Before the pandemic, a favorite pastime of many runners was to travel for races, especially for those looking to run a half or full marathon in all 50 states, or all the marathon majors (in New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin and London).
I’ve been wondering: now that we’re a little over two years into this, and most places around the world have opened back up, are you traveling (or planning travel) for races again? Or, are you sticking closer to home to participate in events already near you?
Really interested to hear how the past couple of years have changed how you approach the thing we all love to do. — Terrell
Hey, back at school so time is just so way of [a week late, as you can see]. I'm planning on run in St. Pete in Sep; Sanibel in Oct; St. Augustine in Nov; Key West in Jan; either Sarasota or Ave Maria in Feb - real wishful thinking so we'll see if they all "happen".
First off, my apologies for the slow reply, last weekend before I start school again [tchr] so trying to get it all in!
I've tried to plan this years races around places I've always wanted to visit. Running in St. Pete, @ Fort De Soto Park [historic site and beachfront] in Sep; planning a run on Sanibel Island [obvious reasons!] in Oct; St. Augustine [one of 1st Florida cities] in Nov, Key West [been canceled on me 2x] in Jan; Either Sarasota [one of the top areas on Florida on the West Coast] or Ave Maria [Catholic so one of the most beautiful Churches in SW Florida] in Feb. Just trying to be busy, travel in the home state a little and run some good races. Looking for one up near the University of Florida in Gainesville too, maybe Dec or Mar, if anyone knows of one...
GM. I still plan to travel within Florida [my home state] at least until I cover all the main areas. The pandemic definitely curtailed that for these last two years but getting all set to ramp up for this fall/winter run season again. One thing I did do this off-season was to join a group to look into world marathons. That would be a "different" kind of travel and a little more costly but am hopeful, at some time, will take off and go somewhere for a run...
I used to travel all the time for races, and one of the things that has stung the most about the world shutting down was that it killed off two things I like to do: travel and go running (well, that plus losing my job).
I am of the opinion that traveling with a host of restrictions is not really worth the time and expense, so I have been waiting for the world to get back to normal (very few people here in NYC are willing to admit that we can go back to normal). I was all set to run my first travel-race in March, but after much time waiting at the airport, American Airlines was unable to get me to Kentucky for the Bluegrass Half. I've signed up for next year's race. My next travel-race is the Mt. Desert Island Half in Maine this September (I was supposed to race it in 2020). Let's hope that trip doesn't succumb to the travel gods, too.
I’ve always run halves or whole marathons out of town. My husband always goes with me but also sometimes other family members and friends. I’ve run in Chicago, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Savannah, Orlando, and my favorite New York! I just completed 2 halves in New York. It’s my favorite because my son lives there, I love the city, and love the running community there! Next race will be NYC Marathon.
Drove up to Vermont for the Vermont City Marathon & Relay (we did the relay) last weekend. Great time. Love Burlington & Vermont in general. Then over to the Adirondacks in New York for a week. Felt very comfortable everywhere.
When I retired at the end of 2019, "Runcations" were going to be a big part of my plan for retirement. That plan of course got put on hold. Last September was my first outing to do the Chicago Half, and in May of this year I did the Chicago Spring Half. I'm in Milwaukee, so Chicago is relatively close to home, but it was still so nice to get back out there and feel the energy among runners, and feel like life was somewhat back to normal. One more Chicago Half in September of this year for me, and the next one after that is the Miami Half in January next year. Happy Running!
I’m traveling again! Just did the Indy Mini and had a great time! It was so fun to get back to a race with so many people! The excitement was re-energizing! Looking for my next half! 13 done, 12 states in!
I'm always traveled for racing I did not travel on 2020 because everything was canceled but I kept up with all my RACING And virtual racing. In 2021 I went back to the races I was supposed to go to. I've always traveled because I like to take vacations incorporated with my racing. I've done a lot of rock and roll racing and Vacation racing. I'm doing local racing sometimes as well. I think it's good when you travel to races because you see other people and experience their culture. And then you get to see the local scenery as well. It also helps to the economy in these areas too because you have to book hotels and restaurants.
