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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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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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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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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 ruins […]

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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 traveling […]

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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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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. 1. […]

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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 asked […]

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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 running […]

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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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