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Running on all Seven Continents
Among ambitious runners, completing a {insert your favorite race distance} on all seven continents is an increasingly common goal. Whether you’re looking for fresh inspiration or a bold new challenge, check out these popular race options on each of the seven continents, sans North America. (11 min read)

And don't forget β€” RaceRaves now features the ability to search for races by continent & country on our Find a Race page!
 
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Coach Bette: Tips for the Traveling Runner
Summer means travel, and that means putting in the work before you can play. Drawing on unforgettable "wow" and regrettable "oops" moments from her own travels, Coach Bette shares her helpful hints on how to be mindful, stay safe, and make the most of your miles away from home. (9 min read)
 
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Kick off Super Bowl Sunday in Golden Gate Park!
Register now for the 37th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K & 5K happening Feb 2, 2020! This race is a runners' favorite for both its scenery and value, featuring a fast and certified course through San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Park. Grab your friends and family and take a race-cation to San Francisco for Super Bowl Sunday!

THIS RACE HAS ALL THE PERKS:
  • Easy drive from San Francisco or Oakland airports
  • Medals to all finishers
  • FREE shuttles to start line from various locations
  • Fast courses, great for first timers and those looking for a personal best
  • Beautiful scenery featuring Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean
MAKE A DATE WITH THE GOLDEN GATE
FREE race entry! If you ran the Grandma's Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon or William A. Irvin 5K last month, post your review on RaceRaves NOW for your chance to run again for free in 2020. Then pass it on!
So you think you know your races?
Named for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World (known to indigenous people as Mosi-oa-Tunya, "The Smoke That Thunders"), this July marathon spans two nations in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Until next month, run strong and rave all about it!

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Team RaceRaves
A note on Frank Meza
We were saddened to learn of the death of Los Angeles runner Dr. Frank Meza earlier this month from an apparent suicide. Dr. Meza, a retired physician well respected within his community, had recently been disqualified from the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon (in which he'd won the 70-74 age group in a time of 2:53:10) after clear-cut evidence surfaced that he'd cut the course. Dr. Meza repeatedly denied the allegations, despite the fact he'd also been DQ'ed by the California International Marathon in 2014 and 2016, and officially banned from CIM after 2016. In light of his most recent disqualification, Dr. Meza's other marathon results from recent years have now been called into question.

To be clear, cheating in any sport is unconscionable, unacceptable and should be dealt with appropriately and professionally. And the available evidence did support the conclusion that Dr. Meza cheated. However, to ensure the continued well-being of our sport and its participants, in situations like these we should all take a deep breath and let the data as well as the events themselves be the final arbiter of guilt or innocence, not the court of public opinion. Which is why we were admittedly dismayed by the relentless online harassment and callous lack of empathy from some members of the running community toward Dr. Meza.

Apparently for many of his critics, some of whom continued to defend their tone-deaf position in the aftermath of his death, it became more important to "put him in his place" (often anonymously) and to burn him publicly, as a child with a magnifying glass would an ant, rather than to step back, recognize the deeply troubled pathology of a serial cheater, and let the race organizers handle their business privately. Yes, Dr. Meza refused to accept responsibility and repeatedly denied the allegations, but then again what would you expect from a proud but flawed man who'd been treated like a hardened criminal by the social media outrage machine, and who'd been publicly shamed into a corner with no graceful way out?

We love the running community because it's just that β€” a community. One with the same foibles and flaws as many other communities to be sure, but one that's far greater than the sum of its parts, and one whose members lift each other up in the toughest of times by appealing to our better angels. Where else outside your pet bulldog can you get that kind of unconditional acceptance and appreciation? We're firm believers in the power of positive thinking and positive people, and no collective group of individuals personifies that belief like runners.

Though his disqualification(s) may crown deserving new age group champs, there are no winners in the Frank Meza saga. His story is unfortunate, but it wasn't the first of its kind and it won't be the last. And hopefully the silver lining will be that this opens the door to a productive dialogue around cheating in the sport.

At any rate, now more than ever the Golden Rule is worth its weight in gold. So maybe we can all just calm our thoughts, take a step back together and remember: words matter. Words have power. And whether you recognize it or not, your words may someday be the difference between extending someone a lifeline and pushing them off a cliff. The high road may feel like a steep climb at times, but the view from the top is worth it.

Be good to each other, y'all.
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