Running Times

Running Times is the authoritative voice for the dedicated runner. For more than 30 years, the magazine has explored training from the perspective of top athletes, coaches and scientists, presented insights into the lives and training of elite runners, and provided stories and commentary reflecting the dedicated runner’s worldview. Its audience is knowledgeable about the sport and actively participates in running and racing.
All editorial relates specifically to running as a competitive sport. Please read recent issues to learn the type of material we seek. Four principles that guide Running Time’s editorial selection are:
1) We go beyond basic, beginner information: presenting the “why” as well as “how-to,” digging for principles, exploring contexts, analyzing and drawing conclusions from the facts.
2) All content is backed by, or written by, experts who have proven themselves in the specific field of distance running.
3) We present honest content that accurately reflects the runner’s experience and inspires trust.
4) Good writing is a priority; our writing is aimed at an intelligent, informed and discriminating audience.
Approximately 30% of our editorial material is assigned to freelance writers. The magazine is willing to work with unpublished writers. Although unsolicited manuscripts is considered, the following is preferred: see a written query that describes in two or three paragraphs your idea, the article’s proposed length and scope, why Running Times’ readers would find the material interesting, and what qualifies you to write about it.
Each issue is closed at least three months ahead of its on-sale date, and assign well in advance of our printing deadlines.
Running Times publishes editorial material in the following categories:
Features (1,500 to 3,000 words): Training, Athlete Profiles, Current Events and Issues
Columns (800 to 1,200 words): “Shorts” — News-related, timely items or items of general interest to the serious runner; “Owner’s Manual” — training and racing advice, sports medicine, book reviews or excerpts, coaching wisdom; “At the Races” — Short profiles of top runners, analysis of the racing scene, commentary on racing trends and development; “Hit the Trails” — stories of key trail races, racers or venues; “High School,” “College,” “Masters” — insider stories of top runners, programs, events, trends, issues.
Fiction (1,500 to 3,500 words) – [Very rarely accepted] Any genre, related to running and runners
We request that all writers submit their proposals or articles via e-mail to:

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