According to Running USA, a non-profit running promotional organization, nearly sevenmillion guys in the US finished running events in 2012. If you’re looking to join their ranks this year, consider these races.
Double Road Race – 08/23/2014
Location: San Jose, CA
If you’ve been out of it for a while, break in your new shoes with this race in sunny San Jose. There are 5K and 10K options, along with a kid’s race, a team race, and $5,000 on the line for overall and age group winners.
Multnomah Falls Trail Run – 09/28/2014
Location: Corbett, OR
If this 10K in the scenic Pacific Northwest doesn’t remind you why you started running in the first place, it could be the only race that makes the nerd in you get off the couch. Be the first male (or female) participant dressed as a super hero to cross the finish line and get a free fifth of McMenamin’s Hogshead whiskey or a fifth of Cascade Lakes vodka as a prize.
Filthy Fun Mud Run – 10/11/2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Nothing’s filthier than a mud run in a tough town like Philly. This 5K obstacle course will have you slogging through tunnels, tires, netting, and even some kind of post-apocalyptic slip n’ slide. And bring the kids: The Little N’ Filthy Fun Runs (about a mile long) hone the skills of tomorrow’s adventure racers.
The New York City Marathon – 11/2/2014
Location: New York, NY
It’s the biggest marathon in the world. Join over 50,000 runners as they charge through Central Park, Harlem, and Brooklyn’s Park Slope. For reference, Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai won last year with a time of two hours, eight minutes, and 24 seconds. But you’ll earn serious street cred if you can just finish.