Sunday, June 23, 2013

Running Challenges

Every since I completed the runDisney Coast to Coast challenge in the beginning of the year, I have been looking around for more fun challenges similar to that. Not only is it fun to challenge yourself to multiple runs, but you can also collect some awesome extra bling to show off your efforts.

I will be completing my Rock'n'Roll Pacific Peaks Challenge on Saturday by running my last stretch here in Seattle, I'll share this story at a separate post, so keep a lookout for that.

I'll start with runDisney then since that was my inspiration for this post to begin with. Now, Disney has a ton of challenges and keep adding more and more every year. This year especially they added two more challenges.

RunDisney Coast to Coast Challenge. This is a big one for most runners, what you have to do to earn this amazing Walt Disney and Mickey medal is run two runDisney races (Half Marathons or a Marathon) in one calendar year on each coast. One is Disneyland and one in DisneyWorld. Check out the website for the actual races that qualify for this challenge. Extra special Coast to Coast medal for 2014 is if you run the Tinkerbell half marathon in Disneyland and the Disney Princess Half Marathon in DisneyWorld you earn a pink and purple Coast to Coast medal!!!

RunDisney Dopey Challenge. This is a new one for 2014 as well. You have a chance to earn 6 amazing medals. Staring with a 5K run on Thursday, a 10K run on Friday, a Half Marathon on Saturday and a Full Marathon on Sunday, totalling a 48.6 miles in 4 days, you are rewarded with a medal for each race, plus a Goofies Race and a Half Challenge Medal and a brand new Dopey Challenge Medal.

RunDisney Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. This one has been around for years. The challenge is to run a Half Marathon on Saturday and a Full Marathon on a Sunday and you are rewarded with a Goofy's Race and a Half Medal.

RunDisney Dumbo Double Dare. This is a new challenge for 2013. A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Disneyland® 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disneyland® Half Marathon on Sunday. You will be rewarded with two medals for each race and an extra special Dumbo medal for the challenge.

RunDisney Glass Slipper Challenge.  A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Disney Enchanted 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday.  You will be awarded the all-new Glass Slipper Challenge medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.

LA/SF Marathon Challenge. Runners who participate in consecutive ASICS LA Marathon and The Wipro SF Marathons will receive a special LA/SF Challenge medal commemorating this incredible achievement!

The Windy City 26.2 Challenge. This is for those individuals that complete both 13.1 Chicago and the Chicago Half Marathon. They will be rewarded with an awesome special Windy City 26.2 Challenge Medal.

Pacific Peaks Challenge. Run the Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon in Portland and then follow it up with the Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon in Seattle and you get this amazing Pacific Peaks Medal.

Rock'n'Roll Desert Challenge. Complete the Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon in Vegas and one in Arizona and you are rewarded with this speical Deset Double Down Medal.

Maryland Double: Competing in the full or half-marathon in both the Frederick Running Festival and the Baltimore Running Festival will get you this medal:


Nut Job Challenge: 5K Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday in Frederick, MD.
Run the 5K Saturday night and then run the Half Marathon Sunday morning to earn yourself a speical bib, an extra medal and the title of being a Nut Job.

Beach Cities Challenge: Southern California: Run all three in a row and receive a special medal: Surf City Marathon, The OC Marathon and the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon.

Half it All Challenge: San Francisco - Run the first half of the SF Marathon and the Second half in consecutive years.


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