This week, I'm looking at races in June. I know - it's late but I've never felt confident of signing up for a race 3 to 6 months in the future. Coincidentally, there are two HMs here in the DC area - both on the same day, June 2 - and both still registering people.
- Dover Air Force Base Heritage HM
- Zooma Annapolis Women's HM
I haven't done either so I'm curious if anyone has.
My thoughts so far are leaning toward Dover simply because it's 1/3 the cost of Zooma. But ...
Zooma does sound nicer in some ways: Annapolis is very scenic, has challenging hills, and the race size is ideal (about 1000 runners). Dover sounds flat, boring (run around an Air Force Base?), and it's an out-and-back (double boring).
On the other hand, Dover sounds infinitely casual (cheap race-day registration) so I can wait until the last minute to commit and not pay any penalty whereas Zooma has no race-day reg and no race-day packet pickup meaning I'd have to schlep to Annapolis twice. Dover is so cheap that I could just think of it as a training run where I'm paying for water stops!
Oh, one curious thing - Zooma is literally called "Women's HM" but allows men to sign up. Last year, about 10% of finishers were men. Very weird.
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