To have a goal. We all need goals. Something to work towards. Registering for a race encourages you to run a certain amount of miles or days, throughout the week to attain your race goal. It makes you accountable.
Camaraderie.What a great feeling to be a part of something that brings people together. You all share the same goal.
Support a cause. Most races support a cause. Some for heart disease, cancer research or maybe your local Boys and Girls Club. Find your favorite charity and you’ll most likely find a race that supports it, then register knowing that your fee is supporting something you care about. My first marathon was to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team in Training. Most rewarding experience ever! Click here for information.
Visit new places. Races have taken me to places I might not of gone to without running a half. Whether it’s a few cities away or a few states, it’s always fun to explore new places.
My races have taken me to San Francisco (3 times), San Diego, Long Beach, Zion National Park, Big Sur, Solvang (favorite), Carlsbad, Hollywood,Temecula, Ventura/Ojai, Disneyland, and soon to San Luis Obispo and Napa.
Bling and finishers shirts. Medals have become a major goal for some people. Race directors have really made an effort to attract runners with some pretty fancy bling. My favorite was the Tiffany finishers necklace from the Nike Women’s Marathon Series (handed to you by a firefighter in a tuxedo). I haven’t seen any mention of the Nike series recently though :-(. Finishers’ shirts come in handy for training, wear them with pride…you earned it!
There are a lot of other reasons to register for a race, but I wanted to keep it short and sweet. This list is what motivates me. What motivates you to sign up for yet another race? To find a race near you go to Active.com.