The 102-story Empire State Building in New York City. Runners climb 1,576 stairs to make it to the top at the Empire State Run Up. (Photo by Sam Valadi/flickr)

Most Interesting is not measureable by any means of science. We can measure fastest, hilliest, highest elevation, longest, etc. in races, but Most Interesting is certainly disputable.

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We might be biased, but half marathons are one of the best and most fun distances to train for.

With a little bit of time, patience, but definitely no luck, anyone from a veteran runner to a new runner can train and work up to a half marathon.

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A quick google search and you can find a training plan for any single race distance you want.

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Runners near the finish line at the 2016 Brewers Mini Marathon. (Photo courtesy Scott Paulus/Brewers)

I’ve never been an actor on Broadway, but it feels like you’re on a stage when you play at Yankee Stadium. And that’s the feeling I’ve always had. — Derek Jeter

1) The Giant Race Half Marathon

If you’re a baseball fan, this is probably the half marathon race that’s tailored exactly for you, as runners finish the race by crossing home plate inside San Francisco’s gorgeous AT&T Park, the home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants.

August • San Francisco, Calif.

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I’ll admit, I didn’t know what all the fuss was about with “the wall” until I knew what all the fuss was about with “the wall”. I ran a bunch of long runs before my very first marathon including four 20-milers.

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Though some races are cancelled or delayed due to thunder and lightening, all runners should be prepared to handle racing in the rain.

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I haven’t been a runner my entire life. In fact, I haven’t even been a runner my entire adult life. I started in late college as a way to separate myself from classes, school, and everything else.

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I’ll admit, I actually prefer running alone. But, I do enjoy running with a friend or a group at least once a week.

Many of these runners spend the bulk of their training running alongside someone else and prefer the company of others while sweating it out.

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For most of my running life, I have been running alone. It’s not that I dislike people or other runners, in fact, I would consider myself an extrovert.

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Runners on the course at the Monterey Bay Half Marathon in Monterey, Calif. (Photo courtesy Monterey Bay Half Marathon)

“This is what you have been waiting for. No doubt you are nervous, but you know that you are ready. You earned this opportunity. And you were born to fly… you are ready, you are powerful, and you belong. Now go get it.” — Kara Goucher

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