When you visit a city for the first time, it can be hard to know where to start to get a sense of the local flavor. Do you check out bars and restaurants? Museums and parks? Take a guided tour?
We have a suggestion: Join in the festivities during the town’s annual running or walking race. Not only will you see different parts of the city, geographically speaking, but you’ll also get a sense of the people who live there and what they care about.
Whether you’re a hardcore endurance athlete, a casual jogger or an enthusiastic spectator, running races can serve as a window into a city’s personality. For inspiration, here are ten cities around the country that host unique races you won’t find anywhere else.