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Good First Marathon (Read 1279 times)


just a simple cat

    ING New York City marathon!  

     

    I  guess as you get more bodacious, you begin to lose more brain cells, because there is a limit to how much magnificence your body can house

    jimmyb


      Phiadelphia. Big, but not so big that it is logistically tough. The hotels are right near the starting/finish line (same place). The course is a good one, not overly hilly. There isn't a constant crowd like a Boston or a NYC. There are times of peace and quiet, and times of loud cheering and spectators. Well organized. The city is historic and has great steak sandwiches. I've run it twice. Both were BQ's (if that means anything at all).

       

      --JImmy Cool

      Log    PRs


      HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

        There was a good Saturday one in Houston this January, but it was tough to get entrance. And may not ever happen again there.

        It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.

          The BayState Marathon, absolutely. 

           

          Yes

           


          day after day sameness

            If you're looking for a small to mid-sized marathon in a small city, lots of folks enjoy the Vermont City Marathon as a first marathon.

            Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless

            Jeff F


            Free Beer

              I know a bad first marathon that takes place in the Fall.

               

              Yes, but it is impossible to get in. I tried last year and in less than 5 minutes it was full.


              A Sweetheart

                Bad Marathon

                • Bizarre race director
                • Possible attack by imaginary creatures
                • Competitors that should be spending their morning in an AA meeting

                BTW, Jeff F's suggestion of checking out marathonguide.com was excellent.

                I want to do it because I want to do it.  -Amelia Earhart

                  Bad Marathon

                  • Bizarre race director
                  • Possible attack by imaginary creatures
                  • Competitors that should be spending their morning in an AA meeting

                   

                  This sounds like my kind of thing.

                   


                  A Sweetheart

                    This sounds like my kind of thing.

                     

                    +1  

                     

                    So you will be there this year?

                    I want to do it because I want to do it.  -Amelia Earhart

                    xor


                      I know a bad first marathon that takes place in the Fall.

                       

                      I do too.  Portland.

                       

                      HA.

                       

                      Yes, I know what you were meaning...

                       

                        +1  

                         

                        So you will be there this year?

                         

                        42% sure. 

                         

                        I have the green light, or at least it's yellow.  Some of it depends if I'm going to actually try to start training at some point to BQ for next year.  If I run Sugarloaf in May and get the BQ I'm at this bad marathon thing for sure. 

                         

                          Twin Cities -- gently rolling course.  Large enough to be run well and for you to have people near you to run with (hang on to), but not a mega-event.  Nice course.  Good crowds.  Benign weather.

                          “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman

                          bjoiner


                            Thanks everyone.  This is a great list.  Now to make a decision! :-)

                            Yeshua1964


                              Louisiana Marathon. Jan 13th.  PR course.  Great weather.  Good price.  Second year.

                              Jeff F


                              Free Beer

                                Twin Cities -- gently rolling course.  Large enough to be run well and for you to have people near you to run with (hang on to), but not a mega-event.  Nice course.  Good crowds.  Benign weather.

                                 

                                I would second Twin Cities, my favorite marathon.  Beautiful course and not a large event.  It was also where I ran my BQ. 

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