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Hump Day Giveaway: What’s Your Dream Race?

October 6, 2010

Thousands of thrashing bodies and no pool wall for a break. What's not to love?

I’ll give mine up right here: Kona. Hawaii. Ironman World Championships. 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, then a marathon to finish things up. (It’s this Saturday. I won’t be there.)

When I was growing up, I used to watch the Hawaii Ironman on ABC’s Wide World of Sports on a rabbit-eared black and white television. At the time, the athletes just seemed insane to me. I remember watching a 23-year-old Julie Moss, about to win the race, collapse just feet from the finish line. Who pushes their body that hard? My athletic resume, at that point, consisted of a random dodgeball game in gym and left field in softball, and just watching her collapse, then get up again, then collapse again almost made me want to collapse.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen–and this little bit of intrigue about the human body, and what it’s capable of doing, crept into my still-forming brain. It remains there, and these days, when I can get past the grocery list, the e-mail inbox, the bill paying, it makes appearances, like a ray of sunshine poking through aΒ  cloud cover.

To me, an Ironman still feels ridiculously ambitious, but not totally impossible. Twenty years of being an endurance athlete has taught me that if I train smart and give myself enough time to get my body strong and stay injury-free (read: I start training now for a race in 2012), I could see an IM finish line. But in true Dimity fashion, I’d go to finish, not to read what number is on the clock when I do.

(And although I said I’ll never run another road marathon, I won’t eat those words entirely. I’ve heard that the running portion of Ironman is actually easier than an a straight-up marathon: you’ve already gone so far, another five or six hours of walking/running really doesn’t feel that bad. I’m not sure if I really believe that, but I’ll believe it for now.)

Kona is my dream race because it’s the pinnacle of the sport, but I know I’ll never race there. In order to pilot your wheels on the famed Queen K Highway, you either have to qualify by being a top age-grouper or enter a lottery, and given my luck lately, I think Ben would write me an apology note in cursive before I’d get in there. So if I entered Kona, that means I’d have to a) race really fast (not gonna happen) and b) do *two* Ironmans (definitely not gonna happen). One complete, kinda crazy test of my endurance will be plenty, and you’ll be sure to hear about it when I sign on the dotted line. (I’m thinking 2012, but I’ve got a little time to mull it over and, um, get stronger.)

The blade-light: shoes that mince PR's.

What’s your dream race? It could be a dream that you can make come true–oh, that’s sounding vaguely Disney-esque, no?–or one that truly just lives in your head for inspiration, like the Everest Marathon. (Which, btw, sounds like hell to me. Talk about dehydration-induced headaches.) Let us know and one random commenter will win a very sweet Ironman-flavored outfit from K-Swiss.

The shoes are the Blade-Light Run, neutral racing shoes that which weigh in at a waifish 9.3 ounces. (Julie Dibens, a pro British triathlete who has a shot at winning in Kona will be sporting an even svelter variation of them on Saturday. I love her blog since she gets flat “tyres” and calls a good race a “cracker.”)Β  Pairing with the blade runners is a awfully cute, but very functional running skirt and wicking, high-peformance raglan tee, both branded with the infamous MDot that signifies you go the distance. I doubt Julie will change into a skirt in transition two to finish in Kona, but we figured her skin-tight race suit probably wouldn’t be your outfit of choice when you hit the neighborhood streets at 5:30 a.m.

So where do you run in your dreams? Any race, any distance, any reason.

p.s. Three winners of the yurbuds giveaway will be notified on our Facebook page today. Like us if you haven’t, please; love it when the winners actually chime in on FB!

258 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessica Stout permalink
    October 6, 2010 3:06 am

    My dream race: Ironman 70.3 Muncie, Indiana… I know, right?! Not a glamorous location but it is close to my family and friends and they could watch me tackle it! I think having them there to cheer me on to the finish would make it my dream come true race! πŸ™‚

    • October 6, 2010 6:31 am

      I think that Indiana sounds fantastic. Having familial support sounds like a glamorous location to me. πŸ™‚ I ran my first 1/2 in Omaha, Nebraska a few weeks ago – nothing was glamorous about the location but my family made it the best ever, cheering me on.

  2. Nancy Mize permalink
    October 6, 2010 3:11 am

    No doubt, the Iron distance has its twisted allure, but my dream race since 2003 has been the Mount Desert Island Marathon in Bar Harbor, Maine. MDI has been my family’s home for decades, and I ran my first marathon a year after seeing marathoners pass my parents home in Seal Harbor, while I was home during my father’s final illness. Now, my mother lives a half mile from the finish line, and my brother has a restaurant a block from the finish line, and I’m hoping to stay injury-free in 2011 so that I can make this dream a reality 8 years after my father’s death.

    • October 6, 2010 4:08 am

      Nancy – I live in New Hampshire and I am thinking of Mt Desert next year. I hear it is simply amazing. What a beautiful way to race – with your family around you and your dad in your heart! Go for it!

    • October 6, 2010 6:30 am

      What a great remembrance run! πŸ™‚ Sounds like your heart is in it – good luck

    • Cherylyn permalink
      October 6, 2010 2:26 pm

      Hi Nancy,
      Good luck with your training! I am running my first marathon at age 57 in 2 weeks- the MDI marathon in Bar Harbor. I guess I could have chosen a marathon with an easier course but wanted to run something “special”. My dream has been to run a marathon and decided this year that time was ticking away. What was I waiting for? I am nervous but determined. I’ll think of you when I run the hills in Seal Harbor.

      • Nancy Mize permalink
        October 7, 2010 4:19 pm

        thanks, all, and I’ll be thinking of YOU, Cherilyn, on Sunday the 17th, sending you all the energy I can for those hills. Phoebe, see you there next year?

  3. October 6, 2010 4:11 am

    My dream race is any that I could do with my boys…. NOT pushing them in the jog stroller! They aren’t quite old enough yet but in a couple of years we may be able to start on some 5Ks.

    (P.S. It would be pretty cool to run ANY race in Hawaii… that SMELL!! But since this girl doesn’t so much swim as she “avoids drowning”, I think the Ironman is out!)

    • October 6, 2010 6:29 am

      I’m with you on the IM. LOL
      I can’t wait for my boys to be old enough. They’re too heavy for me to push them far in our stroller, but to run with them. I love running outside with them but something farther than 50 yards would be even better LOL

      • Jane permalink
        October 6, 2010 8:00 pm

        I started running about two years ago with my now-16 year old son. We do 5ks all the time, are doing two half marathons this year and I dream of doing a full marathon with him. We have the best routine. We travel to the race together, warm up together, and then he takes off once the race starts. But the best part is he waits for me at the finish line with a big hug and a bottle of water. I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything in the world.

        • Meghan permalink
          October 8, 2010 4:18 pm

          The vision of my sons waiting a t a finish line for me, after they ran the race too, gives me goosebumps! Some day!

  4. Catrina permalink
    October 6, 2010 4:21 am

    My dream race would be Mt. Washington Road Race, 7.6miles all up! I am horrible with hills, and on the website it says ; Don’t worry, it’s only one hill!” Love it!

  5. Ali Banholzer permalink
    October 6, 2010 4:26 am

    My dream race isn’t glamorous or even that challenging for most of you! But being a military wife, that has moved 7 times in 13 years….I now live 3000 miles away from my family. So my dream is to return and re-run my first race. Bloomsday – it is a 12k on the first Sunday in May in Spokane WA. The first Sunday in May is also always close to my birthday – I ran it the first time ON my 10 birthday – so I have convinced my husband ‘help’ me fly home and run Bloomsday in 2012 for my 40th. If all goes well it will be me, my husband, and both of my girls finishing the race together. Well that’s the dream anyway!

  6. Den permalink
    October 6, 2010 5:18 am

    I don’t think my dream race would be anywhere specific…it would be some random 10 mile race with perfect running weather (50’s w/a few clouds). Some rolling hills but relatively flat. Prefer somewhere near the ocean so I could hear the surf while we run. i’m totally prepared – hydrated, well-fed the night before. I would run with purpose but take in and enjoy all the sights and sounds around me. I would finish strong and my running buds would be waiting for me with cold beers in hand. Life is good!!

  7. Lori permalink
    October 6, 2010 5:37 am

    My dream race would be any race that my sisters and I finish together. Right now we are training for a 10K next summer (neither of my sisters have ever run before and are very over-weight). I just started running in January and I love it. Someday I will finish a race and not feel like puking my guts out….but until then….I’ll just keep trying.

    • October 6, 2010 6:27 am

      My dream is to run the Disney Princess 1/2 with my sisters – but I’d take any race! It’d be even better if my mom would join us.

  8. October 6, 2010 5:46 am

    I have a near reverence for Iron(wo)men. Kona is definitely number 1!

  9. October 6, 2010 5:49 am

    I’ve secretly dreamed of completing Antarctica Marathon, as well as the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. But, to tell you the truth, my ultimate dream event would be any race (any distance) that I could complete with my friend Doug whose own journey to health and fitness got me out the door and running (actually training for the Army 10-Miler) nearly 10 years ago. A year after completing my first Army 10-Miler, I was running marathons. I haven’t stopped since, but sadly have never gotten a chance to run a race with my friend Doug–mostly due to our geographically remote work schedules and his deployments overseas.

    • October 6, 2010 6:27 am

      My sister is in the Air Force & is being deployed soon. I hope she gets back in time to run a 1/2 marathon here in Nebraska with me in May. Plan soon enough and hopefully you and Doug can work out a time to run together. πŸ™‚ Good luck

  10. October 6, 2010 5:58 am

    Maybe Julianne and I can go to Antarctica together because that’s my dream race, too – the Antartica Marathon. I read a book about it this summer and thought it was the coolest thing ever.

    If I did that, then I may as well work to become a member of the 7 continents club.

    …That led me to Google ‘China Marathon’ and there’s a marathon on the Great Wall of China. My daughter was born in China so that’s added to my dream list of races. πŸ™‚

    • October 6, 2010 6:26 am

      You have some amazing dreams! The Great Wall of China would be so amazing! And the 7 continents club – I’d never heard of it. Sweet!

  11. Donna Marcil permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:06 am

    My dream race is just to RUN! I never thought it would be something I could accomplish..but this past weekend I ran my first 13.1 and it was amazing!!!!
    So as long as I’m running it will always be my dream come true!!!

