Today’s post is about running.
If you are interested in running, today’s post is for you. If not, check out the other posts on my blog here.
What is a Road Race?
A road race is simply an organized running event. Road races are held outside, and there are usually lots of runners who participate. There’s a start line, a finish line, and sometimes there is music. It’s an exciting event.
Road races are usually held on weekends, like Saturday or Sunday.
A lot of times the course goes along a road, or in the park, etc.
Common Road Races
The common road races in English are:
- Half Marathon
5K: 5 kilometers
A 5 kilometer race is simply called a “5K”.
Example Sentence: I ran a 5K yesterday.
A 5K is a good beginning race, lots of people can run this race with minimal training. Some people even just walk. Because of the short but good distance, 5Ks are very popular events held very often.
10K: 10 Kilometers
A 10 kilometer race is simply called a “10K”.
Example Sentence: What is your fastest 10K time?
A 10K is twice as long as a 5K, so lots of people can train for this race, but sometimes people walk.
A half marathon is 13.1 miles, or about 21 kilometers.
Example Sentence: I ran a half marathon in April.
Lots of serious runners train for half marathons. They are usually bigger events than a 5K or 10K.
A marathon is 26.2 miles, or about 42 kilometers.
Example Sentence: One of the most famous marathons is the Boston Marathon.
A marathon is really far! It takes most people over 3-4 hours to run a marathon.
Some people call it a full marathon to distinguish it from a half marathon.
An ultramarathon is any race that is longer than a marathon.
Example Sentence: David Goggins ran the Badwater 135 ultramarathon, which is 135 miles.
Now you know the real names of some of the common road races in English.
If you have an English speaking coworker who says he runs 10Ks, now you understand was he or she is talking about.
Do you like running? Have you ever run a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, or ultramarathon? Please tell me about your races in the comment section!