Last year was milestone birthday. The plan was to run the five burrows of New York in the NYC Marathon for that birthday. But because of all the restrictions tied to the race. I chose to break it into two halves. One in Cherokee,NC and one more local, The Honor Run Half.
Since I had a stem cell transplant this past February, I still have to be cautious about running in crowds. I have lost all my immunities and will begin getting shots for various childhood diseases this next August. My next scheduled in-person race will be in December at the Space Force 10-miler. I will be running the Peachtree Road Race virtually this year.
Actually I just got back from a racation. I planned to do the 2020 Brooklyn Half Marathon. I got a guarantee entry by running 6 virtuals in 2019. Well, it got deferred and playing the odds I took the entry for 2022. That leads me to my issue last half of the year with back issues. Now with that in my rearview mirror I am working on my next goal. 13 halfs in 13 months. I have done the first 3, and I have 4 on the books. It is a trail half about an hours drive away. The problem I am having is finding a reasonable driving half in the midwest. For number 5 in mid July, after that I have another trail run about the same distance only in a slightly different direction, for August.
I live in southern CA and although many of the half marathons I normally would have run in 2020 were cancelled, I was still able to travel out of state to some that weren't cancelled. That summer I drove to southern Utah in June to run Vacation Race's Zion at Night and in July I drove to Colorado to run their Rocky Mt. Half Marathon and enjoyed a roadtrip on the way through more national parks. I enjoyed the Zion at Night so much that in September I drove back to southern Utah when they offered it again. In 2021 I drove to southern Utah, Tucson AZ, Bryce National Park (Utah again), and flew to Washington (Mt. Rainier) and later to South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore) all for half marathons with Vacation Races. I tried to stay as safe as I could while travelling. I had a blast and enjoyed being around smaller crowds. I have a big trip coming up for the Banff half and Glacier half in a few weeks. Looking forward to them. I really appreciated how Vacation Races tried to still hold the races while keeping their runners safe.
Runcations have been a major part of my running program for decades, across America and Europe. They’ve been a powerful motivator for me. But, I’m not confident enough yet to make major investments in traveling to races. Too many have been canceled after they’ve taken my registration, and I’m not a believer in substituting virtual runs in which I run around my neighborhood and pretend I’m somewhere else. I hope stability and predictability will return soon. In the meantime, if it’s not within driving distance, I won’t be signing up.
It depends. I love to travel, my daughter, who usually goes with me, does not, and is really still afraid of CoVid. So races, even local ones are limited.
Almost registered on June 1 for the Monterey Bay Half with their coupon, but then there is a cut-off point of 3.3 hours and I don't know if I can still do their 16 minute mile limit since I have had some setbacks in my running. . . getting older does not help.
Personally, I loved Hollie Sick's newsletter of paying a little more for a race you KNOW you can attend, rather than get the Early Bird Pricing, pay in advance for travel and lodging and later on be disappointed. Made total sense. . .at least to me.
Let's put it this way. . .if I can get the cataracts removed from my eyes by July or August, if I can run my typical 11 minute mile by training, if I can buy a home and move in by October 1, I'm in! We'll have to see how the cards fall.
In the meantime, I'm going out in the rain and thunderstorms and run my 3rd Challenge Day for the Rivers! (Hey, it was Free!) Another 5K, but I'm getting into the swing of it again. Only 2 more days to go!!
Let us know your views. I'd love to see them, too! Take care.:)
I ran all during the pandemic, whether it was in person (where they were allowing people), or it was virtual. I had a few in Dallas lined up but had to change to virtual, then—but now with gas prices entirely out of control, I am making an actual budget, and I have limited my actual in-person half marathon to my favorite in San Antonio around Christmas: the Stars At Night half marathon at the J. W. Marriott. AWESOME lights all over the trees, and the course runs all through their golf course at night. Challenging, and our pacer group got “lost” a couple times, but it was still fun! Their medals are consistently excellent quality and design.
Started walking in Sept 2019 to improve health and fitness. To stay motivated signed up for a half w a walk division in Nov. 2020. I love half hr north from West Point in NY. Race was about 2.5 hrs away in PA. Due to pandemic it was cancelled. I wasn't going to let the training go to waste. Found a half called We Walk in Minnesota. Actually drove due to travel restrictions in NY at the time. 2021 did half competitive walk in WI and the original PA race I signed up for. Prefer to not travel, however halves w walk divisions r limited.
