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Apr 13, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I need to add you to my mailing list because for some reason all of your emails are going into my promotions box and I keep missing these, but my favorite run is the Enchantments trail in Washington. It's an 18 mile 5k ft climb, but its stunning. Like, running through something out of a fairy-tale. Most people day hike it, but I like to run it a couple of times a year when there's no snow.

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I just Googled it and it looks spectacular. Is it an out-and-back, like 5,000 feet up and 5,000 feet down?

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Its phenomenal. It's a point to point, so you run in the West side if you want to just do the 5k of climbing and then come out the East side and its 6k down (which is actually the really miserable part) and there's not much to see once you start descending. I'm going to start running it out and back though and turn around at the end of the alpine lakes about 9 miles in, then I won't have to pay for the $50 shuttle or worry about hitchhiking back. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Washington. The little town next to it Leavenworth Washington is my favorite town in Washington &beautiful in every season. Lots of stuff to do for everyone.

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Apr 7, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I really enjoyed running on the National Mall while on vacation in DC, seeing the monuments and museums in the area. I plan to go back and try to run the Army 10 miler with my son (he is in the Army).

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Apr 4, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Bayshore 1/2 and full marathons, along Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan. Running along the bay for most of the race is inspiring and takes your mind off of running 🙂. Also Acadia national park 1/2 in Maine - great scenery!

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I've heard both are spectacular!

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In 2018, I ran the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon through several Disney World theme parks. I'm a kid at heart and enjoy Disney's theme parks. It was so much fun seeing the characters at the mile markers :)

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I want to do that too!

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Apr 4, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Central Park. Period.

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Apr 4, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Near Stairway to Heaven in Honolulu, HI. Actually, every hike I've done near Honolulu. Remember the breathtaking, daunting, green mountains in Jurassic Park and Lost? Scenery like that in the fog had me very seriously reconsidering everything from where I live to my fast-paced lifestyle and beyond. I always thought of Oahu as the world's most overrated tourist destination, but I learned two major things shortly after stepping off the plane there for the first time: the hype is 100% deserved, and the best things there are actually completely off the beaten path. LOVE that place.

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Aleta, the way you describe it makes me want to drop everything I'm doing and go get on a plane right now to Hawaii. 😃

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Me too! 😅 I can't wait to go back again.

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My 1st favourite is the big sur marathon and 21 miler is so gorgeous as you run you see the Pacific Ocean and it's just amazing 2nd favourite is crater Lake in Oregon it is absolutely beautiful too as you run to see the Lake it's like a beautiful trail in the trees are beautiful

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Apr 3, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

In May 2019 I had the great pleasure to join a truly unique adventure organized by Josh Sanders in which a group of runners from all over the United States met in Chicago, flew to London, rented two vans, drove to Czechia and then embarked on the Great European Half Marathon. The goal was to run in the most countries in one 24-hour period. Starting in Czechia, we ran 1 mile in 13 countries (Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and The Netherlands). The friendships made on this adventure, the reactions from the locals when they learned what we were doing, and the beautiful locations where those mile segments were run will always be something I cherish. Josh's blog post about this adventure can be found at https://www.joshsanders.net/blog/greatesthalf

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This sounds amazing!!

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Great Wall Marathon. It was an amazing run. About 6 miles was on the wall the rest was run through the countryside and small villages. People with there kids would be on the side of the road to give us high fives. Some of the kids would give the women flowers. It was also the hardest run I ever did, but worth it

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Great wall is definitely on my bucket list

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Cool!

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When I lived in Jacksonville Florida, I worked nights. At the end of my shift, I would head out to the beach most mornings. At 7:30 there weren't many people there. I would change into my shorts and sneakers and run on the beach. For those who haven't run on soft sand, well, it's not easy. But being next to the ocean and feeling the sea breezes on my face made my it the best part of my day. Leaving the beach area was the hardest decision of my life.

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The Gate River Run (15k) in Jax is so fun and one of my favorite overall races. But beach running takes some getting used to, but is awesome.

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I don't recommend running barefoot... tried that and tore my feet up.

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I bet! Dang.

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Apr 3, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

The Virginia Creeper Trail. It’s an old rail trail with beautiful scenery – farmlands, forests, streams and creeks, wooden trestles over deep ravines.

