Most likely there is a Memorial Day race somewhere nearby this weekend, no matter where you live. A Memorial Day race is a great tuneup for the upcoming season of races. They are typically run on shorter courses (5K, 4-miles, 8K), allowing runners to ease into the experience of running fast, maybe for the first time all year. By now you probably have a good foundation of miles and have built up a tolerance for hot weather running, so a race at the end of May will be a good test of your fitness level.
My favorite Memorial Day Race is entering its 30th year. It's The Boalsburg Memorial Day Run (4 miles) in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, just outside of State College and Penn State University. Boalsburg is one of several small towns in the U.S. that claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. There, in 1864, townspeople first began decorating the graves of fallen civil war soldiers. Officially, Memorial Day was proclaimed in 1868 and first observed when flowers were placed on the graves of civil war soldiers in Arlington National Cemetary on May 30. Whenever the first Memorial Day was held, it's a good time to remember those who died for our freedoms, to be with family and friends, and to run in a race. Good luck!