The only thing better than a good race is a great race series, and Best Damn Race provides one of the best around.
Best Damn Race is a race series created for runners, by runners. The events take place in four cities across the southeast, with race distances ranging from 5K to half marathon. In some cases, there are even challenges, where runners can take on a medley of distances in one morning. The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to race in every BDR city in a calendar year.
The reward? Lots of cool bling,
and plenty of incredible friends.
I’ve been a staunch supporter of the events since they sprinted across my runner radar five years ago. So far, I have only run in Orlando and the now-retired Jacksonville, but this year, I will be adding Safety Harbor to my calendar and I couldn’t be more excited.
But how does one go about taking on an entire race series?
Create your plan of attack.
Four cities in three states in the span of eight weeks is no easy task. Get your ducks in a row by creating a budget and a plan to save. You may need flights, hotel rooms and even rental cars to make things happen. What about time off work? Get those requests in now to help prevent conflicts later down the line.
Registering early means you get the best deal on race prices. With a minimum of four races (more if you plan on running some of the challenges), fees can certainly add up, especially on top of potential travel costs, so it’s wise to save where you can. Oh, and don’t forget to take advantage of the RUNSWITHPUGS discount code. Use it and share it – it’s good for 10% off any race distance (including challenges) in any of the four BDR destinations.
Registration links are as follows:
Assemble your friends.
Running (and travel) is better with your favorite people, so rally your troops. Having a team at your side means you’ll have plenty of support at race time, but it also means roommates and extra drivers and a way to split costs. Everyone wins! Traveling together makes the BDR race series way more affordable, and enjoyable, for everyone in your crew.
Book your travel.
Take advantage of the Best Damn Race hotel partnerships in discounts, for great places to stay. They will all be convenient to the races and offered at a group rate. If you have friends or family in the area, consider staying with them. Can you drive to the destinations or will you need to fly? Create an alert on a site like Kayak and book when the price feels right.
Create a training plan.
Ok, you’ve got all the pieces in place, but now you’ve got to do the work. Are you in the Best Damn Race Series for fun or is are you racing your hardest?Will you be going for the Medal Heads honor, where you run a half marathon in multiple BDR cities in a calendar year or will you mix up the distances to give your legs a break? Is it your plan to PR every BDR race you run? Or are you there for the free photo opps and the post-race mimosas? However you plan to run, get your plan in place and put in your training time. Getting injured halfway through due to inadequate preparation is definitely not part of anyone’s game plan.
At the end of the day, when the miles are logged and the medals are collected, the most important thing is the fun.
Best Damn Race is famous for its post-race party vibe and when you get through the miles on the course, be there for the photos opps, food and drink!
Well? What do you think? Are you game for a good race series? Will you join us for the Best Damn Race events?
If you’re a Best Damn Race veteran, tell me your favorite city and why?
Joining us for the first time? Where will we see you crossing the finish line?