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Marathon Running: For Fun Or For Time !!BETTER!!

Everyone goes through the pain of running when they first begin or finish their first big race, but every runner learns to love the sport and find a way to carry on. Soon that half marathon turns into a 7-day stage race!

Marathon Running: For Fun or For Time

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Running apps and social media are excellent running motivators. They build community and competition with other runners and sometimes incentivize you to get up and run when that alarm rings.

Parking is available on a nearby farming field. Some areas may be uneven or muddy during rainfall. Please allow plenty of time to park and check-in. Gear check is not available but access to parked vehicles is quick and easy.

No, we do not mail the packets. They are not assembled until a day or two before the race, so there is no time to mail them. Plus there are concerns about lost or delayed packets and the possibility of the timing chips being damaged in transit.

Tucked away in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Frederick Running Festival is one of the hidden gems of the running community. The festival features four races, which all finish at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Runners can experience a big time race with small town charm with the added value of off-site packet pick-up in the suburbs of Maryland. Choose between a half-marathon and two-person team relay on Sunday or the 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday.

Fontana's Half Marathon Run is known as the fastest Half Marathon due to the gradual downward slope of the course as well as one of the oldest Half Marathons in the United States. There is an elevated drop of 2,125 feet from start to finish and because of this, most participants are able to record their personal record time (PR) in Fontana. Please note: Participants must maintain a 13-minute mile and/or pass the 15 freeway by 9:15 a.m. and the finish line by 11 a.m.

The Barkley Marathons is an ultramarathon trail race held each year in Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County, Tennessee. The course, which varies from year to year, consists of five loops of the 20 miles course for a total of 100 miles (160 km). Some racers have claimed that it is longer. If runners complete three laps (60 miles, 97 km) this is known as the "fun run". Generally two of the first four loops are run clockwise and the other two counterclockwise. If multiple runners begin a fifth loop then they are sent off in alternating directions. The race is limited to a 60-hour period from the start of the first loop, and takes place in March or early April of each year.

The Barkley course was the brain child of Gary "Lazarus Lake" Cantrell and Karl Henn (Raw Dog). The idea for the race was inspired upon hearing about the 1977 escape of James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., from nearby Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. Ray covered only about 12 miles (19 km) after running 54.5 hours in the woods hiding from air searches during the day.[1] Cantrell said to himself, "I could do at least 100 miles," mocking Ray's low mileage. Thus, the Barkley Marathons was born.[2][3] Cantrell named the race for his longtime neighbor and running companion, Barry Barkley.[4] It was first run in 1986.[5] Barkley died in 2019 at age 70.[4]

The Barkley is limited to 40 runners and usually fills up quickly the day registration opens. Requirements and times to submit an entry application are a closely guarded secret with no details advertised publicly.[8] Potential entrants must complete an essay on "Why I Should be Allowed to Run in the Barkley," pay a $1.60 application fee, and complete other requirements subject to change. If accepted, an entrant receives a "letter of condolence." Upon arriving, first time Barkley runners, known as virgins, are required to bring a license plate from their state/country as part of the entrance fee. Previous racers are required to bring an additional "fee" which in the past has included things such as a white shirt, socks, or a flannel shirt, as a donation for being a non-finisher. These donations are apparently based on the current needs of Lazarus Lake at the time. Prior finishers of the marathon who return to run again must submit a pack of Camel cigarettes as part of the registration fee. Race bib number one is always given to the person deemed to be the least likely to finish one lap out of all who have applied; a "human sacrifice," as Cantrell calls it.[9]

The course itself, which has changed distance, route, and elevation many times since its inaugural run, currently consists of an approximate 20-mile (32 km) unmarked loop with no aid stations except water at two points along the route. The loop begins and ends at the yellow road gate where the runners' and supporters' parked cars stay. Runners of the 100-mile version run this loop five times, taking a counterclockwise direction for loops two and four, followed by each runner alternating direction on loop five, after the first-placed runner's choice. Depending on the start time of the first loop, either the second and fourth loops are run at night, or the first, third, and fifth loops are run at night. Runners who complete three circuits of the loop (60-miles) are said to have completed a "fun run".

