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Need a Marathon to Run

Aggie_Ama2010-05-01 03:55:02 +0000 #1
DH and I are targeting doing a marathon this fall to celebrate or collective 30th birhtdays. His is this April, mine February 2011 so we decided to hopefully split the difference.

We would like to do one out of state and hopefully a state we haven't been to. Is there a way to find a listing of nationwide marathons? We have quite a few in Texas but we figured traveling might be neat since it is to mark a milestone in life.
Syndirelah2010-05-01 04:03:00 +0000 #2
Im sure the Runners World forum might have some good suggestions....

Come do Chicago! usually the second weekend in Oct.--unless you wanted a smaller race. Great crowd support, overall really fun.
pfunk122010-05-01 04:03:17 +0000 #3
If you want to do a smaller marathon that is very well-organized, do Steamtown in Scranton, PA. It's a lot of fun!

Here's a guide for you -
Grog2010-05-01 04:26:32 +0000 #4
Portland, OR

Seattle, WA

are in the fall.

Montreal, QC (not in the USA) is in September.
zoom-zoom2010-05-01 04:56:10 +0000 #5
Grand Rapids and Milwaukee are both in the Fall and really nice races, too.
michelem2010-05-01 05:36:35 +0000 #6
If you can wait 'til December, why not try the California International Marathon (CIM)? It starts in Folsom, CA (about a mile from our house) and ends at the State Capitol in Sacramento. It is a net downhill and touted as one of the "fastest courses" in America. The weather was atrocious this year, but usually quite nice, with temps in the low 40's. Lots of community support; it's a fun one!
colby2010-05-01 04:35:33 +0000 #7
I think RW might even publish a marathon calendar in their print issue, but I can't remember what month it's in. Most of the northwest (WA, OR, ID, northern CA) marathons are October/November, as is NYC. Our southerly brethren (AZ, southern CA, FL, etc) enjoy them December-February.

If you wanted an "experience", NYC would definitely be one.
OakLeaf2010-05-01 04:19:44 +0000 #8
I spent a lot of time poking around that marathonguide site choosing mine, so I hope the reviews are reasonably accurate!

The half in Columbus (October) was great fun, it's a nice flat course, really well organized, and I hear the full marathon course is just as nice. If I didn't want to get mine done in the spring, I'd be doing the Columbus full marathon for sure. (Heck, if I have fun in Cleveland and can stay in marathon shape without sacrificing too much summer cycling, I may do it anyway. )

I hear good things about Disney (January), with the exception of the extended pre-race corralling. This year was definitely an outlier as far as the temperature. Chicago does look like a great time too!



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