Reach crazy new fitness heights with these six vertical races that test your speed, strength and endurance. All you have to do is embrace the burn.
Laurel Leicht is the fitness editor of SHAPE magazine and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Runner’s World, Self, Men's Health, Redbook, and Modern Bride and on mensfitness.com, iVillage, and HGTV.com. She’s also served as a contributing writer for the local endurance-sports magazine Competitor New York. A Missouri native and a Midwesterner at heart, Laurel currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She’s run nine marathons, biked two centuries, and competed in three Olympic-distance triathlons.
Articles by Laurel Leicht
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Searching for plant-based supplements can get super confusing. Here’s how to decode labels so you pick a stand-out product.
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