Competitor.com http://running.competitor.com Your Online Source for Running Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:11:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 http://running.competitor.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/06/cropped-android-chrome-512x512-32x32.png Competitor.com http://running.competitor.com 32 32 We’re Stoked For These 2018 Races http://running.competitor.com/2018/01/news/2018-races_169463 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:44:14 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169463 From speed freaks to the sisterhood, there’s a fun race for everyone on the calendar.

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A race through a WWII airplane hangar, a jog past Mt. Rushmore, and the chance to earn a Star Wars medal from anywhere in the galaxy? Count us in. Every year, races jockey to provide the craziest, coolest, and most unforgettable experience for runners, and this year is no exception. The 2018 race calendar truly has something for everyone – here’s what we’ll be signing up for this year.

For the FOMO Runner: Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon
January 3 – March 31
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Didn’t snag a spot for the Star Wars Half Marathon at Walt Disney World? It’s okay – use the force to log your own virtual miles at home. Run a total of 13.1 miles, either all at once or broke up into several runs, and submit your finish time on the RunDisney Website for a finisher’s certificate and commemorative Star Wars medal.

For the Oddity Explorers: Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5K
March 11
Tustin, CA
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We haven’t heard this one before – a race that aims to make you feel like an ant. And it does, thanks to a course that cuts through the historic Tustin Blimp Hangar, a 17-story high, 1,088 long blimp hangar that once housed WWII airships.

For the Sisterhood: National Women’s Half Marathon & 8K
April 29
Washington, DC
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This inaugural women’s-only event generated buzz when registration opened last June for rolling entry fees starting at 1 dollar and progressed by five-dollar increments as spots were filled. A dollar is a steal – the course alone is a million-dollar race, looping around the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, and Korean War Memorial before finishing in West Potomac Park.

For Culture Kings and Queens: Rock ‘n’ Roll Oaxaca Half Marathon & 10K
April 29
Oaxaca, Mexico
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If you like your races with a side of culture and tradition, the newest offering from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is worth the trip. Oaxaca, a World Heritage City, has mapped out a course that is equal parts stunning and historic, from ornate churches, archaeological sites, museums, and colonial buildings made of green volcanic stone.

For Speed Freaks: Vitality Westminster Mile
May 27
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Don’t say it’s “only” a mile – there’s nothing “only” about the mile race. It’s a leg-burning, lung-busting race that will leave you breathless – and wanting to do it again. It’s especially true at this famed London race, which starts on the Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace, with large and loud crowds to cheer runners every step of the way.

For Wanderers: Da Nang International Marathon
August 12
Da Nang, Vietnam
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Located in one of the most tourist-friendly areas of Southeast Asia, the Da Nang International Running Festival offers 5K to marathon distances along a pristine coastline. The community bands together to create an unforgettable race experience that includes well-stocked aid stations, helpful volunteers, and a ton of family-friendly activities for spectators.

For Sightseers: Mount Rushmore Half Marathon
September 22
Keystone, South Dakota
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If you’re going to sightsee, might as well skip the souvenir shop and collect a race medal. This first-time race offers multiple vantage points to see the race’s namesake landmark and surrounding Black Hills. After tackling the tough course (almost 1500 feet of elevation gain), runners are rewarded with a beer garden where they can toast their favorite of the four faces.

For The Turkey Trotters: Six Tunnels To Hoover Dam Las Vegas Turkey Trot
November 22
Boulder City, NV
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Eschew the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in favor of a trip to Vegas. Yes, we’re serious – after all, the coolest turkey trot takes place just outside city limits, at the Six Tunnels to Hoover Dam Turkey Trot. The event, which offers four races ranging from one mile to a half marathon, follows the Historic Railroad Trail along Lake Mead, through six tunnels and to the Hoover Dam and Colorado River Bridge. The best part? Vegas has more than 200 buffets, meaning someone else can take care of Thanksgiving dinner while you celebrate your new PR.

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Malia’s unique ambition http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/sponsored/malias-unique-ambition_169174 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:19:10 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169174 When Malia Glover’s kids approached her and said they wanted her to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 5K with them, she

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When Malia Glover’s kids approached her and said they wanted her to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 5K with them, she recalls saying, “I always tell you guys to step out of your comfort zone, so let’s do it.”

The single mother of five (ages 2 through 17), who is a full-time Manager, Provider Relations for Synchrony Financial’s Arizona site, wanted to get back into running through an employee engagement program called Synchrony Rocks. The program offers complimentary race entries for employees and their family through Synchrony’s partnership with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.