I love this thread - so many great ideas!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Sedona Arizona Half Marathon. Hills and amazing views throughout the course.!

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That was a tough race! I ran it last year. Gorgeous though!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Wow, some incredible places. I really don’t think I’ve been to that type of a place yet but I’m planning on running in Key West in January 2022, already signed up, so will gladly consider that my best place for viewing so far!

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Key West Half is so much fun...even when there were 30kt headwinds on the back 6 miles when I ran it in 2016.

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Apr 3, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Key West is a great race with some nice scenery. I’ve run it twice!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Awesome to read everyone’s favorites. Mine was a Spartan OC race in Monterey, Ca. Somewhere around 5000’ of elevation gains (plural because it was a lot of ups and downs) but the views at the top were amazing. Want to do the Long Beach half someday. I think running on highway along the Pacific Ocean would be incredible.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

2 runs come to mind.

1. New York Marathon 2019. Running through the 5 boroughs with the huge crowds of shouting ppl on the sides was truly amazing.

2. Walt Disney Marathon 2020. I had been to Disney World and Epcot a few times as a child and had many fond memories of those trips. So running through Epcot was very nostalgic. But when i entered the Magic Kingdom and turned the corner onto Main Street and saw the castle in the distance, my pores raised. It was truly a surreal moment. One i will never forget.

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Raymond, Disney was my first full and NYC was my last (3rd) in 2018. I live in Orlando and actually worked at Disney many years ago, so I truly understand the magic of the place. But when it comes to full marathons, NYC was the best in my book!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

NY running all 5 burroughs / I have a co worker who runs alot and her fav is also san fran

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

The system of rolling gravel roads in the park in the hills just northeast of Bergen Norway is easily one of my favorite places to visit and run. The amazing views make the initial climb well worth the effort, or you can take the Floyen funicular up. They have a very short, humbling race, the Stoltzekleiven Opp, to the park near the end of September.

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My most adventurous full marathon run was the Jackson Hole Marathon that took runners through Yellowstone Park..bison crossing the road, the Grand Tetons in your view(minus the heavy rains for 8 miles) it was fantastic.

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Dang!!!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I ran the Vasquez Rocks Trail run half marathon near Santa Clarita CA.and The elevation and views were breathtaking . So was finishing the run!! Whew! Once for that run was good.

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There's a run in Vasquez Rocks?! WOW! It must be tough!

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It was..injury abounded..but I made it through!!!😂👍🏃‍♀️

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I ran (twice) what is billed to be "The Worlds Toughest Half Marathon" - The Pier to Peak Half in Santa Barbara. It starts at Stearns Wharf and ends 4,000ft up on La Cumbre Peak. First 2 miles are good, but after that it's a fairly brutal climb to the top! I'm sure there's worse - but this will definitely get your attention! Also, I'm lucky enough to be only .5 mile from a local trail head that is part of Cheeseboro State Park. Elevations a bit over 2,000ft. Miles and miles of trails...

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Leading Ladies Half Marathon down Black Hills Canyon near Spearfish, SD. As we ran the canyon, the sun was rising, gradually painting the canyon walls with light on downward.

The long-stemmed rose and lemon-scented towel were delightful rewards at the finish.

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It sounds amazing, Susan!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I did an early morning run in Avalon, Catalina Island that was pretty fantastic. The city is usually crawling with tourists and it is difficult to walk, let alone run without bumping into folks, but, early in the morning, there is almost no one, and watching the sunrise from behind the mountains on the California mainland with almost 30 miles of the Pacific in between is hard to beat.

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I can only imagine! There's a half they run there (I think called the Catalina Island Eco Marathon) that I've read/dreamed out.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Terrell, I ran along the FLAT shore. The marathon and their 50k and 50 milers goes inland up those hills!!! It is STEEP! I've hiked those hills and they are brutal, but the views!!! My profile picture is taken at the edge of one of the hills looking over the open ocean away from the mainland.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I'm looking forward to the Great Ocean Road half in May, 2022, which will be my first international race. As far as my favorite domestic half, my favorite was my first one in 1998; the original Las Vegas Marathon/Half Marathon (before the RnR organization took over). You were bussed out in the middle of nowhere, dropped off in the desert and you ran through the desert into Las Vegas. Its was peaceful, quiet and since it was my first race, it made it very special and memorable.

