As far as races go, I’m definitely a repeat racer. That is, I’m brand loyal and run the same events every year. It’s kind of hard NOT to be when you are an obstacle racer…there aren’t enough OCR’s to not repeat your races, plus there are incentives to do so. Today’s topic for Tuesday’s on the Run (an awesome link up hosted by Erica, Marcia & Patty) is about if you’re a repeat racer or if you try to find new ones every time you race.
Like I said, eventually it gets hard to run a brand new OCR unless you travel out of state. While there are plenty of smaller, local OCR events, the “big ones” are national and hit several states per year. It’s a good chance if you are an OCR racer you also have your favorites too. It’s no surprise to anyone who has read my blog before that I love Tough Mudder. Savage Race is another favorite of mine and now that they have introduced the Savage Syndicate it gives me more incentive to keep doing them as well as add them to my travel schedule.
Tough Mudder has the legionnaire program, which rewards repeat Mudders with various colored headbands for completing their 2nd, 3rd, 4th all the way to 50th Tough Mudder. I’m currently on my fourth and ready to earn my fifth!
Spartan Race also has the trifecta program- run three Spartan races (a Sprint, Super and Beast) in one calendar year and earn your Trifecta. Since I just found out I won the giveaway hosted by Ali of Hit the Ground Running (yay!), it has made it possible for me to do one this year! I’m thinking Killington Beast in September, but not ruling out the Carolinas in October either.
As for non-OCR events, I do have favorites. Best Damn Race always hosts quality events. I’ve done their Orlando event twice (5k and 10k). And I just signed up for the Gasparilla Distance Classic Michelob Ultra Amber Challenge (15k, 5k, 1/2 marathon) next February. That was where I first did my first timed 5k back in 2014. Then of course there are Disney races. Although I haven’t run the same themed event yet, I’m definitely a repeat Disney racer!
Of course I always have a few lined up that I haven’t done before…this year I did Warrior Dash for the first time, I’m going to do the St Pete Beach summer 5k series, and in the fall, Bonefrog is coming to Florida for the first time so I’ll get a chance to try that one. I just wish I could race more than what I do now (and let’s face it- I average about 1 race per month which isn’t too shabby)!