This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Is there a popular race you never want to run?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

My last race was the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon last year.  I am not sure if I will run any races this year, but hopefully in the Fall I can race again.  While I am itching to run a race, there are a few races that I would never want to run.  Does that make me boring?  🙂

🚫 The Barkley Marathons – “The Barkley Marathons is an ultramarathon trail race held in Frozen Head State Park near Wartburg, Tennessee. If runners complete 60 miles this is known as a “fun run.” The full course is about 100 miles. The race is limited to a 60-hour period, and takes place in late March or early April of each year.”  100 miles?  No thanks.

🚫 The Color Run – “The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, is a unique event that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.  Now the largest running series in the world, The Color Run has been experienced by over 8 million runners worldwide in 50+ countries.”  I know these are fun races but they’re not for me.  I want a finish time.  I want to do better than my previous race.  I want a PR.  And if I don’t get one then I will keep on trying.    

🚫 Cupid’s Undie Run – Run in just my underwear?  A big NO! 🤣 🤣

🚫 Races that cost an arm and leg to get there – Well, honestly I cannot say that I will never run them.  I’ve done one in MT because there aren’t that many races in MT and I had to run it for my Race in the 50 States goal.  I paid more than $500 for my flight.  The hotel was either $200 or $300 and it wasn’t even close to the start line.  It was a great course but honestly don’t think it was worth all of the money I paid.  I have a few more states (WY, SD, ND, and ID) to run that will probably cost the same so I need to suck it up. 🙂

What about you?  Are any of these races on your list too?

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18 Comments on Tuesday Topics: Races I never want to run

  1. That Barkley Marathon is a monster! Especially considering the other quirks… like not knowing when the race will start and other built-in challenges. Even signing up for the race is quite an adventure.
    I just declined a race in Switzerland that had a USD 333.- entry fee (hotel and food are in addition to that). Even though I love to race, that’s more than I’m willing to pay.

  2. Nope on Barkley or any Ragnar. Definitely no Color Runs or Spartans or Mud Runs. Never any Naked Runs.

    That still leaves many many races to choose from lol

  3. What a fun topic to think about, thanks for hosting Kim and Zenaida! Sounds like no one wants to do the Barkley races, ha!

    • I am glad you are liking our topics. And thanks for joining us! If there are others you’d think would be fun to write about, let us know. As for the Barkley Marathon, just reading about it gives me the chills. Nope, nope. I will pass.

  4. I’ve never done a color run, although I do know people who love them. If it gets you running, ok!

    Somehow I don’t think anyone in our group is doing Barkleys, but I could be wrong. 🙂

  5. Well, I foolishly did one Color Run, and will never do that again. It really wasn’t a “run,” but more of a Crowded Colored-Walk.” So many people, so many kids, so many walkers. It’s great to see people participating, but I don’t think there’s much fitness to be gained from these kind of events.

  6. I almost forgot! There is a 5K that takes place in a nudist colony down here! Nope nope nope! That’s almost worse than underwear!

    I’ve done the color run and it was fun for the pictures.

  7. Your post reminds me that there’s a race here around Christmas every year where everyone wears a Santa costume. No! Never!

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