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Tested & trusted race day tips

  Any runner who’s toed a start line knows: like it or not, every race is a learning experience. We’ve certainly made our share of mistakes in the 100+ races we’ve run, and while some were clearly our own fault, others were beyond our control. And a surprising number occurred before the race even started. […]

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Coach Bette: We are runners

  I am a runner Some fellow runners go for the win They train and they strain and then do it again. But not me, I’d much rather run for swag The goodies I find in the race event bag. I’ve got all my medals displayed on a wall I stay motivated when I look […]

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Racing on all seven continents

  It’s no secret runners are highly motivated athletes with ambitious goals. One increasingly popular goal is to complete a {insert your favorite race distance} on all seven continents, but where to start? Here on RaceRaves, of course! Whether you’re looking for fresh inspiration to ward off complacency, a compelling goal to jump-start your training, […]

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Coach Bette: Tips for the traveling runner

  As I walked off the ferry in the town of Galway on Ireland’s west coast, our fellow passengers swarmed up a small road to the hub of activity on the Aran Island of Inis Mor. Known for the sheep that produce wool for famous Aran sweaters, the island also draws tourists to view the […]

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Getting to know the Abbott World Marathon Majors

  With summer heating up and many of us looking forward to some well-deserved R&R, there’s no better time to fill out your 2020 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 […]

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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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Coach Bette: Mastering the Long Run

  It’s early Saturday morning, and you’re staring down at your shoes. The house is quiet and you’ve had coffee, some bread and peanut butter, maybe half a banana. There is a fuel belt or vest sitting by the door with some “food” that sometimes tastes just like the scent of fuel you put in […]

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Tag(lines), you’re it: Test your race IQ

  “Just do it.” “Think different.” “The quicker picker-upper.” Like Nike, Apple and Bounty, many of the world’s most popular brands benefit from catchy taglines. The same is true for races, some of which adopt taglines of their own to evoke qualities such as speed, scenery or even difficulty. But how well do you know […]

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Best Bets for Boston Marathon Qualifying Races

  Originally inspired by the first Olympic marathon in Athens in 1896, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Held each year on Patriots’ Day (the third Monday in April), the race features top-notch production, raucous crowd support and its iconic blue-and-yellow unicorn medal waiting to celebrate your achievement at […]

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America’s Rave Race 2019: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

  RaceRaves crowns Flying Pig Marathon America’s Rave Race 2019 in March Lunacy tournament All hail the Queen (City), as Cincinnati’s hometown favorite hogs the spotlight to capture its second tournament title Squeal loud and squeal proud Cincinnati, because your Flying Pig Marathon has reclaimed its coveted title as America’s Rave Race. Tens of thousands […]

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Coach Bette: What’s a “real” runner, anyway?

  “First, we try to run faster. Then we try to run harder. Then we learn to accept ourselves and our limitations, and at last, we can appreciate the true joy and meaning of running.” – Amby Burfoot, The Runners’ Guide to the Meaning of Life Why do you race? There are as many reasons […]

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March Madness – Lunatic Style!

  Our third annual March Lunacy tournament was an instant classic! The Final Four was an epic showdown of familiar heavyweights on one side and spirited Cinderellas on the other, with both matchups decided in a one-day overtime thriller (a tournament first). In the end, the ever-popular Flying Pig outlasted patriotic powerhouse Marine Corps to […]

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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 third annual RaceRaves March Lunacy tournament launches Monday. Our race-centric take on Bracketology, March Lunacy features 64 of the country’s top races — road and […]

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Coach Bette: Race Etiquette

Whether you’ve run 20 races or are preparing for your first, there are always tips and tricks to tuck into your mental gear bag that can make it more enjoyable, safer and even faster.  Practicing good race etiquette is not just a suggestion; it’s vital to a positive experience. Consider these tips from a few […]

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

  (Photo: Let Teddy Win) 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 embrace our nation’s history by featuring and celebrating its past leaders. As the country commemorates Presidents’ Day, we […]

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Coach Bette: A Recipe for Speed

  Running is a funny thing (trust me on this). We humans learn to run early in life and as kids we love to run around, feeling fast and free. Moving fast on our feet is a universal childhood joy after 18 months of rolling over, crawling and toddling. Those of us who have taken […]

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Running Rules of the Road

  Sponsored post from guest contributor ROAD iD Running may be a simple sport, but life is unpredictable — so it’s important to be safe. Nine safety tips for runners Here are nine smart tips from ROAD iD ambassador Harvey Lewis to ensure that you have fun, stay safe, and remain healthy on every run. […]

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9 quick picks for 2019 races

  It’s that time of year — so many races, so little time! Whether you’re looking to map out your 2019 race schedule or simply add the finishing touches, you’re in the right place. From picturesque training runs to dialed-in goal races, we’re here to help you jump-start your New Year’s resolutions and keep your […]

