The benefits of stealing away with our BRFs for a weekend of racing in a different city? Oh, they’re countless. Such trips are about enjoying much-deserved rest and relaxation with the women who know us best, taking a little break from donning the mom-wife/partner hat, exploring a different town by foot, and snagging not only awesome race swag but maybe a new PR alongside other BAMRs.
We asked the AMR tribe in a recent Facebook post to share favorite races to run with friends, and also any tips to make the experience as fun as possible (including how to keep things humming along well on the home front while you’re away). We loved the stories and pictures shared.
One top event choice: Disney races. Amanda L. and her BRFs are signed on to the Glass Slipper Challenge at the Disney Half in February—“I can’t wait!” she says. Tracy B. also will be there, with six of her friends, to run the race for her 40th birthday. Adds Melissa M.: “My best friend just started running. Goal? Do the Princess Half together in a year or two! Motivation!!!”
Race trip tip from Becky E.: “This might be unconventional, but whenever either me or my husband leave for weekenders (leaving the other at home), we find it’s just easier for everyone and better for the traveling spouse if there is little to no communication. Unless something catastrophic happens, there is little the traveling spouse can do about it and it just ruins their trip or makes their getaway more stressful.”
Rock ‘n’ Roll races are other popular events for girlfriends. Mother runner Amanda H. and her running partners sign on for at least two to three “just the girls” races each year. “We just finished the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half,” she says. “Not only was it our first half, but it was so fun to get away.” Next up: Pacific Northwest Spartan Team Wonder Woman event. “I can’t wait until August 3 for this year’s getaway!” [Check out Amanda's YouTube video of the event here]
Amanda’s trip tip: “I always stock the house full of junk food that I never buy for the boys and my husband. Get a few new movies and head out. They love having a guys weekend once in awhile, with no clean-up until right before mom comes home.”
Kimberly T. says a Rock ‘N’ Roll relay race was perfect for her and her BFF. “We were both less than a year post-partum and still building mileage,” she says.
Jana R. shared this photo of a recent girls’ race getaway:
Heather D. likes running the Hot Chocolate Races with her girlfriends: “Last November we ran the Hot Chocolate in Chicago. It was a great time with some great gal pals! We came together from Jacksonville, Denver, Indianapolis…and met up in Chi-town.”
How about a little wine and pampering with your race? “We have been doing runs around Washington state every fall for a girls’ weekend,” says Bonnie G. “First we did one in Bellingham and stayed at a spa. Next year Leavenworth, Wash. during Oktoberfest. The this year walla walla, Wash. for wine tasting.” Tami R. and her friends will celebrate with wine after completing the Michigan Wine Trail Half Marathon next month. “This will be our first time…what could be better than a girls’ weekend with running and wine!”
When it comes to weekends away from the fam, Jana R. offers this trip tip: “Plan ahead and make sure everyone is on the same page! My husband knows way, way in advance what two weekends they are and we plan well ahead for them.”
Events that feature a variety of distances are great ways to ensure everyone finds a race to run. “Our little group will be escaping to Richmond, Va. For two nights for the fourth year in a row,” Megan W. shares. “Aside from Richmond being a friendly, pretty race, it is a good choice for us because there is an 8K, a half and the full. So everyone can find a distance they want to do.”
And her race trip tip: Don’t go too far away. “That helps us keep the travel affordable.”
What’s your favorite race to run with your BRFs? What advice would you offer to anyone considering a destination race with friends?