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5 January 2011

2011 Race Schedule

While many of this year’s races are unconfirmed, I have a vague idea of what I want to accomplish this year: longer races and more of them. I’ve gotten quite comfortable at the 1/2 marathon distance, so I’ll be increasing how many halfs I do; as I do more marathons this year some of the […]

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While many of this year’s races are unconfirmed, I have a vague idea of what I want to accomplish this year: longer races and more of them. I’ve gotten quite comfortable at the 1/2 marathon distance, so I’ll be increasing how many halfs I do; as I do more marathons this year some of the halfs will obviously count towards my training for the longer distance runs. So far I have eighteen races on the docket (I won’t be doing all of them, to be sure); some of them are confirmed (I’ll be doing them barring any injury), some are contingent on how various races and training go, and I’m just contemplating others (I have yet to make a decision on whether or not they’ll actually end up on the calendar at all). Here’s my list of races for 2011 including the date (they’re in order), distance, cost, location, and goal (as training proceeds and I do a pre-race post I’ll update my goal with “the goal, the hope, the dream” as I have done in the past), as well as a link to jump to registration in case you’d like to join me:

[title]Robbie Burns[/title]
Date: January 23
Distance: 8k
Cost: $35
Status: Sold Out before I could register!
Goal: 36:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Couples Valentine’s Run[/title]
Date: February 6
Distance: 5k
Cost: $50/couple
Location: Burlington, ON
Status: Confirmed and Registered!
Goal: Under 25:00 with Sarah
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Winterman[/title]
Date: February 20
Distance: 21.1k
Cost: $70
Location: Ottawa, ON
Status: Confirmed and Registered!
Goal: 1:34:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Grimsby Half[/title]
Date: February 27
Distance: 21.1k
Cost: $55
Location: Grimsby, ON
Status: Confirmed and Registered!
Goal: 1:34:00
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Around The Bay[/title]
Date: March 27
Distance: 30k
Cost: $70
Location: Hamilton, ON
Status: Confirmed and Registered!
Goal: 2:25:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Angus Glen[/title]
Date: April 10
Distance: 10 miles
Cost: $95
Location: Unionville, ON
Status: Contemplating (not sure I want to do a race this close to the marathon – plus it’s a lot of money, plus I’m supposed to run double that distance for training this day)
Goal: 1:08:00
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Waterloo Marathon[/title]
Date: May 1
Distance: 42km
Cost: $55
Location: Waterloo, ON
Status: Confirmed
Goal: 3:20:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Pineland Farms Ultra[/title]
Date: May 28
Distance: 50 miles
Cost: $60
Location: Gray, Maine
Status: Contemplating (unlikely – this is something I may do in 2012 or beyond…)
Goal: Finish
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Ottawa Race Weekend[/title]
Date: May 29
Distance: 21.1k
Cost: $70
Location: Ottawa, ON
Status: Confirmed
Goal: 1:30:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Bread & Honey[/title]
Date: June 5
Distance: 15k
Cost: $40
Location: Streetsville, ON
Status: Contemplating
Goal: 1:05:00
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Wolfe Island Classic[/title]
Date: July 4
Distance: 10k
Cost: $20
Location: Wolfe Island, ON
Status: Contemplating
Goal: 40:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]ENDURrun[/title]
Date: August 7
Distance: Various
Cost: $325
Location: Waterloo, ON
Status: Contemplating (unlikely – this may be an event for 2012 or beyond…)
Goal: Finish
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Downtown Dash[/title]
Date: August 14
Distance: 10k
Cost: $35
Location: Burlington, ON
Status: Contemplating (likely – a run in the middle of summer sounds like fun)
Goal: 40:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Slainte Irish Pub Downhill[/title]
Date: August 27
Distance: 10k
Cost: $30
Location: Hamilton, ON
Status: Contemplating
Goal: 39:00
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Canada Army Run[/title]
Date: September 18
Distance: 21.1k
Cost: TBD (registration isn’t open yet)
Location: Ottawa, ON
Status: Contemplating
Goal: 1:30:00
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Oasis ZooRun[/title]
Date: September 24
Distance: 10k
Cost: $50
Location: Toronto Zoo, Scarborough, ON
Status: Confirmed (loved this run in 2010 – may become a staple run each year despite its short distance and fierce competition)
Goal: 40:00
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Cross Roads Turkey Run[/title]
Date: October 8
Distance: 5k
Cost: TBD
Location: Harley, ON
Status: Contingent (last year was the inaugural year: as long as they’re doing it again, I’m in!)
Goal: 18:30

[title]Nine Run Run[/title]
Date: October 23
Distance: 21.1k
Cost: $60
Location: Stittsville, ON
Status: Contingent (it’s pretty close to the marathon, and I’m trying to qualify for Boston, but we’ll see how the training schedule works out. It won’t be a PB in any case)
Goal: 1:40:00
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Road2Hope[/title]
Date: November 6
Distance: 42.2k
Cost: TBD (registration isn’t open yet)
Location: Hamilton, ON
Status: Confirmed (as my first marathon last year, I’ve got to repeat and get into Boston – for 2013)
Goal: 3:15:00 (Boston Qualifying time)
Get more info and register on their website.

[title]Hanukkah Hustle[/title]
Date: November 21
Distance: 5k
Cost: TBD (registration isn’t open yet)
Location: Hamilton, ON
Status: Contemplating (likely – this is a great little run, and a lot of fun)
Goal: 18:30
Get more info and register on their website.

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[title]Runner’s Den Resolution Run[/title]
Date: December 31
Distance: 5k
Cost: $40
Location: Hamilton, ON
Status: Contemplating (Maybe I join for the run, but don’t pay to get another jacket?)
Goal: have fun
Get more info and register on their website.

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In 2012 I’d love to do a Rock’n’Roll Marathon (or three). I’m partial to these locations: New Orleans, LA (Feb), Nashville, TN (Apr), Seattle, WA (Jun), Chicago, IL (Aug), Virginia Beach, VA (Sep), Las Vegas, NV (Dec), Miami Beach, FL (Dec). The Surf City USA Marathon (Feb) in Huntington Beach, CA also interests me. They have the coolest medals ever. And of course – the Disney Marathon in Florida. I think my first UltraMarathon may be a goal for 2012 as well, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. 2012 may be the year of the destination marathon!

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