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March 6 - April 17

We all know there are no reeeal losers—that’s just the name of a hilarious new book by writer Joel Cohen, best known for his work on The Simpsons. To celebrate Joel’s journey training for the 2013 New York City Marathon, we’re challenging you to run a total of 4:26:03 before April 18—the exact amount of time it took him to finish.

How to Lose a Marathon is a refreshingly transparent account of marathon training, which will have you laughing through to the finish line. The book features laugh-out-loud tales from the road, helpful tips for runners of all skill levels, and all the finish line feels (tempered by Joel’s dry, self-deprecating wit). Runkeeper is referenced throughout, so you will definitely be on the same page.


Everyone who joins the Challenge will get a free audio excerpt of How to Lose a Marathon. We’ll send you a link from Audible as soon as you opt in. This preview may even provide a dose of entertainment for that next run. (No promises, though, says Joel.)

Those who complete the Challenge, and run the full 4:26:03, will be entered for a chance to win the How to Lose a Marathon Grand Prize Pack. It features signed copies of the book, a signed script from one of Joel’s episodes, gear from the Runkeeper Store, and a few other surprises.

*Walking and running activities count towards completion. Because everyone takes walk breaks during a marathon—they’re lying if they say they don’t.
**GPS and Stopwatch Mode activities are eligible towards completion.

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In How to Lose a Marathon, Joel Cohen takes readers on a step-by-step journey from being a couch potato to whatever type of potato can finish a marathon. Through a hilarious combination of running tips, narrative, illustrations and infographics, Cohen breaks down the misery that is forcing yourself to run. From chafing to the best times to run, explaining the phenomenon known as the "Oprah Line," and exposing the torture that is a pre-marathon expo, Cohen acts as your satirical guide to every aspect of the runner's experience. Offering both real advice and genuine commiseration with runners of all skill levels, How to Lose a Marathon lets you know that even if you believe that the "runner's high" is a complete myth, you can still survive all 26.2 miles of a marathon (because somehow, Joel did).

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