There’s so many races to choose from, so it’s hard to narrow things down. I’m fairly new to Texas, being here just over a year and a half, so I haven’t gotten the chance to see and explore as many places as I would like, so what better way to revisit a favorite place or see a new one than to sign up for race?? These are a few of my bucket list halfs.
Alamo 13.1 in San Antonio
A race through historic San Antonio and the Alamo would be awesome. The race medals have little canons. I wanted to run this one badly this year, but it didn’t work out. They also have a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash 5K and 10K. Yes, I said donuts. Done.
3M Half, Austin
Austin’s a cool quirky city. Period. AND, this is the course elevation chart for the race. PR, anyone?
Plano Balloon Festival Half, Plano
Run a race with hundreds of hot air balloons launched in the sky? Um, yea! This race coincides with the ballon launch on one day of the festival and would be a gorgeous way to start the race and the day!
Cowtown Half, Fort Worth
This running festival offers distances from 5K to the marathon. It’s a fun race in Fort Worth, home of the old stockyards and meat packing plants now turned into entertainment and shopping.
Tyler Rose Half, Tyler
Did you know that Tyler is THE rose capital of the country?? I know! Most of the roses shipped all over the country come from Tyler. This race happens during the annual Rose Festival complete with a queen. The course is notoriously hilly and…challenging…so I’ll stick with the half.
(Half) Marathon to Marathon, Marathon
In a tiny, teeny town in West Texas called Marathon, there’s a little (less than 500 runners) marathon (and a half). With a gradual downhill course, the race is a BQ-qualifier. I’ve never run in the desert, and this scenery is breathtaking. The race fees pay for public services like the school, library and fire department.
Any of these races sound appealing? Have any local bucket list races you’d like to run?