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Basscycle Legend 236 posts since
Dec 14, 2007
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Jul 16, 2010 6:32 PM

How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

Just completed C25K and I'd love to do race, but there are none that are really near to me any time soon. I did find one though that looks pretty nice but it's almost an hour drive. How far would y'all drive to run in a 5k?





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  • vcackerman Legend 340 posts since
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    1. Jul 16, 2010 6:43 PM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    Hour is probably just outside what i would consider.  Most of the ones I am looking at are within 30 minutes.





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    5K: 27:54 (Roselle Run for the Roses, June 2011)

    4M: 37:51 (Elmhurst 4 on the 4th, July 2011)

    8K: 46:46  Chicago Shamrock Shuffle (April 2011)

    10K: 60:16 (Lisle Spring Spint Mar 2011)

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  • Trishinator Legend 234 posts since
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    2. Jul 17, 2010 6:10 AM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    Well, if I hadn't gotten a new job and been able to move before my 5K at the end of September, I would have flown 1800 miles to run it





    C25K Graduate - 5/22/10, Started over 1/3/12

    One Hour Runner Graduate - 7/30/10

    Nike + id: tjkness

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    9/26/10 - 5K at the Lake Tahoe Marathon - 47:47

  • skypilot77 Legend 1,077 posts since
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    3. Jul 17, 2010 6:43 AM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    There are a couple bigger and well run 5K's during the year that I travel a couple hours to run.

     

    But most are within 30 to 45 minutes away.





  • Janet689 Pro 122 posts since
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    4. Jul 17, 2010 6:49 AM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    I've done 2 that were about 15 miles my house, and 1 that was 1000 miles away, but the starting line one for that was just outside of my hotel room. 

     

    Make sure you are finding all of the options.  There is a company located near me that does timing for most local races.  They usually have about a 6 to 8 races per weekend listed on their website.  Some of these are over an hour drive away, but many are less than that.

     

    Check with your local running stores and the companies that do the race timing they might know of some you may be missing.

     

    I would only drive an hour if it was for a cause I really believed in or there was something else I would be interested in doing in the area that day.





    Janet

    Started C25K 2/14/10 Age 51 and NEVER have run before.

    Coventry Challenge 5K 3/20/10, end of W5 of C25K. 40:44

    Spring Forward 5K (YMCA) 4/10/10 39:57

    Focus 5K Run/Walk 5/13/10 32:24... in Orlando on a totally flat course

    Coventry Challenge 5K 3/19/11 37:59

    ?Operation Backpack 5K 5/21/11 ??? fast-paced race, finished next to last

    Coventry Challenge 5K 3/17/12 38:11

  • rbird Legend 1,073 posts since
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    5. Jul 17, 2010 8:04 AM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    It seems like it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to get anywhere these days.  I wouldn't hesitate to travel an hour for a race, especially this time of year when races are few and far between.

     

    I considered a two hour drive for a race in St. Augustine, FL today.  I probably would have done it if I hadn't already found a closer race next weekend.  I may plan for that race next year just for the opportunity of running past those centuries old landmarks.  St. Augustine is a great place to visit especially if you're a history buff.





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    2011 Croom Fools Run 50k 6:16:51

    2011 Marine Corps Marathon 4:24:48

    2011 Jacksonville Bank Marathon 4:44:12 (4:45 Pace Leader)

    2012 Florida Keys Ragnar Relay 28:20:47 (3rd place-Mixed Ultra)


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  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
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    6. Jul 17, 2010 9:04 AM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    That's a hard question.  Living in metro Atlanta there are plenty of races so I've never even had that issue (so many races, so little time!)  When I think about driving a distance for a race, I have to consider that most races start pretty early in the morning.  Even for a local race downtown, about 30 minutes away, I am up at 5:30 am.  But I wouldn't want to get up earlier than that, since it is important to be rested for a race.  If I had to drive any farther, I would probably go the night before and stay in a hotel.  If the race locale was a place I'd enjoy visiting anyway, I wouldn't mind driving 3-4 hours and then spending the weekend.  But that's just me!





