5 ways for back-of-the-pack runners to kick butt in races:

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Lukewarm Gatorade. Depleted aid stations. Exhausted volunteers. For back-of-the-pack (BOP) runners, the final miles of an endurance race require strength. Not just the physical toughness to keep going, but the mental fortitude to gut it out on near-deserted stretches of road strewn with the paper cups left by faster runners. Omaha, Neb.–based runner and triathlete Kirsten Case recalls one race: “The only people I saw were finishers headed to their cars, refueled and ready to get out of the cold, while I still had miles ahead of me.” Even if speed isn’t your forte, you can still have an amazing race with a little planning and bravery. Here are five strategies to kick butt at the BOP. Remember, you’re still beating everyone on the couch! PICK THE RIGHT RACE FOR YOUR PACE. Some races cater to everyone, while others are geared at competitive age-groupers. “Look for an event th...

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