  12. Martha permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:11 am

    I don’t know why but my dream Marathon is Big Sur. The minute I can afford to travel and my kids are old enough to be there with me I will be there πŸ™‚

  13. Meredith permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:14 am

    I moved from Pittsburgh to Tennessee just over a year ago, and my dream race is still Pittsburgh-oriented. I’d love to run the Great Race 10K someday, after running each of the city’s neighborhood 5K’s that summer – the Greenfield Glide, the Brookline Breeze, the Run Around the Square, etc. Someday I’d like to make this happen, even if it means half a dozen weekend trips in the course of one summer.

  14. Lisa permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:16 am

    Boston Marathon! My dream race for so many years! Hopefully in 10 days I will be one step closer to making that dream come true.

    • October 6, 2010 6:24 am

      Good luck! That’s so amazing that you are racing for your dream. πŸ™‚

  15. October 6, 2010 6:24 am

    I have two. The Disney Princess 1/2 – with my sisters. That would be fun (but it’s not cheap).

    The other kind of goes along with the Kona IM. It’s the Underpants Run – around the same time as the Kona IM. I don’t know if I’m that daring to run in my undies (well…it’s more the stretch marks on my stomach I’d care about covering).

    If anyone wants to see more, check out this link to YouTube ( It just looks like a blast!

  16. October 6, 2010 6:25 am

    I would love to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans! I have serious doubts that I will EVER run a marathon, or even a half, but if I did that is the one I’d pick. It just sounds like so much fun!

  17. Stephanie permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:26 am

    A dream race for me would be one where all of my different running partners from over the years would be there together to run with me. I think that would be a blast. I’ve moved a bit (and some running partners have moved) and so I’ve run with a number of different people. They don’t know each other, but I think that they would get along fabulously.

  18. Heidi permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:27 am

    Definitely Boston for me. Ever since my first marathon, the seemingly impossible qualifying times have kept me striving harder and harder. Back then I thought I’d BQ after 4-5 marathons – but I’m still a long way out timewise. I don’t want to do it as a charity runner, I want to earn it. Just to say I qualified, and to run that famous course that so many others have run, would be the absolute pinnacle of my running “career” – I tell my husband that I’ll retire and just run for fun once I’ve achieved that goal. For now, it still seems like a very Don Quixote-ish impossible dream, but it remains a dream all the same. And – in the meantime, it does keep me running and racing and gives me a reason to stay fit and leave Ben & Jerry in the freezer where they belong. There’s a ton of marathons on my “someday I’d love to…” list – but Boston is the only on I dream of.

  19. Kendra permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:27 am

    I have a dream of running a marathon (only done 5ks so far) and in a few years, when I’m not working full time and going to school full time and could actually commit more time to training, I plan on running the Des Moines Marathon in Des Moines Iowa. It’s close to home so family could come and for me that is the best way to run a marathon. My friend and I always joke that if we did a marathon in Hawaii at least we could rest our weary feet on the beach for awhile instead of the snow in Iowa!

    • Robin permalink
      October 6, 2010 8:38 am

      Hi Kendra! I am a fellow Iowan and also enjoy the benefits of racing close to home. My husband did Des Moines a while back and, while it is a little hilly, he had a great time. I just did the Quad Cities half and it was so nice and flat!!! Training in winter here is tough…I am with you on the benefits of a destination race!

  20. October 6, 2010 6:29 am

    I want to do one of the Disney World half’s…I live in Colorado, so being there would also give me a chance to visit my grandpa who is about to turn 91. πŸ™‚

  21. Carolyn permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:38 am

    The Goofy Challenge! I would love to take my kids to Disney and while we are there finish a half and full marathon back to back. That’s my dream for now:).

  22. ShelleyMM permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:40 am

    Any run along the coast with temps in the 60s or 70s would be my dream run. I love the sound of the waves crashing to shore, and I love that fresh ocean breeze.

  23. Julie permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:43 am

    I think my dream race in terms of being tough enough to handle it would be the tram road race – 6K uphill. Their motto is “We know you are tough but HOW TOUGH ARE YOU”. The answer right now? Not tough enough. But maybe one day!

  24. October 6, 2010 6:44 am

    The Lobsterman Triathlon in Freeport, Maine! My family went to Bath & Phippsburg every summer and we would always stop in Freeport, sometimes 2 or 3 times. The run goes through downtown, a place I know well, and the finish includes a Maine lobsterbake complete with beer. LL Bean is a sponsor along with other iconic Maine retailers. Someday!!!

  25. October 6, 2010 6:45 am

    Either Kona or the Boston Marathon.

  26. Adrienne permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:49 am

    My absolute dream race would be the Boston. I am a new runner, just starting to tun about one year ago, and it would be awesome to push hard and train, qualify and run in this historic marathon. Right now, I’m coming up on my first half-marathon and I’m super pumped for that, I can’t imagine how psyched I’d be for the Boston! I guess time will tell! πŸ™‚

  27. Deborah permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:50 am

    My dream race? One of the Disney half marathons. I like the idea of the Princess, since it’s so woman focused, but the Wine and Dine half that starts at 10 PM and ends with a wine and food party sounds pretty great too. Our family loves Disney, so it would be awesome. I will do one, probably in 2012!

    • Alison H. permalink
      October 7, 2010 5:28 pm

      I just ran the Wine & Dine, and I definitely plan on doing it again next year. Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

  28. Majda permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:55 am

    My dream race is the Paris Marathon. I’ve been there with my DH a few years ago (he ran) and it was fantastic. My plan is a half-marathon next year and then 2012 I hope my dream come true. πŸ™‚
    Kona IM is the dream race of my DH. πŸ™‚

  29. Janey permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:58 am

    Hood to Coast 2011!

  30. October 6, 2010 6:59 am

    Oooh, dream races? I have several… semi-attainable, depending on funds. I’d LOVE to do the Maui Half Marathon, and the Nike Women’s Half in SF. I dream of being able to do a race in such a scenic area such as Maui or San Fran. My other two GOTTA-do’s are the two Marathon Cruises put on by Jenny Hadfield and John Bingham, the Great Alaskan Cruise & the Carribean Islands Marathon. My other goal races are any and all of the Disney races. The Goofy Challenge would be something that I’d love to be able to say that I’ve done. So many goals, so many races, so little time & money. πŸ™‚

  31. Stephanie permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:04 am

    Boston. I grew up outside the city and saw it on the paper/in the news every year growing up. I thought “who is that crazy that they run for 26.2 miles?” Now that I run I understand why people do and I respect the race even more. I have friends that have run, they say there’s nothing quite like it. I want to run it-I want my family & friends to be able to coem and cheer me on. I want my kids to see thewir mom run & to see what dedication and perserverance can brign you. I want to qualify….right now I’m sizing up plans do my first full so that I can see how feasible a dream this is for me. I just completed my second half marathon on Sunday-as I was leaving i walked past some of the mararthoner who were on the final strectch to finishing. One woman yelled out “I’m going to qualify for Boston!” the smile on her face was amazing. I want that feeling.

  32. October 6, 2010 7:06 am

    I am going to say Chicago Marathon. Only because it’s 4 days away, and my first marathon!! After Chicago, defintely Maui Marathon. I spent a couple of weeks on the island of Maui while in college and have been longing to get back ever since I boarded the plane home. The people, culture, and the island itself are just amazing.

  33. October 6, 2010 7:09 am

    Wow, a dream race sounds very ambitious of me a newbie training for my first 8K! If I had to pick a short term goal, the half marathon in my hometown of Richmond VA. Also the 8k at Busch Gardens Williamsburg through their Christmastown exhibit. It is all hills, but I am actually contemplating this one in December!

    All time goal, I am not sure yet becuase this is so new to me I am learning about different races everyday it seems. NYC is intruiging at this point…but only time shall tell!

  34. kelly permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:14 am

    My dream race is Boston. After missing the qualifying time by five minutes in February (becuase I did not refrain from touching my sick children and caught a childhood virus I should have had many moons ago). Anyway, giving it another try in December to see if my dreams can come true.

  35. Celeste permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:14 am

    I just started this whole marathon thing (training for my first right now), so I don’t have a dream goal on my radar quite yet. I live in the SF Bay and I know we have some gorgeous courses around here (Big Sur, SF, Sonoma, etc.)–I’d love to do any of those. The chance to race in Italy (my fave vacation destination!) would be fab as well.

  36. Val permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:15 am

    A Buddie of mine introduced me to the GORTEX Trans-Rockies race this past year… I never thought I’d ever run more than 3 miles comfortably before this past year… but now I know I want to run that race before I leave this world. πŸ™‚ She (Marcy) and I plan to do it, although we haven’t set a year yet… its in our hearts now. This past June I ran my first 1/2 Marathon, this coming June I will run my first Marathon… its only a matter of time after that!

    • Marcy Crebs permalink
      October 7, 2010 9:11 pm

      Running Buddy!! – I so didn’t see you had posted until afterI posted, and was reading the others πŸ™‚ TransRockies !!!!

  37. October 6, 2010 7:15 am

    Until I met my husband, I forbade myself to “daydream”. I felt like it was a complete waste of time….if I was going to spend my time thinking of something, it darn sure better be a GOAL not just a dream. After meeting him (a fiction writer of all things!) dreaming is becoming easier. However, the longer I run, the more my dreams become goals. (Like the dream of finishing my first 1/2 was realized 9/25 at the WHM.) So…my dream race, that one day could become a goal race RIGHT NOW is conservatively set as the Venice marathon. Venice is my all time favorite city in the world, and the idea of running a marathon there is more than a little intoxicating!!

  38. October 6, 2010 7:19 am

    I dream of doing the ironman in hawaii too!!!!! Nevermind I’ve never even completed a sprint triathlon due to my fear of bikes. I do own a helmet, gloves, & padded shorts. Maybe one day, I’ll train for a sprint tri JUST to pretend it’s the ironman! Ha!

  39. October 6, 2010 7:27 am

    My first choice would have to be the Boston Marathon of course, which I WILL qualify for this year. I think I can. I think I can. I KNOW I can. However, my second, less obvious choice would be the Fargo Marathon. It’s where my family lives and I cannot think of a better venue to run a race that would have a family member cheering me on at every mile, a completely flat course that would be a sure Boston Qualifier and the brisk temps of late Spring in North Dakota. Perfect!

