Ok, I'll go there, briefly...
The Rock was named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine. He's sweet! He exfoliates! But does he run?
Really, why all the hullabaloo? Hullabaloo is a million dollar word, worthy of something big. Hullabaloo is an onomatopoeia! Which means I don't even have to define it. What's worthy of a hullabaloo from the running perspective? What do runners like to make a fuss about? How's that for a segue? You tell me what you think...
A big city Marathon--what's all the fuss about? I just read all the recaps of everyone who ran NYCM. Even those runners who didn't come close to their goal finish times knew they ran something special. Same for those Chicago Marathon runners. I won't lie. Chicago is pretty amazing. Heck, last year I wrote a post about the spectacle that is Chicago. There's also Berlin. London. Boston. There's a reason those races are the Marathon Majors. They do marathons right. What about MCM? We're talking huge races, supportive crowds, great runner support. These races are so popular, they have lotteries even to earn a bib to line up.
Disney races--what's all the fuss about? Disney has made bling a thing. The Disney races are a spectacle. Runners in costume are the norm rather than the exception. Some of these races are so popular, it's almost impossible to get a bib. Disney races attract more recreational runners than serious runners, though. Is the hype worth the race fees? I ran one WDW half marathon and I was in Corral B--the corrals went up to K--which tells you that this was not a race for PR seekers. While running through the castle was pretty cool, most of the race is run in the dark on back roads through the Disney property. For me, it was a little anticlimactic.
Novelty races--what's all the fuss about? Hot Chocolate, Color Runs, Foam Runs, Zombie Runs, Undie Runs, Naked Runs are usually shorter distances--5k or 10k--and attract a lot of non-runners because of the swag. These races are so popular they often sell out. I've run one Hot Chocolate race and it was not a good experience. Yes, the swag was good but so many participants didn't understand race etiquette and I spent the majority of the first couple of mile weaving in and out of crowds. While I've heard the race directors have improved their crowd control, as far as running for Chocolate, I'm one and done.
Obstacle course races--what's all the fuss about? Spartan races, Tough Mudder, Dirty Girl--you've heard of these and maybe you've run one or at least considered it? These are more than running, they are physical challengesBut like everything in life, once they became more popular, the races have upped the ante. Barbed wire, electrical wires, and ice baths? Can I ask what the attraction is? I don't know about you but to me, running is, in itself, an adventure. I don't need to add obstacles to a marathon to make it more challenging. I'd advise anyone who is undertaking an OCR to train specifically for the obstacles you might encounter. I'm not sure how you train for potential electric shock, though.
With all this in mind, let me ask you: Is a smaller marathon or half marathon less worthy of fanfare than the big races?
Smaller races are less of a spectacle, with fewer spectators, and gasp...spots with no spectators. There might be some lonely miles. Does low key mean hokey?
Running a smaller race means wide open race courses. No one to weave around. Fewer distractions. Just you and the road.
Parking? Easier. Gear check? Uncomplicated. Hotels? Less expensive.
Maybe the bling isn't so... "blingy". Is that a bad thing? Are we that superficial that we pick a race based on the bling?
|Great race. Not for the bling. And that's ok by me.|
Here's the thing: I believe everyone should run a big name race. Just to enjoy all the hullabaloo. It's an incredible experience. There's nothing like it.
But even after running 3 Chicago Marathons, I have to say that I prefer the smaller races. No matter what race I run, I always try my hardest. But in a smaller race, maybe it's the thought that I could actually place in my AG. Without people to weave around, I can just run and run hard. Not for the spectacle. Not for the bling. Not for the hullabaloo.
No fuss at the finish. No spectacle. No commotion.
It's ok. I don't run for the hullabaloo. For me, it's just for the love of the run.
Do you run for the spectacle, the fuss, the hullabaloo? Should we make as big of a deal when we run a smaller race as when we run a big name race? Why are those big races such a big deal?
I'm linking this post with Deb Runs for Wednesday Word. I can't even tell you how hard this post was for me. That topic was right there in front of me and I had to walk on by. I hope I did well by this word.
I'm also linking up with Coaches' Corner. Debbie, Susie, Lora, and Rachel host this fun link up!