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Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indy Mini

To most Americans, the word “racing” conjures up images of sleek roadsters and sleeker thoroughbreds. In fact, two of the nation’s most popular and prestigious races take place this month in the equine-powered Kentucky Derby and the turbine-powered Indianapolis 500. With that in mind and the latter coming up this weekend, here we feature eight […]

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Train Like a Mother!

  (Use code RRTLAM10 to save 10% on any TLAM running/triathlon/ultra training plan! See below for details.) As if finding the time and motivation to stick to a training plan weren’t tough enough, try doing it while juggling the responsibilities of motherhood! Luckily you don’t have to go it alone thanks to Another Mother Runner […]

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Lunatic Spotlight: A race of her own

  RaceRaves member Evelyn Watkins refuses to slow down. When she’s not chasing her goal of completing a marathon in all 50 states (47 down, 3 to go!), Evelyn is a Certified Personal Trainer in Meridian, Mississippi, the Fitness Director at Naval Air Station Meridian and the Race Director for her hometown Magnolia Marathon & […]

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Packing for a destination race

  By guest author Lani Teshima, MLIS. Tech writer, copy editor, marathoner, traveler. Like us, many of you love to combine your twin passions for running and travel. But with all the training that goes into preparing for race day, you’d rather not fret over your packing list. So we asked RaceRaves member and experienced […]

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Fun facts from the 122nd Boston Marathon

  The 122nd Boston Marathon was one for the ages, thanks to icy rain and howling headwinds that left many runners battling hypothermia throughout the race. In the end, Yuki Kawauchi of Japan (2:15:54) and Desiree Linden of the US (2:39:54) both weathered the storm to wear the laurel wreath for the first time, despite […]

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America’s Rave Race 2018: Big Sur International Marathon

  Big Sur International Marathon crowned America’s Rave Race in RaceRaves March Lunacy tournament Coastal California’s bucket-list favorite “blew away” 63 challengers—including the nation’s largest marathon in the final—to capture the title Turns out there’s no running like Running on the Ragged Edge of the Western World. The Big Sur International Marathon, a bucket-list favorite […]

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March Madness – Lunatic Style!

Our second annual March Madness Lunacy tournament was a sur-fire classic! The Final Four was an epic confrontation of perennial heavyweights and one spirited underdog. In the end, New York City outlasted fellow World Marathon Major Chicago in a nip-and-tuck battle to set up a championship matchup with Big Sur, which advanced to the final […]

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Coming soon: March Lunacy!

  Whether you’re a college basketball junkie or have no idea what NCAA stands for, your March is about to get crazy — and that’s a good thing! The second annual RaceRaves March Lunacy tournament launches in just five days. Our race-centric take on Bracketology, March Lunacy features 64 of the country’s top races — […]

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Dave McGillivray: Running the world in 7 days

Dave McGillivray doesn’t spend much time in his comfort zone. McGillivray, the Race Director of the Boston Marathon and Founder/CEO of DMSE Sports, has a long and impressive résumé in the sport of running. His accomplishments include 45 consecutive Boston Marathons (including a 3:14 finish while blindfolded in 1982), nine Hawaii IRONMAN triathlons and a […]

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10 Presidential Races of the U.S. (PROTUS)

For most Americans, the “Presidential race” isn’t measured in miles and a “running mate” isn’t someone who shares your fitness goals. Nonetheless, a number of running events from 5K to 50 miles now embrace our nation’s history by featuring and celebrating its past leaders. As the country commemorates Presidents’ Day this week, we spotlight ten […]

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8 quick picks for 2018 races

As a runner, nothing can be more daunting or more motivating than planning out your race schedule for the new year. So many races, so little time! And we totally get that — which is why, if you’re looking for a race you’re in the right place. Whether your 2018 is all mapped out or […]

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Getting to know the Abbott World Marathon Majors

With the holidays behind us and winter upon us, there’s no better time to fill out your 2018 (and even 2019!) race schedule. For many runners this schedule will include one or more “bucket list” races, chief among these the six marathons that comprise the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Founded in 2006 to advance the […]

