Run a 5K with Ryan Hall?

Run a 5K with Ryan Hall?

Ryan Hall, running
Photo: Ryan Hall

This year at the Rock ‘n Roll 5K in Phoenix, that’s what many 5K runners got to do. The 5K is part of the Phoenix Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K Remix Challenge. A weekend long celebration of running.

Several elite runners including Ryan Hall, Steve Scott, Ben Bruce, Dylan Wykes, Stephanie Rothstein Bruce and Alan Webb served as pacers at the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k in Arizona. The 5K was run the Saturday before the big events on Sunday.

Ryan paced the 7:30 group.

Only in running can the average athlete participate on the same field and the same event as the elites. It is one of the many things that makes our sport special and exciting.

Meb Keflezighi
Photo: Rock ‘n Roll Marathon

Meb Keflezighi is scheduled to pace the Rock ‘n Roll San Antonio10K on December 4th, 2015! And he’s running the marathon the next day! Meb will be taking it easy and pacing the 7:30 group for the 5K.

I don’t think many people will be keeping up with him for the marathon.

Imagine running two races with Meb? You can at the San Antonio Rock ‘n Roll Remix Challenge this December!

Check out the full schedule of Rock ‘n Roll Marathons for details and who will be there.

These are weekend long running events. Some have elite runners running as pacers at the 5K or 10K the day before the marathon. Others, such as Chicago, have elite runners conducting training events. Shalane Flanagan will be at Chicago in July.

This post was not sponsored by the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Series, but I’d consider a complimentary entry! It sounds like a wicked good time!

Run well my friends


Destination New York 2014

Destination New York 2014

Here is a list of Marathons and Half Marathons for New York State.

If you are a race director and I either missed your race or have some of my information wrong, please contact me. I will be happy to update my list with the latest information.

New York races, destination races

NYCRUNS has an extensive calendar of all races in New York and many races in neighboring states. If you are looking for a Marathon, Half, 10K or 5K in New York State, their listing is extensive. They also list various trail runs and races of other distances.

The New York City Marathon is a World Class marathon. Much like Boston, it is difficult to get a number for New York. New York State offers a number of other marathon options that can give you the “Big City” feel or the “Small Town” Charm. There is truly something for every taste in New York.

Check out The Long Island Marathon, The Buffalo Marathon, Wineglass Marathon in Corning, Lake Placid Marathon, Rochester Marathon, Empire State in Syracuse.

Bread Run, Destination New York

Some of the Half Marathons are in far-flung corners of the state. The CNY Bread Run Half & 5K is in Fabius, NY which the organizers assure us “Fabius, NY is not at the end of the Earth…” If you are looking for a “Destination” race, some of these smaller Marathons or Half Marathons may be just what you are looking for.

The Race and the Memories

The smallest marathon I have run so far ended up being one of the most memorable. Often these smaller races are more personal and intimate: it can feel like the community has embraced you. You may end up seeing the few hundred participants several times over the course of the race weekend. You will eat together, you will sweat and swear together. After the race you will get to celebrate together. It can be a truly remarkable experience.

I have run Boston six times and Hartford, which is also a large race. There is a certain excitement to being with thousands of fellow travelers. When you walk down the street in a city on Marathon Weekend and see someone else in race gear, you know. It just takes a glance and a nod. The Tribe has arrived and something big is about to happen. It is exciting. You are part of the Event that every one has prepared for and is expecting. There is a vibe and a pulse that you can feel.

Big City and Small Town offer completely different experiences. The struggle to the finish line is varied only by the terrain and the weather. Each marathon has 26.2 miles, but each is a unique experience that is a thrill to be part of.