  40. Jacinda permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:29 am

    I ran my dream race this Summer. It was a 5K for “Girls on the Run”. Girls on the Run is an organization that builds self esteem in young girls through running and other positive teachings. Everyone got No. “1” as their race number, it was not timed, and hundreds of kids, especially young girls, and their Moms and Dads ran the race. It was an excellent race and so wonderful to see so many young kids with their families doing something good, spending time together and having fun!

  41. October 6, 2010 7:30 am

    Thirteen years ago, at the age of 30, I was five years past my running-ending knee injury and walking an easy 10 minute mile. I had decided to train for the Honolulu marathon and was well on my way. A move across country and life got in the way and I put this away – carrying my training manual from state to state, back and forth across the country. Recently, a bunch of (RLA)Mothers have inspired me to consider it again. But now instead of getting to Hawaii, it’s the Marine Core Marathon. Maybe it’s the mystical idea of marines – but that seems like company that would inspire me to just finish it. So the new goal that is forming is to do a marathon before 50. I guess the RLAMers have made me want to be part of something bigger than me. Damn RLAMers!

  42. Suzanne permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:31 am

    Dipsea! I would love to tackle that course–the scenery, steep trails, and climbing 200 stairs somehow sound awesome to me! And how sweet would it be to bring home a treasured black shirt!?!

  43. Cheryl permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:36 am

    If you do the Kona, we should all send YOU a prize. That would be awesome. My dream race is the Berlin marathon. I’ve only run one marathon so far, but I love running in Berlin when I go there for work every Spring or summer. The marathon course is flat, fast, and what an amazing feeling it would be to finish at the Brandenburg Gate!

  44. Jill permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:38 am

    Just did a marathon relay that was AWESOME… I cannot wait for the next one!!! 80 miles, Woods To Water Relay in NW WI.. : ) Spring 2011…

    My dream dream race would be the Birds of Prey Downhill at Beaver Creek, about 15 years ago… Running has not replaced skiing in my dreams… : )

  45. October 6, 2010 7:38 am

    My dream race would be one that included my 18 yr old daughter. She is an amazing kid and invests herself in friendships and she forgets to take time to invest in herself. She told me she is willing to start training for a half in 2011. I’m super-excited.

  46. Leslie permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:45 am

    Boston. Just because… it’s the Boston!! Oh, to wear that badge of honor/courage/determination!!!

  47. Julie permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:46 am

    Right now, the dream is the Portland marathon on Sunday. I’m still trying to visualize myself running strong at the 25th mile and crossing the finish line!

    After that? I have the Disney 1/2 marathon dream, but with husband and 2 princesses. I think I would have to get a new running hat…with mouse ears!

  48. Cathy permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:49 am

    I dream of working up to tackle the Nike Women’s marathon that I first read about in RW a few years ago. That article triggered the start of something good, in me and, as we all know now, in many other mothers out there.

  49. October 6, 2010 7:58 am

    I dream of running a marathon someday. I want to before I’m 40, and the countdown is getting closer (only 2.5 years left!). I would love to do it in Seattle just because it’s summertime (I’m off from work, kids are out of school) and it’s SO much cooler than where I live. And a totally different climate as well. If we’re dreaming, I might as well dream big and say that I’d qualify for Boston at said dream Seattle marathon and then feel obligated to go do it as well!

    Reality check says that I’ll probably end up doing a local 5K for my 40th! πŸ˜‰

  50. Katie permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:01 am

    My dream race was 15 years in the making. It came true this summer when I finished the Leadville Trail 100 mile run. It didn’t have exactly the outcome I’d planned, but it surely was a dream come true.

  51. Lauren M permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:05 am

    Big Sur for a marathon run, and the Lake Placid Ironman, both gorgeous places.

  52. Csaf permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:05 am

    My dream race doesn’t have a name (yet) but it would involve a 50-degree morning in October, slightly overcast, and either a 10 miler or a half marathon AND (and this is what makes it my dream race), I would PR (1:40 for the 10-miler and under 2:00 for the half) with gas left in the tank. The cherry on top would be having my husband and 3 kids waiting for me at the finish line.

    That would be my dream race. πŸ™‚

  53. otherjulie permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:08 am

    Dream race…hmm…two types:

    – location dream race – London

    – location and ability dream race – Boston

    Fun question, thanks!

  54. Sarah permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:09 am

    I’m not yet ambitious enough to dream of Ironmans. I have maybe once or twice allowed the thought of a marathon to float through my head. But what I really am intrigued by is the Hood to Coast relay. I would love, love, LOVE to do this some year. I have very few friends who run right now, but I do have a few. I am thinking in a year or two I may propose this idea to some of them. One is a college friend and we live several states apart. How fun would it be to stage a get together in which we totally drain ourselves running a relay race? But it would be hard to work out the details with my two babies (okay, one of them is 2 and the other is nearly a toddler now, but still…) and the guilt I am sure I would feel at leaving them for a race. Or the guilt I would feel for leaving my husband to fend for himself with them (lies, we live 5 minutes from his parents) or his having to take the time off from work. Would he even be able to? Not to mention travel expenses, etc, etc. But this is why it’s a dream!

  55. Cath L permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:14 am

    Tenzing Hillary Everest 1/2 Marathon. I trekked the same trails as the race 10 years ago this month and I would love to go back–it was an awesome experience. I choose the 1/2 because I don’t have a desire to do a marathon at sea level, much less at 17K.

    • Marcy Crebs permalink
      October 7, 2010 9:13 pm

      Hadn’t heard of this one – sounds great!

  56. Lyndsay S. permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:14 am

    I do hope to eventually do an Ironman–perferably Ironman Wisconsin since that’s where I grew up. But first I need to qualify and run Boston. And before I can get to that give birth to the baby currently in my belly. So it may be a while before I get there.

  57. Melanie permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:15 am

    Oh, the list is so long!! I always said NEVER to marathons, but after watching my sister complete the Goofy Challenge (and me with only my Donald Duck 1/2 marathon medal), I felt a bit jealous and put it in the back of my head… someday. Then after a few 1/2 marathons, I realized I needed to get the full marathon under my belt. Can’t decide which I would want to do – Boston, NYC, Nike Women’s, 26.2 with Donna Breast Cancer Marathon, or some exotic location like Paris! They all sound so exciting. Also would like to get a triathlon on that list too (but an IM sounds impossible to me- can’t wait to see what Dimity decides!)

  58. Amber permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:18 am

    I think my dream race would be a race run with my sister. After years of trying to convince my family and friends that I am not in fact crazy for loving to run, my little sister (okay she is 21 but she is still my baby sis πŸ™‚ has finally started to run!! Though she doesn’t feel ready yet I would love to run any distance with her! That being said….I would love to run the Disney Princess half marathon! What girl doesn’t want to be a sweaty princess for a a day!! I would also love to do the Filthy 5k w/ her in Moorehead MN, basically it is a mud run w/ awards for the filthiest. πŸ™‚ SO FUN!

  59. October 6, 2010 8:21 am

    I have SO many dream races!

    BQ and run Boston
    I want to get Goofy
    An Iron(wo)man
    Trail Ultra.
    The impossible dream…I am even scared to write it… Leadville

    Some will come true, some I may be a spectator or volunteer and some will just be dreams. Maybe some of my offspring may get to run them some day if I don’t. I wonder if I am already running what some of my mother’s mother’s mother (etc.) dreamed of?

    • Marcy Crebs permalink
      October 7, 2010 9:14 pm

      Leadville – NOT Impossible, totally worth dreaming about!

  60. October 6, 2010 8:26 am

    I could’ve written this post myself in 2003, when I first entered the world of triathlons. But since then I’ve crossed the finish line of three Ironmans and will be doing it again in June in France. Your body is an amazing machine that allows you to push it beyond what you ever thought was possible. Thank you for your blog. I am a fan and look to it for inspiration everyday.

  61. October 6, 2010 8:26 am

    My dream race is Kona. I just did my first sprint tri, I have a few 1/2 marathons under my belt and I’m doing my first marathon this month. I have caught the bug in the worst way…….so what’s better than Hawaii? My in-laws are already on bored to babysit, although the catch is that they get to babysit IN hawaii πŸ™‚

  62. October 6, 2010 8:30 am

    My dream race…I will be running it on October 31st when I run my first marathon…the 35th Marine Corps Marathon. It’s going to be an amazing day. Like others, I never thought that I had it within me to complete such an amazing fete. With the help of my runner girls and my other training partner πŸ˜‰ I don’t know if I would be gearing up for this race. But once I’m out on the course the race is all MINE…and I can’t wait!!!

  63. October 6, 2010 8:32 am

    I suppose whatever the next race is, really.
    Is that lame?

    Having a brother that can’t walk or talk makes one particularly grateful for being able to run, so I’ll take it however it comes, whether it’s a colda** half marathon in Travelers Rest, South Carolina in January or Kona or a local 5k.

    For right now the next race is New York, and I’m certainly dreaming of it.

  64. October 6, 2010 8:33 am

    I want to do a sprint tri, but have no ambitions of an ironman . . . I think I would drown!!

    My dream race . . . the Disney Goofy Challenge!! I would love, love, love to do that! I think it would be fun for me and my hubby and kids. And, I would like to run it with someone, preferably my hubby. Most of my friends do not run and my husband thinks that a marathon is crazy, so I may just have to settle for having my family on the sidelines, cheering me on. Goffy Challenge 2012?????? Maybe!

  65. Tryna permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:35 am

    Goal #1 – 50 States Marathon Club (you have to run 10 just to get into the club, I’m working on #5)
    Goal #2 – 7 continents Club (China Wall is first/Antarctica is last)
    Goal #3 – Disney medals (Goofy challenge & Coast-to-Coast medals)
    Ultimate Goal – Qualifying for Boston!

    Anyone wanna go for a run?

  66. Christina permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:37 am

    OK, well at the risk of sounding completely Disney-esque, my dream is to complete Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge at Disney World! I grew up in Central FL, right down the street from Disney, so it’s kind of my mothership =) To me, what better thing to do than to combine two things I adore: Disney and RUNNING! I have already done two half marathons there, and plan to make WDW my first full marathon in 2012. Maybe Goofy will go on my calendar in 2013 or 2014…who knows??

