As runners, we tend to reach our peak in the late spring as we train for one of the signature races of the year (Boston, Cherry Blossom, Broad Street, etc). Unfortunately, a lot of us slow down the mileage going into summer as temperatures rise and days at the beach pull us away from our routine.
Heat aside (although, personally we love a hot evening run in the city that ends with a cold shower), summer is a great time to continue racing as there are a number of fun races up and down the Northeast between now and the end of summer to keep you focused and motivated on not losing all the progress you made over the last few months.
With that in mind, here are five races we are most looking forward to in the months ahead:
1. Brooklyn Half Marathon, May 20th: Not officially summer, this late-spring NYRR half marathon has seen a surge in popularity in recent years and is now the largest half marathon in the country. The race is sold out for 2017 but the Pre-Party (which is possibly the best “expo” in the country) is open to everyone with live music, food, beer, and awesome skyline views from Brooklyn Bridge Park. The race ends at Coney Island, making it a fun race to cheer and support as a spectator as well.
2. The North Face Endurance Challenge Massachusetts, June 10th-11th. A series of trail races at Wachusett Mountain an hour outside of Boston marks this two day long event that has distances from 5K to 50 Miles with individual and relay options. This is also the host event of the annual November Project Summit which logically means there will be a lot of smiles, hugs and partying in between.
3. The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile, August 5th: This one seems pretty self explanatory to us but if you have not run a beer mile yet, and a beer mile sounds like the kind of thing you’d be into, then we highly recommend you sign up for this one in DC in August. (Also- the world record in this event is 4:34 which is truly astonishing).
4. The Philly 10K, August 27th: Started in 2014, The Philly 10K is the only race in Philly that is entirely contained on the neighborhood streets of South Philly and Center City. We love this race for its unique approach to the race weekend (the “expo” is a party at Philadelphia Brewing Company, shirts don’t have sponsor logos all over them, and runners have traditionally received things like screen printed course maps in lieu of finishers medals). Registration opens May 15th.
5. Reach The Beach, Sept 15th-16th: Part of the Ragnar Relay series, Reach The Beach is one of the oldest relay races in the country and quite possibly the most scenic. Teams of runners will make their way through the mountains of New Hampshire starting at the Bretton Woods Ski area and traveling all the way south to the ocean at Hampton Beach State Park some 200 miles later.