Five Races to Look Forward to in 2017

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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect, and look forward to what’s coming next. In my “weekend job” as an event announcer, I’ve traveled all over the U.S. to work at many top-notch events and am often asked, which one is your favorite? While it’s not an easy question to answer, here are five races I’m looking forward to:


Beach to Beacon 10K

When: August 5, 2017

Where: Cape Elizabeth, Maine

This one’s a no brainer. A beautiful run along the Maine Coastline ending at an iconic northeastern lighthouse. Turn the race into a vacation and enjoy exploring the East Coast. Lobster, anyone?

The Giant Race

The Giant Race

When: August 27, 2017

Where: San Francisco, CA

We all have our favorite sports teams and today, many host 5K runs at their stadium. While it’s fun getting an exclusive look at where your favorite athletes make their living, there is no location quite as unique as AT&T Park. The stadium is positioned right along the San Francisco Bay. If you can’t make it to San Francisco the team also host runs at their minor-league parks in Scottsdale, Sacramento and San Jose.


Hamptons Marathon

When: September 23, 2017

Where: Eastern Long Island, NY

Escape the September heat and participate in the Hamptons Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K. Enjoy a stress-free run through Southampton Village and along the water, as locals hit the pavement.


Baltimore Running Festival

When: October 21, 2017

Where: Baltimore, MD

When you have a race named the BaltiMORON-a-thon, wouldn’t that alone make you want to run so you can get the shirt?  All you have to do is run a 5k and Half Marathon in the same day.  Easy peasy!


Dana Point Turkey Trot

When: November 23, 2017

Where: Dana Point, CA

Thanksgiving has become the most popular running day in the U.S. 1. While I’m partial to any race that allows me to justify eating second and third helpings of food, if I’m going to spend the morning running outdoors – I’d like to do so in Southern California. Bonus: This year is the 40th Anniversary, so I bet something extra special is in store!

So, what does your race schedule look like this year?

Beyond the obvious reasons of event selection, what other factors weigh heavily in your decision? Not to sell any event short, but there’s no lack of marathons or triathlons to choose from. What distinguishes the events you choose from the others? If this sort of process doesn’t factor in, maybe it’s time to give it some thought.  Who knows, it just might change your plans.

Having trouble deciding which races you want to run in 2017? Send me an email and I’d be happy to give you some recommendations.




Dave Ragsdale

To many athletes, Dave Ragsdale is the voice over the PA system that greets them at the finish line at triathlons and running races all over North America.  In his 15 years as a Race Announcer, Ragsdale has greeted more than 500,000 athletes to their finish line.

An athlete himself, Ragsdale’s fastest running times may be in the past but he is still proud of 16:47 5K and 2:59:54 Marathon, both achieved after the age of 40.

In 2005, Ragsdale was recruited to be the Race Co-Chair for the Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, became the first and only man to lead the Race the following year – and helped to break the $1 Million Mark for the first time – and later served on the Board of Directors.  In 2013, Ragsdale concluded his time on the Board after serving as Board President for 2.5 years.  He continues to volunteer at the yearly event.

Born in Minneapolis, Ragsdale grew up in Pleasantville, NY was educated at Colgate University graduating with a BA.  He lives with his wife, Molly, in West Palm Beach and enjoys their frequent runs along Flagler Drive.

Dave is a sales executive for RacePartner, helping events provide a better experience for their participants. Dave has been in sales for more than 30 years, 20 of them in the active lifestyle endurance space, previously with Competitor Group.

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