Best End of Summer Early Fall Races with Mitchell Garner

Best End of Summer/Early Fall Races Around the US with RRCA President Mitchell Garner

Summer’s here and the time is right for racing in the streets. 

Looking for some fun races for the end of summer or early fall?

Today’s guest is Mitchell Garner, President of Road Runners Club of America and he has some favorites he will share with us. With varying distances, locations, and difficulties, Mitchell has run and raced a lot of territory and visited a lot of events around the country. He will give us enough details for you to make an educated decision on your next road race – even if you wait until next year and plan a whole vacation around it. 

In addition to his role as RRCA President, Mitchell is very involved in local club running events and his own personal training. 

Great races to plan a vacation or weekend getaway

Regardless of your age, experience, or location, there are many wonderful destination races in the U.S.: Marathon Majors, Weekend Festivals, and Local Racing Institutions. We’ll get the inside scoop on races like the Chicago Marathon, the Beach to Beacon 10k founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson, and the Hood to Coast Relay. 


Questions Mitchell is asked:

3:04 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite race distance or workout activity? 

5:54 What’s running like in Michigan?

9:20 How did you pick the events you’re sharing with us today?

10:57 Is the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta?

12:04 What is the registration process?

13:36 (Beach To Beacon 10k)

16:10 (BTN Big Ten)

20:17 (Parkersburg Half-Marathon)

24:05 (Crim Festival of Races)

27:12 (Hood to Coast Relay)

31:42 (Twin Cities Marathon)

35:16 (Chicago Marathon)

42:22 How do you balance all of the aspects of your life?

44:40 Any final thoughts?

49:45 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run or outing (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite book(s), video or resource? 
  3. Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?


Quotes by Mitchell:

“If you really want to run in a certain race, the most important thing is to be able to plan and register before registration closes.”

“There’s nothing more beautiful than Maine in the summer.”

“Most of these races there are families there. Kids waiting for their mother or father to come in and a lot of times the kids are old enough, they’re even able to run the races.”

“I can put on my resume now that I filled in for Frank Shorter on the Hood to Coast relay for my Alma Mater, Yale.”

“My profession serves as a catalyst to greater performance in my running, and my running serves as a catalyst to greater performance in my life as an attorney.”

Take a Listen on Your Next Run


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Mentioned in this podcast: 

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page


Carbona Homepage

Road Runners Club of America

Peachtree Road Race – Atlanta, GA

Beach to Beacon 10k – Cape Elizabeth, ME

BTN Big 10K – Chicago, IL

Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon – Parkersburg, WV 

Crim Festival of Races – Flint, MI

Hood To Coast Relay – OR

Twin Cities Marathon – Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN

Chicago Marathon – Chicago, IL

Movie: Running Brave

Ann Arbor Track Club

The Arboretum / Arb Hill in Gallop Park

Book: My Marathon by Frank Shorter

Book: Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor


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