South Dakota | Brookings Marathon

Like many of the races on this adventure, my journey to South Dakota started with a visit to RunningInTheUSA.com. I noticed that the Brookings Marathon was having its 50th anniversary in 2019 and after registering for the 60th annual race in Atlantic City (I had not yet run it), I thought it would be fun [...]

Kansas | Windy 50k on the Prairie Spirit

As states keep getting knocked off the list, Kaela and I are having to be strategic in travel plans to make our trips as purposeful as we can. I am getting to a point where driving to races is a longer adventure and with that we threw around the idea of trying to knock out [...]

Maryland | Hashawha Hills 50k

After a great finish to 2017 with a couple of world major marathons, I had big intentions for 2018. I planned a packed schedule that would stretch my limits and also get a good number of states completed as well. This year started just as last year planning to run Mississippi Blues Marathon. If you [...]

New York | TCS NYC Marathon

After 3 years of entering the lottery, I was finally accepted into the New York City Marathon! Let me catch you up on the busy summer/fall of 2017 leading up to what has become my favorite marathon to date.   After Grandma's Marathon I took a little time off running to try and get my [...]

Minnesota | A little run to Grandma’s

The day before the Chicago marathon, Kaela and I were sitting on Mike's couch browsing through the "Race Guide" they hand out to all participants. It has some information about the race but its mostly an opportunity for sponsors and other races to spread their messages. It must have worked pretty well on me because [...]

Tennessee | Hot and Humid Hills of Nashville

Well the story of how I ended up at the St. Jude's Rock and Roll Nashville marathon is quite an interesting one. A few years ago, when I was looking for different races to complete, this race popped up as a fun race in TN. Not being a big country music fan, I decided to [...]

Missouri | Sneaky hills of St Louis

There are just some races that I have wanted to run after reading an article about them or seeing a booth at an expo. The Go! St Louis marathon was exactly one of those. I don't remember where I first heard about it, but it has been on my "to do" list for a few [...]

South Carolina | Cold and windy Myrtle Beach

I finally made it to the first race of 2017! This was supposed to happen back in the beginning of January but mother nature had different plans in Jackson, Mississippi. I was registered to run the Mississippi Blues marathon, but due to abnormally icy weather, the race was cancelled at 9pm the night before the [...]

California | Big Sur

As I was originally planning out this journey of all tackling all 50 states, I decided to make a master list of all the "must do" marathons with their respective states. I did some research online, compiling multiple lists of the best races in the country and then from there picking out my favorites. Many [...]

Georgia | The Hills of the Publix Georgia Marathon

Last fall, I sat down with my laptop and started researching and planning the races that I was wanted to tackle in 2016. I had been wanting to do the Publix Marathon in Atlanta for a few years now and since we had some friends that moved just outside Atlanta earlier in the year, I [...]