I am an Ambassador for the Best Damn Race series. In exchange for my promotion and honest reivew of the events, I receive complimentary race entries and other amenities. All opinions are my own.
After some thinking and consideration, i’ve decided that BDR Safety Harbor is my perfect comeback half marathon. It’s been almost two years since I ran a half, when you consider my broken leg and the pandemic, so this is a goal that’s been a long time in the making. Is October the time (the 16th and 17th to be exact)? I think, yes.
Best Damn Race is near and dear to my heart. I wasn’t lucky enough to get in on the first years of the series, but I’ve been pretty dedicated to the events since then, even becoming an Ambassador! I have run in Orlando and Jacksonville, and it would be great to add another location to my roster of completed races.
BDR Safety Harbor is the OG Best Damn Race
That’s right! Best Damn Race originated in Safety Harbor, and we all know that the original is usually the best. For my return to the half marathon distance, I really want something epic and special, and this checks the boxes. I love the idea that my comeback will be at a new-to-me event, for a race series I adore.
BDR Safety Harbor Promises To Be A Great Time
No matter what, Best Damn Race offers an incredible race experience. From the courses, to the volunteers, to the runner swag, to the free photos, it’s always amazing. Of course, COVID precautions will be in place, but I know that the Race Director and his crew will do his “damn-dest” to make sure the runners get the BDR experience they know and love. Just a little safer.
The Course Sounds Pretty Amazing
Based on other runners’ experiences and the course map, this one sounds pretty fantastic. The Best Damn Race Half Marathon starts and ends at the Safety Harbor Marina, and runs all along the waters of Tampa Bay. Long runs are always better when you have something gorgeous at which to look, so I’m all over that. It’s also great to have something new to see – somehow runs don’t seem so hard when the course is unfamiliar and fresh.
BDR Has The Best Bling
I’m a bling girl. Always have been; always will be. Best Damn Race is known for its incredible medals, and these are no exception. I love dolphins, so I am 100% behind brining this beauty home for my medal rack. To be honest, I wish I could run the Double or Triple challenge, which includes multiple distances for multiple medals, but it probably wouldn’t be the wisest thing.
I’ll Get To See Some of My Favorite Running People
One of the things I’ve missed thhe most over this time is my running friends. I hang with some really incredible local runners, but I miss my long-distance running friends something fierce. Best Damn Race connected me with so many fabulous people, so it only makes sense to return to where it all began!
BDR Safety Harbor Means A Racecation Weekend
Even more than actual racing, I miss racecations. The idea of traveling somewhere, staying in a hotel or rental house, and getting to run in that destination? Heaven! By the time October rolls around, I’m hoping that road trips and travel will feel much easier, and less stressful, so that we can enjoy our time on the Gulf Coast. We are already checking out accommodations to help make our time extra fabulous!
How do you pick a comeback race? Are you going to join me for BDR Safety Harbor
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