So far in 2018 I was able to run (more like walk) half marathons in two new states. This is major progress for me since I have not run a race in a new state since the Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland back in 2014. The ease of finding a half marathon within driving distance of St. Louis has just out-weighed the desire to conquer a new state for several years now. And so my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states may literally take me 50 years at this pace.
On the drive down to Nashville last month, I began to think about all of the other states adjacent to Missouri that I had yet to run in. Fun Fact: Did you know that Missouri and Tennessee both share borders with eight different states and no other state in the U.S. touches more than eight states? I have only run in two out of eight of Missouri's bordering states. That's kind of pathetic considering there are races in every one of those states that are easily drive-able for a nice weekend runcation.
Question: But when you aren't familiar with those states or their half marathons, where do you turn when trying to decide which races to run?
If you haven't heard of BibRave, it is like a Yelp or Google review for races of all distances and terrains. I created an account back in 2014 when there weren't many races added yet. Now races like Rock 'n' Roll Nashville, have 20-something reviews that have been added throughout the years. As races are constantly being added, renamed or having their courses changed, BibRave continues to need runners like you to give honest post-race reviews to help next year's runners.
We are purchasing a product when we sign up for a race and we have expectations when we make that purchase. Sometimes expectations aren't met and then other times reality exceeds any expectations we had. Some people run for medals or shirts so they better be great quality when the entry fee is high, while others want a scenic course or amazing post-race food.
In any case, runners like you help us find out what the race was really like, not just what the race director is trying to sell us. Runners like you help make the BibRave website so great! So go on.....create your profile and start leaving your race reviews!