Hudson Mohawk Winter Marathon & Relay Albany 2/14/16 103 N/N 20
NYCRUNS Central Park Marathon & Half NYC 2/22/16 319/704 N/N 95
North Face Endurance Challenge 50M, 50K, Marathon, Marathon Relay Bear Mountain 4/30/16 261/336/153/55 N/N $90/80/75/150
Long Island Marathon, Half, 10K & 5K East Meadow 5/1/16 701/4450/1423 Y/Y $68/58/38/ 25
Buffalo Marathon, Half & Relay Buffalo 5/29/16 1285/3449 Y/Y $70/50
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay Mt. Morris Disc 168 N/? $60/80
Lake Placid Marathon & Half Lake Placid 6/12/16 241/815 Y/? 90/80
The Sri Chinmoy Congers 8/25/16 300 N/N 50
Monster Marathon & Half-Marathon Virgil 8/20/16 28/72 ? 25
Rochester Marathon, Half & Relay Rochester 9/18/16 448/2191 Y/Y 80/65
Hamptons Marathon, Half & 5K E. Hampton 10/1/16 368/1526 Y/N $115
Adirondack Marathon, Half, 10K & 5K Schroon Lake 9/24/16 202/472 Y/Y 70
Yonkers Marathon & Half Yonkers 10/18/16 168/497 Y/N 60/50
Wineglass Marathon, Half, 8K & 5K Corning 10/2/16 1688 Y/Y $130
Mohawk Hudson Marathon & Hannaford Half Schenectady 10/9/16 939/799 Y/Y 85/60
Empire State Marathon & Half Syracuse 10/18/15 522/1385 Y/Y $95/80
Hambletonian Marathon Goshen 10/2/16 91 Y/Mar 80
NYC Marathon NYC 11/6/16 53,636 Y/Y 255
Brooklyn Marathon Brooklyn 11/6/16 413 * 95
Hangover Half Marathon and Bill Hogan 3.5 Miler Albany 1/1/20 323 ? *
Go Hard or Go Home Half Brooklyn 2/20/20 142 Y/N $50
NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon Central Park 2/23/20 1230 yes $75
Lake Effect Half Liverpool 2/23/20 387 * $75
Celebrate Life Half Rock Hill 3/8/20 622 N/N $65
NYRR NYC Half Manhatten 3/15/20 20,750 ? *
Sleepy Hollow Half Sleepy Hollow 3/28/20 652 Y/N $50
Syracuse Half Syracuse 11/10/19 1294 Y/N $55
NYCRUNS 5k & Half Brooklyn 3/29/14 * Y/N $35
West Point Half West Point 3/29/15 394 Coin $50
Suffolk County Half & 5K Selden 3/30/14 347/168 Y/N *
Staten Island Half Staten Island 4/5/14 9972 * $50
Salon 96 Run for the Wild 2014 Half, 10K & 5K Hornell 4/6/14 * * *
Skunk Cabbage Half & 10K Ithica 4/6/14 412/285 1/2/N $20
George Wodicka Hook Mt. Half & 5K Congers 4/6/14 357/325 N/N $40/$35
NYRR MoreMagazine /Fitness Magazine- Women’s Half Manhatten 4/13/14 6,844 Y/Y *
Flower City Half & 5K Rochester 4/26/15 2366/1176 Y/N $55
Kingston Half, 5k & 10K Kingston 4/27/14 * * *
Lake George Half & 5K Lake George 4/27/14 366/76 N/N *
Plattsburgh Half & Relay Plattsburgh 4/27/14 623/98 N/N $60
North Face Endurance Challenge Half, 10K & 5K Bear Mtn 5/2/15 687/557/242 y/? $65/40/ 30
Grand Island Half & 10K Grand Island 5/3/14 377/151 Y/N $45/25
Greater Binghamton Bridge Run Half & 5K Binghamton 5/3/15 2500/1000 1/2/Y *
North Face Endurance Challenge Half, 10K & 5K Trail race Bear Mtn 5/3/15 666/403/155 1/2/Y *
Long Island Half, 10K & 5K LI,NY 5/4/14 4450/1423 N/N $58/38/25
Riverdale Y Half, 10K & 5K Bronx 5/4/14 648/529/442 * *
Rockaway Running Series -Mother’s Day Half Rockaway Beach 5/10/15 90 N/N 35
Heather A. Freeman Run to the Sun Half, 10k & 5k Watertown 5/17/14 ? 50/25
AirBnB Brooklyn Half Brooklyn 5/21/16 25,646 Y/Y 75
Our Town Bethleham Half Delmar 5/17/14 * * $45
Nat’l Distance Running Hall of Fame Half & 5K Uitca 5/18/14 179/128 N/N 25
Tupper Lake Marathon and Half Tupper Lake 5/18/14 * Y/N *
Buffalo Marathon, Half & Relay Buffalo 5/24/15 1285/3449 Y/Y $70/50
Jenkins Mtn Scramble Half & 10K Trail run Paul Smiths 5/25/14 21/17 N/N *
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay Portageville 5/24/14 168 N/N 75
Biggest Loser Half & 5K Plattsburgh 6/1/14 250/527 Y/N 60/35
