“Just do it.” “Think different.” “The quicker picker-upper.” Like Nike, Apple and Bounty, many of the world’s most popular brands benefit from catchy taglines. The same is true for races, some of which adopt taglines of their own to evoke qualities such as speed, scenery or even difficulty. But how well do you know your races, and how many can you identify from their taglines?
Test your race IQ with these 13 memorable taglines, then challenge your running friends… bragging rights are on the line!
(Unless otherwise noted, images courtesy of each event’s Facebook page.)
America’s Friendliest Marathon
Surf City Marathon
VCU Health Richmond Marathon
Walt Disney World Marathon
Spirited spectators and enthusiastic volunteers earn this capital city favorite its sunny sobriquet from Runner’s World.
The Fastest Course in the West
Downhill @ Dawn Half Marathon
Napa Valley Marathon
REVEL Mt Charleston
California International Marathon
You'll have a "capital" time at this fall Boston Qualifier favorite better known by its three-letter abbreviation.
World's Toughest Footrace
Mount Diablo Trails Challenge
Death Valley Trail Marathon
Running with the Devil
Run between the lowest and highest points in the contiguous US, this grueling summer race can reach temperatures of 130ºF.
Golden Gate Relay
Hood to Coast Relay
Ragnar Napa Valley
George Washington’s Birthday Marathon & Relay
Founded in 1982, this popular event challenges 1,000+ teams of 6–12 runners each to run 200 miles in the Pacific Northwest.
America’s Toughest Road Marathon™
Pikes Peak Marathon
Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon
Grandfather Mountain Marathon
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Named for the mountain range it calls home and the parkway it follows, this race earns its nickname with 7,430+ feet of elevation change.
Marine Corps Marathon
Air Force Marathon
Bataan Memorial Death March
A patriotic powerhouse, it’s the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t award prize money.
Running on the Ragged Edge of the Western World
Wild Wild West Marathon and Ultra
Los Cabos Half Marathon
Big Sur International Marathon
This bucket-list favorite features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and a pianist in tails on the iconic Bixby Bridge.
Big Sky Marathon
Leadville Trail 100 Run
One of five races in the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, it starts and finishes in the nation’s highest incorporated city (10,152 feet).
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
Got scenery? This series of National Parks half marathons and ultramarathons across the United States certainly does.
Gettysburg North-South Marathon
Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon
Hatfield McCoy Marathon
Chasing Jefferson Davis Marathon
Appalachia’s two-state superstar takes its name from the region’s infamous family feud dating back to the Civil War era.
Santa Anita Derby Day 5K
Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K
Falmouth Road Race
Surf’s up at this oceanfront classic now owned in part by American marathon legend Meb Keflezighi.
America’s Prettiest Half Marathon
Run the Bluegrass
Running with the Cows
Run Crazy Horse
Yellowstone Half Marathon
Its runners know this 13.1-mile thoroughbred, which starts and finishes near historic Keeneland Racetrack, packs a lot of horsepower.
Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run
Now in its 94th year, runners from around the globe come together for the world’s largest ultramarathon.
Tag(lines), you're it: Test your race IQ
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