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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, 29, ran 2:04:11 to lead a 1-2-3 Kenyan sweep in the men’s division of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Sun., Oct. 12.

In the process Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele, running his second marathon, was relegated to a fourth-place finish.

The remarkable Rita Jeptoo, 33, of Kenya ... (continued...)

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Best Road Races - They Said It...No 5


“London is a bit tougher because so many athletes are going there. If I’m getting the same offer, same invitation, why would I go to London?

“There are very strong competitors there, tougher maybe than Paris, and I wanted to run an even pace. It was very important for me to win on my debut as well and maybe London is more difficult for that.” 

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A Long Run Trailer

"A Long Run tells one man's story, but it's every runner's journey. Bob Anderson's amazing life connects us to icons like Bill Rodgers, Billy Mills, and Paula Radcliffe. By the end you're left with the runner's high, without the sweat." -Dan Brown, San Jose Mercury News

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Gerry Lindgren

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Sharon Vos: Three in a Row

Aging ever so gracefully at age 59 and forging a career record that becomes ever more impressive, Sharon Vos is named Ujena Fit Club Female Runner of the Year still again.

by David Prokop, Editor, Best Road Races

For the third year in a row, the Ujena Fit Club Female Runner of the Year is Sharon Vos of Greenwich, Conn., one of the Rouse triplets (their maiden name) – Shelley, Honor and Sharon – who have run faster in the marathon than any triplets in history.  

Clearly, three is a number of more than passing significance to Sharon, and winning the Ujena Fit Club Runner of the Year award for the third year in a row is getting to be a habit – a very nice one! – as is her long-term involvement in running and racing.

In 2013 Sharon ran 33 races totaling 284 miles in distance, which gave her 23,038 points based on the formula used for the Ujena Fit Club men’s and women’s rankings – 100 points for each race posted (with finish time included), 20 points for each mile raced, and performance points – from 300 down to one – for any and all age-graded percentages ranking in the top 300 for the year! 

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Eating Well for Running

By Christine Rosenbloom

Heading to the gym after work for a quick workout? Out for a morning walk with the dogs? Working out is good for our physical and mental health. Although many individuals workout for weight loss or maintenance, exercising burns fewer calories than you might think. For example, you burn about 100 calories for every mile you walk or run. Yet, the average energy bar provides about 250 calories and a 16-ounce fruit smoothie has 350 to 400 calories, so it is easy to overdo it.

Here are some tips for fueling your workout without sabotaging the calorie-burning effort of exercise.

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Double Racing Has Truly Arrived!

by David Prokop (Editor Best Road Races)  Photo: Double 15k top three

Double Racing® is a new sport for runners that some competitors are calling the best running event ever, due to the unique and memorable experience of running it!

At San Juan Bautista on Sat., Sept. 20, the event, the atmosphere and the experience all came together as never before. There were two live bands, an ongoing barbecue presented by one of the main sponsors, Peacock Acres, a not-to-be-believed fruit spread laid out by Driscoll’s, a local fruit company, all of this going on within and contributing to a truly superb atmosphere for a unique competition that seemed perfectly designed for a picturesque little town like San Juan Bautista – and San Juan Bautista, in turn, looking like the picture perfect town to host such an event. An event called the San Juan Bautista Road Racing® Festival no less!

“More people need to see this,” one competitor said enthusiastically. “This is really exciting. I’ve never been part of anything like this!”

