The 5 races you need to run this summer
Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer are only days away. Do you have your summer racing season planned out? The warmer months are a great time to combine running with a weekend get-a-way. Read on to learn more about June, July, and August’s “hottest” races.
1) Peachtree 10k (Atlanta, GA) - Every year the Atlanta Track Club hosts the U.S.A.’s largest 10k road race. Over 50,000 runners and 150,000 spectators will participate in this year’s 40th anniversary event. This 4th of July tradition is arguably one of the nation’s most prestigious road races, and with registration that fills up in a matter of days, it’s also one of the most selective.
2) San Francisco Marathon and half-marathon (San Francisco, CA) – With race day temps in the 50’s and 60’s, conditions are nearly ideal. How often can you say that about a July race? Runners enjoy spectacular views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods. Half-marathoners can choose their course – the first 13.1 miles are hillier while the second 13.1 miles are flatter, but lack the scenic Golden Gate bridge portion. Fast or scenic? It’s up to you!
3) Utica Boilermaker 15k (Utica, NY) - Since the early 80’s this race has attracted elite athletes to the starting line, but a wide array of events (5k, kid’s run, etc) provide options for everyone. Need more reasons to run? With live music and local beer, the Boilermaker offers up one of the best post- race parties.
4) Beach to Beacon 10k (Cape Elizabeth, ME) - Founded by 1984 Olympic gold-medalist, Joan Benoit Samuelson, this seaside race boasts beautiful ocean views and tremendous crowd support. This race is also one of the country’s “greenest” – recycling and composting keep race by-product out of landfills while car-pooling and eco-friendly porta-johns lessen the environmental impact.
5) Local 5k (Anytown, U.S.A.) - Sometimes there’s no better starting line than the one in your hometown. Less crowding, familiar faces, and a better chance at scoring some hardware are all perks of a small-town race. Many towns sponsor local road races on or around the 4th of July holiday. With 6 weeks till Independance Day, there’s still time to train!