While it’s not referred to as America’s favorite past time, road races are definitely one of them. Millions of people participate in one of the thousands of road races across the country every year, from the 5K all the way up to the marathons. Below, we listed some of America’s favorite road races, each of which add a little something unique to the running world.
Every Independence Day, Americans gather together with their families and friends to celebrate our nation’s birth by popping fireworks and eating watermelons. While the rest of the nation is out relaxing and having fun, 60,000 people gather in Atlanta every July 4th to sweat it out in the Peachtree Road Race. It’s the largest 10K race in the world, and the perfect place for American’s to show their nation’s pride.
Bay to Breakers
Around 110,000 participants gather in the streets of beautiful San Francisco every year for Bay to Breakers, making it the largest footrace in the world. Why such a huge turnout? Well, there’s no shortage of kooked-out costumes, and some even show up to the event in nothing but their birthday suit. It’s a serious race, but it’s also a serious party, which makes it one of America’s favorite road races.
Every May since 1986, 40,000 runners turn out to scenic Spokane, Washinton for the Lilac Bloomsday Run. This 12K run attracts some of the world’s most serious long distance runners from Australia to Kenya, and a world record for the women’s 12K was actually set during this historic race in 2010.
The Bolder Boulder takes place every year in… you guessed it, beautiful Boulder, Colorado. It’s the largest road race in the world where everyone is timed, pulling in a whopping 54,000 participants, and it’s quite possibly the funnest road race in the world as well. Fans and entertainers alike line the city streets every year, so runners can get cheered on and enjoy some live music along the way of this 10K path.
Race for Cure 5K – DC
Since its inception in 1982, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has raised over $1.5 billion for cancer research, and is widely known as one of the most trusted non-profits in the world. They host a series of 5K’s and other events throughout the year, and one of the biggest and most successful is the Race for the Cure 5K in Washington, DC. It’s a huge race that brings out tens of thousands, and it supports a very good cause, making it one of America’s favorite road races.