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Upcoming Races
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Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon
This wine harvest and Halloween-themed event is a favorite with runners, volunteers and spectators who enjoy the ideal...
Lakefront Discovery Run
The Discovery Run event starts to close out the road race season. This event draws local runners and...
Monster Dash Half Marathon
The 2011 Half Marathon and 10-Mile Monster Dash is in St. Paul this year! We are very excited...
Marine Corps Marathon
The 2012 race field is limited to 30,000 participants. Minor changes to this year's MCM course will create...
Atlanta Marathon
The Atlanta Marathon is a fall tradition in the South. The event, which attracts runners from all over...
Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles
Loop Course starting at finishing at L.A. LIVE. The course features many downtown L.A. highlights plus an infusion...
LA Cancer Challenge 10k
This annual 5k race is a low key but fun event. ...
Pensacola Marathon
The race begins and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park on the bayfront then winds its way along a...
Fattman Cup Chilly Half Marathon
Relatively flat out to 4 miles then down until after 5. Nice hills through 8 and flat back....
Philadelphia Marathon
Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-timer, Philadelphia is the place for you. We’ve designed our course...
Living History Farms Race
You will be challenged by the world’s richest farm land as you wade through creeks, dodge farm animals...
Monumental Marathon
The Monumental starts and finishes near the Indiana State Capitol Building in downtown Indianapolis and highlights the beauty...
Clarksburg Country Run
Come on out for the 47th Annual Clarksburg Country Run. Break away from the city and enjoy some...
Embarcadero 10k
This 10k course takes runners through the Embarcadero in San Francisco, past the AT&T and return the same...
Ferry Building Run 4M
This is a flat out and back 4 mile course which takes runners along Fisherman's Wharf to the...
Gazette Stockade-athon
The Schenectady, NY Stockade-athon is popularly recognized as the oldest major 15K road race in the USA. The...
Women's Half Marathon - St Petersburg
The Women's Half Marathon & 5K will take place in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg. The course is flat...
Morgan Hill Marathon
The beautiful course begins at the Morgan Hill Centennial Center. It will wind through the local, scenic hills....
Rainbowfalls 5k
Note: This race is happening twice in 2013..Click here for the November 2013 event.This Father's Day 5k takes...
ING NYC Marathon
The New York City Marathon (branded ING New York City Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is a major annual...
Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon
Catch the magic of a spectacular 3-park nighttime Half Marathon with a delicious Food & Wine Festival After...
Double Road Race Manhattan
The Double Road Race® was created by running visionary and Runner's World magazine founder Bob Anderson. This new...
Anthem Richmond Marathon
This marathon starts and finishes in charming historic downtown Richmond, once the capital of the south. The scenic,...
Big Sur Half Marathon
The Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit organization that serves the community by providing a worldclass marathon...
Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon
The marathon and half marathon courses are as flat and festive as they come – perfect for runners...
Kinhaven 5k
The USATF-certified course (VA08016RT) is entirely on a paved 12'-foot-wide multiple use trail with no road crossings. The...
Manchester Road Race
The Manchester Road race is one of New England’s oldest and most popular road races. The 76th Manchester...
YMCA Turkey Trot
This 8k course goes down Delaware Ave in Buffalo, NY....
October 19
Ethiopians Birhanu Mekonnen, 28, and Waynishet Abebe, 27, won the men’s and women’s divisions respectively at the Atlantic City Marathon, Sun., Oct. 19 in Atlantic…
Atlantic City Marathon
Atlantic City, NJ
October 19
The 2014 Denver Rock 'n' Roll Marathon was won by  Charles Cooper with a finsih time of 2:24:12 for the men's division and Monica Folts…
October 19
Galen Burrell, 36, of Mill Valley, Calif., won the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Sun., Oct. 19, in 2:33:36. The women’s winner was Angela Tieri, 31, of San…
October 19
Mike Andersen and Courtney Brewis were the men’s and women’s champions in the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, Sun., Oct. 19 in the Motor City. Andersen,…
October 19
The winner of the 2014 race was Victoria Mitchell with a winning time of 1:19:49.  
Nike Women's Marathon
San Francisco, California
October 18
Brian Rosenberg, 37, of Mechanicsburg, Penn., won the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon by a comfortable margin in Baltimore, Md., Sat., Oct. 18, as he ran…
October 13
Jordan Hasay, the precocious little runner in the blonde ponytail, is all grown up now, and on Mon., Oct. 13, in the Tufts Health Plan…
October 12
Eliud Kipchoge, 29, ran 2:04:11 to lead a 1-2-3 Kenyan sweep in the men’s division of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Sun., Oct. 12. In…
October 12
The Brazilian army team led by Solonei Da Silva swept the top three places in the men’s race and Kerri Gallagher of Arlington, Va., won…
Army Ten-Miler
Washington, DC
October 12
Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa and Mamitu Daska were the men’s and women’s champions respectively in the B.A.A. Half-Marathon in Boston, Mass., Sun., Oct. 12. Desisa, 24, the…
