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I did it! I successfully signed up for my first race where I knew it could possibly sell out in a day or less. Back in the old days, I could wait until late summer to see how my training was going before committing to signing up for the Marine Corps Marathon, today’s it’s a lottery. Back in the old days I could have waited until a few weeks before the Army Ten-Miler to register, today it fills up in a day or two… 

Having never run the Army Ten-Miler, I decided that this is the year to commit. After carefully checking the Virginia Tech football schedule and seeing that we had an away game that weekend, I had no excuse not to make this my year to add the Army Ten-Miler medal to my collection. I seriously have no idea if finishers receive a medal, but I like the way that sounds. πŸ˜‰

I was a nervous wreck as I sat down in front of my laptop to register for the race on Wednesday morning (not really, but again, I like the way it sounds). I had texted my son’s girlfriend Jess at 7 AM to wish her luck with her entry and by 7:20 she let me know that she was in! After a couple of minor errors on my part, I got this notification. Oh crap!


I had to reenter all of my information and as soon as I hit submit, I quickly received a message that I my registration was complete. Yipee!


As for the rest of my racing season, here’s what I’m thinking, assuming that I’m healthy and injury free…

July 4 – Firecracker 5K – Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
August 20 – Leesburg 20K – Market Station, Leesburg, VA
October 8 – Army Ten-Miler – Pentagon, Arlington, VA
November 11 and 12 – OBX Half Marathon – Outer Banks, NC
November 23 – Thanksgiving Day 5K – Crossroads United Methodist Church, Ashburn, VA
December 10 – NOVA Jingle Bell 5K – Clyde’s at Willow Creek, Broadlands, VA (date and location not confirmed)


  • Questions:
  • Have you ever tried to get into a race, but it filled up before you could get registered?
  • Have you run a race that had a lottery to get in? 
  • Which race on your 2017 race schedule are you most excited about?


Hope to see you at a race!