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2017: The year in racing

Like so much else about 2017, the year in racing shocked, awed, infuriated and inspired — and sometimes all at once. From chasing down history to chasing down cheaters to nearly capturing the sport’s holy grail, the past 12 months have been anything but boring. So as the curtain falls on 2017, we’re excited to […]

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Introducing your (smart) 50 States Map

It’s a natural combination: many runners love to travel, and many travelers love to run. Maybe you’re a casual runner who occasionally races outside your home state. Or a resourceful athlete who plans family vacations around destination races. Or even the ambitious wanderlust type (like us) whose goal is to run a race in all […]

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12 Days of (a runner’s) Christmas

  Christmas carols are a fun tradition, but who in their right mind would give their true love “ten lords a-leaping”? And what would any of us do with a partridge in a pear tree, anyway? To help you celebrate the holidays in a more relatable way, we proudly present our version of the classic […]

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8 Trail Running Tips: How to get started

  By guest author Nancy Hobbs, Founder / Executive Director, American Trail Running Association; republished with permission Images © RaceRaves You’ve read a few things about trail running and even had a few friends tell you a thing or two about the sport, but you are still apprehensive about giving it a try. A few trail […]

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Bruce Fordyce: King of the Ultimate Human Race

Bruce Fordyce may be the greatest runner you’ve never heard of. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say Fordyce is to ultrarunning what Michael Jordan is to basketball. The South African is best known as the nine-time champion of the world’s largest ultramarathon, his nation’s 89 km (56 mile) Comrades Marathon, having won the “Ultimate […]

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Best Bets for a Boston Qualifier (Oct–Mar)

Another year of Boston Marathon registration is (literally) in the books — congrats to all who made the cut! Whether you’re in or out for 2018, it’s already time to look ahead and forward to 2019. And we’re taking the first step with the second installment in our “Best Bets for a Boston Qualifier” series. […]

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Racing & Spectating the Chicago Marathon

(Thanks to RaceRaves Chief Lunatic Dan Solera, Chicago native & 3-time Chicago Marathon finisher, for sharing his insider tips on this epic running event!) The World Marathon Majors feature six global marathons with incredibly deep fields, world-class organization and tens of thousands of dedicated runners. Each event has its personality and standout characteristics that lure […]

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Toughest Road Marathons in North America

Looking for an easy first-time marathon or speedy Boston Qualifier? You’re in the wrong place! As if running 26.2 miles weren’t tough enough, here we spotlight the most challenging road (paved or unpaved) marathons in North America. With high altitude, brutal hills and extreme weather, these 12 races take perverse pleasure in extracting as much […]

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Unconventional Races that dare to be different

Picture the word “race” in your mind, and a predictable image emerges: start and finish lines + road lined with cheering spectators + runners competing to be the first across the finish. It’s a tried-and-true formula as old as racing itself. And yet a growing number of race organizers are rethinking this formula, putting their […]

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Best Bets for a Boston Qualifier (Apr–Sept)

You know New York and Houston, Chicago and Berlin, Marine Corps and Grandma’s and Philly and Portland, But before this fall, There are other paths to the most famous marathon of all… With this year’s Boston Marathon in the books, adrenalized age-group runners are looking ahead and eager to qualify for next year’s race. Problem […]

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Nike’s sub-2 marathon: Yay or Nay?

It’s a topic of intense debate among runners: Can a human being run a marathon in under two hours? Nike’s controversial Breaking2 Project aims to answer the question for good May 6 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy. There, three elite marathoners—Lelisa Desisa of Ethopia, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea—will […]

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America’s Rave Race 2017: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Our inaugural March Madness Lunacy tournament is in the books! The Final Four was an epic battle of closely matched contenders. In the end, consensus favorite Boston was left crying unicorn tears as the Flying Pig Marathon pulled off the upset, leading to a championship matchup with The Cowtown, which withstood a furious rally by […]

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2016: The year in racing

Like so much else about 2016, the year in racing was one for the ages. From the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, 2016 featured all the emotion (and quirkiness) runners expect from their sport. Some proven stars continued to shine brightly, while notable new talent—including one ambitious canine—captured the running world’s imagination. […]

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7 quick picks for 2017 races

With over 1,000 marathons and 2,000 half marathons in the U.S. alone, and with a new year on the horizon, we’d love to help you find a hidden gem or two to add to your 2017 race schedule. So this month we’ve done just that, mining thousands of RaceRaves member reviews to recommend 7 events […]

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The best race distance?

