If you’ve not run a team marathon, go grab a few friends and sign up for one. Trust me on this one.
In Lansing, it doesn’t get better than the Lake Lansing Team Marathon put on by Playmakers. Teams of women, men and both can race 26.2 in increments of about 5 miles in this case, around Lake Lansing. Individuals can also sign up to run one loop.
Why am I so enthusiastic about team marathons? Let me show you…
There’s running, of course:
Sometimes with beautiful views:
And hanging out with some of your favorite people:
Plus, if you’re hanging out with Black Girls RUN! teammates, there’s lots of food:
You can eat All. The. Food.:
And you get marathon swag!
But the real reason is the feeling of accomplishment when you get to see so many of the people you’ve trained with for so many months cross the finish line.
Disclosure: A couple of years ago, I ran a team marathon that wasn’t nearly as enjoyable mostly because we took school buses to each relay exchange zone. It was cold, uncomfortable and I had to wait for hours with a bunch of strangers.
Part of Lake Lansing Team Relay’s charm is that all teams begin and end at the same spot so you can comfortably wait for your teammates, cheer them to the finish line and take lots of pictures.
It’s definitely on my must-do list for next year.
Have you ever done a team marathon? What are some tips for someone considering a team marathon?