TotR: Best Races in Hampton Roads

Good morning! It’s the last day of May and I’m linking up with Marcia, Erika and Patty to discuss the best races in my neck of the woods.

  1. Wicked 10K-October-If you read this blog you know my love for the Wicked 10K. You can read my most recent recap here. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should run this race: the costumes; a flat/fast course; cool bling; perfect fall beach weather (usually) and TONS of course support-the entire course is lined with cheering spectators and it’s awesome. There is also a Monster Mile run for the kiddos.IMG_9324
  2. Shamrock Marathon Weekend-March-I love this weekend in Virginia Beach. I’ve run the half once (where my current PR stands) and the 8K three times because I love the distance. You can read my latest 8K recap here. In addition to the full, half and 8K, there’s a 1 mile kids fun run-literally a race distance for EVERYONE. Once again, it’s a flat/fast course and has some sweet bling at the end. The weather can be a bit iffy, as it’s right before spring starts in the area. I can’t remember what the course support was like for the half, but for the 8K it’s similar to the Wicked 10K where there are tons of spectators cheering for you!IMG_1868
  3. Smithfield Sprint Triathlon-April-I promise, a race recap is coming soon, it’s actually sitting in my drafts waiting for pictures to be attached. Expect it sometime this week! This is the only triathlon I’ve done in the Hampton Roads area and despite the crappy weather it was so fun! It’s one of the only early season triathlons in the Hampton Roads area so it does have a pool swim (which I’m not the biggest fan of) but it was nice to get race in early April. The course is mostly flat with a couple of little hills, but not much traffic (it is open to traffic) and VTSMTS puts on a great race. Also, the volunteers were amazing-especially for standing out there cheering on the athletes in the downpour!IMG_2216
  4. Blue Talon Turkey Trot 5K-November-So, obviously unless you live in the area of have family to visit you may not get to run this race because it’s on Thanksgiving morning, but it’s one of my local favorites. The cool, crisp air of Williamsburg and running through beautiful Colonial Williamsburg is my favorite way to start the holiday. I’ll definitely be running this race until we leave the area!IMG_0128
  5. Virginia Cap2Cap Trail Ride-May-This isn’t a race, but it’s worth a mention. The Virginia Cap to Cap is a paved trail goes from Jamestown to Richmond (52 miles) and was completed in 2015. The ride takes place every year in May and there’s several distance options ranging from 15 miles to a full century ride, 100 miles.DCIM102GOPRO

What is one race in your city/area that is a must-do?

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