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What you need to know about Running

Running is the world’s most accessible sport. Park runs, colour runs, 5k, 10k, half marathons, marathons and ultras — all you need is a pair of trainers and off you go. Running events are hugely popular on Let’s Do This and it’s a sociable sport, so get some friends involved and achieve something extraordinary.

If you’re starting small, the 5k and 10k events are great fun and definitely worth doing even if you’re training for a bigger challenge further down the line. Getting used to the atmosphere of an event is important. You’re so much more likely to hit a better time if there’s a crowd cheering you on, people in fancy dress and a big celebration at the finish line.

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Today, with international organisations, local clubs and national events to choose from, there are thousands of races to discover, and we want to help you find them quickly and easily. Below you’ll find selections by running type, running location and some exceptional events to take part in.

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The Squaw Valley Half Marathon starts and finishes at the iconic Village At Squaw Valley, site of the historic 1960 Winter Olympics. The course is fast and flat, a scenic out and back featuring mainly paved trail through the valley and along the Truckee River. During the route keep an eye out for bald eagles, mule deer and trout leaping out of the river all while enjoying the cool, refreshing Sierra air.

You will be supported by five aid stations along the course which will have water, electrolyte beverage and a variety of fruit and snacks. At the finish, we will have the music pumping, a selection of recovery foods and some ice cold Lagunitas beer and soda to celebrate your accomplishment.

Stick around to cheer on the other runners and relax in the Village while enjoying a perfect Squaw Sunday afternoon. This one you will not want to miss!

Squaw Valley Half Marathon & Run to Squaw 8 Miler

Olympic Valley, California, US
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Known as "The Friendliest Race in L.A.", the Valley Crest Half Marathon is a popular trail half-marathon on historic Mulholland fire road that treats runners to beautiful spring foliage and magnificent valley and ocean views. In its 17th year, this challenging but fast race makes perfect competition for the serious runner and is also "user-friendly" enough to be a great first-timer trail run! The course is entirely on city-maintained fire roads in early June and typically has cool overcast weather. We look forward to having you run with us!

Valley Crest Half Marathon & 10k Trail Run

Los Angeles, California, US
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We are excited to present the second Annual Space Run 5k/10k Mission Possible Run/Walk! Run for a cause at Pasadena's beautiful Hahamongna Watershed Trail System.

Run for a Cause:

Help close the gender and race gap in the fields of math and science. Proceeds from this event will support student success by providing access to:

Tutoring in match science
Steam Internships
College tours
Grants to engage in science and math focused programs
Inject arts into Steam to encourage students to think creatively and critically

Space Race Run 5K/10K

La Cañada Flintridge, California, US
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Welcome to the 8th annual Arroyo Creek Half Marathon 5k 10k on June 24, 2018. The race will start at Rancho Simi Park at 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley CA 93065 and run along the Arroyo bike path. Which is lined with beautiful trees for shade and makes a wonderful environment.

Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Simi Valley, California, US
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The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys serve as the host of this incredible event, offering the finest in wine country ambience and hospitality. Other activities are scheduled around the race, so bring family and friends and plan to stay and play! Youll also meet new friends and running colleagues at this iconic event which draws from all fifty states and many foreign countries. This is not your typical running race, this is a lifestyle experience!

Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

Napa, California, US
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Launched in 2014 as The Towns Half Marathon by Oakland local and sports marketing professional, Ryan Dawkins, before being acquired and then cancelled in 2017. Ryan is now spearheading the re-launch of the Oaktown Half to finish his original plans of a runner-focused, hyper-local event, in his hometown.

Runners will get a taste of Oaklands authentic soul, from the steps of City Hall and Jack London Square to Uptown and Lake Merritt, the course will let runners in on the best of Oakland. Like everything else in Oakland, the experience will never be ordinary and always unexpected.

The Oaktown Half is in partnership with the successful Oakland Turkey Trot and continues the non-profit group's efforts to raise impactful funds for Oakland Schools and Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Oaktown Half Marathon

Oakland, California, US
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The Conquer The Overlook Climb 282 is coming back to the historic state park "Baldwin Hills Overlook", Culver City! Come join us and bring your friends to challenge yourselves while benefiting the Aztlan Athletics Foundation! Bring your friends to this unique event and enjoy the 282 Steps Climb overlooking the beautiful cities of Culver City, Century City, and Downtown Los Angeles. Run climb or walk yourself to the top!

Conquer The Overlook 5K Run, Stair Climb & Taco Fiesta Bar

Culver City, California, US
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The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. Now the largest running series in the world, The Color Run has been experienced by over 6 million runners worldwide in 35+ countries.

Presenting: The Color Run Hero Tour 2018! Soar to new heights in the Hero Zone, confront double the color in two brand-new SUPER Zones, and suit up in our limited edition participant kit. This years kit features a unicorn hero medal, lightning bolt tee, and much more!

The Color Run – Bay Area

Alameda, California, US

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