Does the food available after a race come into play when you are choosing a race or are you happy with a boring snack like a granola bar or pretzels after a race? For me, it depends on exactly how far I’ve run. For shorter races, I don’t need anything at all, but sometimes something salty is good on a hot day. Even for a half marathon, I often don’t feel any urge to eat at the finish line. But sometimes the offerings are so good, I eat even if I don’t “want to”.
Wondering what races have make me want to run them again just for the food? Here are my favorites.
Mainly Marathon races – the “aid station” is a smorgasbord of all the good things: pretzels, m&ms, gummy bears, hard boiled eggs, pb&j, pickles… And then there’s the real food. Sometimes it’s paninis. Sometimes it’s soup. Sometimes it’s pancakes. Always it’s good. And you wonder how I can gain weight running 7 half marathons in 7 days!
Rehoboth Seashore Half Marathon – Confession: I’ve registered for this race this year even though I’m not sure my foot will allow me to run it. The food (and 3 beer tickets) are just that good. It’s a buffet with all the good things you could possibly want post race. And you can go back for more. I’m sensing a calorie positive theme here.
Marine Corps Marathon – In general, their post race food is meh. But they always have watermelon to give out afterwards. Ice cold watermelon. It’s provided by the Watermelon Board and it’s free to spectators and runners. I may have contemplated wrestling a box out of a spectator’s hand last year after the super hot race. Luckily for them, I was quickly handed some of my own. Seriously the best thing ever after a race.
ZOOMA races – In Cape Cod, we provided apple cider donuts (I will not admit how many I ate), clam chowder, and a lovely roll. In Florida, Salt Life Food Shack provided us with salads or wraps. Even though I didn’t run, I got to partake and the food was AH-MAZ-ING.
I know I’ve had good food at other races, but apparently none of them actually stood out enough for me to remember LOL.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten after a race?