Sioux Falls Marathon weekend is less than a month away.
That’s just a few more weekends to get in that last long run, to finally start your speedwork, or to ask yourself if you can do some sort of crash course in healthy eating. By the time you iron any of that out, it will be time to taper, that sweet slowdown in the weeks before race day.
Friends, we understand.
We sat down earlier this week with Tim Evans, race director of the Sioux Falls Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K. It was the first of three Facebook Live events to talk about race-day logistics, training, nutrition and tips and tricks from veteran runners on how to stay inspired.
If you missed the first one, watch it here.
You can find almost everything you need to know about the races on the marathon website, which will also host the Facebook events.
New this year is the Sioux Falls Marathon and Miracle 5K Challenge — where runners can do one of the longer races and then do the 5K. It’s a great way to get in a few extra miles or slow down and run with your kids, nieces, nephews or neighbor.
It’s a fun addition to a weekend full of races, food trucks, local beer and family fun.
And it’s a great way to showcase our city –- runners will make their way through downtown, the Cathedral district, southeastern Sioux Falls, the southern end of the bike path and then finish at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
You can check out the route maps and see if runners will come through your neighborhood -– a great time to make a funny sign or hand your kids a box of sidewalk chalk to decorate the street. There’s something intensely rewarding about cheering others on -– especially when you can do it from the comfort of your own driveway.
So join us at the events on Sunday, Sept. 9, and the upcoming Facebook Live events:
Noon, Aug. 15: Lizzie Kasparek, dietitian, and Melissa Moyer, with Sanford Power, will talk about how to fuel and train in the days leading up to the races, what can happen on race day and how best to recover.
8 p.m., Aug. 29: Runners Barry Hein, Karoliina Slack and Deb Shissler will hold a panel at 605 Running Co., livestreamed on Facebook, to share their own experiences, tips and tricks from out on the course.
Join us online or submit questions in advance on Facebook or tweet at me @runnerJPK.