Some runners are in it for the thrill of races, meeting friends old and new, and enjoying the camaraderie from packet pickup to the post-race party.
While I enjoy the social benefits of running and races, I am motivated by improving my performance, meeting new challenges and doing epic s---.
So for me, I don’t focus on signing up for a bulk of races — eight to 10 a year — and almost never do I race on back-to-back weekends. In fact, the only time I have done so was during a trip out west when I was fortunate to be able to run the Leadville Marathon and the Sinks Canyon Rough and Tumble on consecutive weekends. And the second event, an 11-miler, came about because I won a free race entry from a podcast.
As I looked toward the fall running calendar, I knew that I had the Indianapolis Monumental locked in but I was also looking for other options at the end of the year. While I did not target the Honor Run Half Marathon, it spoke to me.
And it convinced me that it as worth doing — the weekend after the Monumental.
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There are options for runners of all walks (runs?) to choose from: the half marathon, two-person half marathon relay, a 5K run-walk and a kids one-mile race. All race participants will receive a race T-shirt, a custom finisher’s medal, and post-race food and drinks. There also is plenty of free parking at the nearby Florence Mall.
Need more persuasion? Here are the some more reasons I am breaking tradition and running this race:
1. Its Veterans Day Weekend and it’s a good excuse to help a good cause, one that sends northern Kentucky veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam to see their memorials on the Honor Flight Tri-State.
2. It will be my first half marathon of the year and a good test on how my fitness is, a week after the marathon in Indianapolis.
3. America has seen its share of vitriol in the past year. I’ll be glad to have a reprieve, if only for a 2-hour race, from the constant bombardment of political corruption, hateful rants and social media antagonists. It will be reassuring to come together with fellow Americans — whites, blacks, northerners, southerners, straight people and gays — in a patriotic race with plenty of red, white and blue flags flying.
4. It gives me a good excuse to wear my American flag compression socks from Swiftwick.
I’m not the only one who is excited about supporting veterans at this race. From Twitter:
• Nicole (@Bonktothefinish): So excited to be racing a half this fall in KY @HonorRunHalf #bibchat #bibravepro #honorrunhalf
• Megan (@MeganBrooke591): Registering for a race is such an exciting feeling! Especially when you love what it supports! @HonorRunHalf
What are you waiting for? Come out to support our veterans with Nicole, Megan, me and other runners this Veterans Day Weekend.