5 Races I’m Thinking of for 2017

For the Friday Five linkup with Courtney, Mar & Cynthia this week the theme is favorites. This comes just in time, as I have a dilemma and I’m hoping you can help me solve it. I have major race indecision.


I know it’s completely early to be thinking so much about spring 2017 race season, but we all know the sooner you sign up the better the price you get on race registrations. I’m already signed up for Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa- the challenge, which is a 15k, 5k and 1/2 marathon back to back (well I get like 16 hours between the 5k and the half). That was my big goal race for the spring and then I planned on adding different races around that schedule. I created a calendar of potential races that I was interested in- among them marathons (yes I’ve been thinking of going the FULL distance), Ragnar Relay (but I currently can’t find anyone who wants to do one with me), multiple Tough Mudders and half marathons. The problem is I can’t seem to decide which ones I want to sign up for! Some of my favorites I’ve been considering:

Tough Mudder’s newest race addition, Toughest. I have to admit I’m morbidly curious to see how far I can push my body…and Toughest provides just the opportunity to do so. I can’t say I think I’m really ready to go the full 24 hour World’s Toughest Mudder yet. Toughest is the ‘in between’ version for those of us who want more of a challenge, but don’t want to go Full Monte yet. It’s an overnight, 8 hour endurance race with all the obstacles we’ve all come to know and love (and probably some new sadistic ones) from one of my favorite obstacle series.

  • Pros: It’s a mud run, I love the series, and this is a totally new challenge that will push me past the limits I’ve set for myself
  • Cons: Don’t know the dates or locations yet. Hard to plan if I don’t know the locations.
Best Damn Race, New Orleans. BDR, one of my favorite non mud run series, has just announced their expansion into New Orleans! Not only would I love to spend more time in New Orleans (so far every time I’ve been has been just passing through) but the chance to run in the city would be so awesome! Especially knowing the race series that puts on this event- it’s a great organization, small enough to feel like a small town race, but large enough to make it a seriously enjoyable experience. Plus they offer mega awesome deals if you’re in the first 50 to sign up for the event!
  • Pros: I’m familiar with the race series, it’s a good event, a new city I haven’t run in, good pricing.
  • Cons: Would probably mean postponing the full I had thought about doing due to timing/schedule conflict. Not sure how I feel about this yet.
Any Rock n Roll series event, including marathons. Rock n Roll is notorious for putting on a good event with lots of entertainment, so it’s no surprise that I’d be considering them for my first marathon. They appear in several cities all across the nation (and several internationally too) so there are plenty of options and they have events all year to choose from.
  • Pros: plenty of options and dates to choose from, well known event, plenty of entertainment, good for first time marathoners.
  • Cons: none in Florida so I have to travel (although considering I don’t want to run my first marathon in this humid state, that might be a good thing); marathon dates conflict with some other events or training schedule plans I have.

Ragnar Relay. This one has been on my bucket list of races since I first heard of it in 2014. I’m leaning toward the trail one because you don’t have to rent vans or worry about hotels- it’s all about camping and running, which sounds awesome! I just need to find people to do it with!

  • Pros: Awesome experience, plenty of options for different races
  • Cons: Need a team of 8 and so far no one I’ve asked is interested 🙁

Anything Disney. Here’s a toss up; I hadn’t planned on doing any more Disney races next year, but I always get FOMO (fear of missing out) and end up doing something last minute. And I could always work at the expo and get a race that way too. California looks mighty tempting- especially when my job will pay for travel expenses if I go out there to work an expo!

  • Pros: Most travel expenses paid for by my job, possibility to get my Coast to Coast
  • Cons: Disney is expensive (if I pay for it), requires a full week of 10+ hour days work, travel accommodations not the best.

Mainly its the top 4 that have me all confused…Disney could probably wait until 2018. But I keep going back and forth about the other four! I can’t figure out what I want to do more.

Is anyone else this indecisive about scheduling races? Am I the only one who wishes race season would last a heck of a lot longer? 

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12 thoughts on “5 Races I’m Thinking of for 2017”

  1. Oh I totally get the race indecision! I feel like there must be Ragnar team message boards out there for people who are interested. I have some friends who did a trail one this year and loved it! Also, I could caution about RnR as your first full marathon. Many RnR races also have a half marathon. That’s where the focus and crowds are. For your first marathon, the back half (often the mentally and physically difficult part) is emptier- sometimes the bands even leave the back half early. I would say find a full marathon known for good crowd support the whole way through- Baltimore, Marine Corps and Richmond are all ones I can think of (local to me) in the fall that are like this.

    1. Hm that’s interesting about RnR Fulls…I’ve heard good things about Marine Corps. The thing I worry about with fall marathons is that I would have to do the bulk of my training in the summer in Florida.

  2. BDR New Orleans sounds like it’s going to be a blast! Always such a good race series! Oh and I will totally do a Rock ‘N’ Roll and Ragnar race with you. It’s just got to fit into my schedule, lol. I haven’t accumulated as many vacation hours, unlike someone else 😉 Come do SBP Classic again, I want to do the 10K/5K challenge, it’ll be good practice on back to back races for Gasparilla!
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    1. I know! That’s why I’d love to do that one. BDR never fails to put on a great race so I’m sure New Orleans will be no exception.

  3. I hear ya girl! I am already thinking of my spring races and I have one down for sure (even though registration hasn’t even opened yet). I do at least one Disney race each year but as of now – don’t have any set for 2017. I love disney races but to be honest, the travel stresses me out. Cool that your job could pay for you to go. Whaat do you do?

    1. I work for Fit2Run. We are the official retailer of run Disney so we get a huge expo spot at each race. So they will pay for us to travel to go work the expo.

    1. I have the same issue. I volunteer and work expos a lot so that’s how I get some comped entires or discounted entries.

  4. I wanted to echo what someone else said about RnR fulls. I have 2 RnR halfs on my schedule this year, I love the RnR DC half, but everything I’ve read cautions about their fulls. It seems like they really concentrate on the half marathon distance and the latter part of the full can be disappointing.
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    1. It looks like I’m doing a Ragnar next year since my entire team decided to do the one in Atlanta again. So I won’t be doing a marathon until the fall or spring of 2018! I will keep that in mind though, thanks!

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