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Coach Bette: The Long and Short of Training Cycles

  It’s that time of the year when we stand back, look at the big calendar and start filling in our race dates. Luckily, here on RaceRaves it’s easy to fill that calendar with your perfect races. But before you start committing to all those amazing events, have you planned your training cycles? If you […]

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2018: The Year in Racing

  If 2018 taught us anything, it’s that records are made to be broken. From the GOAT’s dominance in Berlin to a flurry of 100-mile records to a one-legged ultra marathoner, the human drama of the past 12 months kept us on the edge of our seats. So as the sun sets on 2018, we’re […]

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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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Coach Bette: Mindful Running

  As a longtime runner and coach, I’ve become increasingly interested in the science that explains how we can tap into our psyche to run faster, stronger, or with a more “present” state of mind. For example, the overwhelming evidence of the power of the mind to improve our performance shows that we can increase […]

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Runners Choice: Best Marathons in the U.S.

  Welcome to the results of our 2018 Best Marathons in the U.S. poll! Here we crown the top marathon in every U.S. state as chosen by you, the runners. THANK YOU to all who voted or posted your reviews — your overwhelming support enabled us to compile this list with confidence. Thanks also to […]

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Run, Reflect, Repeat: Country road

  With an appreciative nod to my old favorite James Taylor, running down a country road is a favorite way to escape the mental overload and visual onslaught of city life. Living in Southern California, it can be difficult to find a refreshing place of solitude. With houses set back off the road and few, […]

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The three Rs of post-workout recovery

  Sponsored post from guest contributor Tailwind Nutrition We all know the feeling after a long workout. You are exhausted, to the point that even the thought of taking off your shoes sounds exhausting. Shower?! Yeah, right. But before you sit down for that hard-earned relaxation, you cannot forget the one thing your body needs […]

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Races inspired by Hollywood

  With the summer box office season coming to a close and the fall TV season heating up, what better time to recognize running events that pay tribute to the big and small screen? Join us as we say “hooray for Hollywood” with our rundown of movie- and TV-themed races, where the celluloid hits the […]

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Lunatic Spotlight: Racking up the (s)miles

  Abraham Lincoln once noted, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Lorelei Suehrstedt is clearly among the latter. The proud Trail Ambassador for the Cleveland (Ohio) MetroParks and happily married mother of two young adults (ages 14 and 21) exudes positive energy, so it’s no surprise […]

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Run, Reflect, Repeat: Anything is Probable

  A few days ago, my daughter had an interview for her dream job. Afterward she was relieved, excited and nervous. When I asked her how she felt about her chances of success, she said, “In my heart, I think it is probable that I’ll get the job. But my head keeps reminding me it […]

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Run, Reflect, Repeat: Best Friends Forever

  One of our favorite things about RaceRaves is the breadth of thoughtful voices on the site from runners across the U.S. and around the world. This month, we’re thrilled to introduce you to one of those voices. Bette Hagerty is a fellow Southern Californian and running renaissance woman. Boasting a career that spans three […]

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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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Wanted: The best marathon in every U.S. state!

  Welcome to our inaugural RaceRaves “Best of the U.S.” Marathons poll! As the premier resource to help runners find the best races, we’re building the authoritative list of the top marathons in each of the 50 states, as voted on by those who know best — you! Our voting ended Sunday, Oct 7 and […]

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Top picks for runners: Best of Outdoor Retailer Summer 2018

  For runners, hikers, climbers and adventure enthusiasts of all stripes, last month’s Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market in Denver was a celebration of the outdoor sports industry. Buyers, sellers and industry leaders came together to showcase the newest apparel, gear, footwear, nutrition and technology designed for the active lifestyle. Attendees strolled the bustling aisles […]

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Tri, tri again: Lessons learned from my first triathlon

  Chicago resident Dan Solera is a long-time runner and finisher of nearly 120 races, including 45 half marathons, 37 marathons and four ultramarathons in 47 states and three countries. Dan recently decided to switch gears and take the plunge (literally), completing his first triathlon at last month’s IRONMAN 70.3 in Muncie, Indiana. So we […]

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Best Half Marathon Series in the U.S.

  Widely considered the “sweet spot” of distance running, it’s clear why the half marathon is one of the most popular race distances in the United States. Whereas 13.1 miles (21.1 km) is long enough to require a focused effort, it’s also short enough to run hard without limping for three days after. Given the […]

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Running events on race tracks

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 nine […]

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Train Like a Mother!

  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 (AMR), a spirited tribe of like-minded athletes who know that being a mom doesn’t have to […]

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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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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 Lunacy 2018: Tournament Results

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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