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Running a race on the beach is a fairly rare occurrence, and running one at night happens even less frequently. Throw in a full moon, and all the makings of a unique event line up for next week’s Galveston Sand Crab 5K and 10K on Aug. 17.

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Did this week’s cooler, drier weather have you thinking about fall races? If it did, you might have been searching for The Daily News Press Run and wondering why it’s not on the September calendar. There’s a great reason for that: It’s on the October calendar instead!

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Anew 5K race has landed in the Bay Area and is a celebration of another landing 50 years ago. The Lunar Landing 5K lifts off Sunday, July 21, at the Clear Lake Recreation and Community Center, 16511 Diana Lane.

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When you’re talking about a 5K race benefitting Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, of course you say interest is building. That’s because the proceeds of the July 13 event go to building affordable housing throughout the Bay Area.

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Sure, it’s tempting to spend the Fourth of July kicking back with friends, a cold drink in hand and some meat sizzling on the grill. Being able to do all that and compete in a hotly (no pun intended) contested race could be even better.

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Every day that we’re able to run, walk or otherwise participate in activities is a reason to celebrate, but for those looking for something extra to cheer about, a new race series covers a whole year of holidays.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, and you could give Dad another necktie ... or you could take him to a 5K race held in his honor. The Dad’s Day 5K, set for Saturday, June 15, in Houston, features distances for children, families and competitive runners.

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As holidays go, Global Running Day isn’t exactly in the top tier. There’s no gift-giving, no days off, no special candies. Still, when Global Running Day comes around on Wednesday, June 5, there’s a lot to celebrate.

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Now that summer is approaching, spending some time in the pool sounds pretty inviting. To make that pool time also count as training time, there is help available for runners ready to take on a triathlon.

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Core strength is an essential element of successful running, and Galvestonian Tatiana Verega is the new leader in harnessing that strength and determination. Last week, she became the Guinness World Record holder for maintaining a plank position for three hours, 45 minutes, and 21 seconds.

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Texas City’s upcoming Bay Street 5K combines a week-known course with a weekend of related events, making the May 18 run a highly anticipated one. “The 5K kicks off the Saturday portion of the Firefighter Games,” race coordinator Randall Cooley said.