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Friends,

I received a notice last night from the operator of the website that provides our half marathon course maps (like the one in the photo above), that Google Maps has begun charging for the use of their map data, and that they’ll need to begin charging us to use them as well.

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5 Reflective Gear Picks for Morning Runners

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Now that daylight savings time has started, reflective gear is more and more important for runners in the morning. It is the runner’s duty to stay lit up when running in the dark.

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“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” — Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

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13.1 Scenic Half Marathons Across the Southwest U.S.

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“For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight.” — George Sheehan

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13.1 Scenic Half Marathons in the Heartland

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“I always loved running. I wasn’t very good at it, but it was something you could do all by yourself, all under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” — Jesse Owens

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Runners on the course at the Monterey Bay Half Marathon. (Courtesy Big Sur International Marathon)

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“I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” — Dean Karnazes

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As spring races are starting soon, it’s important to find good gear. Spring on the east coast could mean perfect weather, but it could also mean torrential downpours and 30 degrees. Remember Boston last year?

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Scenic Canada Half Marathons You'll Love Running

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8 Things You Shouldn't Do When You're Running

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Running is a relatively easy sport. You just need to put on a pair of shoes and head out of your front door. Right?

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