Photo by Ken Trombatore

Editors' Pick

Best Race Series

Montgomery County Road Runners Club

In an era of themed runs—from zombie 5Ks to warrior dashes—that can demand a large chunk of your paycheck and include thousands of runners, the Montgomery County Road Runners Club’s low-key races are refreshingly simple. There are no finish-line parties or swag bags, and most of its roughly 20 annual races, such as the Jingle Bell Jog and the Piece of Cake, have only a few hundred entrants. Races take place throughout the county, and range from road races such as the Country Road Run in Olney to cross-country races in Black Hill Regional Park. The lack of gifts and gimmicks leaves the focus where it should be: on the sense of community, the friendly volunteers and participants, and the joy of the run itself. Races are free to members (individual annual membership is $40); $10 for nonmembers.

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