Finding local races...

I hate finding out about local races too late.

Last week on our long run, we ran past a race. Suddenly people with bibs on were running opposite us on the sidewalk. Bummer, I always love a race when I can find one!

This weekend's triathlon has apparently been going on at the Wilbraham YMCA since 2006. Seriously? I only found out about it because my triathlon buddy belongs there. 

Today, I got an email from Runners World with a list of local races in the next couple months. Guess what I found out?

On August 28, Springfield has a half marathon!
Whaaaatt???

How does a half marathon occur in my backyard, and I have no clue about it? I will be away sipping mojitos on a tropical island on that day, and will most likely NOT be running at all. It just boggles my mind at the lack of promotion. Now, I know I don't belong to a 'running group', but I would at least think it would be advertised around town, at the local gyms, etc.

It made me think,

How do you find/pick your races?

I've found some great ones by reading all of your blogs! I would have never discovered the RnR series (which is my favorite so far), and love to hear the pros & cons of each from your experiences. I also usually look online googling the location and month I'm looking for.

I'm still searching for New England half marathons in October/November within a drivable distance. Let me know if you have any suggestions!



13 comments:

Lisa J said...

this is how I search for EVERY half marathon- you can either click the state and see all the races, or the month and look at whats going on all over

http://www.halfmarathons.net/

Alanna said...

Check out: http://www.runningintheusa.com/Race/Default.aspx

They seem to list tons of events so you might be able to find something. I don't live in the states, but I've used it to try to find events in northern Washington...

Google is usually my best friend, but I've found so many on blogs. Unfortunately those ones are mostly dream races as I'd have to travel pretty far.

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I usually use google also but for local things we hear a lot through the schools and my sneaker shop sends emails. They usually also have a running magazine that has local races in there also.

Tanya said...

For triathlons - trifind.com. Otherwise, I look up running clubs in the area/ county/ city using google, and most have a running calendar on their website.

Suzy said...

Picking races: in my budget and if longer it must have a medal (with the exception of the free half I run on 1/1). GL finding an awesome NE race.

Tricia said...

super awesome!I'm like you, I'm often out for a run only to find myself in the middle of a race :)

Tricia said...

super awesome!I'm like you, I'm often out for a run only to find myself in the middle of a race :)

Tricia said...

super awesome!I'm like you, I'm often out for a run only to find myself in the middle of a race :)

Tricia said...

super awesome!I'm like you, I'm often out for a run only to find myself in the middle of a race :)

Tricia said...

super awesome!I'm like you, I'm often out for a run only to find myself in the middle of a race :)

Lisa said...

most of our local races are scheduled on active.com, so I do a search there as a starting point.

Finallyfit2011 said...

Awww man what a bummer! That is crazy! And I hate when I see other local fb friends running something that I didn't know about he he! I find my stuff through FCA that I'm a part of, getsetaz.com and active.com :) :)

LoriV. said...

I use Active.com or Google. Also the race expos usually give out promotional materials about other runs in the area. That's how I heard about the See Jane Run half I'll be doing next month.

 
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