As the Rio Olympics came to a close, there were plenty of positives and real highlights to take away, especially from the track and field arena at the Maracanã stadium. Two particular nations that are not normally associated with track dominance shone through in Rio: the UK and South Africa.
The Bay to Breakers footrace has been a mainstay of the San Francisco and U.S. running scene for over 100 years. Today, the event is known as one of the highlights of the running and social calendars, and attracts thousands of runners from across the country to compete and participate. The 12K race starts near the San Francisco Bay, close to the Embarcadero, winding its way through the city and finishing at the Great Highway, where the race earns its name from the waves, or breakers, that crash onto Ocean Beach.
San Franciscan locals are always looking for great new ways to enjoy the outdoors but sometimes it can be tough with the constraints of work. Working in the city or the Valley comes with an even slice of pressure. It’s important to keep active, not only for physical but also mental reasons. In fact, getting out for a run might be just what you need if you’re bogged down on a project or trying to problem solve at work. Studies have shown that increased blood flow boosts cognition in the brain. Also, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory, the hippocampus, is active during exercise sessions like running. Active people are also attributed with higher memory and thinking skills. So the "strong body, strong mind" saying does have some science behind it.
The heart of the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, has a great variety of trails for walking or running that are long enough to challenge but short enough to tackle before, during or after work.
5000m + 10000m - It’s All About Mo
Mo Farah was one of the golden boys of the 2012 London Olympics, and now the proud British Somali immigrant is preparing himself for one of the toughest races of his career. Following two Olympic gold medals and five world championship titles, Farah became the first athlete to achieve the distance ‘triple-double’ – winning the 5000m and 10,000m at the Olympics, then two world championships in succession.