50 States Challenge

After I ran my first marathon and realized that I had to have more, I quickly decided that my goal would be to run a marathon in all 50 states. I knew this would be a huge challenge, but I liked the idea of traveling and seeing the country while running marathons at the same time. Also, marathon entry fees are so expensive that I want to run as many different ones as I can, rather than always run the same race.

I began my journey in November 2008 and as of today I have run 6 marathons in 6 different states. I created this map on Google Maps to show where I have run marathons so far, and what’s up next on my race schedule.

My Marathon Map
(zoom out to view the entire United States)

Blue Pins = Completed
Pink Pins = Upcoming

I also have my own Marathon Map hanging up in our “sports room.” This is our extra bedroom that we’ve converted into a hang-out room with a futon and a TV, where Kevin likes to play his games and watch sports. It’s also where we keep all our race bibs, medals, and football stuff on display (Steelers for Kevin, Penn State & Eagles for me). I saw this canvas map of the United States at Target and I knew it would be perfect in this room. I have been marking the states with numbered stickers. They are kind of hard to see in this picture, but if you look closely you can see little red dots. There’s also one little green dot on there – that’s Kevin’s first marathon in Tennessee!

Recaps of all of these marathons can be found on my Running page or under the 50 Marathons in 50 States tag.

I can’t wait to add more states to my maps!


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