HVRUNS Newburgh 1/2 Newburgh 6/7/14 Innaugeral N/N 50
Lake Placid Marathon & Half Lake Placid 6/14/15 329/1200 Y/? *
Rockaway Running Series -Father’s Day Half Rockaway Beach 6/21/15 90 N/N 35
New Paltz Challenge Half & 5K New Paltz 6/21/15 433/153 1/2 48/28
NYCRUNS Father’s Day Half Brooklyn 6/21/15 Y $50
50 Yard Dash Half & 5K Orchard Park 6/27/15 605/772 1/2 75/30
Shoreline Half & 5K Hamlin 7/19/14 435/200 1/2 50/22
Trompton Run Half & 5K DeRuyter 8/7/14 224/166 N/N 15
Camp Chingachgook Challenge Half & 10K Lake George 8/9/14 238/93 * *
Catherine Valley Half Marathon Watkins Glen 8/17/14 402 N/N *
Bald Eagle Half & 10K Callicoon 8/23/14 Innaugeral Y/N *
Turning Stones Races Half, 10k & 5K Verona 8/24/14 424/192/165 Y/Y $55/45/30
Biggest Loser Half & 5K Buffalo 8/31/14 250/527 Y/N 65/35
Rockaway Labor Day Half Marathon Rockaway Beach 8/30/14 250 N/N 35
18.12 Challenge & Half Watertown 8/31/14 319/323 Y/Y $70/60
Monster Marathon & Half-Marathon Virgil 8/31/14 47/77 ? *
Oak Tree Half & 5K Genesee 8/31/14 302/378 1/2/N $45/20
Biggest Looser Half & 5k Buffalo 8/31/14 * * 65
Arc Race Half Marathon & 5K Liverpool 9/6/14 366/673 ?/N $40/35
Lake Placid/North Elba Half & 10k Lake Placid 9/6/14 226/93 ? $45/35
I Run for…Half Marathon Maine 9/7/14 400 max N/N $40
NYCRUNS Narrows Half Marathon Brooklyn 9/7/14 305 Y/N $35
Putnam County Fall Classic Half Marathon & 5K Brewster 9/7/14 * N/N $25
NYCRUNS Queens Half Flushing Meadows 9/14/14 500 max Y/N $50
Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & 5K Youngstown 9/20/14 1272 Y/? 75/30
Delta Lakes Half Rome 9/21/14 219 Y/N $30
Dutchess County Half & 5K LaGrangeville 9/21/14 1/2 $35/22
The Saratoga Palio Half & 5K Saratoga Springs 9/21/14 1483/552 * $50/25
Paine to Pain Trail Half New Rochelle 9/21/14 N/N $50
CNY Bread Run Half Marathon & 5K Fabius 9/21/14 176/254 1/2/? $55/25
Rochester Marathon, Half & Relay Rochester 9/21/14 589/1963/ Y/Y 80/65
Hampton Marathon, Half & 5K E. Hampton 9/27/14 1497/261 Y/N $95/25
Adirondak Marathon, Half, 10k & 5K Schroon Lake 9/28/14 463/ 1/2/Y *
Yonkers Marathon & Half Yonkers 9/28/14 1,000 Y/N $50
Bay Bridge Half Brooklyn 10/4/14 253 N/N $50
Entenmans Great South Bay Run, Half, 10K & 3.89M Bay Shore 10/4/14 552/391/334 1/2/10K *
Divas Half & Girls 5K East Meadow 10/5/14 1898/1200 Y/Y $90/65
Wineglass Marathon, Half, 8K & 5K Corning 10/5/14 1858/579/448 Y/Y $100
NYRR Grete’s Great Gallop Half & 1.7M Central Park 10/5/14 * N/N $50
Century Marathon/ Half Marathon & 10K Event Fulton 10/7/13 Cancelled * *
Octoberfest Half & 10K Peru 10/11/14 221/152 Y/N $50/30
Lucy Town Half & 5K Jamestown 10/11/14 * Y/Y $55/20
NYRR Half Marathon Grand Prix Staten Island 10/12/14 N/N *
Fall Foliage Half & 5K Rhinebeck 10/12/14 437/214 Y/N $65/25
Jail Break Trail 50K, Marathon & Half Dannemora 10/12/14 23 total N/N *
Westchester Running Festival Half & 10K White Plains 10/12/14 513/256 Y/Y $70/50
Empire State Marathon & Half Syracuse 10/19/14 522/1385 Y/Y $95/80
Hairy Gorilla Half & Squirrelly 6 miler Voorheesville 10/26/14 208/263 N/N $30/25
Leaf Peeper Half Marathon Cortland 10/29/14 199 N/N $40
EVL Half & 5K Ellicottville 11/1/14 * * $65/20
Red Baron Half Marathon Corning 11/2/14 200 N/N $20
Brooklyn Marathon and Half Brooklyn 11/17/13 Cancelled * *
Lucy Town Half & 5K Jamestown 12/12/14 600 1/2/Y 55/20
Mohawk Hudson Marathon & Half Schenectady 12/12/14 939/799 Y/Y 85/60
Holiday Half Marathon Brooklyn 12/13/14 357 N/N $50
NYCRUNS Frozen Bonsai Half Central Park 12/14/14 N/N $60
NYCRUNS Ekiden Half Central Park 12/14/14 1500 MAX Y/N $60

