Posted on December 21 2017

Running is family affair in our house. My husband, three sons, and I all love to run, so local races are a great chance for several of us to participate and we have a lot of great ones from which to choose in our area!

While we love our local races, taking “racecations” has quickly become one of our favorite things to do, mostly as a couple, but sometimes as a whole family. A “racecation” is simply a vacation planned around a race and there are many fabulous reasons for you to plan one ASAP!


Part of the appeal of taking a racecation is traveling to a new place you’ve never been to before! We’ve signed up for races to see cities and special places we wanted to visit and it’s a great way to see the country! One of my favorites was traveling to Green Bay, Wisconsin. I am a HUGE Green Bay Packers fan and the spring marathon/half-marathon ends with a lap on Lambeau Field. It was a dream come true for me!


There are SO many great races around the country and all over the world. Sometimes you take a racecation just to run an awesome race. That was the case for us this year at both the Chicago Marathon and the California International Marathon. Both are described as “must-run” marathons and after running them both, we wholeheartedly agree! That race everyone is talking about? Sign up for it and make a racecation out of it!


A huge racecation benefit for an extrovert like me is meeting lots of new people! Whether they are people I’ve known online but never met in person or just brand new faces, I can’t get enough of connecting with people at races. Running into people at the expo, chatting with someone before the start, or finding a new friend as you run an entire race together - the running community is full of the most wonderful people. The more you racecation, the more of these wonderful people you will meet!


We have taken two racecations with friends and it is the best bonding experience! We spend the weekend talking, eating, strategizing for race day, eating more, and experiencing the race together - sometimes running with one another, sometimes not - but always celebrating together!


I don’t know about you, but before a marathon, I am VERY picky about what I eat. I stick to fairly plain sandwiches and pasta int he two days leading up to a marathon. But once the race is over, I want all the yummy food the area has to offer! There are lots of culinary guides to cities out there, so plan a racecation where you can experience your favorite cuisine or something entirely new after the race! Sacramento is known as the “Farm-to-Fork” capital, Chicago is obviously famous for their pizza, and I totally pigged out on the best chips and salsa after running a marathon in San Antonio last year!


This may seem silly, but one of my favorite parts of a racecation is wearing my medal on the flight home. I feel like the conquering hero returning home from a hard-fought battle in which I came out victorious. I love to travel and I love to run, so the feeling I get from a great racecation is one of my favorite things in the world!

2018 is your year to take a racecation. Pick a place or pick a race or plan to meet up with friends - whatever your reason, sign up, show up, and have a blast traveling and running all over the world!

What has been your favorite “racecation?”

By: Erin. M