Boardwalks, Dirt, and Paved Trails
Rising temps reminded me it's time to switch to my Summer running spots. When it's 90 degrees by 10 am it's best to leave the city cement behind.
One of my favorite places to run when it's hot is Weedon Island Preserve. It's hidden in the northeast corner of St. Pete on Old Tampa Bay.
It isn't all shade, but it's a nice mix of surfaces. The different paths and scenery distract me from the heat.
There's a nice loopy flow to Weedon Island trails. Grab a map at the Cultural and History Center before you begin. Find a map box outside if the center isn't open.
Hit every path and you'll run on sand, dirt, asphalt, and boardwalk. The observation tower offers great views and a killer leg workout.
If you run when the Center is open, take advantage of the air-conditioned restrooms. There's a museum display and water fountain inside, too. I always pack my own fluids, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray.
Check out photos for Weedon Island Preserve and other local parks in my Places to Run pages. Happy Summer Running, Everyone!
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Increased Discounts Until Midnight 5/27/19
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(Codes go back to 10% at midnight PT on Memorial Day.)
⭐️ Starlight Run ⭐️ June 1, 2019 in Portland
The 5k course follows the Starlight Parade route! For the first time ever, all Starlight Run participants will receive a finish medal plus free entry to the Rose Festival CityFair ($8 value)! Fun for all ages!
This race includes a costume contest! If you like to dress up for a race, this one's for you. (Here are some tips on running costumes.)
Use Code "STARBR10" for 15% Off thru 5/27
This is the 41st Starlight Run known as Portland's Party in the Streets on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Make sure you dress to impress, and to win great prizes, in the pre-run costume contest. Discount code is "STARBR10"
🏊🏻♀️ Nautica Malibu Tri 🏊🏻♀️ Sept 14-15, 2019
(Photo credit: Nautica Malibu Tri)
🏊🏻♀️ "MALIBUBR10" SAVES YOU 15% 'til 5/27 🏊🏻♀️
Use code "MALIBUBR10" to SAVE 15% off the 🏊🏻♀️ Nautica Malibu Triathlon on September 14 and 15, 2019 in Malibu, California. The code works on all 3 distances.
Saturday, Sept. 14
• LONG COURSE is 1.2 mile ocean swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run.
• OLYMPIC COURSE is 1.5K ocean swim, 40K bike ride and a 10K run.
Sunday, Sept. 15
CLASSIC SPRINT TRI is 0.5K ocean swim, 17 mile bike ride and a 4 mile run.
🏄🏻♀️ Surf City 10 🏄🏻♀️ Sept. 21, 2019 in California
(Photo credit: Surf City 10)
Run at sundown! These races begin at 6:30 pm so you can watch the sunset while you run! Discount is for the 10-miler, but there's also a 10K and 5K race. Each course starts and finishes on the Pacific Coast Highway in front of Pier Plaza.
Use Code "SC10BR10" for 15% Off Thru 5/27
Use code "SC10BR10" to SAVE 15% off the 🏄🏻♀️Surf City 10 in September. Register to run Huntington Beach, CA on one of the most beautiful courses.
⛱ Long Beach Marathon & Half ⛱ Oct. 13, 2019
(Photo credit: Long Beach Marathon)
Come celebrate year 35 of the JetBlue Long Beach races! This course mixes ocean views, seaside communities, and big city feels at a wonderful time of year in California. Register now and make plans to be in #RunLongBeach this Fall!
Use Code "LBMBR10" for 15% Off Thru 5/27
⛱ SAVE 15% on the jetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon when you use code "LBMBR10" before midnight on 5/27. There's literally an event for everyone:
Discount Returns to 10% at Midnight 5/27/19
If you use any of these discount codes before midnight (PT) on Memorial Day (5/17) you get the 15% discount. If you register after that, the codes are worth 10% off the races. Either way it's a good deal, but why not save as much cash as you can?
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Last month, I started a series on my favorite things about the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon. I'm promoting the race as a BibRave Pro, but also because I really love this race. It's one of my favorite courses 'cause it's interesting and challenging.
The event includes a Half Marathon, a 10K and a Half Relay. That means there's a race for every type of runner or walker. Today, I want to tell you about St. Armands Circle. It's a charming part of the race and the city of Sarasota.
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2. St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Circle has a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Click here for a current list. It's a fun and historical place. If you're looking for souvenirs or a one-of-a-kind gift, you'll find it here.
Runners see part of St. Armands early in the race. I recommend you make a plan to explore St. Armands before or after the race. Do some window shopping or grab a bite. Most restaurants have outdoor seating which makes for fun people-watching.
St. Armands, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Bird Key
Sarasota has some of the most beautiful beaches around. During the race, runners enter St. Armands from the Ringling Bridge side. As you can see below, there is plenty of shoreline up and down Lido Key. St. Armands Circle is an excellent way to start, finish or breakup a day at the beach.
First Watch Sarasota Half & Relay Course Map
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The Sarasota Half, 10K and Relay is popular because of the location, course, race management, and those super-sized dolphin medals. Another good thing is my discount code.
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My daughter and I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon and loved it! It was a blast to tour the city on foot. We ran through lots of neighborhoods, up and down hills, and across 3 bridges.
We took in all the sights and sounds. Did a lot of fun people watching. We stopped to visit with family along the way. I already want to go back and run for time.
The weather was good. It was cool and cloudy. There were heavier showers a couple of times, but not too bad. You can read my Pittsburgh Half Marathon Race Review here.
A great big giant thank you to everyone who put on such a fantastic race. I always have and always will, love the people and places of Pittsburgh!
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