I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder and bunch of other bloggers to give out some awards to the races I ran this year. Since I ran 38 races, I had no problem finding a race for each category but it was difficult to just pick ONE race.
Most Scenic Course –
I loved the views of the Hudson River while running across the bridge during the Walkway Half Marathon.
It was also awesome to run with views of the ocean during the beginning and end of the West Palm Half Marathon.
Most Challenging Course –
I didn’t run any super hard races but I guess since it had hills, I’d say the most challenging was Vermont City Marathon Relay.
There were quite a few hills in the Stockade-athon 15K too.
Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc) –
Again, the crowds come out in mass to support the Vermont City Marathon runners. People were out there cheering the whole race and there was an abundance of water stations and volunteers.
Another popular local race is the Freihofer’s Run for Women. Lots of support here too.
Best Expo –
Vermont City Marathon hands down had the best expo. In fact, of the 7 half marathons, this was the only big expo that I attended.
Technically the NYC Marathon had the best expo but I didn’t run that race but went to it to pick up my bib for the 5k.
Best Swag –
In addition to the normal race shirt, at the Apple Run 5k, you got a zippered tote bag, sunglasses, water bottle, and other goodies.
Most Unique Medal/Award –
I get tons of medals for age group awards so I was excited to get something different. I loved the bridge award from the Walkway Half Marathon.
I also like to get practical things. So winning this hat at the Polar Cap Race was great. I’ve already worn it several times.
Best Post-Race Food/Beverages –
Definitely one of the reasons I run the Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k is the food. They have chocolate milk (from a nearby farm), homemade cookies & muffins, chili, pizza, vegetarian rice dish, etc.
The Asbury Park Half Marathon also had amazing food.
Best Race Shirt-
On the whole, I didn’t love most of my race shirts. But I guess my favorite would be the one from the Bacon Hill Bonanza. It doesn’t have sponsors on the back and it is very light and comfy. I have even worn it several times even to play tennis.
I also like the long sleeve tech shirt from the Great Pumpkin Challenge – love its bright yellow color.
And the shirt from the Walkway Half Marathon is also very light and comfy plus it is made from all natural materials.
Favorite Overall Race –
That’s a tough one. I enjoyed so many of my races this year. I’d have to say the Dash the Finish 5k because I got to run in NYC and cross the NYC Marathon finish line.
Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing –
I am proud of completing ALL my races. None ever seem easy. I am especially proud that I can run 13.1 miles!!
So I would have to say the Asbury Park Half Marathon because of how painful my feet were the whole race
and the EAU Palm Beach Half Marathon due to the heat and humidity that I was not acclimated to.
(Maybe I should wear different colors LOL)
Happy Running! What awards would you give to the races you ran in 2015?