5 Races That Are Totally Worth Signing Up For In Virginia Beach
Women's Health teamed up with Yelp to uncover the healthiest, happiest, outdoors-iest, Zen-iest towns in the U.S.—and they're not the biggies you'd expect. If you live in one, congrats. If not, we've just handed you some awesome vacation ideas.
The mild climate and flat terrain make Virginia Beach a runner's paradise, but the new Hillier Ignite oceanfront fitness park is another cool draw. It's got rope climbs, gymnastics rings, pullup bars, balance beams, and a slackline, with plenty of soft sand if you fall. Follow up a run along the three-mile boardwalk with a strength circuit there, or race one of these:
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, September 3
Nineties-throwback alert: Sister Hazel is performing at the finish line.
Related: 'I Switched To Morning Runs For 2 Weeks—Here's What Happened'
Wicked 10K, October 28
On the playlist: "Thriller" and "Monster Mash." But it's worth it just for the wacky costumes.
Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler, December 16
The world's largest Santa run. Swag bag (for all!) includes a five-piece Santa suit.
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Shamrock Marathon, March 18
Qualify for Boston on this certified course—while wearing green. Or run a relay or 8-K.
Related: 6 Triumphant Moments Of Runners Helping Other Runners At The Boston Marathon
The Best Time To Visit:June to September
This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!
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