There’s a lot of fun to be had at a destination race or, as they’re popularly known, “racecations”. But not everyone loves them or can splurge on them. No, others are satisfied racing in their own backyard. I think there are pros and cons to each.
This is an obvious point. No transportation expenses, no hotel room, no eating out costs. Running a local race means saving some cash that you would have spent on travelling elsewhere.
It Doesn’t Take Up Your Whole Weekend
Local races can get you in, running, and back home. The rest of your daily life can pick up immediately – Scout meetings, soccer practice, even just your standing Netflix Saturday night date with your significant other. You don’t have to rearrange your whole schedule.
The More The Merrier
I find that I run into gobs of people I know at local races. Unless I’m running a runDisney race (to which I’ve probably brought gobs of people with me) destination races might be a lonelier prospect if you normally like to run with buddies.
(Cheering) Squad Goals
At local races it’s more likely your SO, kids, parents, friends – whoever is important in your life – can come on down and cheer you on. There’s nothing like seeing friendly faces along the course or at the finish line. Bonus points if someone is holding a sign with your name on it!
Make It A Racecation
Kill two birds with one stone and turn your vacation into a racecation. Is there a destination you’ve been wanting to visit? Take advantage of a race in that town to check the destination off your Bucket List.
Tour Up Close and Personal
There is something truly amazing about touring a city on foot. Oft times, race directors work with local officials to create a course that highlights some really great parts of the city. You’ll probably get a route that you wouldn’t find on any tourist map but gets you a truly local perspective.
There’s More On The Line
Sometimes, I train harder and more consistently if I know that I am spending money to travel to a race. A local race? Eh – if I don’t run well, or if I blow it off entirely, there’s not much that I’m out other than the registration fee. A destination race requires planning and a lot more money. I’m probably going to put a little more effort forth to make it worth it.
Heading somewhere fun? With three kids, it’s not always convenient for my family to travel to a race destination with me. It’s much easier logistically and financially to pair up with a girlfriend or two (or five) and make a girl’s weekend out of it.
I made a girl’s weekend out of my racecation as an ambassador for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K last year! I’m really happy about being asked back as an ambassador again this year and am trying to recruit as many girlfriends as I can to join me. The next price increase happens on January 19th, so take advantage of my discount to make the most of the savings!