Why I ran a team marathon and you should, too

by lachicaruns on

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:

lachica lake lansing in action

Sometimes with beautiful views:

lachica lake view

And hanging out with some of your favorite people:

lachica lake lansing team lachica with Angela

Plus, if you’re hanging out with Black Girls RUN! teammates, there’s lots of food:

lachica spread

You can eat All. The. Food.:

lachica brandess and shannon

And you get marathon swag!

lachica 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.

lachica team picture

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? 

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It’s pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we’ve met, I’m glad you’re here. I’m an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I’ve struggled with piriformis syndrome. I’m currently winning. Most days.

2 Comments

Missy

It was a great time! My favorite part is that you get to hang out with people and it’s fun and energetic, but then you take off for your leg and there’s quiet and solace. Then you return to the fun and energy. Thanks for all that you do for BGR!

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