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rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." –Abe Lincoln

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Presidential Races of the U.S. (PROTUS)
For most Americans, the "Presidential race" isn't measured in miles and a “running mate” isn't someone who shares your fitness goals. Nonetheless, a number of running events from 5K to 50 miles embrace our nation’s history by featuring and celebrating its past leaders. As the country commemorates Presidents’ Day, we spotlight ten races that showcase former U.S. Presidents — or as we like to call ‘em, PROTUS. (6 min read)
The slowest marathon... ever
In anticipation of next month's Tokyo Marathon, we bring you the curious case of Shizo Kanakuri. In 1911 Kanakuri won the first-ever Olympic marathon trial in Japan in a then-record time of 2:32:45. But this month we ironically remember Kanakuri's true claim to fame as the runner with the slowest finish time in marathon history: 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds. (5 min read)
Coach Bette: A Recipe for Speed
Want to run your best race? Then you'll need to get faster! This month Coach Bette focuses on faster finish times as she shares a key ingredient in her recipe for speed: interval training workouts. (And clearly she's on to something, since she just crushed her BQ time at the Mesa-Phoenix Marathon! 🙌 ) (4 min read)
Tips n' Tricks: Following members
Did you know? RaceRaves is a community of runners, and our "Follow" feature is a great way to meet new runners & keep up with what your friends are running. When you Follow someone (green, above):
  • we'll notify you when they post a new review or have an upcoming race
  • their reviews appear under the "Lunatics I Follow" tab on your home page and Staging Area page (red, above)
Want to know who's following you? Check out "My Followers" at the bottom of your Staging Area page.
Pro tip: Add Future Races to your Staging Area page to keep your followers updated (or to humble brag) about your upcoming schedule. We'll send you a friendly reminder to post your review after the race!
So you think you know your races?
Three of the six largest cities in Texas host marathons this month – can y'all name all three? (Hint: they're located in Central, North, & West Texas)
$ave on spectacular SoCal trail races
Run with the bison and enjoy sweeping Pacific Ocean views at the highly acclaimed Catalina Island Marathon, 10K or 5K on March 9. Shake out those winter legs while treating yourself to one of California's hidden gems and its oldest trail marathon! Plus, save 10% with code RACERAVES10.

And join the locals (e.g. California condors, black bears, mountain lions, and pronghorns) at the Tejon Ranch Trail Half Marathon & 10K on April 27! Experience the great untamed West 90 miles north of Los Angeles, and save with code TEJONHALF ($10 off the half marathon) or TEJON10K ($5 off the 10K).
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Until next month, run strong and rave all about it!

See you at the finish,
Team RaceRaves
Anyone else running next month's Tokyo Marathon, the kickoff to the 2019 Abbott World Marathon Majors? Let us know, we'd love to see you in Japan!
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