  67. Annette M permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:39 am

    I don’t have a real race… but dream locations would be NYC in the fall and have crazy guys dressed up at about mile 11 (of a half) offering beer and donuts — like the Shamrock Run in Portland… love the boost of humor they have brought me!

  68. Robin permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:41 am

    I had to think about this. Other than Nike Women’s Marathon (can’t imagine it not being someone’s dream race after the article that started it all…) and Bolder Boulder (not really sure why, but I just have to for some reason) I don’t have a racing bucket list. I think I need one. In the meantime, my dream race is flat and I go really, really fast and feel great. The scenery is gorgeous and the crowds line the streets the entire way. πŸ™‚

  69. October 6, 2010 8:44 am

    I’d have to say I think the Disney Marathon (or Half Marathon, which would be more realistic, though still a stretch, for me) would be so much fun, and probably the ONLYway I’d convince my husband to take the family to Disney World in Florida. He’s not a huge Disney freak, like me, so there are many other places he’d rather go and spend that kind of money. But to me, getting to run through all the parks, meet all the characters, and just go to have a good time and not worry about a finishing time, just FINISHING would be the best vacation. (Not to mention with all the running, I’d probably worry a LITTLE less about all the eating-of-fun-vacation-food I’d be doing!)

  70. Alison permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:46 am

    As cliche as it sounds, I would like to run Boston. This is several years in the future, but I know I have it in me. As a second, I would like to run the Edinburgh marathon with my family doing the relay (to qualify for Boston!). My uncle is the race director of the Edinburgh marathon.

  71. Julie permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:48 am

    Easy Peasy. For the last couple of years, I’ve been dreaming of, drooling over, fantasizing about and imagining myself running The Great Alaskan Marathon Cruise!! It sounds absolutely perfect. Just imagine….cruising for seven days while admiring the spectacular views of Alaska, enjoying the company and camaraderie of fellow runners and four different race events mixed in at different ports! By the end of the week, 26 miles under my belt…along with a few margaritas I’m sure! Only one problem: not too sure how to get my husband and/or friends “on board” with the idea!! They think I’m crazy! πŸ™‚

    • Csaf permalink
      October 6, 2010 10:06 am

      This sounds fantastic! I would do it.

  72. CaRoline Eakle permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:49 am

    Ah that is easy!
    For me it is do run “the marathon des deux rives” in me beloved Quebec city the best town in the world to me. I moved to California 10 yrs ago and I miss my hometown every day! So my is dream is something that could be done one day!! My problem right now is the timing of it..always when school starts here in CA!

  73. Jill (Mama to 4) permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:57 am

    San Diego Marathon is my dream race. Hubby and I have always wanted to vacation there with the four kiddos. I have a goal to run it in 2012 with hubby and take the “always dreamed of” vacation too. I loved the post about the Ironman – I grew up watching it and being riveted to the TV. I am not sure that I will ever get there but it is a wonderful dream!

  74. October 6, 2010 9:01 am

    I don’t think I have a specific race in mind, just details that are important: a 1/2 marathon, beautiful location, cool weather (mid-upper 50s).

    But the way my running has happened lately, I’m thrilled if I make it out into my neighborhood for a few miles. (I’ll take what I can get!)


  75. Merle permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:02 am

    The ultimate dream race is Ironman Hawaii and I would love to race it with you….

  76. Jen B permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:02 am

    I was lucky enough to realize my running dream this past spring: running in the Paris Marathon. I had been dreaming of it since I started marathon running 13 years ago. My husband and I went together, leaving our 2 little ones at home with grandparents. 40,000 runners (82 %men!!) set off charging down the Champs D’Elysees, passing all the spectacular sights of the city. I burst into tears at mile 15 as we wound down to the path along the edge of the Sienne with Notre Dame across the water. Incredible. The experience will stay with me forever. Make your running dreams come true!!!!

  77. Julie Fredericks permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:06 am

    Not a specific race, but my goal is a 1/2 ironman. I just started triathalons this summer and love them! Next summer an Olympic and then we will go from there. I would shoot for an ironman, but I swore I would never run a marathon- might just have to eat those words some day…

  78. October 6, 2010 9:06 am

    My dream race is the LA Marathon. I know. Dream big, right? Seriously though. That’s the marathon that made me even ever think about running a marathon someday. My mom goes down there with her best friend every year as her friend has a great deal to do with fund raising for Parkinson’s. To have my mom and her best friend at the finish line, two of my big supporters, sounds like perfection to me. Not to mention the beautiful course that ends at the beach. It is definitely on my list of dreams!

  79. October 6, 2010 9:13 am

    Although I’m consumed with Chicago (4 days!!!!) right now (and my dreams are too!) my dream race is Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. I grew up there, and I’d LOVE to go back and run there…

  80. canuck_grad permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:17 am

    My dream race is to do a marathon in some cool location – maybe NYC, maybe Disney. Somewhere my husband could travel with me, and I could maybe meet some friends there who would run it with me.

  81. October 6, 2010 9:21 am

    geez to dream big would have to three things.
    1) any marathon that I got a BQ in
    2) running boston just because I qualified
    3) doing an iron man but like you Dimitry I realy have to think about this one.

  82. October 6, 2010 9:38 am

    This is an easy one – Boston Marathon without a doubt! I grew up going to this race every year and cheering on the athletes and being totally in awe of them. To run that race with my family watching me, with that crowd atmosphere – that’s my dream!

  83. October 6, 2010 9:39 am

    My dream race right now is the Costa Rica Adventure Race where you work in teams to trek, kayak, raft, bike, etc. I like it because I know the route fairly well and I live in Colorado so can easily altitude train.

    I am a nerd and also grew up admiring tri-geekery and love where I live because I see so many legends of the sport around. I love it when they give advice to a nobody like me. They are a very friendly community.

  84. October 6, 2010 9:43 am

    my dream race is kona as well AND i too watched julie moss and that stuck with me forever.

  85. October 6, 2010 9:45 am

    I really like the ides of the Nike Women’s Marathon or the Disney Princess Marathon. So far, I’ve done all my races with my husband–which I LOVE. But part of me wants to know if I can dig deep without having him there to hold my hand and push me when I need it. The only way I see him not racing with me is if it was a women’s race. And because I went to an all women’s college, I love the idea of doing that kind of distance with an amazing group of women. I hope that one or both of these are in my future!

  86. Lee permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:48 am

    Dream race? I often dream I am racing. Does anyone else out there have these dreams too? Some are in the most beautiful places too – near the ocean, through the forests. Far, far away from the Chicago neighborhood I actually run in. As long as we’re dreaming, I can’t help but be amazed and inspired by the ultramarthoners. Something in me wants to be able to do that too. Although my longest race to date is a 5K! I did do a triathlon this summer though, and being able to do an ironman would be fantastic too!

  87. realrellim permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:51 am

    My dream race is the Big Sur Marathon. My daydream race would be the Leadville Marathon. Maybe one day I’ll have the time to put in the kind of mileage and training one would need, but it’s hard to imagine this morning as I write, still in PJs, trying to convince #1 to correct her hand position on the violin and #2 is crying anytime I put her down. Heck, at this moment my dream is to run this afternoon!

  88. Annette Johnson permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:53 am

    I turned fifty last June and my goal was to run a half marathon a month, I’m running my 7th one on Oct. 30th. But in the back of my head I want to do a full marathon so the plan is do it next year in St. George Utah. Then maybe a small tri or maybe I’ll do that next summer. I think there are way to many choices to have just one dream floating around.

  89. Sarah permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:54 am

    Running the Antartica Ice Marathon with my youngest sister is my dream. And, as long as I’m dreaming, the $9000 entry fee, round-trip air to Chile, hotel and wine would be paid for by my sponsor, which I would have, because in my dreams I am a seriously fabulous runner. But for now, my sister and I are focusing on our dream of running the Nike Women’s Marathon in 2012 or so.

  90. October 6, 2010 10:03 am

    Truly, I’m not picky. My dream race would be any full Ironman, when I’m ready and trained! though Cozumel does sound kinda nice. πŸ™‚ If I were a hill climber, maybe the new Pocono IM!

  91. Lori Bondy permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:10 am

    My dream race is the Canadian Death Race but in a Relay. 124kms accross 24hrs. 5Legs w a 4 to 5 member team. Me and my husband are forcasing 2014 to give it a try but first we are going to do the NWM 2011.

  92. Joanmarie permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:19 am

    Not at all original but it will always be the Boston Marathon. Sentimental because I grew up in the area and somehow have never made it back. Not that I am even prepared to do a marathon at this point but, hey, a girl can dream!

  93. October 6, 2010 10:22 am

    Oh I dream of Boston! πŸ˜€ But I’m really slow and just ran my first half marathon so it’s a while off yet lol πŸ˜‰

  94. Cynthia permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:26 am

    My dreams are more of destination races. I would love to run a marathon with my husband in Hawaii. He ran his first marathon there when he was in his 20’s (before i met him) with no training. He is in the military so I guess that was his training. I would also like to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with my best friend. I lastly I want to run a marathon in my home state of Idaho. That might get to happen if we move back there next year (husband is retiring from the militay, 22 years in service).

  95. October 6, 2010 10:27 am

    I think I will always, always dream of Boston. I’m not fast and probably never will but I can dream…

  96. Sam Rhoades permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:34 am

    my dream race is the kilimanjaro marathon. one of my dearest friends lives in mozambique and she is always encouraging me to come to africa. to combine a fantastic athletic feat with international travel and the company of a good friend is a true dream!

  97. October 6, 2010 10:36 am

    Right now my dream race is the Pike’s Peak Accent…and to make it even dreamier, I’d love to do it with some of my good time running buddies…or in a few years, my awesome speedy kids πŸ™‚

  98. October 6, 2010 10:51 am

    Dream run: Nappa Valley- hands down. I’ve only been running a little over 4 months, so a half would be AMAZING. The weather is perfect. Never too hot to be, well, too hot, and never freezing cold, just cold enough to be-you guessed it- too hot. What more beautiful area could there be? Plus, the hubby is a Chef and we’ve made a deal that after I run out there we’ll go to The French Laundry.

  99. Kathy permalink
    October 6, 2010 11:08 am

    My dream race(s) is the goofy run at disney. You run a half marathon one day, then a full marathon the next day.

    If you do both, you not only get the mickey and pluto medals, but you get the goofy one too!

