Five Reasons To Race On The Track

  • By Brandon Laan
  • Published Jan. 31, 2012
Don't let the oval intimidate you.

5. Avoid The Elements (Race Indoors)

If you live in a place that has a cold-weather winter climate, there are several indoor tracks (most are a 160 to 300-meter oval) at your disposal, many of which offer all-comers meets for open athletes to compete in. Despite tighter turns and more laps per mile these tracks can provide an opportunity to run in perfect conditions. Not only do you not have hills to contend with, you can be certain that there will not be a head wind, rain, or frigid temperatures. It’s as close to a controlled environment as you’ll ever get!

About The Author:

Brandon Laan is a runner, coach and entrepreneur. He is the co-owner of and Race Director for Rock The Road 10K. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the half marathon and marathon, respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.

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