One of the first steps in planning for a new season is to pick and register for races; according to Triathlete Magazine, athletes should select one or two “A” races, or target races, every season, such as a new distance or location, and building the rest of your schedule around that. Because these races require a full taper, peak and recovery period, they are the priority and focus for that season.

Once your target races are selected, go ahead and chose a few “B” races, which may be shorter or less expensive, and a few “C” races to take the place of a hard workout, but still get the competitive environment.

There are “B” and “C” races all over the Midwest, but finding the right “A” race may be more difficult; in order to help you with your scheduling, we listed 100 longer distance races in the Midwest that could be great options for your target races. From half marathons to Olympic triathlons to 100-mile races, there’s bound to be one on this list that appeals to you.

*This is not a comprehensive list of races in the Midwest. These are dates and locations as of February 1. For more races, check Chicago Athlete’s online race calendar throughout the year as more get added.


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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.


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