Important Stretches for Runners

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Runners Stretches
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Based out of Tiburon, California, Hans Overturf has worked as a private investor with OFS since 2009. When he is not managing investment accounts, Hans Overturf likes to stay physically active through running and yoga.

One of the most important stretches individuals can engage in prior to a run is the walking lunge. Walking lunges begin by taking an exaggerated step forward with the right leg. The Runner should then bend the knee until the right thigh is completely parallel to the ground while the knee makes a straight line with the ankle. As the runner rises up out of this position, the left leg should draw even with the right before stepping forward and forming a left leg lunge. Runners should perform 10 lunges with each leg before a run, for a total of 20 walking lunges.

There are also a number of stretches runners should use to properly cool down after a workout, such as the standing quad. This stretch begins in a normal standing position. From there, the runner bends one leg backwards so that the heel touches the lower back, or comes as close as possible. Individuals must make sure to only use their hands for support and balance, rather than pulling up on the leg, so as not to overstretch.

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The Most Popular Marathons in the US

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New York City Marathon
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For more than six years, Hans Overturf has served as a private investor and account manager at OFS in Tiburon, California. Away from work, Hans Overturf is an avid runner with a goal of completing a marathon in less than two hours and 40 minutes.

A complete marathon measures just under 42.2 kilometers, or about 26.2 miles, a distance that challenges runners to push themselves to their physical limits. The United States hosts a number of the most popular marathons in the world, including the ING New York City Marathon. Established nearly five decades ago, the NYC marathon currently boasts more than 43,600 finishers and is one of the most difficult marathons to qualify for.

In terms of finishers, New York City’s annual marathon is rivaled only by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. A member of the World Marathon Majors series, Chicago’s annual event routinely draws some of the world’s most talented competitors and finishes more than 33,700 athletes. Other popular marathons in the United States include the Boston Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, and the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando.