contact lense at this race it was so windy (this was pre-Lasik surgery). This is the only marathon that I have run in pants.
Most Beautiful Course:
Tough call. The Big Sur Marathon runs along the Pacific Coastal highway and really is stunning. The St. George Marathon runs through the breathtaking Snow Canyon and other amazing sites in the southwest. However, I might have to go with Twin Cities on this one. The fall colors are just too pretty…AND it’s my hometown race. What can I say? I’m biased.
Definitely the Marathon-to-Marathon Running 26.2 miles on deserted country roads in very rural Iowa, with virtually no spectators and only 200 total runners was a challenge.
I’ll vote for Flying Pig because its still the most “fresh” in my memory. My training went so well for that race, yet I fell apart and ran a 4:11 when I had really hoped for something in the 3:4X’s.
Any start line where you get to wait inside is awesome, so that would include the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, Steamtown Marathon, Grand Rapids, and it used to include Twin Cities. However, the St. George Marathon probably had one of the coolest start lines with bonfires, music, plenty of coffee/water, and more.
Definitely the St. George Marathon. Absolutely flawless organization.
Best Finish Line Food:
St. Jude Memphis Marathon– They had pizza, chili, beer, yogurt, freezy pops, soda, and of course all the regular stuff like bananas, gatorade, etc. Just an amazing spread.
Most Emotional Finish
Gosh, they are all emotional. I suppose one particular emotional moment was at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle marathon when I finally went under four hours. That’s me in the corner there breaking down in tears.
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