With 54,200 feet (16,500 m) of accumulated vertical climb (and the same amount of descent), the 100-mile run is considered to be one of the most challenging ultramarathons held in the United States, if not the world.[8] As of 2018, about 55% of the races had ended with no finishers.[10][11]

The cut-off time for the 100-mile race is 60 hours overall, or an average of 12 hours per loop, and the cut-off for the 60-mile version of the race is 40 hours overall, which averages out to approximately 13 hours and 20 minutes per loop. This also includes any rest/food time between loops. Once a competitor has started a loop they are not allowed to receive any assistance, other than from fellow runners, until they have finished that loop.[9] Out of more than 1,000 starts, the 100-mile race has been completed within the official 60-hour cut-off 18 times by 15 runners, with one two-time winner and one three-time winner. However, in 2006, nobody finished even the 60-mile "fun run" in under 40 hours. The best women's achievement is Sue Johnston's 66 miles (106 km) in 2001. More than 30 competitors failed to reach the first book (two miles).[16][17]

In 2017, Gary Robbins of North Vancouver, British Columbia, reached the finishing gate a mere six seconds after the 60-hour cut-off, almost becoming the 16th runner ever to complete the Barkley. However, he had taken a wrong turn in the final stages of the race, thus cutting two miles off the course; he would have been disqualified even if he had been faster. "The time, in that situation, is meaningless," Cantrell said of the six-second time overage.[5]

In 2022, the race had its second earliest start in history, with the ceremonial cigarette being lit on March 8 at 6:54 AM local time. The only earlier date was the first event, 1986, when the race started on March 1.[citation needed]

No, SGR policy states that there are no refunds. However, you may be eligible to receive a credit for a future race. A credit must be requested before the race if you miss the race you had signed up for. This request must be made ahead of time before the event. Credits will be given at the discretion of the SGR staff and are not guaranteed.

The Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon and 5k is a beautiful and scenic course with a mix of pavement, dirt road, and trail. Grab a few friends and spend the weekend in the beautiful Mancos Valley. The half marathon is limited to only 150 runners. Be sure to grab your spot early! More than just a great race, the Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon is a fundraiser for the Mancos Public Library. Proceeds from all donations go directly to funding our public library and their great programs. As an added fundraising incentive, we will reimburse the entry fee for any participant who raises $500 in donations for the library.

Day of race packet pickup and registration will happen at the start line on the morning of the event from 6:30-7:30 AM. There will be a strict cutoff at this time. Please make sure you give yourselves enough time to register and/or pick up your packet.

Time LimitsWe welcome runners of all abilities, and we offer no time limit. However, the final aid station, at approximately Mile 11, will close at 12:15 p.m. This allows for a 20:00/mile pace. If you anticipate being slower, you must carry your own water and a cell phone for emergencies as the aid stations will close before you arrive.

TimingThe Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon will be professionally timed by Rocky Mountain Timing. Your RFID chip will be on the back of your race bib. Please make sure you do not bend your chip. Runners should wear their race bib on the front of their body.

In mid-November 2021, the race staff of the Lakefront Marathon were informed that the course we enjoyed for 41 years needed to change due to major road construction projects over the next several years. We immediately started looking for alternatives and presented several options for review and discussions. Milwaukee has some unique geographical and population challenges for creating a fun, safe and enjoyable route while minimizing the disruptions to residents and businesses. We finally settled on a plan and came to realize that our efforts were going to be a little short. Even though the City graciously offered to assist us in putting the event on, our staff takes great pride in making certain that we are fully prepared. We made the decision to cancel our October 2 event. Since that agonizing time, we have been working hard on continuing where we left off and we are excited at the prospect of providing something we believe to be even better than what we had hoped. The City, the business community and of course our staff and volunteers are all coming together to help finalize the plans and make certain that we have a world-class event that we are all proud of for many years to come. We will not be opening registration until we are convinced that we can welcome you to the City and give you the show you deserve. Mark your calendars for October 1, 2023


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