Bear Paw, Jackson River, Martha's Vineyard, Scotland + the Himalayas
Races you might love running + some great reads and listens
Good morning, friends! ☀️
I’m a day late in sending this out to you, I realize, and I hope that’s okay — it’s packed with a selection of races I hope will inspire, with some far away and some much closer to home. Some that ask us to dig deep and dream big, while others are a little easier on both our bodies and our ambition — we need a mix of all of the above, don’t we?
I may experiment with sending emails at different times in the near future, just to see how it works — there are newsletter writers who stick to a schedule no matter what, and others who send out only when they feel like they have something to say. I can see virtues to both approaches, to be honest.
Hope your week has started off well and you got some great runs in this weekend — as always, keep in touch and let me know how your running (and life) is going.
Races you might love running
Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. | Saturday, February 18, 2023
A challenging yet beautifully scenic run through three beachside towns on this gorgeous, windswept island. Starting from the ferry terminal in Vineyard Haven, you’ll run past the historic gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs. After that, you’ll run along the beach barrier road with the waters of Nantucket Sound on one side and Sengekontacket Pond on the other, and later through the woods of the Manuel Correllus State Forest, where you’ll encounter some of the course’s only hills. While there are hills here and later in the race, they’re small enough that organizers say, “if you are from hill country you won’t even notice.”
$65 and up | Sign up here
Mull, Scotland, U.K. | Sunday, April 30, 2023
Part of a six-race series of running events around the world — which also includes races in Guatemala, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi and Nepal — this race on Mull Island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides islands is part of a mission to save the planet. While there, you’ll contribute your time planting trees to remove carbon from the air in partnership with Trees Not Tees, an organization that’s working to help re-forest the earth planting a million trees. Race day will take you through the environment you’re working to preserve, they add. “Whichever distance you choose, you will be faced with undulations, mud, and some of the wildest trails in the entire Impact Marathon Series,” the race organizers say, adding: “You'll not be racing for a personal best, the courses are too hard for that.”
£395 and up | Sign up here