    I am about to start training for my first half marathon, no small job with four kids 5 and under, but I think I will do this race one day, with my husband and kids cheering me on all the way!

  100. Elana permalink
    October 6, 2010 11:23 am

    Dream race: Big Sur Marathon. Beautiful scenery, a challenging course, and a pretty excellent vacation afterward to celebrate. I WILL run it, I’m thinking May 2012…

  101. Lelia permalink
    October 6, 2010 11:32 am

    My dream race is Boston. But I would have to shave off an hour of my best race to qualify. Not sure that can happen.

  102. October 6, 2010 11:48 am

    I have ALWAYS ALWAYs wanted to visit Ireland so the Dublin Marathon would be my dream. Seeing the beautiful lush countryside by the Power of my size 10’s would be amazing.. Now if we are REALLY REALLY dreaming hubby and the kiddos would be running with me and we would cross the finish line four across.. This won’t play out for YEARS as the boys (and hubby) will not be ready for 26.2 anytime soon, but imagine the photo-op love it!!

    • October 6, 2010 7:49 pm

      that sounds amazing. I didn’t even think of outside the US- I blame it on my days conversation revolving around different ways Spiderman keeps people safe …

  103. October 6, 2010 11:49 am

    Attainable Dream Race: Edge to Edge Marathon in Tofino, BC. I’ve gone there with my family since I was 12 so it’s sentimental. Hoping to do it next June.

    Dream Race if I had the money: Goofy Challenge. I might not be able to walk after the weekend, but I really want those medals.

    “Maybe when I’m older” Dream Race: Boston. Need I say more? I doubt I’ll qualify until I’m much older. That 3hour 40minute time right now is far beyond my reach.

  104. Lori permalink
    October 6, 2010 11:55 am

    I would love to run the Hood To Coast Relay! I just don’t know anyone on a team right now, but thought about just putting my name out there and seeing if a team would pick me up… I’ve heard it’s hard to get into, though! It sounds challenging (197 miles in 2 days) and fun!

  105. October 6, 2010 12:16 pm

    I don’t know if I have an exact dream race, but I’d love to run any race of any distance if I could have my two best friends who live miles and miles away from me meet me there to run with me. I am doing a marathon relay with my family (both parents and a sister for sure), so that is one dream coming true soon. Personally, I’d love to run White Rock Marathon in Dallas or Cowtown in Fort Worth because they are not too far away for me to have lots of family and friends there to cheer me on! I still have a while to go before a marathon is in the works, but a half is on the horizon for spring.

  106. Kristin permalink
    October 6, 2010 12:16 pm

    As I’m training for my first ever half-marathon, I would say that my ideal race would be one that I could finish. πŸ™‚

    • Laurie permalink
      October 6, 2010 7:32 pm

      Great Answer!!! I’m doing my first one on the 17th (Rock n Roll Denver) and my whole goal is to run the entire thing – it may be 15 minute miles at the end but as long as it’s a “running motion” I’ll call it a total victory. Good luck on your race!

  107. Jennifer permalink
    October 6, 2010 12:25 pm

    My dream run would be running the Quad City marathon in Illinois/Iowa. Not quite a dream site or location to run but it is home and I would be surrounded by friends and family that would cheer along the way!! πŸ™‚

  108. Ellen permalink
    October 6, 2010 12:28 pm

    My dream race would be to run Boston. It would be such an accomplishment to qualify and finish the Boston marathon after all of my years of running. It’s like the Olympics for amateurs.

  109. Jen permalink
    October 6, 2010 12:41 pm

    I ran my first 5K this Mother’s Day, and it was a women’s run/walk. It was so much fun! So, my dream race definitely would be either the Nike Women’s Marathon or the Disney Princess.

  110. Denise permalink
    October 6, 2010 12:44 pm

    Being as I’ve only run three 5ks so far, my dream race at this point is the 10k I’m going to attempt next month. Not as exciting as some of the answers above, but I’ll plan the new dream after that one!!

  111. October 6, 2010 12:44 pm

    I’d love to run the Disney half someday. I just ran my first 5K last Saturday!

  112. Rachel permalink
    October 6, 2010 1:02 pm

    My dream race would be any full marathon. Never in my life would I believe I would ever say that, but it is now on my bucket list. I am hoping I can fufill this when my kids, who are now toddlers, are older and I have more time to train.

  113. October 6, 2010 1:19 pm

    I would love to complete a full marathon. If I could run it on the coast somewhere in the fall, that would be the icing on the cake for my first. I would love to complete NYC and Boston before I’m 45. That gives me over a decade…bettah get to work!

  114. October 6, 2010 1:23 pm

    I just completed my dream race this past January when I completed my first marathon at Walt Disney World! It was pretty amazing!
    Fit&Fab Living

  115. October 6, 2010 1:46 pm

    My dream is Kona! I’m 38 now, with 2 little kids, a traveling husband and a part time job. I’m planning on a half ironman for next year and I’m hoping to qualify for Kona for my 50th birthday. Gotta love a long term goal.

  116. Beverly permalink
    October 6, 2010 1:50 pm

    My dream race would be running any half or full marathon with my two daughters. It would be great if it could be a girls only race, but any race would do. We haven’t run together since they left high school. Occasional runs with one or the other but not all three of us. That would be my dream.

  117. October 6, 2010 1:53 pm

    My dream race would be running a marathon with my husband. He used to run cross country in high school but hasn’t run much since.

    I’ve ran a half marathon with my mom and my little sister and it was one of most memorable experiences I’ve ever had.

    Maybe after our five children are all running, he’ll join us.

  118. Atha permalink
    October 6, 2010 1:53 pm

    Right now my dream race is the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras marathon. I registered a couple of weeks ago and am so excited as I never thought I would run a full but now here I am training for one.

  119. EmJay permalink
    October 6, 2010 2:02 pm

    My dream race today, two weeks after having my third child via c-section, is to return to the WIN for KC Tri in Smithville, MO July 2011.

  120. Andrea permalink
    October 6, 2010 2:16 pm

    My dream race would be a sprint triathlon, with my husband and daughters either cheering me on or racing with me, and we would be somewhere warm like Hawaii, with warm water. The open water swim is my weakness – so I need warm water!

  121. October 6, 2010 2:38 pm

    My dream race….right now it’s the marathon I plan on doing next year–Twin Cities. Not glamorous, but it’ll be my first and that in and of itself seems like the dreamiest part. Plus it really has all that I need and could dream of at this point in my running life: it’s just blocks from my front door, it winds through neighborhoods where I have friends and plenty of good memories, easy access for my cheering section! Mile 25 passes right outside my mom’s home where she spent her last days- right where I imagine I might need a little extra oomph, there would be one. The route is gorgeous this time of year with the leaves changing, the spectators are enthusiastic, and I’ll be home in my ice bath in no time after crossing the line!
    Ask me next year at this time about my dream race and maybe it will be one of the destination races–the Alaskan Cruise one sounds like serious fun!

  122. Lauren permalink
    October 6, 2010 2:45 pm

    The Great Wall Marathon looks pretty amazing! Although you have to do a bunch of stairs along with the running!

  123. October 6, 2010 2:48 pm

    It’s not really a race but then again I don’t really “race” very much. At least not against other runners. I am into ultra trail running now so the clock is really only there to remind you that you have to keep moving forward.

    My dream is to through hike the Appalachian trail before I die. It may be something that stays on the bucket list and never gets done but it’s the possibility of it that keeps me going. And along the way all my trail ultras are simply training for the day I finally figure out how to get it done.

    • Laurie permalink
      October 6, 2010 7:34 pm

      Ah the AT!!! Didn’t even think of that, but what a wonderful answer! Me too!!!! But I will just be hiking.

  124. October 6, 2010 3:34 pm

    My dream race at this point may seem silly- running the annual July 4th half-marathon in my hometown of Lander, Wyoming with my dad. Its a beautiful course and it would mean so much to complete it with my long-time runner of a dad.

    • Laurie permalink
      October 7, 2010 9:56 am

      Birdie, that does not seem silly at all! In fact, I think that is the best reason of all to race, to share something you love with someone you love.

  125. April permalink
    October 6, 2010 3:56 pm

    My dream race would be any 5K, 10K, half or full marathon when my mentor can run alongside me. I am speaking of the little love of my life who is ten years old. My daughter is truly the inspiration for all the good things I do. It would be a dream come true when she is older and we can actually complete races together.

  126. Jackie permalink
    October 6, 2010 4:26 pm

    Since I’m doing my first marathon (Chicago) for turning 40, the Ironman is in my sights for 50. The kids will be old enough to be truly self sufficient (2 of three will be driving themselves around). And my husband will be nearly retired from his police gig.
    You all are the first I’ve admitted this to!

  127. Jill S. permalink
    October 6, 2010 4:46 pm

    I have 2 dream races: the Danskin women’s triathlon (I’ve never done a tri before) and the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Reading through this list has given me a few other ideas, though…

  128. Terzah permalink
    October 6, 2010 4:52 pm

    I echo everyone who says Boston, and I love someone’s analogy above, calling it the Olympics for amateurs. I fear I’ll have to let age catch up with me before I can qualify, but I’ll do my best to keep chipping away it.

    My other dream race is the Pikes Peak Ascent. I’ve climbed fourteeners and I’ve run half-marathons–but never at the same time!!

    • Terzah permalink
      October 6, 2010 4:53 pm

      Oh, and running the Bolder Boulder with my dad! He’s never run a road race before. I think he’ll be addicted if he does–just have to get him to the starting line.

  129. Erica Richards permalink
    October 6, 2010 4:57 pm

    My “dream” race is always my next one. I just hope to make it to the starting line and have a good race. 11 more days until my first marathon!!

  130. October 6, 2010 5:18 pm

    I dream of Boston! For today, I dream of completing a marathon this season. I haven’t run a marathon in 5 yrs and if I can stay injury free this year to go the distance, I’ll be thrilled!

  131. Beth permalink
    October 6, 2010 5:23 pm

    In no particular order, my bucket list:

    – Vermont 100 on 100

    – NYC marthon with my husband – we ran the last 10 miles in aNYC runners club training run, it was amazing even without the fans!

    – Vermont City Marathon in a Boston qualifying time.

    – Mt Washington road race

    – Race to the top of Vermont.

