Running is one of the best things for your body. It will help increase your endurance, help you lose weight, and is good for the cardiovascular system. Many people begin a running program to get into shape. Some people become very serious about running. If you are looking to get into shape and compete you can go to a running event and compete against others. These events are often for charity but in some cases if you are the winner you can get a cash prize.
AJC Peachtreee Road Race
This is a longer race and is 10K. it is held every year on the Fourth of July in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a tradition and currently sees over 57,000 runners each year. This is the largest road race in the United States. The race ends at the Piedont Park and goes through the main neighborhoods in the city including Buckhead and Midtown. There is also the Cardiac Hill which allows you to test your strength going uphill.
TCS New York City Marathan
This is one of the biggest running races in the world. People from all over the globe come to the city to compete. This is not only a race, it is a moving block party. The race is 26.2 miles and the race will go through all five of the major boroughs in New York City. The entry process is very special for this race and it is important to be on top of your game when you go to this race.
This race is held Memorial Day weekend in Boulder, Colorado. This is a 10K race and will finish at the Colorado football stadium at the University of Colorado. After the race has finished there is plenty of good food for recovery. If you are front out of the area you need to take special precautions when entering this race. The altitude for this race is 5,430 feet and the air is thinner than what most people are used to. If you want to participate in this race you need to give your body some time to adjust.
Lilac Bloomsday Run
This run is held in Spokane, Washington. It is held annually on the first Sunday in the month of May. Sometimes this event goes by the name Ulysses which is a novel that tells of the life of an Irishman named Leopold Bloom. While you are running this race you can learn a little bit about history at the same time. This race is named after of this novel but it is a lot of fun to run. Be prepared for the race as it is one of the longer ones and is 12K. Many races are shorter so you really have to prepare for this. When you are done with the race you can relax and listen to some live music.
These are some of the top races in the country. If you are serious about running you can participate in any of these events and test your running ability against others.