By default, I'd have to go with Des Moines. Not because I live there (I'm actually about 50 miles east of Iowa's capital city), but because that seems to be where a lot of my races happen.
It seems like I find myself in Des Moines frequently, whether it's for shopping, travel (via the Des Moines International Airport) or a fun dining out experience. Hands-down, though, I'm there far more often for some of my favorite races.
My all-time favorite Des Moines-based race has been Dam to Dam. This race had a 39-year run, and ended this past summer, on June 2nd. It had always been a 20K, but had changed to a half marathon in recent years...but they brought back the 20K distance for its final hurrah. I ran this for the first time in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the event, and returned every year there after (11 total DAM times). Another company will be doing a similar race, DAM to DSM, utilizing (I believe) the same route...so, fingers crossed the tradition will continue, albeit with a different name.
|My 11 D2D medals...from 2008-2018|
|October 2018...my 7th time at the IMT DSM 13.1|
|This epic pic of the hubby & me is from the 2014 IMT DSM Marathon, at the 26-mile mark|
|March 2018...go green or go home|
|2018...my 7th Red Flannel Run|
**Davenport, IA - famous for the Bix-7 and the Quad Cities Marathon, two more of my favorite events!
|Bix-7 finish line|
|on the lakefront path|
|on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art|
|The Golden Gate!|
How about you? Got any favorite cities? How many different states have you raced in?
**I'm linking up with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.
**I'm also linking this with Debbie and Rachel and Marc and Lora for the Running Coaches' Corner
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