Today I'm linking up with Patti, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run! It's all about the bling today. 2017 brought a lot of new races and some pretty sweet blingy medals:
Winter Warrior Half Marathon -This half was the first weekend in January and boy was it brutal. It was 19 degrees when the race started at 4:30PM and it only got colder and snowed more as we took four 3.3 mile laps around an office park. BRRR
Syracuse Half Marathon -This one was also cold, but not snowy and with a great course. In fact, the Syracuse Half was run twice this year as after the race in March, the organizers moved it to November as a fall event. This course was hilly but had a mile and a half of downhills, which was absolutely amazing!
Flower City Half Marathon -This gem in Rochester in April is one of my favorites. It's a hilly and challenging course that runs through my favorite parts of the city, including a block from where Nicole and I used to live. It's a lot of fun and the medals are always pretty.
Tinkerbell 10K -All I can hear when I look at this medal is that "following the leader" song from Peter Pan which played through the whole 6.2 mile race. However, it was so much fun to run through Disneyland and the fact that the whole course was on Disneyland property with a ton of park time, made this one of my favorite 10Ks
Tinker Bell Half Marathon -There was something so magical about being in and running through Disneyland. This was exciting as it was also my mom's first half marathon and the first leg of our coast to coast adventure. I just hope they bring back the Disneyland races at some point.
Shoreline Half Marathon -Historically, this has been the race where I set my PRs and this year was no exception. I finally got under the 1:35 barrier for the half marathon and finished fourth overall. The bonus was that Nicole and I had tickets to see Idina Menzel in concert the night after!
Virtual Running Shorts Series -My mom and I signed up for the virtual runs series this summer and ran all three 5Ks together to earn this Pluto medal at the end of August.
Rochester Half Marathon -This race completed the four seasons challenge for me. One day I will conquer this course and plan appropriately for ALL.THE.HILLS. but that was not this year. This race was a tough one and the medal was well-earned.
Oktoberfest 5K -Since I have been running mainly fleet feet races and they give glass plaques for their age group awards, I haven't seen an age group medal in some time. However, I was able to receive this one for finishing first in my age group at the Oktoberfest 5K. It's also functional as it doubles as a bottle opener.
Wine and Dine 10K -It was so nice to run a different 10K course at Walt Disney World and this race was a lot of fun. I love the cute Chef Mickey on the medal and that it looks like a luggage tag.
Wine and Dine Half Marathon -While at first glance I wasn't the biggest fan of this medal, the more I look at it, the more I like it. I love that runDisney is trying to do different things with their race medals and tying them to the theme. This one also gets bonus points for being Nicole's first half marathon.
Wine and Dine Challenge -The challenge was the second leg of my coast to coast medal and this medal is so cool! I love that it opens into a passport with the food and wine booths of world showcase. It's truly unlike any other medal that I have!