Now that races are happening again…
What is your next big race? How did you decide which one to choose?
Here are some things to consider:
Sure there are more logistics to deal with when running a large race.
But there is more crowd support.
You are never running alone. The atmosphere is electric.
Both of these factors are important to me. I would never run a small marathon!!
How will you get to the race – plane, train, bus, car?
Is it easy to get to the start – shuttle, walk, public transportation?
If you have to drive, is there ample parking?
If I drive, I love when there is nearby parking. Otherwise, I hope there is public transportation or I take an Uber. Best case scenario is staying in a hotel near the race start (if you can afford that…)
3. Deferral Policies
If the race is canceled, what happens? If you are injured, can you defer to another year? Do either of these matter?
The half marathon that I am planning to run in February was deferred (free) from 2020. I am glad with COVID that many races offered that option. Many just went virtual (not happy about that) but who knew a pandemic would happen in 2020?
The cost of registration? What swag does it include? Do you have to spend additional money on transportation and hotel?
Neither one is really a dealer breaker for me. But enough with the shirts!! A hat, hoodie, gloves, something more practical, please. I do, however, enjoy good food and drink after a big race!
Is road or trails?
Is it point-to-point or a loop?
Is it scenic or boring?
Is it flat or hilly?
My preference would be point-to-point, scenic and mostly flat. But obviously I’m not picky. I love to race!!
I would also add: who else is running it? A friend, another blogger? It’s much more fun to run a race with someone else.
Happy Running! How do you pick a marathon or big race? What is your next ‘big’ race? Please share.
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