In 2013, DigitalRunning.com hosted 1 challenge. 150 people signed up for the 2013 Interstate Challenge and 126 people have completed it to date. I’m not one of them.
I did run a full marathon and a half marathon in 2013, but they were both in Florida so I didn’t qualify for the challenge. In 2014, I’m going to change that. In fact, I plan on completing all of the 2014 DigitalRunning.com Challenges.
I’ll need to run a 5K or longer race every month March 2014-February 2015 (for reasons that have not yet been announced), I’ll need to run a marathon or half-marathon in two different U.S. States or Canadian Provinces to earn the Interstate Challenge medal. I’ll need to run a 5K, 10K and a half marathon to earn the Hat Trick Challenge medal and I’ll need to add a full marathon to those three to get the Grand Slam Challenge medal.
Now, a little known fact is that races can count for multiple challenges. So, the half marathon I run in Florida in January counts toward the Interstate Challenge, the Grand Slam Challenge and the Hat Trick Challenge. Here’s my current plan to complete all of the challenges as efficiently as possible:
January 11th: Walt Disney World Half Marathon – Lake Buena Vista, FL
March 1st: Suncoast Classic 10K – St. Petersburg, FL
April 19th: Hare Racing Experience 5K – Tampa, FL
May 10th: Miles for Moffitt 5K- Tampa, FL
June 1st: Bay 5K for Kids - St. Petersburg, FL
July 3rd: Kiwanis Midnight Run 10K – Dunedin, FL
August 18th: Sea Dog Brewery 5K – Clearwater, FL
September 6th: Miles for Men 10K – Clearwater, FL
October 12th: Chicago Marathon – Chicago, IL
November: Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon – Lake Buena Vista, FL
December: Ties & Tennis Shoes 5K – St. Petersburg, FL
January: Walt Disney World Half Marathon – Lake Buena Vista, FL
February: Best Damn Race 10K – Safety Harbor, FL
Of course the schedule is subject to change but assuming I complete all of the above races, I will complete the Hat Trick Challenge and Mystery Challenge #1 in May, Mystery Challenge #2 in August, The Grand Slam and Interstate Challenges in October, Mystery Challenge #3 in November, and Mystery Challenge #4 in February 2015. I’ll also receive something special for completing all of the Mystery Challenges. That’s all I’ll say for now about the mystery challenges, except that we will reveal them in January 2014!
If I don’t get into the Chicago marathon, I’ll likely replace it with the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis marathon on October 19th.
What do you think of my race schedule? Who wants to join me?