Run well my Friends!


©2014 anagelin

Destination Vermont 2014

Destination Vermont Marathons 2014

3rd installment of my 50 state series on Marathon and Half Marathon races in The US.

Vermont is a small state with a population of just 626,741 as reported in the 2010 Census. Vermont has over 9,200 mostly beautiful square miles and offers many opportunities for hiking, cycling and running. The ample woods and streams provide many opportunities for hunting and fishing as well. The state web site lists a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities, but does not have any information on running activities.

I only found four marathons and twenty half-marathons, which is typical for a state of this size.

The big race in Vermont is the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay. This race takes place on Sunday May 25th and had over 2,600 participants in 2013. This race has a two-day EXPO where runners can pick up their bib and shop with over 70 local and national exhibitors. All Marathon and 2-person relay runners receive a medal.

Like Boston or Hartford, Burlington has a full Marathon Weekend including the 2 day EXPO, pasta dinner and post race festivities. On Saturday they have the Mini Marathon for kids with distances of 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 2 miles.

vermont destination races
Here is my list of Vermont Marathons and Half-Marathons for 2014.

Race Name City Date Finishers Medal/Expo $$
Shires of Vermont Marathon Manchester 05/18/14 349 Y/N 85
Vermont City Marathon Burlington 05/25/14 2,622 Y/Y 90
Mad Marathon & Half Waitsfield 07/06/14 337/441 Y/Y 85
Green Mountain Marathon & Half South Hero 10/12/14 240 Y/N 55
Half Marathon Unplugged Burlington 04/12/14 1,400 N/N 32
GMAA Rolling Irish Half Marathon Essex Center 04/26/14 147 N/N 15
Middlebury Maple Run Middlebury 05/04/14 650 Y/N 50
RaceVermont Half, 5k & 10k Shelburne 05/10/14 400 Y/N 40/20
Dandelion Half Marathon & 10K Derby 05/17/14 400 N/N 50/35
Covered Bridges Half Woodstock 06/01/14 1,983 N/N 65
Crowley Road Race Half, 10K & 5K Rutland 06/09/14 75/115 ?/Y *
Berry Dairy Days Half, 10K & 5K Fun Run Burlington ? 06/21/14 194/118/105 Y/N 30/15/12
Killington Half & 5K Killington 06/15/14 66/26 1/2-N 55/25
Biggest Loser Half & 5K Killington 6/27/14 * Y/N 70/30
Mad Marathon & Half Waitsfield 07/06/14 441 N/N 85
Essex Half Marathon Essex Junction 07/27/14 200 N/N 55
Kingdom Run Half, 5K & 10K Irasburg CANCELLED 200 * 25
St. Albans Raid Half St. Albans 09/21/14 * * 35
Maple Leaf Half & 5K Manchester Ctr 09/06/14 2 * 50/25
Old Stone Half & 5K Brownington 09/07/14 100 N/N 20
Charlotte Covered Bridges Half Shelburne 09/13/14 300 Y/N 45
Vermont Sun Half 10K & 5K Salisbury 09/29/14 32/33/13 N/N 39/23
Leaf Peepers Half & 5K Waterbury 10/05/14 1,000 * *
Green Mountain Marathon & Half South Hero 10/12/14 240 Y/N 35
The Kingdom Challenge Half & 5K Lyndonville 10/25/14 400 N/N 40/15
Race Vermont Half Shelburne 11/02/14 600 N/N 50

