In my continuing quest to find the ultimate race web site, I think that I have found the best so far.
Last week I found this one truly amazing and comprehensive site; they list 37,203 races across the USA!
The site is RunningintheUSA.com, and I’ve added them to my Place to find a Race widget. I spent quite a bit of time pouring over their Race Statistics by State page. I just had to put this table together.
|Race||Total||State w/ Most Races||State w/ Least Races||Most Popular Mo.|
|All||37,203||CA – 2,555||ND – 77||Sept – 4,881|
|Marathon||784||CA – 124||DC – 1||Oct – 116|
|1/2 Marathon||2,313||CA – 343||DC – 4||Sept – 340|
|10K||4,818||CA – 679||RI – 11||Sept – 661|
|5K||25,321||TX – 1,630||WY – 48||Oct – 3,579|
All of these numbers and many more, are available on their Races tab drop down menu under Race Statistics by State page. You can find a race in any month in any state except for in January when both North and South Dakota do not feature any races. From this page you can then click on a state and look for races in that state, in any month and any distance.
They have a Calendar tab where you can see a daily listing of races broken out by distance.
You can also look up marathons and half marathons by Weekend. Look for the weekend that you want to run, click Details and you are taken to a page with a US map with a pin point at each race location. Below the map is the list of races that weekend and all of the links you will need to get more info and register.
For hard-core runners they have a page where you can look for races on consecutive days that are within a certain number of miles from each other. So you can look for consecutive marathons that are within 250 miles of each other on a certain weekend. For example:
May 25, 2013 New Jersey Liberty Run Marathon in Jersey City, NJ. After you run 26.2 miles you can hop in your car and drive 120 miles to Lenox, MA for the Memorial Day Marathon Races. They even provide driving instructions!
They also have a Resources page which is pretty cool. They have a section for Beginning Runners, Race FAQ and information on organizing and promoting your own race. The Race FAQ is pretty funny, you should check it out.
This is the most extensive website that I have found so far. With over 37,000 races, almost 1,700 running clubs, tips for runners and for race organizers you are sure to find a race and possibly a running club in your area.
I know I’m going to spend a lot of time at this site making my plans for next year and dreaming of that destination race.
Do you have any web sites that you use to look for races? How about a regional or local website that has everything going on in your area?