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5 Ways Traveling For A Race Rocks That You’ve Never Considered

Our Marathon Maniac breaks down why you should try traveling to your next race—and what you'll get out of the experience.

Yes, traveling for a race can put some strain on your routine…and wallet. But at the end of the day, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as running by landmarks you’ve only seen in books or on television—running through places you have always dreamed of visiting.

Sightseeing on foot allows you to see the city from a new perspective and getting to race on closed streets gives you access that most don’t have to some of the biggest landmarks and busiest streets.

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Besides this special access, there are a few things that are the best when it comes to traveling for a race. I have rounded up five of my favorites:

1—No one knows how fast you’re “supposed” to be, so you can run at whatever pace you want.

2—Wearing your country’s or state’s name on your shirt is an automatic conversation starter!

3—You might just find a new favorite post-race meal when testing out the local cuisine.

4—You’ll be constantly fascinated by all the different sights, sounds and smells—meaning you’ll never get bored out on the course.

5—You’ll bring back a sweet new T-shirt that you can guarantee none of your running buddies will have.