Out of all the races I have run so far, my favorite race is the Rock’N’Roll San Antonio half-marathon. In the beginning, it was hectic driving two hours to San Antonio, locating the hotel, finding a parking space, and then trying to get my race packet at the last minute. Still, I will never forget running through the streets of San Antonio. I marveled at the beautiful architecture, saw the crowds of cheering people, and listened to some really great Rock’n’Roll along the way. After the race, I explored the San Antonio river-walk, drove out to the beautiful Hill Country, and ate some delicious Tex-Mex cuisine. Now, I not only think about when my next race will be, but also where it will be. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to travel, and there are still so many places that I would love to visit. The 10K is my favorite running distance, so I made a list of ten 10K races that I would like to run someday.
1) World’s Best 10K
San Juan is one of the earliest European settlements in the Americas. The city was founded by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon in 1508. San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is rich in history, culture, tourist attractions, and according to some surveys, home to the happiest people on the planet.
Every February, the best runners from all over the world enter the World’s Best 10K. The first place prize is $25,000 and the prize for setting a world record is $100,000. In 2002, Paula Radcliffe from the United Kingdom set the women’s world record with a time of 30:21 at the race. Her record has never been broken by anyone ever since.
2) London 10,000
My favorite description of England is from the Prime Minister’s speech: “Britain. We may be a small country, but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.”(Hugh Grant, Love Actually). I would also add to that list – the home of some of the world’s greatest runners.
Since the start of the race in 2008, the United Kingdom’s Mo Farah has made his country proud by consistently winning first place five years in a row.
3) Prague Grand Prix
The race is held in September. You run at night through the illuminated streets of the city surrounded by Gothic buildings.
4) Peach Tree Road Race
Atlanta is home to the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and many renowned theaters and museums. Atlanta was also the place of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last residence. Even though I am not a big fan of soft drinks, I would still visit the World of Coca-Cola.
The race is held every Fourth of July (Independence Day). The Peach Tree Road Race is the world’s largest 10K race with 60,000 participants. Hurry, space is limited.
5) Sydney Harbour 10K
It seems that Australia is the only continent in the world where nothing really bad has ever happened (besides Antarctica). There were no major wars, famines, genocides, plagues, and any misfortunes that have befallen mankind. Australia’s largest cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are consistently ranked in the top 10 best cities to live in the world. I want to visit Australia just to see what they are doing, that we are not.
The race course features views of some of the most stunning scenery in the world – namely the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
To Be Continued…
Miles From Last Week
Sunday: 6.2 miles
Monday: 6.5 miles
Saturday: 7.5 miles
Total: 20.2 miles
Miles Ran in December: 72.7
Ideas for Future Posts
My Top Ten 10K Race Destinations (Part 2 of 2)
How Alcohol Really Works
How I Started Running
Old School vs. New School Runners
Time for New Shoes
Best Races to Run Around the World
Running the World’s Best 10K
Music for Runners
Gear up for Running
Let’s go Grocery Shopping!
Physics of Running