“When I initially said no to running, it was because, I guess, that fear of running. I knew what it took to run,” she says. But Malia found amazing support through both her employer of 18-plus years and her family.

“There’s never a dull moment in my family and in my life,” Malia says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Upon successfully completing the 5K, Malia had quite the surprise at the finish line when her manager, Alex Price, offered her the opportunity to run the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn-an experience she would get to enjoy with her family in the Big Apple.

Malia worked hard to build up to the half-marathon distance of 13.1 miles, since the 5K (3.1 miles) had been her farthest race. She joined a gym and found a running partner in her oldest son, Elijah.

“Running has brought me and my mom closer together,” he says. “It’s something that we both love now.”

Despite expectations of a tough race, Malia kept moving forward. “It is kind of a unique ambition to have, to run that 13.1 miles,” she says. “It shows my children that you can do anything. You can set those goals and you can achieve them.”

That doesn’t mean the journey was easy. Elijah says, “I think my mom is scared of failing.” She questioned whether she could do it. “Can I finish? I know I can. This is my time. This is my chance.”

So they lined up at the start of the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn, and before they knew it they were headed out down Eastern Parkway. They enjoyed the neighborhood feel of the borough with its tree-lined streets, and when they reached beautiful Prospect Park, they knew they didn’t have much farther to run. After crossing the finish line of their first half-marathon together, mother and son embraced in a quiet and tired celebration of victory.

Malia says, “I don’t see it as a completion. I think I see it as a start of a new journey for me in my life. I kind of feel that my daughters are going to start getting into running along with me. I think it’s a new beginning for all of us.”

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Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/news/2017-holiday-gift-guide_169441 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:52:32 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169441 The post Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide appeared first on Competitor.com.

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SPONSORED: Polar M430 Advanced Running Watch http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-fitness-runners/sponsored-polar-m430-advanced-running-watch_169394 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:41:48 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169394 Polar M430 Advanced Running Watch, $229.95 The new Polar M430 is a triple threat, integrating state-of-the-art running metrics, advanced

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Polar M430 Advanced Running Watch, $229.95

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The new Polar M430 is a triple threat, integrating state-of-the-art running metrics, advanced GPS and the freedom of optical heart rate technology – the ultimate training partner for runners who demand more. Purchase at polar.com 

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SPONSORED: Knuckle Lights http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-adventure-runners/sponsored-knuckle-lights_169390 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:28:09 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169390 Knuckle Lights, $39.99 Knuckle Lights are worn on your hands, in the perfect position to light your path and be seen. Buy now at

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Knuckle Lights, $39.99

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Knuckle Lights are worn on your hands, in the perfect position to light your path and be seen. Buy now at knucklelights.com 

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SPONSORED: NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/sponsored-normatec-pulse-leg-recovery-system_169382 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:17:36 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169382 NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System, $1,395 The 2018 NormaTec PULSE is the ultimate in athlete recovery. NormaTec uses patented compression

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NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System, $1,395

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The 2018 NormaTec PULSE is the ultimate in athlete recovery. NormaTec uses patented compression technology to enhance the body’s natural ability to recover. Using NormaTec’s full-length compression boots before or after training boosts circulation, conquers soreness, flushes out lactate, decreases inflammation, and increases range of motion. Invented by an MD, PhD and perfected by professional athletes, the NormaTec PULSE Series is the go-to recovery system for the world’s best athletes.

For more information, and to buy your own PULSE, visit NormaTecRecovery.com

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Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/young-living-peppermint-essential-oil_169372 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:49:14 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169372 Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil, $28 If every runner had one essential oil, this would be it. A whiff can invigorate and settle a

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Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil, $28

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If every runner had one essential oil, this would be it. A whiff can invigorate and settle a nervous stomach. A drop in a massage oil soothes muscles. youngliving.com 

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Toad&Co Shire Sweater Legging http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/toadco-shire-sweater-legging_169370 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:47:46 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169370 Toad&Co Shire Sweater Legging, $125 This special version of merino wool means these are naturally stretchy without the itch.

