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mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
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Best Races in the Country? Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:19 pm 

I'd like to see a list of some of the BEST races (from 5K up) across the country. I don't just mean personal preference but the races that everyone can agree are the races everyone wants to run. You know, if you wanted to run the best 5K race/course and were willing to travel which one would it be. We all know that Boston and New York City are two of the top must run Marathons...but what about other races. For example, I understand that the Boilermaker 15K Road Race in Utica NY, is touted as the best 15K in the country. And the Crim 5K in Michigan is supposed to be tops also.

Does anyone know where I can find a difinitiave list on the Internet?


GreatRace


Joined: 25 Jan 2005
Posts: 1

Re: Best Races in the Country? Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:42 am 

These were selected by Runner's World in their June 2004 issue as the Top Six 10-Ks:

Top Six 10-Ks
1. The Great Race, Agoura Hills, Calif. -- http://GreatRaceofAgoura.com --
(full disclosure: I am the race director and we are proud to be selected by Runner's World)
2. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
3. Crescent City, New Orleans
4. Bolder Boulder, Colorado
5. Peachtree, Atlanta
6. People's Beach to Beacon, Maine


OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: Best Races in the Country? Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:56 pm 

This raises an interesting question. In my mind, all the big headliner races that you might most like to run have become huge...so huge that there's really no chance of running a good time, entry fees have gotten outrageous, and you bump elbows with other runners every step of the way. I live two hours from Utica and the Boilermaker, but I don't think I'd ever run it because it draws 10,000 runners. I've never run a marathon that large. How much can 10,000 runners spread out over 9.5 miles? Last year the Peachtree 10k drew just shy of 5,000 entrants. I dream of running these races, but in my dreams I've got this moving open space that just follows me along the whole way so I've got plenty of room.

mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: Best Races in the Country? Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 5:38 pm 

I think there are races you run to challenge yourself and there are races you run for the experience...the fun of getting caught up in the excitement of the event. So you have to pick your races carefully and know which one's to run for a PR and which to run just for fun.

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Best Races in the Country? Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:29 pm 

OldManRunner wrote:
This raises an interesting question. In my mind, all the big headliner races that you might most like to run have become huge...

I agree. I think if your main goal is to run on a fast course with good runner support, there are probably many many excellent options. I'm guessing the original question was more about what are the "destination races" for sub-marathon distances. What are the 10K equivalents of the Boston or New York Marathons?

I don't know very many, but some of the "big" ones I've heard of are:

Boulder Boulder 10K
Carlsbad (California) 5K
Utica Boilermaker 15K
Across the Bay 12K


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