Roller Coaster Race @ Six Flags!


Tuesday: 8m intervals (400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400)

I was going back and forth with wanting to run the half marathon at Baltimore’s Running Festival- but it’s about a month out from the Philadelphia Marathon i’m training hard for and I can’t risk doing a hard half that close to the marathon. Instead, I was invited to run a 10K at Six Flags America (Upper Marlboro, MD) on Sunday, October 16th.

Roller Coaster Race oval logo

Im excited about the Roller Coaster Race for a number of reasons:

1) I haven’t raced a 10K since 2013! It’s not a distance i race often, so i’m excited to hopefully update a new PR.

2) With the entry purchase of the 5k or 10k you get a free ticket to the park (good for the day of the race) and free parking! I have wanted to go to Six Flags all summer, but it’s been so humid I haven’t ventured out that way. October sounds like a more enjoyable time to be walking around a theme park. And i’m never going to turn down a post-race funnel cake.

3) If you have friends or family who want to participate, but aren’t runners there is a Roller Coaster Ride challenge they can sign up for. Then they complete a 5k’s worth of roller coasters throughout the day to snag a custom medal!

4) The race starts at 9:30am. Hello beautiful.

Ever run a race through a theme park?
Roller coasters? Love em or leave em? 

Author: She's Going the Distance


4 thoughts on “Roller Coaster Race @ Six Flags!

  1. Do they close down the park for the race? Looks awesome.

  2. Another running blog friend of mine did the Roller Coaster race at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George NY … here are her recaps ( and

    I think these races sound cool – and I love theme parks anyway (growing up is highly over rated!) But from reading Rachel’s summary and a couple others for that race, planning hydration and fuel and timing are all critical 🙂

    Would you believe I have *never* run a 10k? Definitely want to try it – though my push is towards ultras. Lisa and I were doing ’empty nest bucket list’ stuff the other night and that is something I want to plan and work towards over the next two years, with 50 milers next year … hoping the schedule works better for me!

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