Last year I linked up with Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder and bunch of other bloggers to give out some awards to the races that I ran. It was fun so I decided to do it again.
Since I ran 43 races, I had no problem finding a race for each category but it was difficult to just pick ONE race.
Most Scenic Course –
I loved having views of the Gulf while running the Music Half Marathon (in Sarasota, FL).
on the bridge early in the race
Feb 2016 – freezing in Sarasota, Fla
It was also awesome to run with views of the fall foliage and the river during the Ramblefest Half Marathon (in Adams, MA).
Most Challenging Course –
this is the trail we ran on (but in the rain)
Hills are not my friend so I’d say that the most challenging course was Celebrate Life Half Marathon (in the Catskill Mountains).
There were quite a few rolling hills in the Lake George Half Marathon too.
Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc) –
Again, the crowds come out in mass to support the Vermont City Marathon runners. People were out there cheering the whole race and there was an abundance of water stations and volunteers even during the heart wave. (There were literally life savers for me and others running this race.)
Best Expo –
Vermont City Marathon had the best expo. In fact, of the 7 half marathons, this was the only big expo that I attended.
Technically the NYC Marathon had the best expo but I didn’t run that race but went to it to pick up my bib for the 5k.
Best Swag –
In addition to the normal race shirt, at the Apple Run 5k, you got a backpack, sunglasses, water bottle, and other goodies.
a cool backpack filled lots of goodies
Most Unique Medal/Award –
The most unique medal I received was the handmade wood one from the Camp Chingachgook Challenge.
I get tons of medals for age group awards so I was excited to get something different. I loved winning a Fitbit & $25 gift card to LL Bean at the LL Bean Bright Night 5k and $50 gift card to the Recovery Room restaurant and champagne at the Malta 5k.
I also like to get practical things. So winning this baseball hat at the Saratoga Palio Half Marathon was great. I’ve already worn it several times.
Best Post-Race Food/Beverages –
Definitely one of the reasons I run the Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k is the food. They have chocolate milk (from a nearby farm), homemade cookies & muffins, chili, pizza, vegetarian rice dish, etc.
But the Sarasota Music Half Marathon also had an amazing breakfast buffet.
Best Race Shirt-
On the whole, I didn’t love most of my race shirts. But I guess my favorite would be the sweatshirt that we received at the Celebrate Life Half Marathon.
Favorite Overall Race –
That’s a tough one. I enjoyed so many of my races this year.
I’d have to say the Dash the Finish 5k because I got to run in NYC with three Russian ladies and cross the NYC Marathon finish line.
And of course, the Panama City Beach Half Marathon. Running and spending the weekend with seven blogger/friends was amazing and #HoLottaFun.
this aventure was definitely worth taking time off without pay)
Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing –
I am proud of completing ALL my races. None ever seem easy. I am especially proud that I can run 13.1 miles!!
But I would have to say that I am proud that I finished the Vermont City Marathon Relay because of how difficult the weather conditions were.
And the Ramblefest Half Marathon because it my only PR this year and it was cold, raining and totally unexpected.
crossing the finish line even though the race had been cancelled & I had to fight to get a medal.
Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:
Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for
Happy Running! What awards would you give to the races you ran in 2016?