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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running

Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

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To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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Welcome to the brand new Snowdonia Endurance Trail - part of the amazing Snowdonfest Adventure Weekend in Llanrwst, Conwy.

The Snowdonia Endurance Trail will take place on Saturday the 29th September 2018 with the ceremonial start/finish in amongst the action on the Snowdonfest field at Gwydir Park, Llanrwst.

The course itself will be made up of an exhilarating 5km 'loop'. Runners can choose between a 1 hour, 2 hour or 3 hour long option to complete as many laps in that time as possible.

You will also receive FREEentry to the Snowdonia Music Festival -www.snowdonfest.com

Snowdonia Endurance Trail

Llanrwst, GB
Snowdonia Endurance Trail
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Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other. Where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North Countys highest point.

Off-road racers will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peaks summit at 1,558 feet above sea level, winding along beautiful hillside trails with amazing views.

We challenge you to commit, to train, work hard and go further and faster than you thought possible.
Reach the peak! Not up for the full 10K? No worries! Double Peaks Challenge also offers a shorter 5K course, as well as a Trail Trot for kids.

Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run

San Marcos, California, US
Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run
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September 30, 2018 is the date for the next Village Run/Walk. Were looking forward to a brisk 5k and 10k at Lake Balboa. Get your running shoes out and start choosing your favorite laces. Its going to be a good one!

Runners of all experience levels are welcome. Whether you are a first time runner looking to support a great cause, or an experienced pro looking to shave seconds off your PR, Village Run Walk is the place for you. Professional race timing will be provided.

The event benefits individuals with special needs served through Valley Village's housing and day programs in the San Fernando Valley.

Valley Village Run/Walk

Los Angeles, California, US
Valley Village Run/Walk
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Set in the stunning surrounds of the South Burnett region and taking place over the October long weekend, this is an EPIC running event.

The MRF is incorporated into the Murgon Rail Trail Festival and offers events for walkers and runners of 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon in addition to 6 hour and 12 hour events (with team options).

The route takes participants along the Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail, along out and back routes starting at the Murgon trail head. The section has a bitumen cover and offers a superb running surface for both running and walking while retaining the benefits of a typical trail environment. It's flat by no means and will be very fast for some while others can simply take their time and soak up the atmosphere.

Murgon Running Festival

Murgon, Queensland, AU
Murgon Running Festival
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Zig zag road will be closed for only the 3rd ever time (one of those three was for the London 2012 Olympics) for you to be able to run it. Box Hill lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Box Hill featured prominently on the route of the 2012 Summer Olympics cycling road race events.

Beat Box Hill 5k & 10k

Tadworth, GB
Beat Box Hill 5k & 10k
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The Bournemouth Marathon is Running as it should be. Beautiful coastal views, and a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers with a spectacular finish.

The Bournemouth Marathon and Half Marathon starts in Kings Park before making its way down onto the seafront. The rest of the events start from Bournemouth Prom.

Run along this picturesque coastline and take in the views as you run path both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers.

Bournemouth Marathon Festival

Bournemouth, Bournemouth, GB
Bournemouth Marathon Festival
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Many of us have experienced the passing of someone close to us or have family/friends that are not able to be with us. The Wish You Were Here 5K gives you the opportunity to honor that person as you participate in this special night run/walk.

Wish You Were Here 5K Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, US
Wish You Were Here 5K Chicago
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Grape Day 5K is a fun run for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers, so bring the whole family including dogs and strollers out for a good time! Each runner will receive a finishers medal, a cool tech shirt and an even cooler swag bag plus many more goodies!

Be a part of the celebration by registering for the 7th Annual Grape Day 5K. The race course winds through historic Escondido. Proceeds also provide support of Rotarian projects including safe drinking water, Polio eradication, assistance to those in need.

Grape Day 5K

Escondido, California, US
Grape Day 5K
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Dawn 10K: For those who like to go long early in the morning, this is the run for you! You will take in two laps of the park as the sun rises making for a glorious start to your day.

Dusk 10K: For those who like to finish their day by going long. You will take in two laps of the park as the sun begins to set.

Dawn 5k: Run, walk, skip (and anything else you can think of) around the course as the sun is rising. You will take in one lap of the park however you see fit. Children are more than welcome to join you on this event as are dogs on a lead.

Dusk 5K: Run, walk or complete however you see fit to get the Dusk events underway as the light begins to fade. You will take in a single lap of the park with beautiful autumnal skies to gaze upon.

Dawn or Dusk Run

Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, GB
Dawn or Dusk Run
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Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, Run Long Beach. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium.

JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

Long Beach, California, US
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon
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ActiveTrainingWorld are excited to announce the inaugural Kempton Park Chase! Kempton Park is a stunning venue situated in Surrey. All three courses are flat, fast and entirely traffic free.

Kempton Park Chase

Shepperton, Surrey, GB
Kempton Park Chase

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