Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities such as biking, climbing and hiking keep you active during the warmer months. Learn more about snow sports like bobsledding and the Iditarod to keep you moving this winter.

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How Strides Work

At the end of the race, will you be able to pull away from the other runners and finish first? To increase your speed, incorporate strides into your training.

How Swim Training Programs Work

As swimming grows in popularity as a sport, so do the number of swim training programs. But how do you know which program to choose for your particular needs?

How Swim Workouts for Runners Work

Running can be brutal on muscles and joints alike. Wouldn't it be so much easier to reap all of the benefits that running offers, while avoiding all of the pain? All you have to do is hit the pool.

How the Athens Twilight 5K Works

Athens, Ga., has more to offer than just the Georgia Bulldogs and a rocking local music scene. Over the past two decades, this northeast Georgia city has become a destination for running enthusiasts who take part in the annual Athens Twilight 5K.

How the Bayou City Classic 10K Works

There are lots of 10K races run in America every year, but few of them are as colorful as the Bayou City Classic 10K. Could you run a race as part of a six-person chain?

How the Berlin Marathon Works

If you're a veteran marathoner looking to set a personal best -- or a newbie seeking a flat, fast course -- the Berlin Marathon could be the race for you. It's the third-largest marathon in the world -- and the fastest.

How the Boston Marathon Works

The granddaddy of marathon running events, the Boston Marathon has drawn Olympic hopefuls and runners from around the world since its beginning in 1897. The course is ineligible for international record setting, so why do countless athletes compete for a chance to run Boston's punishing hills?

How the Bucks 5K Series Works

Springtime usually means warm weather and long, lazy days, but in Bucks County, Penn., the onset of spring means that it's also running season -- and time for the Bucks 5K Series.

How the Chicago Marathon Works

From its inception in 1977, the Chicago Marathon has held sway as one of the world's largest marathons. Why is the Windy City such a popular race destination, and how can speedsters register to compete for the substantial cash prize?

How the Couch to 5K Running Plan Works

If the most exercise you've had lately is walking from the sofa to the fridge and clicking through television channels, then you need a plan. But how can couch potatoes get the motivation to go running and even train for a 5K?

How the Edison Festival of Light 5K Works

Although you probably don't associate Thomas Edison with running, a 5K race is a highlight of a Florida festival held annually in his honor. Why do the race and festivities celebrate the famed inventor's life?

How the Get In Gear 10K Works

Every year, Minneapolis kicks off spring with a 10K run known as the Get in Gear 10K.What's the race like? Are you up for a run in the brisk Minnesota air in late April?

How the Houston Rodeo 10K Works

Looking for a nice, flat 10K where you can really show your stuff? The ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run in Houston might be a good bet. But the run is only the beginning of the party.

How the International Triathlon Union Works

Are you a hard-core triathlete who enjoys swimming, cycling and running? Then you've probably heard of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the world governing body of triathlons and related multi-sports. But what does the ITU entail?

How the Ipswich 5K Works

At first the Ipswich 5K seems like any other race. But that's until the runners take off after a police officer dressed in a gorilla costume.

How the LA Marathon Works

After a series of false starts, the 25-year-old LA Marathon hit its stride this year with a new route called "Stadium to the Sea." Join us as we trace the race's history and find out what makes it unique.

How the London Marathon Works

How about going for a run to visit the Queen of England? Along with Boston, New York, Chicago and Berlin, the city of London is one of the world's top five marathons and part of the World Marathon Major series.

How the Marine Corps Marathon Works

You might think that a race called the Marine Corps Marathon would be open primarily to runners from the armed forces, but anyone can run. Is this famous marathon as tough as its namesake?

How the Morristown 5K Works

If you're in Morristown, N.J. on St. Patrick's Day, the top of the morning is the best time for a run. Since its inception in 2004, the town's annual 5K race has grown to offer something for almost everyone, including a parade and pub crawl.

How the Nike+ Human Race Works

Imagine hundreds of thousands of runners from every walk of life and every skill level taking part in one 10K race at the same time. That's exactly the idea behind the Nike+ Human Race.

How the NYC Marathon Works

The New York City Marathon is one of the most prestigious races in the world. What factors helped it grow from 127 entrants to nearly 38,000 in a 40-year span?

How the Paris Marathon Works

If you're a marathon runner with an appreciation for stunning locales, then the Marathon de Paris may be for you. But how do you register, and what does the course have to offer?

How the Peachtree Road Race Works

What event has 55,000 people consuming 34 million calories in just a few hours? Atlanta's Peachtree Road Race, of course! How did this event become the world's largest 10K -- and why is it so popular? Let's find out.

How the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Works

Peak fitness and rock might seem at ends. On the one hand, you have protein shakes and training runs; on the other, all-nighters and beer runs. But to the folks behind the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, running 26.2 miles and partying aren't mutually exclusive activities.

How the Rome Marathon Works

This is a unique marathon because many runners discard notions of running a personal best in favor of giving themselves time to stop and photograph the various landmarks along the route. Let's take a tour of this romantic race.


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