Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Mini vs Mega - Which race do I like best?
Apologies for the lack of postings over the past few days, but baseball season is now in full swing (that's a good thing:)) and we have spent most evenings at baseball practice with our boys. With the weather getting warmer (finally) and the daylight stretching farther into the evenings (also, finally) it's good that baseball is back around again. It can only mean that Spring and Summer are not far away.
Since I have spent the previous three years worth of Summer's in training for a small-town, low key marathon in rural North Carolina each October, I've gotta admit that I love the smaller races. There is just such a sense of community and a more close-knit atmosphere, and that really speaks to me as a runner and as an individual.
I average about four marathons per year, give or take. I run races that differ in size from a field of 30,000 to a field of 175. Vast difference, huh?
Of the regular marathons I run over the course of the year, my absolute favorite to date is the Ridge to Bridge Marathon in North Carolina. Without question, it's the best in my opinion. Not because of the course, race promotion, organization, volunteers or amenities, which are all good, but because of the small size of runners that it caters to on race day. You actually get to know the people that will be traveling with you along that 26.2 mile odyssey on race morning. I just don't feel that sense of community and shared purpose amongst 30,000 other runners at a major marathon; whether Disney, ING or the Rock n Roll series. I just don't.
For me, give me that small-town feeling in a race, and I'll be a happy runner. I don't need a huge piece of bling for a finishers medal. I don't need an expo the size of a football arena. I don't need 25 corrals at the Starting line either. Yikes! Just give me hometown feel, friendly folks that WANT you to be there racing in their town.
Happy am I.