My Upcoming Races

Prior to 2020, this page would have only shown physical races. Before COVID-19 and "safer at home" initiatives to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, I wasn't a big fan of virtual races. I've come around, at least for now. Here are all of the future races for which I'm signed up.

Virtual Races

1 Park Falls Virtual Turkey Trot

This local race in Park Falls, Wisconsin was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic. It's a Thanksgiving theme with the option to run anytime up until Thanksgiving Day. I completely forgot about this! The package arrived about a month late (a victim of the 2020 Great Holiday Postal Crunch I think). Not sure if I'll save this until Thanksgiving 2021 or knock it out sooner.

2 Santa's Twilight 5K

This holiday race took place as a live event on December 19, 2020. The race directors kindly let me convert to a virtual race. I have not completed it yet and I'm not yet sure if I'll save it for next Christmas or knock it out sooner.

3 Smashed Santa 5K

I signed up for this affordable virtual race ($32) with some neat holiday swag (shirt, medal, socks, beanie). Due to my continuing pain and sad lack of motivation I did not complete this during the holidays. I'm not yet sure if I'll knock this out soon or save it for Christmas 2021.

4 Hang In There 5K

This virtual race is put on by a local central Florida race company. I like the swinging sloth medal and the 2020-appropriate theme. There's no deadline to complete so I'm not sure where this will go on my calendar.

5 Scrub Jay Race

This annual race series in Osprey, Florida, has been on my bucket list for a while. The races benefit the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park and the threatened Florida Scrub-Jay. Since the races had to go virtual I decided to sign up. I was a late registrant for the event which took place from January 2nd to January 10th (I signed up on the 10th). I hope to complete this soon and I still hope to participate in person some day.

6 Shark Bite 5K

With a lot of local races going live this winter, I had high hopes for this one scheduled for January 2021. Unfortunately, it's gone virtual like so many others. This race series, consisting of a 5K the day before the main half marathon/5K event, was scheduled to take place in mid-January. I had signed up for the Feeding Frenzy 5K on 1/16/21 and for the Shark Bite Half Marathon on 1/17/21 but converted to the virtual 5K option.

7 Lady Track Shack 5K

This race is scheduled to take place as an in-person event on January 30, 2021. Although Track Shack has had several successful in-person events during the pandemic, and I am sure they are taking great safety precautions, I am not comfortable participating. Track Shack very kindly let me convert to a virtual race.

8 MeStrong 5K

This local charity race had to go virtual for its 10th year. The window for completing the virtual race is January 30 to February 28.

9 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend at Walt Disney World

The 2020 Rival Run Weekend was cancelled due to COVID-19. It would have been the 5th year and my 5th time running the half marathon. This is my favorite race weekend at Disney World and something I really look forward to each year. Unfortunately the 2021 event has been converted to a virtual event. The races should have taken place April 16, 17, and 18 2021.

Live & In-Person Race Events

10 Tunnel to Towers 5K

This race was scheduled to take place on September 12, 2020. Participants received an email that the event would be postponed to 2021 with no further details so far.

11 Best Damn Race Orlando 10K

This race was scheduled to take place on March 6, 2021 but has been postponed to September 25, 2021.

12 Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation 10M

This race was scheduled to take place on November 8, 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns, especially with busing athletes to the starting area. I had already paid to defer from the November 2019 race due to my Achilles injury. The race is now scheduled to take place November 7, 2021.

13 Operation Changing Lives 5K

This race is scheduled to take place on November 20, 2021. Funny story: I have registered for this race twice before, but never run it. In 2019 I was in a boot. I tried to give away my bib to someone in my club, but there were no takers. In 2020 the race ended up being in person, but I was not ready for that, so it was another DNS for me. I'm hoping the third time will be the charm!

Page last updated 1/12/21