It may seem hard to believe when looking at this year’s sparse race calendar, but July 4 is usually one of the most action-packed days of the year for runners.

Some of the country’s oldest races are Fourth of July celebrations that have been held for more than a century, which means they have survived through war, the flu pandemic and many other challenges. They’re likely to persist despite going on hiatus in 2020.

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