I think everyone is ready for some in-person races to run in 2021 (where safe), and I’ve felt comfortable compiling the start of a calendar again.
In the past, my goal was an average of one race per month, and I am hopeful to resume that. January is already checked off, after our fabulous turn at the New Year’s Rockin’ 5K, and I am ready to look to the future.
5K/8K Superhero Run – February 13
This local (Jacksonville) race changed names, and now comes with a very special Superhero theme. I am excited about the 8K distance to my Races To Run list, because who doesn’t love something new? The course will go along the St. Johns River, meaning pretty scenery, and there will be wave starts to accommodate social distancing. In the event we get cold feet or feel unsafe with the precautions in place, there is a virtual option. Plus, I’m thrilled for a Valentine’s weekend event. The question is, should I dress up according to the superhero theme or no?
Once again, I am looking at races to run that might be smaller and less popular, which is how I found the Moo-ve It 5K. Located in downtown Jacksonville, the course is urban with a river view, and would be a nice change of pace. So far, COVID-19 protocols have not been outlined, but I expect to see an update soon.
Race calendars are not looking much further than March right now, so maybe the Race to the Taste 5K would be a good April option. It’s near Anastasia State Park and after the race, participants can enjoy the farmer’s market at The Amp. It’s a wide-open venue, and never too crowded, but worth keeping an eye on.
Originally slated for March, BDR Orlando moved to my races to run when it switched to September. With everything going on, fall seems like a much more doable time for larger events and travel. Of course, nothing is written in stone, but it’s nice to hope. I love BDR Orlando, because it’s always a fun weekend, with one of my favorite people, Meghan, and because the race always provides such a great experience. Great medals, awesome course, and the best post-party around. Plus, there are three distances (a 5K, 10K and half marathon) plus a 5K + 10K Challenge to mix things up.
If you want to give it a try, use code RUNSWITHPUGS to save 10% on any of the distances there (or any other BDR city).
Best Damn Race Safety Harbor Weekend – October 16 + 17
I was supposed to run Safety Harbor for the first time in 2020. But then, I broke my leg and it was a complete and total no-go. Sure, it was disappointing, but so be it. Safety Harbor is the origin city of Best Damn Race, and it’s one place I have never visited. It would be so nice to take on a 5K + 10K Challenge or Half Marathon here.
Code RUNSWITHPUGS will save you 10% at this event, too!
Any races, real or virtual, you hope to run in 2021? Any races you plan to avoid?
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