|Hangover Classic 10 Mile (Louisville, KY), 1/1/2015
||Everyone (multiple years)
||Starts/finishes at a gym/club near downtown Louisville. Flat and fast. Some scenic parts, some not so scenic. Not closed.
||Easy. You can register that morning, you can pick up your packet that morning. Plenty of parking available.
||A shirt and bragging rights! There is a homey buffet with bagels, peanut butter, bananas, etc. after in the warm inside of the gym.
||Well done. Great volunteers provide water even when you ask for something stronger!
||This is a great way to start off the new year. The distance is long enough to be a challenge, especially if you’ve been out living it up the night before!
|Walt Disney World Half Marathon, 1/10/2015SOLD OUT
||Sign up early! It sells out!
|Run the Bluegrass (Lexington, KY), 3/28/2015
||MB, Annette, Mindy (2014, 2013)
||Hourglass/figure 8 starting at Keeneland racecourse and covering the beautiful Thoroughbred horse farms nearby. Challenging, really, really hilly course.
||There are no hotels at Keeneland, but there is plenty of parking – it is geared for crowds of thousands after all. Traffic can back up at the entry. Lexington has great local dining options.
||Horse themed medal, Nike tech shirts. Lots of food at the end and a repeat of the expo with food and gear vendors. Not many spectators due to the nature of the course.
||This is good size – enough people to be exciting, but not crowded. Corrals keep things running smoothly, water stops are well marked and stocked.
||This one is HARD, but worth it. Well done and a great way to enjoy horse country.
|Papa John’s 10 Miler (Louisville, KY), 4/4/2015
||MB, Deborah, Christine (multiple years)
||Starts and finishes at Papa John’s stadium (home of the Louisville Cardinals), it’s a lollipop, with a 3.5 mile circle through hilly Iroquois Park – don’t think you are done until you go over the bridge by the stadium, it’s a hill! Finish in the stadium on the track.
||Logistics are great. You can register and pick up your number and shirt the morning of, and there is tons of parking at the stadium.
||Some of the best ever considering the early entry fee is only $30. Nike tech shirt and the best post-race spread ever, with PowerBar products, local iced tea, fruit, Powerade, and PIZZA!
||Terrific, with great volunteers. Plenty of water on the course and seamless packet pickup, start, and organized finish area around the stadium.
||This is one of MB’s faves – LOVE IT! Inexpensive, great shirt, course, & goodies after, good distance, and PIZZA! What more could you want!
|OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indianapolis, IN), 5/2/2015
||Nice, flat course through the city, including 2.5 miles on the Indianapolis Speedway Track, so cool! People were stopping to have their pictures taken kissing the bricks.
||Hotels all around the start/finish. But keep in mind this is the nation’s largest half marathon, so there are A LOT of people, 35,000. So, plan ahead.
||Long sleeve tech shirt & awesome medal! There was also plenty of food (cookies, fruit, etc.) at the finish. Plenty!
||The picture of good organization. Wave starts with the lots of corrals. Bands throughout the course, providing a fun atmosphere – I didn’t even listen to my iPod. Great finish line with a very large area for spectator/runner reunion based on corrals. Genius!!!
||Absolutely love this race and would gladly run it again!!!!
|Ocean City, MD Island 2 Island Half Marathon/5K, 5/2/2015
||Deborah & sister Tricia (2011)
||Starts from Assateague Island and finishes in OC inlet. FLAT!
||Plenty of hotels near the boardwalk. Campsites are available at Assateague Park. Parking may be an issue.
||Medal and tech shirt. Post race party with live music and plenty of food.
||Great crowd and volunteers, limit is 4,500 runners.
||Loved this race because I got to run with my sister. I would do it again. This is a popular vacation destination, these people are here to party!
|Bourbon Derby (Paris, KY), 6/13/2015 (+ 10 miler, 4 miler)
||MB, Sandy, Deborah, Annette, Christine (2014)
||All three distances are lollipops with different “stem” lengths. This starts/finishes at an old drive-in movie theater and meanders through beautiful horse farms, even going through one! While not as hilly as RunTheBluegrass, be prepared, it is constantly, and significantly, rolling.
||The start/finish is about 20 minutes from Lexington. Parking is plentiful and easy.
||Tech shirt (not the greatest quality the first year). Fun atmosphere and basic, but plentiful, food at the end. Very picnic like.
||A few hiccups in the first year should hopefully be worked out (better shirts, correct course distance). But water stops were good, and the size is great.
||Another good way to experience horse country with a small race. The 3 different distances are great for families/groups. Weather could be an issue, June can be very hot and humid.