I live in So Cal, and I drove to Mesa, AZ this past February for a race. Next month (July) I'll be flying to Burlington, VT for the Mad half marathon, which was deferred from July, 2020. Vermont will be my 27th state, but my 52nd half marathon.
I traveled to Austin in Feb and going to Chugwater, WY over Labor Day for half marathons.
Traveling for races, but not going as far as last summer (Las Vegas, NV ➡️ Estes Park, CO). Gas prices are WAY too high. Sticking around the NV/AZ/UT area.
Richard-California I have wanted to complete a 70.3 Northern California and Coeur d'aleon and & Full in San Diego but when I ran the numbers the cost of traveling that far for gas an logging (trailer) it was a bit much. I am staying close to home. Sorry!
I ran in the Madrid half marathon in early April. I enjoyed the race and ran a personal best. Since then I traveled to the Balkans and there was a half marathon in Bucharest while I was there but I did not participate. It was nice to see crowds at both events.
Love the photo here. i was on the left side of the bridge that day. Such a great experience for a marathon and for my first marathon. I've run some other races where I live in Florida, ran the Greenville, SC half and the RBC Brooklyn half a few weeks ago which were also great experiences. Plan for this summer is to train and run the Des Moines Marathon in October. Running it with my gf and her friend who is working her way through the states. I believe this is number 17 or something like that. Future plans will likely include some more trips out west and probably running in Europe. I am not hesitant at all right now about signing up for races.
I’m in Maryland and traveled to North Myrtle Beach, SC, to run a half this past March. I’m totally open to traveling for races, but hesitant to sign up very far in advance, just because of possible changing restrictions. I’m eyeing Vacation Races Grand Teton (next year) and Rock’n Roll Las Vegas.
I ran the Edinburgh half marathon virtually in 2021 due to pandemic. Cool they allowed that option. Goal is to run it in person in 2023.
I have ran two half marathons in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico recently - Nov 2021 and March 2022. A beautiful place to race (and relax, dine, beach, etc.)! I have zero issue with traveling to race and would do it all the time if I could!
Great topic Terrell! In the past, I have stayed locally or travelled to a neighboring state. Now, I do want to see more of our beautiful country and find myself looking for races in other states. I met a fellow runner in this running community at the Indy Mini who has inspired me to run in all 50 states - thank you Jennie! I’m looking forward to the journey!
i used to travel for races all the time. now i stick closer to home and rarely sign up for anything. i have been injured so my momentum has slowed. i did sign up for a new 10k yesterday that is happening in october. but right now i've just been running on my own and i guess saving money from not signing up for races.
This summer, cherry Festival Half in Traverse City! (My home state, traveling from Tampa), then MCM 50k (pacing) and Space Coast Marathon, and hopefully pacing Disney Marathon & other Half races again this season with Galloway (about an hour from our front door, which helps)! I’ve done run-walk-run method several years now, even at under 8 min/mile pace and it’s cut down on my injuries and even at longer distances my times :-) Such a blessing to have races open up again, hope to see everyone out there! Mark, “The Running Anthropologist”
I did a lot of exploring near home during the last 2 years, but I'm excited to expand my horizons again. I've postponed the Eiger 100k in Switzerland and the Chicago Marathon for 2 years so I'm looking forward to finally toeing the line at both of those this year. I've already raced in California and Boston this year and traveled to AZ for Rim to Rim to Rim. Travel costs are a bit crazy right now, but I'm trying to do what I can, when I can!
Last year we went to Chicago to run the Hot Chocolate 15K and last month we ran Flying Pig in Cincinnati. In 2020 we were supposed to run Berlin Marathon and then deferred 2021 to 2022 since Oktoberfest was cancelled. We are definitely running Berlin this year! On the plus side, I was able to add days to the Germany trip since I have accumulated a bit of vacation time over the past couple years. We will run the marathon, go to Oktoberfest, and then spend 6 nights in Austria before flying home. Berlin will be my 3rd world major marathon and hoping to complete all 6 within the next few years. There is no better way to see a city than while running through the streets!
