Year in Review: Top 13 Races and Top 13 Posts of 2013

Toronto Waterfront Marathon, year in review

Finished! (Photo:

Oh, 2013. Without setting out to do it, I ran 13 races in 2013. And I wrote a whole lot about them. Welcome to my year in review.

I started the year with a bang at the Walt Disney World Marathon. And I’m ending with a bang with the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak.

In between, the year was filled with a roller coaster of highs and lows.

There was the thrill of a new 3-mile PR after the low of a hip injury. I’m the klutz that fell off a horse. It knocked me out of the game for a few weeks and sent me into physical therapy.

There was the high of running in Hawai’i and the low of getting sick for my fall marathon. And there was the redemption of a 5K PR after marathon season was over.

If 2013 taught me anything, it’s that you can’t win them all. But you can still have fun trying.

This photo of me with my finisher’s medal at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is proof of that. I was sick, failed to run a marathon personal best like I wanted, but still managed to enjoy the race. My smile says it all.

And you know what? When you give a goal your best and fail, it makes the successes even sweeter. I ran 6 of the 13 races either as fun runs or training runs and I ran 7 of the 13 races as races, pushing with everything I had. I managed to PR at three of them, and scored a few PRs in workouts without even trying, too. I’ll save those for my Goals of 2014 post.

So here are my 13 races of 2013.

Kauai Half Marathon, half marathon, year in review

Running the Kaua’i Half Marathon (Photo: Sport Photo)

Year in Review: 13 Races of 2013

1) Walt Disney World Marathon, Florida | January 13, 2013

2) City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks 4 MilerNew York | April 21, 2013

3) UnitedHealthcare Providence Half MarathonRhode Island | May 12, 2013

4) Montauk Point Lighthouse Sprint TriathlonNew York | July 21, 2013

5) Wild Dog Triathlon, Rhode Island | August 11, 2013

6) I Ran The Farm 5K, Rhode Island | August 17, 2013

7) Kaua’i Half Marathon, Hawai’i September 1, 2013

8) Direct Edge Newport Liberty Half Marathon, New Jersey | September 22, 2013

9) Yonkers Marathon, New York | September 29, 2013

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Hi Joe! (Photo: Joe Taricani/The Marathon Show)

10) SHAPE Diva Dash, New Jersey | October 5, 2013

11) Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Ontario, Canada | October 20, 2013

12) Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, Florida | November 9, 2013

13) Trot Off Your Turkey 5K, Rhode Island | November 30, 2013

Top 13 runDisney Posts of 2013

With all that running came a lot of writing. Here are my Top 13 most-read posts of 2013. I’ve got two Top 13 lists: runDisney posts and all my other posts. These lists tend to be a bit biased toward posts from earlier in the year or even previous years, as they have more time to accumulate views, so you won’t see much from Disney Wine & Dine Half and fall races. But c’est la vie!

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Running up Main Street USA (Photo: Marathon Foto)

1) Race Report: Disney’s Princess Half Marathon 2012

2) Race Report: Walt Disney World Marathon 2013

3) Win New Balance Glass Sneakers & runDisney Trip With Zappos Happily Ever Excellent Sweepstakes

4) Easy Cinderella & Prince Charming Disney Running Costumes

5) Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Gets 10K, Glass Slipper Challenge, Pink Coast-to-Coast Medal

6) Walt Disney World Marathon 2014: Run the Marathon, Half, 10K or Dopey Challenge for Charity

7) Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare Sell Out; Charity Entries Still Available

8) Walt Disney World Marathon Changes For 2014 Race

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Kissing my Prince Charming after Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. (Photo:

9) Tinker Bell 10K Joins Disney Tinker Bell Half Marathon

10) Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Polka Dot Minnie Inspire 2014 New Balance Disney Shoes

11) Cinderella & Goofy Inspire New Balance Disney Shoes

12) runDisney Character Profile: Cinderella

13) How To Make Cinderella & Jacques Running Costumes

Top 13 Running Posts of 2013

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My rundown on obstacle races for women was a top read. (Photo: Mudderella)

1) Team Sparkle Helps Runners Look the Part in Costume

2) Obstacle Course Races For Women: A Run Down

3) Radical ’80s Music Running Mix

4) Best Gifts For Runners 2013: Karla’s Favorite Things

5) Half Marathon Training: Fun Run & Training Run Races

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Pausing for a photo opp just before a PR finish at the Philadelphia Marathon.

6) Why Every Race Needs Women’s Cut Running Shirts

7) Race Report: Philadelphia Marathon 2012

8) Nike Just Do It NYC ‘House of Innovation’ Is Running Art

9) How Do You Get Your Running Motivation Back?

10) Marine Corps Marathon Snafu Shows Lotteries Are Best

On The Run, ING New York City Marathon, year in review

“On The Run” at the NYC Marathon was my favorite project of 2013. (Photo: On The Run/NYRR)

11) On The Run At The 2013 ING New York City Marathon

12) Running Races To Remember 6 Years And Counting

13) Review: Hickies Elastic Lacing System For Shoes

Thank you to everyone who stops by my corner of the internet. Here’s to 2014 full of amazing runs and races. Happy New Year!

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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