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Running in San Francisco is an adventure even if you’re not participating in a race. But getting the chance to run across the city’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is one of the true can’t-miss treasures of road racing in America.

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Let’s face it, staying active and healthy during the holiday season is tough. Between family gatherings, parties, traveling, work, and personal life, it can be hard to make time for you! That is precisely why you need to!

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“Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to different stresses. The result? You become a stronger runner.” — Eamonn Coughlin

1) Hillbilly Half Marathon

Runners should expect what organizers say will be a “mud bath” at this race, a 13.1-mile trek through the woods of Washington’s 91,600-acre Capitol State Forest, which lies just five miles from the streets of nearby Olympia.

March • Olympia, WA

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Many people believe I’m a lifelong runner, but actually, I am not! Before running, I swam competitively for over 15 years, but there is only so much excitement you can get from staring at the bottom of a pool. What is the short story of how I began running, more scenery?

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“Running in the snow has its own special qualities — softness, quiet, the white landscape — and it can make you feel like a kid again.” — Claire Kowalchik

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Runners make their way along rural roads in Pennsylvania at the Mushroom Cap Half Marathon.

“Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.” — Kevin Nelson

1) Mushroom Cap Half Marathon

Run along the rolling country roads just outside this one-square-mile borough in southeastern Pennsylvania that’s become world-famous as the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” whose mushroom farmers produce more than a million pounds of the humble fungi every week.

Saturday, Nov. 4 • Kennett Square, Penn.

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Are you an experienced runner who needs a tune-up before your next marathon? Here’s a plan to get you ready for 26.2 miles in 3 months.

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Are you an experienced runner who has taken some time off from the marathon, but are ready to come back to 26.2? Here’s a plan that might be perfect to get you back in form:

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“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.” — Louis L’Amour

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