Planning your fall ‘racecation’

Hardcore runners travel with the goal of completing a race, and then flying home. But what’s the fun in that?  How about traveling to an amazing destination with the goal of having a great vacation—with a little running on the side?

That’s the focus of the Alaska Airlines-sponsored Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon Series and this fall you can plan your “racecation” around four amazing wine country experiences. What’s better than running and wine? (Well, maybe running and beer, but you get the idea.)

5 tips for planning your racecation:

  1. Book your flights to arrive a day before the race and stay for several days after. That way you can freely enjoy the destination post-race—while patting yourself on the back for your accomplishment!
  2. Don’t eat anything new the day before your race. Save the lobster mac-n-cheese and garlic frites for later and pack something easy on the stomach for your pre-race meal. Alaska Airlines offers a healthy fruit and cheese plate and a vegan, kosher and gluten-free Mediterranean tapas snack pack.
  3. Drink lots of water on your flights. Flying dehydrates and can leave you depleted. Many suggest eight ounces of water for every hour in the air.
  4. Plan your post-race day. You deserve a break—after all you just ran a half marathon! Plan ahead for your non-running travel companions to have something to do the day after the race, so you can put your feet up.
  5. Pack comfy shoes along with your running shoes. Walking around the vineyards in sandals will be much easier on the blistered heels and sore toes.

Alaska is also offering 10 percent off travel to four wine country marathons:

Sept. 6: Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon

Sept. 19: Woodinville Wine Country Half Marathon

Oct. 31: Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon

Nov. 21: Temecula Wine Country Half Marathon

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