Today’s topic for Tuesdays on the Run is your best local races. But you don’t currently live in Washington DC or Northern Virginia, you say. Sadly, I never ran a local Texas race. I would have liked to, but usually the ones I wanted to run conflicted with my runDisney race schedule or else it was too darn hot.
So today, I’m talking about my favorite local Northern Virginia race. I loved the Divas Half Marathon in DC’s Wine Country. Let me rephrase that. I loved everything that race could have been, but I heard improvements have been made since I ran it the inaugural year of 2013.
I kind of hate that race a bit, because it’s the one that ruined my ITB. That year it was also a hot mess. The race started ridiculously late. Traffic was horrible for some, which caused the late start. And the course elevation was grossly miscalculated. These were not rolling hills, people.
So what did I love about it? The scenery is amazing. Virginia’s (it’s not really DC) Wine Country is gorgeous. Green trees, green hills, green grass. The Divas series is a fun race! You receive a pink tutu with registration, the medals are usually very cool, and you also receive a tiara and boa at the end of the race. And when I ran it, they had some studly men handing out the medals. It’s just a fun girlfriend and friend type of race. It makes me feel girl power-ish.
One other thing I really appreciate – the half marathon is on a Saturday. I really prefer not to run on Sundays, and it’s hard to find longer races that aren’t. So I’m very thankful this one in particular is usually on a Saturday. I also heard they fixed most of my gripes from the inaugural race, so that’s why I added it to the top of my list. Extra bonus is that it was super local and not far from my house.
I’m moving back to Virginia in the summer, so I claim it as local again. We really are lucky in this area to have many amazing races. I’m registered for the Army Ten-Miler in October and my bucket list includes the Marine Corps Marathon and the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. Running through Washington D.C. is pretty incredible. It’s hard not to get emotional running through so much history. I had the chance to do that during the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.