Choosing a Race – What Do You Consider?

Howdy readers,I’m thinking of profiling some races here at iRunFar and am wondering how you choose which races to run. […]

By on January 30, 2008 | 7 comments

Howdy readers,
I’m thinking of profiling some races here at iRunFar and am wondering how you choose which races to run.

  • Do factors such as date, size, cost, and location – all of which are usually found a race’s website – play a predominant role? If so, which ones?
  • Which factors beyond the vital stats that are typically found on the websites do you consider?
  • Do you consider on other people’s descriptions of past events? Do your consider written race reports? Do you look at photos of past events?
  • Are there questions that you’d like to ask a race director about his or her event, such as about community relations, environmental impact, charitable giving, or anything else for that matter?

Please share your thought process in how you choose races, so I can provide you and others with the information that’s most important to you!

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.