Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TOTR: Home-State Races

Texas is big.  No really?  Yup, and that means there are tons of races to choose from, whether you're looking for a race in a city, suburb, country, or small town.  I've done one Texas half marathon, and a couple 5k's/10k's along the way.  They're easy to find, practically year 'round.  We even have a Too Hot to Handle race in the middle of the summer.  I wilt in the heat, so no thanks on that one, but there are plenty of races for all kinds of interests.

The most famous would the be the Houston marathon.  The 2012 Olympic marathon trials were even held in Houston, with the same set up as the LA trials this year - trials on Saturday, Houston marathon on Sunday.  Unlike LA, however, the race didn't have to be moved from it's regular date.  The race is held at the end of January every year.  And a little tidbit, President George W. Bush ran Houston in '93 in 3:44:52.


The race I did in Dallas in 2012 was the MetroPCS half marathon, which, along with the marathon, used to be known as White Rock, and many people I know still call it that.  There's also a 5-person relay option, and this past year there was an elite two-person marathon relay, the Duo to Rio, in which an elite male and elite female were paired up for their relay teams, and Deena Kastor and Abdi Abdirahman won the Duo to Rio.  This race is held in December each year. 

On the other side of DFW is the Cowtown series in Fort Worth, held in February each year.  February can be dicey some years, and in 2015, most of the races were cancelled due to ice, with those events turned into virtual races if runners still wanted to complete the distances.  There's a full marathon, half, 10k, 5k, and a 50k ultra.



Austin has quite a few races too, but the big one each April is the Capitol 10k.  While this is smaller than the Bolder Boulder, the Capitol 10k has become a huge race in its own right.  This one is on my to-do list since the 10k has become my favorite distance, so I need to decide which one I want to do next year.  Buffett likes to hit Frisco over Memorial Day weekend, so if I want to go to the concert next year, maybe the Capitol would be better.

And finally, San Antonio.  I've heard great things about the RnR San Antonio series, which has a full, half, relay, 10k, and 5.  I haven't been to San Antonio since I was two, so I'm not counting that.  I don't remember a thing, but apparently I was in San Antonio and I did go to the Alamo.  I'm a history nerd so I'm sure the Alamo would be a neat place to visit, even if I don't see it as most Texans do.  Don't get me started. 


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18 comments:

  1. To me Houston = humid. I've heard nothing but great things about the marathon though. I too wilt in the heat. I ran in Dallas years ago and don't remember it being too bad. I absolutely love Ft Worth and Grapevine but haven't run there. Thanks for linking!

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    1. Houston isn't bad in the winter, but the humidity has a punch in the non-winter months. I think that's why the marathon weekend is in January.

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  2. I have never been to Houston but I have been to Dallas. And of course the wkend I was there, it was cold. I'm sure that is very unlikely. Loved to go back and experience the city. Didn't really get a chance when I went for the race wkend.

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    1. I was out running that Saturday and couldn't relax because of the wind. Even in March, our weather can be crazy.

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  3. I would love to try running a race in Texas, but I'd probably prefer a cooler month! I did hear that RNR San Antonio is a great race!

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    1. I don't run much in the summer, so my training and racing schedule is during the cooler months. There are plenty of races throughout the year.

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  4. So far, I run rock 'n' roll Dallas, the divas half marathon in Galveston, and the 2012 Houston half marathon. I also got to see the Olympic trials that year which was incredible! I love Texas races! San Antonio is on my list! What did you think of Alice through the looking glass?

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    1. That must've been fun. Those trials were on tape delay, but I still watched. I thought Alice was fun and am disappointed the box office wasn't good for it.

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  5. It's nice that you have so many races to choose from living in such a large state! I've never been to San Antonio, but it seems like a fun city. I bet RnR there would be great!

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    1. I've heard great thing about the RnR there. If I did do a race, I'd have to make it a long weekend since I do want to experience the city a little bit.

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  6. I have a friend moving to Austin, I'll have to tell her about that race!

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    1. Austin has other races too, but I know the Capitol is extremely popular.

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  7. I'd love to run Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio. I've been to San Antonio once and would love an excuse to go back.

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    1. I've been here 7 years and the only time I was in SA was in the airport connecting from Disney, going back home. I don't count that hour.

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  8. I have been to Texas many times, but all before I became a runner. I'd love to do a race there someday....I try to bring along my running shoes when we travel now and either find a local race (if we're there on a weekend), or at least hit the streets and go exploring.

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    1. I do that too, when I'm not injured. I wish I had been a runner when I was in Boston, because there are some great things to do there.

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  9. The Cap 10K was my first 10K distance- and it also caused me some knee issues thanks to those dang hills (and me not being trained for them). BIG hills. HUGE. At least to me. lol Love running in Texas.

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    1. If I ever decide to do a race in Austin, I need to get my rear in gear for hills. There's a reason it's called Hill Country.

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