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I'd love to run it with you, Belle! Someday...

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

My favorite place to run is along the Rhine River, on the Switzerland side from my father-in law's house. My husband is from a village Northeast of Zurich, and when we go home, I spend each early morning enjoying a 4 mile run on a path looking over at Germany on the other side of the river, down to the water wheel and farm house. Everything is natural on this trail, no pavement, but lots of native trees and plants. Thinking of running here always gives me peace.

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I can only imagine, Beth! It sounds like something out of a movie. Just lovely.

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It truly is, I wish everyone could experience it!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

This is a fantastic thread w/ great races to consider! Running the Pittsburgh HM in 2019 was great! My first visit there, too. Han heard so much about the “three rivers” and the course took us across all three and was basically a tour of the city. Waitsfield, VT (Mad HM) in 2019 was really beautiful...but the hills kicked my tail!

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I really want to run the Waitsfield one -- had it on my list for a while!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Well... clearly a mention of Utica, NY doesn’t make one think “garden spot,” but driving into Utica, for The Boilermaker from north or south on Rt. 12, the view of the Mohawk Valley is stunning. The majestic part of the race itself is the crowd from start to finish of this venerable 15K. And then the 10,000 runners joined by about 20,000 fans at the finish line at the Matt’s Brewery post race is a sight to behold, often enhanced by a flyover. Love that race.

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I have been thinking of entering that race, Jim, but wonder about the heat. It's in July, isn't it?

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Traditionally the 2nd weekend in July, but might be in the fall this year because of Covid.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I love the Revel Big Cottonwood Half, running down the canyon when the sun is coming up is absoltuely gorgeous. Also had a fabulous run in Victoria along the water one morning where I kept hoping to see an Orca. So many beautiful places to run, love hearing everyone's stories!

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I agree on REVEL Cottonwood, also the REVEL Rockies in Evergreen CO. Sadly, that one was cancelled for this year, due to fear of the virus.

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I too have run in the park around Victoria...what a gorgeous trek along the water.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I once ran along the Red Sea in Isreal to the border with Egypt where I was stopped by armed soldiers and I rapidly retreated. Not my favorite place but certainly the most interesting. I have also gone on runs (not races) in England, France, Italy and Peru.

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How dangerous and exciting! Good thing you turned around !

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No way! Wow. How amazing is that? Where did you run in Peru?

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Two of my favourite runs so far are the Monument Valley Half and Melbourne (Aus) Half. Monument Valley is spectacular, running around all of the buttes. The Melbourne Half is notable for the finish in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Stadium which has a capacity of 100,024! The Ottawa, ON half also deserves mentioning because of its awesome local support.

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The Monument Valley Half, I've seen photos -- and what I've seen looks just stunning. Like out of a movie (literally!). Do you live in Australia?

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I live in Canada!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I loved reading all these comments and adding to my wish list. I have to say my two favorite races were the Maui half,(doing anything in Maui is a dream) and the Las Vegas half. The Las Vegas is at night running the strip and exhilarating! For my daily runs, I love a run along the bay front and then along the coast of Newport Oregon.

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One of my dream runs ..the Oregon coast

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Maui is definitely on my dream half marathon list!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

several. covered bridges half marathon in woodstock, vt; running along the atlantic ocean and past ipanema and copacabana beaches in rio de janeiro; running a half around rekajavik,, iceland,

running the falmouth 7 miler on cape cod.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Three of my favorite race courses: Maui Half marathon, Women's Nike Half in San Francisco (no longer offered sadly), and my favorite, the Bar Harbor Half Marathon in Maine. For this last race you run through Acadia National Park, around Eagle lake and start/end in Bar Harbor. It is a beautiful course on the carriage trails. Another favorite was the Monument Marathon and Half Marathon that takes place in Monument National Park, Scotts Bluff, NE - very beautiful scenery of a different kind.

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My sister-in-law and her daughter ran the Women's Nike Half the last year it was offered (they live in San Francisco) and I was so stunned when they stopped holding it, b/c it was such a popular race. All of those others sound amazing, too!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Running the Grand island trail marathon in Mi. but you know Life is an adventure and running makes it better,having heart surgrey and being cancer free every run is good

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Wow! Cancer free and heart surgery recovery! Blessings to you!! 💙💙💙👍👍🏃‍♂️

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Definitely, Geo!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Negril, Jamaica - Reggae Marathon - Amazing!