    – Stowe sprint triathalon (I’m scared of open water, this one’s a pool swim but it would be my 1st full tri!)

  132. October 6, 2010 5:35 pm

    steelhead 70.3, benton harbor, mi
    close to home and it’s the next step toward the big goal, a full ironman.

    but for now an ideal race is one that includes my family.
    last year on thanksgiving morning my three kids (6, 8, & 11), hubby, both my parents & my in-laws ran the turkey stampede 5k in elkhart, indiana. it was a cold, soggy blast! ran each of them to the finish line and then back for the next person and so forth until finally my dad crossed – with his walking cane. wow – that was emotional but such a high!

    i’m a tri girl but i β™₯ running!

  133. October 6, 2010 6:03 pm

    Sweet giveaway! I would say my dream race is also Ironman Kona, although, like you, it would be a miracle if I make it there…I do believe in miracles, by the way.

  134. October 6, 2010 6:08 pm

    In my current injury-sidelined state, my dream race is any one that I could actually finish without pain. But pain free my dream list includes the Nike Women’s (hello Tiffany necklace) and maybe Big Sur just for the scenery. For now, I’m dreaming of healed tendonitis and my next race goal in March. πŸ™‚

  135. Crystal Amos permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:18 pm

    My Dream Rrace is the NYC Marathon….planning to do it in 2014 when I turn 40. My husband (who is bravely doing his 1st Half this year) plans to join me. We Honeymooned in NY, so it would be sweet to do this together and see how far we’ve come since then (will have been married for nine years and have two sons!).

  136. Emily permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:18 pm

    I think it would be ultra-cool to run the Great Wall Marathon. I’m a history gal, and for some reason, that one really appeals to me.

  137. October 6, 2010 6:19 pm

    Right now my dream race is the Nike Women’s 1/2 or full marathon! I’m a ‘beginner’ runner, so in time, this may change!

  138. Lisa Corman permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:21 pm

    Disney Marathon! I got to run my dream run-Boston-as a charity runner last year. Of course, I’d always be up for running it again. It is as amazing as everyone says.

  139. October 6, 2010 6:26 pm

    Kona. Kona. Kona. Ironman World Championships, I’m right there with you. Sometimes, when I’m running around my little rural neighborhood here in SC, I’ll start daydreaming about that race. About how it must feel to be on the run portion, knowing you’ve *almost* done it. 9 times out of 10, I start sprinting without even realizing it, and my HR monitor starts screaming at me, haha. Kona really gets me hyped! One day!

  140. Christy permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:26 pm

    my “still wish I could be a sprinter” dream means a dream race would be a 200 meter race! But those days are long over, and due to being slightly overcompetitive…I avoid racing to avoid undue mental stress and strife. I stick to running for fitness and mental health….but somedays I wish I could sprint with the best again!

  141. Monica permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:27 pm

    My dream race, at this point … would be any that I finish! Ha!! That’s not quite true. Any 1/2 or full marathon I actually finish would be a dream.

  142. Courtney Williams permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:29 pm

    Kaua’i Marathon. I can’t think of anything better than the natural high of conquering 26.2 miles and relaxing afterwards in absolute paradise. We vacationed there in 2008 and I can’t imagine more perfect scenery to run through. I’d even consider doing it without earbuds!

  143. October 6, 2010 6:30 pm

    My dream race as of the moment is no shocker- the Boston Marathon! That being said I have mentioned that my goal is to run an Ironman when I am 40. So, I must have that goal somewhere in the deep, deep recesses of my mind! I would love the new outfit!

  144. October 6, 2010 6:33 pm

    The Big Sur International marathon, with my best friend Kara. We have talked about it for YEARS and can’t seem to make it all happen, but we’re settling for a half in Miami next year to get the beach in and a vacation and a race, all at the same time. But Big Sur is just SO freaking beautiful! Someday…

  145. October 6, 2010 6:38 pm

    My dream race would be a Disney Marathon. No reason except that it would be super fun. Number two would be the Bay to Bridges in San Francisco. It would be a gorgeous view before I collapsed from the vertical route!

    Oh, and I just bought my first running skirt (five bucks at Walsmart–couldn’t go wrong) I love it!

  146. Jamie permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:39 pm

    My dream race is one where I run really fast and don’t even feel tired! Somewhere with a great view would be nice too!

  147. Heather permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:39 pm

    Any race with my daughter (now age 4) as soon as she’s old enough!

  148. Tricia permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:41 pm

    I may be nuts but I’m saying: just me, against the clock (b/c the time matters of course). Either on a quiet trail here in MN or along the beach somewhere. No crowds, no one else running with me.

    Ends with my husband and best friend waiting to let me sit, shower and then have an nice, quiet meal and adult beverages.

    Maybe the “mother” part is taking over the runner part. I really just want quiet and to sit for a meal. πŸ™‚

    • Tricia permalink
      October 6, 2010 6:42 pm

      Oh but I want it to be long. Marathon long or at least 20 Miles.

  149. Natalie permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:43 pm

    At the moment? Chicago is my dream race. Running it Sunday and have my fingers and toes crossed that I can stay healthy and that the weather is not in the 80s!!

  150. October 6, 2010 6:46 pm

    I don’t really have a dream race. But, if I could dream up an amazing race it would be to run whatever distance somewhere beautiful. I’ve heard that the Kauai marathon is amazing…that would be awesome!

    Oh, and you could totally do an IM because you are strong and driven! I say go for it! πŸ™‚

  151. Kate permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:47 pm

    At this point, my goal is to run a half marathon. I think if I could train and do that, my next dream would be the Chicago Marathon. I know, I’m not dreaming too bug, but I am realistic.

  152. Amy permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:47 pm

    In my thirties, if you’d told me I would be running, I would’ve asked “from what?!” I was always very athletic, until I had my kids…instead of working out, I chased them around, cooked dinner, did laundry, and finished off their chicken nuggets before I crawled into bed at 8:30 each night. I literally ate my way through their toddler years!
    Flash forward to 18 months ago, when turning the big 4-0 stared me right in the face. I was one overweight, irritated, grouchy, tired mother. I didn’t like me so much. I didn’t know what to do to get rid of all the yuck I felt…so, one night, I went for a walk. The next night, I went for a walk. And the night after that, and the night after that…and I felt better. So I kept going…eventually running instead of walking. Eventually, I did two 5K’s, dealt with a nasty hip injury, and kept running.
    This past weekend, I joined five friends and finished my first half-marathon in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I walked a lot of it, but I also ran… I never thought I was capable of doing something like this! I stood at the start line and looked around at all of the other competitors and thought “What the hell am I doing here? Am I crazy??? Who am I kidding?!” The whistle blew, and off I went…one foot in front of the other. A few hours later, I crossed the finish line. Who’da thought I could do something like this??! Certainly not that tired, stressed, ball of grouch I was back then.
    So, you ask what my dream race is? And, I have to answer that it’s the one I just did…the Hershey Half Marathon….because I did something I didn’t think I could do…I FREAKING FINISHED!!!

    • Lisa permalink
      October 6, 2010 8:13 pm

      You are amazing. Way to go!

  153. Caitlin permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:47 pm

    I dream about the Sydney Sun-Herald City to Surf. I can see the course in my mind when I close my eyes, and I want to be there! New York City marathon is also a dream. Maybe I can get in for 2011, when I turn 40!

  154. October 6, 2010 6:51 pm

    Kona baby, but really any IM race. I’m with you on the would love to get there, but there’s that whole qualifying thing. Let’s get one IM under the belt (hopefully in 2012) and then go from there! If I love it like so many people do then maybe I’ll try to qualify! πŸ™‚ I’d sure love an Mdot logo outfit to keep me motivated! πŸ˜‰

  155. October 6, 2010 6:53 pm

    I would love to do the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon someday. you run through the Ave of the Giants and along the coast line of Northern California, one of my most favorite places. Of course I’d have to stay in a cute bed n breakfast for a few days afterward while I was there recouping from the race.

  156. Carrianne B permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:55 pm

    I’m thinking the Nike Women’s Marathon/Half Marathon in San Francisco. I saw the posting here a few weeks ago and now really really want in!

  157. Rachel Ridgway permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:57 pm

    I love to run…scratch that…I used to love to run. Now I run because it’s all I know. I’ve been struggling with my runs recently; physically I’m fine, mentally I’m a wreck. I’ve been fortunate enough to have done some spectacular races — Boston, Big Sur, Disney, Dublin, Marine Corps– love them all. My dream race would be one where I never once second guess myself, doubt my abilities, or wish I were doing anything but running at that time. And at the finish line, there would be chocolate milk and donuts just for me. The location and distance of the race are completely up for grabs. In my dreams, I’ll be running and loving it.

  158. Jennifer H permalink
    October 6, 2010 6:59 pm

    I would love to run the Nike Women’s marathon, but I just ran my first 10K last week and ran my longest run to date Sat (6.5 miles) so it seems so unattainable at this point. I always said I’d never run a marathon, but now I’m getting a little addicted. . .

  159. October 6, 2010 7:01 pm

    Right now I am pondering a marathon (my first) in 2011. Thinking (dithering?) about it is a nice distraction. I look at different races, weigh the pros and cons – do I do my hometown marathon (Des Moines!!!) to feed my homebody tendencies? Do I look for a destination race to get away from it all? Spring (training in the winter)? Fall (training in the summer)? Do I do it at all?

  160. Crystal permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:01 pm

    I know there are so many incredible races out there, some which I am probably not even aware. But of all the races I read about and dream about, the race I want most to run is the Disney World Marathon. Disney is truly my favorite place on earth. I am such a child at heart. My husband and I have carried our children there several times for vacation and I enjoyed it probably more than my kids. The people of Disney do such an incredible job of thinking of every detail. My heart is probably beating faster just thinking about it. I expect that their marathon will be just magical. I know it will to me. The thought of getting to do my favorite thing in my favorite place is exciting. And I would get to run through ALL FOUR parks. Also, if you complete the marathon, you get tickets into any park the next day and they do special things to acknowledge you during the day. I absolutely want this to be my first marathon.

  161. Stephanie permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:05 pm

    Right now – the Rev3 Knoxville Olympic tri. With two very small children, it’s definitely a dream since I have very limited amounts of time to train. Getting training in for the sprints I currently do is a stretch. In the future – a half IM, destination currently undecided πŸ™‚

  162. Ruthie permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:09 pm

    I would love to do the Honolulu Marathon with my two sisters. Hmmm….what do ya say gals? What better way to celebrate our 40th and 50th birthdays in 2016?