Run well my friends.


Hartford Marathon Foundation

Hartford Marathon Foundation produces an extensive schedule of races in the greater Hartford area.

While the BAA overshadows the HMF with the Boston Marathon, the HMF schedule starts in March and goes through December.

Their calendar of events includes 5Ks, 10Ks, Duathlons, Triathlons and of course The Hartford Marathon.

Many of their events include the FitKids Run fun run, with distances ranging from 50 yards for 2 year olds up to a 1 mile run for 9-11 year olds. All participants receive a finisher’s medal and either a cotton t-shirt or a “Super Kid” cape.

How cool is that! Can you imagine being 5 years old and getting a cape, and a medal? I applaud their efforts to include children in their events and hopefully inspire the next generation of runners.

I’m really impressed with this organization and the number and variety of events they manage. If you live within an hour of Hartford, you should be checking out their event calendar. Many of their races are in neighboring towns and could be close to you. Continue reading “Hartford Marathon Foundation”

Destination Maine – 2014

Destination Maine Running Events – 2014

Here is my first installment of State by State Marathons and Half Marathons for 2014.

destination maine

This time of year not too many people are thinking about races in Maine, unless you are a race director. Even a modest race takes many hours and days of planning. There are meetings to organize the committee or core group that is organizing the race. There are meetings with public safety officials and donations and sponsorships to be arranged.

Even the smallest race at the end of a gravel road took a considerable effort by someone to make happen. While you are looking at your race calendar for the summer and fall, I hope you will consider some of these races.

Changes from last year

To help with formatting I have combined the columns for Medal and Expo. Now I will just list Y or N. If a medal is given just to half marathon runners I will specify with “1/2”. I have 2014 dates for most races, but not all.

City Date Finishers Medal/Expo FEE
Maine Coast Marathon Biddeford 5/11/14 750 Y/Y 85
Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K Kingfield 5/18/14 395/455 Y/N 65
Bay of Fundy Marathon & 10K Lubec 6/15/14 447/270 Y/Y 80
Maine Marathon, Half & Relay Portland 10/5/14 986/1972 Y/Y 80
MDI Marathon & Relay Bar Harbor 10/19/14 916 Y/Y 90
HALF MARATHONS City Date Finishers Medal/Expo FEE
Chamberlain March Half & 5K Brewer 3/15/14 1/2 – N
Midcoast Half Marathon Hope CANCELLED 150 ?/N
Race the Runways 2014 Half & 5K Brunswick 4/5/14 275 N/Y 45/25
Acadia Nat’l Park Half Marathon Bar Harbor 6/1/14 180 ? 80
Bands on the Run Half & 5K Lewiston 6/29/14 506/520 1/2 – N 45/15
Rail Trail Half, Relay & 5K Augusta 6/22/14 250 N/N 45
4th Annual PFBF CPAs Half & 5K Run/Walk for Special Olympics Maine Oakland 6/29/14 84/171 N/N 45/25
Shipyard Old Port Half & 5k Portland 7/13/14 1841/528 1/2 – Y 55
The County Open Half Marathon Island Falls 8/16/14 125 N/N
Blueberry Cove Half Marathon Tenants Harbor 8/24/14 300 Y/N 70
Freeport Half & 5K Freeport 9/7/14 136 Y/N 55/25
Lake Auburn Half & 5K Auburn 9/14/14 246/146 ?/Y 45/15
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Half & 5K Bar Harbor 9/20/14 330/142 Y/N 80/25
MAINEiacs Charities Half & 5K Bangor 9/29/13 military coins
Maine Marathon, Half & Relay Portland 10/5/14 986/1972 Y/Y 55
Hidden Valley Trail Half Jefferson CANCELLED 34 N/N
Moose Pond Half & 5k Bridgeton 11/1/14 169/58 N/N 45/20

Run well my friends.


