|One of my fave races: |
Griffith Park Trail Marathon
Thanks for reading and if you're here from the Tuesdays on the Run link up hosted by My No-Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs and Run the Great Wide Somewhere, welcome!
First, I would have to think about the things at races that I don't like. I don't like crowded expos. I just don't. Sure I like to look at stuff and make an impulse buy or two, but after a while all expos look the same. They don't really seem special or stand out when the same vendors are at all of them. I guess this is a problem for the person that runs a lot of races. I also get a bit overwhelmed at these big expos, but that's my own problem. I understand there are tons of folks that love expos and would be sad without one. Therefore, my dream race would have the option of skipping the expo entirely and either have my race bib sent to me or pick it up race morning. You can go to the expo if that's your thing or you can skip it if it's not. More and more races are having this as an option and I'm liking it!
|San Diego Half Marathon awesome loop course |
Since we're having an out-and-back course, we're going to have the best damn parking in the world. For example, at the Griffith Park Trail Marathon this past weekend, the parking was literally steps away from the start/finish. So no need for gear check and you don't have to jump through hoops to get to your car at the end of the race when you're tired and all you want to do is go home. And parking for a race should ALWAYS be free. Also, getting through the finish line should be easy too. This would be a function of the race size and the area where the start/finish is. It should be large enough that there are no bottle necks as you're trying to get through the finish area. But it shouldn't be so large that you hear crickets as you cross the line.
Onto the runners themselves. I really love small races. Well, let me rephrase that. I love races that are small enough where you can actually run without tripping over someone but big enough so that you're never actually alone on the course. You can chat with someone if you want, or target someone to pass, but you will never have to weave in and out of runners. I think the size of the field should depend on the size of the trail/road you have to run on. The more narrow the route, the less runners you should have.
|From the 2014 |
Marine Corps Marathon
Free race pic from
Revel Canyon City HM
Onto food. The aid stations need to have real food. Fruit, pretzels, chips, potatoes, you name it. I usually run with real food (pretzels) in addition to energy chews (Honey Stingers), so having real food at aid stations is really appealing to me. At most trail races I do, the aid stations have real food and I've just become accustomed to it. Yes, I'm an aid station snob. I realize this is expensive but local businesses can donate food, the aid station volunteers can coordinate what they bring (this is how trail races do it) or it can be rolled into the price of the race. Runners rely on aid stations and having fully stocked stations will ensure the runners get all they need to have the most success during the race. The food at the end of the race should be pretty rocking too. As I discussed a few weeks ago, post-race food is an art. Fruit, water, coconut water, hummus and veggies, etc. have all made appearances at some of the races I've done, much to my appreciation. A lot of runners run for the food so we might as well have a good spread at the end. Lots of pumpkin bread, fruit, coconut water and sandwiches at my dream race! Oh, and let's not forget the finest craft brews! You've earned one!
|Awesome belt buckle from |
Griffith Park Trail Marathon
If you could design your own dream race, what would it have? What do you look forward to the most at the races you do?