24 Must-Do July/August Races Across The U.S.

Huckleberry Half Marathon

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Running of the Bulls 4M Race
July 19; Eugene, Ore.
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Pink Buffalo Racing is at it again, with the freshly introduced Running of the Bulls 4-mile race. In its second year, this event proves to be a race you won’t forget. At packet pick-up you’ll receive a red sash to tie on. Ten minutes after you start the run, the real race begins (or chase, to be more accurate). The Emerald City Roller Girls will be after you on their skates, dressed in red, stampeding for the gore (a soft tap on the backside with a small red bat). Once you’ve been gored, don’t worry, you’ll continue running to the finish, where Track Town Pizza will be waiting for your battered body.

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon
Aug. 2; Tacoma; Wash.
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The Tacoma City Marathon Association recently introduced The Crown of the Sound Half Marathon Series, which includes the Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon. (If you run four of the six half marathons, you receive a commemorative medal). The point-to-point course takes you across the historical Narrows Bridges, which are the fifth-longest suspension bridges in the world. You’ll run on the warning track at Cheney Stadium and finish in downtown Tacoma. With honey buckets and Nuun electrolytes at every aid station, you’ll finish with plenty left in the tank for the after-party.

Huckleberry Half Marathon
Aug. 9; Welches, Ore.
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Aside from just sounding like a good time, the Huckleberry Half Marathon truly delivers when it comes to an enjoyable running event. Labeled “a quintessential Mt. Hood experience,” you’re sure to have some memorable moments as you traipse through the national forest and cross over the Salmon River. You might even luck out with a Bigfoot sighting. (Bigfoot will actually be there, taking commemorative photos with all participants.) The finisher’s medal is also a laser cutout of Bigfoot himself. If you’re looking for something scenic and peaceful, with some adventure muddled in, the Huckleberry Half is for you. Register quickly—there are a limited number of spaces, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to spend some time with the legendary beast.

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