B.A.A. Half Marathon
Boston, Massachusetts
October 12
Sammy Mutai, 36, now living in Mexico but originally from Kenya, won the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon in Long Beach, Calif., Sun., Oct.…
October 11
Just as they had done last year, Adam Saloom, 22, of The Woodlands, Tex., and Zachary Cater-Cyker, 28, of Houston, finished 1-2 again in the…
10 for Texas
The Woodlands, TX
October 11
Matt Pelletier, 26, of West Greenwich, R.I., ran 2:17:00 to win the ING Hartford Marathon in Hartford, Conn., Sat., Oct. 11, over Gesera Genemo, 25,…
October 5
Makoto Ozawa, 28, of Japan won the Portland Marathon in Portland, Ore., Sun., Oct. 5, in 2:23:57. Matt Duffy, 24, of San Francisco, Calif., running in…
Portland Marathon
Portland, Oregon
October 5
Two of the country’s best distance runners squared off in the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half-Marathon, Sun., Oct. 5 in San Jose, Calif., and…
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quote Running is as easy as breathing just a little more controlled
quote Run till you're done.
quote "Train hard. Win easy"
quote Willpower knows no obstacles
quote Train Hard Win Easy
quote Running is really, really good for me.
quote It makes the beer taste better!
quote Running makes me feel happy.
quote Running is like life, it isn't easy but you just have to keep at it.
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Racing Photo Galleries
We are family. We are Double Runners. Run on...
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The Pina family is amazing.  Running is a big part of their life.  They ran the Pleasanton Double in 2012...
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San Jose Rock -n- Roll Half Marathon 2014
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It was a bit warm at the start of the San Jose Half October 5 but most finished before it...
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It was a fun day of Double Racing in San Juan Bautista California Saturday September 20, 2014.  In addition to...
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San Juan Bautista Double Racing Festival Sept 20, 2014
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The Double Racing Festival which features Doubles, live bands and a BBQ was held in San Juan Bautista, California Sept 20, 2014.   Three...
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Best Road Races Statistics
2013 Total Prize Money $8,668,837  
2012 Total Prize Money $8,592,635  
2012 Total Finishers 2,431,531  
2012 Male Finishers 991,779 48%
2012 Female Finishers 1,095,352 52%
2011 Total Finishers 2,281,958  
2011 Male Finishers 1,062,053 48%
2011 Female Finishers 1,159,835 52%
Featured Races 313 
Associated Races 115 
Best Performances 2014
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5K - Top Five Males
13:13 Dejen Gebremeskel
24 03/30/14
13:19 Bernard Lagat
39 03/30/14
13:22 Augustine Choge
27 03/30/14
13:26 Edwin Kipyego
24 03/30/14
24 04/19/14
13:26 BEN TRUE
28 04/19/14
25 04/19/14
10K - Top Five Males
27:37 Bedan Karoki Muchiri
23 08/02/14
27:43 Stephen Kosgei
27 08/02/14
27:44 Leonard Partick Komon
26 04/19/14
27:50 Ben True
Hanover, NH
28 08/02/14
27:57 Patrick Makau
29 08/02/14
44:51 Julius Koskei
32 06/01/14
46:38 Darius Terry
San Jose, CA
23 09/20/14
46:49 Ivan Medina
Hayward, CA
28 09/20/14
47:24 Darius Terry
San Jose, CA
23 08/23/14
47:44 Samuel Kosgei
30 06/29/14
15K - Top Five Males
43:04 Benjamin True
Hanover, New Hampshire
26 03/15/14
43:15 Christopher Derrick
Portland, OR
23 03/15/14
43:24 Tim Ritchie
Brighton, MA
26 03/15/14
43:58 Christo Landry
Ann Arbor, MI
27 03/15/14
44:02 Matt Llano
Flagstaff, AZ
25 03/15/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Males
59:23 Bedan Karoki
24 09/21/14
59:58 Cybrian Kotut
22 09/21/14
1:00:00 Mo Farah
31 09/07/14
1:00:00 Mike Kigen
28 09/07/14
1:00:12 Solomon Deksisa
20 06/01/14
1:00:28 Geoffrey Bundi
26 06/01/14
MARATHON - Top Five Males
2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto
30 09/28/14
2:03:13 Emmanuel Mutai
30 09/28/14
2:04:11 Eliud Kipchoge
29 10/12/14
2:04:28 Sammy Kitwara
27 10/12/14
2:04:29 Wilson Kipsang
32 04/13/14
5K - Top Five Females
15:06 Julia Bleasdale
Great Britain
32 03/30/14
29 04/19/14
30 04/19/14
28 04/19/14
25 04/19/14
19 04/19/14
10K - Top Five Females
31:22 Mary Keitany
32 05/24/14
31:27 Gemma Steel
28 08/02/14
31:27 Shalane Flanagan
Boulder, CO
33 08/02/14
31:37 Molly Huddle
Providence, RI
29 06/14/14
31:39 Jordan Hasay
Beaverton, OR
23 10/13/14
31:41 Caroline Rotich
Santa Fe, NM
30 10/13/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Females
52:13 Molly Pritz
Williamsport, PA
26 05/11/14
53:30 Liudmile Stepanova
30 06/01/14
54:15 Tori Tyler
Danville, CA
27 08/23/14
54:44 Allison Maxson
Foslom, CA
28 08/23/14
55:16 Tori Tyler
26 02/22/14
15K - Top Five Females
47:02 Shalane Flanagan
Portland, OR
32 03/15/14
49:24 Janet Bawcom
Flagstaff, AZ
35 03/15/14
49:49 Amy Van Alstine
Flagstaff, AZ
23 03/15/14
49:49 Alexi Pappas
Boston, MA
23 03/15/14
50:05 Lindsey Scherf
Chapel Hill, NC
27 03/15/14
50:14 Mary Wacera
25 07/13/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:05:39 Mary Keitany
32 09/07/14
1:08:13 Gemma Steel
28 09/07/14
1:08:20 Mamitu Daska
30 10/12/14
1:08:24 Cynthia Limo
24 10/12/14
1:08:31 Sally Kipyego
28 03/16/14
MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:19:49 Victoria Mitchell
32 10/19/14
1:21:17 Zachary McKeever
Stockton, CA
17 10/19/14
1:21:46 Andrew Foster
San Francisco, CA
31 10/19/14
1:25:04 Tania Fischer
Santa Monica
48 10/19/14
1:25:04 Tania Fischer
48 10/19/14
1:25:06 Nicole Chombeau
24 10/19/14

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