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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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6 Racecation destinations for U.S. 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. For those who like to throw a little history into the mix, we’ve outlined six racecation destinations that work the […]

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Coach Bette: Time- & Effort-Based Training

In the early years of my running career, I simply went out the door and ran around the block or around the neighborhood, increasing the distance when I felt like it. It never occurred to me to run faster. Running farther seemed to be the goal. A couple years later I joined a marathon training […]

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Lunatic Spotlight: Unbreakable

Life can change in a heartbeat — just ask Sarah Presley Dasaro. On the evening of September 6, 2012, the Pasadena Police Department Community Services Officer and avid runner was enjoying a relaxing evening with her boyfriend when an aneurysm — an abnormally dilated blood vessel — ruptured in her brain, causing internal bleeding that […]

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Racing & Spectating the Chicago Marathon

(Thanks to RaceRaves contributor 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 runners […]

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

 Welcome to our RaceRaves “Best of the U.S.” Half Marathons poll! As the premier resource to help runners find the best races, we’re building the go-to list of the top half marathons in each of the 50 states, as voted on by those who know best — YOU. Our voting ended Sunday, Oct 13, […]

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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. So […]

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