Despite the recent explosion and game-changing influence of social media, running at its core is an individual sport. And arguably no decision is more personal than a runner’s preferred race distance. After all, your preferred distance is not only a direct reflection of how you view yourself as a runner, but part of the subtle […]

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Tested & Trusted Race Day Tips (Part Two)

Picking up where we left off with the second in our two-part series featuring battle-tested advice to improve your race day experience, from start to finish. And check out Part One if you missed it. Read on and run strong! 1) “Nothing new, on or in you” (thanks to Dan Otto, @Otter) For seasoned runners […]

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Tested & Trusted Race Day Tips (Part One)

Mark Will-Weber in The Quotable Runner writes, “Running is real and relatively simple… but it ain’t easy.” His words never ring more true than on race day. Every race is a learning experience, and we’ve certainly made our share of mistakes in the 80+ races we’ve run, from 5K to 50 miles. Some mistakes were […]

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Favorite Races of the 50 Staters

As “tireless” goes, the Energizer Bunny’s got nothing on Fran Libasci and Tom Brand. Since crossing their first marathon finish line in New York City at age 49 this duo from Summit, New Jersey has: Conquered 417 marathons and ultras between them Finished all 50 states twice, concluding their first nationwide tour in Missoula, Montana […]

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5 Half Marathon Series worth a full look

  In June 1998, Elite Racing ushered in a new era of running with its Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, a raucous 26.2-mile party. Now owned by the Competitor Group, Rock ‘n’ Roll has grown into arguably the best-known race series in the world, with half marathon events in seven countries and 29 […]

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6 Racecation Destinations for History Buffs

By guest author Heather Miller, Founder, Runfari Though the concept of running while on vacation may not win the popular vote, “We the People” know racecations are a front-runner for future generations of active vacationers. And for those who like to throw a little history into the mix, we’ve outlined six racecation destinations that work […]

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Tom Grilk: Maestro of the Boston Marathon

Catching up with Tom Grilk: the RaceRaves interview Occupation:  Executive Director, Boston Athletic Association Hometown:  Lynnfield, MA Notable:  “In Boston, everyone owns the marathon” — no one understands this sentiment better than the man who voiced it, Tom Grilk. Grilk is the Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the non-profit organization that has managed […]

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Dean Pratt: All six World Marathon Majors in a year

Catching up with Dean Pratt: the RaceRaves interview Occupation: Chartered Accountant Hometown: Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand Notable: In 2014, Dean Pratt completed all six World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York City) in a single calendar year, becoming one of only a handful of runners (and the first Kiwi) to do so. […]

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Comrades Marathon: The race every runner should run

Czech running legend Emil Zátopek once said, “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.” To that he might have added, “And if you want to experience the ultimate human race, run Comrades.” A handful of races boast a singular cachet among runners. The […]

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The “Boston” of Half Marathons

    UPDATE (Oct 2016): This year’s USA Half Marathon Invitational has been canceled, and registrants should expect to receive a refund from the organizers shortly. RaceRaves is not associated with this event in an official capacity, so please do not contact us about refunds. One crisp morning at the Running USA Conference in New […]

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The next World Marathon Major?

The mission of the World Marathon Majors (WMM) is “to advance the sport, raise awareness of its elite athletes, and increase the level of interest in elite racing among running enthusiasts.” To celebrate the start of the 2015 WMM season in Tokyo this weekend, we asked: Which seven global marathons are the best candidates for […]

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Alan Nawoj: Fastest across 7 continents

Catching up with Alan Nawoj: the RaceRaves interview Occupation: Software Engineer, Entrepreneur Hometown: Lexington, MA Website: Run7Continents Notable: Alan Nawoj’s RaceRaves profile features the cheetah as his kindred animal, and for good reason: in April he captured the Guinness World Record for fastest aggregate marathon time on all seven continents (21:55:02; average finish time 3:07:52). […]

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