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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 challenging enough, here we spotlight the toughest road (paved or unpaved) marathons in North America. With high altitude, brutal hills and extreme weather, these 13 races take perverse pleasure in extracting as much blood, […]

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June Featured Races that may actually happen

Welcome to our new monthly guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of “best bets” as well as some of our team’s personal favorites. For a more comprehensive list of June road & trail races of all distances—and to exclude canceled events from your search—check out our Find a Race page! Please […]

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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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April & May Featured Races that may actually happen

Welcome to our new monthly guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of “best bets” as well as some of our team’s personal favorites. For a more comprehensive list of April/May road & trail races—and to exclude canceled races from your search—check out our Find a Race page! Please note: Scheduling remains […]

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Runners Choice: Best Racing Cities in the U.S.

You voted, we wrote it—introducing our 2020 Best Racing Cities in the U.S.! Here we recognize the top racing destinations across the nation as chosen by you, the runners. THANK YOU to everyone who voted in our poll; from bustling metropolitan areas to unsung municipalities, your tremendous support and insightful commentary enabled us to compile […]

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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 the […]

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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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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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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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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 those […]

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