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Marathons and related races are unique in the sporting world because they enable average, everyday runners to participate in the same event, at the same time, as the world’s best. You can’t sign up to play baseball in the World Series, but you can run the same race as Mo Farah or Desiree Lin…

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It may be cold and wet outside, but there are places to run where it’s warm and sunny. At this time of year, taking a running vacation begins to seem like a good idea. Not a vacation from running, mind you, but finding a place where the change of scenery and climate makes for revitalized running.

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If you’re worried about Santa’s health (long-distance driving and eating approximately one million cookies aren’t usually signs of a healthy lifestyle), you might be reassured by next weekend’s Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K. Seeing Santa pound the pavement will allay your fears that his …

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This weekend brings both the annual return of a county favorite 5K and the introduction of a new one, giving everyone something to run for. The City of Friendswood’s Flapjack 5K gets under way Saturday at 8:20 a.m., just after kicking off with a Kids’ K.

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Just about the time that runners start making their Christmas wish lists, there’s something new that’s vaulted to the top of more than a few letters to Santa. Peloton, the company that re-invented exercise bikes by making them interactive and competitive, has introduced a treadmill that does…

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Next Thursday, running events will be as easy to find as pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes. Every runner and walker interested in a Thanksgiving day event can find a turkey trot nearby, whether they’re staying home or traveling.

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Preventive maintenance is as important for bodies as it is for cars, and just as sometimes it’s best to get a mechanic to look under the hood, it can help to see a pro to maintain your running machine. Personal trainer Laura Tacquard, a certified myofascial foam rolling teacher, is an advoca…

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It’s not always about how fast you go, or how far. Sometimes, it’s just about taking some steps in someone else’s shoes. Two upcoming walks raising funds for special causes give runners permission to slow down, just for a day, and walk in support of local organizations.

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It’s glow time Saturday night, when the inaugural Unbound Light Up the Dark 5K comes to Moody Gardens in Galveston. The Oct. 6 event features a 5K run/walk and a kids 1K starting at twilight, with runners equipped with glow sticks, glow paint and other ways to shine.

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Texas City will be the destination for many of Galveston County’s runners and walkers on Saturday, as two races benefiting good causes are scheduled for September 29. Both are family-friendly with an array of activities for all ages as well as certified courses for competitive runners.

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One of the area’s favorite events returns to Galveston on Sept. 30, when the Island Girl Triathlon brings its unique blend of bling, sweat and girl power to Moody Gardens. The all-women triathlon begins with a short swim in the Lazy River at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach.

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At this point, it’s beginning to seem like it may keep raining forever. In fact, the two-week forecast only shows three sunny days ahead, making it tough for fair-weather runners to get many miles in.