Sorry, Conditions Are Too Good Today

RIDDLE FOR YOU: What goes up four times, but comes down only three times? ANSWER: The Winter Switchbacks, an evil little 5K on the trails near Chelsea, MI. The writeup makes it seem like the worst race ever Truth is, it's mainly cross-country runners from the nearby high schools, and also a fair number of …

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Running Transforms a Town: McFarland, USA

There's nothing like a story of overcoming adversity to make you appreciate your own life - and make you re-examine your attitude toward many things. Last night I went to a pre-release screening of McFarland, USA, based on the true story of Jim White, the high school cross-country coach in the town of McFarland, California, …

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Watch for Puking Mules: The Winter Switchbacks 5K

SO IMAGINE YOU'RE PERUSING A RUNNING WEBSITE, and you come across the following race promo: No pre-race registration, no bathroom facilities, no food or water, and the only award you might get is frostbite. And when you get there, you hear this from the race organizer: "The race ends at the top of the hill. …

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