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Running Races

By Eva Frederick

Texas, with its variety of landscapes and climates, is the perfect place to hit the ground running, whether for a casual jog or an organized race. It’s easier to get up and running if you have a goal, and Texas races — from the Wildflower Trail Run in Bastrop State Park to the marathon in Marathon — can provide a fun excuse for a weekend trip, bring families together for special occasions and raise money for good causes.

Running has given me an opportunity to explore places I never would have seen otherwise, enjoy the outdoors, and challenge myself to be a healthier, fitter person. And while running by myself is fun, competing in a race with hundreds of other people provides an unspoken camaraderie with strangers that is both exciting and energizing.

Register early! Races often have entry fees, and those fees typically become more expensive closer to race day.

Picking the right race is important. You’re going to spend time training, so make it something you’re excited about. Choose a distance you can manage. Just starting out? Try a 5K (3.1 miles), a 10K (6.2 miles) or even a fun run, which is often around a mile. Already a distance-running veteran? Make a commitment to running a new marathon (26.2 miles) or a half-marathon (13.1 miles) in a fun, interesting place.

Running is one of the most accessible sports out there. You can do it almost anywhere — all you need are a good pair of shoes and motivation to get out of the house.

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Where to Run

  • Wildflower Trail Run: Frolic through the flowers at Bastrop State Park this spring with the Wildflower Trail Run on May 5-6.
  • Mother’s Day Bagel Run: The Jewish Community Center in Dallas sponsors this Mother’s Day 10K/5K race, which includes fresh flowers for moms and a bagel buffet.
  • Port Aransas Sand Crab Beach Run: Skip the long walk on the beach and go for a run on the sand with this nighttime midsummer race on July 28.
  • Melon Dash: This 5K and fun run takes place in McKinney on Aug. 4. Cold watermelon provided.
  • Texas Bridge Series: This suite of three 10Ks spread out over a few weeks in the fall takes runners over iconic Texas bridges in the Gulf Coast area.
  • Marathon 2 Marathon: Run through seas of golden grass across the West Texas plains in this Boston Marathon-qualifying race on Oct. 27.

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