Will Run For Bling, Music & Sun: My Race Bucket List

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Now that I’ve been running for almost two years, I think I can safely say that it’s not a passing trend. Especially given that lately, I’ve found myself lusting over drool-worthy photos and race recaps that have been popping up. In a few days I’ll be running the Nike Women’s Half in DC, a race on the bucket list of many bloggers. I thought today I would share my race bucket list!

LA MarathonLA Marathon – if I ever run a marathon, I want this to be it. (Or one of them.) It’s no secret that I leave more and more of my heart in LA every time I leave, and the city seems like it would have enough for me to look at and not be bored after 5+ hours of running. I’ve heard really great things about this race, and I’ve always said I wanted it to be my first.

run rock n roll strip at night las vegas

Run Rock ‘n Roll Vegas Strip at Night – this list could easily be made up of about half the Rock ‘n Roll series cities. Obviously I love music, I love bling and beer, and so many of my favorite cities play host to these events. Vegas and I really agree with each other, and one of my fitness idols (Luc Carl) used this race as his goal when he first started training.

5/3 riverbank run

5/3 Riverbank Run – my hometown race. When I was growing up I was always so in awe (or horrified that people would willingly run) of these runners, and now, it’s important to me to run this someday. This was supposed to be the year, but work got in the way.

detroit half marathon

Detroit Half Marathon – I’m trying to not be state-biased, but the Detroit Marathon (and half marathon) take you over the bridge, into Canada, and back. Combine that with some pretty cool medals, and I can’t keep it off my list.

summerfest rock & sole run

Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole – another music themed race, this one takes place during Milwaukee’s Summerfest festival. I’ve heard it’s very similar to Rock ‘n Roll, but with much better course support and entertainment.

hollywood half

Hollywood Half – this race looks like the most fun thing in the world. So many great costumes, so many celebrities, and so many important landmarks! This race has to be fantastic, and registration seems to be extremely competitive. Someday!

Honorable mentions – Rock CF, Gross Ile, MI; Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, CA; Zooma; Chicago Half Marathon

What’s on your race bucket list, or what have you checked off?

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  • Reply Jessie

    I love your list!! I think I have a fitness bucket list but I love an only races bucket list. I’m so putting one together 🙂
    My first half marathon was the Rock N Roll Las Vegas. I live in Vegas & it was a totally flat course (YAY!) I’d also love to run the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half because I love wine!! xo

    April 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply desi

      I didn’t know Vegas course was flat! That makes me want to do it even more 🙂

      April 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Aly

    My running bucket list includes any Disney race, the LA Asics marathon, Nike DC, and the St. Jude Country Music marathon or half!

    April 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply desi

      I’m doing Nike DC this weekend! Country Music Half was originally on my radar, but this year they conflicted.

      April 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Great list and good luck with Nike DC this year – I ran it in 2013 and will be volunteering at the expo. One of my bucket list races is the NYC Marathon – which will be this fall! I was on a work trip last year the same weekend as the Milwaukee Summersole Half, but did not figure that out until after the race was over, too bad.

    April 24, 2014 at 6:02 am
    • Reply desi

      Awesome I hope to find you at the expo! Any insider tips about the course?

      April 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Pure Michigan Summer Fun / michigan monday A Northern Girl

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    May 5, 2014 at 7:01 am
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