Outside Picks America’s Best Races

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A few months back Outside Magazine asked us to send in our votes for the best races in the United States. They didn’t limit their definition much at all, simply wanting to know what the best events that were scheduled to take part in the U.S. this year.

In a new blog post on the Outside Blog, they’ve revealed their selections, which include such events as the Teva Mountain Games and the 24-Hours of Moab, two very different races. The list is quite diverse with marathons, cycling events, paddling races and more, each of them offering something unique and interesting to the sport.

In the March 2009 issue of Outside the entire list will be revealed and looked at in more detail. The issue is due on newsstands soon and everyone can start filling in their calendar to take part in as many of these great events as possible.

Personally, I think a few races got overlooked, and yes, down right snubbed. With the open criteria, it’s tough for every event to get the recognition it deserves of course. I’d like to see at least one of the major ultras on the list, like the Badwater or the Western States. And of course, I might be just a teeny bit biased, but where the heck is Primal Quest on this list? The toughest adventure race in the world is run within the U.S. each year, and it’s not even mentioned. There is no justice. 🙂

Kraig Becker

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