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Picking your first race can be overwhelming but if you play your cards right, you will set yourself up for success. Here are 5 tips:
1. Pick a local race.
- Familiar terrain. Family and friend support. Easy logistics.
- Some people go straight to the 50-miler, but why? A 50k counts and builds confidence.
- Poor course design and ill-placed aid stations on an inaugural event could turn you off.
- No ultra is the same. Some races might be short, but just as hard as a longer one. Research.
- Run part of the course. Hike it. Bike it. Know what you're getting into.
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The first one may not be the prettiest, the longest, or even your favorite, but it paves the way to what's next... and yes I am still talking about running.
There are two GREAT sites to start researching races and I highly recommend that before you jump out of your chair and start doing hill workouts, you take a few minutes to look at them.
- This site has a HUGE database of races that can be filtered by everything from location and distance, to difficulty and terrain.
- Not as good in my opinion, but sometimes one site will have a race that the other doesn't. Cool thing about this one? If the race is registered here then it creates a profile based on races you've run and ranks you.