Last November I observed that I was almost done with a second circuit of marathons in all 50 states. It wasn’t something I set out to do, but as I pursued other goals, I found myself repeating more and more states. At the time, I had done two or more marathons in 47 states, and was only missing Alabama, Alaska and Hawaii. Since then, I’ve done my second Alabama race, and I've scheduled a race in Alaska.
In the meantime, I’ve started creeping closer and closer to completing a third circuit. Last week’s Independence Series included my third marathons in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Besides Alaska and Hawaii, the only other states I would need to revisit to complete a third circuit are New Hampshire, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Idaho. My next race is in Utah, so the list is about to get shorter.
Minnesota has a lot of races, but they’re all clustered in late spring and early fall. The race calendar for neighboring states doesn’t look much different. For most of the year, I can only find races by traveling across the country. There are a few states, like Georgia, Oregon, Washington and California, that I visit frequently. Otherwise, I tend to spread my travels around.
The only states that I’m not apt to visit periodically are Alaska and Hawaii. The number of 50 states circuits I complete will probably come down to how many times I visit those two states.
Earlier in the week, I posted something in the Mainly Marathons Facebook group to the effect that we need a series of races in Hawaii. I suggested five islands in five days. I didn’t expect this post to be taken seriously, but within a couple of days, there were 100 “likes” and a dozen comments. Eventually, Mainly Marathons race director Clint Burleson commented that island hopping would be difficult, but a series of races in the same location might be possible. If he builds it, I will come. The same applies to Alaska.