Race Series

Race Series can be a lot of fun

Race series can take you to new places and running new races, all of which helps keep things fresh and exciting.

Many race series allow you to sign up once for all of the races. Some races in a series may sell out fast, so registering for the complete race series can give you peace of mind.

Here in New England we have several storied series, including the Will Run for Beer Series. This series is sponsored by Smuttynose Brewing and LOCO Sports.

It consists of nine 5k,will run for beer race series jacket10k and half marathon races that begin on January 1st and concludes in late June.

If you register for the series and complete at least 5 races, you get a “Will run for Beer” series running jacket. I have two of them.

Many race series offer a full series registration bonus such as a jacket, fleece or series medal.

We also have “The New England Half Marathon Tour”. This is a series of eight half marathons in six states. If you finish at least one race in each New England state you will receive a special New England Half Marathon Tour Jacket. It might not be the same as a Stones Tour jacket, but this tour is probably better for your health! My friend Bill ran this series in 2013 and said the races were tough. Ready to man up?

The Boston Athletic Association has the “Distance Medley” which consists of the BAA 5K on Marathon Weekend, the BAA 10K and the BAA Half Marathon. You can sign up for this race series on one application. These races have all sold out early one year or another, so full series registration is a good idea if you really want to run them all.

A few other great things about these BAA races; no qualifying times! and great bling! They also put your name on each bib and you get the same bib number for the series. After you finish the last race, the BAA Half, you get a medal for the half marathon and a huge golden Race Medley medal. Walking around with those two medals clinking together is pretty cool.

Here is a display frame with my 2012 Distance Medley medals and my BAA Boston Marathon medal.

medal display frame; medals display; BAA distance medley race series

The King of Bling is Walt Disney

Each year Disney has the “Coast to Coast Race Challenge“. Disney has seven races at the Walt Disney World® Resort and three at the Disneyland® Resort.

If you complete a half marathon at both resorts in 2014 you will receive their special Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal.

Between the two resorts, Disney produces seven race weekends where you can run more than one race. If you love to run and are looking for a good excuse to visit both Disney resorts in 2014, click on the link above and check out the details.

A friend of mine ran The Challenge in 2013. As part of her running fun she ran the Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland® Resort. This consisted of the Disneyland® 10K and Disneyland® Half Marathon during the Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend. She also ran the Goofy’s Race and A Half Challenge at the Walt Disney World® Resort, which consisted of the Walt Disney World® Half Marathon and the Walt Disney World® Marathon. All together, she received seven medals! Check out the frame below that I made to display her medals.

rundisney, disney, coast to coast challenge, medal display, race series medals

As I created this display frame I was able to look at these medals up close. Anyone who has been to a Disney resort knows that Disney does it right. For these medals, all of the ribbons are showers and have that Disney Magic. But the 20th Anniversary Marathon medal and the Coast to Coast medal are works of art. HERE is a link to more information on the Disney races.

50 States Challenge

Feeling ambitious? Taking a long-term view of your running career and aspirations? How about running a half or a whole marathon in all 50 states (DC optional)!

Check out the Fifty States Half Marathon Club. You can take up the challenge and run the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, if you’re really ambitions, take on the 50 States Endurance Challenge™ and finish a half marathon, full marathon, 70.3 HALF Iron distance triathlon, or full Ironman triathlon, or combination of any of these mentioned distances, in all 50 states (plus DC optional) in the USA!

You can join the club for $79.00, and run all halfs, all Ironmans or any combo. As far as I can tell there is no time limit to complete 50 races. There is a $21.00 annual fee but they provide discounts to over 200 races across the country. I can feel my pulse increasing!

half marathon, marathon, medal, running

If you have medals from a race series and would like to have them framed check out Omni Running’s Frame Shop.

Run well my friends!