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How cool! When did you run it?

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2014 - 2017. The plan was to go back in 2020 for the 20th anniversary but sadly it was cancelled. Then I did Run Barbados and Run Cayman.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Snow Canyon State Park Half marathon; stunning red rock course—enters the north end of the park and runs through the park exiting the south end of the park—and all downhill while in the park.

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I ran through Snow Canyon a couple of times. Gorgeous!

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Wow! I believe one of our other readers here has run it too. Always heard wonderful things about it.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Not official races, just short runs--the trail and behind the falls at Seljalandsfloss in Iceland, then up to the top of Svartifoss Falls and along the ocean shore of the East Coast. Amazing scenery, beautiful views out to the ocean at Svartifoss. The rocks are square in Iceland!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

One of my favorite places that I've run is the Embarcadaro in San Francisco. You get to see a little of the bay and the view of the city is amazing! Early in the morning there aren't many people out either.

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Another bucket list run for me

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The Embarcadero is wonderful. Stop at Acme Bread for a treat! I ran the Golden Gate Half in 2018 and 2019. What a run across the Bridge! I'll more than likely do it again once the races resume in California.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

That is on my list of races that I want to do. Probably not until after I get the 6 World Marathon Majors done. Hopefully #3 this year in Berlin.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Wow! You are a go-getter! I stick with Half Marathons as my long races. Don't procrastinate. . . the Race gets more crowded every year, but what an experience to be on the bridge and look out over the Bay with the sea wind tossing you around!

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I love it there too! We ran just past there when I ran the San Francisco Half (back in 2010, I think!) -- just gorgeous.

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San Francisco is one of my very favorite cities.

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I will be visiting (vacationing) there for the first time in October. Looking forward to having some nice runs. And wine tastings in Napa.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Running at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon a couple of years ago. Most of it was rough/rocky, but running through the forest & then coming out to the edge of the Grand Canyon was just awe inspiring. My time stunk because I kept stopping to look/take pictures/walk up the rocky paths, but it was a race I would definitely run again.

We also ran a beautiful race at Bryce Canyon one summer (it’s usually in July) that was amazing and one at Zion in the springtime that was breathtaking as well. I may be a city girl, but I am definitely a country racer. The beauty of it pushes me on in a race.

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I hope to run in Bryce canyon also!

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Both of those sound amazing, Corrina! What was the name of the race at the Grand Canyon? Love both of those.

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Grand Canyon Half Marathon

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Vacation Races held the Zion & Grand Canyon. (I love their races!) They hold the Zion one each year & it is super popular. They were supposed to hold the Grand Canyon one every other year (I think), but haven’t heard about it this year. Bryce Canyon is a local Utah race.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Since no one mentioned it I'll be the first to offer the Boston Marathon because it was a 25-year goal filled with so many frustrations to finally arrive at the starting line. But, Pikes Peak began the thread, and I celebrated my 60th birthday running the Ascent as a Flatlander. It's one of the most difficult, but rewarding races to prepare for, and you're rewarded with so many stunning views while climbing the mountain.

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Oh wow, Gary -- when did you run Boston? I can only imagine what it must have felt like.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Hi Terrell! It was 2005 and everything I hoped and imagined it would be. I managed to qualify two years later and regret not returning as my arthritic knee forced me to retire from full marathons in 2012.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Berkeley Hills in California that overlooks the San Francisco Bay

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Sorrento Italy and the Amalfi Coast. Hilly and crazy drivers, but beautiful!

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So jealous!!!

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I've been lucky enough to run in a lot of places in the US and I think my favorite spot was the Snake River Canyon Trail in Twin Falls, Idaho. It was like running along the Grand Canyon Ridge

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDJxmThFzpe/

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Looks close and doable!!! Thanks, Hollie!!!

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That looks like such an amazing place to run, Hollie!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I was attending a conference in Long Beach with my son a few years ago. A local running club had a 5k, 10k, quarter marathon, half marathon and full marathon along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. I ran the half marathon, starting at 5:30. That was an amazing experience. The course followed a trail along the ocean and was 3.3 miles out and back.

