#1: The Anoka Gray Ghost 5k. I don't miss this race. Running along the parade route through my hometown is one of the highlights of my fall. My times over the years have ranged from 24:57 (2009) to 35ish (2007 - three weeks postpartum). No matter how fast or slow, this definitely is fave.
#2: Grandma's. When I was thinking about my favorite races, I surprised myself by including Grandma's. I ran the full in '08 and the half in '09. Both days were very rough for me. But there is something about the atmosphere at Grandma's that just keeps me coming back for more. And nothing beats the feeling of running through all the spectators in Canal Park at the finish. Oh, and cooling off in Lake Superior is pretty neat too. And cold.
#3: Run for the Apples 5 Miler. Another great October race. This 5 miler is an "off road" race at an apple orchard in White Bear Lake. The course is fun (and super challenging), the people are great, and the post-race treats are the best.
So there are three of my favorites. I have lots of races I love, so it was hard to choose just three. Thanks Jill for hosting!