Good Running: Marathons & pop-ups

The Florence Forth race crew celebrates good running. And running doesn’t get much better than this weekend’s lineup of marathons in Raleigh and NYC. At the end of this blog we share a few pop-up events that embody what we love about our local running community.

New York Marathon

The NYC Marathon will be broadcast live on Sunday, November 5th, as 50,000 runners traverse the 26.2 miles through all 5 boroughs and end in Central Park. Who hasn’t dreamed of competing in this race? Check out Runners World guide to watching the marathon.

The story lines for NYC are writing themselves. It will be Meb Keflezighi’s final professional race while American Shalane Flanagan returns from injury and seeks a spot on the podium.

Maybe you want to see the celebrity runners or just the faces of those running for themselves and their families. There are so many great stories. This is one of my favorites in which a local runner gets to finish NYC with his hero.

City of Oaks Marathon

Closer to home, the City of Oaks Marathon will be run for the 11th time on Sunday. Review the course map and come out to cheer all the local heroes who will be braving the hills and chills on an early fall morning.

Want to be part of the party without having to run the distance?  Check out to the City of Oaks Expo on Friday and Saturday. More  than 60 exhibitors providing health and fitness information and products.

Good luck runners!!

What’s Popping Up?

As both a runner and race director I’ve been admiring the folks at Sir Walter Running for some time. The Sir Walter Miler (held each August) should be top of most Triangle Running Bucket Lists.

This fall the Sir Walter crew held a series of pop-up cross country races culminating in last week’s Raleigh City Cross Country Championships. Check out their Summer of Miles podcast for a recap of the race and other goings on. And here for photos.

Another favorite local “pop up” event is the Durham Park Run. It’s held every Saturday at 8:00 am… not quite sure we can call it a pop up event. But it definitely deserves a call-out.

ParkRun is a timed 5K course in Durham’s Southern Boundaries park. It is free, run completely by volunteers and a wonderful expression of competition and community. Come check them out. Be sure to register before showing up – it’s the only way to get a timed finish.

Finally, we are excited to see the Raleigh Distance Project popping up. Started by last year’s female Florence Forth champion Sarah Rapp and Andie Cozzarelli, the Raleigh Distance Project is an emerging elite development team for middle and long distance runners in Raleigh. Follow them on Facebook while their website gets up and running.

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