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Unconventional Races that Dare to be Different
Picture race day in your mind, and a predictable image emerges: start and finish lines + road lined with cheering spectators + runners competing to be the first across the finish. And yet a growing number of race organizers are now rethinking this tried-and-true formula to add their own unique spin. This month we spotlight 11 innovative events that stoke the fires of competition in creative new ways. (7 min read)
Treat yourself to wine country this Mother's Day!
(And save $10 with code RR2020)
Sneak peek at this year's race shirt & finisher medal

Thanks to the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon for sponsoring this month's newsletter! Set in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, SBWCH is a first-class destination race for runners, wine lovers, and anyone looking for a much-deserved Mother's Day or girls' weekend getaway (May 9).

Starting and finishing in the historic Danish town of Solvang, the gorgeous loop course follows miles of rolling vineyards and open farmland on quiet country roads. Notorious Corkscrew Hill awaits near the midway point, after which you'll return to Solvang to toast your awesomeness at the energetic post-race Wine Festival, with 20+ wineries on hand pouring to celebrate YOU!
Run the half marathon on your own, or partner with a buddy and tackle the distance together as a two-person relay team. And be sure to save $10 with code RR2020!

RaceRaves reviewers rate the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half a 4.7 of 5:
"So much fun and well organized!"
"Most Fantastic & Best Half Marathon"
"Excellent race and beautiful views"
Find race lodging the easy way 🙌
Traveling to a race? Let us help! Available now on all individual race pages, Stay22's location-based interactive map makes it easy and convenient for traveling runners and spectators to find their ideal accommodation. Whatever your budget, our new maps enable pricing comparisons of hotels and Airbnbs near the race venue.

And because we're a member of the Stay22 affiliate program, every booking made supports our mission here at RaceRaves. Win-win!
Just over 1 week to the 3-0-5! ☀️
Do it like a local at the 305 Half Marathon & 5K March 1, and get a unique taste of Miami like you've never seen it before. Enjoy gorgeous coastal views, Miami-inspired food and refreshments, a bumping post-race party, and much more!

Race-day highlights include:
  • Spectacular water-lined views of Miami and Miami Beach
  • Cafecitos
  • Enhanced DJ sets
  • Finish-line Pots & Pans PR station
  • Double-sided finisher medal depicting celebrated Miami icons
Don't miss your last chance to get in on the Magic City experience!
So you think you know your races?
The world's largest desert hosts its 20th annual marathon this month in the refugee camps of Algeria. Name the desert and you name the race!
FREE race entry!
If you ran this month's Miami Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K, post your review on RaceRaves by Feb 23 for your chance to win a free entry to the 2021 event!
Thanks for using RaceRaves and recommending us to friends — your support, contributions & referrals keep us running. And if you or your running mates are having a tough time choosing among all the candidates for your upcoming race schedule, keep an eye on your Inbox — Super Tuesday is on the way!

See you at the finish,
Team RaceRaves
P.S. It's The Final Countdown! If you'll be joining us for next weekend's Totally Awesome '80s-themed Little Rock Marathon, be sure to stop by our booth at the Health & Fitness Expo to say hi, swap race stories, and let us know you reached the end of this email! 👊
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