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Toad&Co Shire Sweater Legging, $125

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This special version of merino wool means these are naturally stretchy without the itch. toadandco.com 

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Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/roccos-healthy-delicious_169367 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:45:39 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169367 Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, $30 Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito is also a runner, so you can trust his protein pancakes and

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Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, $30

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Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito is also a runner, so you can trust his protein pancakes and snickerdoodle(!) green smoothie. harpercollins.com

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Oofos Oocloog Sport http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/oofos-oocloog-sport_169365 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:44:01 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169365 Oofos Oocloog Sport, $70 The squishy sole of these men’s recovery shoes can take away running pains. (Similar styles are available for

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Oofos Oocloog Sport, $70

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The squishy sole of these men’s recovery shoes can take away running pains. (Similar styles are available for women.) oofos..com

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Sarah Marie Design Studio Running Sucks Mug http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/sarah-marie-design-studio-running-sucks-mug_169363 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:42:22 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169363 Sarah Marie Design Studio Running Sucks Mug, $18 Time to celebrate the redemptive power of running. sarahmariedesignstudio.com 

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Sarah Marie Design Studio Running Sucks Mug, $18

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Time to celebrate the redemptive power of running. sarahmariedesignstudio.com 

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Theragun G2Pro http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/theragun-g2pro_169361 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:40:37 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169361 Theragun G2Pro, $600 Recover like a professional athlete with this deeper-tissue massager that uses vibration therapy. theragun.com

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Theragun G2Pro, $600

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Recover like a professional athlete with this deeper-tissue massager that uses vibration therapy. theragun.com

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Bedgear Solar 1.0 Performance Pillow http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/bedgear-solar-1-0-performance-pillow_169359 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:39:13 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169359 Bedgear Solar 1.0 Performance Pillow, $199 Inspiration from athletic apparel gives this brand’s wide range of pillows the ability to

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Bedgear Solar 1.0 Performance Pillow, $199

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Inspiration from athletic apparel gives this brand’s wide range of pillows the ability to regulate body temperature. bedgear.com

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Hurom HP Slow Juicer http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-off-duty-runners/hurom-hp-slow-juicer_169357 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:37:01 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169357 Hurom HP Slow Juicer, $299 The “slow” means more nutrients in your juice, and this is easy to clean and quiet. Hurom.com 

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Hurom HP Slow Juicer, $299

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The “slow” means more nutrients in your juice, and this is easy to clean and quiet. Hurom.com 

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Gifts for Off-Duty Runners http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/gifts-off-duty-runners_169346 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:35:41 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169346 The race is done, and it’s time to relax and recover. These items will help your favorite strider do what’s best to get them back out

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The race is done, and it’s time to relax and recover. These items will help your favorite strider do what’s best to get them back out logging miles in no time.

NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System

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Hurom HP Slow Juicer

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Bedgear Solar 1.0 Performance Pillow

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 Theragun G2Pro

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Sarah Marie Design Studio Running Sucks Mug

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Oofos Oocloog Sport

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Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious

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Toad&Co Shire Sweater Legging

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Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil 

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Flowfold Denizen Tote Backpack http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-adventure-runners/169340_169340 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 02:38:23 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169340 Flowfold Denizen Tote Backpack, starting at $99 Amazingly light and durable, this versatile bag is perfect for race weekends. flowfold.com 

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Flowfold Denizen Tote Backpack, starting at $99

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Amazingly light and durable, this versatile bag is perfect for race weekends. flowfold.com 

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Awake Granola Bars http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-adventure-runners/awake-granola-bars_169337 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 02:34:13 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169337 Awake Granola Bars, $25 for 16 These caffeinated bars in three flavors are as ideal as summit snacks or wherever someone needs a boost.

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Awake Granola Bars, $25 for 16

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These caffeinated bars in three flavors are as ideal as summit snacks or wherever someone needs a boost. awakechocolate.com 

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Under Armour Horizon RTT http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-adventure-runners/169334_169334 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 02:27:16 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169334 Under Armour Horizon RTT, $110 Versatile and lightweight, these transition smoothly from road to trail—perfect for travelers who need a

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Under Armour Horizon RTT, $110

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Versatile and lightweight, these transition smoothly from road to trail—perfect for travelers who need a two-in-one shoe. underarmour.com 

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Columbia Caldorado Running Gloves http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-adventure-runners/columbia-caldorado-running-gloves_169331 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 02:21:10 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169331 Columbia Caldorado Running Gloves, $40 These unisex gloves are warm, wicking and touch-screen compatible. Columbia.com 

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Columbia Caldorado Running Gloves, $40

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These unisex gloves are warm, wicking and touch-screen compatible. Columbia.com 

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Epson ProSense 307 http://running.competitor.com/2017/12/2017-gift-guide/for-adventure-runners/epson-prosense-307_169326 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 02:08:42 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169326 Epson ProSense 307, $249 What makes this GPS and heart rate watch so great are a spectacularly readable display, 20-hour battery life and a

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Epson ProSense 307, $249

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What makes this GPS and heart rate watch so great are a spectacularly readable display, 20-hour battery life and a very fair price—plus run-training features as well as activity and sleep tracking. epson.com 

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