Favorite Hometown Race | Tuesdays on the Run

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Races are, arguably, the best part of running.  The people, the experience, the bling…  I spend most of my time preparing for races all over the place.  But I want to hear about races at HOME.  Because, goodness, I don’t run enough of those!  Tell me your favorite hometown race today on Tuesdays on the Run!


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Favorite Hometown Race

I’ll be the first to admit – I don’t run at home.  I mean, I save up all my time and energy for those runDisney races… I often ignore the fact that I live in DFW!  There are SO many races in my backyard that I am completely missing out on!

So really – I don’t HAVE a favorite hometown race.

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After the Color Run when we lived in Lubbock, Texas!

Races I Have Run in DFW

My very first 5K was the Gary Burns 5K in Frisco, Texas.  It was a last minute spur of the moment decision to run/walk with my husband one Halloween ages ago.

I also ran a special Americas Run in Arlington a few years later – where I actually RAN the entire race.  Wasn’t planning on it, but ran the whole way.  I got a medal for that one, too!

I’ve also run the Hot Cholocate race and a few Mellew events.

I’ve done three half marathons at home, one 10K, and a handful of 5Ks – but they aren’t really anything to brag about.


Tap n’ Run in Dallas! Fun Fact: I was pregnant. Brandon drank all the beer.

Hometown Race Goal 2018

I know I have talked about it a lot here before – but I have a major goal for 2018 to run more races.  Since I can’t travel to them all – I know a lot will be at home!  Here are a few I have up my sleeve…

Hot Chocolate 15K

This one is a big maybe.  It’s like… soon.  I am still recovering from bursitis in my right hip, and haven’t actually signed up yet.

If I do it – it’s going to be suuuuuper last minute.

And I need to get the okay from physical therapy.  If I need to rest up more, I’ll walk the 5K.  If I’m good to go – it’s off to the races for the 15K!

I just love those jackets so much!

Link: Hot Chocolate 5K/15K

Polar Dash with my friend Ashley!

Rock n Roll 5K and Half Marathon

DALLAS!  WOOT!  I would love for you to join me, too!  If you register – please use the code RNRRNB2018 in order to save some money on your half marathon registration!

This is another race I *almost* ran in 2014… but then didn’t because about a week before I found out I was expecting.

Oh, how things have changed!

Link: Rock N Roll Dallas

Fort Worth Zoo 5K

This is something I have always wanted to do – so maybe this year should be the year!

Plus, I figure running through the zoo will make me feel right at home since I am used to running through the parks!

Link: Fort Worth Zoo Run


Spring 5K in Frisco, Texas with my husband and my dad!

Plano Baloon Festival Half Marathon

I was supposed to run this race with a girlfriend of mine… but got pregnant so ended up missing out.

Now I’d run if I was pregnant, but back then I was a little overcautious!

I almost did it last year, but didn’t, so this year it’s definitely happening this year!

Link: Plano Baloon Festival Half Marathon

Dallas Marathon

This one is kind of a bucket list race for me.

It’s on the list – because it’s one I really want to do – but logistically I don’t know if this year will happen or not.

Especially since I’m planning on running the Rock N Roll San Antonio Marathon the week before – so really – probably a no go.

I guess I could run the half marathon in SA, and then run the full marathon in Dallas…

Or I could wait.

But anyone who knows me knows I am not good at waiting.

… so I’m gonna wait and see what the bling looks like!

Link: BMW Dallas Marathon


Zombie Run with my little brother! Fun Fact: If you finished in under 35 minutes, you survived. Over 35 minutes… you became a zombie! There were different medals. I survived. Brother is now a zombie.


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  • Come run ZOOMA in Austin with me in March! It’s the only Texas race I’ll be running any time soon.

    • Sarah Bergman says:

      I’m for real tempted with that one… It may be a hard sell because I’ll be in Florida for Princess one weekend, and then New Orleans for Rock N Roll the next weekend, so turning it around immediately may be hard. BUT. It’s on my list for maybe 2019…..

  • Wendy says:

    I have yet to run a race in Texas! You’ve got a lot of great choices.

    • Sarah Bergman says:

      Texas is a great state to check off the list if you’re aiming for all 50! SO many options. I really need to do more here!

  • Karen says:

    I’ve run RnR Dallas in the past and really liked it! Dallas does have some great race opportunities, have fun running them this year! 🙂 That hot chocolate 15K sounds like a lot of fun! (I’ve also run the YMCA Turkey Trot and the Texas Rangers 5K – both of which I really enjoyed! We have family in Irving so I try to find a race to run every time we visit! Hah!)

    • Sarah Bergman says:

      I did the Turkey Trot in 2009………… just a little too crowded for my taste! But I do agree – there are so many fun options. I’ll need to look into the Rangers 5K. I used to work for the team way back in the day, that would be a fun one to do!!

  • Lesley says:

    I did the Dallas half in 2012, and while it was a good race, I wouldn’t run it again. There were some logistics I wasn’t happy with.

  • Looks like you’ve got some fun stuff planned! I also like traveling for races – so much fun to do that! – but I’ve never done a Disney race. I’ve never come out and run in Texas – maybe I need to do that one day!

  • I think sometimes we take hometown races for granted. We like to set ourselves up for a racecation. But logistics are always nice for hometown races.

  • Wendy says:

    I don’t really have a favorite hometown race either, but I participate if there’s enough peer pressure from my running friends / group 🙂

  • I came **this close** to registering for R’n’R Dallas…then the hubby booked flights to Florida for spring break on that very day the Dallas race happens. So, maybe next year…..

  • I did the Houston marathon a while ago but never anything in Dallas! Sounds like you have some good options. I hope you can enjoy some of the local races this year!

  • Marcia says:

    Was is RnR Dallas not on my radar?? You’ve got plenty of hometown races if you should choose to partake…

  • These all sound like great races, especially the Plano Balloon Festival! I live in Philly and we have almost too many races to choose from in the area!

  • Hi, Sarah!
    I have finally decided to write to you after reading this article! I am currently studying the PhD Physical Therapy program as well as write on my own blog (although just started hehe). I also have a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Your writing is really inspiring! Just checked in to tell you. Finally stepped out of the shadows of just being an anonymous reader!

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If she isn’t chasing her four kids around Northern Virginia, Patty is chasing four bars on her phone to share her authentic and fun stories on social media and her blog, My No-Guilt Life. She’s also one half of the Marvel Moms, an online community for discussing the Marvel fandom. You can catch up on her runDisney fun at No-Guilt Disney.

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