Friday, February 20, 2015

Five Races to Run in 2015 (Or Rainbows, Forrest Gump, Ice Cream, Rivers, and EPCOT!)

Today I’m joining the Friday Five Link Up (hosted by DC Bloggers Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia) to talk about the five races that I’m most looking forward to this year.  I have more races scheduled in 2015 than in any year before, so I’m excited about really adding up the miles.  I have a goal of running in at least 15 races before December, and at this point, I’m already signed up for 18!  Some of these are old faves of mine that always find their way onto my yearly list, and some are brand new to me.

1) Color Vibe – 3/21/15: This is a fun tradition for me, because my daughter Taylor and I always run the Color Vibe together.  In fact, this was Taylor’s very first 5K a couple years ago, so it does hold a special place in my heart.  Besides that, there really isn’t anything cooler than running through a blast of colored paint powder and coming out rainbow-covered from head to toe.

2) Easter Beach Run – 4/4/15: This 4-miler is sponsored by Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant, so naturally Forrest Gump shows up in his running shoes for pictures with everyone.  It starts and ends at the Daytona Beach Pier and has the distinction of being the oldest footrace in Florida history.  Plus, the medal looks like a super shiny Easter egg!

3) NSB Sundae Beach 5K - 6/28/15: OK, be honest.  Is there really anything wrong with ice cream for breakfast?  Not in my opinion.  Needless to say, the Sundae Beach 5K is right up my alley.  Held on the hard-packed sand of New Smyrna Beach, runners are treated to a make-your-own sundae bar at the finish line.  That’s what I’m talking about!

4) Remarkable River Run 15K – 9/13/15: This 15K is part of a race series that takes place throughout 2015 with different distances along the Halifax River at each event.  I will be running in all of the events, but I’m looking forward to the September race the most.  It will be my first actual 15K – yes, I’ve run races much longer than the required 9.3 miles, but the River Run will be my only dedicated chip-timed 15K to date.

5) RunDisney Wine & DineHalf Marathon – 11/7/15: Yippee!!  I am a diehard RunDisney fan (and I have been since my first Disney race two years ago).  Last year, I had to bow out of the Wine & Dine Half, thanks to the flu that kept me down for weeks.  This year, I’m even more fired up about completing this night run that culminates in a foodie’s paradise after-party.  The course takes runners through three of the Disney theme parks, which is a dream come true all on its own. 

It’s going to be a great year for running!

Will I see you at any of these races?
What race are you most looking forward to this year?


  1. You have a great list! I would love to do the Disney Wine & Dine Half & the Easter Beach run! Disney events are awesome! I did the Goofy challenge a couple of years ago & it was a great experience! :)

    1. Thank you so much, Aimee! The Easter Beach Run is so much fun! I won't pass up any chance to see Forrest Gump. :)

      I'd love to do the Goofy Challenge someday! That's definitely on my running bucket list!

  2. The Easter Beach run looks fun, especially with Bubba Gump involved. I'd like to do Wine & Dine. I'm a huge Disney fan (was just there last week) and love to eat at Epcot as much as possible. It would be neat to do a nighttime Disney race.

    1. I love to eat at EPCOT too! It's pretty much my favorite place. :)

      The nighttime races at Disney are so cool! I did the Tower of Terror two years in a row, and I definitely think that there's a special magic to running through Disney World when all of the lights are bright and twinkling.

  3. Gasp! An ice cream 5K! Sign me up!

    We have a few races on Easter, but they don't have cute Easter-themed bling :/ I'd like to try one of the few trail runs, which is on that day, but I would miss out on baskets and egg hunts and breakfast, so... maybe not til my little guy is a bit older.

    1. I know, right?!? An ice cream 5K is like a dream come true for me. :)

      I wouldn't want to miss out on all of the Easter festivities with my daughters either. Luckily, the Easter Beach Run always on the Saturday before Easter. Otherwise, I don't think I'd be able to give up on the egg hunts either!