I am running a half marathon in all 50 states. Since I started working on this goal in 2009 I’ve covered 13 states. Beyond racing in each state I just love running half marathons, in total I have run in 20 half marathons and 3 marathons. If you ask me what my top 3 priorities are for choosing a race I would have to say they are:
1) The Location
2) The Scenery
3) The Medals
I have been dying to start writing post reviewing medals from my past races, so here goes the first installment.
Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon April 26, 2009
I signed up to do the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon because not only did it give me an excuse to push my body to the limit but also to have a reason to go home. The Memorial half and full marathon is held in honor of those who died in the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in downtown OKC. It is a beautiful run following a fantastic course through OKC and the “fancy” neighborhoods that surround it. The medal I got for my 2009 race is small in comparison to the ones the race gives out now, but its one of my favorites. I remember thinking around mile 8 my IT band pain was the worst it had even been. I also fell at mile 11 when my knee gave out, somehow I finished the race with a PR that stood for a year and a half!
The tree on the medal represents the memorial tree which was the only tree to somehow survive the blast. The tree is called the “Survivor Tree”.
My Favorite: (so far…)
Disney’s Princess Half Marathon February 26, 2012
Its sort of unfair to the other medals that this one has two of the things I love most, Disney and Princesses. It’s also bejeweled, purple and in the shape of a crown, it really doesn’t get better. The Disney Princess Half Marathon is a great event. Disney really does put on some of the best races and of corse they have the BEST medals!
Martian Half Marathon April 15, 2012
The Martian Half/ Full Marathon is held every year in Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn is home of the Model T Ford and a martian race that funny enough has nothing to do with aliens! We found this out the hard way when we showed up with alien running outfits, we were the only ones dressed up! At least they did hand out alien head medals which is the most unusual medal that I have received to this day. The course is flat but pretty un-memorable. Dearborn itself is a very nice town and we had a good time exploring the Henry Ford Museum.
I love medals!
One of these days I’ll get around to handing them all on my wall in a nice display. I need help figuring out how to do it!
Its T-Minus 9 Days until the Goofy Challenge starts. I’m scared and nervous but I know I can do it. I just hope the bones in my feet can handle all of the pavement pounding!
What are your favorite race medals and why?