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So Your Race Has Been Canceled. Now What?

A Runner’s Guide to Healthy Expectations To say these are unsettled times would be an understatement. With the world in the grip of the COVID-19 crisis, many running events have already been canceled or postponed, with more cancellations to come. Which means that if you’ve registered for a race in the next couple of months […]

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March Madness, Lunatic Style

Our fourth annual March Lunacy tournament will go down as one of our best heifer! The Final Four was an epic confrontation of familiar heavyweights, a former champ and one bullish underdog. The Cowtown upset mighty Chicago to set up a championship showdown with Patriots’ Day powerhouse Boston, which overcame fellow bucket-list favorite and 2018 […]

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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! Our fourth annual RaceRaves March Lunacy tournament launches Monday, March 16. March Lunacy is our race-centric take on Bracketology and features 64 of the country’s top races […]

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Unconventional Races that dare to be different

Picture race day 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 to add their […]

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10 Quick Picks for 2020 Races

With the new year (and new decade) off to a fast start, now’s the time to map out your 2020 race schedule or add some flair to your existing schedule. From urban favorites to stunning scenery to hidden gems, there’s something for every runner in these top-notch events highly recommended by our RaceRaves tribe. Looking […]

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Getting to know the Abbott World Marathon Majors

With the new year underway and many of us eyeing ambitious goals and resolutions, there’s no better time to plan out your 2020 (and beyond!) 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 […]

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2019: The Year in Racing

If there’s one word that best sums up the year in racing, it’s “WOW.” One weekend in October may have seized the spotlight, but remarkable performances were seemingly everywhere you looked, as was one conspicuous and controversial shoe. And while we can’t predict what next year may bring (after all, we don’t have 2020 vision! […]

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‘Twas the Night Before the Marathon

By guest author Jason Alspaugh.  About our contributor: Jason Alspaugh is an avid runner and Chicago sports fan (not necessarily in that order) whose current running goal is to earn the coveted Six Star Finisher Medal by completing all six Abbott World Marathon Majors. And he’s well on his way, having successfully completed three so […]

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Runners Choice: Best Half Marathons in the U.S.

Welcome to the results of our 2019 Best Half Marathons in the U.S. poll! Here we crown the top half 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 […]

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Coach Bette: What no one tells you about running

We learn to run before we learn to use a fork. Running is intuitive; after all, at one time humans had to run for their supper, had to run away from saber-tooth tigers and eventually gladiators and outlaws on the plains. From childhood play to survival, running was never an activity that needed explanation. These […]

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