  163. Kathy permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:12 pm

    Probably the NYC Marathon on a perfect fall day. I’ve heard it’s great fun, great crowds, a fantastic experience. I guess I have to try the lottery and see if I get in. That will force me to train for my 3rd marathon!

  164. SaveRecess permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:14 pm

    Right now I just want to be able to finish a tri… just having done my first 5k, I am a ways off, but picking up running is changing who I am daily and my outlook on my life. Running is for me (though my family benefits) its just me out there, and a tri combines 3 past life loves…one day, I will meet it head on and I cant wait!

  165. Alicia permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:17 pm

    I’m new to running but would love to pull off Grandma’s in my hometown of Duluth! With all my friends and family present!!

  166. Wendy permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:20 pm

    The Steamboat Marathon was my first… set that marathon in fall, train with lots of downhill and you would have THE PERFECT race!!! Can’t beat running on the mountains!!

  167. Vicky permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:25 pm

    My dream has always been the Disney Marathon. But after hearing your fans talk about the Marines….I think I would love that one!

  168. Miriam permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:26 pm

    I am from south Lousiana, but have lived in Tennessee for 15 years. My dream race would be a half running through the cane fields during grinding season (Oct-Nov) The air is usually crisp and the smell of the burning cane always takes me back to when I young. At the finish line would be my entire family cheering me on. Although they have not seen me run a race. They are my biggest supporters!

  169. October 6, 2010 7:32 pm

    My dream race is to run the Eugene Marathon. It’s nothing fancy, not in any exotic place or even far from my home (3 hours) but it’s where my husband’s famous cousin went to school and to finish on his track and hear my name announced would be just too cool for school…

  170. Jessica permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:33 pm

    Any of the Rock n Roll series, but especially New Orleans.

  171. Brig Borlase permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:34 pm

    My dream race is the Kepler Challenge (check it out: ) My husband has done it three times, and I’ve managed the Luxmore Grunt three times but have not been injury free long enough to train properly for the longer distance. It’s in my favourite part of the country, covering the mountain tops and the native forest, and is the friendliest, coolest event I’ve ever come across. The whole tiny town of Te Anau supports the race and best of all it’s non-profit with proceeds going to local conservation projects. Fingers crossed 2011 will be my year!

    I hope you all realise your running dreams – how cool to see so many women so motivated and supportive! Good luck to you all.

  172. Laurie permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:37 pm

    Does it have to be running? Because like Dimity who watches Kona on TV every year, I also watch the Tour de France and, while they still existed, the Eco-Challenge and while the only way I could ever complete one of those three would be in my dreams, I would love to do it!

  173. October 6, 2010 7:37 pm

    My dream race is here in my hometown next spring. Fort Collins, CO has a 5K. I’ve never done a race before and I don’t think I’ve ever said out loud that I’d like to try it… but it’s a secret dream of mine. That and taking adult dance lessons.


  174. karen permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:40 pm

    Im plain Jane I know but for me to run the Nike half in San Fran would be a dream come true. I was born there, my brother and some other famiy lives there and for me it would be like comming full circle.I hear it is so positive too–lots of good mojo. Though exotic locals sound fab, there is just something about the city of SF…PLUS the food and the shopping would be a stellar carrot as I run through the city!

  175. Tracy permalink
    October 6, 2010 7:47 pm

    Since this is a ‘dream race’, it’s OK if it doesn’t really exist??? I started running a year and a half ago after I delivered my third daughter still born so my dream race would be running in a 5K/10K race that is named for my daughter (and in memory of all the other angel babies out there)! And of course, I would PR it!! πŸ™‚

  176. October 6, 2010 7:49 pm

    The Twin Cities Marathon, which just happened and which is called “the most beautiful urban marathon in the U.S.”–for good reason. As a native Minnesotan and one who used to sit outside my dorm on Summit Avenue and cheer the runners on with my fellow-runner roommate back in the day, it’s always been my dream to run it. Sadly, arthritis has squashed that goal. But it will always live in my dreams!

  177. Lisa permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:10 pm

    I have read about the Comrades UltraMarathon in S. Africa many times in Runner’s World and think that would be the ULTIMATE bragging rights. Not that I run for bragging rights, but well, it’s one of the many bonuses. To go to such an amazing place and run an ultra marathon (87 K!), uphill, and survive. Maybe even finish in the time allowed. Now the reality is that it ain’t going to happen since I have three kids under 8 who need to be driven to/from school, preschool, soccer, football, gymnastics, lego class (yes, lego class!), coached in basketball, and fundraised for via the PTA. I’ve run a few marathons, the last being 10 years ago, but never more than 26.2. Pushing 40 years old. How could we fit a trip to South Africa for mom to run a race into the schedule? I can dream . . . . . . .

  178. October 6, 2010 8:10 pm

    Gotta love the Kona Ironman! But watching it on TV is plenty good for me! I’ll go for something exotic like the Great Wall Marathon…the one in China….definitely not the one that may be lurking around mile 20 in Chicago this Sunday!

  179. Steph permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:21 pm

    My dream race would be one with my mom and my friend (Amy) who got me started on running! Any race would be fine, it’d be even better if my daughter could do it too, but she’s only 5 now. The race wouldn’t matter, only the people I’m doing it with. Maybe someday!

  180. Tara permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:24 pm

    The truth is, at this point, my dream race is A marathon. I’m such a new runner, but the aspiration to a marathon is old. I love challenges, and, for me, that is quite a challenge. I was not the type of kid growing up that would play outside. I liked to read and watch T.V. As an adult, I am beginning to make a change toward more activity. I certainly don’t have a specific marathon in mind at this point. The mere thought of a marathon is dream enough for the time being, but in a year I’m sure I’ll have a list at the ready. πŸ™‚

  181. Julie B permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:36 pm

    I did my dream race 14 years ago. The 100th Boston Marathon. I didn’t qualify for it but it didn’t matter to run it with a charity number as the crowds and the experience still was amazing. It’s the only marathon I have run and I don’t foresee doing another one until my kids are all in school and I have the time to train again (3 years from now). Then, we see how circumstances work out but I can see dreaming about doing an Ironman.

  182. Michelle permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:43 pm

    Right now – I would really like to do the Triatholan that’s held in honor of a High School classmate that died while in training for a Tri. That’s my dream race – the one I REALLY want to do someday…

  183. Tracey Smith permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:51 pm

    My dream race would be to run the Chicago Marathon and break 4 hours. Chicago was the first marathon I ran. I ran it on October 7, 2001, just a little under a month after the September 11th attacks. The emotions were running so high at the race. A lot of the field had pulled out, fearing to fly or be in a large group in a major city. As I stood at the start line and listened to the National Anthem, tears ran down my face. The fact that our country was attacked made me feel very vulnerable. As I ran the race, I was amazed at the support and the feeling of pride in our country shown by the massive amount of people out that day cheering us on. It is definitely an experience I will never forget.

    As I finished the race (and cried once again) I promised myself I would go back someday and push myself even harder to reach a goal that I had set for myself. It is now 9 years later, and I still have not gotten back there. But, I will, and that will be when my dream comes true.

  184. Karri Thompson permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:08 pm

    My dream race is coming true very soon! The Nike women’s marathon! I hope I win new running shoes so I don’t get blisters! lol I think it will be amazing to run with all that female power!

  185. Angela permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:13 pm

    I don’t know the race circuit well enough to name a specific race, but this Minnesota girl loves California wine country – I’d love to do a marathon somewhere in Sonoma – Big Sur sounds beautiful too, and the Nike Women’s is on my bucket list.

  186. Gloria permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:18 pm

    Rock ‘n” Roll Half in Nashville….great music and 13.1 miles to enjoy it. Right now though, we have our fingers (and toes etc.) crossed for a return to the Hood to Coast. Dreaming of being accepted!

  187. Angela mckenzie permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:20 pm

    Kona is my ultimate dream race! I just finished the Augusta half ironman at the end of Sept so I know what the training is like !! I will do a full ironman one day just don’t tell my husband πŸ˜‰ he witnessed the pain I went thru in Augusta!!!!

  188. October 6, 2010 9:21 pm

    Of course my dream is Kona but for more than just 2 reasons it will never happen. Right now I’ll settle for Austin Marathon 2011.

  189. October 6, 2010 9:27 pm

    Hm. I live in Florida, so have only run in pancake flay country. Nike Women’s sounds like a good combination of impossible sounding things awesome sounding things. πŸ™‚

  190. October 6, 2010 9:28 pm

    My dream race would be Ironman Canada. Yes, it is not nearly as exotic as some of the other names out there, but it is in my country and, if I’m going to do an Ironman, I’m doing it in B.C. first! And, in my dream race, my husband and boys would come out with me to cheer me on!

  191. Michelle permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:44 pm

    Boston. But only if I qualified to get there. (And, as of now, I’m planning on training for the next SEVEN years to get there, so I plan things out too:)

  192. Sarah permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:56 pm

    The Quebec City Half Marathon…a GORGEOUS course through a beautiful city. It’s the only reason I wouldn’t want my team to get into Hood to Coast since it’s the same weekend.

  193. Brandy permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:21 pm

    I too grew up watching the Kona race with awe…I feel puny running JUST a marathon this weekend while they are doing the creme de la creme of events in my opinion!

    My dream race: well I would love to do a half iron…I don’t think I have a full in me and the other would be to do the London Marathon. And one year I would love to do ALL the RnR’s around the country for all that metal bling!

  194. Susan K permalink
    October 6, 2010 11:25 pm

    One of my dream races is actually coming up in just 10 days – running a marathon with my sister on October 16. I’m so excited to share that experience with her! I’d also love to do the Great Wall Marathon someday.

  195. Gabrielle Bedell permalink
    October 7, 2010 5:04 am

    NYC Marathon. I got in this year on my first attempt at the lottery but had to bail due to plantar fascitis. That’s okay, I wasn’t exactly getting loads of sleep anyway since my 11 month old son wasn’t sleeping through the night for most of my training then and I usually run at 5am. But next year is my year!!!! 11/6/2011!!

