When I ran my first marathon in 2005, I had no intention of running a second one, let alone running marathons in all 50 states. I didn’t even know that was a “thing”. For me, it was a one-time, “let’s see if I can do it” goal, but I started thinking about my second marathon not long after finishing the first. Yet my first two years of running saw me complete only 3 states (and one European country), and so a 50 states goal was still not on my radar.
|With my pace group during my first marathon, my first state: 2005 Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans|
It wasn’t until after my long break and starting up with marathons again in January 2012 that this even became a remote possibility. As I started to build my race schedule, I tried to find races in different states. Part of this was motivated by my desire to travel and see new places. I didn’t want to run the same marathon twice (though I have done that a few times). And then, in the fall of 2012 when I was nearing my 10th marathon state (Hartford Marathon in Connecticut), it became a reality. At 10 states, I was qualified to join the 50 States Marathon Club. I had my application ready to mail before I left for Hartford, and dropped it in the mail the day after the marathon once my results were posted. (Note - technically, Illinois was my 10th state, but because I'm not listed in the results for 2012 George Washington Birthday Marathon in Maryland, I used Connecticut as my 10th state with verifiable results.)
|With Scot at 2012 Hartford Marathon, after finishing my official 10th state|
|With my Manchester City medal - New Hampshire, state #48|
#50 on 5/30/15 – Newport Marathon (Oregon)
Question: Are you running in all 50 states (either half or full marathons)? Do you have a favorite?