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Best Bets for Boston Marathon Qualifying (BQ) Races
With another classic Marathon Monday in the books, it's time (if you haven't already) to start looking ahead to Boston 2020. Because in order to earn a spot in the annual Patriots' Day field you'll need hard work and discipline, plus the right qualifying race. So this month we explore how and where to qualify for the world's most prestigious marathon, including the top BQ races in North America for any season.
Your next fall favorite:
Williams Route 66 Marathon & Half
Never used “fun” and “marathon” in the same sentence? Then you've never run Route 66!
From its start-line confetti cannon to its amazing community support to its Center of the Universe detour, Williams Route 66 Marathon Weekend in Tulsa is “one of Oklahoma’s biggest block parties”. Every finisher receives a vintage Route 66-themed medal, and first-timers receive a special “My First Marathon” or “My First Half Marathon” medal, bib and ribbon to celebrate their achievement. And this year’s party just got global with the news that Route 66 will double as a qualifying event for the exclusive 2021 Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships.
Race weekend is Nov 23-24 — register now before prices increase May 1!
Coach Bette: What's a "Real" Runner, Anyway?
In our increasingly connected world, running has evolved from a relatively simple and personal pastime to a highly orchestrated activity shaped by expectations and fueled by the urge to view miles and medals through the prism of likes and followers. Coach Bette explores her own personal struggle with expectations in the age of social media, appraising her love-hate relationship with the marathon and reaching a "mile"stone decision in her running career. (4.5 min read)
Tips n' Tricks: Tracking your races
Did you know?
  • As a RaceRaves member, My Staging Area page is your personal Race HQ — track all your races (including results) and create a future wish list from over 10,000 events worldwide. Simply click or tap the orange “ADD A RACE” button and follow the cues to add race name, date and distance. (Alternatively, you can add a race from each individual event page.) Easy breezy!
  • Enter your race results by time or distance, and your personal bests will display automatically in your Personal ­Bests table.
Pro Tip:
  • Your “smart” 50 States Map automatically colors in each US state based on your Past Races table, i.e. the distance run in that state. It’s the best digital tool for runners to track their travels and a handy companion for 50 Staters!
So you think you know your races?
Four races this month in Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, and Virginia pay homage to former US presidents – how many can you name? 🇺🇸
Introducing the California Time Travel Challenge
Looking for a cool new challenge with a twist? Then check out the California Time Travel Challenge, an exclusive partnership between the SDCCU OC Marathon and Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon. To qualify for the challenge, simply run the OC (half or full) on May 5, then beat your OC finish time on July 28 at the SF Marathon or Half to earn the TIME TRAVEL medal. Want to reverse the order? No problem! Start in SF in July 2019 and finish in the OC in May 2020. Learn more HERE.

We hope to see you in the OC May 5!
ICYMI: Congratulations to the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, our March Lunacy tournament champion and America's Rave Race for 2019! 🐷
Thanks for using RaceRaves and recommending us to friends — your support, contributions & referrals keep us running.

Until next month, run strong and rave all about it!

See you at the finish,
Team RaceRaves
Anyone else in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend for the 50th anniversary of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, i.e. the World's Most Beautiful Marathon? If so, we'd love to meet you and hook you up with a free RaceRaves hat just for saying hi!
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