  196. Michael permalink
    October 7, 2010 5:29 am

    My Dream Race is the Cape Epic in South Africa. This is also a Teamevent (two individuals build up a team) and a nature adventure. It`s the original battle, man against nature. Unfortunately it`s a long way from Germany and i don`t now when i will be able to put it in my vacation (and training) plan.

  197. Katy permalink
    October 7, 2010 6:36 am

    So new… my dream race is an injury free, finish the Columbus 1/2 marathon..running (see..injury free) with one or more of my sons. πŸ™‚ AND be able to not hold them back too much. No Mom pity-pacing.

  198. October 7, 2010 6:55 am

    I think I have 2 dream races

    run in a HUGE marathon & have the courage to sign up for the a half ironman next year….

  199. Anna permalink
    October 7, 2010 7:06 am

    I’d run through Custer State Park in South Dakota with my 3 kids. They are preschoolers now, but I hope someday the four of us will run together. We’d just run for fun, as long as we wanted, and then have s’mores (made by Dad, he’s our couch potato).

  200. Erica permalink
    October 7, 2010 8:22 am

    Mine is Kona, too!! But first I’d have to learn to swim efficiently enough and be fearless enough for a sprint tri! πŸ™‚

  201. Vickie permalink
    October 7, 2010 8:23 am

    Dream race? Would have to be Kona Ironman. Those athletes are hard core.

    I’ve done a century bike ride, 2 marathons and a sprint tri since turning 40 but would really need to step it up (big time!) in the open water swimming department to even dream about getting there. But it’s all about baby steps, right?

  202. Brae permalink
    October 7, 2010 8:35 am

    Comrades Marathon – 56 mile ultra-marathon in South Africa with 18,000 of your new best friends. To me this is the race of all races and is definitely on my bucket list.

  203. Kathy permalink
    October 7, 2010 8:52 am

    Any race I could run with my boys! My oldest is 9 and is considering a fun run mile while I do a 5 miler this November. It is on his 10th birthday! It would be a totally cool birthday present for both of us to run together in a race! I want to share the love I have developed for running with them. My twins (5)can’t wait until they are big enough to run with MOM!

  204. Laurie permalink
    October 7, 2010 9:54 am

    Having run nothing longer than a 5k, I am currently training for the Disney Princess Half in February. And while I am excited about that, I am tossing around several fulls in my head. NYC (grew up there); Chicago (sister lives there); St Jude (love the cause). I have also become fascinated, very much in Dimity fashion, with triathalons. SInce it has been years since my rear has hit a bike seat and even longer since I have been in a pool without children firmly attached, they will remain a fascination and a “someday” idea.

  205. Amber Izzo permalink
    October 7, 2010 12:43 pm

    My dream race is to do an Ironman as well. I think that someday I might achieve it too:) I have a love/hate relationship with triathlons, well more accurately with bike training. I still cannot get to the point where I enjoy it. I think that as I get older, I become a little more patient with myself and with how I am feeling and I am able to overcome the frustration that sometimes occurs with biking in traffic:)Someday I will make it for an Ironman, although it might not be in Kona.

  206. Kathy A permalink
    October 7, 2010 12:53 pm

    I just started running in March and am running my first half marathon in Clarksville Tn at the end of October, so I am not sure what my dream race is. I am looking forward to my first half marathon though – I’m running it with my 2 sisters!

  207. Meghan permalink
    October 7, 2010 2:05 pm

    I also would love to do Kona. To me, it’s the pinnacle of endurance sport, and truly amazing to watch the athletes there. First I have to get in the pool–something I haven’t done since 2009!

  208. Michaela permalink
    October 7, 2010 3:19 pm

    I’ve been fortunate to do my dream race twice– the Chicago Marathon is truly my favorite racing experience because of the awesome crowds cheering and the tour of my favorite city (that I’ve ever been to… maybe someday I’ll get out in the world a bit more!) BTW- good luck to all of you who are running it on Sunday! I guess I should be dreaming of a new race to look forward to someday…

  209. Molly permalink
    October 7, 2010 3:54 pm

    Boston Marathon. It’s such a great course, and if I managed to qualify for it, it would feel like one looong victory lap.

  210. Alison H. permalink
    October 7, 2010 5:30 pm

    My dream would be a relay: Hood to Coast or the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West. Running with a 12-person “wolfpack” sounds like the most fun ever!

    • October 7, 2010 5:34 pm

      I did “The Relay” from Calistoga to Santa Cruz this year. It was definitely a crazy experience. I think my team is going to do a Ragnar Relay next year (because I think Ragnar is more organized…) I’ve heard fabulous things about Hood to Coast, too. Definitely do a relay – it is an amazing adventure!

  211. October 7, 2010 5:32 pm

    I actually signed up for Disney to do my first 5k (a year ago) because I really wanted it to be magical. I’ve now completed the Coast-to-Coast (Princess Half in March 2010 and Disneyland Half in Sept 2010) and am still a bit shocked that I’ve worked up to that distance. I definitely want to run a full marathon someday, and while an Ironman seems way too out of my grasp for now, I guess it doesn’t hurt to keep dreaming. It is cliche, but I really wish I could do Boston. Back in grad school my lab partner ran Boston and I had no idea what that really meant. Now that I do, I am in awe!

  212. October 7, 2010 5:57 pm

    I’m running my first marathon (Nike SF Marathon) in 10 days…just had a little freakout typing that. I never thought I would run a marathon but I did a half marathon this year and thought, if I”m ever going to do a full, now is my chance. Keep up the momentum, right? So I signed up with two friends thinking I’d leave it up to the Nike gods whether I’d be running a marathon or not. And we got in! Even though I’m very nervous about those SF hills, and even more nervous because of the little problem of shin splints I’ve developed in the last month (OMG), I’m SO excited to challenge myself and finish. I think it will be a great race because of the weather, the gorgeous scenery, the people…and the Tiffany necklace given to me by a cute fireman is pretty good too. πŸ™‚ I’m amazed at what my body has been able to do and I can’t wait to push it even further.

  213. October 7, 2010 6:03 pm

    I’d love to run the Steamboat Run Rabbit Run 50-miler. Maybe 2012.

  214. Lisa permalink
    October 7, 2010 6:32 pm

    I have only just begun running, but I would love to do the SF Rock and Roll…the cool air, the music..sounds amazing!

  215. October 7, 2010 7:31 pm

    A 50 miler Ultra Marathon…. and I WILL do it some day, my kids will be my pit crew!

  216. October 7, 2010 8:10 pm

    My dream races is always changing. I’ve done several of my dream races in the past. My current dream race is to do Boston….again, but this would be my first Boston as a mom with my son and husband watching me finish and then going out to celebrate together!

  217. Marcy Crebs permalink
    October 7, 2010 9:05 pm

    TransRockies Run – can you imagine 6 days/nights in the Rockies with your running buddy, amazing views and trails, and learning from some of the best ultra runners in the country over 112 miles?! SWEET! Looking at 2012 or 2013; gotta crank the mileage up slowly…

  218. Mindy permalink
    October 7, 2010 11:23 pm

    Mine would be the Spokane to Sandpoint relay. I love the idea of a relay with a team. This one looks particularly fun because many of the legs have themes: wigs, most flourescent, a team ride on a roller coaster. How fun!!! I told one of my running girlfriends about the race and she said, “that’s right up your alley.” She’s right. It is. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to do this race! I just need to find 11 other people who feel the same way! Oh, and maybe someone to watch my 4 boys while I do. That would be good, too. πŸ™‚

  219. October 8, 2010 9:25 am

    The XTrail Asics Mont Orford Trail race -(because inside I am a bad-ass, even if I am a newbie) and because they offer animated childcare for runners.

  220. Carla permalink
    October 8, 2010 9:44 am

    In my dreams I run the Nike Half (bad knee could never handle a full!) because I am all about some Tiffany’s.

  221. October 8, 2010 11:21 am

    At this moment, my dream race is The Boston Marathon. I qualified for it last fall and can’t afford to make the trip! 😦 It really sucks, but I guess I will know that I have the skills to run there, just not the fat pockets! πŸ™‚

  222. October 8, 2010 3:45 pm

    I have only been doing races for about 2 years and am training for my first marathon, Philly. My dream race however is one that I finish with my two daughters Claire, 9 and Isabelle, 5. I hope that one day they follow in my steps and we cross a finish line together.

  223. Judy permalink
    October 8, 2010 6:26 pm

    Honolulu Marathon, My dream vacation and a marathon combined. I would love it if my hubby could run it with me. We both run, but he does not prefer the marathon distance.

  224. Carla permalink
    October 8, 2010 7:06 pm

    Having only started running in March of this year, my dream is to complete a full marathon sometime. I would LOVE to do a women’s marathon – maybe the Nike Women’s is in my future sometime! πŸ™‚

  225. October 8, 2010 10:55 pm

    I love to run, but unfortunately, I work so much as a single momma, just to put shoes on my 3 boys-that I’ve had to sacrifice buying myself new shoes for now until all their needs are met..

    Every night after I would get in from working, I used to love to grab my ipod, my black lab and just walk/jog/run for 2 hours. I really miss it and would still do it, but the sneakers I have are about 4 yrs old now & there’s no tread left..Nor very safe to run in on the knees.. Guess I’ll have to ask Santa this year when I take the boys to see him. πŸ˜‰

    • October 8, 2010 11:00 pm

      p.s. my dream race isn’t some big 5k run or huge race to fight for anything..(I’ve done breast cancer runs) my dream race is racing against time to savor every moment of life.

  226. Erin permalink
    October 10, 2010 4:18 pm

    My dream race? One I can finish and not feel like dying over. πŸ™‚

  227. October 10, 2010 4:35 pm

    Right now my dream race is the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon. I’m a San Diego native (and current dweller) and even before I was a runner this race was always intriguing. Now I have a few halfs under my belt and I hope in a few years to have the time to train for a full marathon. When I do run a full, this will be it! Actually, I’d love to do a destination race each year once my kids are older (6 & under right now).

  228. Henriettae permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:11 am

    On a realistic level, my dream race right now is the Mercer Island half marathon next spring. I’ve been having it as a goal since this past spring, and I will be so proud of myself when I have completed a half marathon!!
    After that, I might chose to pursue a whole, but so far, I don’t have a specific one, and it’s not a dream of mine – I like my dreams to be reachable. πŸ˜‰

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