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Fifty by Fifty?

Posted Sunday, December 18th, 2011 12:09 am GMT -6 in Marathons, Running

Inspired by the idea behind Megan’s clever blog Forty by Thirty, I’ve been trying to think of a theme I could do to spice up my running goals for 2012 and beyond. I’ve seen people running with “50 Marathons in 50 States” shirts and Megan has talked about it in the past, but I never really considered it before.

I’ve only finished four so far, so 46 more before I turn fifty probably isn’t logistically (or financially) feasible. Fifty marathons before fifty is probably more realistic. I do like the idea of researching and planning all of those trips, though, especially since I haven’t been able to travel for fun much the past three years.

When I started writing the list of states, there really aren’t a lot that jump out. Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Texas and Massachusetts are easy; some of the others will take more research (see the full list after the jump).

With Boston moving the goal posts again, it will probably take me a few more years to get a qualifying time. If I started running more than 2-3 a year, though, it might happen quicker. It will be tough to not run Grandma’s and Twin Cities every year, but I’d probably have to save that money for other races. We’ll see…

Since I’m still grandfathered in for the New York City lottery, I’ll be running that in 2012 or 2013 and I’m thinking maybe I’ll try Fargo in May. Here is the list, with states in bold already completed:

1. Alabama
2. Alaska – Mayor’s (June)
3. Arizona
4. Arkansas
5. California – Los Angeles (March) or Big Sur (April)
6. Colorado
7. Connecticut
8. Delaware
9. Florida – Walt Disney World
10. Georgia
11. Hawaii – Honolulu (December)
12. Idaho
13. Illinois – Chicago
14. Indiana – Indianapolis (October)
15. Iowa
16. Kansas
17. Kentucky
18. Louisiana
19. Maine
20. Maryland
21. Massachusetts – Boston (April)
22. Michigan
23. Minnesota – Grandma’s, Twin Cities
24. Mississippi
25. Missouri
26. Montana
27. Nebraska
28. Nevada – Las Vegas (December)
29. New Hampshire
30. New Jersey
31. New Mexico
32. New York – New York City (November)
33. North Carolina
34. North Dakota – Fargo (May)
35. Ohio – Flying Pig (May)
36. Oklahoma
37. Oregon – Portland (October)
38. Pennsylvania
39. Rhode Island – Ocean State (October)
40. South Carolina
41. South Dakota
42. Tennessee
43. Texas – Houston (January)
44. Utah
45. Vermont
46. Virginia
47. Washington
48. West Virginia
49. Wisconsin – Eau Claire
50. Wyoming

I’ll continue to update this post as I find additional races that sound good.

Any suggestions?

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

2 Responses to “Fifty by Fifty?”

  1. Laura Says:

    I’m a 50 stater, so I have suggestions for each place… but the one I will specifically call out is Wyoming, which was my absolute favorite small marathon of all the ones I’ve done (I always distinguish that from my favorite big marathon, which is NYC, because you just can’t compare big and small). You start on top of a mesa at sunrise, and there are only about 200 runners. There’s no time limit, so you have some people finishing in 3 hours and some finishing in like 8 hours – which means you’re all spread out on the course. The course is a dirt trail (not technical; almost a road) that winds along the top of the mesa, and you can’t see anything but mountains and sky – not even a road to indicate that you’re NEAR humans. Meanwhile, the trail is also used by wild horses, who gallop by you at times, and that’s pretty much all the company you have (aside from pickup trucks that are parked every two miles with water/gatorade/etc on the back as aid stations). The course is like this most of the way, and then in the last few miles, it eventually dips down into a valley, and you end in the tiny town of Green River, where they have a barbecue waiting for you at the finish line. SO AWESOME!

  2. Megan Says:

    Take me with! Since I can’t seem to PR at marathon, I’ve decided I’m just going to run them for leisure moving forward. I’ll be at four states after Disney in January, so if you’re up for a road trip this summer, I’m in!

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