||Half Marathon State # 14
Half Marathon #27
Headwinds & Hills…. On Sunday, May 15, 2016 I completed my 14th State in my 50 By 50 Challenge in Hastings, Minnesota. I ran the 31st Annual Carpenter Nature Center Apple Blossom Half Marathon. I was in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the week for a conference for work, so I sought out a race I could complete while I was there. Hastings is about 40 minutes outside of Minneapolis.
This was a small race event with about 125 half marathoners. They also held a 5k & 10k event alongside the half marathon. Since it was a small event, there was no race expo, we just had to arrive about an hour early to get our race bib and a timing chip to attach to the shoe.
||Half Marathon State # 13
Half Marathon #25
On Sunday, February 28, 2016, I ran in the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. There were approximately 11,600 finishers in the half marathon. This was state #13 (half marathon #25) race toward my 50 By 50 Challenge to do a half marathon in all 50 states before I turn 50. The weather for the race was great. It was around 52 degrees at the start and maintained throughout the race, with about 82% humidity and a 6 mph ESE wind.
We decided to drive to New Orleans, as opposed to paying near $1000 to fly. We decided to split it up and drove to Auburn, AL on the Thursday prior, and then finish the 11 hour journey on Friday morning. After arriving in New Orleans we met our friends Matthew & Kira at our hotel, the Hilton Riverside New Orleans. It was a great hotel location for the start of the race, as it was only about 5 blocks away. After we got settled in we walked to the expo about 2pm and it was not crowded at all. The expo was at the convention center, which was also in walking distance of our hotel.
If you look closely you can see a Matthew photobomb!
Here are the three amigos and our race bibs.
Since it was planned to be a nice race morning, “Flat David” was able to use shorts and a short-sleeved running shirt, which was perfect for the weather.
What a weekend…. We spent the last 6 days to and from New Orleans to run the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, but this is not the race recap. This is about a special gift I got from our friends Matthew & Kira. When we arrived in New Orleans and met up with them at the hotel, they had a box. I thought, strange way to pack their running gear for travel, but who am I to judge.
To my surprise, it was a gift for me. So I opened it up and saw 10-15 strands of Mardi Gras beads, to which I got excited and thought it was neat. I quickly pulled them all out and put them on like a Mr. T starter kit. After a few minutes of playing with the beads, they said, glad you like them, but that wasn’t the real present. They told me to go back to the box…..
I went back to the box, and was speechless, and if you know me, that isn’t easy. All I could say was wow. They bought me a special medals rack for my 50 state half marathons.
Even though it was a great weekend, I could not wait to get home, get it colored, and the 13 medals for the 13 completed states hung. It turned out so good.
Thanks to my friends Matthew & Kira for this awesome gift. Thanks for thinking of me and my goal. I will always remember you each time I hang a new state medal! Hopefully they will join me for a few of the state races in the future.
||Half Marathon State # 12
Half Marathon #22
On Sunday, October 18, 2015, I ran in the Hershey Half Marathon in Pennsylvania. There were approximately 5,000 runners in the half marathon. For me, this was the second leg of a back to back half marathon weekend. I paired this with the Baltimore Half Marathon on Saturday to accomplished two states in one weekend toward my 50 By 50 Challenge.
Since I did the Baltimore race on Saturday, as soon as the race was over and I was cleaned up, my buddy Chris picked me up and we were off to Hershey to get to the expo before it closed at 5:00 PM. We got there a little after 4:00 PM. The expo was at Hershey Park Stadium. There wasn’t much to it, so I did not even take photos. Plus, we were freezing and it was outdoors under the bleachers, so we mainly just flew through and got my stuff and we were out of there.
Now on the way, I needed something to eat so we got the recommendation to go to Bmore Burger Stack, which was on the way. Talk about a hole in the wall, but man they had a awesome burger and fries.
After the expo, we went over to Hershey Chocolate World. I will save that for a later blog post.
For this race, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Hershey which was only about 10 minutes from Hershey Park where the race started and finished. Now, on to the race….
The weather for the race was quite different than Baltimore the day before. Race start weather was around 33 degrees with a 6 mph NW wind and 75% humidity. It was COLD!
On Saturday & Sunday, October 17-18, 2015, I completed the Baltimore Half Marathon in Baltimore, MD and the Hershey Half Marathon in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
This was my 11th & 12th states completed in my 50 By 50 Challenge. I have updated the page with this race’s information.
Here is a link to the Maryland medal page and the Pennsylvania medal page.
I will post the race recaps later this week. Stay tuned.
This past Saturday (5/2/2015) I ran in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon. Because we were traveling and attempting to do two half marathons in two days, I had our friend that lives in Indianapolis to go to the expo and pick up my race packet.
Well, Saturday evening, at our friend’s house, I started preparing my gear for the race the next morning. Upon pulling out my race bib from the packet, I noticed there was a card paper clipped to my race bib. When I detached the card and flipped it over, I found the following personalized note.
Now I do not recall putting this anywhere on the registration, so either my friend Dave advised them of this, or they researched out my blog. Anyway it was discovered, this was a nice touch by the 500 Festival team.
Thanks to the 500 Festival team, especially Ben Pawelak, whom I never met. Based on this kind act, and my race experience this past weekend, I would highly recommend this race if you are looking for a race in Indiana.
I wanted to thank all of you that have made donations to my Go Fund Me account. I really appreciate your contribution, which helped go toward my Back to Back half marathons in Indianapolis & Cincinnati this past weekend.
If you haven’t done so, please consider supporting me in my 50 By 50 Challenge with a donation in my GoFundMe account. Simply click on the logo below.
On Saturday, May 2 & 3, 2015, I completed the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon in Indianapolis, IN and the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon, respectively.
This was my 9th & 10th states completed in my 50 By 50 Challenge. I have updated the page with this race’s information.
Here is a link to the Indiana medal page and the Ohio medal page.
I will post the race recaps later this week. Stay tuned.
As many of you that follow me are aware, back in 2013 I set a goal to complete a half marathon in all 50 states before I turn 50 years old. As of today I have 8 states completed, with 4 scheduled for 2015.
With this challenge, I have realized that this is an expensive endeavor. With race registrations, travel, lodging, race gear and supplements it can get quite expensive.
If you would like to contribute and support me in my challenge, click on the logo below to be linked to my GoFundMe account. The minimum contribution is set at just $5.00.
I plan to give shout outs to my contributors in my race recaps and during the race in some fashion that I am working on.
There will always be a logo on the right side of the page where you can quickly make a donation at any time also.
Thanks for helping in anyway you can.
Back in 2013 I decided to attempt to run a half marathon in all 50 states before I turned 50. I called it my 50 By 50 Challenge. To add to the motivation, I joined the Fifty States Half Marathon Club to work with others attempting the same feat. This is an awesome group that support each other. We share race recaps to help others in deciding which races to run. We do meet ups at about every half marathon on the chart. It is just a great motivator to complete my goal.
Being a part of the club, you can get special gear to wear around to let others know of your goal. At Christmas, my wife got me the short sleeved black club tech shirt. On the back is an outline of the fifty states. You can take clothing markers and color in the states as you complete them. As of this post, I have completed 8 states. This past weekend was a dreary one, so we stayed inside. We took the opportunity to color in my completed states. With it being a black shirt, we have had to make several passes at it to get the states dark enough. We may still go another round before it is done.
Have a look. I think it turned out awesome. I cannot wait to color in more states soon. There will be four more getting colored in before year’s end.