Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Most Iconic American Running Events: Your Nominations, Please!

Ed over at Endurance and Sustainability is requesting nominations for the most iconic running events in the United States. What does he mean by "iconic?"

  • Longevity: a race that's been around since before man walked on the moon, or at least since before "Chariots of Fire" was produced.
  • Popularity: hordes of people want to get into it, so it fills up months before the event.
  • Competitiveness: Elite runners are drawn to it. The front-runners in this event can outrun antelopes!
  • A uniquely spectacular or challenging course: awesome elevation profile, amazing views, or a million live spectators.
  • "Dream" quotient: It's an event you dream of going to someday--a race you want to be able to tell your grandkids you ran. If you're getting along in your years, like me, it's on your Bucket List.
His idea of iconic events would include ones such as the Penn Relays, Prefontaine Classic, Peachtree Road Race, Falmouth Road Race, Dipsea, Bay to Breakers, Gasparilla Classic, Cherry Blossom 10-mile, New York Marathon, Way too Cool 50k, Western States 100, and Badwater 136. Got something in mind? Head over to Endurance and Sustainability to nominate a race or races.


  1. So many great ones. I think you know what I'd say.

  2. Hmmm, I wonder if The Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K has reached iconic status yet...

  3. Hmmmm...I think he already has my list there!

  4. The day you get to 20 minutes barefoot would be the one that I nominate.

  5. What about the Boilermaker 15k in Utica, NY?? That is my coach's favorite race ever.

  6. I would have to say the Bay to Breakers …even though it is a zoo! And that Sweat Your Thorns Off seems to be snowballing in popularity.

  7. What about the Naperville to Downer's Grove Marathon?

    I grew up in Marin - I say Dipsea.


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