Probably not until we reach herd immunity, but some race directors and runners are (cautiously) trying out small events — plus 7 stunning half marathons in Ireland.
I registered for a half marathon on 5/8/21. It is limited to 3500 racers which is a lot, but only 1/10 the normal size. I’ve had the vaccine and feel pretty comfortable with the idea thus far. As you are probably aware, our Texas governor opened everything 100%. I was not in favor of that, but I have found that most businesses and individuals are continuing to observe CDC guidelines. I’m hoping that by May, most adults will have been vaccinated.
Loved looking through those races in Ireland!😍😍
Terrell, I ran Dublin in 2019! Best race memories ever. Can you do a list of half’s in Scotland?? That is my next bucket list item!
Bring back live races. Thank you Amanda.
I did a 10k in Whitstable, England in May 2019. So fun and a great way to "get local." I dream of doing more in the UK and Ireland. Thank you Terrell!
In the late 70's, I spent six months on and off in Limerick Ireland. The company where I worked in Minneapolis was doing a Joint Venture with an Irish company. We were going to manufacture dry cleaning equipment to ship over to Europe... The people were fantastic! I never felt so welcomed anywhere. I traveled through out the country on weekends, though they told me, on the safe side, to stay out of Northern Ireland. We did what most tourists do but made friends with the other workers and saw what it was really like to live there. When I went home, I told everyone just how good we have it in the United States. Even though I came from a cool climate, it was no where as damp as over there... the big joke was that the clouds came over, dropped their rain, and moved on. I was sorry I missed their two weeks of summer...
If the runs go along the coastal areas, the winds would add time of the best of runners. I watched a tour guide lean into the wind over a cliff. I asked him what would happen if the wind suddenly died... "I'd hit the rocks below!" he said with a laugh. If anyone has a chance to go, it would be the trip of a life time...
Let's be practical, has anyone documented a single case of anyone catching this virus at a running event? I've been in 3 half marathons since December here in Texas, very few people wore masks much, and no reported problems. Why? you are outside, and if you feel well enough to run a half marathon, you probably don't have the virus. The same way this summer when I was hiking a bunch of 14ers in Colorado. Very few people in masks, but anybody you meet at the top of a 14er is probably not suffering from a respiratory virus. We have made the cure worse than the disease by trying to shut a bunch of things down. Florida and Texas are open, California and New York aren't, and they have more deaths per 100,000 than the states that are open.