Never heard of a “racecation”? You are in for a wonderful surprise…
If you’ve done 5k, 10k, or even half marathon races in the past, you know the drill: Travel to the race destination (which, let’s face it, isn’t always all that exciting), book a random hotel, eat at a chain restaurant, run your race, travel home. About all you get from the experience is a participation medal and bit of race swag.
A racecation, on the other hand, is an experience.
Imagine a weekend getaway at some of the most desirable resorts in the country, exquisite dining opportunities, a little pampering in the spa, even a round of golf or a tennis match for your spouse—not to mention the chance to explore some pretty amazing destinations. And after you run your race? There’s a glorious after-party and champagne brunch to celebrate your accomplishment and refuel you for the day.
Sound a whole lot better than your plain vanilla race? Then read on to discover the best racecation weekends in America brought to you by Resort Races Collection..
1. Give your winter blahs the boot at the Dallas Four Seasons Half Marathon.
The Four Seasons at Dallas Las Colinas lives up to its brand reputation—its focus on fitness and wellness is perfect for a racecation weekend. Yoga, Pilates, even a personal trainer to help you prepare for the big event. And afterwards, treat yourself to a healing massage and a soak in the whirlpool (custom-blended protein smoothie, anyone?). That there’s incredible golf, tennis, and even childcare with professional sports lessons is icing on the cake.
Dallas is widely recognized as a culinary and cultural destination, so when you’re not running or preparing for your race, enjoy the fabulous restaurants, lively music and nightlife, and retail therapy the city has to offer. Don’t forget to pick up a pair of custom-made boots at M.L. Leddy’s.
This year’s Dallas Four Seasons race includes options for a 5k, 10k, and half marathon—pick the distance that matches your personal goals, and prepare for an unforgettable race experience in Dallas!
2. Step into the holiday spirit with the Sea Island race getaway.
If you’re looking for a little Southern hospitality at the only resort in the world to earn the coveted Forbes Five-Star rating nine years in a row, Sea Island is perfect destination for your next racecation.
Enjoy the ultimate escape in the resort’s charming English manor-styled accommodations with a distinctive Mediterranean flair. The salty sea breezes, endless beaches, and unlimited recreational adventures (horseback riding, sailing, bicycling, fishing trips, falconry, shooting, nature walks, plus tennis and golf, of course, to name just a few) make for a magical weekend getaway for the family or a group of friends.
Presented by Merrill Lynch Bank of America, the Sea Island Resort will host the 5k, 10k, and half marathon race the first weekend in December—there’s no better way to put you in the holiday mood. And if you love race swag, just wait until you see the limited edition Sea Island race apparel (who wouldn’t love to find that in their stocking this year?)
3. If the desert southwest speaks to your soul, you’ll love a race weekend in Scottsdale.
If you lean toward outdoor adventures, the Phoenician in Scottsdale is the destination for you. Mix a little indoor pampering with incredible experiences like mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and even romantic hot-air balloon rides at sunset over the magnificent Sonoran Desert.
Of course, Scottsdale has a richly deserved reputation as a shopping mecca; take home some one-of-a-kind gifts for the nice (or naughty!) people on your list. And when you’re done with adventure for the day, treat yourself to an elegant dinner at J&G Steakhouse, the Phoenician’s award-winning restaurant with incredible panoramic views of the city—and a truly amazing wine list.
The Phoenician Half Marathon (and 5k and 10k races) takes place December 2nd, a beautiful time to escape to the desert warmth and sun.
4. Tee up the perfect race escape at Pinehurst.
The very mention of the name “Pinehurst” is sure to set pulses racing in the golfer in your group. But aside from its rich golf history, the Pinehurst resort is an incredible destination in its own right. A trip to the Village of Pinehurst is like stepping back in time—take a carriage ride around the Frederick Law Olmstead Central Park and through narrow streets lined with charming 19th century cottages.
The resort itself is everything you’d expect from a majestic southern icon, with exquisite accommodations, soothing spa, memorable dining, and, of course, the world-class golf course that made legends of names like Hogan, Nicklaus, and Palmer.
Ring in the new year in style at the Pinehurst race weekend in January and treat yourself to an unforgettable racecation escape.
5. California dreaming? Start the New Year with a race retreat at Pebble Beach®.
Carmel’s 17-Mile-Drive® is one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of road in the world, and this half marathon, 10k and 5k event at Pebble Beach® provides runners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the first race to ever be run on 17-Mile Drive® If you can see yourself enjoying the ultimate California beach escape, you’ll love the Half Marathon at Pebble Beach® at the end of January.
When you’re not racing, you’ll sink into the sumptuous accommodations at the Pebble Beach Resort®, famous for its world-class golf, premiere spa, and haute cuisine. The incredible beach setting is ideal for trail rides along the surf, leisurely nature walks, breezy bike rides, and watersports like kayaking and paddleboarding.
Monterey County is perfect for a couple’s retreat—visit the region’s incredible wineries, spend an afternoon wandering picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea, and end the day with an intimate picnic for two at Big Sur. It’s a wonderful way to welcome a new year together.
6. Celebrate spring in the mountains at the Greenbrier race.
Stately Greenbrier, a National Historic Landmark, is nestled in the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia—a welcoming oasis for a relaxing weekend getaway. Its glorious gardens are in full bloom in May, just in time for the Greenbrier Half Marathon. Wouldn’t you love to stay in this iconic resort that’s welcomed 26 of our 44 American presidents?
The dramatic mountain setting is a wonderful place to enjoy unique outdoor adventures—zipline canopy tours, bass and trout fishing, shooting, riding, kayaking, and whitewater rafting—as well as a bit of personal pampering at the spa. There are also three championship golf courses, tennis courts, and a fabulous croquet lawn to test your skills with the mallet. Fancy afternoon tea? The grand Upper Lobby hosts a traditional high tea every afternoon with a piano accompaniment and even dancers.
If you’ve got a touch of spring fever and want to escape to “America’s Resort” in the mountains, the Greenbrier racecation is the place to be.
You don’t have to be a hardcore runner to get into the spirit of a Resort Races Collection racecation—our events are perfect for weekend runners and anyone looking for a new way to challenge herself or accomplish new fitness goals. And unlike traditional half marathon, 10k and 5k races, these events are an opportunity to indulge yourself at some of the most amazing destinations in the world.
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