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Golden Runners: In Memoriam 2017

Golden Runners: In Memoriam 2017 

Yesterday we honored the recipients of the 2017 Golden Runners Awards. Any awards show worth its salt has an obligatory, and moving, In Memoriam segment. Not to be any less than the competition, this year Team Casual Runner decided to debut our own version of the In Memoriam segment along with our Second Annual Golden Runners Awards.

CHECK OUT COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 GOLDEN RUNNERS AWARD WINNERS
CHECK OUT COMPLETE LIST OF 2016 GOLDEN RUNNERS AWARD WINNERS

Don’t worry, there will not be too many teary eyed moments (come on folks, Casual Running is supposed to be fun!). This, however, is a chance to reflect on what once was, but no longer is, in Casual Running. So, open up YouTube in another search window and queue up some appropriately sentimental music (may we suggest Yo Yo Ma or Leonard Cohen?) to put you in the right mindset for this, our first ever, Casual Runner, In Memoriam. 

In Memoriam

 

runDisney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon as a Night Race

As a night race, the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon used to be one of our favorite races. In 2016, however, they decided to move it to a day race, and in so doing, they destroyed the event’s DNA and its very essence. The race used to be unique. It was exciting and the nighttime setting always contributed to better entertainment and higher levels of excitement. Now, this race is just like every other runDisney race.

New Balance Minimus Shoes

We all have that perfect running shoe, for Mike and many Casual Runners, it was the New Balance Minimus. Mike loved everything about this shoe from the first time he put it on. Sadly, this shoe, along with most minimalist shoes out there, has gone the way of the Edsel and we wish we would have bought dozens of pairs before it went away.

Chocolate Milk at Finish Lines

This really should be an industry standard, but sadly, we are seeing less and less of the perfect post-race beverage at events. We understand that it is more difficult to store and distribute chocolate milk (as opposed to bottles of water and Powerade), but the payoff is so much higher! There is no better post-race recovery drink in our books. So while this one is not dead yet, the trend is definitely heading in the wrong direction. But its not too late to save this perfect post-race treat!

Variety in Races

Course design is a major component to the success of any event. Interestingly, with the proliferation of race challenges taking place in the same weekend, we are seeing events where runners are running large sections of essentially the same course in successive  events. Even worse, race directors are carrying over large portions of courses and even entire courses from one event to the other. Runners love variety, and they are getting less anD less of it.

No race series is immune to this unfortunate trend. We miss variety in Disney races. They are all the same now: 5K, 10K, half marathon…early in the morning…same format, same announcers, same type of photo ops. Don’t get us wrong, they are fun races, but the more repetitive they are, the less reason we have to run multiple races any more.

runDisney’s Tower of Terror 10 Miler 

Spend 5 minutes with any Casual Runner and they will probably tell you that they wish runDisney would bring back the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. This much-ballyhooed race was the very definition of a variety in the runDisney races: it was a night race and, at 10 miles, offered Casual Runners a distance between the 10k and the half marathon events.

CHECK OUT COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 GOLDEN RUNNERS AWARD WINNERS
CHECK OUT COMPLETE LIST OF 2016 GOLDEN RUNNERS AWARD WINNERS

Enjoy the freedom of going wherever your feet, imagination, & determination take you!

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Enjoy the freedom of going wherever your feet, imagination, & determination take you!

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