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Why Do You Run?

“Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” – Julie Isphording, 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Over the holidays, we received the usual assortment of timely Christmas cards and season’s greetings from friends and family, many of whom I hadn’t seen in a while—a global pandemic, as it turns out, will put […]

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Remembering Tony Banovich

This is the most difficult post we’ve ever written. We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tony Banovich, a luminary and one of our best friends—as well as one of the best people—in the running industry. You may not have known Tony personally, but you’ll likely know of or have […]

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WANTED: The best racing cities in the US!

Welcome to our “Best Racing Cities in the U.S.” poll, the third installment in our annual Runners Choice series! As the premier resource to help runners of all levels find the best races, we’re building the go-to list of the top racing cities (big and small) across the U.S., as voted on by those who […]

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Must-See Running Documentary Movies

With road racing on hold and the red carpet yanked out from under the summer movie season, there’s no better time to escape to the small screen and catch up on the best running documentaries from some of the sport’s leading filmmakers. Whether you’re looking for motivation to kick start your training, camaraderie to help […]

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Virtual Racing: Takeaways from the RaceRaves community

With road racing on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many runners have turned to virtual racing as a temporary alternative to keep their training on track while maintaining much-needed motivation and accountability. With that in mind, we asked our RaceRaves community of avid runners and endurance athletes to share their thoughts on virtual races […]

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Our Commitment to Racial Justice

  At times like these, silence isn’t golden. Remaining silent means being complicit in the deep-rooted, systemic racism that oppresses and disempowers communities of color in this country. Just as COVID-19 disproportionately kills black Americans, racism is a public health crisis that costs the nation more than 83,000 black lives each year. Lives that ended […]

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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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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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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 at […]

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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 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, if […]

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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 is […]

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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 decades, […]

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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 we […]

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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 rubbing […]

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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 posting […]

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