Go Big! 50 Marathons


Go Big!  In Utah.

I’ve done it.  I’ve jumped in before a price increase, and signed up for an epic and fast marathon just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.  I’ve never been to Utah, and look forward to using a marathon as an excuse to take a trip into the unknown.  Well, maybe the very lofty goal of running a marathon in all 50 states is the excuse.

Have you heard of the 50 Staters club?  Running a marathon in all 50 states in our country.  Crazy?  Yes.  Expensive?  Oh, yeah.  This is a goal of many crazy runners out there.  I may have started running too late to accomplish this goal, but slowly but surely, I may be able to make a dent in this goal.  I think that most that have accomplished this goal are either independently wealthy, or are in debt up to their ears.  I will not max out my credit cards to achieve this goal.  If I continue to work toward 50 states, it will be slow and as money allows.

I currently have run 11 marathons, but most of them have been fairly local, or I should say, within driving distance.  Here is a look…

North Carolina- Asheville City Marathon, Tobacco Road Marathon, Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate, City of Oaks Marathon, Wrightsville Beach Marathon, Outer Banks Marathon (6)

South Carolina- Myrtle Beach Marathon, Charleston Marathon, Hilton Head Marathon (3)

Virginia- Blue Ridge Marathon (1)

Nevada- Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon (1)

So, currently I have 4 states under my belt.  I have not repeated any marathons, and still have multiple marathons in both North and South Carolina.  Funny thing is, and right in line with all the news you hear about the number of marathons across the world increasing, as people interested in running them increases, my next two marathons are new to me as well, and both local events.  So by May 4th, my NC number will increase to 8, and to 9 in the Fall.

Utah will be state #5.  Wow, that’s 45 states shy of a fifty states goal.  I can only hope to stay healthy and able to run long enough for my bank account and body to both cooperate.  Maybe my goal should be to run 50 different marathons, and not necessarily in all 50 states.  That would be a more achievable goal.

So, I am saying it here.  I will run 50 different marathons.

Currently at 11, my next four will bring my total to 15 by the end of 2014.  They are…..  Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh, All American Marathon, Big Cottonwood, and The Greensboro Marathon.

Setting goals is very common for runners.  I am already a Half Fanatic, and Marathon Maniac.  Go Big, right?  That’s what folks say.  Go big or go home.  I plan on taking my marathon running BIG!

12 thoughts on “Go Big! 50 Marathons

  1. Oh that must be expensive! There’s a lot of training for a marathon (educated guess! 🙂 ) so how do they fit that round working enough hours to get round all the states?! I guess some people are lucky, financially and fitness wise. 11 Marathons, that’s pretty awesome, I think it would take me years to even get one done.

  2. Hi Paul. Here are some photos of the where the Utah marathon is going to be near: http://mchenryed.blogspot.com/2013/10/revisit-of-desolation-lake-with-moose.html and http://mchenryed.blogspot.com/2013/09/lake-solitude-silver-lake-on-921.html You’ll practically run right by Silver Lake.

    As far as other good marathons: Green Bay, Wisconsin is a well run event and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Wisconsin Marathon (in Kenosha) and the Milwaukee one (if you can get into it). Des Moines Iowa was also good and they have casinos just outside of town. Michigan has a bunch and the one I did was Grand Rapids, which was also good.

    I am dabbling with the 50 state deal, but am not in any hurry and doubt I’ll finish it, but it is fun to try and do a different race in every state.

    Good luck.

  3. Big Cottonwood is an awesome race. You won’t be disappointed with this race. It was gorgeously breathtaking and can be fast if you train appropriately. I live where it is fairly flat and got injured for most of my training time. As a result of not being able to downhill train or run much at all, I actually ran my slowest marathon at this course-although I was in the minority. Respect the decent; it will trash your quads if you are not prepared. I hope it is a PR course for you. The natural beauty is unforgettable. Super exiting!

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