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I did this too in October of 2019. It's called Blitz the Shore and it is run along the Shoreline Way pedestrian and bike path. I started at 7:00 am so the sun was just starting to rise. The way the light shone on the water was beautiful!

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Also, this was my first ever organized race, and it really helped that it was very small. My group only had about 8 people in it.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I did my race in 2017. I opted for the 5:30 am start. Funny thing-here I am vacationing from Indiana wearing shorts and short sleeve shirt. The locals had warm up suits. There was one other runner at 5:30. She was from Canada and had on a tank and capris. The temps were wonderful for me. The locals. Not so much. There were 2 of us doing the half at that time.

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HAHAHAHA!!!! I was going to say that I purposely chose the 7 rather than the 5:30 time because I thought starting at 7 would be cold enough!!! And, it was!

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Wow! It sounds just awesome. I love Los Angeles, especially running on the paved trails on the beach there.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

The Red Rock Canyon halfathon in the desert outside of Las Vegas just a few weeks ago. Spectacular. I'm hoping the Rock N Roll halfathon in Nashville in a few weeks will be just as good. What better place to run a Rock N Roll halfathon than the Music City!

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I hiked in Red Rock Canyon during a trip to Vegas a few years ago. Fabulous scenery and hard to believe it is so close to Vegas and all that flat area.

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That Red Rock Halfathon combined with a Vegas weekend puts this race on my race calendar every year. I really enjoyed it. Also it was my first time on Fremont Street.

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We did the zip line over Fremont Street! Terrifying but one of my favorite memories.

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I did that too. In fact I took a video of it. Here is a link to my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mark.harmon.5030927

If you scroll back to Feb 27 (all my posts are dated) you'll see that video. The post before that is a picture I took in the middle of the Red Rock Canyon halfathon showing runners against the massive mountain. Luv that race and the Vegas weekend!

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I've seen photos and researched that race -- it does look absolutely spectacular. Was it your first time running it?

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Here is a link to my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mark.harmon.5030927 If you scroll back to the race date, Feb 27th, you'll see a picture I took in the middle of the race showing the runners against the massive mountain. Great race!

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Embarrassingly awful. I stopped to take pictures all over the course, and the hills kicked my a$$. I do mid 8-minute pace on a flat course.

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Oops. I thought you asked what was my time. Yes, this was my first time running it. It's definitely on the race calendar every year. The weekend in Vegas makes it great.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

A trail in Cascades Locks, Oregon, starting at the Bridge of the Gods, crossing the Columbia River and continuing along a gorgeous, evergreen-shaded trail. But Arizona trails, such as in my beloved Tucson Mountain Park, are also spectacular in a completely different way. I love this question and all of the diverse answers!

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There's a half marathon there that I'd love to run someday -- the photos I've seen are just unbelievably beautiful! Do you live out there?

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I don't, but I have friends in Portland kind enough to drive me there and wait for me to finish the race. 💞

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I loved running the Miami to Key West Ragnar race, I had 10 nighttime miles with a full moon and tons of stars, surrounded by palm trees, warm air and the sounds of the water. I think about running that stretch so often on my neighborhood runs. I also loved running Bayou St. John into City Park while I lived in New Orleans -- I saw alligators, pelicans, all sorts or cranes and herons, it was always beautiful.

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I'll have to look that one up since I live in Florida...

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How cool is that? How did you like running there at night?

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I loved it! I'm not at all used to running in the dark so it was a tiny bit scary, but mostly exhilarating. A good reminder that the most memorable stuff happens outside of your comfort zone.

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Portpatrick, Scotland. No official race, just running while vacationing. The history and beauty left me awestruck.

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Wow!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

The most amazing place I’ve run (rolled) is very close to me it’s a trail that runs through the hard woods of western pa along the Alleganny river. Eagles, deer, fox, turkeys. In the fall the woods are just stunning

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It sounds just lovely, Dave -- I've visited Pittsburgh before, is the place you're describing anywhere near there?

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It’s about 1 1/2 hours north of Pittsburgh dew north

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Reykjavík half marathon in Iceland

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i ran when i was there a few years ago. great running path right along the water. and flat, natch!

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That's on my bucket list!

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Apr 2, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Running in Lancaster PA alongside the Amish at The Bird in Hand Half was pretty cool.

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I've been longing for that race for a long time! (Pardon the pun!)

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