In 2020 we had to cancel 4 travel races. Some were planned to be a bigger trip than just the race, but with the world mostly closed we canceled them. We did still do a couple within our home state of Florida, but were very cautious.
In 2021 we started traveling again. we started the year very cautiously and drove from Tampa to Atlanta to run the Atlanta Marathon weekend. We didn't leave the hotel except to go to the race. Later in the year we went to Rhode Island and then to Virginia Beach for races. Since we were vaccinated we started going out again to enjoy the travel experience.
Already in 2022 we have had 2 travel races and we have at least 3 more booked.
The positive part of 2020 was that we saved a LOT of money from the canceled trips that we have rolled into 2022 and 2023 to have even better experiences and more planning rather than just picking a trip to take where there happens to be a race.
I have also rededicated myself to my commitment to run a Half Marathon in all 50 states... 17 down and a lot to go though!
Good Morning last year I went to London, then New York to run both fulls. Our local run group all went and we had a wonderful time. We never really stopped running even during the virus. We ran our routes locally and were happy to be able to do that especially with all that went on. We even made our plans to next to go Boston this year and we did. This fall NYC will be my 3rd time.
Since a cross country move preceded the pandemic by just a few of months, most of my travel has involved going home to visit family. I’ve driven to a couple of regional races but airfare has all been Jacksonville, FL to Sioux Falls, SD. Luckily, my hometown has two gems each year, the SF Skedaddle (half) in Apr. if you like winter weather 😅 and the SF Marathon (+ half, 10K, etc.) in late Aug. if you want it to be nicer. ☺️ I know South Dakota isn’t a premier travel destination for most and Sioux Falls isn’t as touristy as Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills but these races are top notch. Yes, I am biased but I also think I’m right. 😂
Good morning Terrell. The last two years were interesting for the most part. I do like to travel, in this case to see various places in Florida my home state, for races. Last year, between injuries and cancellations, I was not able to travel anywhere that was still hosting an event. This year, or at least the end of this year and into the new year, I have expectations of being able to travel throughout Florida again. I have a plan for September, November, January and February for now, all of which would be outside of SW Florida, my home location. Things opening up and showing prices, I anticipate all of those going through and, absent injury, look forward to being able to run those races in some great locations.
I am reconsidering my race schedule and locations for the summer and maybe fall due to gas prices. Hotel and restaurant costs had already narrowed the races to those within driving distance. Now I am seeing fuel costs beginning to equal the entry fees for my two hours one way travel limit I had imposed. Doesn't help that I have been racing nearly every weekend. (21st for the year tomorrow). Anybody got an electric car their not using?
I had a lot of races I planned to travel to in 2020 (including a bucket-list trip to Banff with a race through the park) that were all cancelled, so I've been trying to make up for lost time once in-person races started coming back. Last year I did Atlantic City, Acadia, Surftown RI and Rehoboth (with a couple local races in there as well). This year I did the OneAmerica 500 Festival in Indy and I'm looking for my next race and trip so any suggestions welcome!
Headed to Chicago (from Holland MI)for a half marathon, getting ready for the full marathon in October.
Great question, about traveling for races. I've been doing it for years, actually... and now after the worst of the pandemic is over, I'm doing it again. I'm 63, it's sort of a "bucket list" thing for me now.
I live in Westchester County, NY (just North of the city), and my next "travel race" is Chatham Harbor 10K on Cape Cod. Not a half marathon, but who's counting? I'm thinking about running in Nova Scotia and coupling it with a road trip up the coast. Or running every remaining race I can find along the Eastern coast. I've already done Bridgeport & Greenwich CT, Cape May & Wildwood NJ, Rehoboth DE, Long Beach & Jones Beach & Rockaway Beach & Pelham & Shore Road/Brooklyn NY, and probly others I cannot think of right now.
Nice to have something other than just running nondescript road races, to get me motivated! :)
I'm in Colorado (from Texas) right now for the Revel Rockies Marathon/Half tomorrow. It should be about 40F at the start, and it is all downhill. (That's like what an E-bike is to a normal bike.) One of my favorites and a beautiful course along a winding creek from Evergreen to Morrison near Denver.
Currently in Wichita for a race. The only reason I stopped traveling for races is they were cancelled.