  • iRunDetroit Expert 45 posts since
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    7. Jul 17, 2010 9:28 AM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    I am driving about 300 miles to run a 5 mile run for Labor Day. It is a once a year event and only 400 are selected to run across the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan and I was selected this year!





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  • runkitcatrun Amateur 25 posts since
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    9. Jul 17, 2010 11:05 AM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    Ok, call me crazy, but I'm looking at places I want to go on vacation to see if they have a 5K.





    Started C25K June 22, 2010 - Haven't run for 25 years.

    Completed 1st 5K on August 22, 2010 with my sister, daughter and 2 nieces

    Oktoberfest 9/18 with sisters and brother, daughter (10K), eldest son, Mom, Dad, and 2 neices - First PR 35:28

    Race for the Cure, Eugene, OR in the pouring rain! Ran with my sister, daughter, 2 sons, and 2 nieces. New PR of 33:59. Injured and on the sidelines for a while.

    I plan on running the whole thing!

  • Trishinator Legend 234 posts since
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    10. Jul 17, 2010 2:30 PM (in response to runkitcatrun)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    I certainly wouldn't call you crazy.  I'm running my 5k in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful places on earth......Lake Tahoe - just because that's where I wanted to run.  Since I currently live in Kansas City, MO, that's a bit of a way to go just to run a 5k.  Fortunately, I'm moving to Sacramento next weekend, so it will only be about an hour drive when the time comes.





    C25K Graduate - 5/22/10, Started over 1/3/12

    One Hour Runner Graduate - 7/30/10

    Nike + id: tjkness

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    9/26/10 - 5K at the Lake Tahoe Marathon - 47:47

  • Eurlyne74425 Pro 71 posts since
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    11. Jul 17, 2010 2:54 PM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    There are three races coming up in the next three months that are local, one each month.  But, in October I am seriously thinking about driving 150 miles to my home town to run.  It depends on if it has snowed by then.  If so, I won't go.  If it is going to be nice, above zero for temp and no snow then I will go.





  • crl8686 Legend 1,307 posts since
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    13. Jul 19, 2010 8:58 PM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    Here in Los Angeles, some of the best 5K races are either in Orange County, down at the beach or in the western San Gabriel Valley. Any of those are usually between 30 and 50 miles from my house, so I'll routinely drive that far to run 5K's. If I'm tempted by a race that's further than that, I can usually find a closer one that has comparable features. We're fortunate to have a lot of races from which to choose.





    2014 highlights...

    @ 5K: Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:15

    Friends of the Villa Park Library 5K, Villa Park, CA, 24:10

    Claremont Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot, Claremont, CA, 24:23

    @ 10K: Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 50:31

    Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 50:29

    LA Cancer Challenge, West Los Angeles, CA, 50:25


  • MyMasterpiece Rookie 6 posts since
    Dec 9, 2009
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    14. Jul 21, 2010 3:31 PM (in response to Basscycle)
    Re: How far would y'all drive to run a 5k race?

    Road Trip!!!  I drive, stay over and do 5ks out of town...hours out.  I choose one race each month, stay in a hotel and do my trot the next day.  I never do races in town.  The nearest was in the town next door and it was fine although it started late and got hot really fast. 

     

    I choose races near relatives and then visit after the race is over, or near sites I want to see in new towns that I've never been to. I prefer those that support things like school athletics, veterans causes or the YMCA, and I like those that specifically say "fun run" because I'm not competitive.  It's just fun for me and I'm not very good yet.  I make a weekend of it and enjoy my time.  These are people I'll likely never see again so I don't mind them seeing my Fluffy Runner act.  People are really supportive though, except those who speed up just so the fluffy chick doesn't beat them.  I get high-fives all the time from perfect strangers.  GO 200+ CLUB!!  LOL!!

     

    Eventually I'll go to other states and do them, just for the fun and the sight seeing. I love to travel so the 5ks are a plus to something I already enjoy.

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