Running is more than just a great form of aerobic exercise. It’s been proven to be good for your mental health, memory and energy levels. And as a runner, you become part of a global community. A running race can bring together participants from all over the world to compete with and motivate each other.
Running is one of the very few sports where amateur and first time competitors can participate in a running race along the past or current Olympic, world or national champions. Runners are not separated into gender or age groups. Everyone starts together, which creates a great feeling of unity and belonging.
From fun runs and half-marathons to full marathons and even ultramarathons, the variety of road running competitions open to you is huge. The most popular distances are: 5 km, 10 km, half-marathon (21.0975 km) and marathon (42.195 km). With the increasing popularity of ultra-running competitions, distances like the 50 km and 100 km are becoming common, although more often as trail than road races.
Courses of road running races often remain open for a long time, to allow participants of all fitness levels to compete. Most marathons are open up to 6 or 7 hours from the start, which makes it possible to jog or run-walk the course.
Whatever you want from your next running event, with our comprehensive running calendar, you’re sure to find something to bring you together with like-minded athletes.