Runners Tell All: Race Bucket List

I’m taking a break from Ragnar recaps because it’s Runners Tell All link-upΒ time! This month’s topic is your race bucket list. We’re talking about what races you would do if time and money weren’t an issue. This is a fun one πŸ™‚ Some of the races on my wish list are actual possibilities in the future, while others are more far reaching or downright unrealistic. Here’s my list! (you can click on each picture for the source)

The Realistic Ones

1. All the races in the Roanoke Non-Ultra Trail Series, put on by Mountain Junkies LLC. I did a few of them earlier this year and had a blast.

2. New River Half Marathon in Todd, NC

3. Tobacco Road Half Marathon in Cary, NC

4. Bristol Half & Half Marathon in Bristol VA/TN

5. Rock N Roll Half Marathon in St. Louis, MO

6. Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon in Loudon County, VA

7. Instant Classic Trail Marathon in Richmond, VA

8. The Bluegrass Half Marathon in Johnson City, TN

9. Eastern Divide 50K in Pembroke, VA

The Less Realistic Ones

1. Disney World Marathon weekend races in Florida

2. Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Fransisco, CA

3. Disney’s Princess Half Marathon in Florida

4. New York City Marathon

5. A Christmas Story Run in Cleveland, OH

6. Berlin Marathon in Germany

7. Big Sur Marathon

7. Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii

9. JFK 50 Miler in Maryland

10. Hellgate 100K in Fincastle, VA

11. Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in California (I told you this was not realistic.)

Now, I think we better end this on a nice even 11 (technically it’s an even 20 if you count the ones on my realistic list) because I could go on and on.

What’s on your race wish list?

P.S. My regularly scheduled training weekly recap is coming at you tomorrow.


This is a monthly link-up for runners that poses a different topic each month. If you missed last month’s post, you can find that HERE. This link-up is hosted by Amanda @The Lady Okie and Beka @Sunshine to the Square Inch. Click the icon below to get all of the details about these monthly link-up’s.



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  1. Let me know when you are ready to do St. Louis.


    1. I will do that! We can eat at Pappy’s afterward πŸ™‚

  2. What a great list, I hope you get to do all (or most of these) one day. Laura xx
    Laura recently posted…Race Bucket List – Runners Tell AllMy Profile

  3. I totally want to do the Christmas Story run as well! That is my all time favorite Christmas movie. Sounds like so much fun!

    P.S. I’m registered for the RnR St. Louis this year – you should do it!
    Alison recently posted…Runners Tell All: Race Bucket ListMy Profile

    1. That is my all time favorite Christmas movie, too! You probably already guessed that, though. My dad and I can practically quote the entire movie πŸ™‚

      I hope you have a great time at RnR STL!! It looks like a great race and I love that city.

  4. I see a few ultras on that list ;). JFK 50 is TOTALLY realistic…not sure why it’s on the non-realistic list!

    Also, the Instant Classic Trail Marathon was great – I highly recommend it!!
    Logan @ Mountains and Miles recently posted…Goodbye Colorado – Huron PeakMy Profile

    1. Yes, they’ve been on my radar πŸ™‚ I’d say at least a 50K is coming down the pipe at some point… now a 50 miler I’m not so sure.

      Instant Classic made the list after you ran it earlier this year. It looked like a great race!

      1. I’m probably going to do the Terrapin Mtn 50k next March…you know, in case you’re looking for one sooner rather than later πŸ˜‰
        Logan @ Mountains and Miles recently posted…Redemption HikeMy Profile

  5. Great list, and I can’t believe that I totally forgot the linkup this month! I was really looking forward to it, so I’m going to write something up tonight and hope the linkup is still open.

    From your list, I’ve done the Virginia Wind Country Half, Big Sur Marathon, and JFK 50-Mile Ultra. All are great races!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…A Week Of Recovery (September 15 – 21)My Profile

    1. I saw you already joined the link up at this point, but I think they usually stay open for 4-5 days after the 21st.

  6. I want to do ANY of the rock & roll races… none close to me πŸ™

    1. Sounds like you’ll have to pick one and make a vacation out of it πŸ™‚

  7. Oops – had my website wrong πŸ™‚
    Rebecca Jo recently posted…Runners Tell All: Bucket ListMy Profile

  8. I will do the JFK 50 with you one day!
    Amy recently posted…Way to Go Denver Rock β€˜N RollMy Profile

    1. Deal! You want the first half or the second? πŸ˜‰ We’re splitting it…. right??

  9. I’ve been looking at the New River Marathon for a couple of years. I also definitely want to do an Ultra. Didn’t know you were thinking about that, too!
    JoAnne recently posted…ACAC againMy Profile

    1. New River looks like a really pretty race. For us, it’s only 2 hours away (the same time it takes us to drive to Lynchburg, and half the time it takes us to drive to Richmond!). So we could easily do that race without any overnight travel.

  10. Great list! I would like to do Big Sur and NYC. I’m surprised you didn’t list Boston. I won’t “retire” until I make it there

    1. Boston goes without saying… that’s on everyone’s list right?? πŸ™‚

  11. Hopefully we’ll both get to do our similar unrealistic races someday! πŸ™‚
    Becky recently posted…TGIF – Thank Goodness It’s Fall!My Profile

  12. Your list is great! I think some of the ‘non-realistic’ races are completely doable! I think with a little bit of planning and budgeting they can be done. Thanks for sharing your fun list with us on RTA!

    1. I’ll have to get through the realistic ones first πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting!

  13. I love that you have two lists also! Big Sur would be fantastic to run. And I’ve heard about that Virginia wine country race… doesn’t that sound lovely? Hopefully you’ll get to cross some of these off soon! Glad you linked up with us, Meagan!
    Amanda recently posted…Carhenge: A Quirky Roadside AttractionMy Profile

    1. Thanks for hosting! The VA Wine Country looks like a really pretty race. The only catch is that it’s usually hot, so wine will probably be the last thing I’ll want at the finish line πŸ™‚

  14. Hey STL is in my neck of the woods…let me know if you ever do that one and I’ll try to do it as well! πŸ™‚
    jan recently posted…Paint the TownMy Profile

    1. Cool! I will be sure to let you know πŸ™‚

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