Power to The Playlist: Heart-Pumping, Perfect Run

Performance Boosting, Heart-Pumping Soundtrack for Perfect Run
Brought to you by the Dana Point Turkey Trot and Dick’s Sporting Goods

Did you know that Listening to music while running can boost performance by up to 15 percent while functioning as a motivator to keep up your pace?

Let me introduce to you The Dana Point Turkey Trot and Dick’s Sporting Goods, contribution for runners in preparation for the 35th annual Thanksgiving Day run – the sixth largest turkey trot in the nation, have pulled together a heart-pumping, perfect-tempo playlist designed just for runners.


Whether you’re jogging down a dirt trail, sprinting across a field or pacing yourself through a four-mile route, the perfect playlist is a must. The tunes pumping through your headphones set the tone for your run while releasing proven performance-boosting effects. In preparation for the 35th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, race-day sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods with Brooks Sports pulled together a 15-track Run Happy Playlist. All you need to do is press play.

“Music is a legal drug for athletes,” claims Dr. Costas Karageorghis, London’s Brunel University expert on the ties between music on exercise, in his latest book Inside Sport Psychology. He claims that listening to music while running can boost performance by up to 15 percent. Functioning as a motivator and distraction from the undesirables of running like fatigue, no wonder seeking the perfect music tracks seems to bump elbows with stretching and hydrating pre-race.

So what should top your running track list? Dr. Karageorghis, found the power lies in the song’s tempo. The beat sweet spot: between 120 and 140 beats-per-minute, a tempo that corresponds to the heart rate of the average exerciser. The songs listed below are hand-picked to pump you up, at the correct BPM, with pop-melodies designed to add an extra pep to your step.

Track 1: Katy Perry – Firework

Track 2: Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

Track 3: Ram Jam – Black Betty

Track 4: 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite

Track 5: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream

Track 6: The Black Keys – Thickfreakness

Track 7: Foster The People – Helena Beat

Track 8: Avicii – Levels

Track 9: Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

Track 10: LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

Track 11: Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

Track 12: Richard Vission featuring Luciana – I Like That

Track 13: Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

Track 14: Flo Rida featuring Sia – Wild Ones

Track 15: M83 – Midnight City

For more information about the 35th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, visit http://www.turkeytrot.com and follow the event on Twitter at http://twitter.com/turkeytrot and Facebook at http://facebook.com/danapointturkeytrot. For more information about Dick’s Sporting Goods and Brooks Sports visit http://www.dickssportinggoods.com or http://www.brooksrunning.com/.

About the 35th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot:

Produced by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Run Racing, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is the nation’s sixth largest turkey trot in the country. Named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition, attracting more than 16,000 participants, including friends and family, in its 5K, 10K, Kids’ Gobble Wobble, and two-day health and fitness expo. Featuring scenic routes through picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach, the Turkey Trot offers something for every member of the family. The Dana Point Turkey Trot is a USA Track & Field (USATF) sanctioned and certified event and a 2012 USATF Southern California Championship 10K Race. For more information, to register for a race, or to become a sponsor, visit http://www.turkeytrot.com.


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