As one of a few distance runners on my college team, I often complained about having to “double” and sometimes “triple” at track meets–meaning I competed in 2-3 long distance events. Deep down there was a real sense of pride and accomplishment that accompanied being able to help my team score points in not just one but two or three events! Since entering the post-collegiate running scene I thought these days were long gone. But, oh contrar, the opportunity to feel like a true warrior has returned in the form of the first ever Double Road Race in the USA, happening the Sunday before Christmas on December 23rd in Pleasanton, CA.
Bob Anderson, founder of Runner’s World, decided to bring this concept to America after competing in six double races in Mexico, since October 2010.
What is a Double Road Race?
According to Anderson, a Double Road Race is:
“A distance race consisting of two legs — an opening 10-kilometer leg, followed by a five-kilometer leg, with a break in between”.
“After completing the 10k leg, runners can go to an area designated as the Recovery Zone, where they will be provided with hydration, massage, nutrition and advice to help them recover and prepare for the second log.”
Why a Double Road Race?
Anderson echoed the feeling I experienced as a college student, “The feeling of finishing ‘The Double’ is totally different from other races and the strategy that goes into both races is intriguing,”.
The Double Road Race is offering $4200 in prize money, including a $500 pay day for the Grand Champion (defined as the age-graded performance of the day), and generous earnings for the top three finishers in each age group earning $100, $50, and $25 respectively. Cash prizes will also be awarded to top 3-person women’s team and men’s/coed team. Also, the Double Road Race Federation will be offering $1000 to anyone who beats the world record for the Double. Learn more about the Double Road Race Records and the Prize Money.
Another highlight of the debut Double Road Race in America is the debuting of a documnetary called “A Long Run” that chronicles Bob Anderson’s 50 years of running and his 2012 challenge of racing 350 miles in 50 races between 5k-half marathon with a goal to average under 7-minutes per mile. Learn more about A Long Run the Movie
I had the pleasure of accompanying Bob on one of his winter training runs, and can attest to this man’s love of running and his desire to share this joy with all those he meets. The Long Run story will feature footage of Bob running with some of the greatest runners of all time including Bill Rodgers, Gerry Lindgren, and Paula Radcliffe.
The Double Race has chosen Race Roster as one of it’s online registration providers for the inaugural event. This new online registration company allows race directors to reward promoters when they refer their friends to register for an event. The Double Road Race has chosen to reward promoters with $2.00 for each successful referral. Register below and receive your unique promoter link or, if you can’t make the event but would still like to promote it, create a login at www.raceroster.com and select “promoter”. Choose the Double Road Race and start sharing your unique promoter link on your blog, or social media channel of choice. Earn $25 worth of referrals and Race Roster will send you a check!
Learn more about the Double Road Race
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.
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