I am very addicted to running races. There is something about the atmosphere and the comraderie of a race that gets me every time. The distance is not relevant - I get the same feeling whether I'm doing a 5K or a 1/2 Marathon. For me running is a fairly solitary pursuit. For others its a group event, a chance to be with friends and catch up, or a contest among equals. I tend to run alone. I mostly run with music but am working on learning how not to do that. I run trails and roads - and whether I am passing the Washington Monument or a deer on the side of the trail in foliage the moments I am out there pushing my lung and legs are precious to me.
I might be the only one who does this but I often spend hours planning races and looking at what is offered in the states adjoining mine. I contemplate a destination race and wonder how that would be - would I like it, can I do it, and what's it going to cost? What I think is so cool about this book is not that it is exhaustive (because it isn't) but that it makes a real effort to put a whole bunch of races and a whole bunch of why/where/how/who in front of the runner and you get the latitude to decide what it is you want to do. I like the breakdown and I read this just like a book - pretty much reading each chapter and mentally taking notes.
There were some races in here I'm signed up for and others I really would love to do - and at least one (Hershey Half Marathon) that I'm doing solely because of this book and its summary. Though this seems like great material for a website I've yet to ever see one that is this comprehensive and organized. I'm quite sure that some runners would find this book not useful -- but if you really like races I can highly recommend it!